Updates on Various Subjects

I get the computer all to myself today. The wasband is doing a baseball card show. The daughter is flying home from Florida (business trip), the son-in-law is on his way to Boston to pick her up. She’s traveling at 32,900 feet. I checked one of those airplane sites that tracks planes. I shouldn’t do it because if the plane disappears off the screen I’ll have a heart attack.

I took this picture of a squirrel chowing down on my wasband’s bird food just a few minutes ago. I’ll show it to him when he gets home just to taunt him.


I started seeing a chiropractor. He’s a friend of my daughter’s and feels he can ease some of the pain in my back. He gave me a few exercises to do. I haven’t quite gotten to them yet.

I also didn’t go to my last two weight watcher meetings. Both times had to do with my alarm clock. I am a night owl. I stay up until 2 or 3 in the morning so I have to set my alarm to make the meetings. I always have my alarm set for 8:00AM because weight watchers is the only time I have to set it for. What I forgot the first week is the librarian was coming to deliver books to me so I reset the alarm for 10:30 AM. Of course, Saturday WW day rolls around, I go to bed turn on my alarm, go to sleep only to be woken up at 10:30 so I missed that meeting. This last Saturday I remember to set my alarm for 8:00 but it doesn’t go off and I oversleep again. That evening sure enough at 8:00PM the alarm goes off. Do you think my daughter will believe all this? It sounds so fishy but it’s true.

loud-alarm-clock.jpgMaybe I should get this alarm clock. They call it the alarm clock for “the deaf and dead”. It lights up and has a loud siren. I would just have to be sure to set it correctly.

My sister and I have been discussing my memory problem and have decided it’s more of a concentration problem. It takes me four hours to watch a two hour movie. I watch it for fifteen minutes then I have to get up and get on the computer for a few minutes or putter around doing something, then I go back and watch it and then putter around some more. It’s the same thing with reading. I used to be able to sit and read a book for 10 hours straight. Now I’m lucky if I last 10 minutes. I can’t decide if it’s some menopausal thing or just getting old, though I’m only 58 and I don’t consider that old. Can you develop ADD in your 50’s?

I know I am annoying the hell out of my daughter because she will tell me something and the next day I forget what she told me and I’ll ask her again and she will say (with grated teeth) “I told you that yesterday, mom”. I think it’s because I’m not forgetting what she tells me as much as I’m not concentrating on what she tells me. My mind certainly does wander. That’s why I like doing dishes and cooking. You don’t have to concentrate and you can let your mind wander all over the place. Peeling potatoes doesn’t take a whole hell of a lot of concentration.


So my sister thinks I should start doing sudoku puzzles to hone up on my concentration skills. She’s probably right.

Well, I just checked the airplane, my daughter’s over Virginia Beach. I hate it when she flies. She’s flying to NYC in March and then in April she and her husband are flying to Vegas for his birthday. I don’t even drive over the bridge to get off Cape, I’m certainly not going to get in a plane. Something I need to work on with my therapist. Not the plane but the bridge.

749px-cape_cod_bourne_bridge_and_railroad_bridge.jpgBeautiful Bourne Bridge which I can’t drive over unless I’m with a driver I really trust.

Well, that’s it for today. I didn’t plan any supper because I didn’t know who would be home if anyone. Though I thought this looked interesting, a duck made out of vegetables. Do you think the kids would go for it?


Oh, almost forgot, it looks like the plane is over NYC. It’s due in a half hour. Yea!!


28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Little Miss
    Feb 18, 2008 @ 13:44:40

    I love this line: He gave me a few exercises to do. I haven’t quite gotten to them yet.

    That is so me. And my daughter gets frustrated with me not remembering stuff too, but I’m still a couple years away from 50. She says I’m not listening. I tell her I do to listen. I just don’t remember, but I think the not concentrating or being distracted when she tells me is the real reason.

    You should so make that duck for them and keep a straight face. See what they do and secretly videotape their reactions when they sit down for dinner. That would be a YouTube moment for sure.


  2. Wendy
    Feb 18, 2008 @ 17:21:01

    I agree with Little Miss, that duck would be awesome to serve if for no other reason than to see the look on everyone’s face.

    Cody tells me the same thing, that I don’t listen and she has to repeat everything 10 or 15 times. I still can’t remember the name of the school she works at. She’s right, and I know it must be frustrating to her that I don’t concentrate on hearing what she’s saying. I have to repeat things in my head, to make sure they’ve registered. I learned to do that in my 20s when I kept misplacing my car keys. I learned to say out loud, “I am putting my keys on the key hook now.” Otherwise my key hook was always empty and my keys were nowhere to be found.


