Thursday, May 16, 2013

Now I know that Spring is really here!

What a joy it would be to keep the windows open on a day like this to chase away the dust that settles while I'm at work.  I couldn't wait to get home so I could open everything and let all that fresh air through the stale house.  It was a particularly beautiful day, bordering between Spring and Summer.  The sun shone with all its strength but the breeze toned down the heat.  So I opened every window.  And then I went to the sliding door to the deck.

And waiting for me on the deck was my "orphan" tomato plant  ;)

I just found out that my neighbor is about 95 now.  (I had guessed her to be almost ten years younger!)  Every year her son starts tomato plants from seed.  He brings the seedlings to her and she "gifts" one to me, leaving it on my deck.  I let last year's "orphan" get too tall and lanky so it didn't produce well but this year I am determined to have a healthy plant that will make her proud.  Stay tuned :)

Monday, May 13, 2013


.....or, the Treasures of Aging

A friend of mine has been under a lot of stress.  Coupled with the pressures at work she is dreading her fast approaching birthday.  This will be the big five-oh for her, a milestone that she looks at with fear.  She has a loving family (children in high school and college) and a very active lifestyle (just taken up running) but for some reason she equates being fifty with "old".

I've never considered a number to determine what I am.  Forty was not the end of youth.  Fifty was not the beginning of a decline in body or spirit.  I was blessed to have grandchildren begin to arrive when I was in my forties and love being called "Nana".  Until they moved cross-country a few short years ago I would help them build snowmen in the winter and ride bikes with them in the summer.

Along with my treasure chest being filled with children, grandchildren (another one on the way!!!), and friends, it is overflowing with experiences.  Every job I've held and what I've learned there.  Every cut, scrape, bruise, and banged toe.  Every joy and every sorrow.  It's all stored away.  It's what makes me, Me.

I've swung a hammer, mowed my own lawns, raised beautiful vegetables, ridden bikepaths in five different states, and attended concerts in amazing locations on summer evenings. (And I intend to continue to do more of the same!)  I have looked for the elegance of Nature, be it a silent snowfall or the sunlight filtering through bright orange Autumn leaves.

More than this, I look forward to what tomorrow will bring.  I have been intrigued to hear about people launching a "second career" upon retirement and can't wait for the opportunity for myself.  My own retirement savings are not what they should be so I intend to continue on in some fashion.  Aside from that, I cannot see myself sitting still once my last paycheck is cashed.  I don't want to sit home and watch the world on a 23-inch screen, I want to be out there in it!  My friend doesn't understand this, though.  She is more concerned with covering an increasing number of grey hairs.  It will be interesting to talk to her in a few weeks time to hear her reaction once the date has passed and she has realized that it was just another day!

This tire isn't flat, it holds potential.  It will be filled again and by the end of the day it will have rolled many more miles!

Here's to a wonderful week filled with good experiences!  Wishing you more "jewels" to add to your treasure chest    :)

Saturday, May 4, 2013


For the past week there's been a large sheet of paper on my sliding glass door.  My neighbor has now put one on her door.  This robin is still aggressively charging his reflection, thinking it is another bird in his territory.  We had hoped that he would calm down if he didn't see his reflection.  I guess not.

Yesterday morning as I was getting ready for work, a movement out by the cars caught my attention.  I watched as the robin sat on the sideview mirror of one car and flew at the passenger window of the adjacent vehicle.  He flew off when I opened the front door but this must have been going on for a while, since the two cars involved were splattered with droppings.

Then I saw the mess deposited on my car, too........  and yes, I had just taken it to the carwash the day before!

Any ideas on how long this bird's aggressiveness might last?  Or if this is a bird with a problem?