It was a busy week for me. Usual volunteering Tues/Thurs, Wed my mom, sister and I went to NJ to visit my aunt and uncles new house (which they bought from their daughter and made some changes to it), and we went out to lunch with another aunt. Both aunts are my mom's younger sisters.
Holly, congratulations! Being able to walk to work is so great for you. Is it walking distance to restuarants and stores as well? Hope you made a profit on the sale of your house.
Joan, are you filling up your house with your pottery? My SO has filled our guest bedroom with his paintings and our den is now his studio. The aunt and uncle that I just visited went back to live in Shanghai for 5 years after she retired. Now they're back in NJ, with my other aunt. I have an uncle and his family in Taiwan, and another uncle and family in New Zealand. I have distant relatives on my dad's side in China.
Relaxing day today, watching football and rooting against the Cowboys! Hey Jojo, Eagles are playing Atlanta tonight.
Jojo, I remember that last time you went through a remodel! How long will it take to do all that work? Glad your DS is improving.
Holly, fantastic! Is the house a lot bigger than the condo?
Yesterday SO and I drove to NJ (twice in 1 week for me!) for a get together with my college room mates. I had not seen them in almost 20 years. Cannot believe how quickly time has gone by. It was really great to see them. Found out one of them is doing really well professionally, she is president of WWE! Before that worked for USTA and NBA.
Too much driving for me and SO, haha. Next weekend we have to go to CT for another memorial service for SO's first boss in New Haven, before he moved here. There will be a ton of people at this one, he was a famous architect.
Hi all—I feel as though I’ve lost about four days of my life—Friday about noon I started feeling really strange—by dinner, I knew I could not eat as an apple I had made me feel miserable. I must have caught a stomach flu, something I’ve not really had since 1974 as I just am not usually susceptible to stomach things. This was awful although I never did throw up—it was like an internal twisting and spasms of my actual stomach that came in waves and would literally cramp up my whole body. I didn’t really eat anything for three more days until Monday at dinner when I had toast and avocado! Yesterday I felt so much better but didn’t do the gym yet—did clean out my half of the closet and have about six bags of “stuff” to donate—I got rid of half my clothes, some odds and ends from closet, bathroom linen closet, and kitchen—felt so good just to be up and working!
Last night I went to see Frankie Moreno, song writer and performer, at the cabaret room at the smith performing center—there were 12 women there from our Pilates and dance classes—I set it up about a month ago when we were dancing to his songs—he performs every few weeks there and is so fun to see. It was a first for gym class—have only gone to lunch before.
TSue hearing about your road trips is so different—you so seldom drive places and now all of a sudden! I have a bit of pottery yes, but have given some to my kids and an occasional dish to a friend. Still have not glazed my teapot and cups—just want so much to love them so am so hesitant.
Holly, what is you move date? Am anxious to see pictures.
Sue, you are really taking on a big remodel project now—you will be about done with the whole house then, won’t you? Good that you son is is much better. How is DH doing?
I dropped five pounds in four days—would not want to do that voluntarily—however, I’m going to try keeping it off. I ate two meals yesterday but not big meals and no snacks. I think my problem with weight is no longer sweets as I’ve pretty much just given them up, but still snacking (crave salty things more now) and mostly portions. So am going to work hard on portions.
Hoping to throw some pots today—missed a whole weekend of studio work. Although I did get my first horse raku fired—just took it down but didn’t stay to watch it come out—it turned out so beautiful and so very different that I had originally thought I’d do her—but better! In a couple weeks I’ll fire the other one in another raku style called sager firming where you wrap things around the pot—like beets, or cabbage, or curly Kate foil strips and then wrap it in foil and fire fast. Supposed to be a very dramatic way to finish things. The drama of the firing covers up a lot of building flaws because you are drawn to the surface look! Good for a novice sculptor! LOL
As of today DH has the flu—wondering now—there is a norvirus outbreak in Vegas—200 reported cases—but they were centered around a place near the strip—entertainment place or something—still it’s a little coincidental to read the article in today’s paper.
