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Cranky? Who . . . Me??


My parents were a bit older when they married.  I believe WWII and Korea did that to many couples.  They rushed to get married, or put it off.  Mine met between the two, but Korea definitely pushed it up when my Dad’s regiment got called up.

The reason I mention having “older parents” is that while growing up, I was always around “older people”.  I can remember especially how cranky most of the “older women” seemed.  I wondered why, were they just mean?  Were they disappointed in life?  Were all their friends and family mean to them?

I promised myself I would never be cranky when I became one of those older women.  Now mind you, at that young age, most of these “older women” were probably in the late 40’s, early 50’s.  I’ve blown way past that age and I don’t feel “old”.  But sometimes I do feel cranky.

I don’t consider myself mean, I’ve had some challenges in life but I’m not disappointed in life, and most of my friends and family are not mean.  So why am I cranky?

When I saw the quote above, I had to laugh because it does describe me at my crankiest.   I’ve lost patience as I’ve aged.  When, in my opinion, things are not being done the way I would do them, I get irritated.  I have to stop and remind myself that often there are many ways to do the same thing, and my way may not be the only way or the right way or the fastest way . . . it’s just “my” way.

I shall try to be less controlling, as mentioned above.  I shall try to be less cranky as admitted to.  But if you happen to ask for my opinion . . . well . . .

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Happy Five Years!

Nahhhh . . . can’t be??  Five years since I started this blog!?

Valentine’s has always been a bitter sweet “day” for me.  The best of it was when I named my sweet Cocker Spaniel puppy “Valentine”, the day I got her as a gift from the “then” fiancé.  It was about six months after he had proposed, . . . on Valentine’s Day, and she was perfect.  The fiancé???   Not so much.

Then there was a “first date” on Valentine’s Day, I married him but that didn’t turn out so well either.  Was I deterred in giving up on this day?  Nahhh . . . so today, the fifth anniversary of my blog I knew it was going to be a good day.

It may be Valentine’s Day, the day of “Love” but for me . . . as a single?  It was a day to celebrate all the things that I love!  Slept in, woke up to quite the storm and tornado warnings but I was not deterred!   Once the skies cleared, I took my two favorite canines – GSD Blanco and GSD Sascha for THEIR favorite thing – a walk!  They’re getting older and slower now but the joy and love for me is in their eyes!

Then I did another favorite thing, I needlepointed a bit on my new grandson’s Christmas stocking.  After all, he is one of my most favorite things that I love, and I have to get a head start because my eyes aren’t what they used to be and it takes me longer to get them finished!  Trust me, stitching a stocking that size is all about love.

This afternoon, a favorite thing – movie and popcorn.  Yes I went by myself, why not?  I even splurged and had a Diet Coke.  Gave them up in 2009 but sometimes you deserve a treat.  My dilemma was making the choice between Fifty Shades Darker, or A Dog’s Purpose.  Nah, no big choice, it was all about “Bailey Bailey Bailey”!  I’ll leave it to you to figure out which one I ended up seeing.  And yes, I ate the WHOLE bag of popcorn.

Now I’m back home with the two critters, who love me and give back unconditional love.  My valentine’s meal “for one” might have something to do with Talenti Gelatto.  If you haven’t tried it – – – well, it’s a game changer.  Personal fav?  Chocolate Peanut Butter!  Not a healthy day for the diet, but I did walk my 10,000 steps today around the track so the guilt is a tiny bit assuaged.

. . .  and best of all?

I did the things I love.  On this day of “Love”, make it more than a Hallmark card, make it about you and the things you love.

Thanks for the five years, it’s been the best.


Month “2” Of 2017!


Frustration!  That’s what a faulty smoke detector set off by a humidifier (who knew?) gives you at 1:00 a.m., 3:00 a.m. and lastly 7:00 a.m. on your mountain vacay.  (I should have taken a photo with the firemen, wouldn’t THAT be good for Facebook?)

Disbelief!  That’s what happens when later that morning your neighbor from home let’s you know that you have a leak in the water line at your home and you get to deal with the water department and public works department from 1200 miles away.

Aggravation!  That’s what happens when you make it home from your vacay to find that your house phone line is out.

Do you ever have days like that??  I was laughingly saying to some friends the other day that I would love to have just one day where absolutely everything works.  Is that too much to wish for?

I don’t know . . . I’ll let you know tomorrow.

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