Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sunset in Kansas

This is one of seven photos of last evening's sunset posted on Facebook this morning by a cousin living in Kansas. 
I commented "Gorgeous sunset and photos. (We must be related, I'm always out taking sunset photos.)" [Followed by winking smiley face.]

This is one of eight photos I took of last evening's sunset. In both our photos I noticed the wind in the clouds.

Her reply back to my FB comment was: "These are even from the car, so not very good quality. I love the simple things in life that are beautiful.....we could be related. (lol)"

My reply back to her: "That is so funny - coming home from Des Moines last Wednesday evening, I was taking sunset photos from the car - going 70 mph down the interstate. It amazes me how well some of them turn out! (P.S. Someone else was driving. Ha!) The above photo is one of those I took from the car.

I find family connections surprising and gratifying. I too, love the beautiful and simple things in life.
(Marianna's Dad, Kenneth, and my Dad, Louis, were first cousins - eldest sons of brothers William and George.)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Celebratory Food

When we went to the big city last Wednesday to celebrate our birthdays and anniversary, we ate at one of our favorite places, Applebees. Bud had the Franwich (he loves Philly Cheesesteak) and I chose a lunch combo of Oriental Chicken Salad and Chicken Fajita Rollup. The salad was great; the rollup only okay.

For my birthday Saturday, I had one of my very favorites, Coconut Shrimp. Bud doesn't care for shrimp, so I fixed fish for him.
Sunday for our anniversary, I made omelets. When I asked Bud what he wanted for his birthday today, he chose breakfast foods.

French toast, hash browns, sausage links and eggs. Note that all four of these meals were for lunch. Tomorrow it is back to 'normal' which means I cook whatever I feel like and Bud thanks me and tells me it is good. I am one lucky and spoiled wife. I can't imagine what it would be like to be married to someone who complains.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

I Want You To Know

On our 32nd wedding anniversary, this poem by Pablo Neruda -

  If You Forget Me

"I want you to know
one thing.

You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
near the fire
the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log,
everything carries me to you,
as if everything that exists,
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats
that sail
toward those isles of yours that wait for me.

Well, now,
if little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you little by little.

If suddenly
you forget me
do not look for me,
for I shall already have forgotten you.

If you think it long and mad
the wind of banners
that passes through my life,
and you decide
to leave me at the shore
of the heart where I have roots,
that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.

if each day,
each hour,
you feel you are destined for me
with implacable sweetness,
if each day a flower
climbs up to your lips to seek me,
ah my love, ah my own,
in me all that fire is repeated,
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
my love feeds on your love, beloved,
and as long as you live it will be in your arms
without leaving mine."

All my love forever,
my sweet man.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thoughts About Being 74

All day I have been thinking about, discarding, thinking of, discarding, thinking on, discarding, what I want to write on this, my 74th birthday. And I still haven't decided on anything. So instead of gems of personal, old age wisdom, I give you some recent pictures.

Thursday morning I saw these three coming down the hill. I tried to slip quietly out the door and along the side of the house so they wouldn't spook and run, but even being stealthy, they were still aware. Their heads came up, they froze in their tracks and watched to see what I would do. "Pretty does, all I want is your picture. The only thing I would shoot you with is my camera."

The deck has been littered with leaves. They blow away, their imprint stays.

Thursday sunrise.

Thursday sunset.

Bud commented, "You don't realize how close we are to Lake McKinley until the leaves fall."

Maybe in a few days, after I settle into being this new age, I'll have something to say about being 74...........

Friday, November 17, 2017

Some Shopping? Of Course!

I had my $10 birthday gift from Kohl's plus an extra 15% off, plus another $5 Kohl's cash - so of course there was some shopping involved when we went to West Des Moines Wednesday.

Thinking ahead to the expected great-grandson in January, I almost bought this 3-piece outfit for him. With the hooded, toggle-closing sweat shirt top and matching pants and a cute white onesie to complete the outfit, it was perfect. (In my eyes.) Plus it was on sale, $40 full price, $24.00 + another l5% off. I held off buying anything though until after the little one is here and I know more what Alyssa wants for him. But isn't it the cutest?

Then there was this adorable furry, pink, hooded capelet with Brynley's name all over it. WHY didn't they have clothes like this when my babies were little? Kari would have rocked this cape. (She still could.)
I forget what the price was on this, but I just realized they probably did have clothes like this back then, I just couldn't afford them.

My list for what I wanted was very short, only two items. I found them both.
I needed a new pair of spa socks. My old ones are about worn out. I found them packaged in pairs, but couldn't find a price. I found an associate to ask where the price scanners were and she happened to be standing near one. "They are $13.00, on sale for $6.50."
My other want was a hat similar in style to the one I liked at Celtic Ranch in Weston. I settled on this gray wool one. It too, was on sale; marked $30, not quite half price at $18. When the birthday money, Kohl's cash and discount was taken off, my total was $8.55. That's got to be the smallest amount ever for my Kohl's charge - my kind of shopping spree.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Run On The Wild Side

First clue:
This carpet would make me dizzy if I had to look at it every day.

Second clue:
Santa arrives amidst fireworks and the tree lighting tomorrow evening.

Yep. We went to West Des Moines yesterday for lunch followed by a movie at Jordan Creek Mall. An early birthdays/anniversary observance.

We hadn't been there for two? three? years. I was surprised when we were asked to select our seats when we bought the tickets.

And what seats they are! Also new to us - recliners in the movie theater. I have always preferred sitting in the last row. Unless the movie is sold out, we usually have almost the entire row to ourselves. Yesterday, at a 2:00 p.m. showing, in the middle of the week, with only a dozen or so people in the theater, where do you think most of them sat? Next to us. Go figure.

We both enjoyed the latest remake of Agatha Christie's Murder On The Orient Express. I knew I would like it because I love period pieces. The trailers I had already seen on TV showed how lush the costuming and set designs were. And who doesn't love a mystery?
It took me a while to get my mind around Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot, used as I am to David Suchet in that role, but Branagh is such a superb actor. It was a treat to watch his performance.

There was a gorgeous sunset as we drove home.

It still amazes me that my pictures can turn out as well as they do when they are taken from the car at 70 mph.

It was late and getting cold, but I wanted to stop and see the new Clarke County Freedom Rock at Murray. Their's is the largest (26 tons) county rock I've seen so far. And the total setting is the nicest. Behind the rock is a black granite wall inscribed with the names and dates of service of Clarke County veterans. This Freedom Rock was dedicated last Friday, just in time for Veterans Day.

It was a perfect day for a run walk on the wild side.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Choose Less Ordinary

Hubby Dearest gave me a bag of Dove Dark Chocolates last week after I had shared my left over Halloween candy with him. He doesn't care for dark chocolate, but knows I do and like to have a little on hand in case I need a chocolate fix - which I do once in awhile.

When you unwrap a Dove chocolate and take time to read the advice to choose less ordinary which comes with each piece, you can get some good ideas on how to behave, like, Keep Them Guessing. 

One which is apropos for me this week: Be Proud Of Your Age. (I'll be 74 Saturday.) But another says, Ignore The Clock. Hmm, I guess those two are compatible.

My favorite suggestions so far are Why Not? and Take A Run On The Wild Side. (Which for an elderly woman (as media likes to identify me) can be pretty tame.)
But today, Hubby Dearest, and I are going to do just that, take a run on the wild side. Details to follow. In the meantime, I hope you Give Them Something To Talk About.