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PostSubject: Re: So, There I Was   So, There I Was - Page 5 EmptyThu Sep 13, 2012 4:17 am

Does that mean "we gals" should stick to "simple things," Abe? scratch

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PostSubject: Re: So, There I Was   So, There I Was - Page 5 EmptyThu Sep 13, 2012 6:58 am

Ann, your sensitivity fails to consider a simple statement. Simplicity is wonderful. Simplicity is earthy. Simplicity means getting to the point without lots of unnecessary fluff. Simplicity in the case mentioned meant a shining light sparkling as a gem. Why are you so complex? A compliment taken as something negative?
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PostSubject: Re: So, There I Was   So, There I Was - Page 5 EmptyThu Sep 13, 2012 7:09 am

I thought the little emoticon along with my casual signature would indicate a light comment, Abe. No need to react so strongly.

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PostSubject: Re: So, There I Was   So, There I Was - Page 5 EmptySun Dec 02, 2012 4:02 pm

So, There I was. . . .

Decorating the Christmas Tree. I have lovely ornaments that have been chosen over many years. Mostly, they are fancy birds, glitzy angels, snowflakes (gold and glittery and white) irredecent stars.....many things that caught my fancy, none more than a couple of dollars each package of several.

To be continued...
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PostSubject: Re: So, There I Was   So, There I Was - Page 5 EmptySun Dec 02, 2012 4:59 pm

I stand back and look at it with joy.

When I think back into my dismal childhood and the lack of joy, Christmas or not, I look at this tree that we (my David and I) have created with not much money with the expression of our creatiive hearts, the love we have for each other and the belief that one creates their own universe. I hope I can post a picture.

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PostSubject: Re: So, There I Was   So, There I Was - Page 5 EmptySun Dec 02, 2012 5:35 pm

I won't be here Christmas so I don't need a tree. I did hang a few balls around the house on plants...

I appreciate simplicity and complexity - depends on the time of day.
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PostSubject: Re: So, There I Was   So, There I Was - Page 5 EmptyWed Jul 24, 2013 5:23 pm

So, There I Was, not hearing much of anything said to me.  I am treated as if I am without mental faculties, kind of less that normal, retarded, the trash heap of humanity. 
I remember it from my youth, only then it was blindness. 
"You could see if you wanted to!"  
"You could hear if you wanted to."

What painful, ignorant, trashy, words!
Yet, this day, I cannot hear and have heard the same rapartee.  When will it ever come around?  When will the persons saying these mindless words shut up and understand that deafness is an affliction that the mind cannot fix?   
Why cannot insurance help this?  It does not.  It does not.  You can be blind and deaf and insurance will not give a hoot.
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PostSubject: Re: So, There I Was   So, There I Was - Page 5 EmptyWed Jul 24, 2013 9:50 pm

Betty said:
"What painful, ignorant, trashy, words!
Yet, this day, I cannot hear and have heard the same rapartee.  When will it ever come around?  When will the persons saying these mindless words shut up and understand that deafness is an affliction that the mind cannot fix?   
Why cannot insurance help this?  It does not.  It does not.  You can be blind and deaf and insurance will not give a hoot."

Betty, it is so sad that people lack understanding.  It appears that some don't want to understand.  Help is available to those that can afford the high premiums. 
Often school children get poor grades from deficiencies in hearing or eyesight.  Having children examined early is very important. As we get older, deficiencies in eyesight and hearing is a normal thing, however it becomes a point of irritation to those who lack understanding.   Asking someone to repeat what they said can cause them to shout at you.  Not hearing is different from not comprehending.
Healthcare should be available to everyone, not just to those who can afford high insurance premiums.  And, it doesn’t stop there.  If one applies to an insurer because of a deficiency, pre-existing conditions are not covered.   That is just one reason why the Obama healthcare program is good. 
Preventive health care saves money and lives.  Going to the doctor when the illness is severe is costly and may be too late.  Suffering doesn’t play a role with insurers.  Collecting premiums is their goal.
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PostSubject: Re: So, There I Was   So, There I Was - Page 5 EmptyThu Jul 25, 2013 7:42 am

My sight and hearing have, fortunately, always been keen and seem to remain so, same with smell.  I was so blessed when Mother finally agreed to hearing aids.  She refused for many years because of the cost.  However, not hearing becomes a safety matter as well as inconvenience.

