“Questions Without Answers”

February 3, 2017

Beautiful Rochester always though not by any means perfect because that’s not reality. All questions that are asked is a way to gain more knowledge than already obtained. No question that is asked is stupid only the question that isn’t asked is stupid. However there are questions without answers.
Been very active getting items accomplished while making lists in the process. My son Andre is ok at the moment he is downtown getting daily medicine which he requires almost daily. I am very concerned for him naturally. He had a recent MRI and it showed that the amyloid is now in the brain stem which explains that his feet and hands become numb sometimes. Sometimes when he rises to stand he becomes lightheaded. His doctor is concerned as well along with John, his roommate. We are saddened with this fact yet don’t want to have Andre feel worse than he already does. So I carry on and try not to have this overtake my life.
Been looking for an apartment still focused on the same one originally. Yesterday Andre and I went there. This time the bus dropped us off closer to the apartment so there wasn’t such a lengthy walk previously. Handed them some needed papers. The girl was off who looks at my application. She will phone me actually am waiting for the call. Already have furniture, a sofa, a recliner, a dresser, a mattress. Will be getting a studio apartment starting at 525 a month and with going on level billing with RGE it will come up to 600 so I will have enough money for other things including food. Speaking of that I am eating healthier while still emotionally. My weight is from 89 to 92 pounds. I feel ok which is important.
Been corresponding with Weesie, handwritten letters. Always preferred those as I still have my handwritten letters from my late cousin Tim. My dearest friend Alynn will be sending those along with others items of mine in the next shipment. He says that my items are narrowing down. Was thinking after he sends me the rest: he and I could write handwritten letters as well. Haven’t told him this though thinking if he reads this he will find out. Always like surprising my close friends. They resemble my family.
While coming back home yesterday, Andre and I went to Saha Med. Grill on Mt Hope Ave. Ordered two sandwiches for take out, Falafel, with Tzatiki sauce with hummus on pita flat bread. It was sensational. Left a message with them saying the atmosphere is pleasant as well. Received a short message in return. Thought Andre and I deserved this. In fact thought each month we will do something fun.

” Taking Things In Stride

January 21, 2017

Taking things in stride is pleasant now, than it has been previously. Catching up on movies, such as Shawshank Redemption, Eight Days A Week, and the amazing series of Broadway Empire which is ranked in my book one of the three best pieces of material ever.
My experience tasting new foods is always a new adventure. Going to Beale Street CafĂ© with my son Andre was amazing. We both ordered different items. He ordered The Poboy crawfish while I ordered the Etoufee which is a French dish. Have never had it before and wanted to try it. Reason being that my sinuses were acting up and thought it would help. While patiently waiting for the menu to come which was more than 20 minutes at least it seemed so, we decided to wait at the bar. Andre ordered a whiskey and coke and I ordered a rum and coke. We finally walked home and had the food. Mine was too salty and Andre’s wasn’t right. The crawfish was overcooked and no tarter sauce came with it. Andre phoned the place and the lady was apologetic saying that it was very busy which wasn’t an excuse and offered a gift certificate for 10 dollars. Both Andre and John are chefs and know how to cook even in highly paced places. This restaurant is an American, Cajun and Creole place New Orleans style so why are they in Rochester?
Had a bank account in Stone Mountain and wanted to close it. Initially the guy was highly offensive so after trying several times and going online to see where a Wells Fargo was in Rochester there wasn’t any except six hours away which I had phoned the advisors which wasn’t a bank here. So phoned the branch again in Ga, and got a lady whom I had spoken to previously while living there, fortunately she took the necessary information and will mail me the balance.
Linden Street is in the historic district with homes that date back to 1877 or longer. Found out about this while walking on South Ave. with Andre, terrific.
Took the bus downtown and went to a couple of places then we decided to walk back home which was already planned. We took the Riverwalk Path which part of it was blocked off so we had to cross several streets with cars wising by at a great clip. Of course I became very nervous which made Andre the same as well. It reminded me of a ferris wheel and roller coaster combined. Not a pleasant site. We saw a squat of homeless people in tents for privacy also. After walking across a parking lot we found the Genesee River, with mallard both female and male and seagulls flying overhead, and countless beautiful pigeons on the ground. It would be a 10 minute busride home yet it took us 20 minutes. Love living here. Each day there is something new, which is wonderful.

