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Today in My History

2001:  MQA
2002:  Number, Please
2003:  OK--It's Bad, but I Did It
2004:  The Article
2005 I'm Smashed
2006:  Brokeback Mountain
2007:   Flying High
2008:  I'm Delighted
2009:  Another Victim of Harsh Times
2010:  Polly Does NOT Want a Cracker
2011:  Pluses and Minuses of Sponsorship
Doin' a Girly Thing
2013: Miserable
2014:  Clip Joint
And What's New with You?
2016: Today at Logos
2017: Sunday Stealing
2018: Award Season Begins

Theater Reviews
Updated 12/17
The Wizard of Oz

Books Read in 2019
 Updated 11/9
"The Elephant in my Kitchen"

Personal Home Page

My family

Books Read in 2019
Books Read in 2018

Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2016
Books Read in 2015
Books Read in 2014
Books Read in 2013

Books Read in 2012
Books Read in 2011
Books Read in 2010

updated 7/16

(you know how to fix it)

Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the PiŮata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person anyway?

mail to Walt / mail to Bev  

I felt I should write someting about the impending war (or not) with Iran, but I don't know enough about it, but spent yesterday on the verge of tears.  So instead I found these to answer:


January 8, 2019

1. What did you do last year that you had not done before?
It was kind of a normal year.  I don't think I did anything "new."

 2. Did you keep your New Year's Resolutions/goals for the year and will you make/set more for next year?  What are they? What are your new ones?
I donít make resolutions because I rarely keep them.

3. Did anyone you know give birth? Or become pregnant?  Or adopt?
Nope. Iím at the age where all my friendís children (and my children's friends) have all had their babies and until THOSE babies grow up, no more new babies.

4. Did anyone you know die? Or have a serious illness/injury?
I've lost count, but it seems that we went to at least three memorial services here in Davis, one for my friend Joan Callaway, whom I miss very much.

5. What places have you visited?
I don't think we went anywhere but Santa Barbara last year, and that only twice.

6. Any new pets? Lost a pet?
We acquired Bouncer when Ned and Marta moved in.

7. What would you like to have next year that you lacked this year (doesn't have to be a physical thing i.e. love, job security, peace of mind...)?
More chances to go to movies in the theater.

8. What date from last year will remain etched in your memory and why?
March 7, the day we moved my mother into Eldervilla ... and September 7, her 100th birthday.

9. What was your biggest achievement last year?
Finding Eldervilla for my mother, since Atria had turned out to be very bad for her (to say nothing of increasingly expensive).  Eldervilla has been perfect.

10. Did you get sick or injured?
Thankfully, no

11. What was the best thing you bought?
The green jacket I bought for Ned for Christmas (certainly the most memorable)

12. Where did most of your disposable income go (money leftover after you pay for food, medical care, basic clothing, transportation and shelter)?
I spend about $300 a month on sponsorship of 11 children through Compassion, Int'l, and the rest of my disposable income goes for "miscellaneous sundries" that wouldn't come out of our family account.

13. What song will always remind you of last year?  Doesn't have to be a song released last year.
Can't think of one.

14. What do you wish you would have done more of?
Probably reading.

15. What do you wish you would have done less of?
Can't think of anything.

16. What was your favorite new TV program? Movie? Album/Songs? Or if you didn't pick up any new ones, what are you still watching/listening to? Any recommendations?
Iím still loving "Outlander" and eager for Season 4 to start.  I am watching more Food Network and Animal Planet programs because I'm so depressed about current events.  Crikey, it's the Irwins is great fun, though it makes me very concerned, given the fires in Australia  right now.

17. What was the best book you read this year?  How many did you read?
I only read 22 books this year, way too few.  I loved "Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland."  Despite having read so many books about her, I learned a lot of things I never knew.  I also loved "The Elephant in My Kitchen," written by the widow of the  "elephant whisperer" about her experiences following her husband's death.

18. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you? Did you feel differently?
I turned 76.  We went out for Chinese food.  I didn't feel different at all, except that "76" seems impossibly old for me.  (Now about to turn 77.)

19. What political or social issue stirred you the most?
This is a quote from 2017, the last time I answered  these questions:  How much time do you have? This country is going to hell in a handbag, and being pushed by the man who never should have been president. Other than that, things are fine.  Nothing has changed, except if I do these questions next year, we can talk about World War III.

20. Who was the most interesting new person you met?
Sandy, who runs Eldervilla is not only a nice, competent man who is taking care of my mother,  but in the times when we have chatted about other things, he has an interesting background as well.

21. Describe how a relationship changed.
My relationship with Ned and Marta has changed now that they are living here.  It's much better (not that it wasn't good to begin with)

22. Do you think you are still the same person that you were at the beginning of the year?  How so?
I don't know. With all that is going on internationally and all that #45 is doing in the White House, I am both more involved in the news, and less involved because I have started avoiding it because I can't stand it any more.  Either way, I'm more depressed.

23. Summarize the year in three words or less. Bonus points for doing it in one word. Explain.
Downsizing, organization, Alzheimers

24. How have people around you changed?
We don't see a lot of people other than family.  I don't know that Ned has changed but I see him all the time now.  And he is still a godsend.

25. What have you learned throughout the year? (Other than crafts)
The helplessness the good German people must have felt watching Hitler come to power.

26. Did you learn any new crafts or techniques? What was your favorite thing you made?
Just unusual techniques for decorating junk journals  The one I just finished was, I think, the favorite one I have done -- also the largest.

27. What changed about your physical appearance? (Hair? Wrinkles? New makeup style? Etc)
Nothing apparent to me, except my last haircut was not good.

28. What are your hopes and dreams for the new year?  (Some suggestions-family, travel, work, lifestyle, hobbies, pets, appearance)
I always hope for improvement in Washington, but after Trump's assassination of Soleimani and Iran's attack on two bases, I really have little hope.



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