Monday, December 10, 2018

Writing Letters To Loved Ones

I spent a couple days last week propped up in my recliner watching the funerals of George H. W. Bush. Regardless of what your political leanings might be, it would be very difficult to have not been touched and impressed by the love and honor paid to that man. And, the stories of his devotion to family and friends made me take stock of my own dealings with the people in my life.

I used to love to write letters. And, I have saved a few letters that my husband wrote to me when he was away in his Navy days. But, then along came email... and then texting.... and then social media and snapchats and the like and we have lost our handwritten communication. How sad... there will be no letters to pull out when we are in our later years, to read, remember, cherish.

You may be wondering where I am going with this.

I have decided that it is time for me to pull out my stationery, my ballpoint pen, my postage stamps. I want to start writing letters to my family and friends. If they don't reply, that's ok. I don't expect them to. But, I just feel a need to put my thoughts on paper, to pour my love and appreciation out to those who mean the most to me.

Call me an old fool. Yes, I can send emails, yes, I text. I don't do snapchat but I do Marco Polo (videos to send to people). I enjoy facebook and Instagram. But, there is just something about getting a letter in the mail!! So, fool or not, that is what I am going to start doing.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

I Give Thanks

Thank you, every one of you, for the encouraging comments you left (at the news I was slowing down on Blogger). That meant the world to me. I find myself slowing down so much lately. I am watching too much television, I read more. I don't go out as much. Oh, let me tell you about that!!

Last Friday I headed to Walmart. I hate going to Walmart! I had two gifts to buy for the under-priviledged children our Women's Circle was buying for this Christmas. So, I leave the house. It's misting rain so I nearly go back inside. I would have to park a good distance from the door at Walmart and didn't want to get my hair wet!

But, I leave. I approach the intersection but decide to turn left and just try to find those gifts at Walgreen Drugs instead. I sat waiting for the turn light to go green and when it did, I start to pull into the intersection to turn left. I see a car coming toward the red light on the main road and he isn't going to stop.

I am so proud of my quick thinking! I can be pretty slow at some things but I got stopped quick enough to keep from that car from t-boning me in the driver's side (which would have badly injured me or killed me). But.... boom. I am hit from behind. I had stopped.... but the old truck behind me didn't.

The damage isn't bad. Just the rear bumper has to be replaced.

But, for a couple of days I could not make myself go back out and crawl into that car and crank it up and drive away!! The thought of  'What if I had not stopped' went through my mind constantly.

Three days later though I went to Walmart, bought those gifts and went on to my Women's Circle Christmas party to take those toys. But you can believe I did some serious defensive driving!!

My beloved Ford 500. It's 13 years old but she's my baby. The first and only car I ever purchased by myself and she fits my lifestyle great. I even got a letter from the Ford dealership just the other day wanting to buy my car... Ford did not make the 500s but a couple years and they are in high demand now. But, they aren't getting mine!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Slowing Down

                                             I have been blogging for over 10 years.

Yes, I know, some folks have been at it a lot longer. But, as I age I am slowing down. Sitting at the computer for long periods of time is getting harder for me to do.

I've made a lot of friends on Blogger. Some have already gone on to greener pastures or taken up Instagram, Twitter, Facebook etc. I love the friends that I have made. I don't want to lose them.

I bet you are thinking.... oh geez, she's calling it quits.

Well, NO. I don't want to give up totally but I will be cutting back a lot. You won't see me on here as often.

                             I do hope that you will continue to check on me from time to time.

                                   And, leave a comment so I will know you visited.

                  I'll close with this photo made of me nearly 5 years ago - when I was 80!