OCTOBER UPDATE

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October is here and where have the days flown? So much going on. I am now more settled in and believe each day when I wake up that I am HOME. There for a while it felt like I was in a motel or something. You just have that feeling of uncertainty. One night while standing in my kitchen washing dishes, I thought to myself, I know where most everything is now. It will be there from now on…I AM HOME…It sure felt good. If you have had the journey I had over the past 3 years you would KNOW how good that feels. I am now getting used to the fridge that pops and rattles really loud at night..(it’s a 1995 model), I am getting used to the people who live here and can tell almost by a door slam or a footstep who is coming and going. It’s a daily routine. I get joy out of the LAWN guys mowing and I don’t have to.( Oh it is wonderful.) Those hard days are over. I like riding the bus and seeing sights along the way and talking to people. It is a real eye opener. I wish my camera worked better. I have had a little luck here and there but it takes a lot to make it act normal again. I did manage to take this shot of the trees.  The colors seem really bright this year and not all dull like last fall. Are you all ready for Halloween?? I have no idea what the residents do here in this complex but guess I will find out. There are many apartments here that are decorated outside. Will be fun seeing what costumes the kids are wearing this year. 

 

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Here is one I took of the trees behind our complex…all different colors.DSCN6594

Here is one from our parking lot looking toward the road. It really is a beautiful fall here this year.

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REMEMBER WHEN

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I smiled the biggest  watching a neighbor teach his daughter how to ride a small two-wheeler. The bike never had training wheels and a small boy neighbor could ride it easily. She could not. So dad got his chance to run around holding the back of the bike and running along beside her. They did all this on the GRASS..no cement or paved street, smart dad. I remember falling on that street. OUCH…oh how I wish I had a video of that moment. There is no feeling in the world like the wind rushing through your hair as you ride as fast as you can and feel like you have wings for the first time. Wife came out and filmed a lot of her riding attempts. She just had to keep peddling. She tried another part of the complex that was flatter. MUCH better results. In less than two hours she was riding like a pro. BIG smile on her face. Neighbors came outside and applauded her efforts. I yelled..”Good JOB..DAD too!” I swear his face lit up like a Christmas tree all twinkly. It was a sunny Sunday afternoon at the end of September 2014. I had to think, I hope she remembers where and when she was when she learned, I remember where and how but not WHEN.  I hope her mom NEVER loses that video. A whole new world is ahead of her. Today she went to school, no doubt, with stories of her success. Can’t wait to see if she still rides well after school.. Stay tuned. 

OH DEAR Blog Readers….the smells from my kitchen this morning brought tears to my eyes. I used my oven to bake my mother’s recipe for BANANA BREAD.. OH how the whole place smells like home and MOM making  it over and over again. She loved it so. She never needed the recipe almost up to the day she left. She made it so many times it was in her memory bank.  ALWAYS the end piece with lots of butter on it, that was her favorite. HOT HOT out of the oven would make her just ooooh and ahhhh.  Making it this time for my sister’s birthday. I omitted the pineapple this time and made it plain. Can you smell it??? YUMMM!! Haven’t had this in ages. Last time I made bread it was in the microwave for lack of an oven. Well it was edible, but just not the same. It cracked on top just like MOM made it. So happy it came out good. Recipe link is above.

DSCN6522Got to say the fall here in Michigan this past week has been spectacular. The leaves changing very quick but the temps have been mild and cool at night. NO rain, just nice..it does feel like October instead of September though. I fear the winter will be early this year again. Still looking for the wooly worm and his prediction but the black squirrels here are  busy storing nuts from the nearby trees like crazy. That alone is scary. I shudder thinking about last winter, but at least know this year there will be way way less shoveling for me here in my new place. 

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HAPPENINGS…

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So many things have taken place since my last update here. We lost an icon in Joan Rivers death. Sad and shocking all at the same time. It felt like she would be here with us a lot longer. Such a warm, nice, funny lady, she was smart and had a tongue and humor that could cut like a knife if she wanted to. I will miss her humor and presence in this world. Rest in peace Joan and you and Robin make Heaven roar with laughter. 

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I finally got all moved into my new place and despite all the hours of unpacking I still cannot find things and have no idea if I even HAVE things anymore. Confusing to say the least. This week the cable company was hired to upgrade the cable system here. It had not been done since 1990. WOW… talk about OLD>.. it worked though. Can not say the same for the new yet. They are still at work doing the three buildings here. What we did not know was all the cable connectors now have to be installed on an inside wall so EVERYONE here has to move all their furniture around to accommodate the new installed connections. OH MY..that is not setting well with those who have been here some 15-20 years!! I along with everyone else moved things. Guess I will get used to it though. Cable companies DO NOT provide any extra cables if you need them you have to buy it. I told the installer well, no bother I sure don’t care to have the cable running in front of my patio doors..not a good idea.I have time to change things thank goodness..others do not. They have been established a long time so sorry about that.

