Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Going or not going; tis the question?

Is that similar as to be or not to be?
And get your minds out of the potty room!
The going I am referring to is presidential, not really in his case, but can it be possible to actually oust him, Pres. DJ?
I cannot remember even in recent history that we the people had that ability to change administrations except for Richard Nixon and Agnew seeing that they had no other choice, we basically had them dead to rights in the Watergate Scandal, so they quit, forgoing imprisonment.

But we are dealing with an entity that believes he can do no wrong while everyone else is doing him wrong!  A mentally unstable character.We must investigate every wrong doing during the election and then get him! Get him good!
The Russian connection is an absolute thorn in his side, his "Non-payment" of taxes undisclosed are surely hiding something too, his business dealings we know are shady! We must pursue them all with counsels before he finishes his first six months or sooner! So many avenues to legally oust him by, but the rigging of the election would be the most promising one to define and prove, since he was the one who kept saying it had been rigged! And he proved that to be true, by thinking he won, please tell me he didn't... he is our worst nightmare!

Even when Bill Clinton was "impeached", he remained in office till the end, I really thought Bill was a good president, but a lousy husband that's all, and it proved to be his only flaw politically.

Moving on...

Any-who, there was more meaning to the question I proposed as my title.
Again not a reference to a bathroom situation; more significantly
to my independent exercising.
My hand is swollen again and my upper back feels as if I herniated another disc, I iced both last night. Hubby thinks I should stop since I seem to hurt myself too easily.
Although, my fear is if I stop I could get worse or not return for a very long time.
Again I have not been sleeping well, tough decision.

On the brighter side and lighter note I did watch all five seasons of Damages, although the show was not light at all, ha, with Glenn Close and a plethora of stars on Netflix. She played a hard core no nonsense attorney fighting for her clients, pulling no punches for her class action law suit recipients.
Dismissing a personal life for the win of the case!

Now trying to find my next binge worthy show.

The star of one of the shows I also binged on  a while back was Mireille Enos who starred in The Killing and where she played a detective Sarah Linden a women who puts her life on hold for the case, and that show was on for four seasons and was excellent, it had originally aired on AMC, well that star that I mentioned above has a new network TV ABC show starting on March 9 th that would have been my parents 76th anniversary if they were still here, but they are not; anyway the show is named The Catch and so far the premise sounds a bit like a  Mr.. and Mrs. Smith movie, this though is with Peter Krause as Mireille's co-star, so I am looking forward to seeing that too.

Meanwhile, I am wondering where those additional shows of some of the series that were continuing are?

I keep checking.

We had a rather quiet day again today.
Made a few phone calls.
Unity Medical who did replaced my one wheel on BIG BLUE that had a chunk out of it is also trying to get me a rear controller for my ride so when my hand is out of commission Hubby can take over.
He has a used one for us that is a doable price.
So far the chair was totally covered by Medicare, but I suppose any other gadgets cost extra.
I really do not know.
All I know is BIG BLUE is the top of the line.
My Permobil M300:

On this note allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you to kindly count all your blessings and share all those overages with you know whom and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

BIG BLUE BELOW, Okay black and blue, ha?

Monday, February 27, 2017

Welcome to Southwest Florida, a semi-tropical place that sings mellow yellow, true blue and green meadows, colorful island like pallets!

Only forty feet of edging on our tiny, just enough for us cottage and ten bags of Eucalyptus mulch and the front garden is done!
The weed and feed is put down before just before our next predicted rain storm.
No fertilizer in rainy season is allowed though, which starts June first through November 30th, every year, that is also our hurricane season!  

Our name sign claiming this is our cottage has been hung once again, it is the one Number One Son made in high school wood shop, nearly thirty years ago, and in the corner is our teak bench, leftover from that teak dive platform I had mentioned, it sits on two painted white cinder blocks and is topped with that shabby chic wooden flowered planter that my cousins gave to us. Hubby spar varnished all three! The oyster shell wreath above them had been redone a few weeks ago from the original. The grape branched wreath was purchased from Jo-Anne's as well as the blue teal ribbon, but the oyster shells are from our canal; they were bleached clean and holes were put in them carefully by Hubby along with the others from the eighteen year old wreath's leftover ones. This one is fuller with many more shells and they are fastened on with fishing line that in this case works better than hot glue.
You can just see those true blue painted planters with the mother-in-law-tongue plants inside of them, that hold up well with very little water all year round.
We are in-between holidays right now, but my St. Paddy's Day wooden wall hanging in the shape of a clover will be put up next Wednesday for and until the holiday and then after that I have a Spring one for Easter and Passover too as well as many others! All made by Hubby and me.

That's it for tonight, allow me to be the first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly count all your blessings and share all those overages with you know whom and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Oscar night! And who are you wearing?

Gosh, don't we all miss what's her name, can we talk?
Of course we all know who that is, Joan Rivers!https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Rivers
She might have been the first to ask that question there, and no one was wary of its meaning, they all knew when Joan asked "who are you wearing", you better be ready with that loaners designer's name, since that is why they would lend them for the commercial appeal! And not once did anyone misinterpret that provocative question as being "dirty".
Whether it be jewels or gowns, Harry Winston:http://www.fashionmodeldirectory.com/designers/harry-winston/ comes to mind as Dior:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Dior and now all the ones who have followed in their footsteps over the years!
The clothes have always been nearly as exciting as the nominees and winners are to definitely catch a glimpse before the awards are given!
The music is always there too,  whether out in front and center or behind the scenes, even if an outright musical or a dramatic presentation let there be music and yes we all remember it well and some we even hum, it's there in the form of theme songs or as an undercurrent background music, strike up the orchestra!

Exciting and glamorous like nobodies business, Hollywood in all its glory!

Here's the official 89th Oscar's nominee list:

Can you pick the winners?
Have you seen all of the nominated movies, or any?

I have not, but hope to see quite a few, via when they are released to video or TV.
So many choices, greatness has returned!

Moving on...

Hubby got moving nicely on the garden with establishing the edging and removing roots and I was given the choice job of painting two of my very large clay pots that will return to the front garden with jazzed up style, in the new year's pantone of green meadows... actually the green from our front metal and wood chair by our front door, that is also our mellow yellow and true blue. The terra cotter/ clay colored large planters on either side of our garage door were painted years ago by me in true blue to match our front door. So I thought now with our mellow yellow home the two remaining planters would look great in the green meadows color in the trifecta of our home's new pallet. Hubby has pulled many unnecessary plants out but salvaging the caladium and elephant ear bulbs, the planters have taller plants, and I did decide to salvage a cluster of ferns that will go into the smaller of the two green meadows painted now planters. All pictures will be posted on completion.

Now on with the show, pre shows... very soon... thee show!

On that note of let's all escape tonight into the movies or at least find out what we would like to watch in the very near future and allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly share all your blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!



Saturday, February 25, 2017

All better now!

Geez, globally the world is in the toilet, and people are dying daily from international wars, and economies are nasty in so many places and here right at home we have the worst president in our history and I took two days to wallow in self pity, Geez I feel like a putz!
Gosh, you know what helped me the most was something Hubby said.
He said let's rewind.
Okay, not as poignant as some might say, but enough and true.
He also said that we are going out today to do those errands we had not done in those two days I was recouping/regrouping?
So we had a fine day out after breakfast and went to Home Depot and got some weed and feed for the lawn, and Eucalyptus mulch for the gardens, see he did want some, and some stone edging that looks like logs but not really, and is made from cement. Both were in the brownish color scale, since we made the house so bright with the yellow this will tame it a bit. We, for a New York minute almost went with red, since everyone is doing it, get your minds out of the gutter, in mulch sillies, but we chose understated to instead of loudly clashing!
Eucalyptus, has a nice aroma too, and helps to keep the bugs OUT/AWAY, naturally!
Speaking about natural things I read an article about of all things Vicks Vapor Rub, did you know that it is for more than just colds?
I didn't.
Maybe you did? That's okay, everyday I enjoy learning something new.
Anyway, if you put some on the sides of your head/temples it helps with migraines, and so I tried it on my headache, not quite migraine quality, believe me I know those, since I used to get them, allergic migraines,... well it did seem to help a bit without taking any medication.
Also used as an insect repellent?
And for pimples it works overnight and all gone?
For stretch marks, to diminish them too!
Better yet here's the site, all twenty are there:http://www.wetellyouhow.com/20-surprising-uses-of-vicks-vaporub-you-didnt-know-yet/

After Home Depot we went over to Applebee's for an early lunch, yep it was just eleven thirty, since we left the house after breakfast, Hubby had a Mexican style burger, his came with a soda and he had a cherry coke, and he can definitely use the calories and I had a steak and bean soup with a small Caesar salad with ice water and lemons on the side, the salad was enormous and so we packed most of it up with some of my soup to go home with Hubby's fries and a cup of ice since we forgot ours. We also received the ten percent Golden Apple discount when we asked for it.

