Saturday, September 18, 2010

New World For Us Meanderings, by Stellamae

Welcome to my presentation for the Blogging Challenge. This is my second time blogging.
I was told by a friend in Education that I was the most Abstract person she had ever seen. And a College Instructor in Alaska, and also one in Illinois commented that I was very Abstract. I don't know about that. First and foremost, I am Forgetful. Make that Second and Third, too. Fourth, I think that I am Logical and that could be why people don't always understand me. When writing, I tend to write with tongue firmly planted in cheek. I think I'm being humorous, but again, people don't always understand that. (So please try to find the humour that is hidden behind my writing.)

I wonder how many of us are the "One In A Million" I don't mean the 'good' one in a million, like people who excel in something, --- or are talented in something specific. I mean "It only happens to 'One In A Million" or "It Only Happens Once In A Million times". I mean the ones of us who didn't get "The Luck Of The Irish". (even when we are Irish) That is me. I have a friend, and a Step Sister, who are also "One In A Million". I'm sure we are not alone. It just seems like it sometimes. If a Prescription, or a med, or salve, or procedure, or Operation can not possibly have a reaction, or can not possibly go awry --- now is the time for that deep low growlly Baritone, in that song "You Might Be Right" --- OK, all in unison WROOONG!!!

I think most of us need a little respite at times. We had a really fun session trying to get things settled for a short cruise. We didn't receive the packet in the mail with all the information and instructions, so it was necessary to have it faxed to us. The Fax machine had been moved recently and the manual disappeared into "Where Could It Possibly Be?" heaven. We had only used it once, and with the 747 cockpit on the front of the Copier, Fax, telephone, etc. we couldn't receive what was constantly being re-faxed to us. Until 5 days later when I accidentally touched a button & received half of a fax. So we tried again. And again, we couldn't receive the faxes they kept sending & re-sending. Of course, again, 3 days later we accidentally touched something and received most of the fax. I usually do fairly well with machines. But it does help to have a schematic, or instructions of some sort, right at first.

Still haven't found the Manual that went to oblivion, tho. This is a recurring scene with me. --- Things disappearing. I was so worried at one point that I told two of my Doctors. I was put through the 'Regimen' for Alzheimer's with both Doctors and aced them both. But knowing things, is different than not realizing that something is in my hand and putting the items down unknowingly. And then later putting something else down on top of the first item, hiding it quite successfuly.

I have four Daughters, twenty Grand and Great-Grand Children & their Spouses. My Husband has never had Children. We do have an "Only Child" tho, that happens to be a little yellow Cockatiel who knows that he is the Boss of the house, and us. Sunny really 'Rules the Roost,' so to speak, and insists on keeping us in line according to his needs and wants. He has a set routine and expects it be followed faithfully. He idolizes his Daddy, whom he calls "Wheet". I'm called "Sweet Pea", and both of us are called "Baby". He expects to eat breakfast on the table, with his Dad. Also lunch, and dinner with us. He has his own seed & millet, and glass of water, but also eats out of both our plates. We are expected to cut the meat very tiny, for him. Then he has to go to the Office and sit with his Dad at the computer. Then he wants to go to the "Boy's Room" for television with his Dad. He reminds his Dad again in the afternoon, and in the evening, that it is computer time. He is only in his cage if we are going to be gone for a few hours. His room (with his desk, large cage & play-pen on top, is in the corner of his room with the 2 windows) And it is next to the bathroom so he can hear the water running as I'm getting ready to leave. He very sadly & plaintively calls out "Sweet Pea" hoping that I will rescue him from his cage. After a few attempts, it sounds like he is crying as he calls out to me. The little smarty knows that I'll be crying -- and also laughing, because he breaks my heart, but he also is so funny, because he is so darn smart.

We enjoy cruises very much. A great 'get away' to relax & have a good time. My Husband had always "cruised" but I thought trips and vacations were by car, seeing new places. While living in Kuwait, I always took a vacation trip during part of Ramadan Month, renting a car in Cyprus, or sometimes in Europe driving from one Country to another. But now I think cruises are a wonderful alternative. I can hang up my clothes, put the rest in the dresser drawers, and know where everything is. And I know where I will be going for my meals, and also enjoy the great entertainment every night. It is always so interesting meeting new people every trip. I've heard that 'cruising' is cheaper than a Nursing Home. (lots more fun and entertaining, too)
So that is what I hope to do eventually. --- Something to look forward to, in the not so distant future.

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