Saturday, February 8, 2014

We had such a fun week...


We went to Lexington and kept Ben while Ryan, Lindsay and Abby were at Disney and oh, what a sweet little boy this little guy is.  LC and I were a great team, taking care of him, but Ben led the way.  He’s a great communicator, and told us what he wanted.   Second children don’t get to be the center of attention for extended periods of time, and he loved it.


He brought back so many memories of our boys at this age.  If it doesn’t have wheels or bounce, he has no use for it.  He played with his balls and his trucks, and his favorite bulldozer constantly.   Abby has been such a revelation to us, because never having had a little girl, she was the complete opposite of what we were used to.  Ben, however,  just brings the boy’s childhood back.  At this age Abby was very  focused, putting puzzles together, playing with toys that required skill beyond her years, and he’s just all Action Jackson, on the run all the time, squealing and clapping his little hands, loving anything that makes a motor noise.


 The weather was not good while we were there, an ice storm, a power outage, so we were housebound, but it was a great experience for us, because Ben was our focus.  I think he enjoyed it as much as we did, and when we left yesterday, I kissed his little head, and he leaned into me and said more” wanting me to kiss him again.

The weather forecast yesterday was for snow, and then they changed it to flurries, but we decided to come home last night just in case.  It was a lovely drive home, a bright, moonlit night, and the snow and ice on the trees just glistened.  We played The Fresh Marked cd that I talked about in an earlier post, if you ever find one on ebay, I suggest you snap it up if you’re a fan of classical music.  It’s one of those cd’s that you can listen to over and over, barely recognizing that it’s playing, but it’s uplifting music that’s good for the soul, and our time on the road (3 hours+) went quickly.

We’re glad that we made the drive, because we got an inch or so of snow last night, and it’s snowing this morning, it would have been a slick drive had we waited until today.

So life goes back to normal for us, but with such good memories of time spent with a precious little boy at such a special age.  Life is good, I’m so blessed...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Abby is at Disney

Princess Abby is having a blast!!!!

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Meanwhile,  back at the ranch, we had an ice storm last night and a power outage for a few hours.  Ben is being an absolute joy, though, he’s such a good little boy, we’re having a really good time taking care of him.  

Grammie is tired of hearing herself complain about the weather, though, as is everybody else.  But darn, this is absolutely awful!  Even my friend, Jean, who loves snow and loves cold weather is over it.  C’mon spring!!!!!!



Tuesday, February 4, 2014

California Dreamin'


I’ve been humming this all morning as we face yet another significant snowfall.  It’s an oldie but goodie.  Always one of my favorite songs...

Here’s the lyrics, if you want to sing along...

All the leaves are brown
(All the leaves are brown)
And the sky is gray
(And the sky is gray)
I've been for a walk
(I've been for a walk)
On a winter's day
(On a winter's day)

I'd be safe and warm
(I'd be safe and warm)
If I was in L.A
(If I was in L.A.)
California dreamin'
(California dreamin') on such a winter's day

Stopped in to a church I passed along the way
Well I got down on my knees
(got down on my knees)
And I pretend to pray
(I pretend to pray)
You know the preacher likes the cold
(preacher likes the cold)
He knows I'm gonna stay
(knows I'm gonna stay)
California dreamin'
(California dreamin') on such a winter's day


All the leaves are brown
(All the leaves are brown)
And the sky is gray
(And the sky is gray)
I've been for a walk
(I've been for a walk)
On a winter's day
(On a winter's day)

If I didn't tell her
(If I didn't tell her)
I could leave today
(I could leave today)
California dreamin' (California dreamin') on such a winter's day
California dreamin' on such a winter's day
California dreamin' on such a winter's day

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Purina Dog Food Diet

My friend, Barb, sent me this, it’s so funny, just had to share...

Yesterday I was at Sam's Club, buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Owen , the Wonder Dog and was in the check-out line when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog. What did she think I had an elephant?

So because I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse, I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn't, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.

I told her that it was essentially a Perfect Diet and that the way that it works is, to load your pants pockets with Purina Nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete, (certified), so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.)

Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care, because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I had stopped to pee on a fire hydrant and a car hit me.

I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard. Sam's Club won't let me shop there anymore.

Better watch what you ask retired people. They have all the time in the world to think of crazy things to say.

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