Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Christmas 2008 was quieter than some past Christmases, but it was great. I didn't do a lot of decorating, didn't haul out the Christmas china, had simple food. (Lots of finger food, baked ham, various rolls and condiments, salad, boiled corn and fresh lemonade for the kids. There were a couple of "adult beverages," too.) I hope everyone enjoyed the day half as much as Harry and I did. If so the day was a great success.
I made a short slide show with captions on each picture. As you will see our day was casual - very casual.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I've been lax in writing but it's not for lack of thinking of each and every one of my blogging friends. Time passes with blogs written only in my mind. I'm just lazy, I guess.
There's nothing new other than the stuff that Santa left here for the little ones. Our family made the decision to only buy gifts for the children. The grown-up's gifts to each other is the love and support we give each other all year long. We'll have our gathering on Christmas afternoon starting around 2 p.m. and lasting until everyone is ready to return home and pass out from too much food and excitement.
I have a reputation for always being "outside the box" and this year our Christmas tree is no exception. I thought of all the bright colors, excitement, and noise and decided to have a calm and quiet tree. That's when my "outside the box" side kicked in. Below is a picture of my version of a serene, peaceful Christmas tree. It doesn't look like a tree at all but it'll be on the table where the Christmas feast is spread. If I don't get overwhelmed, I'll snap a shot of the loaded table.
Thanks to my photographer, Harry, who shot the picture above with his fancy new camera and put it in a frame using Gimp, which is a complicated editing program. I don't do photography at all - I'm lucky to be able to just take a picture.
May each and everyone have a happy but peaceful Christmas or Hanukkah.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Harry and I haven't made plans for New Year. I suggested going to the Opery Land Hotel in Nashville. Harry would have gone along with my wishes, but when I found out that it would cost more than a thousand dollars plus dinner and drinks and that part of the New Year party is aboard the river boat I changed my mind. I'm allowed to do that, you know. Can you picture two old farts aboard a river boat in the middle of the Tennessee River toasting in the new year with icicles hanging off our noses and butts? Not going to happen!
HOLD THE PRESSES, I have an announcement to make. We just received our first Christmas gift of the season. FedEx delivered it to our door via express delivery. I guess Santa is busy getting ready for the big night. It's something we never had before. Two lollipops designed especially for us. One is tequila flavor complete with WORM. The other is strawberry complete with a SCORPION. Yep, Ricky, we never had anything like this before but we did see them on television and wish we could try them. You must have read our minds. I think I'll put them on the Christmas table as part of the decoration. Save the eating for snuggling on New Year's Eve. Ricky, thank you for thinking of us. We really do appreciate the gift - the boys will really be interested in these. I love it when someone comes up with a really unique gift. I wish I could think of - and find - unique gifts.
That's all for now folks. Have a wonderful rest of the day and an even better tomorrow.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
OOOH, today is Saturday
Next day's Sunday
Ain't gotta work no more
'fore Monday, Whooo-ray.
I know, it's silly and I hadn't thought of it for years.
I know I'm getting old because most of the news I hear from family and friends is that some one has died or has an incurable something. Since Thanksgiving I lost a sister, a casual friend, a school mate who was a close friend during school years, and today I learned that a fellow that I worked with for several years has a terminal illness. I've come to the conclusion that the only thing worse than checking out early is being the last to go. Enough of the morbid.
Christmas shopping is history - all done. If I forgot anything, too bad. I've used all the hiding places and I don't have room for more. I really want to put up a tree but I think I'll just do other decorating this year and let the tree decorations rest. The local kids have children of their own so our Christmas will be presents for the children and a Christmas dinner on Christmas Day. We're not feeling "Humbug" just being practical. Monday we'll UPS Maddie's Christmas to Phoenix and the rest will stay quietly in their hiding places until Christmas Day.
Today I received something I've wanted for several years but never, ever thought I'd have - a top-o-the-line Onkyo sound system. Keith and Mary gave it to me. It's still like new but they've decided to go another route. I am so very proud of the system. Now my CD collection can perform on real equipment. The sound is unbelievable. Do you think that maybe Harry will dance with me since no one can see? I bet the kids will.
I hope to get Christmas cards in the mail on Monday but it'll probably be Tuesday. No excuses, I'm just being lazy.