So Applebee's is around the corner from Walmart and it was our next stop, I rode over on my BIG BLUE and Hubby drove and that is where we picked up their generic forms of my OTC medications,  Claritin (allergies), Pepcid Complete(stomach), and Systane (dry eyes), all prescribed by the doctors accordingly: ENT Claritin, Gastroenterologist Pepcid Complete, and Systane Ophthalmologist. Yes, they do, do that on occasion OTC meds. We are getting good at comparing ingredients, although many do have that option as Walgreen's and Walmart do, and they put theirs
 alongside of the name brands figuring you wouldn't have to bother to compare but we still do.
We also picked up hormone free Bryers ice creams there, as well as Maxwell House coffee and decafe coffee, trying their brand for the first time and my green decaffeinated tea and Hubby's sugar and flour as well as my Stevia, soup, hot chocolate mix and tiny marshmallows, and a rotisserie lemon pepper chicken.
Then home!

Just between you and me they have one of the easiest accessible handicap bathrooms too, although those darn doors, you either have easy access in but not out or vice versa, many leave those outer doors off, much better that way! ( Not to the stall, to the main entrance that is.) And yes, I am for gender free bathrooms, we are so behind Europe, they had  had it when I was there way back in 1969! Here we are so hung up on gender and privacy, doors on stalls are okay...this is the twenty-first century isn't it get over it?!
It could be I am more accepting since I was the minority with three men in the house!
But to be fair we did have three bathrooms for many of those years.
We have two now with just us two, but that is because we are old and eat all our meals together so it stands to reason we might have to go at the same time, so two bathrooms is just prudent, ya know?

On that TMI allow me to be the very first wish you all a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly count all your blessings and share all those overages with you know whom and we will too!
You can count on it!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!


Friday, February 24, 2017


Last night I learned a very important lesson and what was that, some might ask?
Well, I really can't hear you, but for argument's sake let's say that I can and so I will tell you what I think... but gently!

Entitling a blog, "Nothing!" seems to have gotten my anybody's out there who reads this drivel nightly figuring that is just what they would get if they decided to venture past the title, hmm?
And so as a result I gained very few people who actually read it... just a miniscule 17, for the average lately has been much, much greater than that, mid to upper double digits and in some cases triples...digits! Oh folks so now I have sort of learned a lesson, although, tonight's title might be a bit more provocative in what one might assume from its meaning, ya think?

Let's go there, now the possibility as gruesome as that might be is that the author of this blog has met her maker, or the candlestick maker or perhaps a baker, ha?  Nah, for I am she.
A sick try at regaining your attention after last night's horrendous backfire?
Could be...

But in actuality it is an attempt to say that days have happened to me where I have felt so badly that I felt "dead" inside.
And these last two, if the truth be told is how I have met that criteria of depths of the darkest one can go...
Not happy with my life or who I am or even my accomplishments and sadness about my health, a bit helpless, no a lot, and yes, I suppose being depressed comes with the territory.
And no, again we did not go to exercise today either, which I am more than sure it would help with those feelings.

Sadness has overwhelmed me when I feel this hopeless, and dare I say I wonder why I am still here.
Instead of counting my blessings like I suggest all of you do nightly I count my mistakes and how many people I have lost, meaning they have passed away or I have discontinued relationships for one reason or another, many mutual reasoning's, although one is definitely one sided with our younger son....his not ours, also not having any grand babies like most of my friends that gives them all a reason to go on...!
Terribly sad and miserable.

This funk has gotta go!

I am usually fairly resilient.

But now I am all alone on this trip.

Hope I don't go over the edge...!

No, I won't.

Thursday, February 23, 2017


Good Grief!
Can any of you imagine doing absolutely nothing for one whole day?
Bet you can.
Pooped from life we decided on taking a break today, and just chill!
Although, you know something the phone/landline has not stopped ringing!
Non-profits asking for money, health companies insisting we need their Medicare approved products, back brace or knee brace, three times for them alone today and counting...!
Only two were from actual people we know, one from the groomer Linda telling us she had Gus's heartworm meds, but Hubby just asked if she could get them if we needed them, duh... he has three months still left including this month's dose! Oh well, and thanks.
And the other one was from NUMBER ONE SON!
Always a welcoming call.

So here's the deal I suppose there is a possibility that there is more than BORING!
Nah,  perhaps, double boring with a cherry on top?

Whenever truly bored we somehow get back to discussing the weather and so with that...

Tomorrow they/meteorologists are saying that we may be having low to mid eighties degree Fahrenheit again in FEBRUARY! Even for southwest Florida that is not the norm, mid seventies is!
Ninety by next Tuesday!
Global warming, who doesn't believe it, I mean besides the Pres. DJ and his crew of minions?

I suppose that famous line from Star Trek of  "Beam me up Scotty since there is no intelligent life here!", could be truer than even they knew when looking at our current governmental administration, damn!
But scientist feel that there is now proof that there is a whole other solar system so similar to ours that will prove eventually that life does exist elsewhere! And probably more intelligent than all of us here!
So there is still hope for us to get the hell out of here!
If they don't build a wall to keep us out, ha, nah!
I did say more intelligent.

Moving on...

The Gulf of Mexico is also in the mid seventies temperature wise, by the way.
For us Floridians brrr, but for northerners coming down here, refreshing!
Normally the Gulf is in the mid eighties during the summer, now that is refreshing!
But too warm is dangerous with nasty weather turmoil for hurricanes developing, they love the warmer water too.

Shorty tonight, hate boring my readership, working on doing something more exciting in the near future, I hope!

On this note allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly count all your blessings and share all those overages with you know whom and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hubby stated that today was, "BORING!"

Hubby's follow-up question to that statement was, "So what are you going to write your blog about?"
Sure it was boring or ordinary! But didn't Jerry Seinfeld make a mint off just that? His years of shows about nothing, so we are in very good company, and "nothing" is what I am very, very good at, so there! ( I just stuck my adult tongue out at you!)
My reasoning is plain and very, very simple, since we are not jet-setters, political minions, or movie stars or even reality show personalities, some with more personality than others; as we all do know!
We are just an average Joe and Jane with lives that on occasion percolate and on other occasions simmer and some times, quite often just melt into the woodwork of what we call daily life with others... the multitudes, just like me and you!

Any-who, Hubby was right.
Today it was a day to wait for others.
The repairman for the noisy fan on our brand new fridge said it was its normal sound, but if we bought a more expensive model perhaps it would be quieter.
Hubby countered with us having many different types over the years and he could not remember any being this noisy, stalemate.
To make Hubby's life more complicated/questionable after the repairmen left I told Hubby it had sounded fine to me, uh oh...! Well, it did. The repairman did tighten the fan for Hubby, since he said perhaps when the delivery men took it off the truck it jostled it a little loose. Checkmate.

Finally, Suncoast Humane Society picked up the old fridge and stove off of our patio, and they thanked us profusely for our donation.

