So little time

Where does time go?

It seems to just vanish when I’m not looking.

If I keep an eye glued to the clock, I can see time pass but who has time to watch the clock? Not me. I’m too busy being retired. Yep, I am retired and have been since last summer. But ask me where those 10 months have gone, what I did during that period, what I accomplished, etc. and I’m clueless.

Let’s figure this out.

I still spend mornings on the MAC checking out what’s happening in the world. Then there’s lunch and sometimes a nap. So maybe I’ve just been wasting a lot of time.

Wait just a sec. I’ve read books. A lot of books.

Oddly, my stack of to-be-read books is piled just as high as it was a year ago. Maybe higher. That must be where all my time went. I’ve been buying books online. You’re welcome,

Could be worse. I could have spent all that time cleaning house.



A week full of blessings!

I started the week on Sunday with my lovely daughter who took me to a birthday brunch then to a movie. She is the sweetest girl on the planet!

Monday brought me a milestone birthday (not tellin’ which one) and lunch with my baby sister. She gave me the coolest gift! Then, it was a quick trip to the Apple store where I gave myself an iPad, followed by a wonderful evening making art with my sister.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday — back to work for this old girl.

Then, Friday comes around and the lovely jensinewall and the effervescent as long as I’m singing each sent me a One Lovely Blog Award.

Gotta’ tell you folks, life just doesn’t get much better. All I need now is about a pound of chocolate and a really good foot massage and I’m all set.

Okay, enough about me, on to the award rules!

This award(s) requires sharing 7 facts about yourself and nominating 15 co-bloggers you love and want to make happy with a well deserved token of gratitude. Here goes …

The facts …

  • I see a turkey neck in my future and I don’t like it!
  • I’ve never been to Spain but I think I’d like it there if, of course, it rains mainly on the plain.
  • I like squash, just about any way you want to cook it.
  • Lightning bugs make me smile.
  • I think that, for many of us, family is a love hate relationship.
  • I’m pretty sure that all the world’s problems could be solved if thinking about them involved a rocking chair or a porch swing.
  • I’m tickled pink that Dallas is back on TV and I already miss Mad Men.

The blogs I nominate for the One Lovely Blog Award …


All of the above are lovely blogs and I hope you’ll visit each and every one of them and will enjoy them as much as I do.

Somebody ‘gets’ my gibberish!

Yesterday Sunday, after a long day of doing practically nothing, I finally checked my blog only to learn that a very generous reader had nominated me for two blogger awards.

I have to say, I was completely bowled over — speechless even. (I know, hard to believe.)

READNCOOK, the kind blogger who bestowed these awards on my mishmash of  random thoughts, made my day. In her post, Recognizing Others, she comments that one of the things that makes blogging rock is the way bloggers support one another. I couldn’t agree more! I don’t mean about the awards, which are really nice for sure, it’s the comments that really get to me.

It matters to me that folks take time out of their day to read what I have to say and send me a note to let me know my words touched them in some way. Whether my post made them laugh or cry, isn’t important. What matters is that we connected in a very human way in a time when more and more people seem to feel isolated and alone.

I’ve been fortunate enough to encounter some wonderful people since I started this blog three months ago and now I can pass along to them a hearty dose of the recognition that has been so graciously bestowed upon me.


Don’t be mislead by the name of this blog, it’s not just about books and food. It’s also about art, beauty, health, history, humor, life, pets, relationships, teaching, and travel — an eclectic mix of many of my very own favorite things. So, be sure to check it out. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

The awards …

The Liebster Blogger Award rules are:

  1. Thank the one who nominated you by linking back.
  2. Nominate five blogs with less than 200 followers.
  3. Let your nominees know by leaving a comment on their sites.
  4. Add the award image to your site.

1. A huge THANK YOU to READNCOOK for honoring my blog — Good Old Girl!

2. The five blogs I nominate for this honor:

3. Done!

4. Done!

The Sunshine Award rules are:

  1. Include the award logo in a post or somewhere on your blog.
  2. Answer 10 questions about yourself.
  3. Nominate 10 to 12 other fabulous bloggers.
  4. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blog, letting them know about the award.
  5. Share the love and link the person who nominated you.

1. Logo shared (it’s up there, on the right)

2. Ten things about me:

  1. What is a favorite childhood memory?
    Catching lightning bugs with my cousins then letting them all go in their room and waking up the next day to a screaming uncle who ended up having to repaint the room.
  2. What is a real fear you have?
    I’m claustrophobic.
  3. How would you describe yourself?
    A silly girl in old lady disguise.
  4. What states have you lived in?
    Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Illinois, Alaska
  5. What is your style?
    I’m supposed to have a style? Okay, jeans and a t-shirt.
  6. What is your favorite breakfast food?
    Eggs, biscuits, and gravy.
  7. What are some of your hobbies?
    Reading, writing, gardening, needlepoint, embroidery, anything with hand tools.
  8. If you could tell people anything, what would be the most important thing to say?
    Have faith, be honest, and play nice.
  9. What is one of your passions?
    My daughter — being a mom.
  10. What is the one truth you have learned?
    Nice guys really do finish last.

3. Fabulous bloggers I nominate for the Sunshine Award:

  1. As Long as I’m Singing
  2. I’m Not Lost, Just Weird
  3. Jensinewall
  4. Kloipy Speaks
  5. Life in the Boomer Lane
  6. Not Quite Old
  7. Peg-O-Leg’s Ramblings
  8. Preacher’s Wife in the Know
  9. Subtle Kate
  10. Views and Mews by Coffee Kat
  11. When All Is Said and Done
  12. Ziplight

4. Done!

5. Done! But, here’s one more link to READNCOOK just in case you missed it earlier.