Sunday, January 29, 2012

FOREVER YOUNG/it's Sunday....

Sunday's a beautiful day to relax and be with my family. It's a day to go to church, or say a prayer at home privately.  Then spend the day watching tv, or listen to music or read a good book. Or just sit around and talk about the events that happened during the week.

I call this familism, and catch up time.....

It's a time to sit down to a family dinner.. To laugh and joke around. Talk about local and world events, but never dwell on politics or religion too long, because as we know this always leads into some heavy discussions, and yelling and screaming at one another, which would defeat the purpose of being together..

Or maybe we'll get into a car and go for a long ride to no where.  That's right. NOWHERE.. Who says you have to go to a movie, or to a shopping center, or to a restaurant.  Why not enjoy the beautiful scenery of trees, a grass, flowers, mountains, birds and other animals. Take delight in the things that don't cost money.. okay gas does cost money, but if that's all we have to spend, why not, because the other things would cost a lot more....

 many times while raising my children, I didn't have money to spend, so as a family, we would go to the local beach, or just buy an ice cream cone and take the dogs for a long walk in the woods.  We would have snowball fights, or play games at home... and watch talent shows on tv and guess who would win or not...  etc..   those were the best days.... but kids do grow up, and sometimes that's hard to accept, but t does happen, and that's why I enjoyed every single moment that I could with them..

But of course we weren't  the perfect family, who is.. we just made the best of what we had, and hoped for the best outcome..... that's all a parent could hope or wish for...

So for me Sundays' will always be FOREVER YOUNG

Friday, January 27, 2012

FOREVER good day, better then none

the last few days have been, the days from Hell.....

My mother is sick, and the Dr's don't know what's wrong.  Last week she had a blood test, and the person who drew the blood, scratched and didn't press down on the gauze. All she did was tape it up, and that's when my mom's arms got severely bruised, swelled up and infected.. she's 88 years old, does she need this.

Not to  mention, other things are going on with her... but really can't go on with that, it will only make me emotional.

Just to imagine you're find one week, and the next it's all downhill from there.. one never knows what's going to happen in your life, but everyone including me, should live each day to its fullest, because you never know what tomorrow will bring.

And on top of that, no sofa for my mom.. you are not going to believe this, but there is another delay in the delivery and now their saying mid-feb, which is way beyond the 8 weeks, which I was never told to begin with, that it was a special order.... so my husband wrote an e-mail to the owner of the company asking for our money back, and a great dig to go with it, if you know what I mean... and to be courteous to give him a phone call.  We shall see what happens..

But isn't this life....  not ever a dull moment, and I imagine you have plenty of things going on in your life as well.

So I guess when we have a happy day, we should take well advantage of it, because unfortunately the stress and aggravation outweigh the good ones..

Still I will take one good happy day, over none...... FOREVER YOUNG

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


I guess everyone has their good and bad days.

And I can handle many situations, and keep my cool,  but when my mother, my brother and my husband get sick or have medical  problems at the same time, then my immune system just shoots into overdrive.

not to mention, that I'm still battling this neck and back injury for 14 years now, and this just keeps adding to the pot.. and it's a pain in the you know what, pun intended..

And I also have a son living at home, grown man, just completed his degree and has not been able to find a job, yet, but then again he only finished the end of Dec.  So hopefully in a few months he will be up and running. But given the job situation and where I live, I doubt it will happen soon, but then again I've been wrong before. OH PLEASE LET ME BE WRONG THIS

But again as life has it, you just have to grin and bare it and hope you get through all of this in one piece..

Still if I could find another way to unwind, like go on a trip to no where, and breathe in the beauty of nature and hear the sounds of birds and water,  that would be like winning the lottery, but instead I just have to imagine these things in my mind, and hope my imagination gets me to that  place...a long shot, I know, but worth the try.. lol..

So for now, I'm putting this to rest, well not really. But I do hope that tomorrow will be the beginning of better days ahead...or a better day ahead...


Monday, January 23, 2012

FOREVER YOUNG/the couch saga continues and continues ..

Well you won't believe this, but the couch I ordered for my mom back in November, has not come in yet, in fact I was told that it wouldn't be in until the end of this month, and needless to say, if it doesn't arrive by then, regardless of what THEIR policy is, I will demand my money back, and then report them to better business office, consumer affairs and then write a letter to the man guy..

I don't like to take such drastic measures, but I will.

If I had known it was a special order, which the salesperson insists she told me,  then why would I go into the store and tell her I wanted this couch for a Christmas gift for my mom.... and if she had told me that, I wouldn't have ordered the darn thing.  So we can go back and forth on this one, but I know what I said and what they told me.. This will make the third time this couch has been postponed... and I think I've been more then patient.

My mom is 88 years old, and now she's  not feeling well.. and this couch would have helped her sleep, given the state of her old couch... I am extremely upset and angry over this, and I will definitely do something about this, even after I get the couch, the letter will be sent, and I will no longer patronized that store, ever again.  Don't they know word of mouth carries a lot of weight...

