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New Computer

I WAS WORKING WITH AN OLD COMPUTER – Ed says 10 years old – I’m thinking more like 15. Anyway, the tower was making noises and I thought if I didn’t get a new computer, my old one would keel over and I’d lose all my data.

My daughter, Laura, and her guy, Robert, were visiting. They drove me to Staples. I learned that the new computers are complete in the monitor – no separate speakers. White keyboard. How cool is that. Hey, I can see it. So I got one and I am still learning how to use it.

We took them to the Tarpon Lodge and they took care of the bill when we weren’t looking. I took Laura to the public library on Pine Island (in the woods, on Sesame Street) and she talked library with the manager. She is the director of a library in Blauvelt, New York. I roamed around refreshing my memory of how lovely that library is.

They left at 5 a.m. on Saturday and I set the alarm to get up and see them off. Ed got up too. At one point I noticed that Laura was cleaning the kitty litter. Earlier she and Robert totally reorganized the third world country known as the garage and it is now known as a recovering nation.

Sol, our nurse friend who had been living with us, used the occasion to make a decision and moved in with her boyfriend, freeing up our spare bedroom suite for their visit. Last year they stayed with Don, my brother in law, and were going to do the same this year, but his girlfriend, Cindy, said no. She is very territorial. Don has been giving me some of my sister’s things (for instance, her spurs from when she was a competitive jumper and a photo of her jumping her horse over a fence). Time has worn on and now I am wondering if Cindy is pushing him to give Tula’s things away.

Anyway, I was looking into motels when Sol said she was moving. Cindy sold her house and moved in with Don about three months ago. Don is 92 and she is 50 something. He is in great shape but life being what it is, I’m guessing she thinks she will inherit his lovely, paid for, house on big water (around the corner from where we are). What I know is that he promised the house to his grandchildren. And, knowing him as I do, I don’t think he has changed his mind. Cindy has a shock coming.

It was great to spend time with Laura. She says I am the world’s best mom. She tells me that when she learned about her real background (half Greek), and that I am a pianist, artist, and writer, as she is, a lot of things fell into place for her. We still e mail each other every day. Other similarities – we were both tomboys and climbed trees and found ways to go for walks in the woods. Her adoptive mother wanted her to be “more feminine”. Her father was the reader. Her mother didn’t know what a book was. I mentioned early on that we both do Munchkin imitations. So let’s hear it for biology.


posted on Jan 23, 2022 9:57 PM ()


Hi Teal, I just discovered the credentials for this account, so I’m sending a quick hello. How wonderful that you have your daughter! What a wonderful happiness for you.
I’m so sorry you found out about your friend by finding her obit. Sending you hugs for the sad moments.
My sister’s cancer has made her unable to walk, and with a lesion on one of her hips. She has been in & out of Hospital, and since last August she has been in a Nursing Home. She is chronically in pain. The home is criminally understaffed. The staff apparently steals her pain medication, because there are periods of days when they tell her they are out of her medication, and they give her Tylenol for her cancer pain.
I visit her every day that I am able to do so. This may be all you hear from me until things settle down a bit. I have no idea how to change things. I’m being as tenacious as possible. Much love and many hugs, Stella starts with the same letter as my true name. I’m so glad you like your JackieLawson cards.
comment by stella on Feb 21, 2022 8:24 PM ()
Hi Stella, I learned from Eddie that notifications of blog posts might be going into my spam folder and I checked it and found three. I am guessing all the others have been deleted as part of an auto time-out. Until I learn how to un-do the spam designation I will just have to keep checking the spam folder.
reply by tealstar on Mar 5, 2022 12:28 PM ()
This daughter is not only good company but seems incredibly thoughtful. I'm happy for you.
comment by drmaus on Jan 25, 2022 8:29 AM ()
As part of her "duties" as a library director I learn that she is paying the rent for one of her elderly patrons, is helping another patron by editing his autobiography for free, helped another one with getting a license. She solves everyone's problems. She is looking into retirement and I wonder what they will do without her.
reply by tealstar on Mar 5, 2022 12:26 PM ()
Wonderful to be able to have your daughter stay with you. She sounds so much like you. DNA really called the shots on this one.
comment by elderjane on Jan 24, 2022 3:48 AM ()
P.S. I am still not getting notifications of your blog posts.
comment by tealstar on Jan 23, 2022 10:01 PM ()

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