” Pondering Questions”

January 7, 2017

This is my very first blog to start off a brand new year. Pondering questions are instilled while always indelible in a mind which is always inquisitive. Has the public been aware of the Mandela Effect? This is quite interesting, of course it has many ways of viewing this always depending on the person accepting or denying it. It is true and originates from quantum computerizing. An albatross which was found by researchers and later by biologists on the land had fallen to his demise. Sadly these educated men found a tremendous amount to plastic embedded in his stomach which extended into his intestine. All the time people are too lazy to put garbage where it shouldn’t be, while the five great lakes are laden with trash of assorted items small and large. The most horrendous lake is Lake Erie. You can find all sorts of items from old automobile tires to anything and everything. In the Pacific Ocean there is a place in the depth of the ocean where there is a tons of plastic, as it has harden in time it is extremely difficult to get as it is solid so humans can walk on it. So now this albatross has come to his end in this unfortunate path. The United States of America should and must find another way to screen the brave men and women who fight and protect this country of ours. There have been many who have mental illness and shouldn’t be allowed to join. These individuals have types of mental issues which after serving the illness has gotten considerably worse.
Noticed that while walking downtown in the attempt to pay my cricket bill last month, I figured out a smoother way. After my debit card came and I activated it, I went online to set up an auto pay starting this month. There are fewer cricket offices here which I don’t intend to switch. Still like the service. Now I don’t have to worry about the bill being paid each month and getting stress out about it.
Looking slowly for an apartment. I was online with my niece and she gave me a web site. Gave the important reference about it. Two days later got an email and had been conversing with the person and she said she was going to give my name to the leasing agent. There really isn’t a rush now, though getting the ball rolling. It is in a prime location so time will tell.
My dearest friend Alynn is going to give me a tracking number this weekend and will be sending me more of my things, Andre is still requesting his knife for camping.
It has been snowing and quite cold here yet not as harsh as other parts of the country. Still like it here and its home.

” Time In A Bottle”

December 26, 2016

Those of us recall the beautiful lyrics of the song, Time in a bottle by the beloved Jim Crose. The song is timeless, These are those moments if you could possibly save all those precious minutes. I haven’t been here a lengthy time as yet but have accomplished a great deal personally. Namely I have gained a bit of weight which for me is monumental. Was between 85-89, now I am between 90-93. Now you ask how? Milkshakes, bagels and cream cheese, eating three times again small amounts as usual, and don’t forget those calzones too. Mainly just being with my precious son, Andre and keeping calm too is essential.
Went to my eye doctor and to another doctor too on the 19th of December and am content to report that things are well. Eye Pressure was normal, the sonogram had shown an attached retina and there weren’t any eye tumors which means I can keep my left eye is tact. Great news.
Went to pay my cricket bill and the place had moved so had an opportunity to go downtown on the bus with Andre. While there which was a wonderful invigorating walk to arrive at the place, Andre had a surprise for me. We walked near the beautiful Genesee River with these majestic beautiful gargantuan seagulls flying overhead and sometimes they would greet us while sitting on the side above the river. Then we walked past these many world flags which Rochester is their sister cities.
What a tremendous experience and will return downtown just to see those sights soon. Been taking the bus which is good. Many times the bus is crowded with travelers which I stood in the isle instead of taking a seat which many have offered however felt more comfortable standing. Actually it is a short distance and when the weather is less harsh we intent to walk the distance. Actually Andre has walked downtown and back. He has taken the Genesee trail which is beautiful and over a covered bridge. This will be great experiencing for myself too. There are many outdoors activities in the spring and summer which are free.
Speaking of walking the sidewalks were like ice staking underfoot for both of us. Many times we had to walk in the street where it was cleared.
My thoughts are to find an apartment which is within reason. Have been looking online just to get ideas. Intend to land one soon enough. I am confident I can do that in a reasonable amount of time. Lets close this for now, simply expressing to everyone who reads this, Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year 2017, with lots of love, countless hugs, and endless peace in this wonderful world.

” More Adventures”

