Thursday, May 14, 2015

Moments In Time

Today, I had hoped to get a whole lot more done at the library, but this is the third (!!!THIRD!!!) computer I've been on today here at the library.

Sometimes, technology reminds me of a yapping teacup chihuahua who is trying to remind the world that he's a doberman trapped a tiny body -- only, in the case of technology, it's anything but a "cute" thing.

There are those times when computers are also trying to prove a point:  that they are (in their estimation) much more clever than we mere mortals.

I don't even have time to go into what all they've been doing, but they've been delaying me in projects -- though I must confess that I've been doing a great job of it myself by getting sidetracked socializing.

Anyway, I'm doing a tribute to Russell Thomas Hartsaw today, because he was born 74 years ago today, and he's a really special person who's worth remembering.

But part of our story has a location at a place called Judy's Book, so I took a trip over to see if it still existed and found this portfolio containing several of the pieces I wrote there.

They really took me back in time nine years with a lot of them being written about people, places, and things in my hometown of Anderson, Indiana.

It all seems like a different time now that's so long ago yet seems like only yesterday.

The profile picture you see of me was taken with my dad when I was two years old.

Enjoy..and I should have the tribute to Russell posted shortly...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Working Title...

I'm, right now, wondering if the computer is going to give me an extra fifteen minutes.  If not, I'm going to have to finish up quickly...

Either way, I'm going to at least have time to share what I've written so far about my day, so I'm going to go ahead and share what I have, as, either way, my time is getting shorter...

YAY!!!  I got an extension!  I always find out on the five-minute mark--which means that I have about 19 more minutes to stay online, so I'm going to make the most of it.

Besides writing a total of three pieces today at Bubblews, I've been a regular social butterfly at such places as Facebook and Bubblews, itself.

Hopefully, you'll find these three pieces at least mildly entertaining...

Ummmm...Actually, I just ended up writing two pieces to date today, and here they are in the order in which I wrote them...

A Hot Time At Gillespie Tower

Search, Research, Etc.

Here's my grand finale...


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Gillespie Tower

On September 22, 2014 -- after a year of being homeless (that is, without my actual own place) -- I signed the lease for Gillespie Tower in Muncie!  Though I'll, eventually, return to the Anderson area to live, this is home for me for now.

I describe it as a seven-story building containing far more stories than that, and I wanted to have a special place in this blog where I can link to different shares I'll be making re: this special place I might have never discovered had I not become homeless.

Go here for an outside view of Gillespie Tower and find out exactly where I live! My apartment faces west -- which means that I can enjoy some beautiful sunsets!

May 12, 2015 -- Go here to learn that the late, great Jerry Reed was right when he sang "When you're hot, you're hot, and when you're not, you're not!""

future home of another addition

future home of another addition

future home of another addition

future home of another addition

future home of another addition

How I'm Spending Cinco De Mayo 2015

Actually, this post has very little to do with Cinco de Mayo 2015 (or in any other year, for that matter) beyond the fact that it just happens to have been written on May 5, 2015, and it just occurred to me that today is a Mexican holiday by that name that has gotten to be pretty well known.  In case you want to check it out, here's some information about it.

But I was on the city bus earlier this morning (on my way here) and happened to realize that today was a holiday, so I decided to give this blog-entry a title and some neat illustrations in order to participate in the celebration.

I arrived in Anderson on May 4 (a Monday morning) taking the (currently) earliest bus from Muncie (departure at 9:15 a.m.).

Monday's big project was getting my minivan moved from one location to another.  I will be so glad when this can be accomplished by simply getting behind the wheel, turning the keys, shifting gears, etc.  However, that time hasn't come yet, so I had to settle for second-best, which was getting it out of the way so that the property owner could get on with building his swimming pool in time to actually use it before Christmas 2015 and getting it to another friend who had more spare space.  Of course, the best kind of vehicle is a running vehicle -- which brings me to my next project:  getting some items ready to be sold to make it easier to pay for those much-needed repairs.