So for me, this is something I will not turn my back on.... FOREVER YOUNG

Saturday, January 21, 2012

FOREVER YOUNG/no regrets

I'm working on a short story and hope to have it finish in time,  As everyone knows this business can be pretty fickle, and many of the projects I've done, I did it on my own without the help or the connections  That means I've written, produced and directed my own low budget films and managed to get one film on public television..... of course no pay, but it was the prestigiousness of seeing my work come alive for everyone to see...  visit YOU TUBE  mpeirs channel..    "Illusion", "The Price of an Egg Sandwich", "A Short Step Back Into The Past, (Lenape Park, and The Absecon Lighthouse".  You can type those words in as well..... 10min video of each film can be seen..

Sometimes I wish, I had started younger and  lived where it's all happening, to fulfill that creative juices flowing through my mind and body. But I have no regrets of the life I've chosen.

I have three beautiful grown up children, and a husband that drives me nuts sometimes, but love him after thirty some years.. ummm now I'm really given away  my age....but that's okay, it's only a number right, so what if I had a late start, better late then never.... and in fact according to doctor's statistics people are living to a 100 years old.... now that's a miracle.  And as long as I'm still in good health, then I wouldn't mind that.  Would You?

Still I have to admit, there are days when I just feel like given up the whole creative venture, but how can you give up something that's part of you.. I just have to learn that I'm writing for myself, and not for others, and then maybe the words will find their way into my computer, and hopefully for someone to read.... but that shouldn't be the reason to write, am I right?

So I will try to abide by my own words, and keep moving on and see where the road will take me....


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

FOREVER YOUNG/continuation of Nelson Johnson/The Boardwalk Empire

Continuation of Nelson Johnson who wrote The Boardwalk Empire.

Nelson Johnson is a lawyer, and most of the people he interview for this book have died.

And that HBO was interested in  two chapters written about Nucky Thompson, who was the treasurer of Atlantic City in the 1920's,

Then Mr. Johnson went on to do a slide show explaining certain landmarks, etc. And told me something I didn't know, and that is Atlantic City and not Chicago was the birth of organized crime.  In fact that's where the first organized crime convention was held.

Then of course he discussed how he got 50 or so rejections and then met an agent that was interested in representing N.J. writers, and that's how his book got published.

Mr. Johnson by chance, saw this guy on Oprah's, sorry can't remember his name, so he  traveled to LA. and pitched his book to him for a possible tv series, and it turns out this guy spent summers in Atlantic City, and with that being said, we all know it worked out for Mr. Johnson.....

And that's the end of this chapter.

So for me The Boardwalk Empire, will be FOREVER YOUNG

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

FOREVER YOUNG/ Nelson Johnson(boardwalk empire)

Well I went to a seminar/booksigning and the author was Nelson Johnson, who wrote the BOARDWALK EMPIRE.

It was an interesting session.  He told us how he wrote the book, and what he did to get his book picked up by HBO for a tv series.   And he also said, if you find a subject to write about and are truly passionate then go for it, whether it gets published or not, you'll have fun doing it, and the reward will be fulfilling because you accomplished your goal, regardless of the outcome..... but of course being human I would like the outcome to be (PUBLISHED) or (BOUGHT)

And of course I  knew.... that if you want to pitch a tv script, film etc.  you should go to LA,  but I also believe it's possible, that  no matter where you live... you can achieve your goals.. because there is always the computer, telephones etc... to make contacts..

and  even when you're   Well look at Betty White, ninety and still going strong... you or I should never give up on our dreams...


Thursday, January 12, 2012

FOREVER YOUNG/the couch in the box continues

Will it never end.  Well you are not going to believe this, but the couch I ordered at the end of November is still a mystery... or maybe not.

It turns out that the manufacturer apologizes for the postponement, because even though I was promised the couch, you know the one I bought my mom for Christmas, (and should have been delivered),  would now be in by the 10th of Jan., but of course it wasn't, and now it will be in at the end of this month, that will make it 8 weeks for one couch....

I'm trying to remain cool, and calm about this whole situation.  But then again, I'm human, and not a robot, so of course I'm going to re-act.....  STRESS, STESS and more STRESS!!  But I took a deep breath, and made one suggestion, how about free delivery?? which doesn't sound unreasonable to me, given the circumstances, even the salesperson agreed.....I've been more then patient.....

But if the couch is not in by the end of the month, then you will surely see fireworks... it's on to better business bureau, consumer affairs and a letter to the head of the company, all things I'm trying to avoid because I really want to settle this peacefully and rationally...

So until the end of January, I will put this little saga away, at least for a few weeks...or you can be assure I will not remain FOREVER YOUNG,  because this couch is certainly aging me fast, not that I'm not aging quickly on my

Friday, January 6, 2012

FOREVER YOUNG/continued saga of the couch in a box

Well as promised the saga of the couch in a box continues.  Still my mom is without her couch, and there is no word what happened to it.

