Saturday, June 30, 2012

June 30, 2012

My thoughts are with Sandy as she spends
the weekend in Florida, moving her dad
to assisted living. Stay tough, my friend.
Here comes the rain. I woke this morning to gray skies and thunder, yet you never know in Houston if that really means rain. But today, Eudora (the Greek goddess of rain) delivered. Now, my hope is that Victor (the RCA icon for television) delivers good movies to nap through.

I do have work to complete today, but today doesn't end until 11:59 p.m. Right?

Today I'm creating two consumer fliers.

Friday, June 29, 2012

June 29, 2012

Last night Mr. B and I met friends Mitzi and Mike plus Dr. Mc and #1 son-in-law Nick for BINGO. Fortunately it wasn't as crowded last night as it was last week, so we were able to get better seats. Of course, the rude woman was still at the front door fussing at everyone about something. My scolding last night concerned the number of bags I was carrying. I had one bag with food and beverages, another with BINGO items, and my purse. What a grouch! 
I had to keep reminding Mr. B last night that he
was with me and not the young cutie to his left.

I think Mr. B had the most fun of anyone last night. He was sitting next to a really cute young woman who flirted with him all night. When someone asked how old she was and she responded 24, I commented that I had socks older than her and reminded Mr. B that he has a stepdaughter who is about to turn 24. Of course, that didn't stop her from flirting with him, or him from laughing at every word out of her month.

Today I'm creating a portfolio of my work to show to a new client this afternoon. Then I'm going to an estate sale of Mission-era furniture and pottery. Great way to start a weekend.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

June 28, 2012

Refreshing mojitos from last night. Cool!
The Pettits solved the world problems last night while savoring mojitos. We didn't overdo it, but did enjoy them. Serving tip: although most of the recipes suggested not to strain out the mint, the Pettits did. Otherwise there was just too much wilty stuff in the glass that made it onto our teeth and lips.

On a more serious note, I'm not sure how I feel about Obamacare being upheld by the Supreme Court. I'm excited about many of the provisions that I understand, including the fact that there will be an array of quality insurance plans, but I don't understand some of the the law. What does it mean that Obamacare is unconstitutional under commerce laws, but constitutional under tax laws? I hope it doesn't mean higher taxes! Is there a nonpartisan person who can explain the policy without involving their personal political choices? If so, I'd like to hear from you because I don't think the media will be the least bit nonpartisan in their reporting.

Today I'm creating a monthly newsletter before I gather items for a family outing of BINGO tonight. I've convinced Dr. Mc and #1 son-in-law Nick to attend BINGO. They can be so easily swayed with the promise of food and beverages.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

June 27, 2012

I finally had to discard this beautiful peony
from my birthday celebrations. The bloom
had left the flower ... metaphorically speaking.
There was an interesting program on television last night. A Cliff-notes version of what was presented is that the man who died outside Garrett's barn wasn't John Wilkes Booth because he left before the military got here. The real Booth lived either in South America under the name of John B. Wilkes or in Enid, Okla. under the name of David E. George. Further, the U.S. Government knew the man who died wasn't Booth, so they created a cover-up to hide their mistake. Ah ha!

The program was intriguing, but didn't put the matter to rest (pun intended). The investigators left it that there are remains of the man who died outside Garrett's barn somewhere in government vaults and that the true way to end the stories of Booth's escape and survival is to exhume the body of his brother Edwin, take DNA samples, and compare the two. But, alas, since this hasn't happened we'll have to file the investigators' report of conspiracy next to those stating that also living to a happy old age were Anastasia Romanov (Grand Duchess of Russia), Amelia Earhart, the Lindbergh baby, D. B. Cooper, Abbie Hoffman, Jimmy Hoffa, Butch Cassidy, and others.

Today I'm creating a conspiracy theory that the cup of the covenant wasn't a drinking vessel, but really the womb of Mary Magdalene, which contained the unborn child of Jesus Christ. Oh wait, that one is taken. OK ... how about the cup of the covenant was actually found during WWII and placed in government vaults. Maybe the cup is lost next to the bones of the man who died outside Garrett's barn. I like it!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

June 26, 2012

Lorna sent me this photo from last week's BINGO game
with the caption that she sat next to Michael McDonald
while playing. Actually, it was just Mr. B
Here's why I love reality shows. The television is on and I'm half listening to one of the Real Housewife shows. A woman makes the comment: "You talk about money like it's no big deal, like you can s@*t it out your a$$." To me, this is just further acknowledgement that there's NOTHING real about any of the reality shows. Not the hair, nails, noses, lips, cheeks, boobs, friendships, and certainly not the conversations. Who makes a statement like that?

I had a fun lunch today with some of the other Board members from Women of Wine. We were invited to the Bonhams showroom to have lunch and sample some fine and rare wines. Goodness, I could get used to this. I sampled four white wines (skipped the Pinot Noir) and heard about auctions where cases of wine sold for more than $400K. There were also horror stories about wine collectors who hadn't stored their wines properly and the priceless bottles turned out to be worthless. It's a different reality for some people!

Today I'm creating a newsletter for my Tuesday client. When I left the office around 3:45 p.m., my car thermostat registered 112 degrees. I drove immediately to get a soft drink at McDonalds. By the time I got home, it was only 111 degrees. Crazy it's only June and it's already so hot in Houston.

Monday, June 25, 2012

June 25, 2012

I told the couple staying at Pettita Casita about
the "chocolate daisies" in the garden (when
touched, the plant emits a smell like chocolate).
I got word this morning that while enjoying coffee
on the portal, they found the plant.
Your eyes didn't deceive you. I didn't write a blog yesterday. Good for me taking a day off!

I had a great lunch meeting today at Mandola's with Kelly (the Executive Director of Bayou City Art Festival) and our sponsorship contractor. At first I thought maybe I was being more disruptive than I was contributing. But then I remembered my #1 rule regarding concepting or brainstorming: There are no bad ideas, just ideas. With this thought in mind I kept asking questions and chiming in with my ideas. Productive meeting!

Today I'm creating a clean AT&T mail account. When Mr. B and I switched to U-Verse (two years ago?), I was told I had to set up a new email account. But AT&T has never cancelled my old account, which got hacked a couple of weeks ago. I hope the problem was finally resolved today. And I did it all by myself because AT&T did nothing but give us the run around. Keep your fingers crossed that what I did worked.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

June 23, 2012

I see a mojito in my future!
It's a VERY quiet day in the Pettit household. Even Mr. B is napping, which means it was a long week for him. A nap for me? An everyday occurrence? Yes, please.

There are things I could be doing instead of playing on the computer and watching television reruns, such as straightening my closet and drawers. I could blame my perpetual need to clean out my closet and dresser drawers on the lack of storage space, but the truth is that I just don't hang up my clothes. At this point my mother – the neat freak – would be rolling over in her grave, if she hadn't been cremated. (Please excuse my tasteless joke.) Still, I can feel "Her Homemaker"-ness' displeasure with me as I look around the room and see clothes I wore this week hanging on the outside of the closet, not to mention clean, unfolded clothes sitting in the chair, and right shoes only littering the floor. I would be in such trouble if I was a child living at home. Hum ... maybe not living at home with my very neat parents is another good reason to celebrate being 60! I can be messy when I want ... and drink mojitos on a Saturday night. My parents would not have approved of either.

Today I'm creating mojitos, maybe. I'm still thinking about Thursday lunch with Paula when we drank a refreshing mojito. More, please.

Friday, June 22, 2012

June 22, 2012

That black blob is Roz. It's nearly impossible
to get her in her "house" before I leave, and
today she didn't want to come out. She's
a funny little thing!
Is it really Friday afternoon? I have to keep thinking about what day it is. One thing I do know is that today is the official end of my birthday celebrations.

I had a great birthday lunch today with Candy. We don't get together that often and I really enjoyed catching up with her. I think our server at Shade was beginning to think we would never order, but we got around to it – starting with a bottle of wine. Lordy, I don't normally have wine at lunch and now I remember why. Next we ordered some fried green tomatoes to share. Yum! And by the time we ordered lunch, we had finished the bottle of wine so we ordered single glasses. Although tempted, we did skip dessert. When I got in the car to drive home – full as a a tick – I realized we had been at Shade for 3.5 hours. Worth every minute and bite! Thanks, Candy!

