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Reposting: View from an Old Timer here
Posted On 01/17/2021 09:56:54

This is an edited/updated version of a Blog I posted in 2019:

Good morning, all.  I've now been a member here for almost 13 years!  Wow. Hard to believe. When NOTH first started, all I knew about Cloudeight was its Stationery and newsletter.  I learned about the Hill from the newsletter--and joined only 6 weeks after NOTH was formed.  The best thing I've ever done online!   I've learned so much from them.  

One of the  first things I do in the morning is open my NOTH account.  Since Admin is busy with a full time job & other Cloudeight duties, as Staff I'm the 'middle person'--I take complaints & either do something about them or pass it on to Admin, etc.  It's my 'job' to remind people of the Rules here. 

What I have always liked about the Hill is that we can  be 'ourselves'. Yes, at some point, I did try a competitive site. Not only was it 'impersonal', but it was rather risque--definitely not for me.    NOTH is a 'family site'. We have members' grandchildren also 'visiting' and some even have accounts here.  And our median age is maybe in the 70. Or higher, lol. (Just guessing!)  

As I posted in a Bulletin: with me, what you see is what you get.  I see no reason to hide who I am. 

My name is Dianne...which all the 'old timers' know; and I usually put Altara/Dianne on my 'sigs' (signature tags).   Even though I don't "take" a very good photo, I almost always use my picture as my Profile Pic.  Of course, since I have other pages as well, I sometimes use an 'avatar' there, just to be different, lol.   It's fine if you prefer an Avatar; but I don't.  I like to know 'who' I'm friends with, who I'm talking to, etc.    When I answer forum posts, it's nice to be able to use a 'real' first name--so that people realize I do "know" them. 

My personal preference is an open page where everyone can leave a comment; however, I've had to monitor that because some people simply don't pay attention to what we've 'suggested' over the years.   Most of us 'old timers' prefer maybe 1 graphic per comment (yes, even those like me who really love graphics!)--and 'smaller' (not HUGE) graphics, which stretch out a person's page if they aren't using the 'limit code'.   While I appreciate all comments, I still prefer a 'limit'.   Some of us (not me, lol) even prefer a private message, rather than a bunch of graphics on our page.  And many of us now use Bulletins rather than leaving individual comments.  

I  believe our actual 'oldest' member is now  99 years old! That's amazing. She actually joined NOTH about 8 days before I did--so she's one of the Originals.  Now, this doesn't include people who 'say' they are over 100, lol.  I'm going by 'real age'. 

Now, anyone who has looked at either of my pages will see that I 'limit' friends.  I wish I had time/energy to visit each friend daily & leave a comment; but between health problems, other 'real life' things,  & all I do here, I just can't.  That's why it's extremely rare for me to add 'friends', on either page.  

Important PS--I do recommend not putting the names & ages of all your children/grandchildren on your page! Or going into detail about all of your life experiences. But otherwise, I see no problem in listing your 'likes, hobbies', etc.   I look at things like that, to decide who to invite to different groups. I made a 'graphic' that shows my basic info: 2 kids, 3 grandkids, and my main hobbies.   In order for anyone outside of NOTH to 'see' your info, they'd have to do a 'search' for your username. So it's not very likely to happen by 'chance'. 

Reality Shows
Posted On 01/09/2021 10:21:18

I always said I hate reality shows; and in general, that's true. I definitely do not like/watch "singing/dancing/talent" shows.

However, I do have a few shows that I enjoy watching, like Below Deck (original & Mediterranean). And over the years, I've watched some 'cooking' shows--mainly things like Kids Baking Championship, or 'holiday' competitions, etc. And I've watched several of Gordon Ramsey's shows.

And just last night I watched a new episode of Restaurant Impossible. (Actually, I once ate at a local restaurant that had been 'redone' by this man; we enjoyed the food & in general thought they did a good job, although I saw a couple of minor 'problems' that should have been addressed--like a window sill that needed to be redone; I assume they ran out of cash to fix everything!)

Well, recently, I read an article that debunked many of the 'reality' shows.  I had never heard of most of them, but a few that I've watched were listed as being totally 'scripted'. Example: the ones where people are deciding between looking for a new home or renovating & another show where people were deciding between several 'new homes. I'd actually gotten tired of those anyway & already stopped watching. 

So...in general, I can still say I'm not a true fan of 'reality' shows. 

Guess I'm Old Fashioned
Posted On 01/09/2021 09:20:36

I dislike 'texting'--it's just too hard with those tiny buttons on my cell phone! Now, it's ok if I can use my keyboard; but that only works when I use 'chat' at Facebook--or some other platform (like PMs here at NOTH).  My grown 'children' (now age 50+) seem to prefer texting to actually talking to people--I, personally, would rather 'speak' to someone!

I do love my computer. I've switched to laptops, which may seem silly since it never leaves my desk! But it was more economical. And I do have an iPad, which I mainly use for reading, games, & quick check-ins here at NOTH; but I don't use it for anything more complicated; again, it's too hard to 'type' on it. But I'm not interested in more fancy electronics.  I've learned to do a lot on my computer, and don't see the need for anything fancier. 

As for my cell phone, my daughter got them for us and put them on her account. They're simple: just for talking, texting--and taking pictures, which I rarely do.  If I want to take photos, I use a real camera! Maybe that's unusual these days; but it's much more reliable, easier to 'see' the pictures, and if I decide I want to print out a photo, I know they'll be 'better'. 

We mainly use the cell phones to keep in touch with each other when one of us goes out to 'shop'. Or now, of course, when we get to a doctor's office & need to 'call in' to let them know we're in the parking lot!  We started out using the cell phones to talk to our daughter, who lives in another county; however...we now have unlimited time on our ATT account so we use the house phone (landline), which is a lot easier to use!  There's no chance of an accidental 'hitting the wrong button' & ending the call!

