One Woman just checking in before the weekend.
Books by the old Leather Chair
- Snow In The Summer
- My Bible
- The Power of Silence
- What Comes Next and to Like It
- Encore Provence
- A Year in Provence
Friday, October 30, 2009
One Woman just checking in before the weekend.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Let Callie out - stripped my bed linens and put in washing machine. Let Callie on screen porch and fed her. Made zucchini bread and it is in the oven. Made my bed up and put a load of jeans in machine. Went over floors with swifter. Did 30 minutes of Yoga - need to relax. Another load of wash. How can One Woman have so much wash. I love to hang outside and that is out of the question. Need to get out of my pajamas!! Took a bath and went over my hair with a curling iron - if I do this it usually looks presentable. Put on clean jeans and turtle neck - and now breakfast. Cereal with fruit, green tea and 2 slices of the best zucchini bread....in the world.
Callie is barking like a mad dog - Electrician has pulled up and going to reverse the blades on my ceiling fans. I cannot reach them - plus I do not see the switch. It is only 8:20 and I am glad I was dressed. 2 phone calls, finish cleaning kitchen and turn on dishwasher. 9:00 and will turn on computer. I am tired and the day has not begun.
Callie barking and I look out - a neighbor approaching in car. She bought a home I built 12 years ago on this farm. Interesting lady who is a retired, a professor from a University in Rhode Island. Interesting how she found my home. On the Internet. Another story in the future.
She is sharing the New York Times and News Week with me. Starting bringing it to me several weeks ago. I appreciate it as they are 2 of my favorites and I do not subscribe anymore.
Callie news - Saturday was such a rough day with her that I kept having on my mind that I would have to return her to the shelter. She has chewed up 2 leashes, a cable that secured her to dog house, will not share other things she has chewed. Finally I spanked her Saturday and sat down and looked her in the eye and told her she had better stop chewing and realize she has a good home or she was long gone. Who knows - from that moment on she has been calmer, has not chewed and minds me. I felt guilty yesterday with the thoughts that in 2 weeks, surgery twice and in a new home and is adjusting - just like me. Plus she is only 11 months old. In reality a puppy.
So - I will have to buy a cage for her to put in the garage when I am gone for a few hours.
If we were not going into winter it would be no problem.
Also plans are when city home sells I am building a carport for my truck with an enclosed area attached for mower and tools. I can build a pen on this with her doghouse. She will be in a secure area and have shelter when I am not here. All is fine when I am outside and she can run and aware of me. The problem is she is being given a home at a time of year that will soon be winter and her new mistress has never had a dog inside the house. I put her rug by the door and find as long as she can see me in the kitchen or great room area she is fine.
So we are still adjusting. I think I just expected to much from her in a short time - especially since I do not know her past 11 months. I think it was not to pleasant. I will add that she minds very well. Always comes to me when I call and will sit when I tell her - give her a treat.
She is very smart and her mistress is going to be in charge - I think she knows that at the moment.
Her mistress has done well in training many dogs and children in the past. l0l. Just thoughts of can she do it again - or rather does she want to?
Time to unload dishwasher, a few more inside chores - then I want to go outside - the sun is shining. I have a bag of buttercup bulbs to plant and want to walk with Callie in the woods.
After lunch this 3 score, 10 and more -lady needs to rest so will be enjoy her family this late afternoon.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
My first thought when reading this is "Angela you are too young to be invisible".
It brought to mind what I have been thinking about myself a lot over the past few years. Being invisible would seem to fluctuate at times. Might be where I am at that moment, dressed or how I feel that particular day.
But as time goes by - I am truly invisible. For most of my adult years I was not invisible. Young career woman, active social life, busy wife, mother, active role in family business, enjoying all the upscale places and travel. A divorce and starting over at age 42 was a new journey.
Life has been changing for a number of years and in most ways I like it.
Freedom is what I call it!! The peace and simplicity I have been experiencing at Woodhaven over the last months has been a long time coming.
Will add that when I moved to the big city almost 3 years ago - I was truly invisible. I made this comment to my son - he always has a witty reply: "there are people who spend a lot of money to go places where they are invisible." Now back in my old homeplace I do see familiar faces from time to time and may not be 100% invisible.
Wondered as time goes on - when do others begin to feel invisible? Also the thought - is my feeling more invisible because I am One Woman.
You might enjoy Angela's - October 14th entry. Love her self-portrait with the misplaced heart.
