All I know is my appointment to remove the external pin stabilizer and then get a boot cast is September 30th....at an undisclosed location at the enormous UPMC hospital at an undisclosed time...don't worry they will call the afternoon before.
You can't reach anyone via the phone with any answers or question for anything...and phone-trees are the only trees I frigg'n hate. (press one if you want to be on the phone for 10 minutes pressing other numbers on our phone tree that will lead to more recorded prompts to push more numbers.)
My esoteric appointment reminds me of the first rule of a Rave Party:
1. This party does not exist.
Do not post the address of this party on your frat house's Facebook wall. Do not tweet it. Do not instagram a photo of the facade of this warehouse. Do not invite a bunch of strangers. Do not invite anyone. The people you want to see will most likely already be there, waiting for you. This party does not exist. If it did, it would certainly be over with sooner than you'd like. Have some respect for the people who sneak around and plan these nonexistent parties by quietly allowing them to continue keeping the underground alive. source-http://www.citypages.com/music/top-10-rules-of-the-rave-a-guide-to-underground-dance-party-etiquette-6648523
This stone was once a part of the ornamental facade of The Saybrook Apartments in Oakland at Craft Avenue and Kennett Square. And this old architectural stone has a twin.
And the twins had been separated since April 1984 when The Saybrook Apartments were demolished. One twin lived in a garden on Winthrop Street in Oakland. The other twin lived in a garden on Parkman Avenue in Schenley Farms, Oakland. Flash ahead to September 2016 and the twin stones were reunited once again in a garden on Lytton Avenue in Schenley Farms...thanks to the generosity of my nice neighbor Barbara B.
My plan is to use them side by side in my future garden wall where the iron gate entrance will be. Maybe that's just a dream, I don't know... but it's a nice dream to have.
Funny how life is...and inanimate objects move around via humans. I bet a lot of antiques have a strange little history like these twin stones.
For years I've been looking for a photo of The Saybrook (an old article from 1919 say it was formerly Buckingham Apartments,. I found newspaper ads that had it listed as Buckingham in 1907 and Saybrook by 1909 , but I have a vague memory of Saybrook in stone above the door...am I imagining that?)
The only photo I can find is this one, during one of the many fires that cursed this grand old apartment building. So far fires in 1943, 1966 (two), 1979, 1980...but considering it had hundreds of people living in it and was around since at least 1903 and maybe earlier, not that unusual.
Some of the ornamental stones can be seen above the windows in this photo, which is the side of the building- not the front which would have had the most ornamentation.
I was in The Saybrook once, it had to be the late 1970s because it had it's last fire November 13, 1980. Then demolished in 1984. It had seen better days, and I was young and not looking for clues of it's once great beauty, just looking for a birthday party, that Marshall and I were invited to. But one thing I do remember was it's super wide hallways, 15-18 feet wide and each apartment had a screen door to the hall. Those features were grand yet quaint, because those kind of big homey architectural details in apartment living are long gone.
Twenty-seven days in front of the TV...as my broken ankle heals it's self. I've seen 2 hour movies that took 3 hour to watch because of the amount of commercials it had.
Corporate America has been unavoidable unless I watch HBO or one of the other premium cable stations.
Even inDemand has commercials that sometimes will not allow you to fast forward past commercials...which brings to mind The Outer Limit's (1963-1965):
"There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We can reduce the focus to a soft blur, or sharpen it to crystal clarity. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to... The Outer Limits." source- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056777/quotes
Advertising is expensive. For example- Disney $2.1 billion L'Oreal $2.2 billion Chrysler $2.2 billion American Express $2.4 billion Ford $2.5 billion Verizon$$2.5 billion Comcast $3 billion GM $3.1 billion AT&T $3.3 billion Procter & Gamble $4.6 billion
And guess what corporate America..It didn't make me want to buy one single thing you advertised for. Only https://us.letgo.com/en who I must say actually has entertaining advertisements and I did go to their new website to check them out. Nothing wrong with introducing a new website, or even new product. But the same old corporate giants are not going to influence my buying habits with their billion dollar advertising.
Makes me wonder if advertising is just another urban myth?
The reality is all the products we buy from big advertisers in Corporate America cost more because that have to pay for those expensive TV commercials.
And this is where I send a silent thank you out to who ever invented the mute button.
Never-ever, before have I laid so still for so many days. I'm restless by nature, always moving. The world keeps going. The garden keeps growing. Soon...I will move more...but not yet...wait..wait...and wait some more.
On day 21 of a broken ankle I've certainly seen tons of HGTV http://www.hgtv.com one of my favorite channels. I love Flip or Flop, http://www.hgtv.com/shows/flip-or-flop that show has the least amount of clowning around, and the couple gets down to business...and recently have begun to hire garden designers for the backyards.
I will never understand why someone wants all the sounds and smells of the kitchen open to their living rooms. And a kitchen island is just a table you can't move.
I love vintage kitchens. I know a lot of other people do to, and that would make a great show on HGTV. Give me a swinging door between kitchen and dinning room, and walls around my kitchen. A butler's pantry is devine, and please keep the electric dishwasher, I don't want it...I don't know what the rest of the world eats but my food has to be scrubbed off dishes by hand. And you never put cast iron frying pans in a dish washer.
I had dreaded this day of having to get out of bed and up to the hospital again. But we made it and I'm home safe and sound. Stitches are out, and at end of month the metal pin cast/stabilizer comes off for a boot type cast thingy.
