Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
This sunset was brilliant. Even brighter than over the desert.
Feet of two old farts just watching the surf roll in. Sorry Soul. I missed the sand shot.OK,everyone. This is an odd shot for me but this really caught my eye. Are they teaching or selling? I decided to let everyone make their own story to go with this. Old folks notice things they would never have seen in their youth.
We ate at this little small town restaurant on the way home. My nephew, Ricky, told us about this place. It's name is the result of trying to find an appropriate name. The owners decided on the name based on what a lot of folks say in response to, "Where would you like to eat?" The food was excellent. Just down home country cooking.
I might add that we enjoyed the beautiful, warm weather on the Emerald Coast. We were welcomed home by a whirl of snowflakes and dark clouds. There was no accumulation but nevertheless it was cold.
Gotta quit posting and get ready to take the youngest grandson to music class. His older brother is going to the doctor this afternoon because he has a fever and is really under the weather.
I wish you all could have a long weekend on the Emerald Coast.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I've missed all of my blogging buddies. I did get to read some of your posts but our laptop is trying for the title slowest still in commission. I just waited until I got home.
Soul, I hope you are feeling better. I've been worried about you. Summer, I checked to see how your day has been and you're not there. What happened? Did I miss something? Everyone else, I hope I make it to all your blogs this evening. If I don't then I certainly will tomorrow morning.
Again, I missed you all
Friday, February 22, 2008
I hope each and everyone has a wonderful happy weekend and early week. Soul, please rest and get better. From your description it sounds like flu. Elizabeth, we'll pass each other coming from and going to FL. Maybe not close enough to wave but we can send mental greetings. I'll be waiting to hear about your trip.
Spell checker is working. I'm so happy I would turn cartwheels if my butt wasn't too big to launch. When I'm home, I'll tell all. Not that I expect there will be much to tell. We intend to be really low key. Above is what how I expect our get-away potrait to look. Be safe and don't forget me.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
My "last minute stuff" is really simple. I need to replace a pocket in Harry's comfy jeans, patch a pair of my comfys, get my "hide my hair" cap/hat and one of my beaded resort tees out of the summer storage chest (just in case), and make sure we have plenty of clean underwear. Everything else will just happen. I can pack in 30 minutes Saturday morning. Packing is never a problem for me.
I'm really looking forward to this few days out of town. I don't really care what the weather is - the sound of waves hitting the shore will be relaxing. I want "chill out" time away from this house. I just can't seem to get all the tasks on my list behind me so I'm leaving them at home - out of sight, out of mind. Just color me lazy and good-for-nothing from Saturday until the following Wednesday.
Is spell check ever going to work again?
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Our expecting DIL had a doctor appointment today and all is going along just like it should. The doctor told her to expect a big baby. I was pretty sure that would be the case - she doesn't look like she's gained body weight but she tips the scales more than the doctor expected. The C-Section word came up during the appointment today. It's not a sure thing but something that may have to be considered a little later. DIL isn't afraid of having a C-Section but she was - and still is - looking forward to delivering her baby.
Well, I've told all the news from our little corner of the world. Nothing earth shaking happening here. How are things where you are?
Monday, February 18, 2008
As the trip stands now we'll drive to the coast this Saturday and drive home the next Wednesday. I know it isn't long but it's long enough for relaxing to the sound of the surf, walking on the sand, and just enjoying life. If it rains or is cool that will be OK. It won't spoil our trip. We're going to Panama City Beach and will be staying beach side on the 10th or 12th floor. There is a private balcony overlooking the Gulf. Our suite should be nice - this hotel caters to adults. We have absolutely no plans other than going there and coming home. Each minute will dictate the next.
Arrangements are made with the house sitter so everything will be taken care of here. The kids will be available if anything goes wrong here at the house. The babies, who aren't babies anymore, . . . We'll certainly miss them. The car has been serviced and is ready for the trip. I'll be taking coffee and tea - I like my own brand. I'm sure the suite has a coffee maker.
I just got the news this afternoon that the oldest grandson has his first loose tooth. Help!!!! They are growing up too fast.
I need to check on Harry and be sure he's OK. Our bedroom is at one end of the house and I'm at the other end - might not hear him if he calls me. Make note to self---consider in-house intercom system.
Hope everyone has a quiet peaceful night. Until later, bye
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Our gathering today was a bit small and quiet. The middle son, the grandboys, and DIL decided they needed a day at home. I certainly agreed - as a matter of fact I suggested it. DIL is still not over her episode and the whole family looked beat. I insisted DIL give me a verbal list of things they needed so none of them would have to leave the house and I'd pick it up. When I was satisfied that they were all tucked in for the day, I came home and settled in.
