Monday, February 22, 2021

Good Morning

Walter loves his little bed.
It is a flexible crate lined with a crate bed,
and then two very fluffy throws inside,
bought just for him.
Since it is near the garage door which is drafty
because of doggie door I threw
 a double layer of a throw over top to keep cozy, 
and a rug beneath because of tile floors.
90% of the time he naps with me on the couch under my covers 
tucked in behind my knees, but now and again
he retreats into here, and ALWAYS does if caught being naughty.

Just like me he is slow to rise from a nap.
He cracks me up. There were maybe an additional
four or five yawns in there I did not show.

Then he's out like a shot and does not slow down
 until the next nap or bedtime.

Still no side effects from shot other than being tired 
the next day. Back to normal yesterday,
 which means normal tired from lack of sleep,
always an issue.



Sunday, February 21, 2021

#1 In The Bag /In the Arm

On Thursday Morning, the State of NV

 announces that as of that morning

 65 and over are now eligible for vaccine! Woot!

This begins a long two long days of registering

on multiple sites to be called for appt and 

refreshing a dozen other sites all day trying to 

snag an appt. 

By Friday night my frustration level was

in full bloom and I decided to bag it in and

watch some tv.

About 10 minutes before 9pm, I suddenly thought

go to Walgreens (across the street from me).

I get these "premonition" moments a lot in my life

and I've learned to go with them.

I thought, it's 1 hour till the pharmacy closes,

maybe they have leftovers, or at least they can help me 

to stop being kicked off the sign up list.

I walked straight to the back corner,

 asked if there was a trick to the site and a gal in the back

says we have one left, you want it?


By 10 I had it, and was back home.

Son and Daughter in law also got one Friday through

a test run with Govt and National Guard in CA - open to all ages.

My arm is just a tiny bit sore at the site, no other side effects, 

but the kids got bad headaches and very sore arms.

If all continues to go well, I can see my family or 1/2 of them in April.

 A tiny peek back into normalcy.

The upsetting thing was the wonderful gal who gave 

me my shot has been vaccinating at long term care facilities all week.

She said 30% of the employees were refusing the shot.


I read that 30% refusal, denial, is for the population in general.

Also many teachers demanding to be vaccinated,

while still many others are refusing.

All the misinformation and fear is going to drag this out

for years while the variants continue to mutate.

500,000 dead, in 1 year, in one country, 

and still some folks say it's just a bad cold.

If this disease caused oral, nasal and anal bleeding like ebola

would folks still say it's just another flu or would they be demanding

help? That number, half a million, has become so large, over so much time 

that people have become numb to it.

Not to me

I am grateful that science and medicine and Drs

are doing everything they can to save my life and

the lives of my loved ones. I pray that all people, in all countries,

are given the opportunity to continue living.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Still Here - Still An Old Grey (white) Mare

I've been missing in action since just before Christmas.
Not for any negative reason, just busy with my home
and sewing-crafting, planning, reading and 
if I'm honest - and friends will tell you I can
be brutally honest,
I just wanted a break from social media.

No that I do much to begin with, 
but I found myself following 
too many folks on IG and since I never cared
about the numbers I began deleting in mass.
I still have more to go.

I do follow several influencers but they are mostly 
food related, diy'ers or folks who I have actual long term
connections to thru blogging so many years.
I also now skip over any of their promotional content, 
as at my age, I know what works for me, and what I like
in makeup, deodorant, vitamins and food service etc.
I look at around 10 each morning and that's enough,
done in less than 15 minutes.

Do not get me started on my opinions of social media,
the good, the bad, and the ugly.
This blog was always intended as my personal journal
and the fact that some of you came along was
added blessings, and I am ever thankful, as I
followed you in turn and we've become friends.

I'm reading like a mad woman again, 
a book a day usually,
writing stories for StoryWorth, a gift from son Ben,
and futzing around the house with repairs and updates.
Changed out guest room decor, 
and lots in the master and I'm liking it.
Painting some furniture and canvases and plotting
spring and summer outdoor plans.
Will show soon.
In case you are wondering all plans to move
are on indefinite hold. Just can't swing the financials.
Disappointing but still glad I purged.
I do a little purging still each week.

A couple peeks of room changes

new bedding master

new queen for guest room

Also let my hair color just grow on out as you can see.
This is since mid last February, luckily my hair grows
fast and at first it weirded me out but I've gotten to like it.

The underneath hair is almost solid white but it was
shorter to begin with. When I pin up, which I do often,
 very little of the old color shows.
I also love the cost savings. $1500 so far.
Once the grey hits my shoulders all over, I will trim
 and then hopefully one more a few months later 
and I will be predominately an old white mare.