Today I'm creating more additions to my bucket list, although I don't really like that name. After spending a week celebrating my 60th birthday and contemplating my own mortality, I don't really want to focus on what I want to do before I die. I want to think about having years and years (and years) to live!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

June 21, 2012

My bingo cards. Next time I'll take my glasses.
What a fun day! I had lunch with friend Paula at Tiny Boxwoods. It's one of my favorite places for lunch. They make one of my favorite salads in town. And the fact that we drank mojitos for lunch made it even more fun!

Tonight I played BINGO at the SPJST Lodge on the outskirts of the Houston Heights with friends and co-workers. I hate to say how much fun it was because there were 800 people fighting for places to sit. I certainly don't want more showing up if I to again. I arranged for the pizza, wine, desserts, decorations and noise makers. I'd go back next Thursday and do it again, even though I didn't win a cent tonight. It was just fun, except for one woman at the front door. She was so rude I thought I was going to have to smack her. She was yelling at everyone. It wasn't just me who thought this woman was rude, and there was absolutely no need for her to be that way. Give some people a little authority and it goes to their head.

Today I'm creating a fun evening of BINGO for about 45 people. Next time, I'll arrange for a smaller group!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

June 20, 2012

Last week when it rained heavily in Houston,
a large tree fell on a house around the corner.
More rain in Houston today. We really need it so I'm not going to complain about having to drive part way across town in the rain.

My monthly Bayou City Art Festival meeting was today at noon. I was planning to get a manicure after the meeting, but decided to come home instead. My nails seem to be growing so fast right now. If I didn't know better, I'd think I was taking pre-natal vitamins.

Today I'm creating time for an afternoon nap with Rose and Roz. All three of us are worthless during an afternoon rain storm.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012

Yesterday might have been the best birthday. EVER! In the late afternoon I went to the Women of Wine Sangria Throwdown at El Real. The sommeliers and chefs did a great job preparing different sangrias, and as always I met some new women. Loved it! I picked up Mr. B and we met friends and family for dinner at Shade. Then we came back to the house for Italian Creme cake (my favorite) from Dacapos.  
Yummy Italian Creme birthday cake.

Let's recap my liquor intake. Five different kinds of sangria before dinner (I had to sample all of them). Two glasses of white wine with dinner (perfectly cooked salmon was complemented by Pinot Gris). Several glasses of Champagne (but who is counting). Family. Old and new friends. Tons of birthday wishes. I'm a lucky 60-year-old woman!

Today I'm creating thank you notes and smiling when I think of my many blessings. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

JUNE 18, 2012

Dinner with Mr. B on Saturday at Escalante included
tasty seafood enchiladas and refreshing margarita.
Hello 60! I'm excited to report to all of my family and friends who have not had the pleasure of celebrating this milestone birthday that I woke up this morning with all of my appendages still attached and with no additional wrinkles or gray hairs in sight. In fact, I would think that today was just another day, were it not for the fact that Mr. B served me breakfast in bed, including a glass of my favorite champagne. I had a piece of leftover chocolate sheet cake for lunch. The day will be complete if there is mac and cheese somehow involved with dinner.

Turning 60 seems to be the same as other milestones – more hype than holler. I remember as a child thinking how old I would be (48) at the turn of the 21st Century. Yet when the time came, it really wasn't a big deal. I  think back to 1999, and all the hubbub surrounding the forecasted Y2K crash of the Internet and computer technology as we knew it, but it never happened. Looking back to January 1, 2000, it's hard to believe that it was 12 years ago. And I was told by at 15-year-old last night not to worry about the world ending, as per the Mayan calendar, on December 21, 2012. According to young Austin, scientists have concluded that earlier predictions didn't take leap years into account, so December 21, 2012 is going to be a non-event.

