A watercolor painting by a first-grader Grandgirl.
A child-painted bird house too sweet to expose to the elements.
And a trio of little ones painted this watering can to celebrate Spring!
Posted in Art, Country Fotos, Family, February Perspectives, Home and Hearth, Memories, Seasons | Tagged Birdhouse decor, Children's art, garden art, gifts from kids, memories, springtime, watering can | 8 Comments »
Not to dwell on the saga of my ailing foot but it has survived months in an Air Cam Boot, weeks of physical therapy, tests and more tests and about six different diagnoses.
Dwelling may not be such a bad idea at that.
Here is a photo of an obstacle course (duplicated for home use). The real thing is at my “PT” place. PT stands for Physical Therapy. Have you noticed how people talk in initials now?
Anyway, the orange coned obstacle course is among other torturous devices at my PT place. It is designed to build strength and agility in a foot that flaps.
My left foot now flaps when I walk. I can hear it.
So much for grace and pride. Now add a dog leash for optimal humiliation!
Back to Physical Therapy, my well-meaning therapist, Brenda, puts a belt around my waist and the belt is so long it has a tail. Then she holds the tail in case I am inclined to teeter toward a crash landing.
The challenge is to high step over each cone without falling or knocking anything down.
As a beginner at this dog/duck walk I managed to knock down quite a few cones. Then, just as practice made perfect, they put out taller versions! Staggering over a new set of towering obstacles was like being a beginner again.
And I was just getting good at the taller versions when they announced, “YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN! No more leash.”
Finally, Brenda took pity and offered psychological support. She followed along as a human safety net. And I completed the arduous leash-less journey with only two fallen cones!
Next visit I plan to shock everyone with a perfect solo performance (hence the home-based obstacle course for practice)! But what diabolical activity will they come up with next?
Did I tell you they have me picking up marbles with my toes?
Posted in Humor, Health, February Perspectives, About Me, People | Tagged humor, laughter, Health, strength, physical therapy, Exercises, Duck walk, Dog Leashes, Balance, Obstacle Course | 28 Comments »
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Viola was a local Virginia “character” who took pride in having an independent streak. She was forthright and fiercely opinionated, and loved beautiful things. And she was a beloved friend whose gifts over the years are things I still cherish. They were old gifts she found in antique stores and one-of-a-kinds for the young me.
Sadly, we lost Viola, but there are wonderful reminders of her all over my home. She was a friend who put extra thought into gift giving.
I just read an article about how young people don’t like old stuff anymore. They don’t want Grandma’s china or sterling silver that has to be polished.
Who needs gold edged dinner plates for fast food or pizza delivery? And who wants cutlery you can’t put into a dishwasher?
I concede there is some logic in this thinking albeit the younger generation seems to be forfeiting an atmosphere of beauty, charm and grace.
But do they know about the feelings you can get from holding or using something with a history?
I was a young woman when Viola gave me some exquisite old things. They never required too much care and they are cherished now, almost thirty years later, along with some very sweet memories.
I keep reminding myself that finding the one-of-a-kind perfect gift for someone special may be as easy as a stop at the local antique store.
Posted in Country People, February Perspectives, Friends, Memories, On Aging, People, Shopping, Virginia | Tagged Aging, antiques, Friendship, Gifts, memories, Old Things, Shopping, unique gifts | 22 Comments »
It is shortness of breath when faced with too many choices like shopping in cluttered overstocked stores or having to decide between zillions of television channels
When we were young and living in “remote areas of California” I was happy to do all the shopping at one local general store.
And we didn’t even own a t.v. or a computer or a cell phone.
We moved to the Virginia countryside where life promised to remain simple and uncluttered. There were only three restaurants, no department stores, and no big box stores.
We put an antenna in the attic to get two clear television channels and one fuzzy station and decided we were living in Paradise.
We were among the first 20,000 people in the United States to have Direct TV. There were no installers then (at least in rural Virginia) so Bill installed everything himself. Imagine the joy in surfing around with a remote thing! And imagine being given a whole menu of options! I could feel my breathing phobia kicking in.
I recently learned how to record t.v. programs for later viewing. For those of you who are still novices like I was, you just push a button that says REC on your remote. I have gone a little balistic with this new power (but symptoms of my short-of-breath-phobia are emerging too).
I have R E C’d enough programs to keep me recliner-chair-bound for the winter.
Do I want to go back to three channels on the t.v.? No.
Well maybe 10 or 20 options max?
As for shopping I sometimes yearn for the good old days.
A visit to Ernie’s General Store in Hayfork, California sounds good, simple, easy. I could get paint, gifts, clothing, hardware, and maybe even a television set – all in one place. Those were the days when we rented a trailer from Ernie and it was in his back yard! That was when we were young and living in the wilder more remote places of California. It is now many decades later and there is no accounting for progress. I recently heard Ernie’s store was for sale. I wonder if it is still there.
Posted in Country Thoughts, Entertainment, February Perspectives, Humor, Technology, The Good Old Days, Virginia | Tagged antennas, choices, Direct TV, general store, phobias, progress, Shopping, t.v. programs, time, Virginia views | 30 Comments »
Like, Bill and I have learned to imagine power outages and other deprivations in Oh-No-We-Are-Under-Attack situations.
In over 27 years we have never been under attack out here in the tranquil Virginia countryside.
Nevertheless, we do have frequent power outages and always think we are prepared.
This week, in a howling wind storm, right after dinner when the dishes were stacked in the dishwasher and we were happily watching t.v., the lights went out.
We were smugly and snugly prepared!
Along with the lights, the television went black, and the dishwasher too.
And when I tried to check the electric co-0p status on Facebook, even my computer (on battery) started screaming, “YOU HAVE A VIRUS INFECTION!”
The wood stove was a life saver if you don’t count old Bill traipsing in and out for wood and by the time the fire got going good, the power was restored.
But the television stayed dead even though Bill took it all apart. He finally called a techie who told him to put it back together again. That didn’t help either.
The 14 year old dishwasher was dead too, no matter how many buttons we pushed. Fortunately, I don’t think Bill knew how to take that apart so we called an expert in the morning.
But Bill was able to fix my computer by restarting it. My h – e – r – o!
FINAL REPORT FOLLOWING DAY:
The dishwasher man came right out and gave us 2 choices:
Life is on track again but I am reminded that “Smugness is folly.”
*Quote by Dor
Posted in Country Challenges, Country Thoughts, February Perspectives, Humor, Survival, Uncategorized, Virginia | Tagged country living, generator, power failure, self sufficiency, Virginia views, Wind storm, wood stove | 35 Comments »
Actually, there is a Himalayan Salt Cave/Spa nearby in Forest, Virginia.
Have you ever tried reviving yourself in a Himalayan Salt Cave? This is now on my bucket list!
And no, you don’t have to work with a pick and axe to retrieve salt from a mine. You can just sit down and soak up the purified air or get a massage or have a family get-together!
Posted in Country Adventures, Health, Look at This!, Travel in Virginia, Virginia, Virginia Views, Where to Go | Tagged Bucket List, Forest VA, Healing, Health, Himalayan Salt Cave, London's Salt Spa, Unusual Places, Virginia, Zero Gravity chairs | 29 Comments »