Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Saturday evening we attended the Marine Corp Ball. It was held at our local Ranchera's Casino and Resort. Over 300 in attendance.
Everyone all dressed to the nines - (the Old English saying “dressed to the eyes,” which, because Old English was weird, was written as “dressed to then eyne.” The thinking goes that someone at some point heard “then eyne” and mistook it for “the nine” or “the nines.”)
Many good-looking young men.
I checked out what the other women were wearing who was in my age group - OLD. Heck, I could have dressed in more comfort if I had listened to my gut. My feet were killing me; even when I sat, they throbbed. No dancing for me which was a bummer since I do enjoy dancing. Heck, just walking across the busy dining room to the restrooms, was an effort. Then I come home to find, that I still had crumbled up paper in both toes of my shoes - really crammed in there and I obviously didn't notice. No wonder my toes were cramping!
Sorry, no pictures.
Earlier in the day, I had my hair done in a nice french braid. That looked nice, and the gal only charged me $10. What a deal.
The men at this event - young and old, very proud and at every table, they are talking about their service. Not the nitty gritty though - you never hear them talk about that. Just the funny stuff. Like boot camp, and bar fights. These days, it's not just the guys - so many young women and old women who are Marines. We have this one lady Marine at the Veterans Home, who is 103.
The food was okay - you really don't go for the food. You go for that special comrade. Only a few, understand the jokes and the commitment.
My husband is NOT a Marine and had to affectionately endue the jokes from the Marines, and other branches that were there, regarding the Navy and Coast Guard. Puddle Pirates which then someone yells back, "Muscle Always Required, Intelligence Not Essential". Then it starts -
"ravenous crayon eaters" and "window lickers". I don't get it either! Then there is the “Chair Force.” Overall, Air Force related jokes center around how they are prima donnas. The "Never Again Volunteer Yourself" is one acronym sailors use, or Squids. My husband mentioned he served on 2 cutters and 2 icebreakers and the Marine says, "“Awww the Coast Guard does have cute Cutters."
Deep down they all care for one another. And only within the services can joke like that.
Sunday, November 11, 2018
About 70 miles south of us, is the charming little town of Paradise. Nestled within tall trees - truly WAS a paradise. Now, totally wiped out.
I have 2 friends (twins) I have known since the 4th grade that I keep in touch with and they both lost everything; one had to leave so fast because the fire was coming, she left her 2 precious cats.
I am depressed.
My husband said if it is not fire it would be something else. True. I love it here, because of the natural beauty and the thought of having to move back to the bay area would make me sick. I'm used to seeing trees and mountains, lakes and streams, rivers. No way am I moving back to the urban jungle of the bay area and the silicon valley. Basically the RAT RACE. Especially after living here for 10 years.
We will stay until we no longer can.
|Her last photo. She was in pain.|
Then the day the fire broke out on Thursday; after hearing that Karen had to leave her cats, I was feeling the need to HUG my elderly cat, Miss Buster. I was cradling her in my arms and noticed something wasn't right. She must have had a stroke between breakfast and the time I was holding her. She couldn't stand, walk and it was pitiful. 19 years old - almost 20. So I called my son, Navy, who had expressed earlier he wanted to be with her when it was "time." He got off work and the 3 of us, took her to the vet and she was let go peacefully and without any more pain.
Meanwhile, with all of this, we are in the middle of replacing our kitchen countertops. We're saving $$$ by doing it ourselves which is GREAT, but that one day delay has my kitchen and dining room a mess. No biggie really. Shit happens. So what, if I have no sink and that the dishwasher is not hooked up. So we've been eating out which I don't care for all the time as my steady diet due to my stomach issues. This morning I will go out and buy some microwavable meals.
MARINE CORP BALL
Last night we attended this event. It was nice but my shoes were killing me. They felt fine at the store, but they were hurting my feet even when I was sitting down. Then my knees started to swell and throb. All because of shoes! So last night in bed, my legs kept jerking; kept me awake. So today I am living on broken sleep. I NEED a NAP!
I sure HOPE, 2019 is peaceful.
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