Friday, October 9, 2015

A Curious Thing

The other day I was listening to a conversation among some women at yoga class.  They were discussing new mattresses and a couple of them were advising the woman who wanted to buy a new mattress to spend a lot of time testing them out.  Stretch out in the store and stay there longer.  If you have a partner, make sure that person is there as well.

This struck me because I had been thinking earlier about the people that bought my house.  They got the building inspection report but they only actually got to see the house once.  I don't know how long they spent looking at it, but they were gone when we went back home after two hours.  That doesn't seem like a lot of time spent for such a major purchase.

I mean we test drive cars.  We test out mattresses.  We try on clothes and walk around in new shoes before we buy.  At least we used to before online shopping.

I saw the condo I am buying and I went back and was there for the building inspection.  I still wish I had taken a tape measure to check out some of my plans for furniture placement.  I am sure there will be surprises, but I do feel as though I have a good idea of what the place will be like.

I hope the new owner here will feel the same way.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Screened Calls

For the past several weeks I have been getting calls from two different numbers with the area code of 213.  Since I don't know anyone in Los Angeles who might need to call me, I have just been ignoring the calls.

The result of that has been an increase in the number of calls.

Three, four, even five calls every day.

I finally smartened up and learned how to block numbers.

There is never a message left from either of these numbers.  That would suggest more urgency to me than the frequency of calls.

Telemarketers must just hate the new phone technologies.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Who Knew?

I was at the market the other day and decided to get some apples.  It is apple season.  When did there get to be so many different kinds of apples? Kiku? Sansa?  I remember the choice between MacIntosh and Red Delicious and waiting for my favorite, Northern Spys, to ripen.  Now you have no idea what you are going to get.

This site has an alphabetical listing of around 600 varieties of apples.  I have to confess I really like the Honeycrisp for eating.  I have not tried them for baking.

I like to stop at the Middlebury Co-op when I am passing through on the way to see the grand kids.  They have a variety of apples from local growers and they have trays of samples so you can try before you buy.


I was on my way to get a haircut this afternoon and a car pulled out in front of me while I was stopped at a red light.  The sign on the side of the car advertised "Reptile Children's Parties."  That's a thing?  How much of a call can there be for repitile themed children's parties?  I mean, I am sure there is some, but to make it your business focus?  Well, I think it is kind of creepy.


The yoga instructor today started class with an explanation that fall, in auyervedic theory, is the time of the vata dosha, which makes us feel that life is too hectic, that there isn't enough time in the day.  Ha! And I was thinking it was the stress of moving.

It makes a certain amount of sense--the days are getting shorter.  After the long days of summer, it certainly feels like there is less time.  It's not even 8 p.m. as I write and it is pitch black dark. Pretty soon it will be this dark by five.  There is no ambient light in the country.  When it is dark, it feels like bed time.


I read the blog Times Goes By and one of my favorite features is the Interesting Stuff that appears on Saturdays.  In last Saturday's post, I was especially taken by the innovative use that the Russians have put to the technology of holograms. Sure, I know they are Godless Communists, but let's face it:
           U.S. -- amusement rides at Disney World

           Russia -- protecting the disabled

So I am going to choose to believe that U.S. citizens are so compliant with maintaining reserved parking spaces that we don't need to stoop to such theatrics.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

What I Will Miss

I took some pictures on my walk today and thought about the things I will miss once the move is complete.

I will miss my home of the past 22 years.

And I will miss quiet walks in the country.

Land in transition.  The forest is marching its merry way into the meadows.

But there is still meadow.
This is the view of my house from the hill behind it.  The fall colors are unusually muted for this time of year.  I had to look down to see some pretty leaves.

I may be moving into town, but I will still be in Vermont after all.  These scenes are never far away and always easy to find.

But I will miss my house...just not taking care of it by myself.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I Forgot

I hope that I am just tired and somewhat stressed over the whole selling/moving thing.  I am wearing myself out with going downstairs to get something, having to go back upstairs to remember what it was I wanted, going down again to get whatever it was, and then going back up to use it.

I am running out of patience with my lack of focus.  I was glad to come across this information:

Keeping Your Memory Sharp

People with some forgetfulness can use a variety of techniques that may help them stay healthy and maintain their memory and mental skills. Here are some tips:

Plan tasks, make “to do” lists, and use memory aids like notes and calendars. Some people find they remember things better if they mentally connect them to other meaningful things, such as a familiar name, song, book, or TV show.

Develop interests or hobbies and stay involved in activities that can help both the mind and body.

Engage in physical activity and exercise. Several studies have associated exercise (such as walking) with better brain function, although more research is needed to say for sure whether exercise can help to maintain brain function or prevent or delay symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

Limit alcohol use. Although some studies suggest that moderate alcohol use has health benefits, heavy or binge drinking over time can cause memory loss and permanent brain damage.

Find activities, such as exercise or a hobby, to relieve feelings of stress, anxiety, or depression. If these feelings last for a long time, talk with your doctor.

I know that there are some of you out there who could remind me that my memory was never a strong point.  Keep it to yourselves!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Failing Fall

This was the weekend of the annual Harvest Festival in town--also the Burlington Book Fair.  The Harvest Festival is usually a big draw for tourists and usually the fall color is doing its best to give us picture postcards of small town New England.

This year the weather has been much warmer for longer than usual.  They are saying that has delayed the fall leaf turning.

Not much in the way of real fall color here...

but there is a clear blue sky!

I baked a pie, but it was a blueberry pie, not an apple pie, as is my usual autumn ritual to mark the passing of the seasons.

In keeping with the failing of fall theme, this was a very soupy pie although it tastes like blueberries.

I was undaunted and tried a creative recipe for Saturday night dinner--a pizza crust made with cauliflower, egg, and parmesan cheese.  It wasn't exactly pizza, but it was not bad.  My son did say that had I put pepperoni and sausage on top, no one would know the crust was cauliflower.  This, however, was a completely vegetarian version with tomato, yellow peppers, onion, and black olives.
I will make it again--saving it for the Meatless Monday rotation.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Packing Up

Have I mentioned that I will be moving?  The closing on my house will be October 30 in the morning and then the closing on the condo I am buying will be that afternoon.  I am not exactly sure how the moving piece is gonna work out but I know that I have to say good-bye to loads of stuff.

Here I am saying goodbye to my craft room.
I should probably write an article about downsizing when I am through with this cause I am pretty sure I am going to be learning it the hard way.