Friday, April 13, 2018

The Library

So my niece likes to send me email. It's pretty funny. She's a cute kid and I can't believe how fast she's growing up. I invited her to a library book sale with me and we went last night. The SL city library is huge compared to what she is used to. The Spring sale isn't that big but we did manage to find a couple books each. Then we went and wandered around the library and rode in the glass elevators. Liv had never been in one before. She loves libraries and reading. She has been reading the Warrior Cats series by Erin Hunter. I got her a couple of them for Christmas and tried to read one to see what it was like, but only got a page or two. Not my kind of thing. I never did really enjoy talking animals. She likes fantasy and there are a couple of series' I would really like to have her try. I guess I just need to take them to her and let her see. If she doesn't like them it's ok. I'll be disappointed a little bit because I love them so, but I can see that the books I loved at that age may not exactly appeal to her. Still, it's worth a try.  I spent so many hours at the library when I was growing up. There are books I still don't own that I fondly remember checking out many, many times. Or hiding on the upper level sitting on the floor reading books from the non-fiction section (mostly about music). LOL - we did have some reading chairs but they weren't in spots I wanted to be. Anyway, good times and good memories.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Spring Odds & Ends

The managers at work decided to give us Good Friday as a paid holiday this year (took away our floating holiday which I wasn’t happy about) so I had a 3 day weekend for Easter. I pretty much wasted Friday by sleeping in, going for a nice walk, doing a little shopping. Then I had the kids sleep over. It’s the first time they have slept over since I got my new floor and I might have been a little anxious that they didn’t spill on it. They didn’t so it was fine. I had 5 kids stay with me and it was a little crazy but not too bad. I think they had fun. They are old enough now, and with that many of them, I let them all sleep downstairs and I slept upstairs in my own bed so I actually got a little sleep.
On Saturday I had my 5 year old niece for the day and we spent a few hours at the park. It was such a nice day and she had a blast at the park. I told my other sister we need to take a picnic and take all the kids back there when it warms up just a bit more.
Only a few more weeks and I can plant flowers. One of the hostas I planted last year survived the winter (possibly 2 of them survived) and so did the ground cover I planted. I can’t remember the name of it but it is spreading ever so slightly which is what I wanted it to do. I can’t wait to get some color in there.

I’ve been buying books like crazy and really need to stop. A lot of them were used, but still. I bought one more bookshelf in February to match my others thinking it would be a good space to fill in eventually. Yeah, it’s filling up a lot faster than I through it would. LOL something about an empty shelf I just want to fill. I am loving my library and am so glad I changed my house and added that room.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

March non-Madness

Yay! Spring is officially here, even if the forecast is still calling for snow.

I finally went to the eye doctor a couple weeks ago. Yep, I need reading glasses. I picked them up on Friday. I had no idea if I wanted reading glasses that I only use for reading or if I wanted glasses I just wear. So I got ones I take off and only wear for reading. LOL – it’s kind of annoying because I can’t see anything except the book in front of me with them on. So maybe I made the wrong decision. I don’t know. But I see far just fine so maybe it is what it is. I haven’t decided yet if they help me when I’m playing the piano. I can’t keep them on long enough because while it helps with the music, it’s weird looking down at my fingers. That may just take some getting used to.  I do like them for reading though. It’s definitely an improvement there.
I’ve been on a huge Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle book binge. Overdrive has a bunch of them. Back in the late 90’s when I first started reading contemporary romance types of books, I didn’t really care for her style. That could have something to do with the fact that I liked historicals better back then. Now, I’m picky about the historical books I read and I’m liking the quirks in her books. Maybe it’s just that I’m reading older books but they do seem slightly dated but it’s in a way that doesn’t bother me. I dunno… it’s funny how tastes change over time and how some books will always be favorites but others don’t work at certain times.
I am loving my Overdrive account. Borrowing books with a click of the button is so much fun. Plus, I can try a bunch of books without leaving my home, and if I don’t like them, it’s super easy to return them.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Vacation Dreaming