We are now nearly clutter free... oh speaking of that I got to take care of another decluttering job that being of that infamous kitchen junk drawer we all have! Ours had too many pens and pencils, but only one manual sharpener, twist ties and rubber bands, even our saran wrap, aluminum foil, another wrap paper, post-its, writing pads, a few paper clips, spare paper for more notes, old receipts, screws, finishing nails, flashlights, things unidentifiable etc. you get the picture!
Well, I edited it all; cut the unnecessary, and kept the vital or what we perceived to be somewhat necessary, and voila it is now easily opened and closed and everything has a place to be in and seen easily.
I secretly had hoped that more pens' ink were gone, but out of too many to count only three met that criteria and so they were trashed. All the pencils had recently been sharpened except for one and were nearly brand new, and the one was entirely brand new without having ever been sharpened!
Most of the rubber bands and twist-ties were tossed too, way too many. I do use them regularly for frozen vegetable bags to help prevent  freezer burn after they are opened, but sometimes they pop off and it doesn't work. Rubber bands don't work well in the freezer at all, as you must know, since when frozen they usually break. And I really cannot come up with too many uses for them these days, but some were so pretty in purple and pink and even a nice Khaki colored so I did save those for what I don't know. They are usually acquired from fresh produce.
The hardware that was put in there some of it was additional from the new fridge and some unidentifiable, but Hubby took them out to the garage where in my mind they did rightfully belong anyway.
I found packages of wet naps too that I thought would be handier if in the car. Heaven knows we need more stuff in there, NOT!
Between my ride, BIG BLUE, while in transit and Gus's crate when he is in transit and also stored there when he is not, and a first aid kit and a pull out container of hand cleaners, an airfreshner can and a coupon bag and so many other things I cannot recall right now, but needed important things I am very sure, pretty sure... oh well, maybe another frontier needing an edit or two too?

On that note of BORING can be fun too, allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly count all your blessings and share all your overages with you know whom and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

First day back at independent exercising!

We, Hubby and I made a circuit of the exercise equipment, first the all over machine, then what I call the slant board, both names are mine made up. I really should try harder to remember their actual names... Any-who, then the wall pulleys and then the free standing pulleys and done!
Felt sore and tired after, but accomplished. On the all over one I did level five with hills for twenty minutes, the slant board that I push with my legs at a 56% angle I do two sets of twenty.
The wall pulleys are two motions on each side with counts to fifteen two sets each, so a total of eight with a light weight of  ten pounds. The last free standing pulleys with a bar for me to hold on to, four different motions are done from rowing to curls to straight down to elbows in pulls, all with fifteen pound weights to a fifteen count with two sets for each motion.
So hopefully if I can keep this up for three days a week forever, who knows what might happen, hmm?
The interesting thing is the last time I was able to do independent exercise there was also in February, but in 2015! Gosh, two whole years! And also nicely refreshing I had eleven spaces open on my card that had not been used and they were still usable even after two whole years, so I have ten more freebies left, yay! I already renewed my membership with H2U in October.
The organization H2U, which is through the hospital you pay fifteen dollars a year to join and to use the equipment; and then it is fifteen dollars for fifteen visits! At this particular facility it also includes their indoor pool where I used to teach Aquacise at way back in the late 1990s, early 2000s.
H2U provides many other things too, from classes on nutrition, to discounts on many other things, here check out their site:h2u.com

Moving on...

Hubby took offense with me suggesting that he did not want to use mulch in our gardens; so I guess I stand corrected, since he does.
In fact after we got home today he began clearing out the area around my beautiful Gardenia bush!
That Gardenia bush replaced the live oak tree that majestically stood in front of home for years and was taken down by Hurricane Charley way back in 2004! It even pulled our sewer pipe out of the ground, it was a yucky mess! When all was said and done, I decided on the Gardenia bush because the one we had in the back yard was so fragrantly lovely, after what had happened up front I felt it was a wonderful choice and poetic justice for what had happened there. I think of Gardenias as having such a lovely aroma and to me they look like thorn-less white roses, truly beautiful!
Anyway, now it is no longer crowded and proudly stands alone. I gave Hubby the recipe to deal with the unfortunate black mold that occurred due to the overcrowding, soap and water sprayed on the leaves and trunk, either dish soap or laundry soap will work, and my coffee grounds are the proper acidity to push those blooms and feed its leaves what they need, once a week is good, more often if so desired. We do put our coffee grounds in our compost along with peelings from veggies and egg shells, but straight coffee grounds are a delicacy for acid loving plants like our Hibiscus too; most flowering plants love it! 
The two dracaena are colorful and planted now in the front garden doing sentry duty on either side of one of our many palms there. They probably could use some Miracle Gro, and I will suggest it to Hubby tomorrow, they have been well watered and stomped in without any air pockets that could kill them.
One thing about living in a semi-tropical, zone 10, area is that you can legitimately transplant whenever you want all year long.
And for the first time in weeks tomorrow we are expected to be having a very wet day due to a rain storm predicted in our dry season, could be as much as an inch or more, wow, ha!

On that note allow me to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly count all your blessings and share all you overages with you know whom and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!


Monday, February 20, 2017

Being prolific ...and this being NOT MY PRESIDENT'S DAY!

...should being prolific mean that our Orange Frothy Haired Guy count for something like him having perseverance?
Participation award?
Bland reasoning?
Content IS important with distinctive reasoning and his is convoluted, trying only should count when you succeed at proving that you did it for something significant and reasonable and truly doing one's best should mean something, but let's face it we all should be praised for winning as a BIG accomplishment, and then there is his followers, misguided as they seem to be of this so-called Pres. DJ! We can only ask why, they STILL defend him??????????????
Yes, he IS a prolific TWEETER!
Yes, he has shown his perseverance being trying on all of the rest of us, that is TRYING OUR PATIENCE!
Yes, he did compete and participate in a contest to win the grand prize/position of the presidency, but only by rigging the outcome.
Remember it was he who stated the election was rigged! No one else's suggestion; that is until he DID win, which proved he got something right.

But does that coveted prize mean he should have been rewarded with omnipotent  power to do whatever he wants to do....unequivocally the answer should be NO, since his behavior has proven him to be a dangerous personality with a hair trigger temper! Who has said he doesn't read anything because he knows more than everyone else! He has got to be kidding, but sadly, he isn't.
Oh so many that in history felt they knew too much to learn anything, and we ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENED THEN! LET'S STOP THIS PERSON OR HISTORY COULD REPEAT ITSELF!

Trust no one with the initials DJT, or MP or ITK or KC or SB ...etc., you get the idea!

Moving way on...

You know those shutter styled sliding closet doors?
Well, we have them in our guestroom and in our bedroom, and our linen closet, and I cleaned them today, who knew that it would be such a great sweaty work out!
Oh ye of little faith and deconditioned body!
I did it, while Hubby did the real work.
He killed ants outside and pulled weeds and constructed an enclosure for our exterior water filter pipes to be hidden and blend into our front of the house, painted the same mellow yellow.
The landscaping will eventually commence, I am told, within the month or sooner, as per Hubby the contractor.
You see, the plan is to simplify the gardens by removing the edging to allow grass to grow up and into them and also removing plants that are too intrusive, while leaving the larger palm trees and plumbagoes, as well as moving the dracaenas, leaving the caladiums too, as well as the large potted planter, moving it to the center of the large picture window. Ferns will go, and so will the Mexican petunias, and no that is not a political comment!
Talk about hardy and prolific growers/multipliers, they certainly are!
No more mulch I was told, but I like mulch, but again I have given up my gardening duties for the last several years, and Hubby has totally taken over, sad, but I had no choice.
So he gets the most votes on what happens in our gardens.
The Gardenia bush will stand alone, once the dracaenas are moved and the Mexican petunias are goners, again non-political!

On that note allow me to be the very first to wish you all a very happy good night and to ask you to kindly share all your blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

There it is again...

