Saturday, October 3, 2015

Handwritten Letters

I miss going to the mailbox and getting a handwritten letter from someone I care about. All I get in my mailbox now is junk mail, tons of ads and bills. It's depressing!!

I hear that schools won't even let students write cursive anymore. What the heck? How are they going to put their signature on anything? What is this world coming to?

People tell me that I have  wonderful handwriting skills. It all goes back to my school days when I sat during writing class and did exercises like this.

(sorry that is blurry)

Did you ever do that?

Now, it's all about TEXTING where you spell out words by tapping a screen with a stylus or your finger. And, it's all.... oh darn, what is that word I am looking for? You know, when they use BFF and BTW and a bunch more and I don't know what the heck any of it means. Well, I have progressed enough to know BFF is 'best friend forever'. BTW is 'by the way'. My gosh, we have become so lazy we can't even spell out words! 

You can imagine how surprised I was to discover that I could tap on that little microphone icon on my SMART PHONE and the darn thing would type out whatever I spoke into it and send it to whomever I wanted to send it to. Lazy, lazy but to tell you the truth that little feature surely does help with my arthritic fingers. 

Just imagine a child growing up, never having held a good ole yellow #2 pencil and using it to write on a lined tablet and raising their hand so they could get up and go to the pencil sharpener that hung on the wall to sharpen their pencil. Sometimes we did it just to get out of our desks. Sometimes we really did have a dull pencil. 

 I just can't keep up with all this new-fangled stuff these kids use by the time they are out of diapers. I mean my great-grandson posted a picture of himself on facebook and he wasn't even two yet. He did it by accident but come on... In another few months he had it all figured out. TWO.

I sat down and wrote some hand-written letters recently. Mailed them to some friends I hadn't had contact with in a long time. Thought it was time to get back to the old way of doing things. You know what... I never had a reply for my efforts. One even was returned to me. Gee, I wonder if they've passed on and I didn't even know. 

I just wish I could get a hand-written letter ever once in awhile. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Hurricane Season

So, how's your week been? Mine? WET. 

Friday means it's time for Willy Nilly Friday and Five On Friday. So, let's all join in these girls memes and have some fun.

1. Last night the weatherman upgraded the hurricane news for us. I was getting ready to hunker down in my apartment for a Category 4 hurricane but now they are saying it will stay out to sea. Let's have a hip-hip hoorah for that news. 

2. Can anyone tell me what this plant is? It's rather large, growing in a pot outside the side door of the church I attend. But, so far I haven't been able to find out what it is. It looks like it has tiny little pumpkins on it!! Just in time for Halloween.

3. Doesn't this praying mantis look just like what it's called? 
A walking stick! 

4. Four of us here at the Commons hang out together and we have a lot of fun. Monday night we spent HOURS just chatting. Tuesday three of us went to see "The Intern" at the movie theatre. It was a good movie and I laughed and laughed. That's hard to do since movies nowadays are usually filled with violence and bad language. But, not this one! So cute, so entertaining.

5. It's allergy season again. Got up this morning with one eye all swollen and itchy. Last night the sinus pressure was so bad in one cheek that I thought I had a very bad tooth ache. With the changing of the seasons come pain for me and a lot of other 'hayfever' sufferers. POOH.

See you next Friday for five more 'interesting' facts about my week. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Blood Moon and Peanut Pumpkin

It had rained for days so I was concerned that a cloud cover would obstruct the total moon eclipse for me last night. But, it didn't. 

I had a front row seat... on my balcony...the moon just over the tree tops. It was fascinating. And, you know, it's not supposed to happen again in my lifetime, not unless I live to be 99. At which time I probably wouldn't give a hoot about a moon eclipse anyway. 

I am linking with Through My Lens and Catching Light.

Here are my pictures of the eclipse:

There's a chunk out of the side of the moon.

Half done

and then, at it's finish... the blood moon.

On another note. This is for those of you who commented on my 'pink pumpkin dressed in lace'
in my last post. There was a picture of one in yesterday's paper. It's a galeaux d'eysines pumpkin commonly known as the peanut pumpkin. The outer skin is not pink as I had thought but pale orange (or so they said but I'll stick with my pink!!) The skin is covered with woody humps and bumps that resemble a peanut shell. So now we know!!

        I sure hope you got to see the eclipse. It was awesome.                                                                                                                

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Autumn Is In The Air

Friday means it's time to link with Willy Nilly Friday and Five On Friday

1. Yesterday was the beginning of autumn. Can you believe it!! I had not begun to think about it, not at all. However, daughter Shirley called this morning and invited me for an outing and we made the most of it.

2. I love Grayson and Emma's on Hwy 58 near Courtland, Va. Used to come here for all sorts of veggies. That was when I lived a tad closer. But, there's nothing better than a drive in the country, especially if daughter is doing the driving. I just sat back and took it all in.

3. Just look at all the beautiful sights we encountered at G & E's. Lovely. And, it surely put me in the Fallish state of mind.

4. Outside you are greeted by scenes like this....

and this....

5. Once inside the door the sights and sounds delight your senses. I focused mainly on the fall items but there were lots of vegetables, canned good, fruit jacks and much more to choose from. 

Did you ever see a pink pumkin all dressed out in beige lace? 

                                                   or Green Pumpkins

Back outside we explored the surrounding area....

By now it was time to head home. I came away with arms loaded down and lots of decorating ideas floating around in my head. How's your Fall decorating going?