Jul 232014
 

we have lost a beloved

oklahoma boy.

.

james garner

1928 ~ 2014

.

he’s from my city.

norman oklahoma.

.

in a shaded little park

there is a memorial staute to him.

the statue is of him as

‘ maverick ‘

.

a popular role that endeared him to thousands

of fans of the tongue in cheek western.

.

sorry.

such poor picture quality of such a beautiful man.

.

today the statute of jim as maverick  has flowers around it.

to mourn his passing.

staute maverick

.

this picture was taken when the news was first heard

of his death in his home in california a few days ago.

there are many many flowers there now.

.

he was well loved in his home town.

he never ‘ outgrew ‘ his sense of friends and home.

he came back often.  his brother jack was here then.

.

and

he never played the

STAR.

.

though he definitely was one.

one unique

in that he easily moved back and forth from

the big movie screen roles

to the small tv screen series

with equal ease

always.

.

remember

rockford files ?

.

long running

.

.

he was nominated for an academy award for his role

in

murphy’s romance

with sally field.

.

.

he starred in two wonderful romantic comedies with

his dear friend

doris day.

.

‘ the thrill of it all ‘

james and doris thrill of it all

.

and

‘ move over darling ‘

.

doris and james

she said in an interview recently

that they talk on the phone together

every day and have for years.

a friendship that lasted through all that time.

.

jim is also unique in hollywood in that he was

a loving husband to his wife lois

for 60 years until his death this week.

.

an amazing record in the film industry!

they have two daughters.

.

here he is with gigi.

.

.

and making faces with daddy

.

.

he served in the korean war and was recipient of

two purple hearts.

.

he made over 50 feature films.

westerns

war films

romantic comedies

dramatic roles

action films

.

he did it all.

and he never thought of himself as a movie star.

he said he was just making a living.

.

james garner was

.

a gentleman.

witty.

warm.

funny.

.

he did most of his own stunts always

and later paid the price in knee problems.

.

he did his own driving in

‘ grand prix ‘

.

.

his first leading ladies on the big screen

were

audrey hepburn and shirley maclaine.

.

not bad for a start!

.

i read an article once that asked different actresses

a rather personal question.

the question was . . .

” who is the best kisser you’ve ever worked with?”

most of them hemmed and hawed . . .  dodging the question.

.

three of them answered outright without hesitation.

” james garner “

.

those three were

julie andrews

sally field

and

doris day

.

LOLOL.

i’m sure he would just love me putting that in this homage to him.

.

he was not a braggart type of man.

.

he never forgot his humble beginnings.

.

he was good friends with clint eastwood.

thus . . .

later in his career was convinced by clint to co~star in

‘ space cowboys ‘

.

i still enjoy his movies with doris.

but

i think my two favorites are

his own favorite . . .

‘ the americanization of emily ‘

with julie andrews

.

and

the fabulous hilarious

.

.

‘ victor victoria ‘

also with julie.

.

.

he plays a gangster and she  . . .

well.  if you haven’t seen it . . .

i don’t want to spoil it for you.

you just should see it old bean!

.

it’s set in paris.

and i love jazz.

.

and i love to laugh.

 .

and i love those two together

.

so !

james and victor

.

the two of them also did a charming christmas special for tv.

i own the dvd and watch it every year at christmas time.

‘ one special night ‘

.

one day once upon a time . . .

in another lifetime now . . .

my own beloved oklahoma boy . . .

my bob . . .

well.

i’ll start at the beginning.

.

every day of our lives together

my bob

called me at lunch time.

he just always did from the very beginning.

he never missed.

.

i answered the phone this one day.

he always said the same thing in greeting . . .

” hi good lookin’.  how’s my girl? “

.

we had a code too.

if i was ever held at knife or gunpoint or in danger

i was supposed to say

” oh hello george!”

.

LOLOLOL.

i never had to use our code thank god.

.

anyhow.

this one day he called . . . and after his usual greeting . . .

.

” you’ll never guess who i had breakfast with this morning! “

.

i couldn’t guess. i hate guessing.

.

” well.  i had some plans to go over

and so i was sitting in a booth at howard johnson’s having coffee.

and in walks jack bumgarner and asks if he can join me. “

.