December 3, 2016

More adventures are on the horizon with each day I awake to a promising insightful future. Drinking some hot tea at the moment aids in calming nerves! Got some great gifts including two different boxes of tea, a pair of black fur boots, some day or nightwear, a pair of jeans, a sweater all from my dear niece Liz! Finally got the box from my friend Alynn containing things of my winter robes and other various items of mine and my sweetest son Andre things. Got that December 1st. It was delayed in the mail and had another destination date. However kept the tracking number just in case. Speaking of December 1st had an appointment with Ronald D. Plotnik M.D. and it was a piece of cake. This doctor is phenomenal. It was a lengthy day too which I surely didn’t mind in the least. Have an appointment with Dr. Plotnik and Dr. Kieran a retina specialist who will take a sonogram of my left eye, reason being is that Dr. Plotnik is curious as to what is under the eye, and wants to rule out a retina detachment. or an eye tumor. This is the first time a doctor has questioned this matter. I am highly content and curious myself after these many years. Dr. Plotnik was a student of Dr Shapiro in the 80’s and spent many years learning under his guidance. He will drop a letter to Dr. Shapiro while in the process mentioning me and where I am. This appointment with the 2 doctors will be on the 19th of December. Oh after the sonogram Dr. Plotnik will again check the pressure. Then in June I have a six month appointment with Dr. Plotnik. The first appointment last 2 hours longer than usual because I was a new patient. On the 2nd of December went to my new bank, Canandaigua National Bank and open a new account. Then on the same day phoned Social Security to speak to them. Been taking wonderful walks too. Will be looking feverishly for an apartment too. Have a list of items to do in December. Andre is doing ok! His roommate John is phenomenal. His kindness is overwhelming. Adam Andre’s other friend here is doing well and was kind to go to the Flaum Eye Institute at UR Strong Hospital with me. On a personal note I weigh 85 pounds. It goes between 85 and 89. This is depending on the emotional level at the time. Feeling copacetic with this.

” Full Circle”

November 24, 2016

I have come full circle. This is my third blog this month and I am in Rochester! Love it here. People are friendly, the place is beautiful! Plane ride was one of a kind! Sat next to a guy from Green Bay, Wisconsin who lives in Rochester and he is an accountant.
Andre and his roommate John are wonderful and very gentlemanly like! Even carried my luggage to the car and to the house. Feel so at home here. There is the Genesee River which spams all the way to downtown. There is an unique covered bridge over the river. The snow is here but will be gone this weekend! It will be in the 50’s. I first was l sitting on a chair and had the computer leaning against another chair it was quite uncomfortable so now I have the computer on the mattress and I am sitting here. So far so good. I say whatever works go for it! Keeping in touch with lifelong friends and family. My niece Liz has sent me a couples to boxes of winter items, sweaters, boots, jeans and other items and some tea. She is sensational. Asked me if I needed anything and I said yes asked me what size, I told her. One box will be arriving on December 1st and the other box will be here on the 2nd of December, or sooner. My dearest lifetime friend Alynn is sending me a tracking number for my winter items along with Andre’s items too! He is very busy with personal things that are vital and so have to wait patiently! So now my son wants to lie down and get some needed rest! Until next month when I have a doctor’s appointment and wonderful things to discover!

” Processing And Planning”

November 17, 2016

With unusual better than warmth in the air for this month it is a pleasant change however not for a length of time. There have been fires in the Georgia Mountains and one of them unfortunately deliberately set. This isn’t the only southern state which have been deluged with fires. A couple of other states are in the same boat with those who have been sent from their homes. It is sad and more so because of the terrible drought which have plagued this area of the country. Going outside is a major concern for everyone. Your throat, nostrils and eyes are affected in some way. You can smell the scent of smoke as far down to Atlanta which is quite a way from where the fires originated.
Keeping amazingly calm as I am continuously occupied with positive aspects of life. Working into the night from the early time of day it is good to keep my mind going with something that is focused, and uplifting. Cokes and coffee are stimulating to the body and aids in the process of going longer and at a faster pace. A break in between with snacks and eating well makes for a stronger healthier time. A couple of sweets are good too.
Resting when I am exhausted is good and I sleep and wake up refreshed to start processing and planning my time. Dreaming is the first step. Second of all the processing then comes the planning then last of all acting upon it.
I have always been analytical all my life and can’t be anything but that. Some people have said ” I think too much” and that is true. This is about everything! So I sometimes have to catch myself and just be systematic about the important aspects of life. Main thing I have to stay calm. I was noticing while I was blogging a few seconds ago I was getting a little irritated not a lot but just for a second! Now I’m ok. I’m copacetic! Easy flowing!! I notice too when I am blogging typing I somehow lose the cursor. So have to concentrate very hard. Then I won’t get annoyed with myself! Have to keep that in mind. It happens when I go at a rapid pace then I have to slow down a bit!! It is all in a learning process to keep calm with myself!! And it is working! I’m succeeding which is most important for me!! Good job Grace!!!

