Friday, July 26, 2013


I heard that today Mick Jagger is 70 years old.

That got me to googling.

Paul McCartney is 71.
Ringo Starr is 73.
Simon and Garfinkel are both 71.
Bob Dylan is 72.
Joan Baez is 72.
Pete Seeger is 94.
Joni Mitchell is 69.
Cher and Donovan are 67.
David Bowie, Justin Hayward (Moody Blues) and Barry Gibb (BeeGees) are 66.

The years are creeping up on me--LOL!
I don't know how many of you follow the TED talks, but the one that came yesterday really touched me.  I have experienced quite a bit of what she was talking about due to the drastic changes and limitations of my body.  It's difficult sometimes to express what a blessing that has actually been.  I am a different and better person than I would have been without all this pain and being housebound (which I vastly prefer to the term shut-in).  I am lucky.  I am not at the end of life.  (I hope.)  But listening to this young woman speak made my heart leak from my eyes and filled me with hope for us as human beings.

Video from KarmaTube
The hot weather appears to have broken this last week.  Monday it was suddenly 72 degrees!  The nights have been in the 40s to low 60s!  It gets warm by late afternoon-early evening (70s to mid 80s), but then cools off again so that I can have the place open all night and at least half the day.  Been wonderful weather.  Yes, we've had occasional rainstorms, but mostly fat clouds and blue skies.
My folks and my brother and his wife will be driving up tomorrow for a visit and we'll all make a trip over to Dagan and Leah's new house, of course.  I should put my camera in my bag today so I don't forget.  Of course, that's no guarantee that I'll remember to take it out and use it while I'm there--LOL!  ;)
Miss Karma wasn't feeling well yesterday.  Threw up her morning canned three sessions...but she's been doing okay since then.  She seems to have had a touchy stomach lately...just smaller amounts of her dry food before yesterday.  But right now she's on the recliner with me...under the laptop table...pawing at me for a neck scratch...and purring.  I decided, after all that carpet scrubbing, to limit the variety in her dry foods. 
Been a quiet week.  Lots of reading.  Dagan and Leah were over Tuesday night for a while.  :)  Baked another loaf of bread in the machine yesterday--light crust setting.  This time it was a "country" bread recipe with milk and an egg from the Oster pamphlet.  Pretty funny looking loaf--LOL!  
Still has a hefty crust but it tastes good.  I am thrilled to have this bread machine!  Thanks Dagan and Leah!!  
(Not that they read my blog.)
Been doing a lot of cloud watching.  I especially love the big fluffy amazing clouds!  I remember lying on my back in the dry long prairie grass and watching them laze or race across the sky.  I have been gazing out my window every day...and smiling.  I'll leave you with clouds.  Some of these were just minutes apart.  The sky is always changing when it holds the gift of clouds.

"In the midst of gathering darkness, light becomes more evident."
Bonnie Bostrom


Intense Guy said...

I am reminded of Chuck Mangione's "Chase the Clouds Away" and think that it would be perfect music for watching your changeable North Dakota skies.

P.s., Chuck is 72 years old (gasp!)


TexWisGirl said...

yup! love the rolling clouds of summer. :)

have fun with your family!

Shelly said...

I feel positively spring chicken-ish after reading your list!

Poor Karma- the look on her face says it all. Love your cloud pics!

Teresa Evangeline said...

I love clouds and you have a beautiful collection here. Is it my imagination or have we made the turn already towards fall? The air feels different and the light has changed, it seems. Your bread looks delicious! Nothing better than homemade bread. Hope your Karma's tummy feels all better soon...

Friko said...

All these performers of my youth are getting old too; that’s good to know, because when I see that rich and famous people get old and ill I don’t feel so bad about being insignificant and not at all rich.

Karma should eat less in hot weather. I’ve put Millie on a bit of a diet.

Lovely clouds.

I listen to TED talks occasionally, I’ve downloaded the TED app. I shall check out the one you mention.

Janie Junebug said...

I've never heard of TED before. Lovely video. I wish we could have one day with a temperature of 70 degrees. Just one day. It would feel miraculous. But I'll live, and I'll love our pleasant winter.


Rum-Punch Drunk said...

Sometimes we just don't know how fortunate we are despite our own pain and discomfort (was not able to view video today).

Oh, how glorious the weather down here. The sun has shone brightly for the last couple of weeks. We also have had a splash of rain, but I can't complain because we rarely see weather like this. Keep shining sun.

Hope you had a lovely trip visiting family and hope you managed to remember to get some pics. Nothing like looking back on the good ole days :)

Maybe the cat needs to have it's stomach checked out just in case it's got a little bug or something that irritating it. I'm no expert mind you, so it could be something that will disappear tomorrow. Either way, I hope it gets well soon.

DJan said...

And DJan is 70! I think it's really cool that all my childhood idols are old, too. I will watch that video, Rita. I love TED talks. And your clouds are so pretty!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

That bread looks yummy. I would love some, but I live too far away (grin).

It's cooled a bit here, too, but it's heading back to hot weather soon.

I hope you are having a great day with your brother and parents, and you remember to take your camera out of your purse. I want to see photos.

Love the cloud shots, too. Have a super rest of the weekend.

ChicagoLady said...

Thanks for sharing that TED video, my "heart leaked from my eyes" also.

Hilary said...

I watched the video .. it give a lot of food for thought. The only problem with TED videos is how much time you can put into watching them. The bread looks yummy. I hope Karma is on the mend.

Darla said...

How did all the icons of my youth get so old? Hahaha.

Looks like you have mastered the bread machine.

Hope Karma is feeling better.


Far Side of Fifty said...

Yes everyone ages! I appreciated the video...lots to think about! :)

AliceKay said...

The bread looks delicious. Wouldn't mind eating a slice of it right now. (it's almost 11PM here and i'm a bit hungry. lol)

I've been taking lots of sky and cloud pictures lately, but I haven't been blogging them. I've been posting them to my Facebook. Theres a lot less hassle posting the pics there but I know you and Iggy can't see them there. Sorry bout that. :(

I hope Karma is feeling better now.