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Can’t Take It With You

Posted on April 15, 2010 5:35 am under Thursday Thirteen
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Thursday Thirteen - Grandma isn't listless anymore

You have to leave your home and everything in it. There will be basic furnishings, linens and food at your new place. Your family and pets can come too. After six months, you can purchase other items. But you can never go back and retrieve the things left at your home.

What could you live without for six months? How about forever?

Here’s what I’m taking.

  1. Medications. Wouldn’t last 6 months without them.
  2. Clothes. I’m not sure what the weather’s like at the new location, but I don’t want to freeze. Even if it’s warm, Grandma’s not into scaring people.
  3. Cosmetic Case. No need for lipstick and mascara, but I’d prefer not to spend 6 months without soap, toothpaste and deodorant. Bet my family would prefer it too.
  4. Computers. Even without an internet connection, although that seems like a basic from my perspective. I’m not sharing with Calico and Miss Muffin either, so their’s are coming as well. No that doesn’t count as multiple items. Afterall, I am making the rules.
  5. Keyboard. What’s life without a little music? And Miss Muffin can entertain herself for hours with it.
  6. Photos. If I had them scanned and uploaded, I’d leave the hard copies and download them when I reached my location. But many of the treasured ones have never been introduced to the virtual world. There’s some motivation to start scanning.
  7. Glasses. Don’t want to spend 6 months in a blur.
  8. Canes. Mobility rates.
  9. Complete Works of Stephen King. That will keep Calico happy for a long time. If it’s in large print, I’d enjoy it too.
  10. Miss Muffin’s Security System This is a cheat and I know it. But my granddaughter still has her security blanket and enough stuffed animals for 10 lists. Without them, none of us would sleep.
  11. My Parent’s Coffee Mugs. They feel close each time we use them.
  12. My Grandparent’s Antique Desk. It’s been with me for years. It spells home.
  13. The car. Assuming we are provided with transportation to the new home, I could easily live 6 months without going anywhere. Not so sure about the rest of the family.

The list surprised me a bit. I just started writing items as they occurred to me. At the end, there were more practical items and fewer sentimental than I’d anticipated. But I don’t think I’d change it.

What would you bring?

Grandma

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The Best Beans

Posted on April 8, 2010 6:37 am under Thursday Thirteen
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On Easter morning, we awoke to overflowing baskets. The Bunny knows us well, so our loot included plenty of jelly beans. Not ordinary jelly beans, but Jelly Belly beans.

The Jelly Belly history dates back to 1869 when the Goelitz brothers came to the US and started a candy factory. But it was almost one hundred years before they began to produce jelly beans. Ronald Reagan became a fan while he was Governor of California and they traveled with him to the White House. The blueberry Jelly Belly was created so that Reagan could serve red, white and blue jelly beans at his inaugural parties. Jelly Belly also holds the honor of being the first jelly bean in outer space.

These quality jelly beans come in a wide variety of flavors. One category, the Harry Potter inspired BeanBoozled, includes Toothpaste, Dog Food, Rotten Egg and Skunk Spray flavored beans. I’m not that adventurous, but there are plenty of other flavors to choose from. If you haven’t guessed by now, Grandma’s favorite jelly bean flavors are the subject of today’s list.

  1. Blueberry
  2. Buttered Popcorn
  3. Caramel Corn
  4. Cinnamon
  5. Coconut
  6. Cranberry
  7. French Vanilla
  8. Lemon Lime
  9. Licorice
  10. Margarita
  11. Sour Lemon
  12. Tangerine
  13. Toasted Marshmallow

If you’d like to learn more about the history, buy some beans or get a degree in Beanology, just head over to Jelly Belly and check it out.

Grandma

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For Better Or Worse

Posted on April 1, 2010 6:42 pm under Thursday Thirteen
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This started as a list of things that could be improved. Coffee made the top of the list. No need to go further. For those who love coffee. For those who don’t, because they’ve never had a really good cup. Here are 13 ways to make better coffee.
  1. Equipment
    Skip glass carafes that sit on hot plates. They make coffee bitter very quickly. Hamilton Beach makes a coffee brew station that is my favorite. Push button dispensing and no bitter taste, even hours after it’s made.
  2. Keep it clean
    Remnants of yesterday’s coffee will not improve today’s. Wash removable parts daily. A monthly vinegar rinse will prevent buildup that slows brewing time and keeps coffee tasting great.
  3. Grinding
    Buy the beans whole and grind them right before you make your coffee. Coffee grinders are inexpensive and grinding takes seconds. The aroma alone is justification for this one.
  4. The Right Bean
    Truly a matter of personal taste, so try different beans to see which you like best. There are many different roasts, not to mention a multitude of flavored beans.
  5. Heavy Cream
    No substitute has the same wonderful effect. Spare me the cholesterol lectures. I’m talking about better coffee, not better arteries.
  6. Spice it up
    Try a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg to change your coffee experience.
  7. Cocoa
    Every chocolate lover should enjoy this one. Put cocoa in a shaker and sprinkle it on top of your coffee. Or mix a teaspoon of cocoa with the ground beans before brewing
  8. Whipped Cream
    A totally different experience from cream in the coffee. Take a couple minutes and whip it fresh while your coffee is brewing. Calico and I like creme brulee flavored coffee topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
  9. The Right Mug
    Again it’s a matter of personal taste. Some may prefer using the same treasured mug each day. We choose from a variety for different seasons and holidays. The mug is part of the total experience. Don’t just thoughlessly grab one.
  10. Keep it hot
    No, Grandma is not attempting to instruct you in matters that should be personal. I’m talking about a mug warmer. No need to gulp your coffee. These handy little devices are quite inexpensive and do a great job of keeping coffee warm.
  11. Moderation
    I used to drink several cups a day. I got lots of caffeine buzz, but not much coffee pleasure. Now I drink one cup and enjoy it more.
  12. Time
    Nothing this good should be rushed. If you’re using that mug warmer, you won’t need to. Savor each steaming, flavorful sip.
  13. Company
    Sure you can drink alone and I won’t even recommend a 12-step program if you do. But regardless of how you make it, it’s always better with a friend.
Grandma
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Totally Obsessed

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

Grandma

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The One That Got Away

Posted on March 18, 2010 5:42 am under Family, Thursday Thirteen
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On St. Patrick’s Eve, my granddaughter made a leprechaun trap.
This is the fourth year she’s tried and once again the little
guy has escaped, leaving a trail of gold glitter and green candy.
Undaunted, she has already begun planning a new and improved
trap for next year.

Her adventures have provided the inspiration for today’s list.

Things that can be lost or hard to catch:

time,
breath,
temper,
friends,
thoughts,
money,
interest,
health,
perspective,
respect,
a break,
keys
and as my granddaughter would tell you, a leprechaun.

Grandma

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