Thursday, August 13, 2015

More about cutting the Cable Cord

I guess I was so shaken up that I really had turned in my DVR that I didn't give you the whole story.  I've been mentally preparing to cut the cable for years.  The last TV I bought, a Vizio, is a smart TV.  It picks up Wifi and has a bunch of plug outlets in the back of the TV for more things than I know how to work. Still its taken me three years to actually cut the cord. 

I do subscribe to Netflix streaming and I also get movies on Amazon with my Prime subscription.  Now Amazon has a few movies that Netflix doesn't (and vice versa) but my preference has always been for Netflix.  

However, I recently bought an Amazon Fire Stick on a great sale.  The Fire Stick makes using Amazon user friendly which was part of the reason I preferred Netflix.  Now that I have the stick I get why.  Amazon really wants you to buy the Fire Stick and then you get a screen that becomes user friendly, similar to Netflix.  

Last night I watched 3/4ths of Twin Peaks.  I had forgotten how good Kyle MacLachlan was.  In fact I've really forgotten the whole program.  I'm sure I watched it back when but it's like new because I've forgotten so much.  

So even though I cut the cord, I am not without TV.  I haven't even begun to explore Hulu which is also on my TV or the TV channels that you can get on your computer.  My grandson watches Big Brother on his phone the day after it airs so maybe I can get the few TV favorites I have like that - but computer not cell.

I've also got a list of sites you can sign up for at a decent price if I can find where I saved it on Pinterest.  If I remember correctly, it had one for BBC.  I do love the British programs. I'm guessing I can get PBS on my computer if I can't figure out how to get it on the TV.

Oh my goodness.  A whole new world I've been forced to discover just because Cable wants me to pay for 350 channels of which I only watched 5.  Well I guess I showed them or will we find out they showed me?  Time will tell.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I cut the Cable - and I'm still shaking

I did it.  I took the DVR box back today.  I still have internet and a land line.  They were supposed to cut off the land line too but I can always call back later and get that taken care of.

I told you I recently updated to a Nokia Lumia 900 which is an older issue of this phone which runs on Windows.  It has phone, texting and email if I need it.  I have logged on quite a bit of time just learning how to use it and moving all my pictures & info to a spot I can find them.  Since I bought it used off Ebay and it was such a great low price, I am happy with it.  However, as Windows rolls out version 10, I don't know how it will affect my phone.  Guess I'll find out.

Back to the land line.  I decided to keep the land line for a month or two while we are dealing with realtors and the bank on the possible new-old home purchase.  I felt like the land line made me seem more responsible.  Hahaha.  I know.  Old school thinking.  Well I can only move forward so fast.

I saw this cartoon and thought it was so me when the Granddaughter is over.

Oh and I did buy the Amazon Fire stick but I haven't tried it out yet.  Report on that later.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Finding the Magic in Life

I saw this on my friend's blog and just had to share it.  I'm so visual and it gave me such a thrill to view.  I looked into the bubble and knew that this is just what I have been trying to live in my retirement lifestyle.  A small magical life.  

Friday, August 7, 2015

Be Careful What You Volunteer For

Hey Fellow Bloggers.  I've been lost in the world of Grandchildren for weeks, months or years, I'm not sure wish.  Took Grandson to driving class for two weeks.  Now he we have two weeks of in-car driving and I'm doing that twice a week until school starts and then Mom and Dad have to take over.  Remember Son and Family live in a city about an hour away.  The driving school is about halfway between us.  So to help out, forgot to mention Son's car is in the shop, I volunteered to keep Grandson in town and drive back and forth to driving class. This also includes a 2-hour wait while he is in class.  Luckily it is a Sears driving class and the classroom is near the furniture section so I take a book and count my blessings.

During that same period Granddaughter #1 got her feelings hurt that he was getting to spend so much time with me.  So for nearly a week Grandson stayed with my Daughter, the Aunt, so Granddaughter #1 could stay with me.  We had a wonderful visit and she went back home on Tuesday.