 

DSCN6484LETS talk about GAS…well you know almost ALL my life in all the places I have lived I have had GAS STOVES..yeah and now I have electric. Getting used to it slowly but YES I have scorched a lot so far…takes time to get used to.I forget that all apartments now days are electric based. I LOVE my new place don’t get me wrong.. I am sooo happy to have it.. just adjusting to the neighbors noises, the bumps in the night that you are not used to. I feel like I am living in a motel most of the time so far. YEAH it’s that new to me. I don’t have photos up and pictures of family and etc.. that will come in time. I just am at the baby stage of apt living I guess. I noticed recently that ANYTIME a person raises their voice or makes a ruckus.. the whole complex is a BUZZ with curiosity. It is quite comical. When I was moving load after load in the car into the new place, I always got stopped with questions and comments. IT’S a community here…YEP.. they all know each other and I have to GO with the FLOW…a new neighborhood. So far they all know my first name and where I lived before and I have a sister and some friends.. I don’t have a car and well that is about it. OH yeah.. the smells coming from my place are yummy…because yes indeed.. I DO COOK.. I may not eat it all but I do cook. I have had to tone down my cooking for one now…but I do enjoy baking..oh yessss. I made some cookies for the cable guys… always good to have them on YOUR SIDE and remember you! I do know how to make an impression.. they were great..considering the electric oven etc…whew..               

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WHILE we are here let’s talk about INFORMATION…I don’t even have a phone book for where I am now..thank GOD for the internet and you can find things in a hurry..but changing the driver’s license address..oh myyyy it’s in another town.. I just have to find a way to get things done I guess. Change of address stickers and forwarding at the post office etc. Thank Goodness I don’t get a whole lot of junk mail and such. I heard there is a FEE to pick up mail if they are holding it for you. All things I have to check into. I know the town I am living in kinda well but as to streets and which way to get around NO. Learning is fun… if I had a way to get around better I think I would already know more. This town provides a dial a ride.. and that is why I am living here. I have to get out and that is the way I am going to do it. When I think of how much I am saving it is MIND BLOWING.. When I get into a warm bus in the wintertime and not have to heat it up or worry about driving on roads etc.. I am thrilled. This town is maybe 2 miles long..maybe more.. so it is not a large city but just big enough for me. I feel it is WHERE I AM SUPPOSED to be. It may not mean sense to anyone else….but to ME…I am happy with it. More stories later.. I have to run there is a ruckus in the courtyard.. I bet those cable guys started it.. LOL   

 

 

 

HEARTBROKEN

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MY prayers to his family who must be heartbroken over his death. The world mourns the loss of his great heart and loving gentleness. We will laugh for years to come with a sense of sadness. Rest in the Peace you find out there among the stars in heaven. WE WILL MISS YOU. 

CHANGES…

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SO many changes here at WordPress.. I know it has been awhile since I last updated my blog here. The whole setup is new.Not sure how I will like it either.  I broke my own rule of blogging at least once a month. Time flies and you get busy and things happen.. many things. I can’t imagine blogging daily or even weekly any more. I guess I have just changed. Did Facebook influence that…yes it did. I can update there and reach a lot of people where here I cannot any more. 

Some of you know that Sis has been ill. It has been a roller coaster ride getting her back on track. So many hospital trips, different doctors and specialists. Her case is not an easy one. So now that things are progressing better,I feel I can focus on ME..

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I am finally moving on.. I have waited for two years.. I have been on so many waiting lists for apartments I can’t remember where they all are. I got a call while standing in the ICU of a major hospital. I was watching them work on my sister at the time. I almost did not answer it, but I did. I was waiting for another call and thought it was them. The voice on the other end was surprising and asked me.. “Do you still need an apartment?” I explained I did and what was happening. She told me to call back. I sure needed that good news then. It came at a hard time but it was welcome.  So things are moving on slowly.. I am moving in things and finding things that were lost in storage. apt3 

It will take a while to do it all but I know I will be happy there. I will try and update more here and let you all know.  In the meantime.. 

ONE Special lady needs our prayers. OUR blogging friend from back in MSN SPACES days is facing another hard time with a hard illness and can use all the support and prayers you can give..BETH MARIE is her name and she can be found at her blog. Stop by and give her some love and encouragement. I know she will appreciate it.  Many Thanks!! 

 

MAY FLOWERS

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DSCN8833Not sure what these are but they seem to be everywhere in our yard, I love the color of them. Trees are slowly blooming and tulips are up in some places. I can say I was surprised to see them having the winter we did. Last two nights frost warnings so many flowers have wilted some in the cold. I sure love to look at the trees but my allergies have other ideas. DSCN8864

Lots happening here trying to find a new place to live and move on is number one on my list these days. I guess when the right place comes along I will know it. Waiting is so hard though. I just don’t want to wait until fall or winter to move. Starting early and hoping it will get me someplace soon.

Good news is my latest tests at the eye doctor tell us the meds are working so my Glaucoma is being treated correctly. I am happy and hope it stays that way for a long time.

Here is the most darling photo of my niece’s boy at Easter.. he had a ball playing at our local park. We got to spend some time with him and he wore me out. Has so much energy I wish I could bottle that stuff and use it sometime. DSCN0022

Took flowers to the cemetery and fixed it up nicely for Memorial day. I added some of those solar lights in the pots of flowers. It seems that lots of people are doing that here. Lanterns, figurines of all kinds and even some hanging ones. Nice to drive by at night and see all the lights shining. They look great!

Not much more from here, hope you all have a wonderful, safe memorial-day

 

 

APRIL SHOWERS BRING…

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Easter egg ornaments on a tree.. Would you have the patience to add that many? The guy that does this lives in Germany and is 76 years old. Go here for more info on this beautiful apple tree full of real blown egg ornaments. I am just amazed. Here in the USA weather being crazy like it is..most of the ornaments would be so wind blown..I am afraid of what the tree would look like before Easter came.

Stuff happening here but not a lot I can talk about right now, GOOD things though and I will share when I can. I am hoping we are over the shoveling part of our spring weather and into the umbrella stage. Hope you all have a great SPRING and EASTER. 

P.S. Sending my prayers to our blog friend TOODIE in the sale of her home and move back to WISCONSIN.