Monday, October 31, 2011

Jack's Trees

It is difficult to realize how great a part of all that is cheerful and delightful in the recollections of our own life is associated with trees.  ~Wilson Flagg
This is what I see everyday when I walk to my mailbox.
I think they are a particular type of maple, but I just 
call them Jack's trees.  Jack was my neighbor who set
these trees out when he moved across the street.  He was
in his 70's. 
 At the time I thought it was a silly thing to do.  After all,
he had plenty of oak trees in his yard already.  Why clutter
up the yard with more trees?  But according to Jack, he
loved this particular tree because it was so pretty in the fall.
He was right.
 Jack is in heaven now.  I'm sure of it!  He left more than 
beautiful trees in the fall.  He left smiles on a lot of people's
faces! :-)  If you were in your driveway and he walked out his
door, he would holler "Hello" such that everyone for miles
heard him.  He was just that way!  I miss Jack.  
 Jack's family misses him, too.  He had lots of grandchildren.
This little tree was planted a few years ago across from my house.  I can almost hear a big "Hello" when I see it!

Wouldn't it be nice to be remembered by other people by our
big "Hello" and the beautiful red maple trees we planted?  

Have a wonderful Halloween!
Love always,
Lottie

Friday, October 28, 2011

Bewitching Wind

So much to do!  My list is long with things I must do today, so  I go
for a walk to clear my thinking.  The sky is turning gray and the
cold wind is starting to blow!  Then something flapping in the wind
catches my eye!  It's three witches in my neighbor's yard! LOL!



Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!

William Butler Yeats


Love,
Lottie

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Goals That Are Written Down

Goals that are not written down are just wishes!

Makes sense.  DH and I tried something different to 
accomplish our goals.  We made a deadline of two months.
That was because we wanted to accomplish all our goals
before it became dark earlier outside and before cold temps.
So these were our goals to accomplish by Nov. 1st.  Do you
see what was wrong with the list?

1.  Paint the house.
2.  Clean the yard
3.  Shampoo the carpet, upstairs and down

4.  Cut two trees in the front yard
5.  Clean out the gardening shed
6.  Clean out the garage

7.  Work on updating the Wills
8.  Clean the study (files, cabinets, desks, computers)
9.  Look for a new car

10.  Trip to Alabama
11.  Trip to Charleston

Too Long!!!!!
Yes, we just about killed ourselves working on our goals, but all
except for one (garden shed), we accomplished them all.  Some
took longer than expected (painting the house) and some cost
more than we expected (wow, what a trip to Charleston), but
some were definitely worth it( updating Wills and the study)!
Some seemed more like fun (cutting down the trees and working
in the yard), while others were down and dirty work (garage)!
In fact, next year, the only goal for October will be to clean out
the garage.  The weather was perfect, but it involved every day.
We only looked for a new car one weekend because after we
saw what it cost, we decided just to keep fixing the Oldsmobile.
But it was fun looking at new or pre-owned cars.  Poor DH, he
had to do most of the work.  We will decide what to put on our
new list of goals for November and December on Nov. 1st.

We know two items for November already.
1.  Rake Leaves
2.  Have Fun!

Hope you have a great weekend!
Love,
Lottie

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Staying Focused

I often accuse the menfolk in my family of being unfocused when
they set out to accomplish a task.  I can pretty well start and finish.
Today I had a beautiful afternoon at hand so I thought,  why not get
my desk organized?
BEFORE
I don't know why there is an Easter basket on my desk.  And if I
keep my vitamins and pills right in front, I'll be sure to take them
all.  Also, I'll know when I need to refill them.  Wow, I need to
organize and now!  So I thought maybe I would be more inspired
if I went to town and bought some...organizers!

So I put on my shoes and headed for town.  First, I went to Staples
but I didn't see anything I liked.  Then Target, but still nothing.

Then I went to Lowe's and started looking for desk organizers.
I always park at the garden side and walk through to inside.






I was a little distracted by the garden section, but I made my way
towards the middle of the store.
 
Then I don't know what happened.  I stopped to talk to an old friend
and the next thing I knew, I was in the Christmas section.



Time to go home.  I bought some pansies on the way out and
started for home.  I was way too tired to keep looking for desk
organizers, besides the one I have work when I use them.  So
this is what my desk looks like at the end of the afternoon.
AFTER
Oh well, I enjoyed the afternoon!  Hope you enjoyed yours, too!
Love,
Lottie

Saturday, October 15, 2011

As Spooky as it Gets!

I got rid of my scary Halloween decorations long ago, but every
October I take out my Ghostbuster's decoration.  I just love it!
It makes me smile whenever I walk by.  Start the video and sing along!


"A day without laughter is a day wasted."  Charlie Chaplin

Love,
Lottie
 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Dinner and a Movie

Years ago I was in the graduate program for Library Science at USC.
One of the courses was about Reference Resources.  It was known
to be the hardest class in the program ...and...the best class in the
program.  I looked forward to taking it and dreaded it at the same
time.  Finally, I was in the class and at the first meeting, our
professor gave us all the best advice! "Work hard and go out for
dinner and a movie every Friday night!" That doesn't seem like
any kind of advice at all, but believe me, it was golden.

Last week was a "work hard" week, and Friday on the way home
I knew I was ready to go out to dinner and a movie!  DH had
already cooked dinner so we ate together and then went out for
an ice cream cone and a movie.  Since I didn't give DH notice
that I needed a movie night, I let him pick which movie we saw!

We saw "Moneyball" with Brad Pitt.  What a great movie!  I 
highly recommend it.  It was all about choices.  I wouldn't
dare give the ending away because it totally surprised me!
I read in one of the reviews that the movie had intelligence.
It did.  In fact, because it is about a man's world, I didn't
understand parts.  DH explained it to me later.  And because
it is about a man's world, I recognized right away why things
worked the way they did.  It was truly a great movie!

Was Brad Pitt great in this movie?  Yes.  Was Robert Redford
great in this movie? YES.  Because that is who I saw over
and over in the Brad Pitt performance. 

And when David Justice came to the team, I hollered in the
theater " I know who that is!".  DH just shushed me.

If you have a chance, don't miss "Moneyball".  But if you
can swing it next weekend, go out on Friday for dinner and a
movie....especially if it is a "work hard" week!

Have a great weekend and please share your favorite movies.
Love,
Lottie