Summer Treats

Once the morning travelers are off to work  it seems that our roads seem to be less congested and it makes driving to the stores an enjoyable relaxing ride.  Now I can take my time and I can also view the passing scenery.  Perhaps a new store has opened or a new restaurant featuring grand opening specials would be nice.   I can notate it and make plans to meet with a friend for lunch  in the coming weeks.

It is like a new adventure now that school is closed and I have the hours free that I previously used volunteering.  And so finding new places and faces is fun and I get first choice at sales throughout the stores.

And so it is nice to have a choice especially in this hot weather when you really don’t want to heat up the kitchen cooking up a storm.  Salads and soup and a light dessert are a welcome meal anytime.  And a tall glass of green tea or lemonade can quench a thirst!  Enjoy.

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Fabulous Places and Faces

This has been a great week thus far and by far one of my favorites.  I am a basically a social being and love being around others in spite of liking some personal space once in a while and so this past Monday began with a bus trip from the Cares Travel Club.   The itinerary was a visit to Tampa (right past USF) to spend time at the Museum of Science and Industry where we were once again (just like many moons ago) in the Planetarium.   The narrator was young and somewhat nervous as he tried  to explain what really takes place up above in our wondrous planets and sky.  I had a hard time between the comfortable reclining seats and the darkness plus his monotone voice that almost lulled me into a nap mode.  But I managed to stay awake.

Once this was over we headed to the lunch area where we had a prepared sandwich of turkey or ham, an apple and a bag of healthy chips. In addition to this was a large chocolate chip cookie and a choice of  an ice cream sandwich or pop plus a variety of beverages including green tea which happens to be one of my favorites and fresh brewed coffee.  Sitting with Rosemarie, Noreen and Janice we learned a little about each other and then we headed off for the second part of the program which was the viewing of a tornado as it forms and lands.  It explained about Vector and how it works in tracking tornadoes. This viewing in almost 3D very wide-screen can make you feel disoriented and overwhelmed (but we were told to close our eyes if this happened and the feeling would pass.)  It did quickly for me, but I would have preferred not seeing this film.   The ride home was fun chatting amongst each other and we jotted down phone numbers and email addresses to keep in touch.

Wednesday I met my friend and teacher Merrily for lunch at a local restaurant.  I had a bowl of matzoh ball soup and a half of a corned beef sandwich (that was flown in from NY) so the waiter informed me.  Authentic kosher corned beef from New York and it did taste pretty good.   Merrily surprised me with her news that she will be joining me in the volunteer ranks as she is retiring from teaching after 25 years.   I know the children will miss her as she is a one of a kind old-fashioned type of teacher  (strict but fair).

I also have Merrily to thank for the opportunity to see if I would like working with the children.  It was back in 2003 when she suggested I volunteer at her school after I retired and here we are eight years later and I will begin again at the beginning of the new school year.  It was so nice to be catching up and sharing ideas and suggestions.

This morning I had my one hour Yoga practice that left me feeling alive and invigorated.   I headed down the road a bit and waited to meet my friend Lorraine for lunch at Crispers.  This time I had a half of sandwich on pumpernickel bread filled with chicken pecan salad and a side portion of fresh fruit and a large glass of lemon water.  Lorraine had her favorite tomato bisque soup and half a sandwich the same as mine.   She will be leaving for Buffalo NY for the rest of the summer and so this was it until September.  We try to meet once a month and I love her dearly as her personality and friendship are priceless.

Tomorrow will be my gentle yoga class and no lunch dates but probably an afternoon of relaxation and some reading.   I am hoping next week will be as much fun and look forward to keeping in touch with my new acquaintances…..

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The Month of Happenings

For many years there were only two dates that made a mark in my memory book.  The first being my sisters wedding anniversary at the near end of June that had begun in the early 1950’s.   I always made it a point to remember to send a card and once even writing a poem one year recalling their early days of courtship.  It is now almost 60 long years and I am amazed that they have manged to stay together.  One of my reasons I guess is that I pulled the plug over thirty-five years ago on the seventeenth of the month and I never once  looked back.

Then on the third Sunday of June we always celebrate Fathers Day and for so many years when my Daddy was alive,  I would buy him his favorite cigars.   Just thinking about it now brings tears as my Daddy meant the world to me as a friend-a philosopher-a loving Dad  that had a huge loving heart.

Now to add to the dates of  importance would be the eighteenth of June.   That date belongs to my grandson who today is 12 and almost as tall as his Nana.  Then comes my adorable seven-year old great-grandson A.J. on the thirteenth.  The latest  would be the latest happy occasion on the fifth of June marking the wedding  of my grand-daughter.

This sure gives me lots of dates and Hallmark moments to fill me with all kinds of emotional feelings. With some of them bringing me smiles and others putting a lump in my throat that  I want to cry yet I try to stifle it until I realize hey “there in no shame in shedding tears, in fact I recall reading that crying can be cathartic, so why not?’  It could be like a shower after a heat wave and ironically we are experiencing a heat wave this week.

So let the rain come down and then have the sun dry it all up again.

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Home Sweet Home

From Saturday to Friday of this past week I logged lots of miles not only in the sky but on the road and also on the rails.  The neat part of this trip for me was staying in two motels and overnight in one son’s home and two nights in another son’s residence.   This  afforded me the luxury of seeing my grand-daughter marry Brian and witness first hand the beautiful service and reception to follow.  As I danced with the bride and groom and even the grooms Mom I felt exceptionally happy and could not stop smiling.   With tired feet and body,  I relaxed at a local motel and after a leisurely breakfast the next morning I joined my son and great-grandson A.J. for a ride to the pond to feed the ducks.

The following day my son Terry drove me to his brothers home where I spent the next two evenings.  Once we arrived I held my beautiful little newborn of thirteen days in my proud Nana’s arms.   I could feel the tears of joy and my heart fill with overwhelming love for this precious new life that will be cared for by Darrin and Maria.   Her big brother Sam and sister Meg will be her playmates and siblings too.

On Thursday I boarded a train to take me to the far end of Long Island for a surprise visit to Joey (my grandson) who had no idea I was in town.  I checked in at the Albatross Motel and waited for Joey to come home from school.   By the look on his face I would say he was happily surprised!   I am thinking that in another six months or sooner he will bypass his Nana in height.  He will be celebrating his 12th birthday next week and once again “the blink of an eye” is repeating itself, where o where does the time go?”

Friday I am back on the train headed for the Patchogue station where Terry will pick me up for another nights stay at his home and then to the airport on Saturday.

It has been an incredible and most enjoyable seven days in the life of Ms Millie and I am so thankful for all the love and respect of my family.

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Good Times Ahead

June is busting out all over and I am ready to enjoy a wonderful weekend with family and friends.  I can hardly contain my excitement as I envision Desiree in her bridal attire.  She will be a beautiful bride and my son will be a proud Dad of his baby daughter.  I can’t help thinking “where has the time gone, when did she grow up?”

I recall my Mom saying that “in a blink of an eye they are all grown up.” and it is so true as I witness this with all of my grand-children.  My new-born grand-daughter is ten days old and I can hardly wait to hold her in my arms and be able to inhale that wonderful baby scent.  I sometimes wish I could find a way to  bottle it as it seems to have a magical quality.

Have a great weekend and smile:)

I know for sure Ms Millie will be smiling from ear to ear.

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