Speaking of lazy, I think that I'll go to bed and try to sleep for a few hours. Wish me luck. See ya later.
Monday, December 8, 2008
This breathing problem is doing well. I called my doctor today to ask how long I should stay on the meds since I am feeling OK. He advised me to keep taking it for a total of two months to let the damage the "whatever was wrong" have time to heal and my body "right itself" Smart old me decided to not listen and skip the breathing med which I should take two times per day. Guess what - well, let's just say that I've decided to listen to someone who knows more about medicine than me.
The sleep over was fun until Jesse got really sick in the late evening hours but he did go to sleep. He woke up again in the early morning hours really crying (not at all like him) and wanting Daddy to come get him. I called Keith and he came. Jesse was really sick for a while but finally went to sleep. Like most young children he woke up feeling fine. I can't tell you how relieved I was to hear that. I should have know something was wrong when he wasn't interested in the treat cabinet. It's usually the hit of the show at Nana's house.
Tomorrow is my last sibling's memorial service. She was 92, had a long productive life, and died peacefully in her sleep. I believe I posted pictures of her several months back. She was living in Palm Springs when she passed. It's strange and sad to be the only one left.
Now you know the story of what's happening in my life. I have so very, very much to be thankful for. It just seems that sometimes the path of life gets a little rugged but I try to not show wear and tears.
Sorry this post is a bit of a downer - I promise to do better next time.
Friday, December 5, 2008
I want to pass some info along to everyone. We believe the culprit in causing the horrible asthma attacks has been identified. It's not positive but I'm hoping. At least the following didn't do good things for me.
As everyone knows we had all the little ones here at Thanksgiving. In getting everything ready for their visit I got all the 'little one' toys out of storage. Of course I needed to clean them since they had been stored for almost two years. My usual cleaning solution is Clorox Cleanup but I decided that I should clean the toys with one of the new "Green" cleaners. I was so proud of myself for being so careful. HA!
In trying to identify anything different in my life at the time I became ill I thought of everything. The last to come into question was the "Green" cleaner. Guess what was one of the ingredients in this new cleaner - Golden Rod - which is the only botanical that I'm allergic to. I'm really, really sensitive to the plant and flower. It took some time and searching to identify exactly what the ingredients in the cleaner is but the "various botanicals" included the culprit.
I'm doing much better and expect to eventually overcome this problem. I want to say that I'm all for cleaning up the planet and protecting our environment. But at the same time I think it should be a legal requirement to list all ingredients. Especially botanicals!
If any of you have allergies to plants, etc., please check the labels and be aware that the could contain the very thing that can be very bad for you.
Now I return to the fun that's happening right here in our house. Later folks.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I'm really doing much better. The meds are working well and we're not even sure I'll be on them more than a couple more weeks.
On another note. Friday night is sleep-over night at Nana and Papa's. Two little fellows just can't wait. We're going to watch movies, eat snacks, snuggle in our sleeping bags, and sleep in the sun room. No beds for us - we may not even brush out teeth. Wait. . we won't go that far. Keith and Mary are getting all dressed up and going out to a party and maybe out on the town, too. They may have a lot of fun but we'll have more fun. I wonder about that but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
I did most of my Christmas shopping on Cyber Monday. I don't do Black Friday. Only thing left to do is get the house ready for Christmas and make some special goodies. The Christmas gathering will be smaller than Thanksgiving. Judy and family will be in Phoenix. Ricky will be in Vista, CA. The gathering will be in the evening of Christmas Day. Baby Hooper will be the guiding factor in the time. Sarah is still working to get him onto a firm schedule. I'm really looking forward to the fun of watching the children. Thank heavens all the new toys and "stuff" will go home with parents. That's the joy of being a grandparent.
New Year is mine. Don't know if we'll make plans but maybe we will do something special. Somebody tell Harry that I'd like to go up to Opry Land Hotel for New Year. Do you think maybe you could do that? Do you think he'd listen? Hmmmmmmmm
Going to bed now. Nite, nite.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Welcome to my first ever attempt to publish a video. It's 2 and a half minutes.
I had another visit to my doctor today. More meds and plans to see a specialist if this doesn't resolve in a day or two. I think that I'm feeling better - cross your fingers that this round of meds does the trick.
Will write again tomorrow.