Pretty cool…

I am blown away by the fact that I made dinner reservations tonight with my Google Assistant.

Photo by Alex Knight on Pexels.com

I told Google the name of the restaurant, how many people, the date and time.

Google did the rest. I received updates every fifteen minutes informing me that they had not been able to reach the restaurant but would keep trying.

Finally, within an hour, I received an email from Google confirming my reservation.

I was impressed.

Tomorrow night will be the test.

Hopefully everything will go well.

If so, I will feel comfortable using the Google Assistant for other appointments. No more waiting on hold!

Brave new world!

Flowers from a neighbor

A lovely vase of flowers.

A gift from a neighbor

A bit of kindness that made me happy.

Waiting for May

I said no when my dentist first recommended Invisalign.

I balked at the money especially as I thought it was a cosmetic procedure.

Plus, I had a dying daughter-in-law on the other side of the country.

This seemed a luxury I could not afford in time, money or attention.

Besides, I have been blessed with great teeth thanks to my mother’s family.

I have never had a problem. My teeth looked fine.

But as we know, aging brings new challenges.

My teeth were beginning to shift little by little to one side. This meant keeping them clean would be difficult as food would become trapped between the eventual overlapping teeth.

At my last checkup my dentist encouraged me to reconsider the procedure. Now, I have to point out that my dentist does not offer Invisalign. It became a stitch in time and what better time to do this than during a pandemic when I would be homebound?

So in October, I had my first set of trays which I needed to wear 22 hours everyday. I had to take them out before each meal and brush my teeth afterwards. I could only drink plain water with the trays in my mouth.

That doesnt’ sound so hard, does it? Piece of cake!

I soon realized that I had to change my ways! With only two hours per day that I could eat, I had to plan when I would take the trays out. I gave up sipping a glass of wine while cooking. After a meal, I rushed to clean my teeth and replace them before I cleaned the kitchen.

I gave up snacking…too much trouble to take them out, eat and then clean my teeth.

So, I became intentional about when I ate. The pandemic helped in that I ate 99% of my meals at home.

May 4 is my final evaluation. If it goes well, I will say goodbye to my 22 hour per day trays and hello to my night time only retainer.

I can hardly wait!

Wish me luck on May 4th!!

~Some notes about Invisalign. I never wore braces as a kid so this experience was new for me. I liked that the trays were almost invisible in my mouth. l liked that I could take them out to eat. There was never any pain, just some pressure at times especially when I switched to a new set. I am amazed at the results.

My last day

Writing in my daily journal, which is often a dumping ground for what’s happening in my life that day, I realized that this could be my last day.

Seriously, what if today turned out to be my last day? 

Continue reading “My last day”

Hello there

Just a quick note to say hello and wish you well.

I have a “to do” list that is a mile long and keeps me running.

Even though I am busy with work, isolated from my friends and, worst of all, my family, I am still grateful. Continue reading “Hello there”

The Long Game

~Photo by Josh Soreson (joshsorenson.com)

When I was a teenager I thought my parents did not know anything of consequence. 

In contrast, I knew everything.  

Ah, what a rude awakening life can be.  Continue reading “The Long Game”

To be at home…

To be at home is to be known.

It is to be loved for who you are.

It is to share a sense of common ground, common interest, pursuits, and values with others who truly care about you.

In community after community I’ve met lonely people who felt homeless even though they had a roof over their heads Continue reading “To be at home…”

Who is my neighbor?

I was delighted to see this sign as I walked around my neighborhood.

It is easy for me to love my neighbors.

Most of them look like me.

Most of them live in houses with well-kept yards.

Most share my values.

It is easy to love them.

They are my tribe.

The challenge is to love those who don’t fit the mold.

It is hard, especially at this point in our American life.

We have a new President who hopefully will guide us out of this ugly morass.

He will need the support of all Americans.

We can start by loving our neighbor.

Oh my, women on bikes!

June 14, 1895

From the Board of Trustees, College Point, Long Island

“We, as Trustees, are responsible to the public for the conduct of the school, and are in great measure, guardians of the morals of the pupils. In the first place, I do not consider it to be the proper thing for any young lady to ride a bicycle, and in the person of a school teacher, it is particularly out of place. As far as the question of riding before or after school hours and when away from the school is concerned, we have no authority, but we will not permit them to ride bicycles to or from the schoolroom.”

“It is not the proper thing for ladies to ride the bicycle. They wear skirts, of course, but if we do not stop them now they will want to be in style with the New York women and wear bloomers. Then how would our schoolrooms look with the lady teachers parading around amongst the boys and girls wearing bloomers ? They might just as well wear men’s trousers. I suppose it will come to that, but we are determined to stop our teachers in time, before they go that far.”

Neverthe less, she persisted*

Yes, indeed.

Notes

*Mitch McConnell after silencing Senator Elizabeth Warren in the US Senate in 2017.

See also article by David Dinsmore in MS Magazine June 2020 which included the photo.

Entitlement?

Near my house is a private school with a playing field made of turf.

Neither the field nor the playground are locked up which is nice for the neighborhood. I enjoy walking by and seeing children playing on the outdoor equipment or older kids practicing fall sports.

At the entrance to the playing field is a sign that reads that dogs are prohibited on the field.

This morning as I walked by I was amazed to see a middle-aged woman allowing her two Golden Retrievers to play on the field. One was an adult and one was an older puppy.

I stopped. I was flabbergasted that an adult would ignore the posted sign. I have seen young teenagers flaunting the rules around my neighborhood. But to see this behavior in an adult left me speechless.

I just stood and watched. Finally, she packed up her dogs and left.

This is a big deal to me. I have lived in neighborhoods where the school playgrounds were fenced and locked which prevented the nei ghborhood children from playing on the fields or the equipment.

I would hate to see our neighborhood children deprived of this playground and field.

Sigh…