It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new.
But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.
There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
Alan Cohen
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
Groucho Marx
The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Hit in the Face

Ambulance Chaser- A lawyer who specializes in bringing cases seeking damages for personal injury.

Today is a gorgeous day .. blue blue skies , no clouds , sunshine but not too hot and a light breeze stirring things up.
Flowers are blooming everywhere, going down my favorite road in Jacksonville, all the massive old trees are dripping moss and flowers are like a carpet underneath. . I always want to live there,when I go to the supermarket and go down that road.

I was in a good mood, still am .. mostly.
Shopping is easy, I mostly needed things I just like to have around, cinnamon rolls, chocolates, etc.
Then it happened, in the middle of my pretty quiet and pleasant day ... in the supermarket .. a box on the top shelf, way over my head ... fell on me.

As I was looking ... up. It hit me on my cheek , cheekbone and below.
I was shocked at first .. I mean, really, I was standing there not touching anything and a box fell off the top shelf and slammed into my face !
And it hurt dammit ! I touched it and felt around and I am thankful that there was no blood. just a blue knot .. on my face !
I decided to leave the store then, but I had to go through the check out line .. the lady at the register asked me what happened, you can't not notice the red mark on my face .. and I said a box fell and hit me. I made light of it because it was embarrassing and it felt awful and I just wanted to leave.
She told me to go get something cold to put on it ..
I checked out as quickly as possible and went to the car.
Where I put my groceries away and got behind the wheel and had a little cry.
I was suddenly feeling so alone, I missed my husband, someone to make me laugh about being hit in the face by a box of pasta  in a grocery store ..
then it all passed, I got myself together and drove home .. a little over the speed limit ... it was a lucky policeman who did not stop me .
In the store, a shopper asked me if I had a lawyer .. I said I am fine ( my daughter works in a law firm)
But I am just grateful .. I wasn't really hurt, it could have been so much worse, a can instead of a box, my eye instead of my cheek .. I will look at the good side , not the worst case ..

So that is the story for today. I am home, the cats are fine, napping in their sun spots and I am going to go drink a soda and relax with them ..thankful that this is the worst thing I have to talk about.

The End

Monday, April 23, 2018

Today In Florida

I am in a Southern state where it is not snowy or icy .. it is not that warm today but it is a soft sort of misty winter day down South ...
I want to be Way Down South .. like Argentina.
I want to see Bougainvillea climbing the walls, see hummingbirds darting back and forth , hear Argentine music coming out of open windows, stop at a cafe and have a coffee and medialuna and people watch .. I guess I could just say, I want to go back in time ...go back Home.

Today in Florida  .. chilly, damp, dark cloudy sky ... the total opposite of this photo  above.

The cats are all curled up having their morning naps ..

I am taking a break from having stepped barefooted into something a cat left on the floor ..yes ...this was the morning for me ...
 Scrubbing my foot , then scrubbing the floor, then yelling at the cat who was already hiding.
He knew before he even did it that he was being a Bad Boy !!!
So I do not fall for the pitiful sad me face.
Minette is fascinated ... "wow .. Mom is Yelling "!!!
Merlin .. the old half deaf thing ...  Mama's yelling ? What did she say ?"
Honey, " Well, she isn't yelling at me ."

I have taken a break and looked at various websites online .. shopping, make up, clothes, real estate,
Now time to do something productive ... what ?
I have absolutely no idea.

It wasn't me 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Those Were The Days

I need to see this sign again, in person.
Today is a very quiet day with sleeping cats and no cars and or dogs barking ( there never are) and just the sound of the wind in the pine trees.
I am comfortable and enjoy the views all the time and forest, what is there not to enjoy ?!

And yet ........ I am so very homesick for New York.

Friends are having babies and building homes and little boys are growing up and big boys are getting older and I am not there to see any of it !!

I am going to do Busy Work today.
Nothing big or very important but the sort that keeps you busy .. well, duh ! .. and when you are finished, you stand back and look proudly at how good it looks or what a good job you have done.

I will call my sister in law, I miss her so much, and we will chat .. for as long as we want ..
She is one of the very few people I know or have ever met that holds no malice, no anger, no grudges against anyone ... she is just kind . And so sweet, she makes you feel relaxed and happier just sitting and chatting with her.
I need to call her.

April in NY ... I remember it snowing once .. I remember the thrill of seeing flowers blooming - finally ! and  planning birthday parties for a little girl whose birthday was in May ..always hoping the weather would cooperate so the party could be held outdoors and not in the house, rooms echoing with the shrill screeches of excited little girls lol
These days ( says the old lady) I would enjoy hearing a few little girls screeching and laughing.
I live in a very sound proof home in a very quiet community .. there are children ... you just never see them or hear them. Some might love that , I notice it .. the missing of children laughing.

I have a grandson .. I want to hear him laugh. I want him to talk to me and tell me about going to school like a Big Boy ..

So what are you doing on this Sunday in April ? How is your weather ? Plans being made for Spring Breaks ? Summer vacation ?

We would go to the Hamptons/ Montauk and rent a house for the summer. One year when my children were small, we rented a house from a NY Radio disc jockey .. he was exceptionally tall so things in the house were different from average homes .. some things were higher, like door knobs etc.
The house was on the Bay so we had our own beach. Much more gentle than the ocean beach which was a couple of minutes walk from the house ..
There is nothing like falling asleep to the sound of the ocean .. surf sounds..
Your skin always feels sandy/salty and your hair never looked so good .... lol
And we will not discuss the freckles.
I saw a photo of myself in those days ... I had a beautiful tan ... ( I shoulda known betta)
and my hair was all sun bleached ..  those were the days ~

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