Monday, September 30, 2013

Yesterday as we left the housing complex I saw this.  It's a helicopter putting air conditioners on the roof of the (under construction) outlet mall.  We watched about ten of them being moved onto roofs and when we got back and I got in the pool I could still see it.  I have no idea how many of them there are but surely a lot!  It's scheduled to open in February.  It's a shame it won't be open for Christmas shopping.  Lots of nice stores are signing leases now.  Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks, etc.  No more schlepping down to Sawgrass Mills for me any more.  It's about a mile from my condo!

Well September is over already.  Tomorrow I will have lived in Florida for 32 years.  I have no idea where it went.  

Did you see Homeland last night?  The season 3 opener was really good I thought.

Tonight I am playing in the Palm Beach canasta game.  They are nice gals but it's lonely driving home at 11:00 at night alone.  I don't like being out that late.  It's only 11 miles away but still, I don't like to drive by myself after dark.

Hope your Monday is tits!  Mine will be for sure.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The graduation was so nice last night at the Fern House.  There were 22 graduates.  Every one of them thanked the duck as part of their speech.  Then they had a buffet with CAKE!  There is now a pastry chef in the Fern House.  A pastry chef!  And I ate a piece of it too.  With whipped cream frosting.  Luckily I did my hour in the pool so I could have it, right?

D#1 got home safely and I am so glad I got to see her.  We had a nice time.

Well it's Sunday so that means I get to see the duck again!  Two days in a row.  It's my lucky week all around.

Have a wonderful Sunday y'all.  Be well and stay safe.  I will too!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Well D#1 got an excellent report from the surgeon.  She doesn't have to see him again for six more months.  Everything looks great on the x-ray. And his bill came.  Don't even ask.  Yikes!  But you know what?  She couldn't live the way it was any longer so we are blessed beyond belief that he was there.  And for insurance.  Phew.

And today she goes home.  It was a short but sweet visit.  And she looks great!

I talked to old what's his name, I mean Paul yesterday, he is home but sounded tired and not sure what is what yet really.  Please continue to keep him in your hearts if you don't mind.  A good man for sure.  

I hope y'all have a fabulous weekend.  I will too!

Friday, September 27, 2013

This is the chair I ordered yesterday.  Well this one and another one that is pink and white gingham.  This one is not expensive, just functional for the den.  The other one is from Ethan Allen and was a special order and a tad pricy but it's, well, pink!  It's going to take another eight weeks but this white one will be here in a few days.

D#1 is here and we are having a lovely time.  Last night we sat out on the terrace and it was so nice, the humidity was low for a change and it was warm and delightful out there.

Today she has doctor appointments most of the day and I will be at the pool but then we are going out to dinner with the duck tonight.  I don't have to cook!  And I am going to earn lots of calories in the pool so I can have a nice dinner.

I spoke with Paul's daughter yesterday.  Mary Lou was at the hospital.  His daughter said they didn't know anything more, he was still doing rehab.

Hope your day is wonderful.  Mine sure will be!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Guess where I'll be today while waiting for D#1 to arrive?  Bet you can't guess?  It's almost October and it's getting a tiny bit cooler but the pool is still great.  They haven't turned the heater on yet though.  Fortunately for me the (self appointed) mayor (of the pool) is now on the board of directors so it'll happen!

I have been trying to think up some new bee bandwagon recipes.  I eat the same things over and over and they are lovely and delicious and healthy but I need some food excitement.  I now have thirteen more pounds to lose so I want to stay around 1200 calories a day (net calories, after exercise calories are used).

Do you have Apple TV?  If so, did you know you can make your Ipad or Mac operate it?  I am using it for lots of stuff now, especially music.  The more I play with it the more I love it.  I love playing music and seeing my photos on it too in HD 55".  Tits for sure.  One thing though, it makes you delete photos you don't want to see!

I haven't talked to Mary Lou since I last told you but will call and update you on Paul.  He's going to be fine.  He has to be!

Have a lovely Thursday!  I know I will!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Here is the salad I made for the poker dinner.  There were three small heads of lettuce under all this "stuff".  And I forgot the cucumbers.  Oh well, I can make cucumber and onion salad for me today.

