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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Got a new fan today, put it together, and it works, YAY!!

At Bed Bath and Beyond, I bought a standing oscillating fan.  It's 81 degrees outside today so that means it's at least NINETY in our apartment  :-O

This is the kind of thing Phil would always do for us, put stuff together.  Made me happy to do it, and have it work!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

What I Wore Today, plus "Love Story" news

It has been so enjoyable to read other people's blogs.  Crafting, sewing, fashion, dolly blogs -- even though I'm getting dark circles under my eyes from staying up late reading, today I was inspired to post a "What I Wore" story to my Facebook page.

The clothing was cheap:  $20 black kimono jacket from H&M, $2 thrifted purple tank top, $20 black capri shorts, $12.99 Color Me Bag -- but the shoes!  Oh, the shoes were a birthday present to myself, Donna Karan's DKNY high wedge sneakers.   From the DKNY boutique store on Madison Avenue, no less!!  It was a thrill just going in there.

That said, I admire and respect those who post "What I Wore" stories every day; it is NOT easy to get a good picture!  We only took a few, and my patience ran out quick.

So take a look while you can:  this may be It for my "What I Wore" efforts  :-)

And as for Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw, how fun to see them in the news again.  In case you didn't see it, here's the story:

'Love Story' Reunion: Ryan O'Neal, Ali MacGraw Say Movie's Most Famous Line Is a 'Crock':
'via Blog this'

So.  There you have it.  Two blog posts in two days, I'm on a roll!

Do you take note of What You Wear?  And who are your favorite film pairs?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Wow. Been so long since I posted one of my "Links I Like" sites is gone!

Gee whiz.  Things have changed.

When I started this blog it was mainly to support my Etsy shop.  Well, my poor Etsy shop is in a sad state these days, having had no new inventory added for over a year.

Because that's when Phil got sick.  On February 27 of 2013, Phil had a cardiac arrest, which has resulted in an anoxic brain injury.  Or, as the experts want it referred to, a Hypoxic-Ischemic Brain Injury.  For those interested, here's the article:

One year and almost four months later, Phil is in a rehab facility near Kingston, New York and I have become his Legal Guardian.

So, yeah.  Big changes.  Phil is making progress, albeit excruciatingly slow, which is, I've come to understand, how recovery from a brain injury goes.  Verrrrrrryyyy S-L-O-W-L-Y.  I'll never forget the young nurse in the ICU, on Phil's second night there, who told me that "Recovery from a brain injury is a marathon, not a sprint".  Although I have now heard that phrase so many times I hate it, the night she said it gave me great comfort and some relief from the fear and panic that had completely engulfed me.

The reason I feel I want to start up this blog again is because I AM GRATEFUL TO BE ALIVE, and I AM SO GRATEFUL PHIL IS ALIVE, and I think until this horrible thing happened, I was not sufficiently either appreciative of, in awe of, or grateful for this thing we take for granted called Life.

Today, for instance.  It's almost 5:30 p.m. here in New York City.  I got my hair cut in a style  that I saw on a blog last night that I enjoy reading.  Link here, for the blog and the hairstyle:

Then I went to Michael's, the craft store, to pick up more decorative storage boxes because (1) they're 50% off, and (2) the house is a mess.  I'M SORRY, PHIL!!  But you know I'm a terrible housekeeper  :-(

So with my new haircut and two large environmentally-friendly reusable shopping bags filled with Decorative Boxes (that began to weigh a ton after carrying them more than a few city blocks) I hauled myself and my bags onto the M11 bus down Columbus Avenue to go home.  Two blocks from my stop, what did I see but a moving truck with GIGANTIMO cardboard boxes in it, precisely the ones I'd been thinking of since sitting in the hairdresser's chair.

You see, to say I am not a good housekeeper is really quite the understatement because I'm afraid that, for at least a year after Phil got sick?  I literally just threw everything on the floor.  I mean, Everything.

And since I've asked my friend David to check in on the guinea pigs for me (Phil's and my furbabies) while I'm up visiting Phil for July 4th, I can NOT have David see what a state of total and complete disrepair i.e. a WRECK the apartment is in.

So this is where that moving truck with the Big Box comes in:  my GOAL is to literally haul everything up off the floor and into that big cardboard box.  For which I'd hopped off the M11 bus -- well, "hopped" isn't exactly the word since I had so much crap in tow -- but I got off the bus, walked three blocks carrying all that shit and begged the mover guy to let me have a box.

"I'll pay you five bucks!"  I offered him.

"These are good boxes," he said.  "The company sells them for $10."

All right then.  So, minus ten dollars later, me and my two big reusable shopping bags and the Gigantimo Cardboard Box and I trundled our way home and I thought "Hey, I could write about that" because so far?  It has been A Perfect Day:

-  Got my hair cut in a style new to me that I really like
-  Got a great deal on Decorative Storage Boxes at Michael's
-  Got the Big Cardboard Box so I can now clear off the floor in the apartment!  YAY!

So success, all around.  And I feel grateful to have experienced all those things, today.

I used to never wear a watch, and I've taken to doing so recently, for several reasons, and I'm happy to now be able to see what time it is without getting the cell phone out of my bag.  But -- what I have become terribly aware of is the second hand, ticking away.  And looking at that hand go tick tick tick around the watch dial makes me feel very cognizant of how precious life is, how lucky we all are to be in it, and I hope I stay grateful for it.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Added my Etsy shop today!

Following instructions via CraftCult and then Blogger, I was able to add a link/widget to my Etsy shop today.  Took me awhile b/c I didn't see the correct element, but finally . . . success!

Now, to get some Followers! ha ha

Friday, July 29, 2011

All about Dynamic Views for Readers - Blogger Help

All about Dynamic Views for Readers - Blogger Help
I think I added a sort of "instant blog post" button to my Google Chrome browser. We'll see if it works.

Meanwhile, a favorite website for neat, new, interesting things:

Oh no.

Slept past noon again.  I have to stop staying up til 6 in the morning trying to figure out this internets webs stuff.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Well, I'm making a blog.

It took me until 2008 to finally buy a cell phone, and since I still use my Palm Tungsten E-2 as my address book, I think it's safe to say I'm slow to adopt new technologies.

And for some reason the time of this post is showing as Pacific time.  I'm actually writing it at 1:32 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.  At least I think it's EDT now, I could be wrong.

Idea and purpose of the blog is to support my Etsy shop, and maybe have a place to gather and showcase my doll fashions and/or items listed on Etsy and eBay.  On vera.  In French, that means "We shall see".