I placed a call with the main store this morning, and they told m,e so far it hasn't come in.  I was told they would call me and let me know the status... and as of 4pm no one called, not even the store I purchased the couch from.  I just want to know something, wouldn't you...

 So I decided to call the main store again, only to find out that the service person I communicated my problem to, had gone home for the day.. oops did she forget to call me, I believe she did, or she just didn't want to tell me my couch hasn't been shipped from the manufacturer, or maybe not made.. it's only been five weeks.. etc. etc.

Now what's a person to do.... I don't like any of the other couches in the store, and if I order another one, instead of waiting for the couch I originally ordered, how much longer will I have to wait for that one and then have to go through the same process.... well this person, meaning me, will not wait much longer because I will go to the top... owner of the stores,. etc. etc.

so given it another week and then the fireworks begin..

until then FOREVER YOUNG

Thursday, January 5, 2012

FOREVER YOUNG-a couch in a box for Christmas??

Where do I begin... ah, maybe from the beginning.  Okay this is how my New Year is going so far, and frankly I want to turn the clock back and re-start the year again.

Nothing is more frustrating,  when things that shouldn't go wrong....  I right or am I right!!

Before Christmas I ordered a couch for my mom... Mine you she is 88 years old.  She's been sleeping on this horrific sleeper couch for fifteen years, and don't you think it's about time she got another... oh did I tell you she lives in a senior citizen bldg. and it's an efficiency....

Well to make a long story short, I walked into the furniture store last month and said I wanted to buy a couch for my mom for Christmas... no problem right,,,,wrong. If the salesperson had told me it would be six to eight weeks, then I would have walked out the door .. but this was not the case, she said no problem, right!! Wrong again... Now it's going on six weeks and still no couch.... and still my mom is sleeping on this horrible couch... And I'm still waiting for a phone call to let me know if it's on the truck or not..  does anyone want to bet on this   Maybe she'll be 90 before the couch

Okay, it  really isn't a funny matter. Frankly I'm very upset.  How would you like to give your mom a couch in a box for Christmas..... I had to gift wrap a box with the sample of the couch material and color, inside of it... then  I had to return the sample material to the store. wouldn't you say, that I was an Indian giver... more or less....

So I guess time will tell, but time is getting shorter and shorter on this one, and my patience is wearing thin, but I'm trying to hang in there, and allow the pieces to fall in place... but the irony of the situation, I  can't cancel the order, If I do, then I don't get my money back... but we shall see...??? .but I never heard of this before, did you??..

and  so on that note, I will end this blog.. tune in next time, and I will give you an update... hopefully it will be a good one....

Oh, I just called again, and they're still unloading the trucks, and still no word if my couch is on one of them....and if it is, it still has to find its way to me........ does it ever end....

 Until then I will try to stay FOREVER YOUNG

Monday, January 2, 2012

FOREVER YOUNG-the new year begins....

The second day of the New Year..... sick of looking and cooking food, and eating ham and turkey all week long, just to get rid of it, but finally I'm down to the last of it..... still there's always ham and pea soup,  oh no....did I just say that.. will it never end....

Tuesday, I will meet with my teen group for the New Year.... What a great bunch of kids...  looking forward to hearing their stories....

so until then... stay FOREVER YOUNG

Sunday, January 1, 2012

FOREVER YOUNG/Happy New Year and my new traditional foods...

Well the New Year is here, and like I promised, I hope to be writing on my  blog everyday, at least I will try.

The holidays were quiet, shared them with my wonderful family.... like all mothers, I want the best for them, and all that life has to offer.

I made some new dishes for Christmas, only took me, well  I won't mention how many years, because that would just make me feel ancient, so instead I will just say, it's about time.

The first recipe I made... Pumpkin Bread... never made bread in my life, and this was my first try and I must say, didn't do too badly.  Except for the fact that I should have kept it in the oven for at least two more minutes, you would be surprise how two minutes make a difference... but I know when I attempt to bake this bread again, it should be, mind you should be perfect... or maybe I'll just try making Banana Bread, that should be interesting..

The second recipe :  brocc. and cheddar chesse casserole. simple and everyone enjoyed it.. I think this will become a family tradition for me.

Now I don't know about you, but I don't like sweet potatoes, but my husband does, so I made a new dish, sweet potatoes with apples.... did he eat that up, another family tradition I will keep...

Finally the Ham, not the way I used to make it.. tried something new, apricots and brown sugar, now that was some sweet tasting ham and this one is definitely a keeper..

So I think this is the perfect beginning to my new year of blogging.... and tune in the next time, you'll never know what I might write about..

Until then, I want to wish everyone who reads my blog a very HAPPY NEW YEAR because the new year will be FOREVER YOUNG