Saturday, September 26, 2015

New Banner

I made a new banner today.  The large picture is me and Granddaughter #2.  The picture quality could have been better but what can you do when the moment is gone  The bottom left picture is Granddaughter #2 again - this time putting stickers all over her legs.  The drawings are from Granddaughter #1.  She started kindergarten this year.  She is a drawing and writing fool now.

Here is another one.  She dropped a dab of glue on the floor and wiped it up with a wet paper towel. Apparently that wasn't good enough so she had to make a sign.  Making the sign involves me slowly calling out the letters to her while trying to do my own thing.  Lordy, lordy.  We did that - spelling words out loud - all weekend long.  It is amazing to watch her little brain going full speed since mine is slowing down at approximately the same rate.

Finally, no photo collection would be complete without my Buddy.  Love that little guy.  

Friday, September 25, 2015

Sharing a Post

Tom over at Sightings Over Sixty has a post I really enjoyed entitled What is Your Retirement Lifestyle.  It tickled me to death to have a Name put on my lifestyle. There is no doubt I am a Loafer and a Dreamer.

Monday, September 21, 2015

A Share about Changes to Certain Credit Cards

Sometimes I feel like I'm in Junior High when I'm sharing a post. This share goes something like this: Meryl at Six Decades and Counting .... Life Reinvented said that Rita said on The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide that Credit Card Issuers are Cutting Back Benefits.

I thought it might be an indication of things to come.  Luckily I don't have any of these cards, but it tells me I'd better pay attention to notices from the cards I do have,

Friday, September 11, 2015

Happy Friday

Now that's what I'm talking about.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

DIY Pumpkins for fall decorating

I saw these DIY Pumpkins on Hometalk and just had to share.  They are made using scarves and toilet paper rolls.  The pumpkins were created by Ananda of A Piece of Rainbow.  Click here to see her instructions.  

I just love it when I can decorate with items I already have.  

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Problems Associated with Old Age Will Come to Everyone - if you are lucky

There is a post on Sixty & Me that I want to recommend.  Whether you are way under 60 or way over 60, this will apply to you now or later.   6 Lessons My Mother Taught Me About (Not) Aging Well.

I am guilty on several levels.  If I did not walk Buddy or work in my yard I would not get any exercise to speak of.  However, in the hottest months and coldest months I may not venture outside.  Bad score on the exercise.

Social isolation.  The world is getting so big and so noisy that I am happy to stay in a smaller world.  TV and computer for company instead of coffee and lunch with friends.

Nutrition.  I started off bad and have gotten worse.  Between  trying to cut down where I can, having diabetes and being a carnivore, I have not eaten as well as I would if someone else were in charge of my meals.

Brain stimulation.  Less TV since the cable cut.  Lots of reading on line and off.  Recent trial and error attempt at jewelry making.

Ok, that is enough confessing.  It is vitally important that we think about these things and do all we can to stay the creeping onset of old age and a life over and done before we are ready.  

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

My Thoughts on Cutting the Cable

It has been 3 weeks since I discontinued my cable subscription (but kept my internet).  Here are a few thoughts.

~  The thing I miss most is the clock on the DVR.  I didn't realize it was the only clock I had in the living room.  I find myself looking at the place the DVR once resided multiple times a day.  I haven't decided if I want to purchase a clock and put it where the DVR once lived.  I think I would like it but I'm feeling very frugal these days and have decided just to walk into another room when I want to know the time - or look on my phone or look on the computer time thingy.

~ I already knew I played the TV for background noise.  I like the voices on Bones and Castle and even though I had seen the reruns multiple times, those two were my go-to background noise shows.  I find I miss having background noise but not enough to pay for it.  I could probably turn either of those shows on through my Fire Stick but I am trying to ween myself from doing that.

~ I miss having the recorded shows I watched regularly.  Having those shows recorded and available allowed me to sit down at a time I really felt like watching TV and know that I had something I really wanted to view.  This is very different from background  noise TV and I guess is what TV should really be about - picking a select time and a select program to entertain me - not randomly surfing for the lesser of the evils.

~ I told you I had started watching Twin Peaks.  Apparently I had never watched the  whole series or I had completely deleted it from my brain bank.  It is a show like no other.  It ran from 1990 to 1991 according to the stats and I would have picked it as a 1980s program without the heavy mustaches.  Kind of hippie, spacey overkill yet held down to earth by Kyle MacLachlan. I think it has stood the test of time but it will only be enjoyed by certain viewers.

~ Another program I started watching was Veronica Mars.  I never watched it during its run from 2004 to 2007.  Kristen Bell is incredibly good.  The plot is typical high school struggles for the ins and outs of the 90201 type crowd.  I find the story to be relevant to my 1966-1968 high school days as well as to my grandson's current high school stage.  I hurt for him knowing that he is going through this stage, the same stage all of us have been through, but because I love him so much, and want his life to be gentle, I wish I could give him the wisdom to go through high school with as little psyche damage as possible.  But, we all know, we can't protect them from life.

~ I do enjoy knowing that I am $100 richer each month by not having cable.  I read today about Netflix not renewing "something with someone" because they want to have exclusive rights to the programs they run (meaning you won't see the same program on Amazon or Hulu).  I can understand why they would  want that with all the sites that are becoming available.  I didn't realize there were so many sites out there.  Kind of like being pregnant and you start noticing all of the pregnant women in the world.  Of course, if you are not careful, you can $10 yourself with these programs until you are right back up to the $100 cable free.

~ Another thing I am enjoying is that I can move my TV anywhere I want without the need for the cable cord.  Previously I had been limited to the two areas nearest my cable connection.  Funny part is that, until I get the urge to rearrange my living room again, the TV is still in the same place.

~ I do drag the TV into my bedroom at night.  Something I haven't done in years. For many years now I have listened to books on cd while waiting to fall asleep.  I confess that this is one of the things that has contributed to my sleep problems since sometimes the stories are so good, I actually get a second wind instead of relaxing into sleep.  However, there are some voices that are so soothing, I fall asleep pretty quickly.

~  Finally, even though my intent was to only keep the internet, I am continuing to receive calls on my land line.  I called and told them I was still receiving calls and customer service told me it was the same price with or without the land line. Doesn't seem right does it?  I'm going to check on that further.

For what it is worth, that is my thoughts on cutting the cord.

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.