The other regular 'gathers' were here and we watched the Daytona 500 and had pizza instead of a home cooked meal. That doesn't happen very often, but it seemed the thing to do today.
The race was good and ended with a surprise winner, Ryan Newman in a Dodge. I know next to nothing about the team owners and very little about any of the drivers but I love the sport. Yes, it is loud. Yes, it is sometimes violent. Yes, the sport is considered "redneck" but I don't care. I've been a race fan since I was a young teen attending dirt track races in Cleveland, TN. I heard that Bill Elliot owns that track now and that it's been paved. I think I said before that I don't have a real favorite driver. I'm for the driver who's driving clean and being a gentleman on race day. That's not always the same driver. Tony Stewart is a kind of rogue, but all-in-all a loveable one. I believe part of his bravado is a fence to hide behind. Speaking of fences, I bet he can't climb the fence this season unless he trims down a bit.
Plans are in place for our trip to the coast. Reservations are made, kids have been warned, housesitter engaged, and the old folks just waitin' for the time to leave. I can pack for a trip in 30 minutes with no problem. (Remember, I traveled a lot while I was working.) I'll tell more about our plans next time.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Anyway it seems that things are making their way to normal in our little world. Remember my gift beach gift certificate? Well, I'm making final plans to cash it in. I really need a quiet, dull day or two. Too much excitement is bad for old people.
Tomorrow is the NASCAR Daytona 500. It certainly won't be a quiet, dull day here. We're all primed for the green flag. I, for one, was glad to see Earnhardt, Jr looking more settled. I know he's had a rough time making the change to another team. Poor Tony looks as if he spent the off season at the dinner table and forgot his appointment for haircuts. I don't have a really favorite driver. I cheer for someone different almost every race. My favorite of the day is the driver that's playing fair and not being a bad sport. Don't know how many of you are NASCAR fans but I turn into a first class redneck when the call comes out "Gentlemen, start your engines."
Jamie, do you have a favorite driver? Lets - you and I - forget all our crapy stuff and just enjoy the roar.
My spell check still isn't working - hope the above is readable.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
My DIL (the grandson's mom) was in real distress this morning. She was unable to walk, bad headache, and nausea. My son called and of course Harry and I took the boys. The oldest went on to school and I picked him up after his Valentine party. The youngest developed a problem with his eyes as the morning wore on. (Pink Eye) Mommy and Daddy are at the emergency room where Mommy is having more tests than I can count. CAT scan, x-ray, EKG, blood work and more. It was a long day. The boys were with us and they managed to stay busy and not worry. It's normal for them to spend the day here so things seemed normal to them. The medical community let Mommy go home with meds.
When Mommy was tucked in at home I went to their house to manage things while Daddy took the youngest son to the doctor for his eyes. They came home with meds for pink eye. My son had class tonight and the professor was doing a cursive review for finals so I pushed him out of the house to attend class. I had no problem managing the boys and Mommy. When Daddy came home I rushed home to watch Lost.
We're not 100% sure what is going on with Mommy but there are no tumors and tests look OK. At this point they are calling it "an inner ear problem" and have given her meds for vertigo and nausea. Time will tell - We pray that it will respond in a day or so.
Never know what the next day will bring. Right?? Even with all the rushing and confusion we still have many things to be thankful for.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
There was bad news for me this morning. My former sister-in-law passed away this morning. She was my strength and support during my divorce from her brother. Without her help and reassurance I don't know how I'd have made it through. This is a loss that will be with me for a long time. She hasn't been well for at least a year so my comfort has to be that she is at peace. Her children are deeply grieving - they are a very close family.
When I got the call I'd visited most of my regular blogs and left comments on most but, for now at least, I just want to sit quietly and sort my memories and emotions.
I'll be back later. If not today then tomorrow.
Everyone take care. Tell those close to you that you love them.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Daughter, Judy, sent pictures of our granddaughter’s first birthday. From all indications she had a really big party for a one year old. We wish we could have her close enough to spend some time with us but it doesn’t look like that’s in the cards. They do plan to come sometime between next Thanksgiving or Christmas but that is many, many days away. In the meantime we’re just happy to have pictures. I believe she loved her cake..........................
Did you realize that on this day two years ago our Vice President shot a fellow while on a hunting trip? Guess he was having a weird day, too. We never know what will happen next so keep your ear to the ground.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Harry finished filing our taxes this past week. The bottom line wasn't as good as I'd hoped but we can live with it. It always irritates me when I actually see the numbers on the forms and realize how much this good life costs. I wouldn't change it for any other, though, so I guess I should just leave that subject alone.