( bob knew jack bumgarner from living here his whole life )

.

” jack said he was waiting for jim to join him.”

.

and just a little later . . . in walks

james garner.

.

bob knew jack but had never met james.

.

so.

my husband bob spent the whole morning

laughing and talking and enjoying breakfast with one of my

 MY MOST FAVORITIST

movie stars !

.

and never once called to see if i wanted to join them !!!!

.

well.

of course he couldn’t have done that.

.

you and i both know that now.

.

but . . . at the time

and at my young age . . .

i sorta kinda thought he should have!

.

i’m sure if he had . . . at the time . . .

james garner would have been just as nice and sweet about it

as i loudly told my husband he would have been !

.

my bob was almost every bit as handsome as mr garner.

and my bob

was definitely all man.

but he also did say this.

.

” my god. i see why women fall all over him.

he’s the best looking guy i’ve ever seen.  amazing really. “

.

he also said

” he’s a really funny guy.  got some great stories. “

.

” you’d never know he’s a movie star. “

.

and the cutest i thought . . . was . . .

.

” PLUS!  we got GREAT SERVICE !!! “

.

LOLOL.

.

you’ll be missed james garner.

you were

quality.

.

rare these days.

and so much the more appreciated.

.

rest in peace beloved oklahoma boy.

.

86 years of a wonderful life.

.

til soon old bean.

til soon.

Jul 212014
 

 

 

 

” nope.

i didn’t eat those cookies.

.

i’ve been here taking a nap

the whole time. “

.

doxie puppy

.

hope you have a great week.

and

don’t forget

take time to eat some cookies!

.

LOL.

.

til soon.

til soon old bean!

.

this post is dedicated to my little friend

papito.

.

he’s on a diet.

and he doesn’t like it.

Jul 182014
 

 

 if the fog

comes in on little cat feet

.

cat in foglatterdaylearning.org

.

then

.

summer

.

 

summer comes in

like young girls in white dresses

.

In the Garden

artist richard emil miller

.

seriously?

.

if i had to dress like that in our heat . . .

well.

the word

swoon

comes to mind.

.

or passing right out

flat

 like a panting lizard

on the desert sand !!!

.

LOLOL.

.

sorry old bean.

and this started off so romantically~like and lovely.

.

but

        well . . .

.

alas

alack

and as it were !

.

to me there is just nothing romantic

or lovely

about

sweat.

.

or

perspiring.

.

or even

glowing

.

my problem is . . .

i don’t perspire and sweat and glow all that much.

.

therefore i stand a better chance of

dehydration

and

heat stroke!!!

.

i know we all love summer !

but

i find most of you who

REALLY

love summer

are those of you who live in

moderate to cooler climates.

.

summer here

is like when you

have

40 below zero winters there !

LOLOL.

.

but

HEY.

i’m not complaining.

.

i watched while so many of you suffered through

what turned out to be one of the

longest

coldest

wettest

is that a word?  it just doesn’t look right does it?

snowiest

winters

on record!!!

.

i thought it would never end for you.

i actually found myself feeling ashamed

that we were so mild and dry.

well.

dry

is always the key word here.

DRY AS A BONE

i believe they call us.

.

so

you go right ahead and enjoy those

wonderful summer days old bean.

the hotter the better for you i say!

.

and i will languish here

in my air conditioned luxury . . .

enjoying

quiet indoor days with books

and the BBC

and refreshing cool beverages . . .

and

maybe a fresh fruit smoothie or two.

.

and i’ll simply pretend

i’m having it in a luscious summer garden

like in the french country cottage blog

.

summer in a glass

her beautiful table settings under huge shade trees

look so inviting.

.

i want to don that glorious off the shoulder

summer edwardian~age

sheer white dress

.

and linger over that fresh fruit smoothie

and pleasantly

GLOW

doncha know!

.

I DO old bean.

.

but . . .

instead . . .

i cannot tell a lie.

.

i simply hibernate here

until the hottest part of this season is over.

.

and that sometimes lately has been

somewhere around the middle of november.

LOLOL !!!

.

but

let not your heart be troubled for moi.

.

that doesn’t stop me from

loving the glimpses of summer.

