Thursday, January 29, 2015

Saying good bye to a friend....

Today I went to the funeral of a friend.. Not a real close
friend, but a church friend..  She and her daughter would
come in mid service.. and stay for the second one..

When I got up to leave, I would always stop and tell her
hi, hold her hand.. as it was usually cold and mind were
warm.. She had the most beautiful smile.  I will tell her
how beautiful she looked and just pass the few words
each time. 

They use to come late for the first service, because
getting to church at 8:30am. wasn't always the easiest.
Especially when we have snow and etc.  But she would
be there... until 3 weeks ago.. then the word was passed
thru our church prayer line.  That she wasn't doing well.
And then she had passed. 

Like I said she was the sweetest lady.. What I didn't
tell you, was, that Rachael was 101 years young.

As the service went on... I thought about what Rachael
had seen in her life time.  She was raised in Hope, which
is about 20 mile east of us.. She played piano for her
church when she was just 14.  She went on to get
married, travel to several states in her time, even
Alaska. 

I wondered when she got to drive her first car? She
worked for the Singer Sewing Machine Co. during
WWII..  She did many different jobs over the years.
County assessor, here in our town.  But look at
all the things she got to see that we take for granted
in our lives now.. Cars, television, space ships, trips
to the moon, (something that she never would have
imagine as a young girl in Hope, Idaho) and of course
phones were on the wall when she was young. There
was no such thing as internet.  She truly came from
the great generation...

Good bye, Rachael, thank you for your smile that
lit up my Sundays.. and I am sure for all your friends

and family.. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Our lives is a rerun...

I look at some of the movies they are coming
out with.. and new movies of old movies..
Which is not really new.. been done over the
years... and of course there are the part 2, 3, 4,
and etc.. and to me.. 2, 3, and etc.. never are
as good as the original.. Probably because it
is new to us.. where 2, 3, and etc. is just rehash.
Rarely does it work.

And now we are getting geared up for elections.
Actually you and I are not, it is all the ones who
think they have the magic to be President.
But I don't see any new names.  Another Bush,
and I can't believe Romney is running again.. And
then there are the rebel rousers.. the major
tea party ones.. like Ted Cruz.. and Rand Paul
whose father has ran forever.. He was like
Ralph Nadar.. always bouncing back thru...
And Rand has been making noises of running
for quite some time.. And they are already
arguing with each other.

And there is Sarah Palin.. OH MY GOSH!!NO NO

So far the Democrats are quiet..
Yes, we keep hearing about Clinton, but she
hasn't said for sure.. And Biden has said he
is thinking about it.. but not sure..

Yep, reruns.. politics, movies, shows..
Makes reading books even more interesting.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Flopping like a flag in the wind...

I have been working out on my Wii...
Did I say already, that I hate exercising?

Any way, I always figured I was a pretty
stable person.. That I can stand and be
real still.. Well, I guess I can't.. As one
of the exercise is to hold really still
while they check your bmi..and weight.
I even closed my eyes to see if I could
hold still.. well, that was worse yet. And
then when the machine registered my
attempt at standing still.. well the little
red dot was flopping like a flag in the wind.

And then one of the exercise is standing
on one foot.. They do tell you, if you are
unsteady to hang on to a chair or someone.
I thought I had good balance.. and good
strong legs.. what a joke that is... my
ankles act like they are made of wet
noodles... (trainer, oh, did you fall off
of the pad?)

Yes, I really do hate exercising.. yoga
and strength type.. And the trainer
is a liar...keeps telling me how well
I am doing, and then hits me with a
low score... Also a smart ass.. I gain
a couple pounds over the weekend..
Bacon wrapped, cheese stuffed jalapenos
are my down fall.. and she told me.. well
we aren't going to meet our goal are we?
We?  Can't wait for the
weather to get better, so I can walk.

Now that I can get into.. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Computers, Internet, web sites and etc....

As we have learn over the past, almost 30 years.. there
is good and there is bad to computers and being on
line..

Families have been reunited.  Some who were separated
when they were born or really young.. find their way back
in their 50's and up to their 80's.. Friends find each other.
Even on Facebook, many childhood friends have been
reunited.

The information out there is astounding.  Be it a recipe,
or history, how to make something, be it knitting or
boxes, build a house, a bed, plant flowers, you name
it.. there is a site to tell you how.. There is a You-tube
to show you how..

But like any other pendulum, there is the other side..
The how to make a bomb, to bully someone else.
And the others is opening up the world like an egg.
We see so much horror.. and our enemies can see
us at our best and worse.. And use the worse against
us..