Oh, and last week I found a house near the driving school that my daughter and I are looking into buying.  Haven't been inside it yet so nothing definite.  Also think it is overpriced so that will be another hurdle.  But who knows.  I'll let you know.

Here's a little cartoon to keep you entertained until this is all over.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Life Can be So Pleasing

I've spent so much time complaining about the heat and how awful my yard looks and yada, yada, yada, that I wanted to share this.  A friend I haven't seen in months came by yesterday.  When she was leaving she said "Your yard looks so beautiful. I would never move." (She knows this is a rental.)  I almost blushed with pride.  If it looks this good now, it must really look good when the weather is not in triple digits.  (Really it is only double digits but it feels like triple.) Anyway the compliment meant so much to me.  Dang.  Didn't know I identified with my yard so much!

Second pleasing thing.  Got a call from my Grandson today.  Of course he wanted something.  He is a teenager after all.

I remember shared times with my grandmother with such fond memories.  I remember wanting to spend the night at her house as a young girl.  I remember not seeing much of her from my teens to motherhood.  I remember visits to her house with my children.  I remember being her go to person if she needed to go anywhere when she got older.  I remember all those stages so I don't take it personally that the Grandson has a busy teenager life.  I'm sure he'll be back in the end just like I was for my Grandmother.

However, what he needs is to go get his Learners Permit from the DMV.  Last time I was there, because I had to renew my license in person, I sat for 3 hours before they got to my number.  You can imagine the number of people in a city the size of Houston.  And, besides the local residents, you can imagine how many international residents there are trying to get their license too.  So much paperwork as I understand it.  Anyway, I'm not looking forward to this trip, but it is another memory for my mental scrapbook, and then my son, the Dad, will owe me one!

Ought to be an exciting day.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Secrets of Productive People

I saw a post on Pop Sugar and that really spoke to me.  I've been thinking of simplifying my life.  Nothing big.  Not like taking everything out of the closet and only loading three items back in. (Metaphor for dropping everything I do and completely rebuilding my life.)  This article 7 Secrets of Incredibly Productive People may sound like gearing up but I heard simplify when reading each suggestion.

Source: Pop Sugar

Instead of clean the backyard, I need to pick a chore, i.e., straighten up GD #1's toys or find a new place to keep empty pots so they won't show.

Instead of clean the kitchen from top to bottom, I need to organize the pots and pans so they stack neater and can be retrieved easier.

I think with all the malaise from the heat I'm feeling, I just can't accomplish anything big so I'm going to think smaller, simpler increments of anything I need to get done - even walking Buddy.  A walk to the corner and back instead of a mile around the neighborhood will at least keep him satisfied until I can get cooler weather motivated again. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015

It is just too darn hot.

I've been busy with yard chores lately.  I've had to move all of the plants again. It seems like only yesterday I pulled them out into areas of the yard so they could get enough sun to bloom.  Now I'm pulling them back because they are baking and I cannot keep the soil in the pots watered enough to make them happy.

Doing yard work used to be a labor of love.  Now it's just a chore I try to do as quickly as possible.  Was I really the kid that stayed outside all day during summer vacation?  I have definitely lost that ability.

Poor Buddy is complaining constantly about missing our regular walks.  He has the stamina to continue making them, but he does not care to spend the afternoons exploring in his own yard like he used to do.

And no, I have no intention of cleaning up with the leaf blower until it's 50 Degrees again.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Another share

I found a funny little share at Nanaland called The Spoon and you know what spoon we are referring to.  I really liked her comparison of her three kids and how each was responded differently to discipline.  Its cute.  

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Another share that will make you laugh

I truly love this post.  I laughed and nodded.  The blog I read this post on is called The Elder Storytelling Place.  It has some other good reads and is a place to share if you are a good story teller.  Here is the cute post Laughing and Living Large.