Sunday, February 7, 2016

Lovely week of theater and concert

It has been an interesting cultural week. At Cleveland Playhouse, The Mountaintop which was a fictional account of the last night in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King where Dr. King examines his achievements, his failures, and his unfinished dreams. Powerful and shows his humanity. Thursday we attended a concert of the Akron Steel Drum Band. Amazing the music that can be made on steel drums. This band had 20 members, the ones in Trinidad have 400. I see a trip in our future. Thirdly we went to the play, Family Happiness by Tolstoy. Even though it was written in 1859 it had current messages. I am always amazed when I attend a play how the actors can remember all the script.

This is the front of the building in Oberlin where we saw the play by Tolstoy. To get the perspective, note the steps in the front. I only had my phone to take this picture.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Talking with strangers

I am reading a book about JOY and one thing the author encouraged you to do was to talk to strangers.  Today I went with a friend to the theater where we saw a streaming from the Metropolitan
Opera.  We saw Turandot by Puccini.  It was great as usual.  My friend and I had extra time before it started so we stopped at World Market.  In the checkout line I started talking with the man behind me.  He has worked as a commedian and speaks 5 languages. He could talk with great accents which he demonstrated to us.  It was just a special treat.

G is at the IX Center in Cleveland at the International Motorcle Show.  The joke here is that I tell him, "You can look at any woman you want but not at a motorcycle, because you bring the motorcycle home ."  He is late coming home and I am worried.  Just kidding.

Friday, January 29, 2016

What I learned

From my last post, I was asked what I learned about myself from taking the class on writing my autobiography.  What I learned was that for most of my life, I have not made "purposeful" decisions. I just sort of slide into things, maybe do what is expected without thinking about it, or do things because the opportunity is there.  That does not mean I have been unhappy about my life, but I think I may have been happier if I would be more aware of what I want and am passionate about and then be decisive about making it happen. So being aware of that, I now can make changes.

I just finished reading Then Comes Marriage  by Roberta Kaplan.  What a great book.  Roberta is the attorney who took the case to the Supreme Court that brought down DOMA.  Besides the legal explainations, it tells the personal story of both Roberta and the Edie  Windsor who brought the case. What an effort they made in time and energy to make this happen.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Writing about one's life

Gerry and I were students at a 10 week class where we were given direction in writing our autobiography.  It concluded in November.  Gerry got into this project much more than I did.  Our assignment was to write on a topic and share two pages with the group.  Some weeks he would write up to 10 pages.  He carries his note pad with him and if someone makes a comment that reminds him of something in his life, he makes a note of it and then is up at the computer for hours writing.  He has had long conversations with his siblings to learn what they remember.  A second session of the class has started and he is attending again.  I decided not to take the second session.  He says he doesn't know if it will end up a published book or not.

I am trying to do less this year.  So decided to not take take the second class and I have dropped out of one of the clubs I was involved in. But don't worry, my calendar is still full.  I am trying to exercise three or four time a week.

Monday, December 28, 2015


Since arriving at daughter's home six days ago, I have spend many hours each day in the "blue" room.  I have painted two coats of primer everywhere and one coat of regular paint on the walls.  I do one coat and let it dry a day, then go to it again.  In all I may paint 8 hours a day.  Today is the last coat of the color on the walls, then on to painting the trim, doors and windows.   If there is time and energy left, I will pull off wallpaper in the "pink" room while it dries. Daughter and Hubby are doing a major redo of the plumbing.  I like my job better.  We hope to have some before and after pictures soon, but I don't have time now -  have to get back to painting.  Truth be told, I am loving it!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Annual party

Well, it seems it is party season. On Saturday we had our annual dinner with friends. We go out for dinner most Monday evenings with this group.  A common denominator is that everyone has a motorcycle or had one at one time.  Twenty-three people were coming.  One did not show because he chose to watch a basketball game instead.  Then one lady became ill and had to leave with her boy friend.  That left twenty. The dinner menu was stuffed pork loin, roasted carrots, green beans in a fresh tomato sauce and home made dinner rolls.  Oh, I forgot the "Party in a bowl" salad.  That is what my daughter RM calls it.  It was two kinds of greens, colored peppers, white beans, bacon, home made croutons, and of course dressing.  Dessert was a chocolate  meringue frozen ice cream cake.

This was the set up.  We had to line tables through the dining and living rooms. Apparently we were so busy eating that no pictures were taken of the people at the tables.  The entertainment for the evening is a "White Elephant" gift exchange.  These two peole hit the jackpot with these blow up monkeys.

And then a headlight fixture for a motorcycle which seems to double for a Darth Vader helmet.


Ok, I wasn't going to tell  this but I had a bit of an issue at the beginning. I read the dials on the range wrong.  I looked at it and thought the time was 4:50 pm.  The guests were to arrive at 5:30 pm.  So it really was 5:32pm and they arrived and I was not ready. The 450 was the temperature!

Everyone jumped into to help so it turned out great.  

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A walk in the woods

Last week I went on a walk sponsored by our local park district.  Even though the leaves have fallen it was beautiful.  Fall still is my favorite season. I love the crunch of the leaves under my feet and the smell in the woods.

 I would title this "Beauty of a fallen tree".

This tree is a survivor.  Some type of damage on the side, and a lot of carvings by lovers.

 But the joy became more somber as I looked across the field and saw these flags.  The were flying at half mast for the people who were killed in Paris.