Friday, June 10, 2016



Good morning (North American time) and welcome to the Celebrations Blog Hop.

Do visit Lexa Cain and her two delightful co-hosts L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits,

It is a good way to pause, take stock, and see that your world is actually a fairly nice place to live.  A time to focus on the small things that you tend to overlook.  

So…  What am I celebrating?

Well, my mother has moved to her new home.  She is no longer isolated, but is in a sort of condominium housing arrangement.  She has a lovely apartment, lots of air and light, things to look at and very kind neighbors who greet her every day.  Some of them have been good friends in the past.  She had been somewhat careless over meals.  Now she gets twenty meals a month in her choice of dining rooms.  She said some of the cooking is not to her taste – the way they handle vegetables, for example – but overall, she says, it has been very nice.  She is glad she moved. 

(The downside is that she downsized and I am currently housing some ‘treasures’ I hadn’t really wanted, though they are lovely:  Royal Crown Derby handpainted service for twelve, and various other items of bric-a-brac that I don’t have room for.)  But she is happy that that the things are safe, and that is all that matters.
Can you feel the wind???
 

The weather has taken a cool turn here in the northern hemisphere, in the northeastern United States.  I have been enjoying the wind tossing the trees chasing the clouds across the skies. 

Two nights ago, letting my new puppy out to powder his nose, I happened to look up at the sky in time to see the tall maples swaying before the wind, and Orion’s constellation, striding across the sky, covered by rags of swift-moving clouds.  It was well before midnight, and the sky still held a touch of dark, dark blue with the clouds glinting against it.  I do love spring.
Show Off!
Oh – and tomorrow I pack up my cat and attend a show.  He enjoys it, and I like rosettes.  How can I lose?


So what is everyone else celebrating?  Do tell!









13 comments:

  1. Hi Diana! It's me risen from near death! LOL! It's good to see everyone is still here.
    Good news! I have started the query process on my novel The Beautiful Woman has Come! Jumped in with both feet on Twitter for #PitMad! Yeah me!
    Good to see that your mom is doing well on her own. As to meals not being to her liking...sigh.
    Enjoy June's weather, the dog days are yet to come!
    Cheers!

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    1. Hi, Debra -

      So you finished it?!! fingers and toes crossed, hopeful thoughts sent your way, and I'm good for a copy (purchased) when it comes out, and may it be soon!

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  2. I am celebrating the afternoon sunshine since usually it's raining by this time of day. I think I better get out for a walk!

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    1. Based on the photos of your home, a walk in the sunshine would be just the thing, and well worth celebrating!

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  3. So glad your mother is liking her new home, and you're enjoying the new puppy. Love the wind image. Good luck at the cat show. How are the puppy and the cats getting along, BTW?

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    1. Thanks, Beth!
      My mother seems to much happier now that she doesn't have all the 'stuff' of that other, larger house. She had taken in my grandparents' things when they had to downsize and in the end I think it was preying on her mind. And the place is airy and pretty with large windows. Puppy has discovered that messing with an alpha cat is not a good idea. The cats all grew up with a dog, and there's no nastiness, but the puppy got too 'fresh' with one of the less robust cats and one of them, age 14 1/2, who is apparently the reincarnation of a Drill Sergeant, went after him (no claws) and whapped him on the backside several times. It did teach him some manners.

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  4. My mom was happier when she gave up the house and moved into a small condo. She didn't get any dining privileges though. I could go for those - I hate to cook. You have a show cat? What fun! I wish you and him luck at the show!

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    1. Hi, Lexa! A good many decades of cooking for everyone made my mother decide that it was fun in its place, but the place was rather small unless she had company. She did sit down and write up her very good Spaghetti Sauce recipe for me, for which I am astonished and grateful. Now cooking can be fun again rather than a chore. I got into showing cats a while back when I was at loose ends. I had adopted a little girl who had had some issues (like losing her coat), and I got her back to health. I started showing her a few years back, and I made friends and had fun. I should post a photo of her, but if you search my posts under 'Frida', you will find her. Also 'Attractive Nuisance'.

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  5. That's good news about your mom. And it seems the sky is one of the biggest sources of nature's beauty.

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    1. It is interesting how I had forgotten the sky for a while. You get busy and focused on the things that are worrying/occupying you, and you forget to look up. I used to love watching the night sky (or the sunset sky or the dawn sky). Now that I've remembered, I make time for it. So splendid!

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  6. It sounds like your mom is enjoying her new place. My folks have been talking about moving into senior housing. They are both 80 and still living in their own home.
    It has been cool here in New England, and rainy, too. I'm hoping for a return to the 70s soon. I'd like a little spring warmth before we get the heat of summer. Have a great week!

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    1. Your parents sound wonderful - how many people talk of turning SIXTY as though it is officially 'Old Age'? I'm enjoying the cooler weather now. I understand we'll be heading toward the Dog Days in a week or so.

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  7. Hey, I'll move if it means someone cooks for me. (Please?) You've transported me out into the night. I haven't felt that sensation since we left the west--since it's too humid to enjoy the evening here. I hope you and your cat have a blast!

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