Luckily I got my swim in before the rain came again yesterday.  I needed to get that done because of eating two slices of pizza!  I blotted all the fat off the top and just ate cheese pizza, not the ones with all the fat meat on them.  And I ate lots of salad!

Today I have a card game and luncheon.  It's supposed to rain all day but that's okay, I won't be in the pool anyway.

Then Thursday D#1 is coming for her final release from her surgeon on Friday.  She is doing wonderfully.  What a blessing.

Oh, and I won thirty-nine bucks at poker last night too!  Yay me.  Have a lovely Prince Spaghetti Day y'all.  I will too.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

This photo was from Saturday when the sun was out and lovely.  This week we are getting more rain.  Yesterday I got my flu shot and then got in the pool before the rain started so that was good. 

Tonight is our poker dinner before the game.  I am making the salad.  I got tons of great stuff to put in it at the fruit stand Sunday.  Salad for eleven?  I have it!  We're having pizza too.  I have to save up my calories for that.  No worries, I'll be fine.

I have thirteen more pounds to lose.  It will be slow.  Very slow.  But as long as I go down and not up I am happy.  I have experimented with different creams for loose skin and wrinkles and my routine is now Aveeno positively ageless on skin twice a day, ROC Retinol night cream at night with Oil of Olay over that to moisturize.  I use SPF 70 sunblock but tan anyway.  Oh, and Wen on my hair.  I love it, just love it.

I spoke to Paul's wife Mary Lou last night again to check on him.  The good thing is that it was not a stroke but his balance is still not good.  Since he got on the Bee Bandwagon and lost all that weight it may be the meds being too strong for him now.  That's the thought anyway and it makes sense.  Prayers are appreciated though and he likes to see the comments.

Carnival now has cruises for single cruisers.  I mean usually you have to pay for at least two in a cabin whether there are that many or not.  For my cruise next month I had to pay double.  Well soon I will be able to cruise without paying twice.  As far as I know they are the only ones doing this.  I do know NCL has tiny rooms for singles (8'x10').  Carnival's will be regular cabins.  Yay!

So that's all I have in my brain today y'all.  Make your Tuesday totally tits.  I will too!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Yesterday I got to the pool late because of going shopping with the duck so by the time I got there the last person was just packing up and leaving so I had the whole pool and all the chairs and tables and everything all by myself.  Sometimes I like company but I have to admit it was wonderful just splashing back and forth and thinking my own thoughts.  And singing Jingle Bells in my head.  Anyway I had a blast all by myself.

I think I'll go get my flu shot today.  I have something to do every day for the rest of the week so it seems this will be the best day to go.  Don't forget to get yours too.

My Canadian friend Paul is in the hospital.  He hasn't been feeling well.  I talked to his wife Mary Lou last night.  Please send him your best thoughts.  They are good friends.  And they love to cruise!

That's all I know for today.  I hope your Monday is lovely.  Mine too... 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

There was another yellow sky last night!  So strange looking to me.  But very pretty too.  The pool was BUSY yesterday, while I was in there were four other people in and we were all water jogging at once.  I swear I have half the building doing it since they have seen how far I have progressed.  After my hour two more went in and did it.  Fun I tell you, pure fun.

Today I get to see the duck!  That's always fun, he's so good to me.  I am invited to the Fern House Saturday for this year's graduation.  I'll go if I can, D#1 might be here then though.  She still hasn't told me when she's coming.  That's okay though, she just doesn't know yet.

Today is supposed to be warm and sunny so that's my kind of day.  The warmer the better.  I'd like to take some photos in the afternoon.

I got some turkey tenders and there was a recipe on the back of the package to roast them with a mixture of orange juice and honey.  I did it but somehow I overcooked them.  Good but not like they would have been if I had cooked them the right time.  My bad.

So that's it from paradise for today.  Hope your Sunday is lovely.  Mine sure will be!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Yesterday was warm and sunny all day so you know where I was and it was lovely.  Almost a tad cool but not too much.