...that racist, all white page staring back at me!
I can hear it saying ( don't worry, not really, but if...), "Write something and make it good!"
None of that narcissistic me, me and more me stuff!
Or any of that sickening melodramatic medical too much information crap either.
Ya know there is just so much your audience can take TOBI ZEL!"

Yep, that is my alter ego or pseudonym, sounds better, Tobi Zel!
Actually, years ago my "real name" was let out of the bag, and it does show up somewhere here.
Stephen King? Robin Cook? Nah, I wish or even James W. Hall would be great, Randy Wayne White? Nope.
All great authors of non-fiction and fiction.
Not me though.

Oh it's okay.
I do get read anyway, if not in astronomical numbers, but with a bit of consistency, who could complain really.
I am nothing if not verbose.
This has meant so much to me for these last eight years seven months and six days short of eight months with now as of tonight, 3160 blogs to my noteworthiness and yay... I feel another "yay" coming on and here it is....YAY!

Uh oh, I did do that, "me" thingy.

Moving on...

Today was rather a quiet one.
Hubby, took Gus to Linda's, the groomer, so she could take him into Arcadia to the Animal Ark Vet Clinic to be put him under by the vet, Pam, so that she could groom him. This time they had Hubby pick up an antidepressant medication the night before and that was given to Gus this morning. They felt would help minimize his anxiety that he has had ever since we have had him, now only about grooming and veterinarians, shots etc., but today was just grooming. It was determined that he will be now on Prozac, yep the same stuff people get for depression and anxiety.
He starts tomorrow, since still groggy from his anesthesia.
He has adapted well to us with love, if cuddles and kisses are indicative of that comfort zone; it's just the outside world he isn't sure about.
Oh for any of you who do not know about Gus, he is our rescue Havanese mix that we adopted back on December 27, 2014, about six and a half weeks after our Skipper, our Bichon Frise, passed away on November 5, 2014, very sad and he is still missed dearly, as are all his predecessors.
Any-who, Gus had been named Gaston, which means stranger and when we adopted him he was a stranger no longer, and calling him "Gas", for short we felt that that sounded just wrong, so he became "Gus", which means majestic.
He had wandered the mean streets of Naples, Florida, not really mean, but to him I guess they were for he had many problems to overcome when the law picked him up in the form of Animal Control.
He became a ward of the non-profit group Canine Castaways and was neutered and micro chipped before we met him that December in Petco where they periodically bring doggies to be shown for adoptive purposes, and we sort of fell in love at first look.
He was thin and bi-racial, yep black and white, and our hearts were stolen that day.
Little did we know that there was a process to be able to take the little tyke home with us, and we had a form to fill out and a home inspection, nearly as complicated as adopting a child I can only assume, shame on me, assuming...
Little did we know we would be attaining an incorrigible with an unknown past that manifested its difficulties and fears as if he had PTSD and that would need a lot of patience, a stitch on my hand, peroxide, antibiotics, Polysporin, band aids more on me and emotional fixing for Gus and for us.
But it is over two years now, and I am happy to say he is still here, and so are we!
And he has finally been somewhat diagnosed with how to help him medically. We had tried even a behaviorist that came to the home for a half a dozen visits and could not find anything seriously wrong. Except what we mentioned about his Cujo transformation with vets and groomers.
He no longer growls at his food while inhaling it with fear that before something else would be trying to steal it or he no longer jumps back or is fearful of pots and pan noises or plastic bags,  towels we are working on, baby steps, ha, who knew... milestones have been reached, and instead of biting us he kisses us profusely while jumping from lap to lap, oh well, not too well trained but he does wag his tail while hugging me and me hugging him back while I scratch his tummy and chest and getting and giving slobbering kisses too!
So yes, WE love him!
And now maybe the rest of the world will too, with him medicated?

Oh we sure hope so!
On that note of spread the love around, allow me to be the very first to wish you all a very happy good night and share those blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Funny how...

...I had predicted that if the Orange Frothy Haired Guy lost the election his family would probably have to commit him...I was soooooooooooooooooooo close, but very, very wrong and no cigar!
Now, unfortunately, it is US as a NATION that will have to do it!
Daily the PRES. DJ destroys the moral fiber of this home that I love by his TWEETING!
Can't he keep it in his pocket? That is in reference to his maladjusted brain farts! OOPs did I write that out loud, forgive me, apparently his insolence is contagious!
No, it is true we should not belittle the mentally ill, but in truth those people who voted for him never should have hired him for the most important position in this land of the home of the free and the brave, sadly too quickly changing to not anymore!
Who else is it that should speak up and stop him from ruining it all.
We are the laughing stock of the world.
That Ontario, Canada Mayor Rob Ford who was wacko, he had nothing on our own home grown one, he now looks not so horrific, his was drug related and sadly he had passed away at only forty-six years old from cancer last year.
Maybe that is what is going on with our Pres. and he is self medicating?
Nah, he's just plain run of the mill bonkers!
We know he has no physical ailments, since he publicized his doctor's note and the doctor validated it! That also was way too weird.
He called that press conference the other day for what purpose other than to insult the press?
And he proving that he is in a time warp of not realizing he now has the job at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue or his alternative weekend Presidential address in West Palm Beach Florida, because we all saw how he kept defending incorrectly his winning numbers of the Electoral College comparisons with his predecessors, and referencing Hilary Clinton's emails over and over again as if he was Rip Van Winkle and just suddenly woke up and someone forgot to tell him the election was over and he shockingly did win with help from his pal the semi-retired KGB Guy, Vladi! OH MY, did I write that out loud again?
He also does not know that our unemployment rate was when he took over, being at the lowest rate in over twenty years!
Because he keeps saying that he inherited a mess, and as Stephen Colbert so eloquently said countering him, he has that backwards that we inherited him and he is making a mess, or some such thing... not verbatim, sorry Stephen, but almost close?
Love that KID/GUY, i.e. Stephen Colbert!

Looking forward to another live SNL, but not tonight darn!
They are running caliente, caliente, caliente! Translation: hot, hot, hot!
Laughter is definitely the best medicine, especially with their on target impersonations!
Only good that has come of this election is the endless ammunition for the comedians to draw upon.
Oh for a prayer for more difficult writing topics...!
Did I write that out loud again?
Balance, that is what we need decent leadership that is amiably sort of funny, just enough to keep us all happy!
Not this over the top CRAZZEE SCARY CRAP that hits too close to home nasty satire that we all love to our own hysterical distaste, way too close...
On this note of GEEZ must we tough out four years of this, or is there something we can really do, instead of violence upon him, commitment is still my choice.
You see, he hasn't even had it, commitment, to any of his wives for very long, three, really?
But the type I mean is get him the mental help he needs in a hospital for such things really!
Where was I?
Oh, that's right, allow me to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly share all your blessings and so will we!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!  

Friday, February 17, 2017

Continuing from yesterday's teasers...

First I hinted that the "new" refrigerator has created some problems.
And it has.
Although as you saw last night it fits perfectly where it is, but... we had received a phone call at seven thirty A.M. on Wednesday morning just before its scheduled delivery that was between nine and eleven and we were told that they could not get another one and that our brand new one had a ding in its side, but if we want it they would give us a ten percent discount...oh well... Hubby told them that we will look at it and then decide.
When it arrived and Hubby went out to the delivery truck to look at it, it had a dimple on the side that would be up against the wall. Hubby still felt that they could give us a better deal and he stuck to his guns when he asked for a fifteen percent discount, when they then stood tight on the ten percent. The women who was negotiating was talking to the department head and then got back to us with a sales receipt emailed to us that credited back to our credit card account for the fifteen percent!
We gave the men who brought them in, the range and refrigerator, a tip of twenty bucks for the both of them, we thought that was appropriate... Geez, it was about eighteen years since we had appliances delivered and installed, so we didn't know that according to one site Lowe's delivery people aren't supposed to get tipped... oh well, now our discount went down to that ten percent...KIDDING! (About that, seriously. The fridge was already on sale for three hundred bucks less and this brought it up to nearly four hundred dollars off.) 
After they left the frig was not doing so well... it was too noisy and I suggested that maybe it was just off balance, but Hubby adjusted the front legs several times and the noise would return.
He went around the back and felt that the noise was coming from the fan!
We called their service department the day after our "new" refrigerator was delivered and made an appointment for them to come out and try to fix it, since another "new" one would take two to three weeks to be delivered! And they were coming that afternoon from the Suncoast Humane Society to pick up our old range and frig and they were already clean and waiting outside on the patio!
So I had no frig if they took this one.

