I’m sad to announce that my 107-year-old grandmother, Madeline L. Taylor, passed away last week. When my dad saw her last, she’d been sleeping peacefully. A peaceful passing was what we’d wished for her.
She led a long, full, and interesting life. If you’re curious, you can read an Oral History report I did on her life for a class at University of Washington Tacoma several years ago. I made the report into a small website, so that Grandma’s life could have a presence on the internet.
She was much loved and will be greatly missed.
Nothing too exciting on my Facebook feed this week. Mainly memes and album covers (“Post the Covers of Your Top 10 Albums You Still Listen To”).
I had a pretty quiet stay-at-home, avoid-all-people sort of week. Although I did take myself to the symphony one evening, and then took advantage of sunny day and drove up to the University of Washington (Seattle) to enjoy the blooming cherry trees on the Quad. More photos below.
Here are the highlights (such as they are):
- Went on Youtube to look up something quickly, and after getting thoroughly distracted, I now know how to do make-up for women over 50, I’ve seen a cow who lives in someone’s house, I’ve learned to style short hairstyles (I have long hair), I’ve watched debates over the pros and cons of getting eyebrow tattoos (that would be a no for me), and I watched a parrot talk to a banana. Yes, my week is complete. Thank you, Youtube!
- Possible TMI to follow. I inhaled a piece of granola bar. Coughed so hard, it felt like my lungs were going to bleed. Scary thing to inhale crunchy scratchy hard things. I hope it’s all out of there. I’m exhausted.
- Just finished re-reading Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. After living through the past couple of years of my life, I have a completely different perspective on the book. I think it’s going to take me a while to process this. I have a feeling this is going to get processed with lots and lots of writing. I’ve already started a file for whatever comes out of this. I may go back and reread the book again but take notes this time. So many times I found myself thinking things like, “Yes, but for me it was different.” Every life is different. It’s interesting to see how different people with different personalities and different emotions and different circumstances can still wind up in somewhat similar situations.
Last night I watched the live production of Jesus Christ Superstar on NBC. I’ve seen many productions of the show over the years. Many. Very many. And I found this morning when I woke up that I had opinions about almost every scene and every actor/actress. I may take notes of my thoughts and write it up as a review of sorts later today. Spoilers: I enjoyed it. More spoilers: I didn’t love it. 😉
Hope everyone out there is doing well this week. Feel free to leave a comment. What book(s) have your read recently that made an impact? What are your top ten albums you still listen to? What’s the silliest thing that’s distracted you on YouTube or Facebook lately? What flowers/trees are blooming in your area?
Love hearing from you all!
Here are the promised photos: