I haven’t done much driving in the past two years. Since I had my heart surgery, I have not wanted to drive.

I have done it, briefly as needed, but I don’t like it. Despite that, I need to drive sometimes and today was a good choice. Nice day, not a busy time. It turns out, I remember how to drive, but have forgotten how to get anywhere. I’ve always had a terrible sense of direction but two years of letting Garry drive has made it much worse.

Nonetheless. I found the post office, with help from Garry. I couldn’t remember which road went where (really, THAT bad) and then the doctor. Garry drove home. But my day was not over.

I had to go to the bank.

I cannot remember the last time I was inside a brick-and-mortar bank. Normally, I do everything online. Money comes in as direct deposits and I pay my bills on the computer. Today, though, I have a piece of paper. Which won’t become money unless (gasp), I deposit it. Eventually, I find myself in the bank with the check in hand. Trying to deposit it. Apparently no one uses deposit slips anymore. You hand them the check, slide your bank card through this month’s newest machine, tell them where you want it to go … and sign. Voila. Done.

I couldn’t remember anything. The machines are new, the slider is on the opposite side. I couldn’t find the pen. It was humiliating.

I’m sure the next time I go to a bank, it will be new all over again. Online, it’s all direct deposit. I can move money around, pay bills, calculate how much money is available for whatever. And I’m great with software, but as a live human, I’m hopeless.

Pathetic, I know. But who knows when or if I’ll ever have another check? Seriously. Who gets paper checks anymore?


Share Your World – April 10, 2017

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story.

I was going to say “no” … but then I realized that actually, I did. Sort of. It was 54 years ago. That was so long ago, it’s as if it were another lifetime.

All photos: Garry Armstrong

When I and my friends were in final summer between high school and college, we got serious about bicycle riding. For that last summer, we rode between 10 and 30 miles every day unless it was raining. We rode out to another county, and deep into New York city. We didn’t have fancy bicycles, either. None of those 10-speed racers. We had whatever was available, ranging from my friend Carol’s bike which had been her mother’s bike, to Mary’s Schwinn . It wasn’t a race or a marathon. The only prize was we could say “we did it.”

At the end of that summer, I was in the best physical shape I have been in. Ever. It turns out it isn’t just a rumor: serious exercise gives you serious muscles.

Name one thing not many people know about you.

My official college major, after I dropped music, was Speech. To this day, I’m fascinated by the way people talk.

What is your favorite flower?

Lilac. It’s the scent.

Things I want to have in my home (paintings, hot tubs, book cases, big screen tv etc)

Art is probably the most important. I need beautiful and interesting things near me. Art makes my world sane. If you don’t love art, you won’t understand.

Otherwise, housewares make me happy. New pots and pans. Dishes. Flatware. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Having things that work well but are also beautiful give me a sense of satisfaction I can’t entirely explain.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Harvest – Earth

The valley is not the best place for crops. We are a dairy and apple region. Some corn, some veggies in summer. Tomatoes. But no long fields of wheat or other grains waving in the summer breezes.

We do grow some glorious pumpkins, however. Some are so glorious, they are about the size of an average small truck. Acres and acres of pumpkins. Acorn squash, too. And, when the caterpillars haven’t done them in, apples.