” Going Home”

November 6, 2016

Going Home at last finally after all these years! Just thinking after coming from the state of Maryland going to the Midwest, then traveling through it always thought inwardly about traveling to New York State. Again then traveling from Ohio to the long journey to Alabama again my thoughts were of New York State. While travelling along the scenic roads in Wisconsin, still again my thoughts were New York State. I leave in two weeks from today on a night flight. Actually wouldn’t you know that my two suit cases are nearly packed. Yes they are!
Have to yet print my ticket which will be done this week. Then installing the venetian blind in my room. It is already purchased. Have to do the rest of Shon’s house which is only the downstairs room adjacent to the kitchen and then the garage. It is going to be four people doing it including myself. Should take a decent time perhaps Called Social Security and everything is set up, asked pertinent questions. The lady was very direct and kind. Alynn my lifetime friend will send my winter clothes along with the rest of Andre’s items on the 19th the day I leave Georgia. Speaking of this state it was nice, scenic and people were friendly and kind.
Have to make a correction. I weighed myself and it read 82.5 pounds. I told Shon and the scale is 4 pounds off, it
is up not down. So the reading was 86.5. At least that is slightly better. Have been reminding myself to eat protein so I will get a spoon of peanut butter each day. Been doing that for 5 days straight. So that is something making an effort at least. Will be living with my son and his roommate temporarily, then getting an apartment of my own. In fact Andre has been looking for me. Then I will get an apartment nearby in Rochester. And yet I am here to stay. Never moving from New York State again. I have come full circle!

” No Good Time Than The Present”

October 28, 2016

Being that it is almost the end of this month, there is no good time than the present for expression of ideas. Time is going so rapidly that at this time next month I will be in my favorite state of all. It is namely New York State. Got my ticket on the 19th. Yet have to print it. Know methodically what I have to pack. Now it is cold and a bit of snow which won’t last there. Finishing up the yard work which was a joy meaning that I am getting needed exercise physically and eye exercise too which is important to myself. Watching the clouds that appear as mountains, rivers, and sometimes oceans in this majestic sky. Every time I hear a plane, a jet I view skyward. Atlanta is the busiest airport in the entire country.
Been busy every day doing something. Watching my friend’s kids, going to the mall, to the grocery store, talking to friends and relatives interacting in their lives. Spending time with Shon, my roommate and friend for over 15 years. Speaking of friends, I have close friends who are now my lifetime friends. They know who they are. And furthermore I can trust these friends wholeheartedly with question. There aren’t that many people I trust. My wonderful sons of course without question. Actually it would be great to take all of them with me. However thats an impossibility because they desire to be where they are. And whatsmore I can phone them anytime as they may do for me. And of course the internet it’s great for contact with others. People here in Georgia I find to be genuine and simply very cool. Have really liked it here. A very good place to visit if anyone reading this is interested in traveling to a wholesome place. Want to know a two secrets. Shon said”Grace I don’t want you to leave” Yet fully understands why. And I weigh 82.5 pounds. Actually today I weighed myself on the scale. Reason being I want to give blood! Am doing Shon’s house before I leave. She and her entire family have been wonderful and awesome to me.

” Interacting”

September 21, 2016

Another month nearly at the end and as the song goes the days dwindle down to a precious few. Not growing up without the advantages of a grandmother has taken a told. Speaking neither negatively nor positively its just affected me in an unexpected unique way. Now I am a grandmother, myself. Have a very special bond with my grandchildren, I think never having a grandmother myself. So for me it is a wonderful experience. Actually not seeing them on a daily basis really doesn’t bother me. Over the many years have had seen them grow up into fine ladies and gentlemen. My daughter-in-law and my son have a website which has all the activities and glorious pictures of all over the years. I go on it periodically to see what is going on with all of them individually and collectively. It is fantastic.
Again not growing up with holidays to the max it seems very odd to me, as well it should be. Speaking of one holiday in particular being Halloween which is the eve of All Saints Day if anyone is interested. Never went out to trick or treating as a child. My mentioning this is appropo to what it am about to script: often wondered why and for the longest time now I know: when my younger son when he was quite small ask me” Mom why is it that Dad makes such a big deal with costumes and masks and all the Halloween things and you don’t think of it that way” David and Andre use to watch scary horror movies at Halloween especially. I just wasn’t into that. In fact I would trend going down the Halloween isle because the faces would scare me. Though when Ian and Andre were very young I would go out with them as they were decked out in their favorite costumes for trick or treating. I recall have a Friendly bag with me.
Living here in Ga. you have a lot of bugs. Which there is a song by Pearl Jam called” Bugs” It goes in part Bugs everywhere. Bugs in your ears. Bugs in your nose. Bugs on the walls. Speaking of bugs, there are mosquitos by the ton. There other evening when one of my friends were outside, there were mosquitoes galore. I had some Calgon Lavander and Vanilla body spray which I simply adore and the mosquitos apparently did too. As a result I got stung multiple times everywhere it seemed. Still have them and putting some anti itch hortorzone cream on which definitely helps. Got it from my roommate. So that is life in a nutshell. It is what it is.