'Take time to smell the flowers...' sounds good but who lives it? Ideally I would blog a bit every day, if only a few words or a photo. Do I? No. Why? Somewhere I learned a work ethic to get the job at hand done... then relax. Frank & I were such good parents that all six or our daughters have this work ethic too. Trouble is, some of them don't seem to find time for the 'smelling flowers' part of life.

Earlier in my retirement years one daughter gave me a book, written by a couple of young people as a guide for their own parents to write a book about their lives. The idea was for me to write a book. Sounds impressive, eh?

Because I'm me... because I like results now... because of my interest in computers and the internet, I just figured blogging is better. Because I might be a bit flakey, or maybe I just like to be organized, there ended up being a whole flotilla of blogs by sherle!!! There's a reason. There are different purposes and some were just experimental. Anyway, Grumbleeze is my original idea for a blog, even though it's actually based on a website I started before Blogger... on Lycos/Tripod, meant as an online diary.

This afternoon I have an SVCA board meeting. I still have to put together the agenda and print out enough copies for the board. Might even have to learn how to change a cartridge in my Epson printer in order to get this done. It's something Frank always did for me. The agenda will be easy... I already know what it is; just have to put it in words. If I don't they will forgive me. My SVCA friends are loving people.

I had this blog in my head and knew I would not do it if I don't do it now. Remember fireplaces? I have three of them in my house - good old-fashioned wood-burning fireplaces. For lots of reasons... environmental, safety, and even the hard work involved in carrying the wood in..... we stopped using those fireplaces. We planned on closing one up tight and converting the other two to gas burning. We didn't have time. Frank is gone and I can't do that myself.

Yesterday I decided to turn down my thermostat and start using my little electric heater. I hope it truly does help cut down on the gas/electric bill like the experts say it will. Anyway... that's what reminded me of the fireplaces. Since I plugged in that little heater there is always at least one cat lying on the floor in front of it... just like the old days when our old Gato would lie on the hearth until we thought he would bake his brain.

Maybe I'll think about replacing the wood-burning fireplaces with electric instead of gas! I'm sure one or more of my wonderful sons-in-law would be happy to help me with such a project... and it would probably be easier than the natural gas installation. Maybe next year... or after.

By the way, the daughter who gave me the book on how to write a book... does she read my blog? Rarely. She is much too busy with her job and her family. It doesn't matter. She loves me and I love her and she does phone me at least once or twice a week.

My kids are 'chips off the ol' blocks' - every single one of them! I'm proud of them - every single one of them! Would I change any one of them? NEVER!!!

Today I'm feeling warm and cozy! Now I'd better put together this afternoon's agenda.

Addendum: All ready for my board meeting, agenda, shower and all. Was blogjogging and found this little gem... in a round-about way from Wanda's Just Breathe blog. My Life Path number is 6 but since I'm not in tune with 1 question analyses I finally found this one:

Your Heart Is Blue

Love is a doing word for you. You know it's love when you treat each other well.
You are a giving lover, but you don't give too much. You expect something in return.

Your flirting style: Friendly

Your lucky first date: Lunch at an outdoor cafe

Your dream lover: Is both generous and selfish

What you bring to relationships: Loyalty

What Color Heart Do You Have?
There were other one question quizzes and all were fun but what can I say? I like the way this little blue heart looks. Love, peace and all that stuff... and oh yeah. Usama Bin Laden is in the news again. Gettum Bushy!!! ;-)

My heart is red...

"You're a passionate lover - you always have a huge fire in your heart.
Too bad it's hard for you to be passionate about just one person!

Your flirting style: Outgoing and sexy

Your lucky first date: Drinks and dancing

Your dream lover: Is both stable and intense

What you bring to relationships: Honesty"


Very interesting! I'll comment more later. Gotta take a nap and get ready to go to the circus. =)

Love you, Mom!
Well Sherle, the best I got from this post is that you are one organized flake, with el Gato loco.
I love your writing and ideas and your three fire places. I have a wood burning stove and just finished loading it up and turning it off for the night. Bless you precious lady.
My heart is pink
In relationships, you like to play innocent - even though you aren't.
Each time you fall in love, it's like falling for the first time.
Your flirting style: Coy
Your lucky first date: Picnic in the park
Your dream lover: Is both caring and dominant
What you bring to relationships: Romance
Hmmm - pretty accurate.
One of my sons-in-law gave me a book on how to write my life. I'm too busy.
Hi Sherle! I have a blue heart also. Maybe it's a shirl thing.

Good luck on the fireplaces!
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