I am feeling back to normal.
Had my first fail at the wheel—couldn’t throw a pot to save myself on Wednesday—finally gave up and finished my last horse piece. Worked on it till bedtime here at home last night as I could not get done there.
Got my shaggy hair cut—thank goodness—in five weeks it grew so much.
Joan , so sorry to hear about both you and your DH being sick . Glad you are better. I know what you mean about doing something and feeling so happy and glad to be feeling better! Sorry about the trouble doing your pottery. I guess we all have tough days with accomplishments but you have done so well so far!
Holly- how wonderful that you are so close to conveniences. What an advantage for you. Sounds like this move was a winner
Sue - I find road trips can be fun if you don’t drive to much in one day and if you plan to sop on the way and explore or see planned venues It is often tedious if you are just driving to “get somewhere. Need to call DS and see how the neurology appt went yesterday.
Have the GK’s today. It is always a struggle to get them off the electronics.. I try to plan other things but they really resist. They are very restricted with them at home so I guess they feel this is their chance to spend time on them.
Funny- the last paragraph of the last post goes with this post. It disappeared and when I went back to the thread it was with the last post! Mystery of electronics!
Now have a ton to do to ready for the beach. The floor for downstairs will be done the 2nd week of October. Went to buy the flooring yesterday. Will do it with tile planks that look like wood in a light grey- really pretty and will be very durable for the slab downstairs. We will leave the carpet in the bedroom down there as it is still in excellent shape.
The memorial service for SO's first boss and dean of the architecture school was a very nice event. Almost filled the chapel, about 800 people. It was like a class reunion for SO. We stayed at a hotel on the campus and ran into many others also staying there. There was a cocktail reception at the Yale Art Gallery afterwards, and after that we had dinner with SO's closest friend from school and his wife, and 2 other business associates of SO's friend.
The next day we stopped at Greenwich and met another one of our friends for lunch. His wife couldn't join us, she had a very bad fall over a year ago and is almost immobile, she is undergoing therapy and treatment but it is a very slow
Joan, glad you are feeling better! Great that your raku pottery turned out so well.
Jojo, the young kids these days, growing up in this modern technology world will miss so much in personal human interaction. Who will all be at the beach with you?
Yesterday I volunteered and will do so again tomorrow. Last Thurs there was a volunteer appreciation event at the place and SO went with me and met many of the people I work with while there, so that was nice.
Friday night, a couple from San Diego that we met on our last cruise is visiting Philly. We have kept in touch and they are coming over for drinks then we are walking a few blocks to a new restaurant that just opened in our neighborhood.
We are at DGD19’s apt in Brooklyn—bedded down on the floor (me) and ready to call it a night—earliest I’ve gotten in bed here since coming on Thursday.
First day we walked over 8 miles and every day has been fairly close to that except today—today we sort of ran out of steam after 4 miles and 13 flights of stairs so we came home from the zoo and all took a nap—and we ordered in some dinner—no one wanted to go to the subway again ! Tomorrow I will do a bit of laundry for DGD at the laundromat while DH waits for internet co to come install WiFi which we are getting for her and will s\pay monthly. She will be a at a ballet class. Then in afternoon she and we will go up to steps on Broadway where she will take another class while we bum around Central Park area and then meet up for dinner in that area before heading home. We leave here about 9:30 am for the airport on Tuesday.
We didn’t do anything fancy—no shows or anything—did go see The Vessel which was my choice—but we got her migrated over to my iPhone X and I am now in an 11==her phone was so broken that glass was falling off the phone at the apple store! It could no longer back up to the cloud or be updatedl So DH got to see the new apple store at Fifth Avenue—-his request for his birthday.
Saturday we explored a bit of Brooklyn while DGD wAS In a ballet class and then went to the art museum here—so it’s been a pretty low key visit. Tonight we watched a movie together on Apple TV which we could do using the phone as a hot spot..
Holly, the hard part starts now—getting moved! Are you going to re do the kitchen while you are in or have you already started?
Sue you have really been busy. I’m always impressed that you still find time to do your volunteer work!
Yesterday there were used items everywhere on the sidewalk for shopping—I said I felt guilty almost—the reality is that so many can only survive by taking advantage of rummage and sidewalk sales and there were many families shopping in earnest.
I have almost finished reading She Said—the new book written by the two women who really broke The NY Times story on H. Weinstein—it is quite a read—it is hard to believe that one man could hurt and control so many women—and get so many to cover up and actually aid him in his abuse! The book / real story would be an excellent movie—it has tension like the one about the Vietnam War—the Pentagon Papers—can’t remember the name of the movie but it had so much tension—this would have more I really think. People who don’t believe what women go through in the work place privately suffer with should really read it.
So happy—lots of my stuff got fired while away so I have 5 bowls to glaze, two horses to glaze, my cow, a little dish, and a container that looks like a zippered up sweater and DH’s big tankard—thought it would be a large mug but it’s way bigger than that—thinking I’ll call it a root beer float mug—have to decide how to glaze it. He still does not know about it—keeping it hidden. Last night I started underglazing my most recent horse that I thought was terrible—but I’m making it look like a quilted stuffed animal and I think it is going to be darling that way—terribly time consuming tho as painting the many squares all over the body 3 times each is going to take me all week probably. I got one coat on all four legs last night and the squares drawn all over the body.
Cooler weather is here and it feels so nice—walked in 50º weather yesterday at 6 am. Needed a light jacket!
Will be a busy weekend—Jordan having a little (hoping it’s little this time!) gathering of his friends on Saturday from 5 - 10 for his 19th birthday and then I am having the three brothers and DD and DGS15 over on Sunday evening for dinner to celebrate his and DH’s birthday which was last Friday and Saturday while we were gone. Am just having steak and salad and smashed baked potatoes as they all love meat. Will have to come up with something for DD and myself.
Had housekeeping today so love how clean the house looks!
Hearing that the east is having a heat wave—DGD said NYC is super warm as well—was pretty warm when we were there also. Crazy weather!
Another busy week! The dinner with the San Diego couple went well. I liked the new restaurant, so that's another good option for us in our neighborhood. It's kind of modern French cuisine.
I started to get a sore throat later in the day on Tuesday though I did volunteer in the morning. Wed night we went to a democratic fundraiser for local democrats running for office this year. We had a couple friend who went and also neighbor couple. Ran into some ex-coworkers and also a woman (who volunteers on Thursdays with me), and her husband. Small city!
By this point, the cold had moved to my chest with coughing and some congestion. Thurs was the worst and I did not volunteer. Took a ton of Airborne and I think that helped.
Friday I treated one of my old interns to lunch, it was a beautiful sunny, warm but not humid day and we ate outside on balcony/deck. We split a tuna crudo, a charcuterie board, and a pasta with pesto, and we indulged in martinis. So fun!
Joan, are you still 5 lbs down from being sick? I need to drop some weight before the cruise. So is your DGD19 just taking ballet classes, does she work part time? Busy weekend for you with all the entertaining!
Holly, congratulations on the closing! We just had a heatwave too, on Wed it was in the 90s and humid.
Today we are going to friends housewarming party. It is out in the suburbs so more driving for us!
I am watching a Netflix series called Unbelievable—I would so strongly recommend watching it—it is a completely true story and every person in America should see it—it is about rape cases and how they are/were truly handled—OMG, it’s a detective story but it’s so, so unbelievable—I can understand why it was titled this way—I heard about it on KNPR . I’m hoping that DH will watch it—it’s frightening to see what women who are raped are subjected to after the rape.
Sur, I have gained back 2 or 3 of the 5–but holding there—and I have to say, I have not been eating completely clean—snacking on some stuff—not horrible (well, other than the cookie dough I inhaled the other day, LOL). But I feel I am getting back to controlling it again now!
Feeling a little like I’m getting a cold. Hoping not!
I saw you got moved in, Holly! Now the fun begins! Wish we could all come and help you paint!