Thursday, April 29, 2010

Red Hat Society

I was introduced to the Red Hat Society a few years ago through a book my girlfriend sent me for my Birthday. Now, any woman or girl can join, but there are guidelines :) If you are 50 years old and over, you wear a red or purple hat. If you are under 50 you wear a pink or mauve hat....that's it! Once a month the Care Home holds a Red Hat Tea with various fun activities along with tea and dessert. My Mom has joined some of the Ladies who love to sing and this has become the theme song:

Favorite Things
sung to the Julie Andrews tune from
"The Sound of Music"

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazine tied up with string,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings --
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the pipes break,
When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things --
And then I don't feel so bad.

Hot tea and crumpets, and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heat pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Back pains, confused brains, and no fear of sinning,
Frail bones and fractures and hair that is thinning,
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things --

When the joints ache, when the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad! 

I proudly wear my Red Hat :)

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

"It is in the quiet crucible
of your personal private sufferings
that your noblest dreams are born
and God's greatest gifts are given
in compensation for what you've been through"
~~Wintley Phipps.

The Pill Turns 50

Since the "Woman's Lib Movement" started women of all ages have experienced the pro's and con's of the dramatic changes that have developed. From there we headed right into the "Sexual Revolution", made possible by the huge success of "The Pill"
The Pill turned pregnancy into a choice, but it weakened marriage, allowing adultery without the risk of pregnancy. In reading this article on I realized the significance of the past 50 years The Pill made it's break through.

Executive Editor of Time Magazine Nancy Gibbs who wrote the story "Love, Sex, Freedom and the Paradox of the Pill" is particularly adept at pointing to the Pill's significance. It "rearranged the furniture of human relations in ways that we've argued about ever since." It was "the first medicine ever designed to be taken regularly by people who were not sick." The Pill became "the means by which women untied their aprons, scooped up their ambitions and marched eagerly into the new age."

National Organization for Women president Terry O'Neill: "There is a straight line between the Pill and the changes in family structure we now see."

After reading the article in it's entirety,it concludes, "As the conversation of the past half-century makes plain, science alone will not resolve questions that reach this deep into our relations with one another."

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Ontario Rellies Visit.....

We had the pleasure of a visit from My Aunt and Cousin this weekend. We hadn't seen each other for many years and had much catching up to do. It always amazes me that, although we have communicated via e-mail and Facebook, finally sitting for hours visiting, we were able to just hop right into a conversation  and spend hours catching up on our lives (to the point of staying up until the wee hours of the morning)!! Mom was thrilled to have her youngest Sis come to see her. It just felt so special that Aunt and Cousin came to spend time with Mom after she's gone thru such stressful months.
We topped off the visit with a family get together here and sharing a potluck chili dinner, with a blueberry cheesecake dessert....Mmmmm!! I used Mom's recipe of the cheesecake she always made for large family gatherings when we were growing up.
Thanks for coming!!  :)

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day

It's a day to celebrate this wonderful planet we live on...let's treat it with RESPECT!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

It's Been a While...

....since I've posted anything.
I'd like to tell you that my life just got too busy, but in all honesty, that really isn't a good enough excuse, because I should always find time to be with friends :)
Our family took 3 days a couple of weeks ago to help pack up Mom's home. The packing part wasn't really the most work was taking every last thing and deciding whether to throw it away, give it to Salvation Army, send it home with one of us, set it aside to put in Mom's room in the Care Home or set it aside for a garage sale. Yikes. It was an emotional time for Mom and so very, very difficult for her to reduce her life all down to one small room!!
On April 13th we moved Mom into the Care Home. Now that she has a new flat screen TV and a leather recliner with a remote to lower/raise the back and foot rest, which after the stroke, is so much easier for Mom to get in and out of the chair.
Mom is much happier living in the Care Home rather than the hospital and it's such a relief for us kids to see her happy. This has been such a year of loss so far for her.
Hubby & I have just accomplished a huge spring clean in our home, shed and will be finishing the yard by the weekend. As new blades of green grass pokes thru the brown stuff and fresh budding leaves burst on branches and shrubs, we patiently wait until next month before filling our planters with Annual flowers. Can't wait!! But remember....last year we had snow on the May long weekend :P

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Early Morning Muse

We're on the this side of Hump Day and moving towards yet another weekend. So far the weather has been beautiful and Spring-like. More snow is predicted for the next couple of days though. I guess it's a little too early to expect that this weather could actually be here to stay....last year we had snow on the May is that for a shocker??!!
The past couple nights have been so restless for me. I have Fibromyalgia and my lower back and hips are SO achy and sore that I cannot find a comfortable position, so this morning I figured it just wasn't worth trying to sleep any longer....which is actually turning out quite nicely, since I can sip coffee and visit with my Blogging Friends :)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Weekend

The gorgeous, sunny, warm Easter weekend is coming to a close, as well as our School District's Spring Break. We had our grandchildren here for a sleep-over and had a lot of fun. Both kids are old enough now to play a good competitive game of Monopoly, which remains my fave game. We updated our old game a couple of years ago, to the Canadian edition with Visa cards instead of the paper money. I admit that I miss counting my paper money and hiding the amount I had in order to use strategic moves to purchase property, houses and hotels.

With this sunny weather almost all of our snow has melted and I saw neighbors outside raking the dirt, grit and garbage off the lawn to allow those welcome new shoots of green grass to push thru the dry, brown layer. And the smell of Spring blowing thru my open windows...Mmmm!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April 1st...

"The first of April, some do say,
Is set apart for All Fools' Day.
But why the people call it so,
Nor I, nor they themselves do know.
But on this day are people sent
On purpose for pure merriment."
- Poor Robin's Almanac, 1790