With the internet being an open book.. people
sharing so much.. and the government sharing
way too much.. we are open for all kinds of
bad things..


Throwing what I call the WWII phase out the
window...:Lost lips sink ships..... 

We see terrorist who use the internet to their
whims... and see men on their knees in orange,
waiting to see if the terrorist is going to lop off
his head... some even showing that.  Luckily
some media companies show restraint and
decency not to show us.  This week it is two
Japanese men who were being shown... and
I have to ask myself...


Is internet worth it?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Trying to understand....

20/20 had a program about parents.. about 4 difference ones, I think.
One of which was about a couple.. the father...started out life as a girl. The mother...started out life as a boy.  Thru their years of growing up they knew they were different. They didn't feel comfortable in their own skin.. As adults.. they made the change to fit their mind set. Their emotions.   And as it would turn out, they found each other... So now
the boy is a beautiful young woman... the girl is now a handsome young man.  But to add to this.. the girl/husband kept her internal organs as nature gave them to her.. and as a man/husband.. they had a baby.
In fact they have two children..   Some day they will have to explain to those children.... and hopefully people will be kind and let the parents explain.  Why they came forward on national television I don't know.. because you know the nature of humans is not always kind.

And this week.. on the television show called Glee, one of the actors is going to come forward with a story about transgender. The actor is a woman.. she plays the football coach.. or maybe it is just a coach of all sports at the high school... Basically they are going to walk the audience thru the process that this coach is going to go thru.
Two of her fellow employee's support her decision.  
This is profound, that the networks are going to go with this.. because this story line would never have made the surface in the 40's thru to even the 90's.
But this is the 2000's... and we are becoming more tolerable and trying to understand. After all, these are human beings with feelings. No matter how or what you feel, about them.. the bottom line is they are people... who feel like you and I about other things. And want to come to face what their sexual feelings are.   As the actor said to explain.. "this is not who I want to go to bed with.. it is how I want to go to bed as."..

These feelings ring a familiar note to me.. As I have a family member who is fighting this fight herself.(a granddaughter). As I understand it.. she has wanted to be a man for quite some time.

As an almost 75 year old woman... who was raised in the world that a man is a man and a woman is a woman... not even knowing about lesbians until in my late teens.. this is an adjustment for me... especially for transgenders...   Now gays, I have gotten use to, met some fantastic
gay people in my adult time.  And then had two daughters, come out as gays in the past 15 years or so.  I adjusted to it.. and accept it and if they are happy, that is my main concern.   But I will tell you.. it hasn't been easy... as it seems that I adjusted better to knowing they are gay, then they adjust to me accepting it.
Trying to adjust to all of this, has not been an easy one.. In fact the latest one, the transgender, has denounced me.. because I didn't understand.  When she found out that I didn't understand, and even though told I was trying... she loudly told me.. there is nothing to understand.. and get over myself... and then wanted no more to do with me...   I guess those who are transgending have a hard time with those who are not quite up to par with it.  But I tried to explain, I was dancing as fast as I could.. meaning I was trying.. it went on deaf ears...  To what will probably mean for the rest of my life.

So maybe we all should watch Glee, maybe they can make it easier on those of our age.. where we never knew of such things happening. Barely knowing about gay people.

And for the record, I have never ever put any of them down, made fun of them, .. I have always been respectful, even when I didn't understand. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Phase one...

I mention the first of the month that I was going
to make some changes.. Started off with what
I decided to do with my hair...So today, I started
phase one... phase two is in two weeks..

Right now it doesn't look like much.. It is a Mohawk
of curls with straight sides.. And it is fuzzy curly right
now.. It should relax in about a week, and the sides
should calm down some.. and then we will be ready
for the next part of this hair do... so far I like it..

Hope that continues.. lol  Worse that can happen
is, I can wear a hat for 3 months. 



this is my natural color of hair.... boy what a serious
face...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

You don't have to be a football fan....

We were sitting around the table eating dinner with
friends by 1:30 pm.. on  Sunday...  with the Seahawk
and the Green Bay Packers playing in the background.

None of us are real big football fans.. might say
occasional fans.  No real big favorite team.
But as an Northwest resident, we lean toward
the Seahawk.. but mostly just like a good close
game.

After dinner we started to play a game called
Mexican train. With a few remarks about the
team.  Me, talking about our neighbor's son,
who lives in Colorado, who is a die in the
wool Green Bay Packer fan... and how he must
be in his glory and rubbing it in to his Seahawks
friends... and others who must be greatly
disappointed in their Seahawks going down.