So yesterday I asked you about my moon photo and my darling Aunt Jane called me with a suggestion.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to make the night shot work.  I intend to keep trying though.

Too grainy still.  There must be a way.  It is clearer than before though, just not perfect yet.

My winter Saturday game hasn't started up yet so I shall be swimming again today.  Hope your day is as good as mine.  If it is you are one lucky duck!

Friday, September 20, 2013

This was last night's Harvest Moon.
Does anyone know why I can't take a photo
of the moon with an iPhone?
I must be doing something wrong.

Finally a sunny day with no place to go but the pool.  Ahhh... Heaven on earth.

Yesterday I had a not so fun day but it had a wonderful outcome.  When I got home Wednesday and got undressed I felt a lump and it was very painful.  I was scheduled for my regular mammogram on Monday and by luck they called me to do the pre-registration on the phone just about that time.  I told them what I felt and they rescheduled me for yesterday.  

To make a (very) long day into a short story it is fine, it seems there is fat necrosis in the breast.  It is in the site where I had the lumpectomy and the mammosite radiation.   I had many (many!)  mammogram photos and then the radiologist wanted ultrasound and so I had many (many!) ultrasound photos.  

Then the radiologist came in the room and wanted a live one so we did that.  She was so wonderful and knowledgable and took the time to talk to me and reassure me.  And I absolutely love that they have all women physicians in this section of the hospital.

I could see it on the ultrasound, it is about an inch round and moves and is not hard.

I had not heard of this before but because it came on so quickly I thought it might be a cyst and not cancer again.  Anyway I'm fine and don't need to go back until August.

So that was my story for the day.  Hope your day was fabulous, mine turned out to be!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

This photo was from a few days ago because yesterday it rained some more.  And then it started to rain.  After that it rained.  I am waterlogged as is all of South Florida.  

I had to walk over to the club for my game and I have a large umbrella but it wasn't much good.  It's almost as far to walk to get my car to drive over there and then get out and walk in, well, it's just less outside time to walk over.  

Then when I got there the sun came out!  Well I was there until almost five so by the time I got home I was to tired to anything but cook some dinner and get my jammies on.  Oh well, soon.

So Survivor started up again.  Anyone watching?  I am going to try but I gave up last season and quit.  I think that one has run it's course.

Today will find me back in the card room in my regular Thursday canasta game and lunch with the ladies.  Hope your day is as good as mine!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

It rained all day yesterday.  All. Day. Long.  No pool.  Today is a game and tomorrow too so no pool then either.  Buggers.

The museum was very nice yesterday, we spent several hours walking around for twelve bucks and saw some awesome stuff but could not take any photos.  They even asked us not to get within several feet of the stuff.  We weren't touching anything but were trying to read the plates on the walls.  Anyway I would definitely go back when they change exhibits.  We saw all of this one.

So several hours of walking around has to be my exercise for yesterday.  Not the best but better than nothing.

I am still loving Wen on my hair.  Loving it.  Someone told me you can get something similar by Loreal, a conditioning cleanser but I haven't tried it so I don't know if it's as good.  If anyone used it let me know how you like it.  I know Wen is really pricey and you do use a LOT of it so you go through it pretty fast so a cheaper one would be lovely.  For now I'll just keep using what I have though.  I have found it cheaper on  QVC is another place to get it but don't get it from Guthey-Renker, they are hard to get out of the auto delivery.  I still have to do that because I don't want to order from them again.  

Have a wonderful Wednesday y'all.  I'll do the same!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

So yesterday I go to the pool and it's overcast and cloudy but I think, what the heck, I'll get in for as long as I can.  After about 1/2 hour a storm rolls in and I want to tell you it was so fast it was all I could do to get out, get my stuff, and get inside.  The wind was blowing so hard I could barely walk.  I waited for about another half hour inside to see if it would stop but it didn't so I came up and got my shower.

Then I went down to the card room and played backgammon with a friend for a bit and today we are going to the Norton Museum of Art.  It has been closed and reopens today.

Then last night I had canasta in Palm Beach.  When I came home and was walking into the building I took this photo.

