Thursday, October 27, 2016

Just Another Day in the Swamp

I've had Mac chained up to his easel lately, he sold 2 paintings this week so he needs to restock.  This isn't one of them, it's for us, but he'll probably make one for sale too.
Today was a frustrating day.  We have DirectTV and seldom have problems with it, but for a week the program guide hasn't worked right, showing what's on till about noon and then just saying regular programing for the rest of the day.  So I called DirecTV today, spent a half an hour on the phone with someone who was more interested in selling me new services instead of dealing with my problem, I wasn't happy.
Then it was into town to run errands, loads of backed-up traffic as they're installing new traffic lights and so the police were directing traffic and it took forever to get through the intersection.
Home now and many things to do so I'm off.

This is one of the paintings that  sold this week, it's on it's way to Virginia, the other, of a little African-American boy fishing with his dog
is on its way to Seattle, Washington

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The World Series

Even though I fear the apocalypse if the Cubbies win the world series I'm rooting for them.
When we were in Japan our daughter took us to a baseball game to see her local team, the Southbank Hawks who had won the Japanese World Series 2 years in a row.  This year they were eliminated and instead the Hiroshima Toyo Carp will face the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters.
Most experts say that Japanese isn't quite on a level with American baseball and would be just a step below it a AAAA level.  But we enjoyed the game, it was well played and the fans were incredible.
When our daughter goes to a game she takes her baseball bag with her, it has her Hawk shirt, small plastic bats to beat together and balloons.
At the game there is a designated cheering section for each team that includes a brass band and each team has a fight song, in fact there's a chant for every player--trust me, the guy in front of us knew every one of them-- and the home team has cheerleaders.
It was loud, noisy, cheerful and quite something.  We really liked the beer girls who carried kegs of beer on their backs and you could get draft beer on the spot.
For the 7th inning stretch everyone blows up balloons--that night the balloons were blue and yellow--and at the end of the team's fight song the balloons are release en masse, it was quite a sight.
We thoroughly enjoyed it all.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday, Monday

To quote a friend (Marilyn who posted this on Facebook), what do you call a person who's happy
on Monday---RETIRED!
Beautiful Autumn day, good walk this morning, load of laundry washed and hung out, cupboard doors cleaned, floors, Swiffered and a good mystery finished---The Kill by Jane Casey, she writes a series that features Maeve Kerrogan, a DC on London's murder squad.  Each book just gets better, if you like police procedurals you'll like this series.
Time to go practice piano, exercise, and do a bit of cross-stitch, Mondays are great.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Birthday Dinner

The Sweet and Sour Ribs were great, notice the table decorations (Godzilla, globe, microscope, Big Bang Theory DVD) and of course the White Board.

Saturday, October 22, 2016


Worked in the garden today in a cloud of mosquitoes.  It was really bad, they even tried to bite our hands as we were spraying ourselves.  Had to spray our clothes as they attempted to bite us through them.  Since Matthew they have really gotten bad, the county needs to come around and spray.
A lot of progress in the garden, but more to go.
Mac has drained out pool, it was damaged in the storm and we'll be putting a new one in after the first of the year.
Today is Mac's birthday and he has requested sweet and sour spare ribs so I'm off to do some cooking.  We've even got little Chinese food boxes, like from a restaurant, to eat it out of.  We'll watch an episode of Big Bang Theory while we eat because they're always eating Chinese food.  No chop sticks will be used as we''d actually like to food to reach our mouths.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Five on Friday

Quick week, again!  Time to join the other ladies at Amy's Love Made My Home for our weekly get together. I have a bit of a mixed bag this week.

First  a couple of friends who've come out of the closet, not that closet, my closet, to help us celebrate Halloween.

Second is a lovely blown glass pumpkin that Mac gave me.

Third, I really enjoyed the incense we smelled on our trip so Mac got me a bronze bunny incense burner.

Four are some pictures from a "floating" village we visited in Cambodia.  Houses built on stilts to deal with rising waters.  The water was so dirty it was scary, our guide said don't touch and eat anything when we visit the village.  Mac and April went on a smaller boat to go among the mangroves, I did not.  A bit awesome and a bit awful at the same time. The people of Cambodia have been through so much and I hope, though I don't have a lot of faith in their government, that some of the tourist dollars flowing into the country will manage to get down to the people who need it and help improve their lives.  We didn't buy souvenirs from children as we'd been told that if we did that they wouldn't go to school and education was what they needed.  Our guide was very clear on this.

Buddhist Temple

And Fifth was our visit to the wall of elephants at the site of the old royal palace.  It was wonderful, but by the time we got there the heat was overpowering and though I would have loved to have walked atop it, I just couldn't

That's my five, hope you have a great weekend.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Feeling Stupid

Shut my hand in the pantry door today,  my didn't that feel good!  Big bruise and lump appeared, partly brought down by ice.  I swear, the older I get the clumsier I get.  I have never been particularly graceful and old age hasn't enhanced my mobility.
Finished vacuuming upstairs and worked some on my puzzle.  Still too warm up there to do much crafting.  I have several projects I need to get going on, so hopefully it will soon be inhabitable..
Our friend is coming back over tomorrow and he and Mac are going to be taking down more trees.  Be glad when things get back to normal around here.