Talked to my hairdresser today and she said
"Why did we ever color and cut it? I love it this way."
My kids and pals seem to also.

It's been a long year without my kids.
I made the decision for the kids to stay home for Christmas.
The sacrifices they were willing to make
made me feel guilty so I kabashed the whole plan,
and we did a great zoom holiday instead.
But then I had to ship everything to them,
which would have been free if I had known.

It's been an entire year alone inside my home with Walter.
Yep 365 days and nights-who would have imagined?
It's been difficult in a few ways, but also Ok with my crazy
weirdo making me laugh each day.
You really should check him out on IG if you haven't already.
Hannah says repeatedly
"What a weirdo"

Waiting for vaccine- praying for, though unlikely conviction of #45,
with additional convictions of state crimes by him, cronies and offspring,
and praying that the supposed 30% will change their minds,
  do the right thing, and be vaccinated.

Stay safe Stay well

With love



Wednesday, December 23, 2020

History Of Swear Words

Offical Trailer 

Nicolas Cage


Netflix January 5

Ben was very involved in the development

and is a credited producer on this series.

Hannah was an art coordinator.

These two fill my heart with

joy daily.

and for some inside fun:

In the trailer the name tag is slapped onto

Hannah's "boob" as she puts it;

 and the hand holding the banana at the end of 

the Nicolas reel is again Hannah's.

Now and again they get to work on projects 

together and that makes mama very happy.

For Hannah's B-day

her beau Tom woke her up to this surprise.

I'd make him wear it everyday, wouldn't you? 

She is HUGE Outlander fan

C'mon that is so cool!

She and her writing partner Jenny now have an agent!
They've also taken "meetings" with production companies.
Their writing style is hard to explain but 
perhaps this photo they did helps.

The creative Rennie/Stoddard gene
has strongly run it's course through our kids.

Christmas will be a solitary affair 
but thank heaven for Zoom. 
I am comforted by the lives well lived
and the love given by my children
and their chosen loves.

Just added these:

Hannah's posts from her IG feed

Saturday, December 19, 2020

My Girl

 My Girl

is 30

My Darling Daughter

My heart is full

Monday, December 7, 2020

Z's Christmas 2020

Still playing here and there as I come across small items
 I find while combining/purging bins and boxes in storage.

Each year the sun porch gets a little more color at Christmas.
It's good to change things up now and again.

Added a funky tree with ornaments from our old family tree.
Such fun to see them again after many years without.
Shed a few tears with the memories.

My live Norfolk loves this sunny spot.
This year I brought out my prized vintage quilt by my Grandma.
Hand pieced and quilted and it's in perfect condition.
I had to find a spot out of direct light, which isn't
easy in a room that is mostly windows.

Not filling stockings this year but added for color anyway

Walter prefers a sun nap also

First he pulled his bedding out of his crate, played with it awhile
and then fell asleep under it. Such a weirdo
Notice the kitchen floor strewn with toys and such.
It's like having a toddler in the house again.

So many folks in such dire straits.
Not that I don't have some issues during 11 months of isolation,
but I count my blessings and give thanks for them 
every day, as so far, I am safe.

I have friends, neighbors and kids who have helped out
this year in many ways and I am ever so grateful.
Many seniors are not so lucky.
Being health compromised any trip out is dangerous,
in my case, life threatening.

If you know of any folks alone in your neighborhood,
in your world, please reach out. A trip to a store that won't deliver,
or a trip to a store so they don't have to pay delivery charges.
Sure many deliver free after 35.00
but what if all you need is packing tape without
the 13.00 a month for subscription delivery.
Believe me, to many seniors, 13.00 breaks the budget.

I refused all help for many months, but
folks kept asking anyway knowing my pride was 
answering and finally I did accept help.
I have a neighbor who brings my trash bins
 up my downhill driveway after they are emptied.
She puts them right up against my garage door
for easy access.
I can roll them downhill fairly easily but 
she realized the reverse was an issue.
She walks every day around our island,
and just started doing it. Bless her.

I pray all of you are doing well
and making good choices during a time when 
choices are more complicated.
Stay safe stay well



Friday, November 20, 2020

Z's Christmas

This is a repeat for those who follow
oldgreymare on Instagram.
Not yet following?

I'm still tucking in greens, adding lights,
just poking along at my leisure.
It really is the easiest and simplest 
way to decorate.

See the last photo for my garage system.
Long long long before Home Edit I have 
shown folks how to organize,
 and without having to spend $$$$$$
on fancy containers.Though they do look 
pretty if you can afford.


Monday, November 16, 2020

Z's Christmas

Photos from the porch

Working my way from back to front
Downstairs to upstairs

Pinecones, bottle brush and greenery 
make it all so fast and easy.

Have any of you begun?