Once again I see it’s been awhile since I’ve bothered to put anything here 🙂
Hard to believe the summer is almost over! Hubby had to travel to the east coast for a business trip in July, and I went with him. We visited the daughters and son-in-law … so good to see them!
One day we went hiking and came across some stream crossings – they were fairly easy though … luckily for me.
We also went bike riding. The temperature was in the 90’s and the humidity was pretty high, however there was also a bit of a breeze and the bike path was just beautiful … everything was so green!
Today I am home getting some chores done around the house, and procrastinating chores by blogging lol. It’s supposed to be over 100 here today, I am thankful for our AC and plan to spend the day indoors!
Today I went to the (dreaded) mall in search of a dress to wear to an upcoming daytime wedding. The few dresses I have in my closet are all three sizes too small … oops!
I am delighted to say I found a dress 🙂 While I was slowly browsing in a department store, another shopper held up the dress and asked me if I thought it would be appropriate for a morning wedding. Her grandson was getting married. I told her I thought it would be perfect, then grabbed the only dress like it left in my size. Sometimes simple successes make me happy 🙂
A few Tuesdays ago I cashiered at the thrift store I volunteer at … that’s something I usually don’t do on Tuesdays. Tuesday is “senior discount day” and one only has to be over 55 to qualify.
I was puzzled though as to how to decide if some of the customers were over 55. I doubt a 48 year old woman would like to be asked, “Are you over 55 ma’am?”
When one lady of questionable age came up to the register I told her that she should be sure to shop here on Tuesdays when she turned 55, because then she’d get a 10% discount. She replied by telling me she was 54. (Phew.) I told a male customer the same thing, and he smiled broadly while telling me he was over 70. I must have studied the face of the lady immediately in line behind him a little too closely … before I’d even spoken one word she said, “Yes I’m over 55”. (I’ve been told that I don’t have a poker face.)
Upon returning home in the afternoon I performed a magic trick. I retrieved an even number of hubby’s brand new socks from the laundry basket, transferred them to the washer and dryer, and out came an odd number of socks. Not to worry, I’ll do the same thing a different week and he’ll be back to having an even number of socks soon enough. Hopefully they’ll be the same color.
Blog posts are supposed to have photos, so these are from a walk I took a few weeks ago.
I see I have not posted in a long time. That would be because I’m really not much of a blogger.
On the mornings that I am home, one of our cats like to snuggle on my lap. Some mornings she will follow me around the house meowing until I sit down in the living room chair and read for a bit.
I just finished watching the 11th Republican presidential debate. I can’t believe it’s been seven months since the first debate. I don’t talk about politics online so I won’t be saying much here. Max Lucado recently wrote a blog post called “Decency for President” which I thought was excellent. And later he wrote another blog post reminding us to pray for our country … a good reminder.
I went walking at our local gardens again recently. It is beautiful there right now! Well it is usually a lovely place to go, but March and April are always extra nice.
One thing I have learned volunteering at a thrift store is that … er … salepeople are there to … surprise … sell.
It’s not that salespeople lie exactly. But nowadays if I try something on in a store I NEVER ask a salesperson’s opinion. Because they are rarely going to say, “That looks like crap on you.” If it’s a so-so fit they might offer a different size, but they might also say, “It’s a lovely color on you.” (Don’t ask me how I know this.)
A woman bought a couch at the store today. She was gushing about the fact that it was … the perfect size and color for her living room … that it was an old-fashioned style which she liked a lot … and that it was in such nice condition.
I heartily agreed with her about the condition and style and didn’t mention I’d never seen her living room and thus had no clue about fit or color. I think it’s hard sometimes to spend a couple of hundred dollars on an item without having someone else there to be encouraging about the purchase.
A few years ago I was at the cash register along with a saleswoman “who could sell ice to an Eskimo”. A customer came in, tried on a coat, looked in the mirror, and asked us what we thought of the fit. Ms. Sells-Ice-to-Eskimos was honest and said it was a bit big, but perhaps she’d like to try on this other coat that was hanging on the rack.
Alas this was not what the customer wanted to hear. She immediately declared that the advantage to a large coat was that one could fit a sweater under it easily. Tactics from behind the cash register quickly changed to, “Of course you are absolutely right.” We never mentioned that she could have fit three sweaters under it. She’d already made up her mind so who were we to disagree? I guess it’s human nature to make a decision and then want others to confirm that decision.
And what’s the point of this post? I dunno. Not all posts have points 🙂
This morning I was thinking about the many things I am grateful for … my hubby, daughters and son-in-law being at the top of the list. Sometimes I find myself envious of other moms who have their adult children living nearby. Instead this morning I was thinking of how grateful I am that our adult kids are doing well in their jobs and are healthy … and it’s good we are able to visit sometimes during the year and have Skype too.
Hubby had to go on a business trip to Florida recently and I decided to tough it out and accompany him 🙂 The ocean water was bath tub temperature – it was wonderful!
The other day I visited our local library. I paid one dollar for a new library card (since I’d lost my old one) and then signed up for the digital library.
It’s been 23 years since I took my children to this library for story time. I recognized one of the librarians from years ago – she told she’s worked there for 34 years now 🙂
I do enjoy getting lost in a good book.
Today we closed the thrift store early and set up for tomorrow’s “Home and Garden” event. When we were done I enjoyed looking at the displays that we created, even though I’d never buy any of it 🙂
A highlight of this past month was that hubby and I flew out of state to attend a family reunion. Our children flew out from their respective home states as well. It was wonderful to see them and other extended family members.
One of my favorite things in all the world is getting to spend time with family. That is something that I may have taken for granted years ago, but those times are precious to me now.
The photo below is from a family vacation that took place 10+ years ago.