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On A Clear Day

Posted on March 27, 2010 12:21 am under Grandma Tidbits
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Medicine has it’s wonders and I guess that pharmaceuticals are one of them. But sometimes I question it. If the diuretics are reduced, my legs double in size and I can barely draw a breath. Increase them and I’m too dizzy to stand for more than a few minutes. There’s more of these wonder drugs, but let’s skip the details. Suffice to say that it’s a rare day when everything equalizes and I have both the oxygen and the stability to do more than sit.

Today wasn’t 100%, but it was close enough for me. How to spend it? Like a kid at the candy store, I checked out my options. Grab the canes and head outside to enjoy some sun. Get Calico to take me out to lunch or for a ride around the town. Stay inside and tackle a project.

Today, the project won. My bedroom hasn’t felt truly organized since we’ve moved in. Being the largest bedroom, it’s become the designated dropping spot for items that haven’t found a home. So I started weeding, discarding some and finding a home for others. There’s still some work to be done, but I’m happy with the progress and celebrating the difference.


Totally Obsessed

Posted on March 25, 2010 7:51 pm under Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen - Grandma isn't listless anymore

Yesterday I wrote about my obsession with virtual pets. It’s not my first obsession, of course. Here’s 13 more.

  1. Reading. “Put down that book and go outside to play.” was my mother’s mantra from the time I was 7 years old. I learned how to sneak a book out of the house and read it while sitting on a swing or perched on a tree branch.
  2. Baking. Probably fueled by my love of sweets. In fourth grade, I won my first blue ribbon at the local fair.
  3. Cryptograms. As a kid, I loved secret codes and was always devising a new one. When our newspaper started presenting a daily cryptogram, I was hooked. Now I have cryptogram software on my computer.
  4. Algebra. Yes, you heard correctly. I was addicted from the first day of class. “If a train leaves Station A traveling at 60mph…” Each solution was a logical triumph, rivaling any runner crossing the finish line. I still use algebra to solve everyday problems.
  5. Needlework. I enjoyed sewing, knitting, crewel and cross stitch from an early age. Interesting,since my mother didn’t enjoy any of these. I gained most of my skills from her mother. Guess it must have skipped a generation.
  6. Camping. Not the summer camp kind. I hated all that organized activity. But in adulthood I began camping and hiking in the quietest natural spots I could find. My family did not share this obsession. Occasionally, I’d go with a friend, but most of the time I camped alone. Many people were shocked, but I loved the break from the noise and stress of the everyday world.
  7. Computers. The affair began when I met my first one at a college science fair. It has lasted a lifetime. I love solving problems and writing code. How fortunate to spend my career being paid to play.
  8. Computer Games. Not too surprising, I trust. I fondly recall typing Basic into my home computer to create my first virtual game. Time has not dimmed my enthusiasm. Solitaire, QBz and Penguin Diner are some of my favorites.
  9. Soap Operas. Thankfully, I’m no longer obsessed with these, but at the height of my obsession, I would schedule my activities around my favorite ones.
  10. Graphics. Added since retirement. I can loose myself for hours while creating a graphic image. I have never done well with real life art media, but have much better results with the virtual. I worship the Undo button.
  11. Walking. I hated sports and going to the gym. Exercise was evil incarnate. Then I discovered walking and it became part of my daily life. I did it because I loved it. Weight loss was an unexpected bonus.
  12. TV Medical Shows. This is another retirement interest. I don’t get much enjoyment in focusing on my own health problems, but I do love all the medical dramas. House, Private Practice, Grey’s Anatomy. All are far more exciting than real life ailments.
  13. Trips to the movie theater were rare events in my youth. I overcompensated as an adult. A daily visit was not unusual. On weekends, I would happily attend both a matinee and an evening show.

And, of course, there are the virtual pets. Hope you’ll excuse me now, they’re waiting to be fed.


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Virtually Obsessed

Posted on March 24, 2010 7:27 pm under Grandma Tidbits

My goulash contains a large portion of virtual pet obsession. If you love cute little critters, beware of Superpoke Pets. It is so addictive. I keep repeating “They aren’t real. They aren’t real.” Then I race out to make sure that all my pets have been properly cared for, have plenty of friends and possess all the latest items from the Pet Shop.

Pets have gardens too. They can keep the items they grow or recycle them for coins. Then, of course, the coins are used to buy more goodies at the Pet Shop. I’ll admit this loses something in the translation. Only those who have experienced this virtual mania can truly understand.

Today, some of my favorite seeds were discontinued at the Pet Shop. What should I do? To answer the question, I created a spreadsheet of crops and their potential recycle values. I’m even including a link here for my SPP addicted friends.
SPP Crop Values

Yes, I can see a bunch of you shaking your heads in disbelief. But Grandma doesn’t care. She’s off to play with her pets.


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Lost In Space

Posted on March 23, 2010 6:54 pm under Short Stories
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Where could it be? Not behind the daybed nor in the storage area beneath. Not anywhere on the high bookshelves. Two small kitchen cabinets yield nothing but dishes. The tiny studio’s single closet is the only remaining possibility. Trembling with apprehension, she approaches the narrow door. Tentatively, she touches the door handle, then quickly pulls back. She has heard stories. And she believes them. Struggling to control her terror, she approaches again and flings it open.

How silly! There’s nothing to fear here. Just floor to ceiling shelves, filled with the accumulation of ten years. The search might take a bit, but nothing to fear at all. Be methodical. Start at the bottom and work up. Begin with that large box. Stuck. Try again. Ah, here it comes.

Avalanche. Tottering shelves hurl their contents. A large brass trophy jettisons from the pinnacle towards her head.

Blackness. Endless blackness. It’s what they’d predicted, but it’s not frightening. Years of constricting city crowds. Years of claustrophobic living quarters. Gone. She relaxes and drifts away, blissfully lost in the endless space.

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Grandma Tidbits #3

Posted on March 22, 2010 5:55 pm under Grandma Tidbits, Manic Monday

What do you value most in other people?
Honesty, loyalty and a sense of humor. And close behind these three are creativity and intelligence. Don’t want much, do I?

If you could only see black and white except for one color, what color would you choose to see?
Lilac is my favorite color and I love many shades of pink. But I’d choose green in all it’s variations, if I could see just one.  Perpetual spring.  But everything pales next to reality.  Glad that I can see them all.

You have a 10 minute speech to give at a high school, what is it about?

Accepting and appreciating yourself. Don’t waste time trying to imitate others.Don’t focus on “fixing” them either. Embrace your passions and find some humor in your flaws.You’ll enjoy life more. And so will the people around you.

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