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Change of subject

Sue Brown has given me the opening to change the subject by tagging me. To respond, I must answer these questions:

1. What was I doing ten years ago?

2. Five things on my To Do list today

3. Snacks that I enjoy

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire

5. Places I’ve lived

1. I know exactly what I was doing ten years ago. We had moved into Charlestown one month earlier and had decided to make a project of trying all the restaurants for dinner. Of the seven dining venues at Charlestown, five offer dinner in the evenings. Three have full table service; one has a buffet plus table service, and the other is an informal cafeteria. We pretended we were restaurant critics, made a list of criteria, and went to one restaurant for five nights in a row. Each is different in ambience and menu, as well as style of service. We rated each on charts we had made. But after four weeks, it didn’t matter how we had rated the dining rooms. It was very clear that I could not tolerate going out for dinner. Even though we asked to be seated by ourselves so that I wouldn’t have to make conversation with other diners, the activity, the noise, the lighting, and the walk to and from the dining rooms made me much sicker. By the fourth week, I was in a state of collapse. We never got to the fifth restaurant, and we’ve been getting carry-out and eating at home ever since. Ten years ago, we were adjusting to life at Charlestown.

2. In 1993, the first year after I collapsed with ME-CFS, I threw away my expensive, leather-bound Geodex planner and shortly thereafter, I stopped making To Do lists. Freedom! I have nothing on my To Do list today. I will do what I feel like doing as the day progresses. If I had one, it would schedule my four rest periods–the most important thing I do every day. Makes anything/everything else I can do possible. And most days are the same routine.

3. The snacks I enjoy are small papadams toasted in the microwave, whole wheat Triscuits, a hard-boiled or poached egg (which I can do in the microwave), a piece of fruit, a stick of string cheese.

4. If I were a billionaire, I’d hire staff to figure out and manage my philanthropy–like Bill and Melinda Gates. With my limitations and my husband’s age, we don’t need more of anything for ourselves.

5. I’ve moved 20-some times in my adult life. Somewhere I have a list of all the places I’ve lived and when. They include Baltimore, Maryland; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Washington, D.C., Boulder, Colorado; Richmond, Virginia; and Hedgesville, West Virginia.

Now I’m supposed to tag some other folks. I’m going to my RSS reader and see if I can find some people whose blogs I lurk or have commented on rarely, to let them know I’m interested in them.


Carol-Anne Conway


Tenar’s Cave

Jude Hill

Lin Moon


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As I wait for delivery of the gold supplies I’ve ordered, I’ve been using materials at hand to try stitching the gold S correctly on a practice cloth. First, I used gold sadi. This purl is slightly larger than the gilt purl I plan to use.

This is better, but still not good enough. I haven’t yet worked out how to finish the ends. I wish I could show you how springy this metal thread is. It won’t lie straight so cutting equal lengths is, well, FRUSTRATING.

Next I tried stitching it with rough (matte) purl in the same size I want to use for the finished piece–very fine. It is even springier than sadi. Although threading purls on the needle is fiddly and slow, stitching them is no problem; it is cutting pieces the right length that is the challenge.

You can see that the lengths of purl are not all the right length and I still haven’t found the right way to stitch the ends.

I’ve been considering other materials, rather than gold purls, for stitching this S; but I really would like to get the effect of the real purls over padding. I don’t know whether I will succeed. Here’s how these two efforts look side-by-side. Better, but not good enough. Five hours of work.

I’ve also redesigned the S, as another possibility. When the new supplies arrive, I may know what I want to try with them.

As I’m writing, I’ve been hearing voices from our courtyard. Unable to resist my curiosity, I got up to take a look at what was going on. It’s the Mini-triathlon! Residents and staff have teamed up to compete in walking, swimming, and stationary biking. The swimming event is going on just below our windows in the Aquatic Center.

A loudspeaker and lots of cheering going on.

If you click on the image, you may be able to see that there are spectators around the pool, and on the patio a table is set with treats and perhaps trophies? Can’t tell from here.

It’s a windy day and the tablecloth is flapping. And lots of cheering.

Every day this week there have been special events celebrating Charlestown’s 25th anniversary. On Friday evening there was big-band dancing and entertainment under a tent, followed by fireworks. Spectacular, I’ve heard. (See, Jenna, we can do it, too.)

I enjoy living in such a lively, active community, even though I can’t participate.

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Leaving the Medical Center where I’d had an appointment with my doctor, I took some pictures. This cafe is just a short way down the hall from the Medical Center.

Besides the old-fashioned jars of candy, it features a soda fountain and an old Coke machine. I’ll bet you’ve never seen a soda fountain. At age 13, with a worker’s permit, I worked the soda fountain at our neighborhood drug store (that’s what they were called then). You can have sandwiches, salads, and other light stuff made to order. Ice cream soda anyone?

Here’s the General Store adjacent to the Fountain Hill Cafe.

At the opposite side of the soda fountain is a grab-and-go refrigerated case filled with sandwiches, salads, fruit, desserts, beverages, and snacks–ready to eat.

Across the hall, just a few steps from the soda fountain is a seating area.

With a juke box loaded with Golden Oldies.

Does this look like an old folks’ home to you? I wouldn’t be surprised if, in a few years, they convert one of the dining rooms to a food court.

It’s a great place to live. More about our 25th anniversary celebration to follow. Come back soon, won’t you?

Oh, by the way, Ernie and I are celebrating 10 years at Charlestown this week, and 22 years since we made our illicit relationship “licit” at the Courthouse. But that’s another story. We’ve been together 37 years.

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