.

beautiful images

like

these

.

beach umbrella paintingartist kathleen denis

.

beaches

.

whether in paintings or in my own memories

.

the bahamas  in 1981

.

at bahamasthe-bahamas.net

.

or a beloved favorite picture

from my childhood

that always hung in my room.

.

because

i have always loved the sea.

and gram said the little girl looked just like me.

.

remember those

HUGE awful bows?

LOL.

.

little dropsartist jessie willcox smith

.

and

oh

to have the chance

to get up close and personal

with one of the

tiny jewels of summer

.

more precious than all the precious stones

in all the world

.

hummingbirdtrousersintartan.com

.

these are summer treasures

right along with the

heat

and

humidity!

.

but

LO !

guess what ?

forthwith!

.

our little dry hot southwestern central state

has had two

UNBELIEVABLE

days of

cloudy.

rainy.

then

misty

COOLNESS!

YES!

it has!

.

i have my big window open as i’m writing this

and the most heavenly light cool breeze is blowing into the room

here at the little wren house.

.

the temperature yesterday

shattered all records

it never got

higher than  68 degrees.  (20 celsius)

and today

the high is about 70.

IN JULY for pete’s sake!!!

unheard of!

.

all next week of course it is to be about 100 again.

(37.7778 celsius)

.

so

i am lovin’ this record breakin’ cool summer day!

YAY!!!

.

we can go back to glowing next week old bean.

remember your sun screen.

.

til soon.

til soon old bean!

Jul 112014
 

 

 

 

 

SHAME

on you

JAPAN

.

 

japan flag

.

SHAME ON YOU

AMERICAN

NAVY TESTING

.

for good

.

what a travesty.

a global force for good?

.

bear with me here.

and please . . .

read on.

.

the peanut is not a political place.

.

i do not subscribe to the world of

ists

or

isms.

.

i am simply a person who reveres

ALL LIFE.

human

and

otherwise.

.

i hate the blatant and cruel and self serving world

of

POLITICS.

and

 HUGE CORPORATIONS

.

it’s all about money and power and greed

isn’t it.

.

the integrity of the world community

is

GONE.

.

indeed.

 even if it was ever there.

.

this morning i visited my dear friend’s site.

VICKIE

her blog is on my side bar of friends.

home in a heart beat

i read it

and was so touched and emboldened to do

something

anything

.

that i found myself writing my own post on it here too.

.

the post of Vickie’s that i hope you read

is titled

.

extinction is forever

.

posted  july 11, 2014

.

http://homeinaheartbeat.blogspot.com.au/

.

again. so irritating.

 i cannot get that address to turn blue so you can easily access it.

don’t know why!

but you can click on her site on my side bar very easily.

.

i urge anyone reading the peanut to just that.

it is a tour de force.

a magnificent post about something

so important

and so relevant

to

all of us

that it bears reading and passing on.

.

it’s

IMPORTANT.

.

and if we

as the little people of this world who

still

CARE

about important things

.

IF

 we each spread the word to our fellow men and women

.

and let our own leaders know how we feel about it

and

if we support the courage

that is being shown by those who don’t just

talk

but are

out

there

in the front lines

on those

SEAS

.

well

maybe

just maybe

 we can make a difference.

.

here’s something worth thinking about.

.

if somebody hadn’t cared enough

there would still be terrible slavery.

even worse than there is now in so many other places.

and

there would still be the viet nam war going on.

the people helped to end that.

we.

the little people.

we really did.

.

SO

.

in this current issue . . .

we have to hope we can make a difference.

because folks . . .

if we can’t . . .

.

and they

yes

THEY

who are intent upon destroying our oceans

and the balance of life in our oceans

.

they

will lose.

because they are part of us.

and

WE

will lose.

.

without the oceans and the delicate balance therein

we

ALL LOSE.

all over this world.

.

according to official naval reports

American Navy sonar testing will be taking place

from 2014 through 2019.

it has already killed whales and dolphins in the thousands.

.

you say . . .

” why should i be interested in that? “

.

according to the navy itself . . .

this testing in the

atlantic oceans

pacific oceans

gulf of mexico

will result in even more

 thousands upon thousands of deaths

of whales and dolphins and sea turtles.

as well as other mammals of the seas.

.

they admit to their own estimate of

well over 138,500

as

conservative.

.

here is what the death

will be like

as reported by a research reporter of

the Scientific American publication . . .

.

There are no noise cancelling head phones to stop the US Navy’s 235 decibel pressure waves of unbearable pinging and metallic shrieking.

At 200 decibels  the vibrations can rupture your lungs and above 210 decibels the lethal noise can bore straight through your brain until it hemorrhages that delicate tissue.

If you’re not deaf after this devasting sonar blast ~ you are dead.

THIS is the real life of marine mammals during this testing.  Marine mammals destroyed by the US NAVY’S all out acoustic war on the WORLD’S oceans.

The collateral damage of this high intensity military sonar is shocking.

But because all these millions of dying whales and dolphins are too often out of sight ~ they are out of mind.

Renowned Orca researcher Ken Balcomb calls it  ” acoustic holocaust. “

The Scientific American publication calls the military sonar  ” a brutal and inhumane death sentence. “

.

here is what I say .  .  .

.

are we that terrified of our fellow man

and of the ‘threat of terrorism’

that we have to

destroy the balance of life and nature

of our own

world’s

     OCEANS ???

.

frankly my dears

it won’t make a damn.

.

because if we

PERSIST

in destroying our oceans at the rate we’re going

with the sheer pollution of the water itself

.

and

 our continent~size swirls of plastic garbage pits now totaling

FIVE

and ever growing

.

and

the hunting  and slaughtering

of particular species to

extinction

or near extinction

.

we will be destroying something necessary to

our own survival

as a species.

.

then

.

we are doomed anyway.

.

we won’t have to blow each other up.

.

FOR GOD’S SAKE!

we must

WAKE UP

.

we very nearly hunted the sea otter into extinction.

AFLO1-00012965-001

courtesy:bbc.uk.co

.

they were hunted to near oblivion.

.

they are only now making a tiny comeback

thanks to dedicated people helping those left.

.

 about 2000 of them

.

their loss is all connected.

it’s the balance disturbed.

.

their own contribution or rather

LOSS

of it

thereby endangers the kelp in the oceans.

.

 sea otters eat urchins

sea urchins

courtesy:nationalgeographic

.

which eat the

kelp . . .

which supply nutrients and oxygen for other species.

.

and without kelp

the other eco systems break down

and create a ‘desert’ in the oceans.

.

IT IS ALL SUCH A PRECIOUS

BALANCE

isn’t it.

.

the majestic and gentle whales

and intelligent and playful dolphins

and little sea otters

and all the other wonderful necessary sea mammals

and fish and life of all kinds

.

ALL

have a place

a VERY IMPORTANT role

in the balance

.

BUT

with the country of

Japan

whale slaughter japan

courtesy:dailmail.co.uk

.

whale blood

.

slaughtering the whales and dolphins

at their own free will by hundreds upon thousands

while the world watches

and

does

NOTHING

.

and with the country of

America

killing them as well . . .

only

with the machinations of

the industrial military complex

and the excessive sonar testing

.

tests sonar

so that they manage to strand on beaches

bleeding from their eyes and mouths

and dying in incredible pain.

.

these gentle

intelligent creatures

deserve more from us.

.

sonar death

.

what in the world are we doing ?

has our hatred and distrust of each other made us

feel we have every right to inflict our

supposed superiority on the rest of the world’s

natural inhabitants?

.

who are we?

that we feel entitled to do this carnage?

.

this is happening on beaches now all over the world.

america is not the only one testing

these terrible weapons.

.

hundreds and hundreds of these wonderful sea animals

are stranding and dying every day.

.

only a few

.

.

not to mention the damage to be done

by the

 HUGE OIL CORPORATIONS

who will now be allowed to detonate seismic air guns

to locate new oil and gas fields in the oceans.

these seismic guns are

to be shot

with massive underwater blasts

EVERY TEN SECONDS

24/7

for

OVER A YEAR!

.

this is to start soon.

permission has already been granted.

.

so add that to the testing done by the Navy

and the slaughter being done by the Japanese and others

and . . .

well . . .

it just goes on and on and on

.

and it won’t stop.

.

we have come into their home

and we are intently destroying

IT

and

THEM.

