Thursday, May 5, 2016

THE PAPARAZZI DOGS, DIGITAL AFTERLIFE. TAGS & SAUSAGE

THE PAPARAZZI DOGS
While in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) last week I ran across the dogs...The Paparazzi Dogs.   And they really are cute.   They will be in this area through October.   The sculpture is by an Australian husband and wife team, Gillie and Marc.  If you're in the area be sure to check them out...


DIGITAL AFTERLIFE
You know, I never thought about this but it really is an appropriate worthwhile thing to not only think about but actually do.

The book 'Your Digital Afterlife' written by Evan Carroll and John Romano talks about things that you should keep track of and write down, including passwords, so that when you're not around or can no longer function, the person in charge of your estate can do things like cancel subscriptions, delete addresses, etc.  

I'm thinking right now about all the digital things that I have subscribed to like my quilting shows, Netflix, several magazines, etc. And, I'm sure there are things that I am forgetting.   This is something that I am going to make sure to do.   You might want to think about it also.  

By the way, I found out about this book from another blog, Unclutterer, and have no connection with the book.  You can read a review of the book here.

TAGS
I ran out of tags for the art tag challenge and could not find any locally,,,not even the office supply store.   I found a few odd paintings that I had done and cut them up to make tags.   Then I found a whole magazine file of paintings and journal page experiments on great paper that I knew I wasn't going to use.   So, I have been using these.

Now I have the choice of using the clean side or using the painted/journal art side as a background. Saves me money and the landfill a tiny bit less full!


SAUSAGE
Last but not least, the sausage arrived.   They forgot to put the apartment number on it so it was set aside for the first Peacock on the list...my son who lives a floor below me.   But I finally got it today. Let me tell you, the fig sausage is awesome.   That is, if you like figs. I really love the Cervesa but the Chorizo is also great.   Actually, they are all fantastic...
But the fig is my favorite...

A long day today.   Tomorrow it's supposed to rain...actually, when isn't it, lately...but I am going to try to pick up my glasses.   Hopefully, it won't be as bad as Monday...

Thanks for dropping by...
Talk to you later...

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

TAKING THIS MONTH'S THOUGHT TO HEART

'Where are you going?'

I guess in my case I should say, 'Where am I going?'

Actually, I am not going anywhere, physically, that is...but the question remains...where am I going?

I think each of us asks that question several times throughout our lives.   Especially at those important life events like marriage or divorce, the advent of children, the death of a spouse, the loss of a job, empty nesters, retirement, illness...and the list goes on.

Right now I am asking that question of myself...where am I going?...with this blog.   I have been blogging for several years and enjoyed it very much.   So much so that I want to continue but in a different way.

First of all, you can probably see from my picture that I am not a spring chicken...I am 70 years old. An age that, in my youth, I would have rolled my eyes and thought 'Boy, are you over the hill!'  Now that I have reached this age, believe me, I. Am. Not. Over. The. Hill.

I am very much engaged in this life.  Although I am retired, I have enjoyed my time spent rv'ing around the country with Lady J and Duchess.   Right now, I am enjoying my adventures of visiting unique places in New York City.   And I love to write and craft.  I also like to visit the odd bar, especially during the football season and walk the neighborhoods of which there are many in this city of several million folks.

So, back to the blog.   There are tons of blogs for moms, for lifestyles especially of the younger generations, crafts and art, frugal and simple life, etc.   You know what's missing?  A blog for seniors that doesn't focus on senior living choices, care taking, dates (yes, there are plenty of senior dating sites), what to do with aging parents, illness, etc.

You see, there are plenty of places to find out information like that...but there aren't too many blogs that treat seniors as normal, regular people.  (Before anyone gets upset, yes there are some blogs out there, just not that many.)  It's as if the blogosphere thinks that being a senior is akin to having a disease.  May I shout...IT'S NOT!!!

So, I am thinking of changing direction a bit.   I still want to include my adventures in this city, and crafts that I am involved with, etc.   But, I want to add a bit of life on the senior side.   No, not the downfalls, but opportunities that one finds at this stage of life.

And, as I said, I love to write.   So one of the new segments I want to include is an ongoing fictional story about the everyday life of a group of quilters, all of whom are around my age.  

Another area that I want to explore is life's big questions.  You know, questions like, who am I?. why am I here?, what's my purpose?

When I considered these big questions a couple decades ago, my answers were definitely different than they will be now.   My situation was very different.  I was busy working, my husband was alive and also working, our family house was full to overflowing, etc., etc., etc.  

Now that life has changed, I can take my time leisurely considering these questions and how their answers affect my life.

I am still in the 'where am I going' stage with my blog changes so nothing is set in concrete.   If you have any suggestions, ideas, etc. I'd love to hear them.

Today was talk day for me with my friends.   And guess what?   Skype worked!!!   We could all see each other.

Tomorrow is lunch in the Bronx
Looks like rain but I won't melt unless it's pouring (and then I might!!!)

Thanks for dropping by...
Talk to you later...








Monday, May 2, 2016

NYC TRAFFIC, WEEKEND, CHALLENGE ART TAGS, FREE CLASS

NYC TRAFFIC
I went to the eye doctor a few weeks ago and the result was to get another script for my mid-length glasses...my organ/piano and computer ones.   They called last Saturday to let me know they were ready to be picked up.

So, away I went the morning, out to Valley Stream to pick them...well...not so fast.   Literally, not fast at all.   Read that red lights and five miles an hour.   And three lanes worked into four as a lot of cars drove on the shoulder.

After an hour and a half, I got off the Belt Parkway at Erskine...a trip that normally takes thirty minutes.   I got my grocery shopping done but no glasses.   I'll try again tomorrow.

WEEKEND
So did you have a great weekend?   I did enjoy my PBS shows including the mystery shows like 'Midsomer Murders' and 'Vera' and 'Grantchester'.  I didn't make black-eyed peas but I did make a meatloaf and homemade mac and cheese.   By the way, I did make my goal of walking 12 miles last week!!!

CHALLENGE ART TAGS
I managed to keep up with my tags...

The theme was using punches.   I actually have very few so I was limited by choice and I really didn't have any unique ideas.

FREE ONLINE CLASS
The second free workshop offered by Strathmore began today.   The title of the workshop is 'The Mind of Watercolor'.   Check out the information here.

There's a new monthly thought posted...give it a think!!! And there's a new weekly journal prompt posted also.

Thanks for stopping by...
Talk to you later...