Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Last week in the neighborhood.
It has been snowing here. Not news for most of you. The whole Northeast seems to be covered in snow. Now, I hear today, while we still have dirty piles of snow in the parking lots, it is going to snow again. The temperature is just right for another snow storm. Funny though, this one is coming from the South. For some reason, I think most snow storms seem to come from the South here. Normally, the weather here is quite pleasant - not too cold in the winter and not too hot in the summer. Last summer was extremely hot here and now the winter has been colder than normal. 

I was reading the other day about the Earth and our perception of it. We always think of North as up and South is down. The Arctic is "UP" and the Antarctic is "DOWN." It seems as if there is really no up or down to this earth, it is all in our perception. It could actually be upside down. This is a little confusing and I really was to read more about it. It certainly is something to think about.

The Olympics in Sochi, Russia is going on now. The USA seems to be doing very well. I loved the ice-dancing and snow boarding. I haven't seen too many tweets about it. I may look for the hashtag today. I don't look at the main Twitter feed, it scrolls too fast. If you want to know more, you can check out the Washington Post for the latest details from Sochi.

We were supposed to go to NC last weekend, but we both had a stomach virus or something. I just knew I couldn't endure 3.5 hours in a car. I really love going. Family is so important to me. I love my children very much, but someone once told me that "Grandchildren are the reward for having children." If you are a Nana or Papa, you know this is true. The twins are doing so well in school and I am so proud of them. They are 11 years old now and both of them could drive a car if they needed to. They had little motorbikes when they were three and little 4-Wheelers when they were five. Garrett has a little mud  motorcycle. Garrett drives his daddy's truck around the farm. Gosh, I didn't learn how to drive until I was 21 yrs old. My father-in-law taught me. He had a drinking problem and would take a drink every time I did something wrong. We could go out for a couple of hours and by the time we got home, he was really drunk. I had tried to learn before but the people who tried to teach me were just too judgmental and nervous. At least, Mr. Ed didn't correct me every minute.

The Newport New Host Lions Club is having a Craft Sale March 28 and 29, 2014 at the Langley Speedway in Hampton. If you know someone who makes crafts to sell, let them know please or forward this to them. It is only $30 for a 10'x10' space for 2 days. This is our 2nd year and we hope to make it into a yearly event. If you have the resources and live near Hampton VA, could you print a copy of the flyer and hang it in your office or business? I would appreciate it so much. Our club sold Christmas Trees for 56 years on Warwick Blvd as our biggest fundraiser for the year. That was 24 days every December. I use to take annual leave to help and it was very hard work, unloading and setting up trees, then when they were sold, we had to give them a clean cut. I learned to use a chainsaw. Needless to say, with the rising cost of gas, the trees became too expensive for us to buy because every grocery store in town was selling them for less than we could get them from the wholesaler. They were using the trees as lost-leaders to get customer in their stores. 

Anyway, the Craft Fair is our new fundraiser. Lions are the "Knights of the Blind" as dubbed by Helen Keller. If you would like to know more, go to Lions International for the information. We also have a Lions Monthly Magazine that just went online.

Have a great week and I will try to blog more often. I have had a lot of RA trouble, but hopefully it will be going into remission soon. I upped my prednisone a little and that always help. 

Take care and just remember: