Monthly Archives: February 2012
Yesterday I had lunch with two of my buddies. We live within miles of each other but go for months without actually seeing one another. I have been friends with the two of them for over thirty years. One is retiring to Florida with her husband soon. Although we knew she was planning to go it became a reality when she recently sold her house. Anyway there may not be many more of these get togethers. Not that I can’t see her in Florida but let’s face it, getting there won’t be the same as driving the eight or nine miles to her house. Even though it was just lunch, we stretched it into a couple of hours and of course we had fun. For the first time I am realizing that our group is splitting up. Retirement often means relocation and she is not the first nor will she be the last of my group of friends to move elsewhere. If I have my way, I’ll be on the move in a few years too.
Anyway today’s message is take time for lunch. Call your friends and set up a time. It may not always be as easy as it is now so don’t wait. You’d be surprised how much catching up you can do over a burger.
Okay it’s only February but talk of high gas prices have me thinking of less driving. One thing that we can cut is trips to the grocery store. During the spring and summer we have nice garden here in the City. I said to my husband we need to start planning our planting schedule because we need to get an early start this year. Nothing is more gratifying than having a salad and fresh veggies without the trip to the store. Spring is on my mind.
I have struggled lately to find words to put in my blogs. This is unusual for me because generally I have a lot to say. I have placed personal pressure on myself to keep a schedule with my second blog and I am bowing under the self-imposed schedule. I think this week I am just going to go with the flow and see what happens. Perhaps that will allow me to write more in this one too. We’ll see.
For several years I worked for Whitney Houston’s Dad. As a result I met her when she was a teen aged model, before she ever sang a note in public. She was beautiful, engaging and self assured. I attended her first few public shows and I must say that I have never personally heard a more beautiful voice. I don’t care how she died. I just want to appreciate the legacy of her music. I am sorry for the loss to her family and friends and know that they are “going through” as they say.
My Mom said all of the money and fame couldn’t buy her happiness. Think many of us know that already. Her death at such an early age is just a reminder to hold those we love close.
I am not a football fan. There I’ve said it. The Super Bowl was on but I couldn’t tell you much about it. I enjoyed some of the commercials though. I did focus though on how excited people were about the game. In 2012 I figure that anything that gets our attention and isn’t negative can’t be all bad. So my suggestion is look for things to celebrate. Kid gets a good grade make cupcakes. Husband/Wife gets a new part/full time job – may not be your dream but it’s progress- make a special dinner. Anyones birthday, celebrate. Get the picture. Life it truly short and besides, I like a good party. How about you?
Okay so as far as I know the sky is not falling but we are experiencing unprecedented “bad” weather world-wide and I can’t get many people to pay attention. I mentioned this before and I’ll do it again. We are not ready for emergencies. Plain and simple. Do you have water stored up? Emergency food stuffs, a medical kit? Do you have a planned meeting place if you can’t get home? Do your kids know what to do in an emergency? You know what the old folks said about an ounce of prevention? In these times of economic uncertainty many of us say that we can’t afford some of the extras but I feel that we can’t afford not to get them. I am not preaching gloom and doom but we just don’t know what will happen. Ask the folks in Joplin and other communities hit in the last year. Buy a few extra dried goods, canned goods, simple first aid products when you can. Make a family plan and go on about your business.