Thus the second issue... our donation pick up...
I had an eleven o'clock A.M. physical therapy session Thursday morning so I had requested they come as late as possible for the pick up since we also did errands after, and so they were able to come between 1-4 P.M; they agreed.

We got home a few minutes before one... and there was a note on our door... I bet you got it, yes that is right they had already come to pick up the two items, but no one was home!
There were two messages from the driver on our landline's voice mail saying that they were on their way and  next that it was 12:29 P.M. and they could wait no longer and that they were leaving!

Three times I left messages on the number that was on the note, but I did not receive a call back until that same day late afternoon.
We have consequently rescheduled for next week, the day before the "new" refrigerator is scheduled to be fixed or we are told that it can't be.
The problem is we would be getting the same model minus the ding... what is the usual way to handle the new non-damaged one, in other words would we have to give back the discounted monies and now we are pretty sure we do not have to tip the new delivery of that "new" one, right?

PS our fenced in yard's gates are always locked due to our very transient neighborhood, right now we have two homes waiting to be rented, although one new neighbor introduced himself to Hubby next door about a week ago, but has not moved in yet and the other across the street had its sign removed and a black Range Rover has been parked in the driveway there all day long, we can only hope it's our other new neighbor!

Moving on...

Any-who, I once again was graduated from PT today and have been given the go ahead for  independent exercise program that means coming back whenever I want to use their equipment and ask them questions if need be.

On that note of light at the end of the tunnel, allow me to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly share all your blessings and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Mini pics tonight!

 Below you will find our new stainless steel appliances, not the top of the line since we are simple folks. They are nice anyway. My new range is a convection one with an enormous glass window to see how you're cooking! The smooth top has neat burners that sizes can be adjusted according to the size of your pan or pot and are totally invisible when off, and there is a fifth burner for just warming. The microwave is slightly more powerful than our last one and otherwise is pretty similar. All appliances are Whirlpool and made in America! The refrigerator is as big as we can fit in that small space but it is a galley kitchen and those doors at the end are my pantry with slide out shelves, plus my laundry room has more pantry space, since we moved the water heater out into the garage when we had to get a new one and it went up to a forty gallon just last year. Question where is your coffee maker in your kitchen? Ours used to be next to the sink but I moved it across from the sink to make a beverage station, with a tea canister, and instant decaf canister, and, with my Stevia and sugar packets from the hotels we stayed at even hot chocolate all next to the fridge where the milk is and where Hubby keeps his sugar, the toaster is on that side too. I thought the stainless steel appliances there matched rather nicely also. Hubby prefers it where it was and so now I have to make the coffee that I cannot even drink until next month! (He feels it is unnecessary since carrying water over the floor and spilling it is dangerous! That's why I am doing it without spills!) Any-who, where do you keep yours?
The pic #2, is across from the new appliances to show our still white pale dishwasher that in actuality does not get much use at all. But look at that prep station so much room to get everything ready! The knives are there for that purpose as well as the trivets, but if you zero in on the one that looks like it has a bulls eye on it, it got that way from it getting burned one day and Hubby sanded it off mostly, I felt it needed some personality so I took the indelible black marker and wrote HOT SPOT! And yes that is a fruit bowl there too, but it goes up on the bar easily if we need more room. 
                                     My shelves there are purely decorative, and I have a lovely blue wine bottle collection up above. I have my blender holding up my minimal cook books, most were destroyed by the hurricane; sadly years of collecting, only replaced one, recipes these days are off the net although I do print out the favorites and store them over there in Ziplocs. My double sink has one very large deep  sink and a shallow smaller sink to the left that has my drain over it, perfect for doing dishes for just me and Hubby!

That's it for tonight, have a great one!
Tomorrow I will tell more about... that not everything went so smoothly with our frig, and donations... stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Shocker! And thank you, thank you!

I do believe yesterday's was my all time high, so thank you all very, very much for such a sweet nice thoughtful gift for Valentine's Day that I can mistakenly or not think it is how I feel that you are showing your love to me! (Or not.)
Delusional as that might seem, but who cares, I like it and it makes me think that you really, really, like me too! Calling on my inner Sally Field child, ha!

Any-who, today's previews shown are before I publish tonight's blog and those numbers should increase exponentially and I think that unless there is a major shake up we just might not beat last night's, but that is okay...I guess...I suppose... really it's alright, yes it is just okey dokey! Hubby catch me I think I might faint! KIDDING!
I will definitely be fine... but once you have been this high (My hand is over my head) it is kinda, sorta difficult to accept mediocrity, ya know what I mean?
But I will live, to fight another day, and to continue to survive, because that is just who we all are and what we all do! All my friends and family that is do it too, get your minds out of the gutter; in reality we are all better than mediocre we are extraordinary people as human beings on this planet, so lets unite and get rid of the sub-par questionable humans that know not what way is up or down!
Non-violence is what I promote.
But alternate facts that got us misbehaving, yeah this could work when we oust the current government hierarchy contentiously believing that he, non-mighty Pres. DJ has the world under his control, so very, very sad. Delusions of grandeur added into, narcissistic,  misogynous, racist, one marble short of a full deck, oh wait that makes more sense as too many cards short of playing with a full deck, hmm? Too ridiculous to use marbles in that analogy when the cards worked so much better, anyway that would be not enough marbles in his brain matter or some such thing... dang I get my idioms confused at times, thank heavens I am not trying to run the free world's number one country!
Gosh I might run it into the ground.
But no I am sane!
I would never think I was capable of running a country just because I was in management for thirty years, no way Jose, and I would definitely make sure Jose became legal if that is what he wanted, not that much different than when my own grandparents had wanted when they arrived from their religious and war torn strife in their homeland countries in the late 1800s and early 1900s! Some came before Ellis Island even existed and yet they were allowed in.
Who knew what they could have brought in, horrible diseases back then, let us not forget their anger with their treatment from where they came and many immigrants distrusted all people, even in the new land, but they came anyway since it was so much better than what they left behind.
We must all talk to our families to get their stories to know how and why they chose to come here, some had no choice but stayed anyway when they finally did.
There is something special very, very special about this land called America and we should all delve further into how and why we got here historically speaking.
Horrifically too many were dragged here on slave ships against their will.
But generationally when choice finally came after way too long, most have chosen to remain, since in spite of too many inequities in our lives here we have something very special that not too many know about in other places in the world, we have the hope to be able to change things for the better, and that is why we stay, too many other nations do not.
Sure even I said with feeling that I was going to leave if this current administration won, well I'm still here as many of you are too... we have hope to change things and we will!
As I said earlier we are a very extraordinary species, us human beings.
It is so sad when others lose hope in their lands, and we as a beacon to the world should allow them to come to us with our open arms as generations before have, even our current Pres. DJs family!
Could we deport him?
Nah, just contain him, more likely just commit him that would be the right and kindest thing to do, since we are much more civilized than him.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day to All!

Meanwhile that is why this is so very, very late.
As many know today was also our anniversary, our forty-sixth!
And we went out like many of you may have too.
We had dinner and a comedy show at Visani's right here in Port Charlotte Florida, would you believe?
Yes, we have had others, but this one is really, really good and so is the food!
No photos are allowed to be taken there and so sadly I have none.
But here's the next best thing, their site:  http://www.visani.net/
Menu there too!

Oh so late and blissfully tired, so happy good night to all, and laughter is truly the best medicine!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Pictorial night!

