A New Life: Great Expectations! 2023 – 22

It’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

…said our daughter-in-law when she walked in this morning with a bowl of cookie dough and proceeded to bake cookies in our oven. At the same time, Dennis took me to the Club, where we had a final meeting with the two techies to prepare for my presentation on Monday, August 14. The Club has a TV screen, but no internet. After two sessions with laptops and cords, and no good results last week, Dennis brought his laptop and made it all work – after he had uploaded (or downloaded) my Power Point presentation to his laptop. He took out the trailer, which I am going to show separately on YouTube. Great to know that Dennis will be there to set things up, after which he will sit down with Mike to watch the show.

When we came home from the Club an hour later, the cookies were ready, and there are so many, that I have prepared two little plates for our two neighbors, who often share things with us. One neighbor bakes scones, the other one brings a delicious white chocolate cinnamon swirl loaf whenever she goes to her hairdresser in Raleigh. There is a bakery that bakes these loaves only on Fridays, and a warm slice with butter for breakfast is a treat.

Skechers Slip-ins!

I had seen the wonderful commercials on TV so many times, that I decided those would be wonderful for me, to use as house shoes, more supportive than slippers or sandals, and no shoe laces to tie. To find them on Amazon was too complicated, because I did not really know what I was looking for, but I found a Sketchers store in Cary, and selected a pair from hundreds of others, not all slip-ins though. What a find these are! They are so comfortable in fact, that I forget to take them off when I go outside. Our granddaughter, when she was here two weeks ago, brought me another pair, ones that she had outgrown, so I can wear those in bad weather outside. Since I now know what to look for on Amazon, I ordered a pair for Mike, to replace his moccasins. Three pairs came two days ago (try-before-you-buy for one week) and Mike made a choice at first sight. To get them on, after wearing only moccasins, was difficult at first, but to my delight it’s getting better. His feet are better supported, which makes for better balance, no more using his (or mine) middle finger to put the heel in, no laces to tie, and they look great. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Mike will get to like them as much as I do.

Amazing Facts about Bees

I did not know this. I have local honey in my tea and am always using a metal spoon πŸ₯„ 🫣😬😱🐝🍯
Did you know that honey contains live enzymes?
Did you know that in contact with a metal spoon, these enzymes die? The best way to eat honey is with a wooden spoon; if you can’t find one, use a plastic spoon.
Did you know that one of the world’s first coins had a bee symbol?
Did you know that honey contains a substance that helps the brain work better?
Did you know that honey is one of the few foods on earth that alone can sustain human life?
Did you know that bees saved people from starvation in Africa?
That a spoonful of honey is enough to keep a man alive for 24 hours?
Did you know that propolis produced by bees is one of the most powerful natural antibiotics?
Did you know that honey has no expiration date because it’s already been digested?
Did you know that the bodies of the world’s greatest emperors were buried in gold coffins, then covered in honey to prevent putrefaction?
Did you know that the term “Honeymoon” (honeymoon) comes from the fact that the bride and groom consumed honey for fertility after their marriage?
Did you know that a bee lives less than 40 days, visits at least 1000 flowers and produces less than a teaspoon of honey, but for her it is the work of a lifetime.
Thank you precious bees!

Because of the lack of bees visiting our patio, and the extreme heat, over 90 degrees, for days on end, our beautiful tomato plant, showing many flowers, did not get pollinated. The flowers dried up and we had not a single tomato.

Physical Therapy

Finished the second week (of six) of PT and am feeling very happy! With only two Advils in the morning, I can walk all day without pain, and I only use my new walker for convenience, to carry multiple things from here to there. Just before Labor Day, the surgeon will see me again and I am confident that he will decide I do not need surgery. At that time, I will keep my dog walker for a while for the early morning walks, because there is so much to do in the morning, and I will take back the evening walks with Lani, leisurely, building up to full length walks. Where a month ago my Fitbit showed a total of about 800 steps a day, the last two days I made 2000 steps, and that is almost a mile. Getting there, one step at a time!

Downsizing= Finding a good home for my treasures.

The ipu that I made when I was dancing with Halau Hula Napuaokalei’ilima (Arizonahula.com) in Prescott, had been sitting in the closet ever since my last hula performances at Waltonwood. I realized that, after a torn meniscus, I should really not dance anymore. And so I offered my ipu on the Hawaiian Club on Facebook. Two people responded, and one of them, hailing from Oahu some nine years ago, came to pick it up. He also happily accepted three heavy seed leis, and to thank me he sent me a bottle of his Chili Pepper Water (Hawaiian Hot Sauce) he is specializing in. I already used it on a spinach quiche and on a fried rice dinner, and it is delicious. Thank you Kimo!

And that’s a wrap!

Until next time,


8 thoughts on “A New Life: Great Expectations! 2023 – 22”

  1. Is it possible to see your presentation if you are not a member of the club. Would like to see it.
    Mary Iking
    Thks for the bee facts. Very interesting.

    • Hello Mary,
      Great to hear from you. I am pretty sure the event is for club members only, but perhaps it depends on available chairs and they can make an exception for one friend. I will ask a little closer to the date, when the announcements have been made.
      Thank you for your interest!

    • Hello Mary, I have good news. You are welcome to come to my presentation as my guest. I already signed you up. Anyone else of your book group interested? Let me know.

      We will start promptly at 7:00 p.m. with the one hour presentation, after that there will be a time for questions and answers.
      Looking forward to meeting you!



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