I am fortunate to have some photos dating back to the 19th Century from my Dad’s side.
I have shared these family photos in the past but let me include a few for this post. Some of these pictures might have been taken in the early 20th century but most were done in the Nineteenth Century.
Had my first B12 Booster shot Saturday morning. The offices are nice and clean. The gentleman who is a nurse who gave me my shot was professional and polite. He is also very good looking and easy on the eyes!! LOL!! Yes young folks I still look at men even at my age! LOL!!
I did feel energized afterwards. Also treated myself to a manicure and a pedicure. The way I figure we are not on this earth just to work and pay bills. I work loads of overtime and I might as well spend some of that money on me. Naturally I always make sure that my rent is paid. One must have a place to live and New York winters are brutal.
I was able to go on an extended Soulful Strut (that’s what I call my photography walks) along 8th Avenue in Manhattan. The pictures will be posted both here and on my photography blog Roaming Urban Gypsy. https://roamingurbangypsy.com/
Once I pay my landlord, purchased my Metro Card (bus & subway), utility and phone bills I try to buy myself a small treat. For those of you wondering I pay cash. No credit cards for me. Also Yes I am saving for retirement. That comes out of my paycheck automatically and goes into a Fidelity Savings plan that I cannot touch until I’m 59 or probably 60. As a Union employee I also get a pension. When I turn 62 God Willing I will apply for and collect Social security.
Obviously due to my girlfriends death emotionally I’m still sad, distressed and upset but her passing has motivated me to take better care of myself physically. There is not much I can do about my feelings. Nobody feels happy or joyful when a close friend dies. However in light of all that has happened my faith and reliance on God deepens.
Of course one can take all the vitamins in the world, eat the right foods, exercise all day long and then get hit by a truck or bus but all things being equal and having no control over accidents I hope to outlive my friend, co-workers, my parents and many of my relatives who have died in their 50s and 60s. Since I turned 50 in 2009 I’ve seen, heard and been to more wakes and funerals than I care to admit. I guess the key is to make it past 65. My goal is to live to be 70 an age that neither one of my parents achieved. At least one can apply for social security at 62 and have a few years to enjoy oneself before traveling to the great beyond.
I never smoked. Rarely drink alcohol. Eat very little red meat and no dairy. I do some moderate exercise usually walking during the week. I’m open to new health technologies. Reviv | IV Therapy infusion is one that I shall participate in on a regular consistent basis as long as I’m able. Everybody wants to live a long life but living a long life without good health is worthless. Who wants to be a vegetable, in a nursing home or become a burden to one’s family members if you’re fortunate to have living relatives who even desire to care for you.
Since I never married nor had children the onus is on me. Also my brother Stephen is another great inspiration and motivation for me to be my Personal Best. Stephen is the World’s Greatest Autism Guy and in excellent physical condition. Only the two of us now so Stephen relies on me. Once I retire in approximately two years I want Stephen and I to be able to do fun activities and enjoy our Golden Years together.
A few photos from my Soulful Strut. If you cannot view them please click on the below link. https://goo.gl/photos/aCe7hX9FZ1chqj9U6
Grover Washington Jr – Soulful Strut
Share Your World – 2016 Week 39
Share Your World – 2016 Week 39
A class you wish you would have taken?
Photography. And more Art classes. However I did get to take a Cinematography class in High School which was lots of fun!
What’s your favorite comic figure and why?
When I was a kid I Loved Charlie Brown because I could relate to him. Both of us had constant bad luck, were total screw-ups and Beagles for pets.
Name something you wish you could like.
Math. I really loathe and despise math. Never made any sense to me. Numbers are confusing and I was always getting failing grades in school. Algebra and geometry make my head spin!!
Tell me about your first crush / first date / first kiss.
I thought I was in Love with Paul McCartney of the Beatles. Later on Freddie Prinze from Chico and the Man.
Boy named Phillip. He was a sloppy kisser. Yuck! Glad that he was older than me so went off to college and I never saw him again.
Who was your best friend when you were 10?
Can’t remember back that far. Maybe it was Dora Wilson who eventually had to get a shot-gun wedding. Last I heard she was in Alaska. Or it could have been Jackie who was a foster child. Sadly she wound up in an insane asylum.
What sign are you?
Do you believe in astrology?
To a Degree.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Vacation. Had a chance to rest, relax and do all the things I can’t do when I’m working. Today is the last day of my vacation. Back to work tomorrow. Ugh! With my job I only look forward to the weekends when I’m NOT at the workplace.
Pretend you’re well when you’re sick.
Pretend you’re happy when sad.
Pretend that all is well with the world in order to make others happy.
I’m the Clown behind the mask.
Only then will the world smile upon me.
All the World Loves a Liar. One who ignores their true feelings.
Nobody wants the truth. Lies are all that matters.
Facade becomes Truth
The Lies of Positive Thinking. Until the day those Lies catch fire.
Then your Life will burn to the ground.
I’m in the Make Believe Ballroom.
The Platters – The Great Pretender – HD (1955)
Stephen and I have been Stylin’ since we were babies. I grew up as a Girly Girl. A real Clotheshorse especially when I was younger. I had more shoes in my closet than Imelda Marcos and after I moved into my own apartment the clothes bar in my closet broke under the weight of all my outfits! LOL!! My Dad used to joke that I had to get dressed just to put out the garbage. I think that I took after my Aunt Thelma who had those same attributes and passed them along to me!! LOL!!
I was never much on make-up (except lip stick otherwise I look like a blank slate), fake eyelashes or fake nails but since my job requires me to be on my feet for long hours bi-monthly pedicures are a must. I do get manicures but neat, short, clean with clear polish because I still must cook, clean the house and do dishes. Of course hair care is a must!! As you can see from my photos I’ve had every hair style know to Black People from the 60s up to and including the present. Now I color my hair. I loathe gray hair. I do not look good in gray hair and let’s not advance my age more than it is already. Getting older should not include looking like a frump or a bag lady. Yes, Vanity Thy Name is Woman!! LOL!!
My Mom Mable Elizabeth Palmer who was born in the small town of Davy, WV and raised in Dayton, Ohio also Loved to dress well. Her beauty and style are what captured the heart of my Dad Edward G. Palmer.
My Mom Mable Elizabeth Palmer.
Mable Elizabeth Palmer ~~ My Mom
My Paternal Aunts Thelma Palmer Varner and Helen Palmer Garcia.
Aunt Thelma, yours truly, Aunt Helen HS Graduation 1977
Stylin’ Sibs plus Dad!!
Me and Dad
2002 MMC Grad
Me and an Army Friend
Me and the Borg
Church Lady Blue
Regal Blue Church Lady
DeBorah & Stephen 1961
Defiant precocious DeBorah
1961- A Very Good Year
MMC 2002 Graduation
Fifty Sultry Sexy
Me and My Birthday Cake
My Birthday Celebration