elessa: (fluffy bunny)
A bit disturbed about something. Yesterday I went to dinner with someone I haven't seen in ten years. Almost exactly ten years to the day at a funeral.

In this case my uncle. He is only a few years older than I am as he came pretty late in my grandparents life. Asked if I would like to get together while he was in town for a conference. I met him at the conference hotel in downtown. Off we went to walk around. Since he had never visited this city before I took him to a few of the areas it is known for within walking distance that have tourist cachet.

What disturbs me is that he crowded my personal space. He would walk so close to me that he was pressing his arm against me. At first I thought it was due to lack of space on the sidewalk. Experimented with moving to the side a number of times. He would immediately close in again. This happened everywhere we walked.

Maybe it is a good thing he lives a couple thousand miles away and I only see him every ten years or so.
elessa: (fluffy bunny)
Disturbing news in the email tonight from my father. Apparently my brother called as he is wont to do on Sunday evenings. My father found it odd my mother was not on the extension. He went looking for her. She wasn't in her bedroom when he checked, nor in the front or back yards. He returned to double check her bedroom. She had fallen between the bed and the wall while trying to answer the phone and broken her left shoulder.

This is not good at all because six months ago she fell and broke her right humerus at the ball where it joins the right shoulder. It has not healed correctly so she has no use of her right arm.

My father is not exactly spry as he has two replacement knees and pretty bad arthritis. How the hell he will be able to care for her and two dogs that weigh more than either one of them is a mystery.

Tomorrow I best call to learn what the hell is going on.
elessa: (wyveri)
* It is interesting once I learn a person's age how my perception of them changes. The blond barbie who sits next to me is in her early sixties. Now that she has lost approximately twenty pounds while being on a 500 calorie a day diet her clothes fit her much better. I wish I could afford to shop where she does.

* Cleaning out drawers, even though no one but me knows or sees the contents makes me feel productive.

* I am grateful that I do not watch television nor listen to commercial radio. It is pleasant not being bombarded by political ads full of rhetoric.

* I have begun walking to my apartment from a different direction which gives me a better view of its front access. This makes me feel a little more secure in thinking if my stalker is waiting for me I will see him before he sees me.

* Why are some women incapable of washing their hands at the sink in a restroom without creating a flooded counter?

* Lavendar vanilla ice cream is delicious.

* Cloudy, rainy days with breaks of sunshine are much more satisfying than a day of nothing but rain or nothing but clear blue sky. I like the sound of the wind as it rustles through the Douglas fir trees. It differs from the sound through the Maples. The variety of weather and seasons fuels the soul with satisfaction.

* After watching the joy experienced by a co-worker as she moves into a condo she purchased last week, I am sorely tempted to buy my own place. A lot of factors to consider though. How to have enough money for a down payment. How to afford upkeep that is covered by a landlord as a renter (ie, the washer being replaced, the circuitry in the heater being replaced, the plumbing in the shower being replaced, and the water heater being replaced - all in the span of the past year) I am not young by any stretch of the imagination, which means contemplating how to afford to make payments in retirement.

* I want to travel to Europe. Specifically to see Italy, France and Germany. In the Mediterranean I would like to go to Macedonia and Turkey.

* My family makes me sad. For the last eighteen months my sisters have promised to visit me "in a few months", "in the Spring", "in the Fall". I am still waiting. I have always been the one expected to travel back to the Midwest. In the twenty eight years I have lived on the West Coast my parents have visited twice and one sister once.
elessa: (aargh kitty)
last night in order to kill two birds with one stone i ordered flowers from FTD.com for mother's day. i needed to earn miles for one of my airline mileage accounts before they close the account, not to mention remember my mother.

i scheduled delivery for friday, may 9.

ten minutes ago i receive a great big thank you from my mother for the tulips. huh?

i double check the confirmation of the order i received via e-mail. yep. says delivery date may 9.

i call FTD. the customer service rep tells me the flowers couldn't have been delivered because the order says to deliver on may 9. i ask her then why did my mother just call me to thank me for the flowers with the card that says HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!!!

i told the CSR i was not happy. here i had ordered something for mother's day and it has been spoiled. i now have to spend money again so that she receives something for the actual day! duh!

i was asked to call back tomorrow.

idiots!
elessa: (Default)
slight panic as i read of airplane going 100 feet off a runway in cleveland this afternoon. my dad was flying there today for my uncle's funeral. i especially panicked as i read its origination, as that is where he was flying from.

thankfully, it was an earlier flight. also, thankfully there were no reported injuries.

however, i am not going to be completely at ease of mind until he is back tomorrow night from the funeral. the weather in cleveland is teh suck. heavy snow and ice. not really weather which is conducive to air travel. hell, not conducive for funerals either.

been there, done that last february at my grandmother's funeral in 8F weather in a windy cemetary.

the cousin nearest in age to me and i have resolved that with our generation there shall not be funerals unless the temperature is at least 60F and the sun is shining. otherwise, the deceased can expect a low turnout. we are passing this information on to our siblings. my mother and father already agree.

basically my dad said there is no reason you can't have a cremation, a nice container for the cremains, put it in a safe place and wait for better weather. he would prefer sunshine and flowers in bloom when the time comes for his.

i pray that time isn't tomorrow...
elessa: (rainbow)
my great aunt anne died today.

may she rest in the arms of angels.

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