Saturday, May 25, 2013
COMEDY AND DRAMA AT THE SUPERMARKET
Going to the supermarket is a chore for me, but a girl has got to do what a girl has got to do.
There are times when I just need a few things, so I drop into a small store where I can pick up things like milk, bread or bananas, that tides me over until the time comes when I say, "Millie, you really have to go to the BIG market."
A few days ago I got the message and could not put it off any longer.
Truth be told, once I complete shopping at the BIG store, park my car and schlep my purchases into my apartment, I'm a very happy camper because I know I won't be going to the BIG store for awhile.
While I'm at the BIG store, my goal is to get the things that are on my list, use the coupons that I have taken with me and not succumb to the specials that are at the end of every aisle.
I never succeed in all of those goals in one shopping trip.
Sometimes I go hunting in my bag for my list, can't find it, look for the coupons I have worked so diligently to bring along, and discover that they have expired and the items at the end of the aisle are really good buys!
I can always count on a free hot cup of coffee, which is located right near the wonderful pastry department.
Sometimes, if I'm lucky, there are some samples offered to the weary customers. I appreciate the opportunity to stop shopping, have a hot drink, and help them promote their pastry.
There are times I see someone I know who feels the same as I do about shopping, so we stop and have a chat.
I'm always on the look-out for a diversion.
On a recent shopping trip I noticed what appeared to be a husband and wife shopping.
She was telling him that she wanted him to get her an item that was on the very top shelf. He reached for it, couldn't get it.
He stood on his tiptoes and still couldn't get it.
Finally he took his life in his hands and stood on a narrow shelf and was successful, HE GO IT!!!
Was the wife happy?
NO, he got the wrong item!!!
In a loud voice she said, "forget it, I'll get someone to help me."
I couldn't help thinking, "boy, what kind of marriage do they have?"
Next time I go to the market I hope I'll see something that will give me a laugh!
When you go to the market, do you see comedy and drama or just see high prices?
Thursday, May 16, 2013
ME AND THE MOVIES
One thing is for sure: As time goes by, things change, even the way I see movies today.
When I was a youngster, going to the movies was the big event of the week.
My mom would pack me a lunch, usually a salami sandwich, just in case I got hungry. After all, I child would need some nourishment after spending a few hours watching the news, the coming attractions, a short cartoon, and the main feature.
In those days I don't think the movie theaters sold popcorn or maybe because it was the depression era it was cheaper to make me a sandwich than to buy the popcorn?
Going to the movies with your friends was the thing to do on a Saturday night.
After the movie we would go to the local ice cream parlor and visit with the boys and girls.
One big thing I remember as a teenager was taking my young cousin to the movies for the first time, I was as excited taking her to the movies as she was seeing her first film.
DATING IN THE FORTIES
When a young man took you out on a Saturday night it was to a movie and then a stop at a sandwich shop for a bite to eat. The fellows were just coming out of the service, money was tight, so it had to be a really special occasion if we went out to dinner.
I'm going to skip ahead now to the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's to the present day.
All these years I have been an avid movie goer.
If there was a good movie to see, I saw it. If a friend wanted to know about a movie, they would ask me. All this was happening before Google, I was their source of information and loved keeping up with the movies.
Image: Watch Full TV Episodes Online at XFINITY TV
How things have changed!
First, in my opinion, the movies have changed. There aren't many that I want to see, that's a turn-off right away.
It's been a few years since I've stopped going to the movies like I used to.
In the nine months that I have been living at Brooksby Village I have not been "off campus' to see a movie.
Recently on Monday nights Brooksby has shown Life of Pi, Lincoln and Les Miserables. Once a month a film with Jewish content and a foreign film are featured. That's a great opportunity for me to keep up with outstanding films.
I also get to see a movie on Comcast Xfinity ON DEMAND.
The other night I saw Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs."
Now, that was a great movie!
I laughed, I smiled, I cried and remembered how wonderful a movie can be.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
NINE MONTHS LATER: What It's Like to Live at Brooksby Village
Ordinarily when you hear or read something that says "nine months" you think of the word, "pregnant!"
In this case, I'm referring to the length of time that I have been a resident at Brooksby Village.
Image: Millie with new mirror at Brooksby Village
Here's a video that Steve took after I had been at Brooksby Village for one month.
What surprised me was that most of my thoughts and experiences were the same as how I feel today, nine months later.
The service is good, if I need some kind of help, I just make a call, and usually someone is Johnny on the spot or they refer me to someone that can provide the service I need.
Nine months ago I spoke about the friendly people that I was meeting. Well, that hasn't changed. As a matter of fact as time goes by I'm meeting more people, pretty much every day.
(Oh, if only I could remember their names!)
The other night my friend and I were seated at a table with a couple who had just returned from wintering in Florida. It turns out that the gentleman graduated from Chelsea High School a year after I did! We had quite a chat about the city, school and students that we both knew.
While I was "doing all the things that you have to do" before making the "big move' I was under a lot of stress, I just lost my appetite. This continued for a few months. I kept losing weight even though the food was good and people were telling me that new comers get the Brooksby Bulge.
Not to worry, I'm back to normal, enjoying the food and do NOT have the Brooksby Bulge!
Steve did a great job zeroing in on my apartment and the beautiful grounds at Brooksby.
I've made a few changes in the apartment since I moved in.
Image: Millie's Bedroom at Brooksby Village
One recent purchase is an ottoman which will give me a place to put "out of season clothes and whatnots."
MY ADVICE TO PROSPECTIVE RESIDENTS
If Steve asked me the same questions today that he did nine months ago I would say, I feel the same way today as I did then.
Wouldn't change a word!
Thanks to Steve and Carol for their moral support, physical help, encouragement and love.
I wouldn't be here without their love and caring.
Yes, after nine months, I can say, "I'm very happy living here at Brooksby Village."