.

whales

courtesy:imagesdominica.com

.

SO

what can you do?

what can i do?

.

we can support organizations like

THE SEA SHEPHERD

.

you’ll learn about it on Vicki’s site

and the courageous man at its helm.

.

and on my own i have found several petitions to sign.

to protect the whales and the other sea mammals.

they went to the navy and to my own congressmen.

you could do that very same thing.

numbers count.

.

it might not be much you say?

it’s not enough you say?

and it will do no good you say?

what’s the use you say?

.

all i can reply is . . .

it’s the only way i could sleep tonight

 after reading about all this.

.

remember

.

YOU CAN NEVER UN~KNOW IT

ONCE YOU KNOW.

.

you can email

the secretary of defense

with a simple statement

.

please stop the excessive sonar testing by the navy in our oceans.

protect the important sea mammals who are dying by the thousands.

protect the more important balance of nature in our seas.

.

charles.t.hagel.mil@mail.mil

.

i know this was very heavy.

and i’m sorry.

i know i may have lost you.

but my conscience wouldn’t let me not post it.

.

til soon old bean.

til soon!

Jul 092014
 

 

 

 

 

glorious.

nothing short of glorious.

.

lights in rain

5roblane.blogspot.com

.

.

awaking to rain.

cool

calm

soft

rain.

.

i’ve been sitting on my little balcony all morning.

the french door is open.

and the big window.

.

not reading.

not even thinking that much really.

simply

being.

.

listening to the rain.

and the distant thunder.

.

soaking it up like the birds

and the trees

and all the thirsty plants.

.

i love the swishy sound the cars make.

the light reflected in the street below.

.

it’s a day to light the lamp.

.

rainy day lamplight

littleredhouse.blogspot.com

.

it’s a day

to

celebrate!

.

rain in the summer here

is

not.  very.  often.

.

i shall be celebrating by having my favorite lunch!

.

and right now . . .

just tea

in a china cup.

.

tea in the rain

.

ah.

no.

not outside in a little bistro in

my beloved london old bean.

.

alas. alack.

and as it were!

.

just simply here

in my

cozy little

wren house.

.

it’s

enough.

.

tea window

nothingnew

.

my wish for you this day

in the middle

of your busy week . . .

.

is the feeling of my rainy day.

.

and that your own day will hold

a little surprise.

.

for they are the best.

.

til soon old bean!

til soon.

Jul 012014
 

 

 

YUP.

 

tired bassett puppy

.

i cannot tell a lie.

this here is me.

this is

i

.

i’m a tired sick puppy.

still.

.

BUT !

i see a clearing on the horizon.

and

to tell you the truth . . .

.

i’ve missed my peanut and the gang

SO MUCH.

.

i visit here every now and then.

and

      it’s like . . .

.

    let’s see . . .

what is it exactly like?

.

it’s like

when you’ve worked hard and stood on your feet all day maybe

and those poor old feet are tired.

they’re incredibly HOT and TIRED.

.

and

.

and

it’s like you take off your HOT tight shoes . . .

and you

slip your bare feet

into a really OLD pair of sandals or shoes . . .

and

the leather feels

cool

and

smooth

and

soft

.

or . . .

if you’re like me . . .

you wear no shoes at all !!!

.

and your feet suddenly feel

WONDERFUL!

.

and your whole body and mind say

AHHHHH !!!!

.

the cares of the day are left at the door.

.

they’re just not allowed in here!

.

YUP.

that’s exactly how i feel

back here at the

peanut.

.

SO.

i will be seeing you here in early autumn.

OR

really . . .

as soon as i can get my health and vitality back!

.

i swear.

just rather boring right now old bean!

.

but soon on the mend.

.

AND

i’m coming back.

.

back here to my

beloved little

PEANUT ON THE TABLE.

.

the captain tried to tell me.

i never should have left really.

he knows me better than i know myself.

.

i don’t mean to jerk your chain around.

first she goes to a new site . . .

the cozy minimalist

.

now she’s back at the peanut

.

WHAT THE HECK’S WRONG WITH THE WOMAN!!!!

.

well.

all i can say old bean

is

it’s a lady’s prerogative to change her mind!

.

i’m still on sabbatical.