If you visit Angela - also check out "A Note From Your Mother" - mother being "Mother Earth"
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I will transplant sections to other areas around my home after it quits blooming.
Most of my plants have been shared with me by special people. Most of these people are no longer here and when I look at this purple Aster I think of the special lady who shared much of her garden with me. Anna Lee, I miss you.
Callie is doing wonderful. Only ---- she does not like me out of her sight. I bought a crate with the thought that if she would tolerate it, then it would be good for times I am not home.
Well, that did not work and I returned it this morning. I keep her on the screen porch, deck and when I am outside she is loose.
I am not an inside dog person. All dogs in the past stayed outdoors unless it was extremely cold.
So....Callie, please be good.
I do not know if I shared that last week I had heart test. 3 hours of tests resulted from a severe panic attack I had a number of weeks ago that unsettled me.
I was at the city home and all of a sudden I became "overwhelmed". Overwhelmed with all that I have done this year. Building, up and down the road, slowly emptying one home and bringing to another - loading my vehicle and unloading with no help. I remember standing and looking at what is left in that home and also the fact that it is for sale in a stressed economy (I know my children - said - do not do this). Anyway I had a panic attack and thought I was having a heart attack.
GOOD NEWS - nothing wrong with my heart. Enough shared on this subject.
Rained again last night and early morning. Lunch time and it has finally stopped.
Continuing to look forward to seeing my first born daughter and first born granddaughter next week.
The happy heart runs with the river, floats on the air, lifts to the music, soars with the eagle, hopes with the prayer
Monday, October 12, 2009
So first thing this morning I took her to the vet and it was confirmed. She looked so sad when I left her.
This truly saddened me. I feel as though I am mistreating her. I do not think she has had much love in her 11 months.
Just called and she is doing fine and I will pick her up later this afternoon.
Some stitches broke loose from her being neutered - So they say. Only they know what happened?
Good news there will be no charge.
Callie I hope you heal quickly like you did from the procedure one week ago.
When I lost Sadie a year ago I vowed I would never love another little dog like I did her.
Guess it is happening all over again.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Mama and Grandma
Friday, October 9, 2009
On a lighter note. Last week I did something I have never done before. As I left a store, I could not find my keys.I thought maybe I have left them in my truck and I carry an extra one in my purse so all will be well.
I was right - there they were in the ignition - horrors - my truck was still running - but door was locked. Good thing it was a quick trip.
Where was my mind? Too much on it "I think".
Anyway, I put a note on my dash - pause - take a deep breath, turn ignition off, remove key - remember.
Sent it to my son and he quickly replied "add - put it in park".
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Cards are arriving.
Handwritten on my son's card is the following:
When the sun shines, enjoy it,
When it rains, enjoy it.
All things in life, let them come and let them go. This the secret of life that keeps one from getting upset.
The Buddha says that all things in life and in the world are in constant change, so do not become attached to them.
Callie news - I was so worried about her yesterday as she would not eat or drink. This morning she is herself. Stitches come out in 10 days.
One Woman experiencing her 70's
Monday, October 5, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Now home and excitedly awaiting my weekend guests. My youngest daughter and my two little girls coming for the weekend. We will will go to the pumpkin patch, corn maze and see if we are successful in taking some holiday pictures. Velvet dresses are arriving also. Have a few ideas and will see how this comes out. They are excited about meeting Miss Callie.
Jamie, is bringing games and books for the evening. I am still contemplating a television but truly do not miss it. I stay busy with outdoor chores, computer, reading and writing in my journal.
The one in the city I gave to my son as I did not want to move it and also - if I purchase a television want a smaller and newer model.
Callie is doing great. She has a new home. She sits for a treat, with rolled up paper in my hand she stops jumping on me. I am so surprised at how quick she is learning. I let her loose and she follows me everywhere.
Thinking of scheduling her surgery for next Tuesday. I sure do not need any visitors!!
Enough sharing from One Woman on this beautiful Saturday at noon
Thursday, October 1, 2009
This child was raised as an only child as the others were in high school and college.
Her sense of humor and the way she expresses herself still amazes me.
I think "is this the quiet little girl I raised - in the country - single handed".
Needless to say that mom is proud of her.
http://blondemomblog.com/ Click on The - Southern Humor Post
NEW HEADER - TAKEN AROUND THE CORNER AND DOWN THE ROAD
One Woman entry on a cold October lst morning