Catching Up and A Pet Peeve–Getting Carded at Age Sixty-six


Time goes by quickly, don’t you think? Cliché, I know!  I can’t believe it has been over a year since I last posted something here.  The past year has been filled with A LOT!

One thing was a three-week European river cruise on which my husband and I both got COVID.  We had three days left on the trip when we realized what it was.  Unfortunately, many of the cruise attendees became ill because everyone had that dry, hacking cough that comes with the disease.  We were quarantined in Ritz Carlton in Budapest, Hungary for approximately six days.  Can’t get better accommodations than the Ritz Carlton.  Pretty fancy place!  Too bad we only saw the inside of our room. We had a small balcony, but the door wouldn’t open. We ordered room service! But even that got old after a while. We missed the last leg of the trip to Prague.  The blessing in all of it was, we survived and made it home safely.  Things can always be worse.  A future trip to Prague maybe?

While in Budapest, I learned through FaceTime that my sister had COVID at the same time as I did.  We often do things like that.  At one point, even though we lived states apart, we learned we had the same living room furniture.  Huh!  What’s that all about?

Shortly after getting back from the trip, my family visited from out of state.  Not a bad thing!

I had a few health problems other than COVID to deal with. Finally, in January the problems were resolved and I’m back to my same old contrary, but loveable! self.

A few weeks ago, I met a good friend for lunch and as we usually do, we met at our favorite restaurant/brew house in town.  We usually sit in the bar because we don’t have to wait to be seated if a table is available, and I will admit…on occasion, we both enjoy a glass of wine with our meal.  We’ve been meeting regularly at least once per month since we both retired.  She was a lawyer, and I was a middle school teacher.  We met through stamping many years ago and became instant friends.  We have been meeting so regularly, except for during the pandemic, that the waiters and waitresses at the restaurant know us by name.

On this specific day, I arrived at the restaurant a few minutes before her and occupied a table at the bar.  The waiter, a young twenty-something guy,  someone I’ve never seen before, approached the table and asked if I would like to order a beverage while I waited for my friend.

“Yes, please.  A glass of your house chardonnay,”  I responded.

“Of course,” he countered. “May I see your id, please?”

Miffed, I looked at him.  “Seriously? Because if you think you are being cute by asking me, who looks old enough to purchase an alcoholic beverage, and you think you’ll get a bigger tip because of it, you won’t!” (When this happens, I always assume that the guy is trying to be cute.  A fault, I know.)

I said all of this as I reached for my wallet and removed my driver’s license so he could look at my birth date.

He said, “No, not for a bigger tip, but because my boss wants me to ask everyone, although a big tip would be greatly appreciated.”

“Okay, okay, because you are doing your job.  I won’t give you a hard time. But it is a little ridiculous, don’t you think…I mean I have two kids that are older than you.  Don’t tell me you can’t recognize an old lady just by looking at me.”

I know he was just doing his job.  But answer this question.  Why is it female waitresses don’t seem ask for my identification?  Or maybe they have, and I just don’t remember. (I’m old, remember?)

Smart waiter!  He asked my friend for her ID too.  I gave him a nice tip.

I hate, hate, hate when I’m asked for my id because I know I look old enough to order a hard beverage.  My daughter says I should trust that he was doing his job.  My daughter is often correct.

Anyway, that’s just something that really annoys me.

Today’s card is called a split lattice card.  They are very popular lately and I thought I would get on the bandwagon and share one with you too.  I think I’ve made at least 10 of these cards.  They are just so easy and so pretty.  I hope you enjoy the video.  As always, if you have any questions please contact me.  Check out the supply list at the bottom of the page, along with a link to my online store if you need anything.



DISCLAIMER:  I do use a few retired items on this card. Any reasonable facsimile will do.

Until next time!

Happy Stamping!








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