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uglygrandmother
28 November 2010 @ 12:55 pm
1. Watching Toy Story 3 with James!
2. Going to see HP this afternoon!
3. Talking coherently with my daughter on the phone!
4. Watching the squirrels out my back door!
 
 
uglygrandmother
27 November 2010 @ 08:59 am
This morning there is a writer's block about which Jimi Hendrix tune was your favorite and why. That is almost as impossible to answer as "Which Beatles song is your favorite?" for those of my generation and taste. Instead of arguing over the merits of the two versions of Voodoo Child or Purple Haze, I will tell you my "Experience."

My sister had brought home this album (yup, vinyl), and put it on the record player (yup, not stereo, record player) in our bedroom. It had a wonderfully colorful psychedelic cover. She started playing it. I was hooked from the first note!  I had never heard those sounds from a guitar, and as good as some of the guitar gods since him have been, I don't think I ever have again. HE was the king of the waa-waa pedal. IF you listen carefully to Hendrix's National Anthem, you can hear helicopters and bombs. In every other song, you hear the sounds of his very spirit coming through the amp. HE was just awesome.

I got to see him twice: once at the Kenedy Stadium in BRidgeport, CT in the summer of 1968, and again at Woodstock (yup, the original. There ARE advantages to being old and seeing history.)
Fast forward about 20 years and my oldest daughter- then 13- is going to do a report on Jimi Hendrix and tell the world why his music sucked. I asked her if she had ever heard him play, and she said no, she didn't have to- he was old. I told her that he was probably the guy who invented the heavy metal that she liked so well and of course she didn't believe me. Well, there was only one thing for it: took her to Walmart and bought a Hendrix tape and made her listen.

She was hooked from the first note!

Thanks, Jimi!
 
 
uglygrandmother
26 November 2010 @ 07:52 am
1. Finally, the right medicine! 
2. OUtpouring of gratitude on facebook. Did my heart good!
3. Family! I love my family- warts and all!
4. Holiday Inn! May the Christmas movies begin! (ok, I cheated. Saw Jim Carey's Christmas Carol two times already. LOVE< LOVE< LOVE it!)
5. Turkey! Champagne's turrnips! PArsnips! Rise's cranberry sauce! Anne's pumpkin pie (and there's a whole one in the frig! hehehehehehehe)
6. James coming this weekend!
7. Being sung back to sleep by two cats bookending me in the middle of the night.
 
 
uglygrandmother
24 November 2010 @ 06:32 am
1. My doctor actually called me back! In person! It was 8pm too. I pick up a new script this am.
2. Coven Thanksgiving. Oh, my! Still full!
3. Being taken care of when I needed it.
4. Having a friend there- Johnny on the spot.
5. Listening to laughter in my livingroom!
 
 
uglygrandmother
23 November 2010 @ 07:46 am
1. the-other-jenn came bearing wonderful pastries!
2. made dinner!
3. Up and down fairly easily!
4. Talking with good friends- in person, on phone, on internet!
5. KIttie snuggles.
6. Husband who is trying oh so hard to help me. Bless him.
7. And I am grateful that I can do important work that does not involve lifting. YEAH TEAM!
 
 
 
uglygrandmother
20 November 2010 @ 07:16 am
Can't say that yesterday was the best yet, but there were shinies:
1. Using the walker. I am faster at getting around! NOw to decorate it!
2. MEt a new doc who will tell me what's going on inside me. I like him- smart, confident and OPEN.
3. A two hour doctor appointment that kept me busy from the time I got there until I left! WOW! NO waiting!
4. They let belladonna stay with me at the docs.
5. Face time with my sisters.
 
 
uglygrandmother
19 November 2010 @ 06:43 am

 

1. Cane lessons.
2. Walker near bed makes getting up so easy!
3. A got a letter- REAL letter hand written and all from an unexpected (and delightful!) source! I may have to break down and get real stationary as I now have two folk to write!
4. MAde dinner!
5. Had two awesome classes!
 
 
uglygrandmother
18 November 2010 @ 08:23 am
1. First of all, I want to say thank the gods for my primary care doctor. I know that sometimes when I am in pain and or sick (which is when I go to the doc) I don't take time to thank the Universe for him. Universe- you are on notice. THank you! He cares, he's smart and he talks to me human to human. THank you!
2. My insurance. Nuff said, otherwise I would be broker than a church mouse.
3. Belladonna who ran me all over yesterday from dr appointment to dr appointment without complaint. And she took care of me between!
4. Frappuccino! Makes me happy! LOL!
5. I found STAMPS!
6. Hermes is happily under Penelope (my tree) and currently having a great deal of fun being pet by the entities there! LOL! 
7. "Cutting up" with the other jenn last night for supper. It was awesome!
8. AIr-n-darkness. THank you yet again. LOve you!
 
 
uglygrandmother
17 November 2010 @ 07:01 am
I am truly blessed. I have no day that doesn't have shiny moments and yesterday was no exception.

1. air_n_darkness came to my rescue when I couldn't help my own self.
2. Coven night!
3. Got to meet a wonderful lady. Hope she keeps coming!
4. Help in the kitchen and removing the rug from the livingroom (rug,, not carpet. Long story but I don't have to trip! YEAH!!!)
5. Kitchen so clean didn't recognize it this am. Thought the Brownies had been here! LOL!
6. THe awesomeness that is my coven putting up with me.
7. My best friend who keeps me cheerful, let's me cry and yells at me when I need it. I hope I can repay her someday.
 
 
uglygrandmother
17 November 2010 @ 06:53 am

 

I seem to be learning or re-learning hard lessons this year. Yesterday, was one of the hardest. My cat Hermes had lost the self preservation button, and behaving in very uncatlike behavior. As a responsible and loving caregiver for this 8 year member of my family, I had no choice but to let him go on to his next life. It hurts. I hate it. But in love, I could do nothing else.  I will miss him.

I want to tell you that in this grievous time that air_n_darkness rose up and helped me when I could only fall apart. She was with him when he passed. He was content- I know because I felt his passing. It was gentle and he took grief with him.  I will be forever grateful for her gentleness with my Hermes.