12 August 2019

End of summer--almost

Schools here in the Chicago burbs will open week after next and then my husband and I will return home.  We have had lovely weather and have had a relaxing time.  I got to read oh so many books from the library here, (my daughter-in-law and grandkids are regular library visitors) and from my DIL's extensive collection of books.
But of course there have been horrific happenings in other parts of the US, which we have watched on the news and has made us somewhat scared to go to big gatherings. 
Anyway, we helped with looking after our grandkids and now they will go back to school and so will not need someone at home all the time and so we return the day after school reopens. 
I will probably post pictures of nature from close up that I love to watch, in my other blog Beauty around me. 

03 August 2019

It is getting really quite crazy how so much of the stats on this blog is coming from Russia.  Should I worry I wonder.  At this rate I may become a conspiracy theorist!!!

22 July 2019


So, I am in the US of A and enjoying the mostly balmy summer.  We have been here almost 3 weeks now.  
What I am particularly enjoying is the bird feeder in my son's garden.  There have been many birds visiting, though a large number of them have been sparrows.  But I have been using various tools online to identify the birds I get to see.  
It is also great to go for a walk around the lovely little lake near where I am staying.  There are the usual wild ducks, Canadian geese and sea gulls.  But there are many birds around.  I have also spied a lone hare, who seems to have a residence quite close to the house where we are staying.  He is usually in and around the same place when I go walking in the evening.
I am enjoying the company of my grandkids too.  I do hope they are enjoying themselves a bit too.
Will post pictures by and by.

05 June 2019

Interesting or disturbing fact?

I have been looking at the stats on my blog--provided by Google--which tells you which posts have been seen recently and from where, and consistently, for the past so many months, the country from which the maximum hits for the blog have come is from Russia, with a few from Ukraine.  Now I call that particularly strange, as I know nobody in Russia, not even one blog friend either.  So what do I make of it?  Should I hide my blog or something?  What are they looking for on my blog?  Anyone of you, any ideas/answers?

18 May 2019

Today, the 17th of May, was my mother's birthday.  She passed away a few months before her 90th birthday.  She would have been 101 today.  I miss her when I hear music she would sing, or when I find old movies online, which she loved and had told us about, or when I suddenly can't remember all the words of a song she sang.  But I know for sure, she would not have wanted to live till a 101.  She waited till my father passed away, more so as he had senile dementia in the last few years of his life, and she felt she had to be there for him and then was more than ready to go.  She lived only nine and a half months after my father's death and she went in a flash, the way she had wanted to go.  I guess she must have all the music she wants where she's now.

11 April 2019

Word pictures

Came across these sentences in an old book of mine.  Each one gave me goose bumps.

  1. 'The rain kept tapping with a million nervous fingers.'
  2. 'Sheet lightning was dancing on the horizon to a broken tune played by far-off thunder.'
  3. 'Dawn was beginning to prowl about the sky and put out the stars.'
  4. 'The ancient wilderness dreamed, stretched itself all open to the sun, and seemed to sigh with immeasurable content.'
  5. 'The sea listlessly turned over page after page of its endless book upon the sand.'

Which of them appeals to you most?

10 April 2019

I have been noticing that blog posts, in these times of all the other social media, don't seem to be getting any comments.  I have been looking over other blogs too.  I guess, if like Instagram and Facebook, there was a 'like' button, maybe folks would use that.  It has become much easier to use like buttons, and or emojis and I am just as guilty.  But sometimes I yearn for a meaty comment.