Today I'm creating sangria for the after work Women of Wine event. Then Mr. B is taking the family and some friends to Shade for dinner. My actual birth time is around 9:45 p.m., so we should all be back at the house enjoying cake and bubbly by that time.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

June 17, 2012

An early birthday present to me.
Like most people I know, I'm thinking about my grandfather and father today, especially since I'm making one of their favorite food groups for dinner: homemade ice cream. When I recently made ice cream for a family reunion, everyone remembered my grandmother and mother making ice cream, especially at my grandparents' home in Bryan, TX. As was the tradition, the ladies mixed the ice cream in the kitchen and loaded it into the canister. Then there was the call for Truett or Truett (my grandfather and father had the same first name). It was their job to put the canister into the wooden barrel, add the ice and rock salt, and then start the hand cranking process. After awhile the younger girls were called into play to sit of the ice cream maker and hold the top down. It was a very "cool" job, literally.

Well, I have moved into the 21st Century. Yesterday I went to William Sonoma and bought myself a birthday present: a Cuisinart ice cream maker. My cousin has one and it seemed so easy to use. No ice. No rock salt. Just pour the liquid into the canister, close the lid, and plug the machine into the wall. I can't wait to give it a "spin."

Today I'm creating homemade ice cream. Later today we're headed to #1 son-in-law Nick's grandmother's home for a combining of all the Dad's for dinner. In the meantime, Happy Father's Day to Truett Bryan Akin, Sr. (Aug. 15, 1906 - Feb. 8, 1980), Truett Bryan Akin, Jr. (Aug. 4, 1929 - March 27, 2007). I miss you both!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

June 16, 2012

Happy birthday, Nick!
Happy birthday to #1 son-in-law Nick! A mother couldn't ask for a better man to marry her daughter.

I'm semi watching a Clint Eastwood movie, Tightrope. There, playing a police officer, is someone who looks like Kramer from the Seinfeld series. Could it be? Is Michael Richards that old? I'm back now (bet you didn't know I was gone). I went on the Internet to see if the character was actually Michael Richards. It is not him but get this six degrees of separation. The role of Detective Molinari in the movie Tightrope (1984) was played to Dan Hedaya. Among his television credits is the charmingly sleazy Nick Tortelli, Carla's ex-husband, from the television series Cheers (and its short-lived spin-off The Tortellis), in which Michael Richards made a guest appearance (as a character trying to collect on an old bet with Same Malone).

Today I'm creating time to watch the first season of Downton Abbey. Dr. Mc is sure that I'll love the series, so she gifted me with a DVD before jetting off to Chicago. Can't wait to watch it!

Friday, June 15, 2012

June 15, 2012

Cutie Lorna was the photographer last night.
I really enjoyed the neighborhood party last night to kick off my 60th birthday celebrations! There were probably 30 friends and neighbors who gathered for a toast. Thanks to sweet Kelly for organizing the fun and cutie Lorna for taking pics.

When we were leaving the house around 6 p.m. yesterday, Mr. B asked me how long I thought we would be gone. I told him about two hours, but we celebrated until all the wine was gone, which took almost four hours. It's a tough job (drinking all the wine), but someone had to do it.

Today I'm creating clean laundry. Yes, even while recovering from ankle surgery and during my sexagenarian celebrations, reality and household chores come front and center.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

June 14, 2012

Santa Fe friend and gardener extraordinaire LR
emailed me that he picked about eight pounds
of cherries from our tree there. He could not tell a lie:
He confessed to eating another pound while gardening.
It's Flag Day and I see the Pettits' flag proudly waving in front of the house. I hope you're displaying your flag, also.

This is the beginning of my birthday season, which will continue for at least one week, except for part of Sunday when the Guss, Kline, McCarley, Pettit and Zamora clans gather to celebrate Father's Day. That reminds me that I need to get the ingredients for homemade ice cream (my contribution to the Sunday dinner) and pesto. I'm beginning to think basil is the rabbit of the herb family in that it multiplies like crazy! It's time to turn the basil into pesto and give it to family and friends.