 Blue moon or blue sun? Hubby says moon...My simulated rusted brass wall art, redone yesterday! What do you think?
 My skinny Buddha for peace and harmony on the bar to our living room with our galley kitchen seen in background also with our new stainless microwave installed, new stainless range and frig coming this Wednesday, yay! 

Long time coming some of the many pictures of my drive in shower!

 My home sign that cost less than six bucks to make with gold paint and rope that we already had and five inch particle board letters hot glued on; from Walmart!

More shower, my marble bench, and one of the three grab rails!

Some of my many fish in all mediums from metal to Neoprene to decoupage to poufy metallic fabric that was applied by Velcro. The blue one above is the $1.80 one from the thrift shop that I painted it too was a rusty mess! My most expensive are in the double digits like $15 -$20, ha! Oh and our double showerheads in the rain style. In the corner is my body wash, shampoo and conditioner dispenser, Hubby has his regular soap dish.
 Our glass block window (8) for privacy and light.
The house painting nearly done!
 Our hallway looking into the guestroom with Number One's old dresser and the striped white cane back chair!
A corner of our living-room with the oak ice box styled end table and the mirror from the old dresser from our guest room at our old home on the other coast.

 Our old grandfather clock circa 1987 with a plaque with our name on it.
My pimped out hospital table for me to use whenever daily, sadly, but prettier now with marble contact paper on it and painted up/down adjustable stem. Was all plain Jane brown, bought online new for only $45 bucks a year or so ago. Holds my laptop where I write this nightly and it's handy for meals and beverages etc. for when I am too tired to sit in our dinette. Oh I almost forgot that lamp which is the twin to the one on Hubby's side is the one he spray painted that metallic gold for my request, it had been white, again no cost, since we had the spray paint same as on the home letters! And it is a wooden lamp, no metal at all; safer for clumsy me, ceramic is so pretty, but also very breakable!

The end for tonight!
I finally figured out how to get my PICS with this newer laptop, no need to upload, just email my PICS and save them and then they are accessible and yay!
But I bet you all knew that... Gosh why didn't anybody tell me, hmm?
It's okay!
Have a great evening and now allow me to be the very first to wish you all a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly count all your blessings and share all those overages with you know whom and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear! 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Fun Sun!

Not the kind outside, oh wait yes it is, but in a decorative wall plaque.
It had been a brass colored metal, not real brass since it rusted, and so Hubby sprayed it white after he scraped the rust off and handed it over to me inside; it was then basically a blank canvas.
The new mellow yellow walls that he had given to us needed a pop of color, and as anyone who knows me knows I love blue and so...I took my true blue acrylic paint and started painting every other burst, thinking that I would alternate with gold or apple green or what-have-you, but when I did just the burst parts it still looked odd and not what I was going for, a statement piece. After all it is going back on the front of the house, where the brass of its previous self had been.
So I made a  bold move and painted the whole thing that true blue, bursts, plated face and everything!
Still not quite right and so in the old days I would have done my splatter technique outside, but I was indoors and although I use plastic sheeting on my kitchen counter the splash would be outside of those boundaries.
Instead I speckled the apple green on top dabbing sporadically without rhyme or reason just feeling on the now well dried true blue.
Hubby came in and asked where the face was... hmm, another issue...and so I drew with a thin brush after the two previous colors were fully dry, and used the raised shadows in the metal of the eye, nose and mouth and enhanced them with black paint using the thinner brush and voila the sun has a face, and now hangs back where it had been, but brighter if a sun can be, ha!

Here comes a blue sun..., like a blue moon?

Any-who, that was not my only project today I was given our front door bell in actual brass and it is shaped like a pineapple, a welcoming hospitality symbol internationally!

I searched and searched I could not find our brass cleaner, so instead of Googling how to make your own I foolishly went at it without thinking.
First I tried window cleaner, duh, nothing happened, but I know ammonia is in the real stuff that is why I thought it might work, logically.
For some strange reason, me without one chemistry class to my name decided to experiment with natural household items, and so I tried baking soda and lemon juice and it fizzed so I thought hmm, why not and I poured the combo into my corning ware microwave safe side dish and put the pineapple plaque to our doorbell face down into the solution and got out my old toothbrush that I use for cleaning jewelry and started scrubbing! Crazy as it might seem it worked and yes it is back out there next to our front door! After all was said and done I did for the heck of it I  Googled the concept of making homemade brass cleaner and my concoction was no where to be found, but salt and vinegar were and ketchup was too, odd that mine was over looked, hmm?

Oh well, perhaps I am an inventor.

On this note of necessity being the mother of invention... sorry, couldn't help myself, allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you to kindly count all your blessings and share all your overages with you know whom and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!


Saturday, February 11, 2017


The Humane Society in Englewood Florida will be receiving our old refrigerator and range; they have a thrift shop there to sell them in. I wonder if they would take our extra couch, I should have asked.
I'm trying hard to get rid of some of the clutter. Two couches in the sunroom looks a little bit much, but the one I want to get rid of was bought for the guest room, since it is a nicer styled white futon type but with thick round metal legs and the cover that I had on the good white living room couch that was donated to the Cultural Center. We had decided to put a full sized bed back in there a few years ago.
We had thought with not having so many visitors these days, actually after Hurricane Charley when the original bed had glass shattered all over it from being under the only window that broke due to our neighbors roof going through it and having no warning, then, so we thought that the couch would suffice, but then my Mother- in- law, did not look so comfortable on the futon and that is initially why we went back to a regular bed. Although, she never came down again, due to my husband's sister putting her in a nursing home up by her in Pennsylvania when her dementia got so very bad, thus a regular guest-room, and with Number One Son returning the dresser that was his in his room as a child the beautiful golden oak dresser, the suite was now somewhat more complete. In reality the guest room dresser in our home on the other coast that was in our four bedroom 4k square foot home, that dresser is now in my closet for extra storage there and its matching mirror is in our living room with our ice box styled end table from that den from the other coast are all in golden oak, with our grandfathers clock too that had been returned too. He had sold both his homes and moved on his sail boat then sold his live aboard and moved in with his girlfriend, and bought a towable sailboat!
I know, I know...
He's a grown man and a great son, so he can do whatever he wishes. He works hard at the same job for over twenty years! So he simplified his life, and vacations frequently with his gal, girlfriend for several years, who is a psychologist and two years older than him, so I am sure they know what they are doing.

Any-who, today is a happy and sad day, our younger son's birthday is today and he is forty-one!
The sad part is we are all estranged from him.
Yes, even his brother and all relatives, his choice none of ours.
But he is an engineer and his wife is an attorney and they live well in a four bedroom two story home and own a forty-two foot long yacht, no children yet, I think...
Perhaps, we are not good enough for him, he lives in North Palm Beach Florida where Tiger Woods family lives, not far from the Pres. DJs locale is.

I guess I should be happy for him and not so sad, but its been nearly thirteen years since we saw him and we never saw his second wife, they have been married for several years already... oh well... I have tried and tried... and even sent a happy birthday wish to all the emails that I have for him this morning, simple, Happy 41st Birthday, Love always Mom and Dad... makes me want to cry just thinking about it.

Guilty of dwelling... so I must...
Move on...

Hubby, started the painting of the house with the front completed, he will be doing it in increments, so far it does look great!
A side at a time.
I feel bad I can't help anymore, but he brought in our hanging sign with our names and calling it our cottage in for me to refurbish.
You see, it is weathered and rustic, our Number One Son made it in woodshop in high school nearly thirty years ago and it has been on any place wherever we lived since. The varnish flakes and Hubby wanted me to scrub it off with the brass brush for such things and so I did.
We also have a teak wooden bench to the right of our front door that has a wooden colorful planter on it, now weathered too, a gift from my cousins, the teak bench was made from our old boat in NJ our 25' Catalina, we had it to fix its dive platform way back in the 1980's, and the remainder bench sized piece has moved with us ever since; we had sold that boat before we moved to Florida.
The sign needs to be varnished and the bench could use some spar varnish too, but I don't use either indoors, the fumes are not good!

