For weeks, I’ve been meaning to share with my readers a great gift suggestion, and this morning I thought of it again. Years ago, Ted’s daughter Julie gave me a Ling Chang calendar, which sits in my kitchen window. I love it! Every year a refill is ordered, and I cannot tell you how many of these calendars (and refills) I have given as gifts since I received my first one years ago. They can be ordered online at www.ling.com, and I promise you will want one for yourself and anyone else special on your gift list. It’s like having an ever changing piece of beautiful art in your kitchen window or on your desk. Each month is different, and this morning as I removed the page for February and slipped in March’s page, it hit me. Oh my gosh! It’s March 1st!
March of 2010 is going to be a pretty important month for me. Weeks ago, I jumped over to the Social Security web site, and discovered I can apply for my retirement benefits when I am 61 years and 9 months old (if I want to start getting my monthly check at age 62, and yes I do – thank you very much). I will reach that magic number on the 7th of March, and you can bet I will be right here with my fingers striking the keys as rapidly as possible on that day. I can remember Ted being just this excited last year on the 5th of February, when he applied.
Of course – if you want to look at it another way – admitting I was born in 1948 is like admitting I’m as old as dirt. I did some research and found that during that year Harry Truman was President, Warner Brothers showed the first color newsreel in theatres, and professional wrestling first premiered on prime-time television. In 1948, a movie ticket cost $.40, a pound of hamburger $.45, a gallon of gas $.16, and the average new car $1,250. Babe Ruth died in 1948, but Alice Cooper, Prince Charles, John Ritter, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Olivia Newton-John, James Taylor, Ozzy Osbourne, and Al Gore were born (Ozzy and Al born the same year – that cracks me up). Porsche was founded, the game of Scrabble was introduced, and inventions included the long-playing 33 rpm record, the transistor radio, and velcro.
Did you notice what just happened? What started out as a gift suggestion has now turned into a 1948 review. Stuff like that happens to me all the time now. I’ll start thinking about doing the wash for the day and end up taking a shower. Plans to read the next chapter in a book quickly turn into a 2-hour nap. A trip to the kitchen from the den will quickly be followed by a trip back to the den to try and remember why I was going to the kitchen. And, as George Burns once said – while I’m stooping over to tie my shoe laces, I’ve started wondering what else I can do while I’m down there.
I’m as old as velcro – good grief.
Like Ted, our friend, Ed Feagin, loves to cook. Ed can always be counted on to pick at least one of Friday’s blog recipes to try out over the weekend. With Sally and Ed’s daughter Stacy and granddaughter Madelyn coming this past weekend, Ed chose Jane Kemp’s Over Night French Toast to “sample”. He emailed us Saturday morning with rave reviews and included pictures! You’ve spoiled me now, Ed. I’ll be expecting one of your “instant reviews” every weekend!