Today I'm creating a 300-word company blurb, which is not as easy as it sounds. I spent two hours writing and contemplating adjectives. Wow... it sounds really nerdy that someone would contemplate adjectives. The truth about me is out ... I'm a word geek.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

June 13, 2012

Airport drop off of excited travelers.
Watch out Houston, I'm on the move! I dropped Dr. Mc, #1 son-in-law Nick, and friend Cam at Hobby Airport around 1 p.m., and drove off in my Explorer. I went directly to The Galleria (without my crutches) to buy a bottle of perfume, a tube of lipstick, and orange nail polish. So cool.

Although I had plans to run other errands and make more stops, I only made it for a late lunch before returning home. But tomorrow is another day.

Today I'm creating ideas to pitch for news releases and writing a 300 word blurb for a client. Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

June 12, 2012

Rose is going to join me in an afternoon nap.
I'm so excited that I'm getting my car back tomorrow. However, I'm not excited that Dr. Mc and #1 son-in-law Nick are leaving for Chicago tomorrow without Mr. B and me. We were all supposed to go to the Windy City in celebration of Nick's birthday (June 16) and my birthday, but that changed. Now I get to drive them to the airport and see them off. Bummer. But they left me an early birthday present: the first season of Downton Abbey. I keep hearing good comments about it so I can't wait to watch the first season.

My body is telling me that it's nap time.

Today I'm creating a newsletter and a website blurb. Done and done, so now I'm going to contemplate the inside of my eye lids, a.k.a. take a nap.

Monday, June 11, 2012

June 11, 2012

With the ever fabulous McCarley sisters
on my birthday last year.
Happy Monday, all. This is the last week that I'll be 50 something.  Guess I'm telling everyone my age, but I'm excited to be moving on. It's not that the 50s have been bad to me. Although I've been dealt several blows, I shouldn't complain about anything! It's all part of life. It's all good. And I'm choosing to feel a freshness about leaving the 50s. Great possibilities and opportunities ahead. As my mother would say, I'm "fat and sassy!"

I plan to spend this week creating a strategic plan for the next decade of my life. I know that I need to be in better health: spiritually, physically and mentally. And I'm hoping to convince myself that it doesn't have to all happen in a week, month or year. One thing that I've learned during the past year is that I don't move as quickly as I used to, but that's OK because I'm still getting where I need to go: spiritually, physically and mentally!

Today I'm creating a budget for the Women of Wine auction committee and then attending the WOW board meeting. I'm looking forward to seeing the ladies this afternoon.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

June 10, 2012

Mr. B brought me a curried tuna salad sandwich from
The Shade for lunch. YUM!
Mr. B dropped me off at Fitzgerald's around 10:45 p.m. last night. He wasn't feeling well so I convinced him that I could go by myself to hear #1 son-in-law Nick keep The Suffers on beat with his drums. I was flattered for about a nano second when I thought Mr. B was concerned that someone would "hit" on me. But I think what concerned him was that he would have to get out of his nice warm bed and pick me up after the bar closed. Not to worry, I got a ride home with Nick's parents.

Rose barked at me as I unlocked the front door around 2:30 a.m., which must have awakened Mr. B. I don't think he opened his eyes or moved his body, but I did hear him mumble, "How was it," or something like that. I wasn't sure what he said because my ears were still ringing. The Suffers were great fun to watch and hear, even if it was 12:30 a.m. before they went on stage. I was head bobbing and nodding, clapping and having a terrific time.

Today I'm creating minor revisions to conference materials. Not much else planned except laying on the couch. Watching the men's championship match of the French Open (rain delayed). Reading the paper. Resting my ankle. And getting ready for my birthday.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

June 9, 2012

I saw this little bag made from vintage
French fabric online. I'm adding it to my
sewing list for this summer.
Number one son-in-law Nick is playing at Fitzgerald's tonight. His band goes on around midnight, so I'm planning to nap and keep my foot elevated all day. I figure this is the only way I'll be able to go out that late. Nick hasn't been playing with this 10-piece band that long, so I'm excited to hear them.

Last night I was sleeping in the guest bedroom so Mr. B and/or the dogs wouldn't touch my foot. I was dreaming that Ben Stiller was breaking into our house. What? Mr. B heard me screaming "help me, help me" on the other side of the house, and came running. I'm blaming the heavy-duty pill I took late yesterday afternoon for putting me into such a deep sleep. Even after Mr. B woke me I wasn't sure if I was awake or asleep. Crazy!