That's it for tonight, allow me to cry occasionally we all have sadness in our lives as well as joy, and hopefully the joy is more so than the other for us all! So now allow me to wish all of my friends and family a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly count all your blessings and to please share those overages with you know whom and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!


Friday, February 10, 2017

No smoke signals or extreme pain today!

Well, I bet that surprised you? No? Me neither really, something had to give.
Everybody should have at least one day where  they can call it mundane, but not too many of that nature... for no one really wants that!
I know that I don't.
The adrenalin has got to pump, we must have imagination, make life an adventure, seek to learn and learn to seek... Oh I don't know, enjoy each day with an open mind and a child-like curiosity.
Behave, be devilish, be unique, be artistic, be creative, be musical, be political, be a voracious reader, be a town crier, be able to commit, be able to pick a side, be a voice of hope and respect, be a non-fool about what is true and right, and be non-accepting of all you read or see, be an investigator and find out what is what!
Love all people, even yourself!
Care as if everyone is related to you!
Now once you have accomplished all of that take a break!
But not too long, keep on going, on, and on, and on....to infinity!
Or death, whichever comes first, ha!

Geez, was that too preachy?
Hope not.
Words to live by.

Moving on...

Today after I was evaluated in PT by Amy, the grad student, and got to use the all over machine; Hubby and I went over to Publix, yep again, missed a couple of items from yesterday, Pam, bread, lemon juice, and my dish drying rack, actually the other Publix was fresh out of the one that sits just right on top of my smaller and shallower of the two sinks, it's a Rubbermaid brand. Unfortunately, they do rust after a few years. I must be on my fourth one, not stainless, but white coated rubber that seems to come off after much use.
See I use that much more often than the dishwasher for just the two of us.

After that we went over to Bocca Lupo's Coal Fired Pizza restaurant, their half price sale on large cheese pizzas is whenever there is a full moon and tonight there will be!
We ordered one large pie and a small Greek salad, which is really rather large!
We packed up most all of it and took it home, after we finally picked up our exterior paint for the house at Lowes in the same shopping center, and so I rode over on my BIG BLUE, while Hubby did too, but in our van and he did find another parking spot there.

Deciding on a paint color was the biggest issue.
Going darker than our off white shade or going with an entirely different color, and we discussed sea mist blue green/ teals, greys, darker tans, and finally Hubby made me decide and I chose pale yellow with white trim!
And so it will be, the front door has the yellow trim around its window already, with the remainder the deep sea blue and it is also on the wood and wrought iron chair too with green in its striped appearance; it sits by the front door, so they will remain as is.

Some may say a bold choice, but the islands' homes are pastels and look lovely, some new neighbors have chosen paler shades in the peachy look, another with a bright salmon front door, another chose too dark grey with maroon shutters, in my opinion, to me looking too northern.
But refreshed their home and they like it and when it comes down to it that is all that matters.
Each to their own and better clean and well maintained than ignored.
In the eighteen plus years that we have lived in this home it has been blue, white, beige, and now starting this weekend yellow, yay!

On this note of decisions allow me to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly count all your blessings and share all your overages with you know whom and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!    


Thursday, February 9, 2017


I awoke with the base of my right thumb bruised and swollen, and my left hand on top having the feeling of those small bones aching and oh so sore! Now my left arm is so bad I am writing all this with one hand, actually one finger!

Consequently, I had a very interesting physical therapy session today.
Mostly, the third year grad student, Amy, had to be creative in figuring out just what I could do.
I did do the all over exercise machine on a lower setting of three today, and I did not hold on too tightly with barely grasping of my hands on the holders, no thumbs required.
Then I went over to the raised mat, and did some leg thingies, but then my back went into spasms!

Did you ever have a day where you should have never left the house?
Me too!
Sadly too many to count!

Any-who, with all that said I guess you will understand if I make this a shorty tonight... take care and live life to the fullest, yep another PT session tomorrow, and it is possible tomorrow could be better, a whole lot better than today, or worse... hmm... now allow me to be the very first to wish you all a very happy good night and ask you to kindly count all your blessings and share all those overages with you know whom and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Yes, we were consumed by smoke all due to our microwave having a meltdown!
Fortunately, there was no fire to contend with, but all that nasty smoke!

And so it went like this... at the mere age of twelve it passed away... and the fridge was so saddened by the turn of events and being the elder of the quartet of appliances commiserated and with heartfelt sympathy did not pass on, but became ill with its temperature plummeting and a mere seventeen year old, as the siblings faltered the stove had had enough too, and decided to follow his brothers in necessity of combatting daily help to the human beings for filling their tummies and souls with nourishment, which saddened him deeply... their pale white faces cringed with their ordeal... and so their human parents spent much of the day looking for a deal to bring the next generation to the forefront, hollow sentiments I hear you say, not really, but alas no other choices could be made the need was there in the  kitchen to be able to fulfill our sustenance!

And so they, Mom and Dad, me and he, found the deal of the day, at Lowes, and replacements are eminent within the week for thy fridge and stove, but micro is here and now!
All went from pale white to glistening shiny stain of the less! The only alone martyr of the group who thus staid pale and white to face his opponents to fight another day is thee lowly dish of thee washer!
The Dad felt since he of little use, his words not mine, he can stay!


Till the morrow...

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Staring back at me

Sometimes inanimate objects tend to do that, don't they?
A clock, a dial on a machine, analogue or digital, equipment shouts in its blind banality.
Although, they do have a tendency to move, hands, numbers, words, if you read what they say...they occasionally scream at you in their silent way, or not always so quietly in fits of weeping or angry cries all due to a need to be stared back at by you!

Today I had PT, physical therapy, this time with Sarah, the one person who has been going there as long as myself, over twenty years.
I once again got first dibs on the all over body exercise machine, that has mountains and a choice of numeric abilities, and I was set on four with mountains and to accomplish the terrain within a twenty minute window, which I did, and over sixteen hundred steps and sadly only about fifty calories dispersed/burnt were from me.
Got to use those arm pulleys again, third day for that.
Sarah came up with different combos from rowing to pull downs to pull ups etc. all at the count of fifteen reps deux and fifteen pound weights; I am able to mosey my ride right up to it and no need to get out.
My staring was mostly at the readout on the all over body exercise machine, and the pulleys, as well as at this blank page until I fill it in that is what I see, but don't we all, it could be a metaphor for life and how we live it, hmm, filling in those blanks? WOW it is!

I compose without any preparations and I am very happy with this method, since it rarely causes the page to remain blank; if only for a moment until I gain momentum of thoughts.

Life, on the other hand can be carefully planned, but as most of us know not everything works out how we plan it, does it?
At this stage in life we have been known to wing it most days unless others have decided for us what will be, doctor's appointments, PT scheduling, necessities to be taken care of like meal preparations and laundry and cleaning etc.
We also change things up with eating out, and shopping too!
How truly exciting, hmm?
We are just a couple of wild and crazy guy and gal, aren't we?

Moving on...

My mini research brain took me into a wild unchartered direction this week, although I have been using these two named products on and off for over fifty years... here they are Noxzema and Ponds Cold Cream, did you know that Noxzema has been around since 1914 and Ponds since 1846?
Well, they have.
Noxzema I used as a teenager and never had a blemish and Ponds my Mom used to use and passed that concept on to me, she had great skin. Oil of Olay was my younger adult Mom/ me. I thought I had to use it for dry skin, really in my twenties the only time I had dry skin was from too much sun, but to be honest, Noxzema and Ponds are great and do the trick and are a whole lot cheaper. So over the last year or so I went back to those old faithful's, and the Noxzema has diminished my larger pores, and the Ponds is perfect for removing makeup and has the added affect of moisturizers as it does, especially by those crow feet eyes that appear to be diminishing!
There must be a reason why they have held up so long, over a hundred years, like aspirin, simple basic and cost effective. Vaseline is another highly recommended product, great for really dry skin on elbows and feet especially with drier homes this time of year.
Any-who, how I love to share when I find something that is reasonable and works!

