Thursday, August 15, 2013

I love my iPhone

 Um - originally, this was supposed to be a strictly art related blog. hahahahaha - so much for that.  Art and life are one -- although, since I haven't done any art lately I am beginning to wonder what is happening with my life. Ah, well. I have decided not to worry about it.  I have not been in the studio, have no idea what I am going to do next (besides revise my color class) and you know what? it's ok.  Life is too short.

This is a non-sequitor.  Who out there does not love his/her iPhone?    Pretty much forced into buying one several  years ago (2009?) in Houston, when I lost my charger (or rather, couldn't find it) on a trip -- it was the least expensive alternative at the AT&T store in Houston (my flip phone was so old they didn't make a charger for it any more, OF COURSE) -- I bought the iPhone 3, kicking and screaming, for $99.  After my husband died in 2011, I traded it for an iPhone 4, which I still have.  No need for Siri or a higher resolution camera - I am happy.  Not ready to trade up at this point, but you never know. I am rather wedded to the charger for my old iPhone and highly resent having to deal with the new one. Bah!

Last weekend at the farmer's market I spotted this odd looking vegetable. I forget what it was, but it doesn't matter because I didn't buy it.  Can anybody identify this?

Ok, now that I am past that -- on to this week.  I have been walking every day - sometimes more, sometimes less.  Watching what I eat (except today and I don't care) and we shall see whether I become 20 years younger and svelter in a few months.  Do not hold your breath, o dear readers.  I am not holding mine.  But exercise can't hurt.

Today started as an ordinary day.  Paid bills,went for a walk around the complex that burned enough calories for me to have a Ritz cracker and still come out even;spent 2 hours sorting out my mother's financial mess. As I was almost home, my daughter Hilary called to say she was at her friend (since 3rd grade) Jen's house and they invited me over to hang out in the driveway in lawn chairs. Since I hadn't seen Jennifer in a couple of decades, I hightailed it over there.  Meantime, Jennifer called her parents, whom I haven't seen in even longer and they came over to see me.
We sat in the drieway drinking Prosecco to celebrate, and had the best time!! 

Ya know - there are some people that it doesn't matter how many years go by, you pick up where you left off and it is wonderful.  Here we are in Jennifer's driveway, having the best time!  Jennifer's father took the photo.

l-R Lois (Jennifer's' mother), Jennifer, my daughter Hilary (in sunglasses)and her mother.  cheers!  It was great, even though I didn't have my makeup on and was slouching.
So now, here I am at home, late - awake, happy, relaxed, and looking forward to the weekend and whatever it will bring.  Tomorrow, another day at home dealing with THE STUFF, packing for my trip to San Francisco (yay!) and hoping the cool/dry/perfect walking weather will hold.  I love the tank of autumn in the air while the trees are still green.  Do you?

16 comments:

deanna7trees said...

always enjoy your stories. and what a nice get together. that vegetable looks like a cucumber grown on another planet.

Rayna said...

I remember now, it is bitter melon.

Julie said...

Prosecco with friends sounds the best! Guess what! I just bought an iPhone4 yesterday :-) I've not had one before so I'm excited and enjoying it even though it's not the latest style. Who cares?!

Eva said...

Imagine: I don't have a smart phone... If I go somewhere (by train or bus because I don't have a drivers licence either and can't drive), I take a screenshot of the google map with my little camera along with me. Such wonders are possible in old Europe.
You look swell as ever! Yes, isn't it a great relief when the heat is over? I enjoy that, too.

Eva said...

That vegetable ignites my phantasy. Did it move? Squirm?

Lori R said...

I love what you said about those old friends that, no matter how much time has past, seem like you just saw them yesterday. I recently saw the guy who was our best man (and my husband was his) after probably 25 years. We had the most FABULOUS evening visiting and eating out and driving around in our old college town!!! Lori in Washington, NC.

Edith Bieri-Hanselmann said...

You are doing the right things and this season is my beloved one, not yet autumn and the hot days of summer are over.
grettings from Switzerland
Edith

tiedyejudy said...

Don't have... or want... a smart phone. I have a tracfone for emergencies, and it rarely gets used! But I use my land line to stay in touch with good friends, as well as e-mail - my fave form of communication. As for art, sometimes it has to take a back burner to life's tasks, but for me at least, it has always been there waiting for me to come back. I hope you have a wonderful trip to SF... my recollection is that August is the best month, weather-wise. The rest of the year, you can keep IMHO! Enjoy...

Printmaking by the Ocean said...

Loved your post, Rayna, and I'm thoroughly enjoying your perspective on life! As for the produce--it looks like a pointy version of a pickling cucumber to me.

Judy said...

What a great afternoon you had! BRRR: it looks a bit chilly there too, as both of you 'Moms' have on long sleeves! It is very chilly here for Georgia in mid August!

I love my iPhone too! A new version comes out soon, and I don't know that I 'need' an upgrade. I just got a new car and I love how my phone and my car get along! ;-)

xxoo - and thanks for being there! I love you!

Connie Rose said...

A driveway party must be related to a tailgate party, right? LOL. Looks like you had a merry time! Have a great weekend. xo

GerryART said...

Are you kidding. If this isn't Autumn I do know what Autumn is.
Our coolest, wettest summer (June, July, August) in a very, very long time.

I'm getting out my hand-knits.

Have a wonderful trip out West.

Hugs,
Gerry

Sandy said...

You've hit on a nest of newly hatched baby dragons! I bet they will be sold on the black market to a Chinese restaurant- gotta get them while they are still tender and their scales come in.

patty a. said...

This post was interesting! I don't have an iphone - I have the free one they give you that does nothing. I decorated mine with rhinestones.
Walking is good! I just got a wake up call last week. My dad was in the hospital (nothing life threating) and could hardly move - no strength left! I need to turn some of this flab back into muscle while I still can. I don't want to end up a lump! So I am with you on the exercise!

Autumn would be perfect if it still stayed lighter in the evenings! When it get dark so early and the sun doesn't come up until later, it bums me out. I need to move closer to the equator!

Natalya Aikens said...

yes I LOVE my iPhone! and those are bitter melons that I just met at a farmers market in NC and was too afraid to try...

RHome410 said...

I'm about to give in and get an iPhone, which will be my first smart phone. My son has a 5 and my daughter has a 4, and the 5 works better in our area for reception, so I'm waiting til the 5S comes out and the 5's price drops. :-)

I had the opportunity to spend time with my college roommate this summer... after not seeing her for 22 yrs. We talked as easily as if no time had passed. Love it when that happens!

Bitter melons look scary, and their name doesn't exactly conjure up a huge desire to try one!