.

still getting over

rather under still

but hopefully

soon over!

the dreaded

bronchitis.

.

and

couldn’t resist mentioning to you

the new plans in the fall . . .

or whenever i feel like bending your ear

HERE !

whichever comes first you know.

.

SO.

coming

HOME.

.

home to

peanut on the table.

.

til soon old bean!

til soon.

Feb 182014
 

a rainy day image

 sometimes.

sometimes we see things through the blurriness of raindrops.

in our lives.

~

i admit.

sometimes i like the raindrops more than i like clear vision.

it makes things easier to take.

~

i still drop by my beloved peanut here.

and it seems that i’m not the only one!

LOLOL.

oh dear old bean . . .

whoever you are . . .

you still are coming to the peanut in droves.

still according to the stats . . .

usually more than 500 per day.

and i’m not even posting here anymore

except for this special one

today.

~

amazing!

is it the same people reading posts over and over?

~

or is it new people who then don’t come by my new little blog?

i am lucky to get about 87 a day there.

~

so.

am stopping by here to ask a favor.

if you never read another post on my new blog . . .

please .

please .

please read this one.

 http://thecozyminimalist.com/2014/02/16/i-heard-a-scream/

~

and for those of you who’ve never visited

the cozy minimalist . . .

it’s about more than minimalism.

it’s about everything i love.

just not so long~winded as the peanut perhaps! LOL.

~

see you there old bean!

see you there!

Dec 302013
 

 

 

 well.

this is slightly embarrassing.

LOLOL.

 

exit

one of the facts of my life.

i can never make a clean exit.

nope.

never could.

and for such a dramatic person too!

the first thing you learn in drama is . . .

make a clean exit.

~

SO.

what am i doing?

well.

when the captain learned of my closing down the peanut

he chewed me out royally.

we knew he would didn’t we!

~

but that is not the reason for this post particularly.

the reason for it is to let you know  . . .

something you already probably knew anyway . . .

~

i love the blogging world and all the richness it has added to my life.

i simply just didn’t want to continue in such a long winded way.

the way i couldn’t seem to break from on the peanut.

~

and i LOVE change.  and NEW endeavors.

so . . .

after new year’s sometime soon . . .

i hope to have up a new little blog.

i’ve named it

~

life beautiful

~

unless somebody takes that name before it gets set up!

as always . . .  the captain will be the host.  and the one who does

the work behind the scenes that technically i have no desire to do.

~

i’m the lazy one who only likes the fun part.

and it will be fun!  at least for me.

and i hope for some of you too.

~

i LOVE change.  and new endeavors.

and every life should have some little new something on the horizon

of a new year!  don’t you think?

it keeps it interesting old bean!

~

so

embarrassing as it is . . .

leaving with such drama only two days ago . . .

the old girl is back.

the stage is dark here and she’s still on it!  LOLOL.

talking away.   good grief charlie brown!

~

the new little blog may not be your cup of tea at all.

it will be totally different i’m thinking.  at least i’m hoping it will.

but i’d be honored

if you’d drop by and check it out old bean.

~

i have no idea how to let you know it’s up.

unless i come back here and leave a message?

the captain will surely know.

as do many of you i’m sure!

~

my first love in this world is beauty.  then simplicity.  then cozy minimalism.

though knowing me . . . you know how i don’t actually like any kind of  ism.

it’s just easier to call it what the world calls it.

~

well.

gotta go now.

yet another EXIT!

but . . .

before i do finally go from here now . . .

thank you from my heart for all the kind comments you left.

it’s a little like getting married then breaking up and

having to give all the gifts back!

embarrassing.  LOL.

~

but that’s nothing new for me.

it seems i’ve spent half my life embarrassed over one thing or another.

usually because i act first and think later!

as in this case.

but life is still so good!

~

SO. . .

til soon old bean.

til soon!

~

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOURS!

and a return to good health for those of us who need it!

SNOOPY HUG old bean.

Dec 282013
 

 

 

it matters not

~

a toast to new year

~

if your glass holds champagne.

~

my own will be holding sparkling white grape juice

and ginger ale!

and it will be in a simple little glass.

~

what matters i’m thinking

is that we toast to this new year when it comes.

it’s fresh.

  and clean.

and waiting.  and almost here!