I think I might have figured out the perfect trip to take this year. It came to me this morning and I’m feeling kind of giddy over the whole thing. It’s kind of been bugging me that I have no vacation plans this year. I mean, I have one week kind of figured out and we want to do a family camping trip but that will be a weekend, at the most.  People at work ask where I’m going this year and so far I’ve said “nowhere”.
And it still might be nowhere, but I now have a specific dream in mind. All I’ve done so far is a quick google search for the time period I need and probable city to fly in and out of. But I think it can be done. I can’t say anything to anyone yet because I don’t want to jinx myself. LOL Well, I did call my mom because she would be up for this one (there would be shopping involved J ) and she is definitely on board. It’s way too early to plan anything for sure. So much in life can change, but now I have lots to dream and think about and later this year I can make it a reality.
It’s a nice change to feel optimistic instead of the winter blues.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Some Nostalgia

I recently watched, or listened to in the background, the Netflix series The Toys That Made Us. It was kind of interesting. The first episode was about Star Wars action figures. I was too young to play with them, and my mom didn’t buy us those kinds of toys. My brother is 5 years younger than me so by the time he was playing with that kind of stuff, it wasn’t Star Wars. I do remember when mom finally started buying “boy” toys, my sisters and I took them away from him and played with them because we thought they were cooler. :)

I did, however, play with Barbies. I did not like dolls that looked like babies. I had a few of them growing up but I didn’t like them as much. When I finally got a Cabbage Patch doll, I wasn’t that impressed and I thought her name was stupid: Dana Rana.  I didn’t want to play with a baby, I wanted to play with barbies or paper dolls that were older. It’s kind of fun looking back and thinking about the fun times I had with my barbies. I know I had a Malibu Barbie, Great Shape Barbie, Diva, from Barbie and the Rockers, and my favorite: Peaches & Cream Barbie. Those are the ones I remember. I know we had a lot more because my 2 sisters had them too. One year I got the swimming pool for Christmas and my sister got the RV. Never fail, my brother ended up pulling their heads off and then they didn’t go back on correctly so they had no neck. After that, we would cut their hair and my mom would get mad at us.

Sometimes I wish my mom would have saved some of our toys, not because they would be worth money - we played hard with them, but just for the nostalgia factor. But then I think why? I still have a few of my stuffed animals and they are kept in a box in the back of the closet. It would be the same way with the toys. It’s not like I would play with them. Some years ago I found some of the Ginghams paper dolls that I used to love and bought them and they sat in a box also. I just don’t play with toys any more unless I’m playing with my nieces or nephews and those aren’t the kinds of toys we play with now.

I have a Pinterest board devoted to toys, books, cartoons, etc. of my childhood and it’s fun to look back and remember every once in a while.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Finally February

Yay! January is finally over and it’s birthday shopping month! So far books and perfume are on the list but my carry on size luggage broke last month when I used it so I’ve got ideas about replacing that too. I’ve also got some local and not so local charities to donate to. I’ve been looking at cheap flights to places for a weekend but nothing is really jumping out at me. I’ll have the stiches out of my mouth next week so I’ll be able to eat normal again. And I haven’t had a Dr. Pepper since last August so I’m splurging and getting one for my birthday. LOL – the carbonation will probably kill me because I haven’t had it for so long.  I went back to spin class last week after my illness and mouth issues were finally over. It is nice to be back (still sucks to get up in the morning) and even though the seat is still hard, it’s not like starting all over. A little thing I am grateful for.

Friday, January 12, 2018

So Far...

The year is starting out with a bang. A crappy bang.

I had to go to St. Louis for work last week. I flew out on New Year's Day. It was like 5 degrees in St. Louis. I was still trying to get over being sick and decided to go for a walk along the river in St. Charles because I didn't want to sit in my hotel room. And I got sicker. More sick?

I believe this is from the Lewis and Clark state park but I could be wrong.

I went to the doctor after I got home who put me on a z-pac and finally my cough is clearing up. But then I had my second oral surgery yesterday. My mouth is sore but it doesn't truly hurt. I'm sitting with an ice pack on my face to try and keep the swelling down. I feel I'm better prepared this time around with the soft foods I have to eat so I hope it doesn't drive me too crazy. I think this weekend is going to be pjs and books while I deal with the swelling and bruising.

The good news is that Aunt Jenny, my Christmas cactus, is blooming. She has a bunch of tiny little buds on her right now. A couple more weeks and they'll be open. I can't wait.