Wednesday, July 21, 2010
There was a blonde who found herself sitting next to a Lawyer on an airplane. The lawyer just kept bugging the blonde wanting her to play a game of intelligence. Finally, the lawyer offered her 10 to 1 odds, and said every time the blonde could not answer one of his questions, she owed him $5, but every time he could not answer hers, he'd give her $50.00. The lawyer figured he could not lose, and the blonde reluctantly accepted.
The lawyer first asked, "What is the distance between the Earth and the nearest star?"
Without saying a word the blonde handed him $5. Then the blonde asked, "What goes up a hill with 3 legs and comes back down the hill with 4 legs?"
Well, the lawyer looked puzzled. He took several hours, looking up everything he could on his laptop and even placing numerous air-to-ground phone calls trying to find the answer. Finally, angry and frustrated, he gave up and paid the blonde $50.00
The blonde put the $50 into her purse without comment, but the lawyer insisted, "What is the answer to your question?"
Without saying a word, the blonde handed him $5.
Which reminds me of the advice I give to all the men I know.
Never argue with a woman. Even if you win, YOU'LL BE SORRY.
Have YOU laughed today?
(You could call it a lawyer joke, lol, but that's not PC either. Just say "The moral of this joke is never pick on a woman" and change the word blonde to the word woman. lol. Karen)
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Reminiscing with a friend and co-worker from the past, we remembered the sign we walked under every single day on our way into lockup to interview inmates in the county jail:
IN GOD WE TRUST.
All others we search.
Any memorable signs in your life?
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Last Christmas, Joe's SIL, Marianna, lost her battle with lung cancer. (Photo of her on my page)
She never smoked; never lived with a smoker. No one in her family ever had lung cancer.
At the memorial service, packets of sunflower seeds were handed out. Marianna was a Master Gardner, (just one of her many talents) and the sunflower was her favorite. She planted a lot of them at her home. Her garden club facilitated that giveaway of sunflower seeds. I'd never heard of anything like that being done, but it is such a wonderful way to remember someone!
Needless to say, Joe and I planted sunflower seeds in our yards. Mine are blooming now and it is indeed a wonderful reminder of a sweet, gentle person, every time I walk out into the yard.
Seeing it makes me smile, just the way I smile whenever I think of Marianna.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
I'm seriously considering buying an ipad!
Started out looking at readers, again. Kindle, Nook, etc. Then my son suggested I get an ipad instead since it IS a reader and so much more.
I read that it doesn't support flash. Just wondering if anyone uses ipad to do their Sparking and what you think of it for that?
The real question being, is ipad Spark friendly?
Friday, July 16, 2010
So many of you have commented on my Remember? blog or sent me private emails about your own parents in the throes of Alzheimer's, some form or dementia or just old age, that I thought I should update and clarify.
We did go to the cardiologist, she actually saw and was examined by two of them. She has an irregular heartbeat that really alarms any medical professional that hears it, but doesn't have much in the way of symptoms from it. The two of them consulted and decided not to change her meds in any way; not putting her on Coumadin, which they were considering, because she is legally blind and can't be very observant if she's bleeding or not, and it is a dangerous drug that needs to be closely monitored.
Basically they said that she's in great shape for the shape she's in. Nothing can be done for the problems she has at age 87 and she is living with it all pretty well. They were impressed that she can still walk a mile a day, ride the bus and go to water aerobics.
The morning we went, her mind was sharp and clear. It is that way most of the time, with only lapses now and them. As long as she's clear more than not, she's doing ok.
Most of the problems between us come up if I try to help her. She'd rather go to a free clinic than have me or my sons pay for her dental work. She'd rather live in low income housing than have us subsidize her rent. She'd rather wait for the bus than have someone take her in a car every time she wants to go somewhere. She is familiar with her own level of living and getting by and does best when left there. So, I find that as long as we let her have her way, things go smoothly. (We do best who watch covertly from afar.)
My mother didn't raise me alone. I was watched over by a group of Italian women I refer to as The Aunts. Only two of those four women are still living. I wrote a blog about one of them some time ago.
One day I'll write about the two I still have in my life.
They, my mother's sisters, stepped in where my mother was unwilling or unable. They made my life so much better than it would have been as the only child of a single parent in 1948. I'm pretty sure The Aunts caused me to be sane and sensible and responsible. That good sense and responsibility is what brought me to this point in life where I'm able and willing to care for my mother, in whatever way she can receive that care.
My heart goes out to all of you who wrote me and those of you I've never heard from who have difficult parental responsibilities and concerns once your
parents reach a certain age. It's heartbreaking, energy sapping, frustrating and sad. As a parental caregiver, no matter if you live with your parent or only care from afar, you are a Hero, a Special Citizen, and should receive all our respect and admiration and prayers.
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