After a few games of the Mexican train, we
were checking again on the score.. had been
16 to 0, last time we check.. thinking maybe
the 3rd quarter..now the ending of the 4th quarter
and remarking like it was as good as over for the
Seahawks, when all of a sudden the Seahawks
made a touch down.
But knowing it was a long way to catching up.
Next time we see the score 19 to 22.. and then
22 to 22 and over time.. AMAZING, as they had
done this in 3 minutes. 

Our game stopped as we watched the game on
the television that just got to be really interesting..
and then it came to an big bang up end..
The announcer yelling THE SEAHAWKS ARE
GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!THE SEAHAWKS
ARE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!! THE
SEAHAWKS ARE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!!

Our little  group went from a little amusement at
the game, to wow, they are gaining. Holy cow they
have a chance to ...THEY WON..  and this is
from 4 occasional football watchers and one
"I don't like football and the Super bowl is a
waste of time", guy.   All a sudden my husband
the one who doesn't like football, became a
expert on the game... and how Green Bay
gave it away...  He thought about calling the
neighbors son, to rub it in.. but thought, he
is probably in too much misery to pick on...
So you don't have to be a real football fan
to enjoy a good game.

Now the Patriots and the Colts was a bore,
and we quickly abandon the game, with a
game of 45 to 7.. well, it just didn't measure

up.    

Monday, January 19, 2015

Remembering yourself....

http://seniors.littlethings.com/alzheimers-alive-inside/?utm_content=buffer59506&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_source=sungazing&utm_campaign=PFPost

For all my friends. Please watch this... 
this is what I miss about work..
to all my fellow nursing home workers.. be you aides or nurses... this will bring back memories and tears... We had the EDEN project at MountainSide...(the healthcare center where I worked)  it was wonderful..it was plants, animals 
and music... because you see .. when you get to
this stage of life.. without music, what you will miss most of all.. is yourself.. music brings that back.

For those of you who never worked in a nursing home, 
health care center... or have had a grandparent or even 
your parents, who has Alzheimer's or dementia of any kind..  Even a stroke that effect the speech...    you really need to watch this.

For there for the grace of God, goes us..

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Body, don't quit me now..

Well, I did it.. I got the old Wii out and put the
exercise one in...all the batteries were dead.
A mere side step.. Got it all up and ready to go.

Pretty bad when the machine tells you "Hi" and then
says, 'WOW, we haven't see you in 433 days!!'...
And when you weigh in, it tells you.. "oh, I guess you
haven't met your goal, have you?".. And tells me that
I am 15 pounds more than I was last time, over a
year ago... damn machine..

Then it told me, after 2 exercise, that I was in pretty
good shape for my age.. and told me I had a body of
a 57 year old.. I wondered what 57 year old that was..
Because they are in bad shape...

So after the down faced reality of being obese..
and my bmi was way high.. I decided maybe I
better do something about it..  As motivation is
not my high point. 

Didn't want to over do.. so went for 20 minutes
of Yoga...  some times it was down right
embarrassing.. and some times I kind of.. well
a little, held my own.  Making it worse was
showing my old numbers... it was down right
embarrassing..  I did better with both feet on
the floor...
So I have decided... come 6:30 am. It is up and
at them... yes, body.. I said 6:30 A.M.
You know it might not be so bad.. as it did
bring back the old feeling of doing it last time
and it was kind of fun..... well, as fun as exercise
can get..
So going to do stretching and then add to that.
Should have me in fair shape by the time the
weather lets me go back to my walking route
I did last summer..

It will be fun, I said... to myself.. sure it will be..
And this year is about fun...  So Mari, get your
self in shape.. we are walking Tubbs Hill again.

Are you up for it? maybe first part of June... lol..  

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

1998

The magazine I am reading now are in the 1998 time.
It is the wind down of Clinton President time. But
they are still having articles about him and Monica.

I have found it is taking me longer to read the magazines
now, than when I first got them 17 years ago.  One part
I guess, is because I am more in tune with events and
especially political.  And George, of course, being
published by John Kennedy Jr. is political based.

Also it seems to be of interest is mafia. But then I
guess mafia does follow politics.  Also there is the
murder of two rap singers...

The ads are kind of neat to see and read.. surprisingly
the cigarette ads are still going. I had thought they
did away with them 20 years or more ago. Also
full of the 20 something(young adults) ads of clothing,
perfumes and etc. Luckily the smell flaps is almost dead.

It is also kind of fun, to have them talk about things what
are now different...like cell phones, and cars, of course,
that have moved so far forward. 

I am enjoying the magazines.. and sure the person I
am forwarding them to, will also enjoy a brief step in

the past.