That is all for tonight, enjoy life to the fullest and allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly count all your blessings and share all those overages with you know whom and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Interesting ending...

...to the game!
I had taken the side of the underdog, the Pats and Hubby did not realize his choice was actually the favorite to win, the Falcons; for he too thought his choice was the underdog, and he was absolutely correct in the end, hmm?
But I had watched the doggy's choice of the Falcons the previous Friday morning on the Today Show, and thought foolishly that the New England Patriots this time were the underdog, since that dog was always right and even he chose the Flacons!
Sadly I had no money on the game, if I had I would have won a bundle!
That same logic fooled me with our presidential election I thought my choice was a shoe in, but again I was wrong, devastated that time and still am! Geez, and that was just three months ago!
Feels like yesterday.

That time I was voting for who I wanted and thought who was the favorite to win, a sure thing, although to some who voted she was the lesser of two evils, but a win for sure... but damn I was very, very wrong we were all very, very wrong!
Not much we can do these days, except protest, sign petitions and pray a lot!

Things happen, not a deflate gate this time, I think? At least a football game doesn't have a control over all we hold near and dear; as the negative outcome of a presidential election does...
Remember cutie Tom Brady with "Deflate Gate", letting the air out of the game ball, with attaining for that effort a four game suspension even though the win; this time he became the MVP legitimately!

Lady Gaga who is multitalented provided an excellent half time show!

Not all the commercials were as memorable as previous years, but some did stand out, no real disappointments in that realm... so all round great entertainment!
I simulcast the whole shebang while, would you believe, watching The Killing on my laptop?
Another Netflix original series, five stars, four seasons long, binge watching recommendation, murder mysteries taking place in Seattle, Washington.
The last one was The Fall murder mystery in Belfast Northern Ireland with Gillian Anderson and the mesmerizing Jamie Dornan, if his names sounds familiar he is the same actor who plays Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, and its sequel, this is before that.
He is fascinating to watch, no wonder he aced his audition for the other; those Grey movies.

Any-who, that does it for tonight, enjoy everyday to the fullest and allow me to be the very first to wish all of you a very happy good night, and let me kindly ask you all to count all your blessings and share all your overages with you know whom and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!


Sunday, February 5, 2017


Late getting this out due to picking up last minute wings and things for our own mini Super Bowl Party!

We will be watching for the commercials, and half time show, and a little bit of the game too, ha!


Have a great night!

Saturday, February 4, 2017


How many out there truly understand them?
Partial statements, not the mathematical way to figure out parts and parcels of things.
We as human beings can never ever completely get our opinions across without seeing our faces up close and personal with expressions emanating from our blankness of the flatness of the page called emotion when compared to what is written. Unless it is your profession, of course, but there is nothing better than face to face confrontation, true?
Sure we can state happy, sad, angry, disgruntled, elated, mad as a hatter, triumphantly exhilarated, and even intolerably inconsolable...etc. so many more, but without the sight of your eyes on another's these commentaries can  fall flat and be cold and laden with only our imaginations to "assume" we understand the actual meaning of what might have been stated; especially on Facebook, emails, Twitter or Instagram for so many reasons of fractionated premises of reliability.
I am more than sure there have been several times or perhaps just once that what you said was misunderstood by those who read what you wrote, hmm?
I'm just saying for many of us who do write daily in extremely large quantities, even some of us undeniably have fallen into this trap of not always getting their point across.
Perhaps that when we suggest a concept or thought process the infeasibility factor kicks in from your audience.
I know; then I believe one should quit doing what they are doing, writing, and try something else.
Logically that would be what any sane person would do.
But alas, who knows what is truly "normal", anyway, hmm?
Personally, I have never ever been "normal", maybe by some standards but not all, and there is the rub... no perimeters, exacting, except when there is an absolute extreme perception of a lunatic being assessed!
Most people do deviate from the norms, if ever so slightly, but do co-exist within a range considered by those who make those considerations within a somewhat normal range.
A realm where this writer may very well be.
Although, some of the best authors were and are still testing those so-called limits!
Great writers in fact!

 Perhaps, a better title would be fractured communications?
Many find others who express their sentiments better than they can and post them with editorial commentary of their own above or with what they feel so strongly about.
Some just post others' posts from reliable sources, and that is fine, not everyone has access or the time to research it all for themselves.
Quoting others who feel as you do is a part of modern society.
When long ago I believe we were more likely to come to our own conclusions and state them without fear of contradiction.
Not that statements shouldn't be challenged, but there are at times undisputable facts validated that should be taken for what they are, as the truth.

Horrifically, this "new" administration, has no clue about anything, or even of the ramifications of what they spew.
He, Pres. Frothy Orange Haired Guy is the drunken driver behind the wheel and daily knocks down people along his verbal pathways.
He is DJ, our man-boy disturbed teenager who acts out as if he was given the keys to the manse and is having a party with his buds or so he thinks, which is not clearly and before he actually takes into consideration what he will say before it spittle's forth on Twitter or on camera or at a news conference or anywhere for that fact!
With his sidekick MS. Alternate reality star.
Who said he stopped doing reality TV, not me!
He talks to the camera with cringe worthy statements of prayers for his successor to the "show", he is actually still running in his mind as his, but only the address has changed to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!
Somebody please tell this excuse for a human being that this is REAL LIFE not a TV show!
And that he should watch who he pisses off!
I want to live, but he has his hand too close to the doomsday button to change that to an explosive decision... we all live in FEAR!


Friday, February 3, 2017

What an interesting realization...

... ya know Hubby and I were counting down on all the places that we have lived over the years and we realized that where we live now in this "home" is the longest that we have lived anywhere!
We have been living in this home eighteen years this past New Year's Eve!
Born in Margaret Hague Hospital in Jersey City NJ for me while living in North Bergen NJ 1 1/2 years with mom and dad.
Then, me, moved to Paramus NJ for fourteen and half years with mom and dad.
Then Emerson NJ for four years till I was married, resided with mom and dad.
Next just short of two years in Oradell NJ with Hubby and baby number one son, until he was six and half months old.
Next Lakewood NJ for six years with Hubby and sons.
Next Lanoka Harbor while finishing building our Bamber Lake home in Lacey Township NJ for nearly seven  and half years lived there with Hubby and sons.
Then Ormond Beach FL two residences, nearly eight and a half years with Hubby and sons.
Then Punta Gorda FL for four years, and lastly here in Port Charlotte FL, forever, going on nineteen years in this home, both  in Charlotte County with Hubby!
Hubby cannot remember all his residences time lines, but is pretty sure that like me this is the longest he ever lived anywhere!
What this says about us I am not quite sure.
Might be interesting for you too do it, just for the fun of it!
A memory game of sorts too.

*Warning for accuracy you might want to tally those years, since when I did it I came out a few months older than I am, until I went back and tweaked my too much rounding off of the years, huh, and ha, but true!

Moving on...

Any-who, I finally got a hold of my bariatric doctor's nurse to get the answers to my three questions:
Can I eat spicy foods? Answer: whatever I can tolerate, but now is okay!
Can I have real coffee? I have to wait until five months after my surgery, and I am at three and half months.
Can I have a glass of wine? One year after surgery! They say I signed something stating that, but of course I forgot. So October 19, 2017 I will have some!

Lastly, and not as exciting, but is about my vitamin D, I should increase it another 1600 IUs; I already have been taking 2400 for years, but my tests show that it is still at half of what is should be.
For muscle strength this is important. It is natural from the sun, but since my skin cancer I am sun-shy.
 On this note of games of a sort, allow me to be the very first to wish you all a very happy good night and ask you all to kindly count all of your blessings and share all of your overages with you know whom and we will too!

And next time please be here or be square, ya hear!