Today I'm creating online clothing orders for some new clothes. Just a couple of sale items. My birthday celebrations begin on Thursday, June 14, with a party of mostly girlfriends. I need new clothes to help me celebrate, don't you think?

Friday, June 8, 2012

June 8, 2012

I got the word that the apricots in Santa Fe are
still ripening on our tree. 
It has been a long day! During normal times, I can jump in the shower and be out the door in 30 minutes. This includes showering, washing and drying my hair, putting on makeup, and getting dressed. As I said, during normal times. But during times when I'm hobbling around on crutches and balancing myself on one  foot, getting out the door takes longer.

This morning I began getting dressed at 9:30 a.m. for a meeting and lunch after that. I was 30 minutes late. Next I went to the doctor's office to have my stitches removed. It was not as painful this time, which made me very happy! According to the doctor, all is healing well. Then, because I was such a good girl at the doctor's office, Dr. Mc (my driver for today) took us to get manicures. It was nice getting those long nails cut off. By the time she brought me home it was approximately 4 p.m. Sweet June Barth brought dinner to the house around 5 p.m., even though she has in-laws staying at her house. What a sweet lady! By the time she left my foot/ankle was throbbing some I'm now in lala land after taking a happy pill.

Today I'm creating ideas for another conference. But writing anything will have to wait until tomorrow. I'm calling it quits at 9 p.m. on a Friday.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

June 7, 2012

Some of the guests at the open house today for Boulevard
Realty's satellite office at New Living.
Fabulous day! The event I've been planning for about a month was terrific. Wonderful food prepared Glass Wall. Refreshing sangria prepared by moi. Great crowd. I was very happy as was my client.

I arrived at New Living around 1 p.m. and immediately started slicing all the citrus for the red-wine sangria. Everything went into the big glass dispenser so the wine could marinate with the fruit and mint. Next I cleaned all the berries for the champagne sangria and filled another big glass dispenser with it. For people like me who can't drink red wine, the champagne or sparkling wine sangria is a wonderful alternative.

Today I'm creating two varieties of sangria. The servers for the open house arrived around 3 p.m., so I did get to change my top and sit down around 4 p.m. I'm a tired girl tonight who is excited that tomorrow afternoon I get the remaining stitches out of my ankle.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

June 6, 2012

Dr. Mc. I'm guessing (by the lace on her panties and because
her shoe is tied) that she is age four or five.
Although I don't like math (sorry Dr. Mc), I like numbers. For example, today's date – June 6, 2012 – translates in my mind to 6+6=12. I'll like the date on August 10, 2012 (8-10-12), and October 11, 2012 (10-11-12), and December 12, 2012 (12-12-12). Get the idea? Fun with numbers.

So if I like numbers, why don't I like math? Is it too rigid for me? Probably. Six plus six will always equal 12, yet in the world of creative thinking where my mind resides, "always" doesn't exist. I tell people there are no bad ideas, just ideas. That's my world. Curious. I just had a "light bulb" moment. I know some people who live in the world of "always" and I find it really hard to be around them. I'm sure you know people who think things as either black or white. Right or wrong. Yes or no. I don't understand that way of thinking. Sometimes these people come across as rude or egotistical to me. Donald Trump quickly comes to mind as an example. When he speaks with that funny little mouth of his, he talks in "black and white." Gray was removed from his box of crayons at an early age. He's right and the rest of us are wrong, and whoever disagrees with him is stupid. So not my world. Fortunately, as much as Dr. Mc LOVES math, she doesn't live in an "always" world. I find it remarkable that she functions so incredibly well in both worlds.

Today I'm creating sliced citrus for the sangria I'm making. There will probably need to be some recipe sampling along the way!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

June 5, 2012

I just found out that one of my favorite Houston chefs,
Bryan Caswell, will be one of the celebrity sommeliers
at the Women of Wine event at El Real on June 18.
It's a GREAT day! I started out early with Mr. B taking me to my Tuesday client's office before he went to work. Great meeting with client. Great getting a check. And I enjoyed seeing everyone in the office. On Tuesdays when I go, there are lots of people in the office, which is fun for me since I normally work alone.

