Monthly Archives: January 2012

Change of scenery…

Got tired of looking at that sad-looking orange tree from my previous posting.  I guess Father Winter was not too kind and it is showing its effect.

Let me update you on my do-abouts.  I have gone back to walking.  Check the temperature before I leave the apartment so I know to bundle up or not.  In the past few days it has been a tad too warm even for myself.  Do not want heat too early in the season.  You know what I mean.  Too much of anything is just plain not good.

Nothing has change, except that I told myself last night that enough is enough.  I am not putting up with my kind of too laxed attitude towards everything.  Need to take my life and the road less travelled more seriously.  So this morning I have been a lean, moving machine.

I am reading a book that says that energy follows thought.  Wow and wow again!  Have to be selective and careful with my thoughts because that’s where my energy is going.  Am I in trouble.  But that is being corrected as I type.  Have practiced my French, and checking items off the “Do List.”  Yes, even I have a few of those.

I am doing my best to be effective and productive with my time, at least for the past eight hours.  I intend to keep on keeping on.

So…it was today…25 January, 2012…a day to become a better leaner me.

Your Happy Contessa

“You may delay, but time will not.”  Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America.  6 January, 1705 – 17 April, 1790.

Happy New Day!!!!

Oops, I almost forgot my username and password with WordPress.  Use or lose it…that’s what they say.

Lots of intentions, plans and ambitious goals.  I am all excited!!  So many things to do and a whole year to do it.  Well…not so whole already.

I need to get my neurons back on the gravy train again.  What does that mean?  It sounds good, so let’s leave it at that.  Do not want to get too critical this early, considering my good intention to come back to blogging.  I am kind of somewhat a perfectionist, so I will become less critical and more relaxed with myself.  It is either that, or lots of stress.

Oh, yes…less stress and absolutely no drama.

Let me make something clear from the beginning, postings will not be as often as before, I told you, I am a new and improved being, so I am really chillin with my life.  I almost forgot on New Year’s Eve that it was New Year’s Eve.  I am really cool with whatever happens and when it happens.  Doesn’t sound like I am having a good attitude.  Yes, it is true, I have changed from good to better.  Go with the flow…when it happens, it happens.

Thank you my buddies for putting up with me and my brand new style.  I will keep you informed how this thing works in real life.  Knowing myself…I am somewhat already feeling a teeny-bitsy stress?

Not really…

So…it was today…19 January, 2012…a perfect day to post a draft made January 2nd, 2012.

Your Happy Contessa

“The most important thing about getting somewhere is starting right where we are.”  Bruce Barton, American author, politician.  5 August, 1886 – 5 July, 1967.

Here’s to looking at you…Alba Maria…

Alba Maria…the one on the left.  It has been three years since you went to Heaven.  After going through the sadness of missing talking, laughing and crying with you sometimes, I am now at the stage of celebrating the blessing you were and still are somehow in my life.

Thank you for having been a great sister, for listening to all my drama…and thank you for doing all the algebra, trigonometry and physics homework and tests for me.  Probably I would be today without a high school diploma, because in the department of the sciences and math, my neuron population was non-existent at that time.  Now, I kind of enjoy doing my taxes and a lot more stuff dealing with mathematics.

I toast to you today and always.  I feel so happily blessed for having had you as my hermanita (little sister).

I love you today and always will…

Your big sister.

“You can never step in the same river twice.”  Heraclitus, Greek philosopher.  535 – 475 BC.

Temperature…and Tea Time…

Couldn’t wait till the official tea time in London…I know, the Queen is going to be somewhat upset that I could not wait for her.  Well…here in America, we do things whenever we feel like it…or when the weather is driving you so nuts, that you break protocol.

I had my best intentions since around 12:30 pm today.  I talked myself into waiting until 4 pm to have my piece of sweet for the day and a cup of lemon tea.  Love that tea!

First, increased the temperature on the thermostat, and then decided that the tea police was not around, so started to boil my water.  Cannot boil it too much.  Oxygen escapes, and tea does not taste as good.  According to the instructions.  Then, after two minutes, sat down and enjoyed my very hot cup of tea.

The moment of anticipation went by too fast.  Could I have a second cup of tea and another piece of good-for-you piece of cardboard tasting cereal bar?  Tried to walk around the apartment to make the decision and then, voila, decided to do a posting about the whole thing.  That will take care of my brain telling my stomach that there is room at the sac for more.  I imagine I am not alone in this constant battle.

The typing won…for the immediate moment.  I will let you know in a future episode how the battle ended.

So…it was today…14 January, 2012…the perfect day for a cup of tea.  High…48 degrees…in Florida.

Your Happy Contessa

“The older you get, the more important it is not to act your age.”  Ashleigh Brilliant, English-born author and cartoonist.  9 December, 1933.

Happy and warmer days are here again…Thanks God!!

Taking a stroll on the Avenue...

The past few days have been a real test to my endurance to the cold weather.

Robes, two to three pair of socks at once, sweat shirt and pants, scarf, and hardly moving at all.  The lowest temperature I resisted was 64 degrees.  At which time I said to myself,  this is getting real bad, my fingers are turning purple and I feel like a lion in a cage.  So I cranked up the heater to a compromising 70 degrees.  I was not being cheap…well…to a certain degree I thought I could handle it and save some money too.

I had to wait until the morning, because I was afraid the heating unit will react violently to me ignoring it and smoke and explosions may be a reaction.  Nothing really happened, but after a minute or so of releasing some heat, it turned itself off.  So I thought, here we go, I knew it!

After a few seconds, it came back up and showed me it was alive and kicking heat as fast as it could.  Of course, static is a by-product of heat, so sparkles sometimes fly, but it is either being purple or facing a few electric shocks.  Cannot have it all, I have learned.

Then, today, 6 January, it was up to 70 degrees.  Had to totally change my outfit or I was going to burn up with so much protection and look ridiculous to the pretty people of my village.

Another day in paradise…or warming up Florida.

So…it was today…6 January, 2012…a day to enjoy the fabulous weather I moved here for.

Your Happy Contessa

“To know what has to be done, then do it, comprises the whole philosophy of practical life.”  Sir William Osler, was a physician and one of the founding professors at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  12 July, 1849 – 29 December, 1919.

Today…high…48…tomorrow…low…29…in Florida!!!

Let’s start with the salutation first, Happy New You!!!

Now, to the line of business.  I moved to Florida because I do not fare well with the cold weather.

So this morning, I am thinking…Am I in a parallel universe?  High today 48 and low tomorrow 29.  What has happened?  Back to my sweats and good old robe.  Thanks God for my post menopausal temperature raising once in a while.  Yes, I am still dealing with those internal thermostats issues.  The brain does not get it.  It thinks I am cold, when I am not.  No pills taking, please.  Can only deal with one thing at a time.

I am planning to take good old Christmas tree today and all the season’s decor to keep me a bit warm.  Had my oatmeal already.  Also using scarves to be inside my home.

As you have noticed, this is my first posting of 2012.  Mayan calendar anyone?  We’ll take that whole garbanzo another day.

Sharing my experience in cool, no…cold Florida with all of you…so it was today…3 January, 2012.

Your Happy Contessa

“We all find time to do what we really want to do.  William Feather, American publisher and author.  25 August, 1889 – 7 January, 1981.