Medicare does cover some small bit regarding hearing aids.  I don't know, but I do know the type of hearing aid did not appeal to Mother.  Some medicare plans also have provisions for glasses, of course not the glamorous ones.

I'm always getting hearing aid adds in the mail that say they are looking for people to "try them at no cost" but I'm sure there's a kick there.

Mother used to tell me she was losing her hearing, not her mind.  People did treat her like she was an idiot at the grocery or places where they had to repeat.  She gained ten years of youth by getting those hearing aids.

There are social services in Florida for filling gaps for such things.  Especially when it comes to hearing, if it's fixable, it sure makes a difference in safety and communication.

Unfortunately, ignorant people are everywhere.  Spending much time with my mother in winters has made me very aware of the difficulties from hearing loss.
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PostSubject: Re: So, There I Was   So, There I Was - Page 5 EmptyThu Jul 25, 2013 3:49 pm

Today, I dug out of the drawer my ex-husband's wife's Sam's club hearing aid, (one for the left ear) out of the drawer. I put it in my ear around 2.  The birds shouted at me.  I wore it in the hopes that the large echo would subside by the time David got home.  I heard things that I never have heard before...
I feel that if he went the 400 feet to the gate and whispered, I could hear what he had to say.  I have taken this aid to the HearX people in Sun City to be adjusted.  They told me that they did not sell it and could care less about adjusting....please pay us 2000 dollars.  
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PostSubject: Re: So, There I Was   So, There I Was - Page 5 EmptyThu Jul 25, 2013 10:07 pm

Betty, that is a good example of how some health care providers view health care.  They care about how much they can earn - not the care of the patient.

Hearing aids can be costly.  They try to sell you the latest and most expensive.  Even if you take the less expensive, the cost of batteries makes the wearing costly.

I was tested and found a loss of hearing in one ear.  They wanted to fit me for both ears.  I insisted that I just needed something that I could use when needed.  They insisted that I must wear it all the time and on both ears.  I told them to keep their aids. 
I'm the customer.  IMO they should sell me what I want, not what they want to sell.
I'm doing fine without the hearing aid, however that may change in the future. 
When I took one home for testing and went to a restuarant, the noises were so garbled and loud that I felt it was worse, not better.  Then then wanted to sell me a system that would separate the noises.  No thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: So, There I Was   So, There I Was - Page 5 EmptyFri Jul 26, 2013 6:33 am

My mother paid a fortune for her hearing aid and the continued battery change.  In this day of technology, there's something wrong with this picture when a computer is $250 and everyone is hooked up to several gadgets yet a health need, a hearing aid, is astronomically expensive and complicated.
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PostSubject: Re: So, There I Was   So, There I Was - Page 5 EmptyFri Jul 26, 2013 11:37 am

Agree DK.  Siometimes it seems as though the producers don't want technological improvement if it affects their income.  That's just another reason why health care "control" (government) is needed.  If the market is opened for competition, improvement follows.  Within the health care industry much is controlled by firms that have strong lobbies.  JMO
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So, There I was, looking at my miniature perfume bottle collection on the shelf of my wonderful office.  Most of them are still full of whatever perfume was in them to begin with.  Tonight, I opened the little bottle, about an inch tall including the fancy lid and touched the lid to my arm.  It was called Oscar, made in France.  I waltzed out to where my David was watching the TV.  He almost fainted!

"My God!" he excalimed. 
"I thought it was kind of a nice smell." said I.
"Wash that shit off!" said he.

So, I did.  I guess it is one of those perfumes that stays with you through the washing with dawn dish soap and a shower. 
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PostSubject: Re: So, There I Was   So, There I Was - Page 5 EmptySat Sep 21, 2013 5:42 pm

Betty, that's priceless!  I think the elan of perfume has left in favor of the clean, fresh smell of a healthy lifestyle.  I hate it when someone sits next to me wearing perfume and the scents I used to like - Emeraud Coty - make me ill today.

I still like Old Spice on a man, though, just a bit from say, aftershave.  Not overwhelming.
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DK, I know what you mean.  There is a clerk in the Walmart that smells of Tirgress....Wheeeehew!  hahaha.  I liked Old Spice myself.  My David wears Lagerfeld and Joop.  Not doused in it, but just a dab. 