Mr. B came back to get me around 12:30 p.m. After going to the bank he drove me home. Low and behold, there on the doorstep was a large package from J. Jill. Hey, it's my birthday month and I enjoy the simple linen and/or cotton clothing from J. Jill! But Mr. B was surprised at how resourceful I was. I had let my fingers do the walking and ordered some clothes online. Silly man!

Today I'm creating the finishing touches for the open house event I've been planning for this Thursday afternoon. I've made my lists and checked them twice. Now I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that vendors and suppliers show up as promised.

Monday, June 4, 2012

June 4, 2012

The girls, Rose (left) and Roz.
Have you ever done something you think is considerate and instead of being perceived as nice it bites you in the butt? I think I'm a sensitive person who only wants to do good things, so how can I miss the mark by so much?

The good news is that my doggies love me.

Today I'm creating the second leg of conference materials. Unfortunately I'm not feeling very peppy or creative.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

June 3, 2012

Thanks to friend Sandra for bringing food
to the house and for staying to visit with me!
It's 10 p.m. and I just realize I haven't written my blog today. So let's recap.

I woke up this morning to find Mr. B staring at me. I was talking in my sleep (again). I've done this all my life and it's just a way of life to me, but it bothered my parents so much that they took me to a specialist. They were told that sleep talking, or somniloquy, is a type of parasomnia -- an abnormal behavior that takes place during sleep. Yeah, and you thought I was only abnormal when I was awake! My parents were told not to worry about me because most kids grow out of sleep talking by the time they are 10-12 years old. Not me. I've read that sleep talking has many causes, such as emotional stress and certain medications that cause deep sleep. Hum. Sounds like my current life. I'm stressed by my recent surgery and the pain medication certainly puts me in a deep sleep. Anyway, back to Mr. B, he was standing there, listening to me, and waiting for me to reveal deep secrets. Unfortunately, I'm usually mumbling and when I awake I don't remember what I was dreaming about.

Today I'm creating a long walk to the front room in the house. Friend Sandra came over with food and I made it to the room at the front of the house before she arrived. It's not a long walk, unless you are a uncoordinated goofball on crutches, like me.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

June 2, 2012

Cute friend Kelly. 
It was a very quiet day at home today. Translation: I'm super bored! Mr. B volunteered at the Heights Fun Run this morning. I'm so impressed that he was up and out the door at 5:30 a.m. But almost the minute he walked back in the door around 9:30 a.m. he threw his elbow out. Now wait. How is he supposed to carry my food trays if his elbow hurts? I finally convinced him to go to CVS and buy a heating pad. His elbow is yet another example of our bodies just falling apart as we age.

Tonight, with my foot propped up, I watched Beauty and the Beast. I remember going to see it years ago at the theater with Mr. B, his mom and Sweetness. I loved the movie then and still love it now. What a treat to find it on television on a Saturday night at home.

Today I'm creating nothing. We were supposed to have had a back yard dinner party and movie screening tonight, but that got cancelled. My foot and ankle just aren't up to moving around the kitchen while cooking and then setting up everything outside. We'll reschedule in the fall when the weather is once again cool. In the meantime, a girl has got to respect her temporary limitations.

Friday, June 1, 2012

June 1, 2012

I would love to jump in the car and go for a manicure, but it's not going to happen. My nails are long enough that they are clicking on the keypad as I type. I hate the sound and the feeling.

Thinking about Paul (back left)
and Jan (front center) who moved
away a week ago today.
On April 24, I posted the following questions: "Who thinks John Edwards diverted campaign funds to hide his pregnant mistress from the public because he felt it would hurt his chances to win the presidential nomination? Who believes John Edwards will be convicted and spend any time in the hoosegow?" As expected, John Edwards was found not guilty on one count against him and the jury was deadlocked on the others. What a waste of taxpayer money to try him!

Today I'm creating invoices. Yeah! I'll know it's time to take down my marketing shingle when there are no invoices going out.