  3. CuriousC
    Feb 18, 2008 @ 17:49:08

    I really like the duck idea. Do you have a big cover thing like in the French restaurants so you can envail it and say “wa la! I present to you for dinner tonight, Duck a la Joan!”

    I write things down in my journal and put the little squares by it so I can quickly look for empty squares to see what I was supposed to do a couple of days ago… but then forgot cuz I can’t find my journal. Ok, I TRY to write everything down….


  4. Barbara
    Feb 18, 2008 @ 19:08:19

    This is me screaming from the sidelines:




    Sister B.


  5. David
    Feb 18, 2008 @ 19:15:41

    Oh joanharvest! This is important stuff. We shouldn’t be up ’til 2 or 3 am! Our minds need rest. We need all our strength to filter out the crapstream!

    Do those exercises! Easy for me to say since I don’t have a broken ass! I don’t mean to lay any “preachy crapola” on you, just trying to be helpful. I’m lucky that my 51 year old body is still in OK shape. A little exercise for the body helps the mind find its rest.

    ADD is an occupational disease of our post-post-post-modern way of life. Control over one’s own attention is a constant pitched battle! For me, it’s the minimalist approach. Works like this … Basically there is an infinite amount of information flying past us at any given moment. It’s TOTALLY up to us as to what deserves our attention. Lots of this stuff flying by actually tries to trick us into looking at it. Why? Who knows, who cares? DON’T LET IT GET YOU! Almost all that stuff that is trying to penetrate your brain is pure CRAP. YOU decide what’s important. YOU decide what to focus on. Minimalism = filter out 95% and let it go on downstream …

    It’s a lot of responsibility, but we have to build our own little worlds. And we need the quiet spaces. Sanctuary.

    NOT saying tune people out, I’m just saying that alot of the crapstack flyby is just data. For all intents and purposes, it’s random. Repeating bits and bytes. Like water. Let the river flow by. There’s more upstream. Float on your back, listen with your heart, and look up at the sky. Know what I mean?

    Writing stuff down is good too. 🙂 ‘Wa la’ indeed!


  6. David
    Feb 18, 2008 @ 19:18:12

    Nice squirrel shot too! I’m gonna show it to Oliver. That’ll get him going too!


  7. joanharvest
    Feb 18, 2008 @ 21:53:19

    Well, at least I’m not the only one with the concentration problems.

    I agree with all the crapola stuff that flies by your brain and just doesn’t compute. Probably because you don’t want it too. It’s just drivel. And you are all right. I have to do those exercises.They’re not that difficult. I can do them in bed. I hope Oliver likes the squirrel photo.

    @Santa Bobbie

    I heard you screaming from here. I will do the exercises tonight. No, I did not do a sudoku puzzle today. But I did watch L.A. Confidential. What a great movie. It’s took a lot of concentration to watch that movie and I watched it straight through even though I’ve seen it about 6 times. Do they have “Sudoku for Dummies”?

    Yea, I could tell them we’re having duck for supper. They would love duck and then take the veil off my vegetable duck. I think I’d have to run for cover.

    @Little Miss
    That would make a good You tube moment.

    @ Wendy
    Every time I used to lock the door to the store after work I would do a little dance and say out loud “I am locking the door”. It didn’t always work, sometimes I would have to drive back to work to make sure I locked it.


  8. mabel
    Feb 19, 2008 @ 01:04:47

    A very insightful post on concentration exercises. I heard that http://www.attention-deficit-disorder.net offers numerous other methods of concentration exercises to help in curing the attention deficit disorder. Do try them!


  9. CuriousC
    Feb 19, 2008 @ 08:23:12

    @David, I love the term ‘crapstack flyby’!

    @Joan, my fave sudoko site: http://puzzles.usatoday.com/sudoku/


  10. joanharvest
    Feb 19, 2008 @ 10:28:55

    I’ll have you know, I went over to that puzzle this morning, did it and finished it. Granted it was only 2 stars on the difficulty level but it’s the first one I do from start to finish. Yea!! I CAN concentrate. I tried to print it but our printer was out of ink. Thanks for sending me there.


  11. joanharvest
    Feb 19, 2008 @ 10:40:59

    Thanks for stopping by. I just went over to that site. I like the concentration exercises and am definitely going to do them. My brain needs all the help it can get.


  12. David
    Feb 19, 2008 @ 21:18:18

    My rant/comment was just too much. Sorry about that. I was trying to communicate a simple point: we can pretty much ignore 95% of the crap flying at us each day. Don’t even let it in. I think the kids today do this with their earphones and iPods. Music is really important. Do you listen to music Joan?


