Friday, July 30, 2010

Three weeks earlier.....

I am finally able to take my Dodge Caravan to the body shop to be repaired from the damage to the rear
bumper after an accident on Christmas eve.  An ice storm turned the interstate ramp into a slippery sheet and several cars slid into one another.  I have car rental insurance so I call ahead for a medium-size economy car.  After delivering the mini van to the body shop, I walk around to the car rental office. According the their records (or lack of), there is no reservation on the computer and they have no record of my previous request.  All they have available at 4:30 is a hyundai snow globe.  I take it because...that is all there is....and I want to go home.
It did have quite a good air conditioner. Of course it was a very small area to cool.  Also it had sirrius radio, which I wanted to sit in the car and listen to, but I would cramp up and have to get out and stretch.
    I never cease to be amazed at how many midnight blue mini-vans there are like mine.  I always have to check the license plates to see that I have found my own.  Relieved to have survived the crush of food "samplers" at Costco, I have my cart full of items and dreaming of the yummies I will be making soon.    
The blue mini-van doesn't respond to my keys and after a couple of attempts; I realize that I am accidentally attempting to break into someone else's car!  Please don't let the rightful owners be standing behind me.  Okay.... then someone has stolen MY car.    Oh wait.  I have the hyundai.  It's white but hides in between the big guys.  So where did I leave that little bugger.
Never grow old Friday......

Saturday, July 17, 2010


With any luck I will figure out how to navigate this blog creating.  So's a bit frustrating.
I am so relieved that the oil cap- (pressure reading) spill- solving application in the Gulf  still shows signs of
working. I lived in New Orleans for 7 years and outside of the flying cockroaches and humidity; I loved the food; the music; the antiquity and the people.  The last place I lived was about a mile from Lake Ponchartrain and it was fun to go sit on the levy wall and let the water splash up on me.
I was really crushed
when I googled the area and saw the devastation to UNO by the lake and the townhouse where I lived. I thought that was the worst that could happen, but little did I know how much worse it could be.  Flash forward ...who could imagine.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

and so I begin...

Hello and welcome.  The thoughts for this blog came to be last winter.  The weather was particularly bad and I had a lot of time indoors to plan craftiness and to ....think.  I was distracting myself from the overall blah's that the ongoing snow and ice made apparent.  The motivation for "women distracted" was my next door neighbor who was going through colon cancer radiation and chemo treatment.  I went to visit her in the hospital after her surgery and was amazed by her convictions.  The day that we were digging our cars out of 4 foot snowdrifts; she insisted on helping to shovel and got one of the cars out of the snowbank that we had declared "stuck".  She clearly was distracted by the fact that she was going to get through her treatments and she was going to get on with her life.

I am truly "a woman distracted" however.  This is me going to the basement to get the laundry and on the way I have an idea and start to knit a scarf.  I have the best intention of making a swatch to see how I like the stitches.  Fortunately on a trip to the basement to get my acrylics paints, I realize that I didn't put the clothes into the dryer.
I can work on the scarf while I watch "The Closer".  In the meantime I paint a small piece to begin a mixed medium collage to be titled "Feeling Good".   It's a good day.