Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thursday Sorts Of Things

That's code for unimportant, only slightly interesting, random thoughts. And since it's Thursday I'll aim for thirteen -

1. I had to buy a new phone yesterday. I've been putting off a trip to the 'phone store' in much the same way I put off a trip to the dentist. Nearly as aggravating.

Here's how it went down-I called the day before and made an appointment. The gentleman confirmed my requested time and asked what I was interested in purchasing. He said I should ask for him by name when I came in (for the sake of this story we'll call him J) and he'd have the phone I wanted out and ready to go. Great! Yay! Perfect!

Also too good to be true.

When we arrived at the phone store nobody knew anything about a scheduled appointment and J wasn't even there. He'd gone home an hour earlier. I feel like this is par for the course when you go to purchase a new phone.

On the bright side, J's stand-in was super helpful and even managed to switch my plan to something less expensive with better service so I guess in the end I'm glad J was a slacker-ha!

2. On the less than bright side I spent an hour today trying to get my screen protector registered. It only required three live chats with the manufacturer and one call to Verizon.

3. Let's randomly change topic now because this is a list of completely unrelated stuff. I recently started an exercise class with some women in my neighborhood.

4. In case there's any confusion, I didn't start the class as in create the class. I started the class as in I attend the class. If you know me you weren't confused. ahem

5. In other activity related news, I've been playing Pickleball. Have you ever played Pickleball? I'm still learning and there are a lot of rules (I think you know how I feel about rules), but I'm enjoying the game a lot.

6. I guess you could say it's a cross between tennis and ping pong. For the record, I stink at tennis but I play a mean game of ping pong. The racket? paddle? is graphite, slightly larger than a ping pong paddle and the ball is similar to a Wiffle ball but its a Pickleball ball. We play on a tennis court with Pickleball markings which are slightly inside the tennis lines so less running. Whoohoo!

7. I still seem to end up running a lot.

8. When I told my Daughter2 I was playing Pickleball and that I really liked it she said, and I quote,

'That's great Mom because you're not, you know...' 

Not what? Coordinated? Ha-she's right! But I am getting a little bit better every week.

9. Course we didn't play this week because it was raining. I mean RAINING!! Again. Still?

10. Boating season is winding down but hubs and I did squeeze in a ride on a sunny 65 degree day a couple of weeks ago.

Yes I'm in jeans and a vest because even when it's sunny there's wind when you're moving. Hubs would want me to tell you he was wearing shorts and a t-shirt. 

11. Nothing nicer than leaf peeping from the water on a blue sky autumn day.

12.  I am a fan of the big blue heron.

13. And autumn in general.

"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all." ~ Stanley Horowitz


  1. Beautiful pics! I’m not that coordinated either, and my children seem to have no qualms about pointing out my failures. 🙄

  2. We have pickle ball courts in my community, but I still haven't played. There is a very active group, but I find I'm doing so many other things I'm not interested in adding another yet. I'm sure I will try it at some point. It's funny - we live 3 good size blocks from the courts and you can hear people playing. The ball has a very distinctive pinging sound!

  3. That is an absolutely beautiful lake. It's always so blue and so smooth. My sis-in-law plays pickleball and loves it. She's never been known for her coordination. I signed up for an exercise group and attended the first two times. It just hasn't worked out with my schedule since then, to my regret.

  4. What a nice ride on that lovely lake!! I enjoyed your 13!!

  5. It's lovely down there still. Currently we are preparing for 6-8 inches of snow. It is cold and windy and basically yucky. Not at all November weather.

  6. What beautiful photos Joyce! We have a Blue Herron that visits our pond almost daily. We love him and I had a dear friend of mine that is a wonderful artist paint us a picture of a Blue Herron and it will be here before Cmas. I'm so excited! We've had way more than our share of rain as well. So good to hear from you.

  7. Joyce, you tell your stories so well!

  8. Phone issues are never pleasant. Glad that's over for you. Way to go on joining the exercise class. Love the boating and enjoyed your photos. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  9. Hmmm...speaking of pickle ball we are talking about draining our pond and making it a pickle ball court!

  10. Hi Joyce... I feel the same way about phones and the phone store. Aren't screen protectors the best? My girls won't use them and it looks like it too. They're both walking around with cracked screens. It doesn't bother them one bit! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  11. Looks beautiful there. Changing phones can be a pain. Fortunately, we did ours a few months ago and hopefully won't have to do it again for 2 years.

  12. Your lake is especially beautiful at this time of year.