  13. joanharvest
    Feb 20, 2008 @ 00:27:08

    I don’t think your comment was too much at all. As a matter of fact, I agree with you totally. It actually gave me a lot to think about because I feel I do try to let to much of the crap into my head and it really doesn’t need to be there. Sometimes I just don’t know where to put it. Yes, I love music . Tonight I was listening to The Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Choir. The CD is called Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares. It is a great CD. The last song on the CD gives me goosebumps. If you want a copy, just let me know. I like a lot of different kinds of music from opera to classic rock. I’m not a fan of rap. I really like World music.


  14. moonbeammcqueen
    Feb 21, 2008 @ 00:06:52

    Where did you see that alarm clock, Joan? I know a few people who could benefit from it.

    I sent you some links to word games a while back. Did you get them? I think some good, healthy wordy competition with a fellow blogger would help improve your memory (hint, hint).

    I’m so glad I’m the big sister!


  15. joanharvest
    Feb 21, 2008 @ 17:17:53


    This is where I found the picture of the alarm clock


    I can’t find the links to the word games. I forgot already where they are. Would you mind sending them again?
    I sure could use them.

    Big sister’s are great. You can never have too many.
    I’ll play any game with you anytime.


  16. Briz
    Feb 21, 2008 @ 17:55:13

    i love driving over the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges. You never know if someone is going to either drive straight into from the opposite lane or if someone beside you is going to push into either the guard rail or oncoming traffic. it’s certainly a rush!!!


  17. joanharvest
    Feb 21, 2008 @ 19:04:20

    I don’t drive myself over the bridge. If I do drive over the bridge with someone else I usually close my eyes.


  18. Wendy
    Feb 21, 2008 @ 19:10:27

    That trick you used when locking the store, we did the same thing when locking the bike shop. Like you, it didn’t always work, though. I can’t tell you how many times we’d get home and have to turn around and drive back to see if we’d locked the door. A couple of times we really had forgotten to lock it. Scaaaary.


  19. moonbeammcqueen
    Feb 21, 2008 @ 20:16:08

    Here’s where you find out what a nerd I am. The game I’m currently addicted to is called MultiEight. It takes a while to get used to it, but it’s really fun. I always play in room 1a.


    The other is Boggle. They seem to have moved the site, and it’s kind of pain because you have to sign in, but it’s worth it. Just follow the links.


    I haven’t been on much because of my snot clogged head, but I will be soon.

    The alarm clock link seems to be broken. And I agree– being a big sister definitely has its advantages!


  20. moonbeammcqueen
    Feb 21, 2008 @ 20:17:11

    “A pain.” Hyphen between “snot” and “clogged.”


  21. David
    Feb 21, 2008 @ 21:31:11

    I love “World Music” too. Thanks for that “Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares”! Looks like there’s 3 volumes from them. Which is your “goosebumps” track- the Love Song from Vol 1? iTunes here I come!!

    MMQ- I give up. Mucus plug isn’t hyphenated. Duh. What?


  22. joanharvest
    Feb 21, 2008 @ 22:38:12

    @ David
    Yes it’s the last song on volume one, Polegnala E Todoro “Love Song”. I can listen to that 20 times in a row. If you want me to make and mail you a CD of it just let me know.


  23. joanharvest
    Feb 21, 2008 @ 22:51:12

    @ Moonbeam
    I will definitely try those sites. I used to play Word Whomp on the website called Pogo. That was a fun game.


  24. joanharvest
    Feb 21, 2008 @ 23:05:30

    @ Moonbeam
    I put in a google search for alarm clock under google images and it was on the first page. It’s actually a site in England.


  25. Lucky
    Feb 23, 2008 @ 19:58:59

    I love this: “Can you develop ADD in your 50’s?” My mama is also 58 and I need to tell her to ask the do if it’s possible! 😉


  26. David
    Feb 23, 2008 @ 22:48:15

    I just bought that song on iTunes- 99 cents. I remember it from back in The Day. Thanks for reminding me!

    I still don’t get this: “A pain.” Hyphen between “snot” and “clogged.” Please, what is it?

    AND have you tried this fun website, my word loving friends?


    You donate rice while playing a multiple choice word meaning game. Try it!


  27. joanharvest
    Feb 23, 2008 @ 23:08:50

    I definitely think it is possible because my mind is all over the place, yet I don’t feel I have Alzheimer’s at all. Let me know what the Doc says.

    @ David
    I will try that website tomorrow. I am getting way too tired tonight.


  28. Deangeloio
    Mar 24, 2008 @ 05:19:44

    thanks much, dude


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