Sometimes, and old lady will pass me in a store and smells like spider lilies.  If ever I can find out what that scent is, I would buy it.  It is clean and fresh smelling.  Not heavy. 
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Spider lilies are magnificent!
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I wrote a short story entitled "Spider Lily."
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PostSubject: Re: So, There I Was   So, There I Was - Page 5 EmptySat Sep 21, 2013 5:54 pm

Betty, a couple of my close hs friends were very much ibto the original Estee Lauder fragrance, and were determined that it would get any girl the man she wanted. They had me so convinced that I bought a very tiny, very expensive bttle, and wore it on a date with Bill (my ex for newcomers), Fortunately, it seems, I didn't care for it myself, so I stopped using it.

Bill didn't say anything at the tie, but later, upon hearing more about the theory, said, "Was that what you were wearing? Da**, I almost broke up with you because of it.
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I will find the story, DK. 
I lived in a kind of shack that used to be a chicken house until I put some magic into it, and outside the back door grew spider lilies.  The ugliness of my life at that time was large, but every time I went out that door, the smell of those lilies would drift up to me.  It was a reminder about the "lilies of the field" and I think of them every time my life gets hard to deal with.  You are wonder, do do know that!
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I'll find it...
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PostSubject: Re: So, There I Was   So, There I Was - Page 5 EmptySat Sep 21, 2013 6:08 pm

Ann, I remember the Estee Lauder stuff.  I think that Penny's still sells some of it.  Remember Channel No. 5?  I was too poor to ever buy that but I would go to the fancy department stores and spray myself with the samples.  hahah.  Even this day, if ever I needed to wear a perfume, I would do that.  Alas, I have no occassion to wear anything except shower soap and shampoo.  Works for me.  I never did like the smell of flex shampoo.  There is a fabric softener by downey that smells like that.  It is so offensive to me.  Funny how noses are.
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PostSubject: Re: So, There I Was   So, There I Was - Page 5 EmptySat Sep 21, 2013 6:11 pm

This is a gift to Betty - and to anyone else for whom flowers are more than beautiful...



