Monday, August 18, 2014

The Ice Bucket Challenge

In recent days I have seen photos of celebrities taking what they call the "ice bucket challenge".  I didn't know what it was all about.  Last night, though, my nieces educated me.  It seems a person "nominates" another person to do the challenge.  Either they have a bucket of ice water dumped over their head or they donate $100 for the ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) fund.

Aubrey had been nominated by a friend from school.  It seems you have to do this within 24 hours of being nominated.  So, after dinner last night she took the challenge.  Her sister Molly volunteered to dump the ice water on her.  Here are the photos:

Aubrey looks like she's saying "I dare you!"

As part of the ritual, the dumpee nominates another person.  So Aubrey immediately nominated the oldest sister Sarah.  Here is Sarah's turn:

Sarah nominated some friends on her gymnastics team.  I'm not sure how Molly escaped after dumping the bucket on both of her sisters.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Here Comes Change!

We bought a condo in Philly!  Well, actually just outside Philly in Bucks County.  Now that we are retired we had to decide where to live for the next phase of our lives.  We lived in the Philadelphia area for sixteen years before moving to Kentucky to be near family.  We have good friends in the area and have made it a habit to return for visits and to travel with them.

I feel sad about leaving our house here.  I have come to love this house, as I loved the one we had before in Philly.  What can I say?  I have a tendency to put down roots.  It's quiet here, and it's pretty here.  I like the rolling hills and farms and country roads.  However, I keep reading how important it is to surround yourself with a social network with shared interests.  We are missing doing things with our friends back in Philly.  We know so many people there our age who are young at heart and leading more interesting lives.

We are really busy trying to pare down our belongings so they will fit into a condo.  I have collected way too much over the years, books, fabric, clothes, china, all kinds of "collectibles".  I can take only a fraction of it with me.  Weeding out my belongings is hard, both physically and emotionally.  Giving up  certain items is like giving up part of my life, giving up on projects I will never finish.  I look at every item, thinking maybe it's one of those hidden treasures, a collectible that ends up being valuable.  I have to check every old book to see whether it is a first edition.  I need to just clear things out indiscriminately or I will never finish the job.

I am looking forward to a more interesting and carefree lifestyle.  However, some days I feel that I will never get there.

Monday, August 4, 2014

High School All Over Again

So my high school reunion is coming up next month.  As soon as I received the invitation I returned it, thinking it might be fun.  Now I'm not so sure.

Now I feel like going back to high school might not be such a good thing after all.  No, I wasn't one of those people who had a miserable experience and I wasn't bullied or anything like that.  I had my share of friends and my share of fun but I was never part of the "in" group, more like the second tier of nice kids who never got into trouble.  I was quiet and introverted but mainly able to hold my own.

Facebook is ruining it for me.  I see many of my classmates friending each other, but not me.  I'm beginning to think no one remembers me.  I have been friended by a few of them and that has led to messaging and liking each others' posts.  It's been fun to hear from them.  However, I am beginning to see long lists of names on others' pages, "so and so is now friends with so and so".  I'm starting to feel left out, like they are having a party and not including me.

I have led a happy life and made many friends since high school.  I was feeling okay about myself and my place in the world.  Now I'm back wanting to be one of the "popular"kids.  I am reverting to teenage angst.  Maybe the reunion isn't such a good idea after all.

Monday, July 28, 2014

It's Been a While

Here we are near the end of July and we are having spring-like weather.  The windows are open and the breezes are coming in.

I haven't posted for a while; there has been a lot going on.  We are making some changes, and I will write about them soon.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Trouble in Kitty Land

This is Munchkin.  She is a former feral we adopted about five years ago, and she has always been our sweetest cat, affectionate and cooperative, never causing any trouble at all.

This is Buddy, one of four feral kittens that came to us last December.  We fostered them until they could all find other homes… except Buddy.  Buddy was very shy and ran from people.  He would hide under furniture and refuse to come out.

Now that he is older his personality has changed 100%.

Now he is very affectionate with us.  When one of us walks into a room he runs to us to be petted or picked up.  When we walk around he follows us, so close that it's hard not to trip over him.  He has become a kitty that's easy to love, and we would keep him except for one thing:  Munchkin.

Munchkin turns into a monster when Buddy is near.  She hisses and growls and chases him.  In order to keep the peace we keep them apart part of the time, Munchkin upstairs and Buddy downstairs.  Even then, she skulks around, looking for him around every corner and acting skittish.  This has been going on for a couple of months now.  Our other two cats have finally accepted Buddy but I don't think Munchkin ever will.  We are now trying to find another home for him.  We will be sad to let him go but it seems the only answer to the present situation.  I want to make sure he finds a good home, someone who cares for him as much as we do.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Cats Pose for Me

These are all feral kitties that live outside.  No one can convince me that they don't like to have their picture taken.  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

I'm Still Here!

I haven't been posting anything recently.  This is just a temporary lull, I promise.  We have been busy, busy, busy, cleaning out our house.  We finally got serious about it.  Nine years ago we moved from a large house to a small house.  As a result we have been living with way too much "stuff".  It has finally struck me how much nicer life would be without "things" everywhere I look.  I've been sorting and packing up things to give away or sell.

You know how you keep things around, thinking some day you will use them?  Or just because they might be a "collectible" one day in the future?  I have way too much of those kinds of things.  Out they go!  Deciding is the first step.  Then comes the hard work of actually packing it up and getting it to another place.  I have been filling boxes and bags.  I want to see more empty spaces, more clean surfaces.  My "hoarding: days are over.  (I'm not as bad as some of those hoarder shows, but most of mine is hidden away in drawers and closets.)  I've been pulling out things that I haven't seen for years.  I have finally embraced the concept of living simply.

This photo I took in Hawaii inspires me.  The sky with nothing but palm trees and the moon.  I remember how content I felt without all these "things" around me!