I get  frustrated when my daughter or son sends me a 'picture' via the phone because I am not able to see 'details' on the tiny screen. So I have to 'move' it to the 'card', then take the card out, put the card into the slot on the laptop, move it to the laptop and then open it to 'see' it. If they want to 'send' me a photo, I'd prefer they do it by email--which is much easier to see. 

So, I'm quite happy being a bit Old Fashioned!

Holiday movies!
Posted On 12/11/2020 13:09:38

I love holiday movies; I have quite a collection of them on DVD (and on DVR). But  I still watch many of them when they are repeated on tv--as well as many new ones each year.  While flipping channels a while ago, I found one of my favorite 'newer' ones: Snowglobe. It kind of reminds me of 'It's a Wonderful Life'; in this one, a woman wishing for a 'perfect' Christmas suddenly finds herself in a 'snowglobe', where every day is Christmas. She quickly learns that 'perfection' isn't what it's cracked up to be. When she gets 'stuck' inside the snowglobe, she realizes she misses her quirky family and their unique holiday traditions: like green 'Christmas lasagna'.  I do have this one in my collection; but I haven't watched it  for some time. So I'm enjoying it now.

I have 2 Hallmark channels, which show many holiday movies. However, I've found that between these two channels and several others, there are often at least 4 holiday movies on the same night! So it's a challenge to decide which to watch, which to dvr, and which to watch 'later', if they are repeated. 

Since I didn't feel well last year, I recorded quite a few holiday movies and actually only got around to watching some of them recently! I even had one that was dated December of 2018. I've now gone through all of those & deleted most after watching. I think there are a couple that I'm "keeping", at least for now.  And so far, I've found 2 new ones that I liked so much that I will be keeping those as well. 

With all that's gone on this year, I think we all need something to lift our spirits. And I know these movies are definitely doing that for me!

Christmas at My Grandma's
Posted On 12/02/2020 11:51:24

This is a photo from 1955, at Grandma's. That's my great grandma Bertha on the left; Grandad is the one holding my baby cousin Judy (who now has grandkids of her own!).  My mom is just to the right of him; she was pregnant with my little sister Deb at the time. Grandma Alice took the photo. Oh, my dad is in front of the tree; my aunt & uncle are on the right. And me..I'm a bit blurry...next to my dad!

I really miss my grandparents!  Actually, I stayed with them a good bit of the time when I was little and Mom worked. And Grandma took care of me when I had my tonsils out. Now that Grandma is gone, we don't even go to my home town anymore. I sure miss the 'good old days' when all my grandparents--and my parents, who are now also gone--were all around.  


Snow Ice Cream
Posted On 10/29/2020 14:30:30

Well, although the only 'snow' right now is in the mountains out west, I guess we all know it's 'coming' to many parts of the U.S. within a month or two.

Today I'm reading a book that takes place in December, in the part of Texas that does get snow. The main characters are snowed in, during a blizzard; after making some snowmen, they decided to make some 'snow ice cream'. That sure takes me back to my childhood!!

When the hero mentions that his family uses 'whipped cream', I decided to do a quick online search for 'recipes'.  I actually don't remember how we used to make it! I don't think we added milk--but I can't swear to it.  Well, the recipes I just found mainly talk about adding sugar, vanilla, & either milk, cream, or sweetened condensed milk to the snow. I haven't actually found a recipe that calls for whipped cream, however. 

They all sound good!   And...I think if we do get snow this year, I just might try one of these recipes!

Posted On 10/26/2020 10:41:12

Well, I'm not a coffee drinker--I stick with tea. But even so, I've read enough to know a few of the coffee 'terms'. I think everyone now knows what a Latte is.  However, I was reading a cozy mystery the other day that had me totally stumped! 

The heroine asked for a "flat white" at a coffee shop, so it was obviously some type of coffee. But I had never heard that term before, so I had no idea 'what' it was.  I ended up doing a quick online search & learned what it is:

 flat white is a more concentrated drink that will have a stronger taste of coffee than milk. It can also be stronger than a latte in terms of caffeine because of the use of two shots. A flat white combines the flavour and intensity of an espresso with the rich mouthfeel of a dairy-based drink.

So now I've learned something new!

Found my old holiday movies!
Posted On 10/16/2020 12:00:17

A while back, I moved my 'old' DVR (which has twice the capacity of the Directv DVR) into this room so that I could use it, as well as the Directv one. It was just too hard to sit in that old rocker in the other room--well 'hard' to get up, once I'd sat down in it! However, lately,  I tend to leave the tv on & just watch reruns--today it's been The West Wing on TNT.  But that's done for today.

I can't find my list of 'what' is on this dvr, so I decided to check it out; it's full of holiday movies from 1019--and even a few from Dec. of 2018!  There are also a few 'series finales' & special tv shows on it that I wanted to keep. Sadly, the 'record/copy' to DVD stopped working on this, so...leaving them on here is the only way to 'save' them. 

So, anyway...today I am making another list of what's on here (lost the other one!) and am watching at least one of the holiday movies while I do some straighening up--my desk is a mess again! This movie is called "Always & Forever Christmas".  So I guess it's not "too early" after all.  

Too soon? Or not?
Posted On 10/15/2020 17:59:54

My favorite channels are advertising holiday movies that will start before the end of this month. My first thought was: it's too soon.  And I am not sure I'm ready for holiday movies. 

But on the other hand, this has been a rough year, not only due to the Covid19 mess, with so many people out of work and/or ill, or having lost loved ones to this pandemic--but for me personally, going through major surgery with a long recovery period.  And to be honest, I think many of us need something uplifting right about now. So maybe it's not too soon after all.  

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