The Christmas Spider Lily
by D. K. CHRISTI
 
Stop by the house after Rotary; you can look for the photo you want.” Ted is just ahead of me on the way out of the Rib Restaurant and our weekly Rotary lunch. I follow his truck out of the dirt parking lot and along the winding streets to his lovely home, waiting at the front porch as he goes through the garage. On both sides are beautiful, healthy plants: the rhododendron and poinsettia are the largest I have ever seen still in pots.
My first fiction novel has just been released, and Ted is “horse trading” a signed copy of my novel for one of his signed photographs. I saw his work displayed at a Rotary benefit and fell in love with an owl. The price was too high for my budget at the time. Isn’t art wonderful? It’s all in the eye of the beholder. We both see equality in the talent of the other and want signed copies of original works. His photographs are limited editions, each numbered like lithographs. I can’t do that with my book, but I can sign it.
“Come on in.” Ted opens the door to a view through his living room to the large, screened pool area. On the way are electric light trains and a snowman bubble with spraying snow. “These are my wife’s cozy things. She doesn’t tell me how to take pictures, and I don’t tell her how to decorate.”
I love the warmth I feel in his home. His wife has an eye for unique collections and displays that are candy to the eyes and wrap me in their Christmas spirit. Even the dining table is set with Christmas dishes, ready to invite dinner guests. I start thinking about all the dusting around the many collections of interesting items, even a model of a casino poker machine, but release the thought to total enjoyment of the ambiance.
We enter Ted’s photo room where he has a box of unframed 11 X 17 pictures ready to take with him to the art show in Sanibel. He flips through them nonchalantly, the perfectly posed herons and swamp scenes, the hawks and eagles, and my favorite, the close up brown owl. I can almost here its plaintive “whooooo” in the swamp or through the few pines left behind my house.
“That’s my owl, the one I see in the swamp.”
“Of course. I happened to take his picture in Maitland, but I am sure he migrated here for you to say “hello.” We have a good laugh over that, and he continues showing me other beautiful photographs that he has taken of old, weathered buildings and children selling lemonade. He certainly has an eye for the unusual and interesting, including the way the light reflects off the lemonade sign or the side of the building.
“Come in the living room. Some of these pictures have stories.”
“This building shot has been turned into postcards. The building is now a museum with a handicapped walkway and shrubs hiding these interesting old boards along here. I was up there not too long ago, and they had my photo, an 11 X 17, beautifully framed and hanging near the postcards. They asked me if it was okay to make the cards, and all I asked was that my name be given credit. Sure enough, there was my name on the cards. I was so pleased, as soon as I returned home, I made a larger blow up of the picture and took it to them the next time I was in Maitland.”
“The real story, though, is an outside story; and it starts with that photo of the Spider Lily.” Ted leads me to the large photograph with a wall nearly to itself. The white, delicate flower spreads its bloom across the picture, supported by grasses and sunshine though a mist.
“Oh, that is beautiful! There was a book written ………….;” but before I can finish, Ted interrupts me.
“You’re thinking of the ghost orchid. No, this is a lily that blooms from grasses in the winter in tropical zones. In fact, I never saw one before our trip to Mexico a couple of winters ago. This flower commanded me to snap its picture to bring it home.”
I can see why. It has a quiet elegance similar to the ghost orchid, a delicacy that looks too fragile to touch, caught forever in Ted’s photograph, even with a drop of dew on its leaves. Once I look at this picture, the rest of the room disappears into the background.
“Remember, this is an outside story. Follow me, and I’ll tell you the rest of the story.”
I follow Ted out the front door and into the sunshine. I’m actually on my lunch hour, so the story needs to be short. Ted is not known for telling short stories.
“You knew Maddie?” he inquires.
“Yes, Maddie and Jason owned the little store on Stone Lake. Maddie is well-known for her community involvement and her never-ending fight to clean the lake and reintroduce the fishing stock. The run-off nearly killed the lake and their business. When she died, the town honored her with a commemorative sign at the little park on the lake that she tended, lovingly. For such a delicate woman, she had the power of conviction to scare those politicians into action. I see that Jason is still very active on community boards and still involved in lake cleanup activity. I’m sure the loss of Maddie has been a major blow.”
Ted doesn’t answer me directly, instead he points out into the yard, “You see those thick and tall grasses over there on the corner of the lot by the driveway?”
“Yes.” I wonder where this is going.
“Before Maddie died, she and Jason came over with a potted Christmas Cactus. You know, it only blooms at Christmas, with a long stamen. Then, it’s over until the next year. Maddie herself emptied the contents of her pots over there on the corner and planted it with her usual skill. She promised the Christmas Cactus would need little care. Sure enough, by Christmas the first year after her death, there was the single, tall, white bloom. The winter, however, was unseasonably dry. The plant sort of dried up, and we were sure it was gone forever.
“Last year, my wife and I went to Mexico for the winter. It was one of those unseasonably rainy winters here. While we were off in Mexico enjoying the sun and my photography, all the greenery around this house was getting an unusual dosing. It was in the jungles of Mexico that I became fascinated with the spider lily; as I had never in my life seen this delicate, beautiful and elegant bloom coming forth from plain grasses. When we returned home, we were amazed at the high pool water and the growth of all our landscaping treasures.
“One of my first tasks after we came home was to develop and frame my beautiful Spider Lily. In fact, I could hardly wait to show it off to friends. Jason is one of those friends. I gave him a call and asked him over for Holiday Cheer. He arrived, and I took him in the living room to show off the picture. The beauty of the photograph appropriately impressed him.
“We sat by the pool, sharing memories from our days as two couples and talking about my Mexico adventure. The afternoon slipped away in pleasant camaraderie. The sun, too, was slipping downward when Jason suggested he needed to get back to the store.
