Monday, April 08, 2013

Heat Wave

It's going to be in the middle 70's this week - LOL!  From freezing to baking in just a few days.  But I'll take it.  The daffodils and tulips and crocus are finally showing and it's really looking beautiful out there.

The Yankees are not off to a great start this year.  At least they beat Detroit yesterday, but watching the Yankees is a little painful right now.  The Nationals (the team I cheated on the Yankees with last year) are tied with the Mets (!) for second in the National league.  It is early in the season, but the games I've managed to catch haven't been exactly inspiring.  I'll keep my fingers crossed for the rest of the year.

RIP Margaret Thatcher.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Opening Day

Take me out to the ball game...

Ah, if only I were going to a game today!  Opening day means spring has finally, officially arrived.

Though I see it's snowing in Pittsburgh...

Crochet month is officially over.  I started six projects, finished one.  I will eventually take pictures and upload them.  Eventually.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday

The roads were deserted, the office is deserted... why am I here?  I really should have taken today off.  At least the sun is out and it's kinda warm.

Holidays have gotten wonky since Dad died.  The first Thanksgiving found me driving Mom to Maine.  I hate travelling on holidays but her youngest son wanted her (not me, just her) in Maine for Thanksgiving.  So, I drove. Not a good time and I refused to do it again last year.  Christmas, birthdays, Easter... all have drifted from family gathering at our parents to everyone doing their own thing.  It's funny, Dad turned out to be the glue that kept eveyrone together. 

This Easter Mom's youngest son will be in Manhattan for the weekend and she's planning on taking the train into the City and having dinner out with he and his wife and Gretchen is going with her.  I won't be going.  I think it will be a nice, quiet crochet/knitting marathon in front of the television.  Gretchen is planning on doing Palm Sunday festivities with the kids the last weekend in April.  I'm all... WTF?  It's just weird.  I could have done it with the kids last weekend but no one else was available (except the kids), so I let it go.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Yet more snow is coming

I am so done with winter.  From the sounds of it, it will be eastern CT and LI that will get nearly 3 inches of snow and here in the west, not so much.  But still, I'm sick of it.  I want to see crocus and daffodils and tulips.

I spent the weekend expanding my already wide butt by sitting in the chair and crocheting my way through several projects.  I took a break on Saturday evening and went out to dinner with Mom and Gretchen at Sakura's in Westport.  The only exercise I got all weekend.  The restaurant was wall-to-wall kids.  For the most part the kids were quiet and well behaved but I can't help but wonder at parents who take a half-dozen or more (one table had 10 boys) to a place where the meals start at $25 - the tab for the table of 12 had to be $400 before tip.

As I said to Mom and Gretchen, watching several dozen pre-teen and teen kids... I'm very grateful I never had children.  I love my brothers' kids and they have brought me nothing but joy for over 20 years... but they go home and that's the way I like it.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Isn't this the first day of spring?

March 21.  Spring, right?  Then why is it snowing?

Seems it's gotten lost, right along with the assault weapons ban. 

Is Congress supposed to vote spring in each year?  Hm.  If that's the case it's going to be a very long, dark winter.

In other news... today is the 99th anniversary of Grandma Ellen's birth.  She passed away in 2005.  It's from her I got the stitchery genes.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Tuesday's child is full of grace

Tomorrow I will be 48 years old.

I cannot believe that, but it's true.


President Johnson's Great Society started the year which also witnessed the death of Winston Churchill; civil rights marches in Alabama; the first Marines sent into Vietnam; the Astrodome opened; NASA had Gemini and Mariner, as well as other projects running full blast; Maldives independence; Social Security Act of 1965; Watts; Jefferson Airplane; India and Pakistan go to war; Billion Dollar Betsy; Tom & Jerry; Thunderbirds; Gateway Arch; Norman Morrison; Rhodesia; Pillsbury Doughboy; Blackout; UNDP; Asterix-1; Race Relations Act; A Charlie Brown Christmas.

There were 3,334,874,000 people in the world in 1965 and now the population is estimated to be 7.072 billion - more than doubled in the last 48 years.  It is thought that the world population hit one billion in 1804 and two billion 123 years later, in 1927, and three billion 33 years later in 1960.  Current projections are that we will reach eight billion by 2030 and 10 billion by 2050.  That should make life interesting.  I'd be 85 if I lived that long.

It was a fascinating year of births and deaths - but I guess that's true each year.  I share my birth day with James Madison, John Butler Yeats, Henny Youngman, Patricia Nixon, Jerry Lewis, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Scott Simon.

Saturday will be the first day of Bacchanalia.  It's not how I'll be celebrating.  It will be a quiet day - the only thing planned right now is dinner with my sister.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

March 12, 1939

Today Dad would have been 74.  I looked up the events of the day in the newspaper of record, the Syracuse Herald, as he was born in Syracuse, New York.  Fascinating reading.  Some things never change, just the names.  Notice the sub-head to the article "U.S. Marines in clash with Nippon [Japanese] police" is Hunting Terrorists.  A pope is crowned; the House republicans were a problem :); blizzards and dust storms and war and medical relief flights were all going on.

I find I am actually missing Dad more this year than last, which seems a bit strange, but that's the way it is.  With the help of Wiki, I've been looking at what happened each year he was alive.

On his first birthday, Finland signed the Moscow Peace Tready, ending the Winter War.

On his eighth birthday, President Harry Truman announced the Truman Doctrine.

On his 29th birthday, Mauritius gained its independence; on his 53rd birthday it became a republic within the British Commonwealth of Nations.

On his 54th birthday, the Storm of the Century began.  Janet Reno was also sworn in as the first female Attorney General of the United States.

On his 70th birthday, Bernard Madoff pled guilty to scamming 18 million dollars.  That made his whole day.

On his last birthday, the Fukushima disaster took place.

He shared his birth day with Julia Lennon, the mother of John; Jack Kerouac; Wally Schirra; Edward Albee; Liza Minnelli; Mitt Romney; James Taylor; Darryl Strawberry; and the Girl Scouts.

Monday, March 11, 2013

There is this odd glow in the sky

people are telling me it's this thing call son... sun...

whatever, it's creeping me out!

I'm used to grey skies and cold, white things assaulting me.  I'm not sorry that nasty white seems to be gone but this glow... it's just really weird.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Yet more crappy weather on tap

I heard on the radio DC has shut down due to the snow.  What is their excuse when there is no snow?

Hugo Chavez has died: NYT Op-Ed In the end, an awful manager

His death has a profound iimpact on Cuba as well, which is interesting.

Chavez' VEEP announced yesterday the CIA gave Chavez cancer.  I guess the US doesn't hold the corner on crazy politians after all.

Somehow I don't find that re-assuring.

The DOW went over it's all time high yesterday and I'm not sure that is a good thing - irrational exuberance to quote Greenspan. As the sequester cuts start to kick in and effect not only state governments but also individuals, I think we might see the DOW crater over the summer.

Not much crocheting got done last night as I was watching NCIS.  I don't multitask well.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

More than two years

and so many changes in my life.

At the end of January 2011 I was fired - due to the "economic downturn".

March of 2011 the last of my three grandmothers died, at the age of almost 99.

May 2011 I started a new job with a long commute and far less money.

May 2011 old car literally flamed out - bought new car.

August 2011 Dad died at the age of 72.

November 2011 the job moved and now I have a 75 mile daily commute.

2012 was chaotic, frantic, hectic... but death free. And, I kept my job, so that's a plus.

2013 has brought two suicides... and it's only the 5th of March. (Happy Saint Piran's Day!)

I feel like the hamster on the wheel and no one will let me off. I keep telling myself this is going to get better, but I think I might be a congenital liar.

This is going to get better.


Anyway... for sanity's sake the needles, hooks, yarn, thread, canvas, etc., came out of storage late last year and I'm knitting, crocheting, stitching up a storm.

So I don't crazy and start beating random people on the street.

Yarn therapy.

Because I can't afford meds.

If I can get the camera to work, I'll upload some pictures of what I'm working on.