My goddaughter has been keeping an item for me that she thought she could sell but has run into some roadblocks with that.  It's large and fragile, and not only might she be afraid that furry family members might get to playing too close to it and turn it into fragments of its former self but, also, it was, likely, getting in the way, PERIOD.  Who knows!?!  Michelle might be planning on building an INDOOR swimming pool.  LOL

Anyway, I spent some time figuring out how best to place it in one of my storage units when Michelle is ready to get it out of her place at the same time I'm ready to help with arranging it.  That could be during this stay or next month.  I'm ready this evening if she is.  I also have some smaller items she might be interested in helping me to sell.  Also, I know at least one other person who might be interested in buying some things.

This will probably end up being a June project, but who can tell!?!

Anyway, I, at least, have some things arranged a bit better now in preparation for "whenever."

And, for now, I'm just enjoying myself being online at the library.

During the time I've been here (in the library), I've had (to date) two phone calls, several texts from Betty, and one visit.

My visitor (who also called me) was my cousin, Barbara, who brought me some goodies that (among other things) included three cream horns from our favorite bakery in Bowling Green, KY and shared some pictures with me of her recent trip there.

She also told me that she had given a whole bunch of tabs to Larry not too long ago.  She definitely understands why I think he's so special -- just from watching his face light up when he saw all of those tabs!

My other call was from Diana -- the angel who ended up giving me all sorts of surprises the last time I was over here.  She wants me to give her a call to chat awhile after I'm finished at the library for the evening.

I'll be staying for another day in Anderson and leaving for Muncie tomorrow on the last bus.  By then, I might not have EVERYTHING done that needs getting done, but, at least, I will have accomplished quite a bit.

I'm happy to report that I also left my apartment in a pretty decent shape -- nothing short of a miracle considering that I was kept too busy to get much sleep for the past several days (and, unless I have a motel, I only get catnaps here -- have been known to doze off on the bus before, though I haven't done it this time), and I got a lot of presents from Betty consisting of things she wouldn't be taking with her to Virginia.

Even though I've been eating light here in Anderson (that will be changing at least a little this evening, thanks to an opportunity to dine out tonight given to me by Barbara), I have a lot of great eating opportunities in my refrigerator.  I also received plenty of cookware as well from Betty along with other things -- with one of them being an entire twin bed (mattress, box-springs, frame) that will give the box springs I'd been using for a bed another life as a sofa in what's a combination catch-all and den.

But it was one of those things where it had to look ugly before it could look beautiful!  In short, my apartment took on a "decor" that might be defined as some sort of natural disaster also managing to produce a train-wreck.

By the time I left my apartment on Monday morning, it looked civilized again with washed dishes, no piles of items on furniture, yadayadayada.

While there's a certain sort of lonely feeling coming from walking past the empty apartment that had -- until the afternoon of May 1 -- been inhabited by Betty, I'm really happy for her.  She's enjoying being with her daughter, son-in-law, and soon-to-be-nine granddaughter (and I know they had a kitty-cat at one time and I believe still do), and we're already in touch via phoning, texting, snailmail, and (as of today) email.  And, of course, we're always connected by our prayers for each other!

I'm wondering what it will feel like the next time I have the chance to visit Bob & Carol without Scotty living there any more.  He's another angel I'm not going to be forgetting.

Speaking of special angels, I would like to introduce you to Jillian.  I believe she'll really capture your heart.  She just turned eleven years old on Monday, and I'm praying that she'll have many more birthdays!

While I'm talking about all of these people who have made it into my empowerment blog just by being themselves, I don't want to leave out Rose whose mission was what confirmed to me that it was time for me to create an empowerment blog.

Anyway -- to make a long story short -- I'm enjoying my working vacation here in Anderson, though I'll also be glad to get back to my current home at Gillespie Tower as well.

Once I get AJ's Groovy Igloo working again, it will be so much easier to visit back and forth.  I've noticed that there are a lot of connections to Anderson over here in Muncie and vice-versa -- but that will be for a different post.

For now, I need to sign off and make sure that I don't end up missing the last bus going in the direction of where I'm going to be feeding my face a little later tonight.