4/21/12 Life Isn’t Always BIG Moments

I remember beginning this blog, sitting at the dining room table just like I am today. Window open (to hear the birds) and hot coffee were my only requirements. That seems to be the case today! The thing with writing a blog, for me, is that I feel like I should have a BIG topic to write about. 

The only big things lately in my life have been doing my tax forms on April 15th and 16th. Surprisingly, we’re getting refunds. Not sure how that happened. I’m grateful. A little money is always a nice thing. Two or three years ago, I ended up owing an obscene amount of money (obscene to me, a drop in the bucket to Donald Trump). I did mystery shops during 2009. It clearly wasn’t for the money; or the taxes I’d pay later! The shops provided escape from pain and a bit of an adventure. There were some funny moments! In retrospect, I learned a lot about some unexpected things. That’s not so bad, at the end of the day.

Filing online is an option and touted as FREE, but only if you make under $2. a year, it seems. Life is funny; I’ll waste money on a lot of things, but tell me I have to pay to have someone else fill out my forms and that just tears it! I refuse to pay someone else to file my taxes. I’m a numbers addict. Love the thrill of making the numbers all come out right. I told you my life is pathetically not big!

I’m still in my friend Deb’s book club. We’ve read some brilliant books. The newest selection is “Icy Sparks“. I got the large print edition from the library this week (LOVE large print!) and I’ll let you know what I think.

I took a break from working with my elderly friends recently. One lament is that I only have so many hours in the day. My job, home life, sleeping, writing and reading consume most of my time. Craig bought lottery tickets to help us win early retirement. Alas, we didn’t win big and we’re both still working. 🙂 It’s spring time and I’ve signed to do a few birthday visits with Little Brother’s friends. Their Senior Prom is in May and I think that’s going to be a wonderful evening. Don’t laugh, but I never went to a prom in my life. How ironic: I finally get to go to a prom, but only because I’m escorting the elderly to their prom. Life throws you a chuckle every so often!

My son leaves for Andros Island in the Bahamas soon. For the first time in fifteen years, I’ll be without child for more than an over-nighter. What does a person do without kids in the house? My school never took us to the Bahamas. We thought it was a big deal to ride a bus with our French teacher Mrs. Malvitch (sorry, I can’t remember how to spell it and she’s probably not still around to correct me!) down to Florida for a few days during Spring Break.

Well, I must depart for now. In celebration of Earth Day, Garden Street Recycling is paying seventy cents a pound for aluminum cans. I have about ten bags to haul down. Recyling paid for most of Kevin’s trip to Andros and it’s time to start saving for next year’s trip!

Blessings and do something positive for the Earth this weekend!

8/10/11 Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly: New Twist on “Speed Dating”?!

I had the privilege of attending Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly Friendship Match Day this week. It was loosely based on the Speed Dating concept. Volunteers who are interested in being matched with an elderly friend for friendship sat at tables for about 10 minutes each session and played surprise games and question sessions. I have to tell you, the laughter and surprising things I learned about these interesting Friends was such a mood lifter!

Take Ernie: He’s been to all of the states EXCEPT Alaska, he can’t stand Alaska, doesn’t like snow! Favorite state: Hawaii. And he can’t figure out why sports stars think they should be paid for their autograph.  And Pat: I can’t even write on a family blog site the things I learned about Pat. Suffice it to say that I went slightly out of my chair at Pat’s forthright and hilarious comments. 🙂

I met Bobby, who loves to play cards and eat White Castle‘s….. hmmmm….. seems like men don’t change so much from one age to the next. 🙂 And Vera, who’s looking for a Bingo buddy.

Another cool lady was Margaret, who loves old movies from the 30’s, 40’s and on. Another volunteer and I are making plans to show up at Margaret’s with popcorn and drinks, ready to enjoy a Chicks Movie Night. I’m voting for an Alfred Hitchcock marathon!