There is just something about the moon and palm trees that just floats my boat.  It looks like a full moon but it wasn't.  It was beautiful though.

So have a wonderful Tuesday y'all.  I will too, that's for sure!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Rainy Sunday, no pool for me, that's okay though because I have a cold.  Buggers to that.  It's not too bad, just a head cold and annoying.  But that means I can't get my flu shot yet.

Tomorrow I am supposed to go to a museum with a friend.  It's supposed to rain pretty much all week so that sounds like a good plan to me.  After that is poker where everyone is going to want to win back their money.  Which they probably will but it's all fun so I don't care.  It was fun to win though.

Sorry I don't know anything else today.  My head is sort of cloudy from the cold.  Hope your Monday and new week are lovely!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sometimes I think no good deed goes unpunished.  There is a gal here that belongs to the club and lives in the complex and plays cards.  No one wants to include her because she's, well, a royal pain in the a$$ to be blunt and honest.  I am the one that tries.  Really I try.  I am nice to her and now she is calling me all the time and night before last night she came over and sat (and sat) (and sat).  I was in my pajamas!

Last night I worked hard in the pool and went to bed early.  She called.  I said I was in bed.  She talked, and talked (and talked).  She asked me if I wanted to come over, I told her I was in bed and thank you but no.  She talked some more.

I know she is lonely and I want to be kind but I am afraid I'm going to have to stop answering the phone for a while.  I don't want to be unkind, sigh...

This is going to be a busy week for me.  I have something every day on the calendar.  The weather also says lots of rain this week.  And the super flu shots are in so I need to stop by Dr. Wacks's office and get that.

Sorry for the complaining blog today, thanks for reading though.  Y'all rock, really you do!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Gosh do you believe September is half over already?  I think it's only about six weeks until my cruise.  I'd better get hopping on shopping!  Kidding.  I do not need one single thing in this entire world.

Yesterday I was leaving the building just as the UPS man was there.  I asked if he had anything for me.  He said did I expect anything?  The doorman laughed out loud.  I think I have a reputation.  Maybe I should stop letting my fingers do the walking.  Or not.

I mean I gave away two bathing suits and now I only have nine.  And six cover-ups and five beach towels.  And seven sparkly hats that I wear in the pool.  Hardly anything at all, right?  Oh, and sixteen pairs of sunglasses.  But who's counting?  There is no one here to stop me.  D#1 tried, she put me on a shopping ban if you remember but did I listen?  No, I did not.

Speaking of D#1 she is in Alaska with Ayla on a cruise.  Without me.  Rats.  But she'll be here soon, she has to come and see the doctor again.  She is so much better I cannot tell you.  She had wonderful doctors for sure.

So my brain is done for today, hope your Saturday is lovely.  I'll be at the pool using one of those bathing suits!

Friday, September 13, 2013

It rained most of yesterday so I was in the card room until late.  Then it finally cleared up a bit.  I hope today is better because it's a swim day for me.  

Did you see the final episode of Burn Notice last night?  It was really good and I thought it was the perfect way to end a series.  

I got myself into a mess.  I wanted to get a Monday night canasta game in my building because that is the time of the week I am most lonely for some reason.  Well I got the gals together and then after it was decided they changed it to Wednesdays.  I already have a game on Wednesday during the day and then I swim.  By the time I get done all that and have some dinner I'll be too tired to go for another game.  Rats.  Now I have to get out of it.  I like all the gals and don't want to hurt anyone but it just doesn't work for me.  Oh well, I'll see what happens.  Soon the snowbirds will be back and maybe they can find someone else to play so I don't have to.

So here's hoping your Friday is totally tits.  Mine surely will be.  It always is!!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Well today is a whole new day.  Yesterday was rainy but not too bad.  Today I have canasta and lunch at the club with some lovely friends.  And the next day is Friday already.  Friday I'll be back in the pool.  

If you could start your life over would you live the same place and would you have the same career and life?  I would.  Exactly the same.  I just love my life, every single day of it.  

But I have to get back on track losing weight.  In other words, I'm not.  Now I'm not gaining, I'm just not losing.  No worries, I'll do it.  Yesterday wasn't the day though.  Today will be better.

So go out and make it an outstanding day and I will too...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

What a great day I had.  First the pool, then reading in the afternoon and then I had dinner at the club with my friend.  Three different people came up to me and asked me what I was using on my hair to make it so soft and nice.  Just Wen.  This is not a commercial and I don't know anyone selling this product, I just like it.

And then there was poker!  After last weeks loss of $53.00 I won $193.00 last night! 

Today I won't be in the pool because I'll be in the card room until late but no problem, there's always next time.  Fun and games in my world.  Hope yours is a lovely!

**note:  I am not forgetting 9/11 for a moment, I am just not dwelling on it.  I will never forget as I am sure you won't.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Well a sunny good morning to you today!  The condos on the left are on Singer Island.  I don't go there much and don't know why.  It has a lovely beach.  Oh.  Wait.  I don't go the the beach do I?  The last time I went in the ocean was in 1983.  A little tiny blue fish touched my leg.  That did it.  It's the pool for me.  Not that I don't love a cruise ship on the ocean because that's totally tits.  Just not getting in it.

So last night I went and played canasta in Palm Beach.  It was fun, I like the gals.  I might be getting a Monday night game in my building in the future, I'm trying anyway.

Oh, and I am reading the first Jack Reacher novel.  Several of you have said they liked them and so far I do.  So I'll be swimming and reading by the pool today if you need to find me.  I hope your day is as good as mine.  And I am having dinner at the club with the gal who's husband recently died and them going to poker.  Busy day!  That's good...  

Monday, September 9, 2013

Roche' went snooping looking around in my jewelry drawer (he's in there all the time!) and he found a bee.  He says it's his pet bee.  He named it bebe'.  Bebe' loves him too, they are an "item" I think.  He asked me if I'd hot glue rhinestones on Bebe'.  And he wants more makeup on now too.  What a little bugger.  He keeps me hopping!

I have a question for you Wen users.  Do you use the cleansing conditioner only or the other products too?  I appreciate your thoughts.  And do you use any hair spray?

Yesterday after I saw the duck I went down to the pool.  I was in for 10 seconds (I swear!) when the weather alarm went off on the golf course.  I got out and decided to wait and see what happened.  I waited 30 minutes and gave up and went back upstairs.  I was there 10 seconds (I swear!) when the all clear sounded so down I went again.  This time I did get to do some water jogging.

Tonight I have a canasta game, I am a sub for someone that is not able to play.  I like that because Monday nights are lonely for me usually and having something to do is a good thing.  I don't know what it is about Monday nights but that seems to be the worst time of the week for me.

So that's it from paradise for today y'all.  Have a great Monday.  I will too!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

So I had my first backgammon lesson yesterday.  I am learning very s-l-o-w-l-y.  I understand the premise but the fine points are alluding me.  I'm also not sure I have the best teacher but it's what I have.  I will go forward, trust me.

I also did an hour and a quarter in the pool.  The (self appointed) president (of the pool) was there and the time just flew by, we talked about Syria and what is going on there.  He is very knowledgeable about the subject and this is the second person I have talked to this week that knew what they were talking about and explained things to me.  

The consensus which I do not hear talked about on tv is that this is Christians being persecuted in Syria, persecuted and slaughtered.  We will not give them visas.  Why not?  

My (many) liberal friends are happy with what we are doing.  I am not.  I read on Facebook the navy stating the ship my grandson is on will have their tour extended in this region.  I am not telling secrets, this was on Facebook.  

(What I really want to say is "no boots on the ground" is total krap.)  I seriously want everyone in Washington replaced.  All of them.  Self interests and lobbyists and fundraisers, that's what they care about.  Well, I'd better shut up now before I say more than I want to put in print here.

Okay on to more pleasant subjects, today I get to see the duck!  

And I still am loving the Wen haircare stuff.  I have used it twice now and the second time was even better than the first.  All I have used is the conditioning cleanser.  I have not tried any of the other products but I know I will.  Soon.

Have a lovely Sunday y'all.  I will too.