The cat has decided to be my shadow and constant companion. Part of the time I enjoy having her close and listening to her purr. Other times she's just in the way. This morning I sat my coffee cup down for just a minute and looked back to see her lapping away. This silly cat, that will eat absolutely nothing but dry food, has now decided to drink my coffee. She sits on the vanity and washes her face while she's watching me wash mine and she intently watches as I brush my teeth. The last straw is when she decides to lay on me during the night - NOT beside me but ON me. Let me tell you, she is one warm kitty. How did I get on this subject? Probably because she's trying to lay on the keyboard and when I push her away she meows like her heart is breaking. Enough of this! I'm going to bed.
Breathe in deeply 10 times, relax and close your eyes, now sleep a peaceful sleep until morning calls. Summer, turn off your alarm. Nite, nite everyone
I finally woke up. Soul is correct; my sleep pattern is really messed up. I'm absolutely at the end of the blog line this morning. Bad thing is that I'm still sleepy and it's 9:15 AM! I'll shake it off and be fine, though.
Harry and I watched Speed Week most of the day yesterday. Jamie, did you see the exchange between Tony and Kurt during practice? I didn't see it but according to reports they are still acting like spoiled 4-year-old brats. Yes, Tony really looks bad. Do you think that maybe his party time is getting out of control?
I don't have a menu ready for today and I didn't straighten the television area. Now I'm in a bind and have to get moving----errrrrr-----make that running. I'll be fine and back on track when I get this first cup of coffee into play.
I'll catch up later today.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Not a lot of sleep last night. No reason - just couldn't sleep. Feel fine.
The grandsons came to play with Nana while Mommy ran some errands. Within 10 minutes of her leaving, I noticed the oldest was scratching his ankles and tummy. As Nanas are prone to do, I "downed him" and inspected. He had a rash that was unreal - big blotches that were red. He didn't tell Mommy because he was afraid he wouldn't get to come to Nana and Papa's house. Long story made short. Mommy came back and called the pediatrician who decided it's an allergic reaction to the antibiotic he's taking for the ear infection. More visits to the doctor, more medication, and a change of antibiotic. Our first experience with ear infections has not been easy. Raising children is really hard.
NASCAR is happening on at least two televisions. Harry doesn't want to miss one minute of action or one word of an interview. I'm so glad that he can do/watch something that he enjoys so much. All I know so far is that Toney Stewart has long hair this season! I can just see how that's going to look when he has one of his spastic fits of yelling and throwing his helmet and gloves. That alone should make this a watch able season. Don't ya just love a good fit when you don't have to actually be there? Am I a sicko?
I decided to post early today and be ready to help Mommy and Daddy with this allergic situation if they need me. I'm really good at rocking, rubbing, and singing silly songs. If you don't believe it just ask my grandsons.
As you can see, I'm up later than late tonight. I went to bed early last night and slept for 12 - that's right - 12 hours! I may be awake for the next week.
The grandson is better but he's not yet 100%. Today he felt better and we had a short play date while Mommy took his brother to his music lesson. They are both doing an outstanding job with their music classes. They both practice without being reminded. Miracles do happen.
Reading Summer's post this evening caused me to recall a scene that was playing out in my office a few years ago. We had hired a total of 18 engineers fresh out of college for our intern program. These kids weren't dry behind the ears. As a matter of fact I don't believe some of them were housebroken. I walked into the office after attending a meeting and this is what I saw: One engineer was practicing his juggling skills with three oranges. Another was showing a couple of kids how he perceived "white people dance" and demonstrating how "black people dance." One of the girls was painting her nails. Another had her feet on her desk and was reading a travel magazine. One boy was snoring - yes he was sound asleep amidst all the action. When those kids saw me it was unbelievable how quickly they found their desks. I told them that it looked like either a kindergarten class or a bad circus. In case you're wondering if they had work to do the answer is YES! I wasn’t their supervisor at the time, but if I had been there would have been notes in each of their personnel folders. At least they weren't playing video games on line. That happened with the next batch we hired.