“I escorted him to the front door, and we stepped out onto the porch. The sun was low in the sky and cast shadows from the plants in the front yard. As we started walking toward Jason’s truck, something caught our eyes at the same time from the corner of the lot. There, peeking out from the few sprigs of grass in that corner where the Christmas Cactus died was a beautiful white, Spider Lily!
“I tell you, it sends chills up my spine even today. I had never in my life seen a Spider Lily until the day I photographed one in Mexico, drawn to capture the image and have it for myself. Now, there was one blooming in my yard. You can see the tall grasses over there in the corner where it’s due to bloom again this winter.
“Well, Jason and I went back to our chairs to figure it out. We decided that when Maddie put the Christmas Cactus in the pot to bring here, the pots must have had some grasses from Spider Lilies that only she had seen, perhaps in the little park she maintained or tucked away on the property, quietly sharing their beauty with no one in particular. The Christmas Cactus died, but the grasses must have lived. The unusual rains while we were in Mexico must have awakened the sleeping Spider Lily, and it opened for our eyes on this winter afternoon, just under two years since Maddie died.
“Maddie loved the flowers and nature. Jason and I will never believe any different than what we decided on that winter afternoon as the sun was setting on the horizon. Maddie was sending her own gentle spirit through the unexpected Spider Lily to help ease the loss of her company. You know, that was the day that Jason was able to move on from his grief, the day Maddie gave us a Spider Lily for Christmas. “
I look over at the corner of the lot, wishing the Spider Lily to bloom. I didn’t know Maddie well, but I knew she had a beautiful spirit and was sorely missed by everyone who did spend time with her. Ted and I stand on the porch without a word for a few minutes. It’s one of those unspoken communications where the mystery of life has stunned us both to silence. I have lost my desire to hurry back to work. Somehow, work seems mundane in light of this mystery. Instead of heading for my car as intended, I follow Ted back into the house.
“You know, Ted, maybe the owl isn’t the best choice for me. After all, there are many owls; and we don’t know their stories. I think I would prefer a copy of the Spider Lily you have on your wall if you have another. I can look at the picture and remember the beauty of the magic you shared today.
“Well, that’s the other strange part of the story. After I saw my special flower blooming in the yard, I also wanted more copies of the picture on my wall. I wanted to give one to Jason. Now, it almost seemed as if finding the flower in Mexico was also Maddie reaching out to us. The flower in my own yard was the second part where she reached out to Jason while he was in my company.
“I went to my negatives from Mexico, and the negative of the Spider Lily was nowhere to be found. I called the photo shop thinking they might have held it back since I do so much business with them. I once had my own dark room for the black and white pictures; but I use a professional shop these days, concentrating on my photography and leaving the developing to their expertise. They were certain the negative was returned to me.
“I thought about taking a photo of the Spider Lily in my yard, but it just didn’t seem right, somehow. It felt as though the picture without negatives was intentional. That picture was the introduction. The mystery of the Spider Lily in the yard is one that cannot be captured on photo paper. While I am happy to share the beauty of the experience with you, I think the photo and the lily are unique and not intended for reproduction. So, the owl is probably a good choice after all.”
“Thanks, Ted, for a wonderful afternoon. I’ll sign my book for you as soon as the order comes in and stop by to exchange my book for the owl. That will give us another reason for you to share some more of your photo stories with me. I’ll never forget Maddie’s Christmas Spider Lily.
I open the car door and look over my shoulder at the grass where the Spider Lily is expected to bloom again this year. I don’t understand the mysteries of life, but I can’t help but believe, just like Ted and Jason, that Maddie had a hand in it somehow.
My book arrives, and Ted and I plan our exchange for today. As I pull into the driveway, I look for Maddie’s Christmas Spider Lily. I am not disappointed. It monopolizes the corner just where he had pointed, blooming in all its delicate beauty just as Ted promised. I sit here and just feel the miracle of the moment. I am forever grateful that I wrote a book to trade for an owl and discovered the mystery of Maddie’s Christmas Spider Lily
I am sharing this experience with Mother. She is nodding her head in agreement.
“I know about Spider Lilies,” she says, just as I finish. “ My mother had bright, red spider lilies on both sides of her gate in Mississippi. I saw them still when I went home to visit mother after I made my home in the north. After her death, I visited my sister. As I walked up to the front door, bright, red Spider Lilies were blooming on both sides of her porch. “Where did you get the beautiful Spider Lilies?” I inquired. “They remind me of the ones that bloomed by mother’s gate as long as I can remember.”
“These came from mother’s gate,” she replied in a soft voice. “After mother died, I went over there with my shovel and buckets and dug up the Spider Lilies by the gate so I would always have a remembrance of all the days we walked through that gate to our house. Though Mother is no longer here, I feel her spirit in the beauty of the red, Spider Lilies from our home.”
Ted’s experience wasn’t so unique after all.
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Dear Diane,
I have saved and printed the story..
You are beautiful, inside and out.  I will read it this night.
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Betty Fasig wrote:
Ann, I remember the Estee Lauder stuff.  I think that Penny's still sells some of it.  Remember Channel No. 5?  I was too poor to ever buy that but I would go to the fancy department stores and spray myself with the samples.  hahah.  Even this day, if ever I needed to wear a perfume, I would do that.  Alas, I have no occassion to wear anything except shower soap and shampoo.  Works for me.  I never did like the smell of flex shampoo.  There is a fabric softener by downey that smells like that.  It is so offensive to me.  Funny how noses are.
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Betty
Today I am into Dove's Green Tea and Cucumber body splash, shower gel, shampoo, and deoderant. I can get it at the supermarket and don't have to make a special trip to the mall. When one hit's 70, convenience is all. 

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