~

i always want to clear things out about now.

clearing out near the eve of the new year.

both physical things and mental things.

it refreshes my spirit.  my whole self.

it’s been that way for as long as i can remember.

i embrace change.

~

i find i want my clean spare life

to be even cleaner and more spare these days.

~

i suddenly feel a rushing of time somehow.

  and i want to slow it down.

to only hold dear what matters.

to think more about what matters.

to keep what is needed to live a true life.

~

i like that my life is small.

it suits me.

~

i shoo away the monsters in my attic.

the attic of my mind.

~

i feel like the little girl that is still me.

she sees no ill will.

she braves all.

she loves life.

she is shy.

she doesn’t talk when there’s nothing to say.

~

i want to be like her again.

i want to be her again.  and i will.

~

she likes new starts.

she likes the blank white page.

she likes to move furniture around!

~

 old bean.

my toast for you this year is

a  bit o’ the wee.

it’s for . . .

 when new friends meet.

~

 and we have been new friends.

and my life is richer for it too.

~

i have no idea where my childhood friends are

that i sporadically grew up with!

i know many of you far better than i ever knew them.

~

SO.

 until we must toast the black watch   . . .

and i hope it is not this coming year for any of us!   . . .

~

i drink to you old bean.

a bit o’ the wee.

~

to smiles.

and hearts caring.

and

to

peace.

~

and since we are friends

i will share with you here a decision i have made.

and not made lightly.

~

i have decided to take the peanut off the table.

~

i spend far too much time at this computer.

and truth to tell . . . it’s still doctor’s orders to not sit here long.

and yet i’ve sneaked back into the habit.  it’s so addictive!

~

this year of 2013 has been a rugged ride.

i had a few surprises that i think have been meant to maybe

wake me up.

~

so.

i will be making some changes for my health.

i will be spending my time

simply living life more.

~

i need to get out into the fresh air.

to walk as best i can.  to simply move around more.

i’ve got to get my health back.

 and i know all too well that . . .  much as i love it . . .

 sitting here will not do it.

~

i want to read more books instead of the computer.

to cook fresh vegetables

instead of frozen dinners

that are eaten here before this screen!  LOL.

~

i have enjoyed every minute of being with you.

of sharing my silly pontifications with you!

(all of you are so patient about that.  and kind!)

and of sharing my stories with you . . .

my bob . . .  and my past . . .  the funny . . .  the touching . . .

but now it’s the present.

and i want to be in it fully

and in person!

~

i’ll be dropping by your own blogs for sure because

i love them!

i’ll be visiting them all.  only maybe not as often.

and perhaps i won’t make so many comments on them.

i truly feel right now like i’ve said it all.  i do!

~

and i’m very tired of my own voice.

 i am old bean.

~

 i’m not quite sure how it works.

whether the peanut sits here for awhile

or whether it goes out into the ether.

if it sits here . . . and you find you miss me . . .

well . . .  you can always visit the past posts!

every one of them is on the side bar alphabetically by title.

~

actually . . .  come to think of it . . .

i may just pay whatever the fee is to keep it up for awhile.

  i might like to take the time to read back over everything

someday my own self.

i had so much fun doing them!

and the pictures from the web were

always nothing short of spectacular.

there are some very talented people out there.

many of you among them!

alas and as it were!

~

and to you that are really special friends now  . . .

well. you have my email address.

and i have yours.

~

and to my beloved captain.

  to whom i have said nothing about this

for fear he would talk me out of it in his gruff pirate way . . .

i thank you kind sir

for building this perfect little website for me.

it was a total surprise.

a delightful gift.

  and for always helping me with anything at the drop of a hat . . .  thank you.

it has been loads of fun.

  and i’ve met the best people in the world.

my captain included.

so that makes it ALL GOOD.

~

it’s been grand old bean.

it’s been simply grand!

~

sayin’ a hearfelt good bye here.

but i will be seeing you around the web!

~

your comments as always are so welcomed by me.

you know i treasure them.

i’ll put them on this last post but i won’t reply to them.

it would just be too much like pulling off a band aid for me!

feeling tears welling a little even now.

good grief charlie brown.  dragging this out.

enough!

hi

a snoopy hug for you old bean.