Tootee Flutee Red Hats
Live life one day at a time and don't sweat the small stuff. Remember: together, we can do better.
First, I hope those that read this will read it with my dry sense of humor....For a period of several years, my life was at a dead stand still. Days that had consisted of work, serving on several boards, volunteering in the community, and attending college working toward a doctorate ceased. Facet Lumbar Synndrome from a work related accident meant pain medication, physical therapy, braces, surgery, prayer, research for a cure,....none of which came close to ending pain or ever having the life I once knew. Resigning from any sort of physical (especially mental)activity was something I could not and would not resign myself to. A friend in another state mentioned her belonging to the Red Hats. "You should join!" I would be able to have some sort of social life to beat feelings of isolation. Well, as any Red Hatter knows, laughter is the best medicine. I signed on and have been enjoying miles of smiles since. My Sister Red Hats brought purpose and joy to my life. I will be thanking EQM Sue Ellen and the dear Lord for the rest of my life for the Red Hat Society.
Until my accident, I performed as a solo flutist and with a flute choir on either bass or alto flute. Hope to be able to do it again one day. Thoroughly enjoy writing a short news bit to Red Hat Sisters in the Midwest, planning the Red Hat Gala (we are working on number 3!), and getting chapters in the local area together. Saving everything I can (physically, $$) to attend national and serve my queen and hatquarters as ambassador.
Driving my children crazy, keeping doctors on their toes, sending therapists over the edge, and harrassing telemarketers by going on and on about my illness and how it led me to becoming a Red Hat and why aren't they in the society (calls have been fewer), doing what ever I can to spread the love of life to my grandchildren. What I used to do and would love to do; well...have beautiful flower beds again, conduct & perform (flute choir), serve in the community, dance, play & travel again.
No rap, no cry in my beer country and I am good to go. Just can't dance.
Give me a good comedy anytime. Must admit I do love Harry Potter, Overboard, First Wives Club, good old black & white comedies
Does this mean what do I actually watch or the fact that it is on 24/7 to have some background noise, drown out the silence or children/grandchildren if they happen to make an appearance,...Well, I have given up on anything that runs like a soap opera for fear they will cancel it at anytime and leave me hanging. Actual watching: weather (to see it change in five miutes), news, Mash, Medium, Ghost Whisperer, Food Network (they make it look so easy and tasty), TCM (the kids like to remind me that we do have color television), Reba, Golden Girls or whatever happens to be on until I locate the remote.
Currently reading "Boundaries", Beginner's Russian (not helpful when a grandchild or child as taken cassette number one), Consumer Reports, Readers Digest,and Write Your Own Pleasure Prescription, childrens books.
Southern cuisine, watching the snow as it gently falls to the earth (and then it can go back where it came from since I prefer it in liquid form if I have to go out), listening to music & people, travel, belonging to the human race,feeling helpful & appreciated (is this something like an oxymoron?), Red Hatters the world over.
Feeling trapped, placing my foot in my mouth and feeling guilty about it forever, my smile that is slowly falling by the way side (medication is causing my teeth to fall out), whiners that will not try and change anything to a positive, getting tired, never getting an 8 hours sleep.
Sweets. Extremely impatient. Been told that sometimes I am too nice. Short fuse. Get bored easily. Have a very low tolerance for stup...or when others are unwilling to listen and learn. Never seem to get this house organized and as a perfectionist, I lose sleep over it.
Energetic (maybe not physically but that brain is always in motion; so is brain fog). Adventurous and spontaneous. Confident in my abilities. Love a challenge and sometimes a little competitive. Outgoing. Live to learn. Passionate (and too much of a perfectionist) about things I am working on. Outgoing. Courageous and assertive, believe in tackling my fears. Jack of all trades and a master of nada. Can outdrive most men on the road. Greatest asset is the ability to never panic in a crisis and no matter how bad it hurts, keep going like the energizer bunny til I can go no more. Will stand and support a friend....
It depends on if they need something or not, but there is never a seat available at any holiday feast I spent days preparing. With two sons that help unload and load Red Hat anything, drive our float, a daughter missing out on the fun in another state, and a wonderful pink hat daughter-in-law that supports us in our antics with 7+ grandchildren in tow, honestly, I am lucky to have them as my legacy to this world.
Are you a Mother?
Are you a Grandmother?
A little fuzz-ball of a dog named Kitty (told you I had a warped sense of humor) and a cat named "Spot" and the best little red Bird in the world that chirps the minute I push the button (no fuss, no muss)...