I've traveled far enough down memory lane for this evening. I think I'll settle down and read. Hope everyone is enjoying snoozing good time.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Don't know if I've mentioned that the boy's Mommy is a licensed and wonderful cosmetologist. She quit work when the first grandson came along. Her clients were really disappointed when she quit and begged her not to do so. She decided that, since some of her clients had been with her for years, she would continue to do those haircuts and colors from either her home or theirs. Most of these clients are older and travel isn't always easy for them. She has a really good background and does wonderful work. I'm usually on her naughty list because I don't want to take time and effort to keep current with my hair. At some point she may go back to work but not until the boys are older. I think it would be feasible for her to have her own shop and lease stations to independents. At some point she could just become a manager which should be easier as she gets older. At my age, I'm always thinking ahead to "the older" years. Not that I'm already there, mind you.
We didn't have any really bad weather last night or this morning. Just rain, which we are thankful for receiving. I've been watching the news about the storms to our west. So much destruction and loss of life. It's a very sad time for many, many people. My heart goes out to them.
Hope your day is bright and peace reigns in your life. Happy Hump Day.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
I don't know if I already told my readers what the youngest said/did at his last checkup, which was just after the New Year. If I did, you're about to get a repeat. Both boys were due a regular checkup and had appointments back to back. The oldest was first. Doctor Pats did the usual poking, listening, pricking, etc, and everything looked really good but the kicker came when he had to have a booster shot of some kind. That set the youngest into a tail spin. He told the whole world that in no uncertain terms he did not want to get "up on that white bed." Dr Pats consoled him and everything was fine as long as Dr Pats was in the room. When the nurse came in the room with not one but four injections on a tray doomsday came to pass at the doctor's office! The kid didn't want anything to do with the whole process and everyone knew exactly how he felt! Bottom line is that each of the boys passed his checkup with flying colors and both received the necessary boosters and vaccinations.
The reason I told/retold that is so I could say that the youngest informed Mommy that he'd go to the doctor with his brother as long as he didn't have to "get up on that white bed" and no one was planning to give him a shot.
This is probably just another of the childhood thingies that they get over and forget about in a day or two, but we hate for the babies to be ill. I'm keeping my time free the rest of the day just in case I'm needed for whatever reason.
Hope everyone is well and that this line of storms causes no injury or loss of property.
Update: Grandson does have an ear infection. Dr. said on a scale of 1 to 10 it is a 7 or 8. Grandson still says his ear doesn't hurt. No shots just medication. All is once again calm in Nana and Papaville.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Our Sunday gathering was a bit empty yesterday. The oldest grandson was ill and running a fever so they decided to stay home. The oldest son and the youngest son and his wife were here for a short while. They were attending parties with their friends which is as it should be. Bottom line - Harry and I enjoyed the children and spouces who could be here in the afternoon and missed the ones who were home sick. When everyone left Harry and I had our own Super Bowl party. We snacked, snuggled into the sofa in front of the TV and just enjoyed the evening.
No cooking today. There's lots of leftovers in the fridge. Maybe I can make some headway on a couple of projects that are way behind my schedule. It's wet and gray here so there's not much outside to take my attention away from my plan.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
I haven't made plans for my "Christmas Gift Certificate" trip yet. It seems like things just keep happening and the trip gets pushed further and further out. NASCAR's "Speed Week" (or whatever it's called) begins Feb 9 with the Bud Shoot Out and continues through Feb 17 with the Daytona 500. By the time that week is over, Harry will be weak in the knees. I think I'll try to fit my gift trip in sometime around the last weekend in February. What do ya think? I don't want to swim. I just want to sit quietly and listen to the ocean sounds. I haven't done that in at least 30 years and I remember how much pleasure it gave me. (I've been to the ocean many times during that 30 years but never to just be still and quiet and listen to the sounds.) Ah, the things dreams are made of.
Tomorrow will be busy. Hope you have a fantastic Super Bowl Sunday doing whatever you enjoy most.
Friday, February 1, 2008
The boys and I watched Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the old version with Gene Wilder). The youngest just watches intently but the 5 year old asked questions almost constantly. I was afraid they would be frightened of the newer version. In the version we watched Charlie and Grandpa drank the drink that made them rise up in the air. Remember how they had to burp to get down? Well, guess what.................................... Yep, both little darlings are now trying to burp.
I haven't menitoned my sister who was in rehab for a while. I want to say, "Thanks to everyone who remembered Beatrice in their prayers and sent good wishes." She is much better and able to be home with her daughter in the Palm Springs area. Ricky (my nephew) tells me she's doing really well. She's ready for the world.
Several of my blogging friends are either sick or going through extremely stressful times. Each and every one of you are in my prayers. Also, several blogging friends are hale, hearty, and ready for the show. To them I say, "Go for it - whatever 'it' is.)
As for me, it's sign off and go sit by hubby time.