Weird...I had not seen my own face in a mirror or seen my garden for 19 days. My face has not changed, but the garden looks lush and glorious. I wish I had photos of how magnificent the Black & Blue Salvias look in front of the nice bushy Purple Bean Hyacinth Vine growing on the ugly chain link fence. At least it is vivid in my mind.
Our new neighbor across the street, formerly from Colorado, came by at meal time with dinner! Homemade vegetarian enchilada's for me and chicken for Marshall. I have to send her a thank you note and get that recipe, they were so different than the kind I usually make. Her's were filled with little bits of avocado, black beans, mushrooms with some kind of delicious spice, in a sauce that was not red. Just delicious, and super nice of her to do.
Carrie Bradshaw Samantha Jones Charlotte York Miranda Hobbes
Day 13 of being held captive in one position in my bed during the healing process... I am lucky to have found a nice long Sex & The City Marathon on the "E" Channel all day. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1000774/
I only know (actually once knew) one other woman who can watch these shows over and over like I do. Funny, neither of us were anything like any of these women, but we could both relate to them for some reason.
I wonder if she is watching the same marathon as me, in some disconnected parallel Pittsburgh universe, so close yet so far away...perhaps never to collide together again.
I guess Sex & The City would be a different story if they were all old, tired, aching and bitter about life's disappointments, and therefore just not able to deal with each other. But these girls will never age and always be full of frolic and adventure.
Answer Before Dark, a book by Pittsburgh author- Elizabeth Moorhead (1865–1955) reads like a Turner Classic Movie, with historical insights to life in Pittsburgh in that era. She was 65 years old when this book was published...which I realize has given her insight into writing about youth and old age. I love this old book. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Answer_Before_Dark
Being intrigued that one old article I had found said "it has a Schenley Farms-Morewood Heights locale" And since I live in Schenley Farms I was intrigued and, bought it at http://www.abebooks.com
Besides appealing to me as a story about about an artist in 1920s Pittsburgh, I also like it because there are so many historical insights into life in Pittsburgh in that era.
Her description (below) of what the night sky in Pittsburgh was like had never occurred to me, the way the steel mills would create endless pulsating colors. Page 138
"The Golf Club, a wide white-pillared building, loomed up on its knoll and sent long streamers of light through the evening mist over the wooded dips and rises of Schenley Park. Below a procession of great lemon-yellow globes of light crossed the campus of Carnegie Tech and marched over a bridge which, spanning a deep ravine, debouched at the somber pile of the Carnegie Institute. Above the treetops a splendor of color stained the sky, now orange, now crimson, changing, shifting, rising, falling, never dying out, pouring forth from the unseen furnaces along the Monongahela. An indescribable night sky. Mary Ann gasped. It took her by the throat. She could never get used to this infernal glory in which she lived."
Crying does not only mentally cleanse us, it can cleanse our body too. Tears that are produced by stress help the body get rid of chemicals that raise cortisol, the stress hormone. A study conducted by Dr. William H. Frey II, a biochemist and director of the Psychiatry Research Laboratories at the St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Centre, found like other exocrine processes, including exhaling, urinating, and sweating, toxic substances are released from the body when we cry. Several of the chemicals present in emotional crying are the protein prolactin, adrenocorticotropic hormones, and the endorphin leucine-enkephalin, which reduces pain.
2. KILLS BACTERIA
A good cry can also be a good way to kill bacteria. Tears contain the fluid lysozyme — also found in human milk, semen, mucus and saliva — that can kill 90 to 95 percent of all bacteria in just five to 10 minutes. A 2011 study published in the journal Food Microbiology found tears have such strong antimicrobial powers they can even protect against the intentional contamination of anthrax. Lysozyme can kill certain bacteria by destroying bacteria cell walls — the rigid outer shell that provides a protective coating.
3. IMPROVES VISION
Tears, made by the lacrimal gland, can actually clear up our vision by lubricating the eyeballs and eyelids. When the membranes of the eyes are dehydrated, our eyesight may become a little blurry. Tears bathe the surface of the eye, says the National Eye Institute, keeping it moist, and wash away dust and debris. Crying also prevents the dehydration of various mucous membranes.
4. IMPROVES MOOD
Tears can elevate our mood better than any antidepressant available. A 2008 study from the University of South Florida found crying can be self-soothing and elevate mood better than any antidepressant. The shedding of tears improved the mood of almost 90 percent of criers compared to the eight percent who reported crying made them feel worse. Individuals with anxiety or mood disorders were less likely to experience the positive effects of crying.
5. RELIEVES STRESS
A good cry can provide a feeling of relief, even if our circumstances still remain the same. Crying is known to release stress hormones or toxins from the body, and as a result, reduces tension. Martin believes crying is a healthier alternative to punching the wall or “stuffing your feelings,” which can lead to physical health problems like headaches or high blood pressure. “Crying is a safe and effective way to deal with stress,” he said. “It provides an emotional release of pent up negative feelings, stresses, and frustrations.”
6. BOOSTS COMMUNICATION
Crying can show what words cannot express, especially in a relationship. This is mostly seen when a person in the relationship is having a different reaction to a situation that isn’t transparent until tears begin to show. For example, “Someone may be trying to play it cool, or hold it together, or be out of touch with emotions — that are suddenly apparent when one person starts to cry,” April Masini, relationship expert and author, told Medical Daily in an email.
It is at the moment one person bursts into tears that the flow of the conversation shifts toward the emotional aspect the conversation was covering. Masini believes “The crying can quell a fight, emphasize a point not gotten across in words, or simply underscore the importance of the feelings behind the dialogue.”
A good cry or two can naturally heal us both physiologically and psychologically.