Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June the sound of that

Today is June first!  When the kids lived at home, at the beginning of each new month, I would wake them with the words, "Happy (whatever month it was) first!".  They would grown and kind of roll their eyes at their silly mama, but I do believe they liked it!.

I would also sing silly songs when we would get into the car..."Buckle up your seatbelt, when you ride in my car..take good care of yourself, you belong to me!".  Again, they would grown and say, MOM!!!  LOL!  Good memories.

I miss my girls depending on me for so many things.  They are grown now, children of their own and I'm sure they are making some of the same memories with their kids that I made with them.  They don't live too close to me anymore, and their daddy and I miss them a lot.  (oh, no!!  Now I have tears streaming down my cheeks.)

So, to love and to memories, may I say "HAPPY JUNE FIRST"!

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Birthday Girl

Sophie is 3 today!

She is looking adoringly up at me with her darling 3 year-old Goldendoodle face!!!  Such a good dog.  Papa is in the background, playing a game on his computer.

She received a big blue teddy bear for her special day.  This photo is the aftermath; poor "Big Blue"!!

She's a good girl, keeps us moving every day and gives us someone to take care of now that the kids are grown and don't live really close anymore. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

January musings

It's been a LONG time since I've posted. 

The holidays were great this year, all the family came home and it was fabulous having everyone together in our home.  I think the children had a good time.  Our grown-up kids went out while we kept all the grand kids.  We had a great time with the grands and their parents;

I'm pretty sure the grown ups had a great time, too.

I've been sewing a bit.  My friend, Pat Hoaglin, asked me to make a bear and little blanket from her son's baby blanket.  Pat has a new granddaughter and wanted these things for her.  I'm not particularly fond of making stuffed animals, but she asked and I wanted to do it for her.

Before cutting into the blanket, I thought I should make a trial bear.  I went into my "stash" and found this blue fleece.  One of the neighbors just had a baby boy a couple of weeks ago, so this trial bear will be for baby Benjamin Douglas. 

Next week I'm going to be making something I've not tried and updates will follow. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Winter weather arrived on November 17th, 2014

Snow, cold, bitter cold, winds.  Winter has arrived early this year.  Today we walked by the river where the wind isn't so strong on our walk.  It was beautiful...if it weren't so bitterly cold, it would have been fabulous. 
The picture to the left and the picture beneath are from Rick's walk yesterday (the 17th).  I didn't go yesterday.  Sophie LOVES the snow and is as playful as can be. 

The picture below is taken from the Main Street Bridge and overlooks the Cuyahoga River. 

This picture on the left is from today's walk.  I went today and was exhausted when we got home.  I was cold, cold, cold and tired from tracking through the snow and ice.  The wind chill was probably about zero degrees.  The scenery is beautiful and being outside is good for us.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Our daughter and her husband asked us to care for their kids while they went to Atlanta for a business trip. We were tickled to get to spend some time with those four children...we don't see enough of them.  October 17th was Kelly's birthday, so we went to celebrate that special day.  The next morning they left for their trip.

Early Saturday morning, I was outside in my pajamas with the dog.  I called her to come back in and when I turned, I slipped.  I fell, mashing my shoulder, neck and face into the house.  Oh gosh...I was in agony.  With some help from Rick, I got up and to the couch.  I didn't go to the ER or even to the doctor.  I knew it hurt (but I was confident that it was not broken) and with Rick's great deal of help, we took care of the kids...who were absolutely angels.

Poor Nathan, 7 years old, came down with a fever and vomiting.  He stayed home from school and despite his not feeling well, he was so good.  Kelly and Scott returned Tuesday, late afternoon.  We were home about 7 pm or so. 

I was having trouble swallowing and that worried me.  I knew I needed to have some x-rays of my shoulder, and that lump when I swallowed was a real concern.  I went to see an orthopedist and had x-rays.  The lump in my throat was caused by calcium spurs that broke off when I fell.  That would go away in time, but the was broken in two places.  The humorous bone and the glenoid bone.  UGH.

Now I need to see my shoulder surgeon to find out just what needed to happen.  I saw Dr. Bell on Tuesday morning, Tuesday afternoon I had an MRI and then today (Thursday) went to see him again.  Good news!  Despite the broken bones, the rotator cuff looks like it's in tact and surgery is not needed.  I will wear my sling for two more weeks, then start 6 weeks of physical therapy.  So glad no surgery.

I'd not had anything for pain except ibuprofen, but I've not been sleeping well.  Dr. Bell (and the first doctor, both) offered me something for pain.  I don't really like taking anything stronger than I need, but the pain was really wearing me down.  So, I said having something by prescription would be helpful.  Boy!  I took ONE oxycodone and I feel like I've been drinking.  I'm so mellow.  I expect I sleep better tonight than I have since I hurt myself.

I don't have any photos to post...nothing to see. 

I have to rest, but I have so very much to be grateful for.  I am also so lucky that Rick is such a kind man and is so good to me.

Think I've rambled enough for tonight.  Sleep well, sweet dreams and ... as my friend Diane Glassner says, I wish you "enough".  "Enough" is all we need.

Love to my family, love to my friends and peace to all.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Kelly's (and Scott's) Quilt

Last year, about this time, the color fabric was purchased while on a trip to Houston, Texas, with my daughter.  She picked out the fabric and I promised her a quilt. 

I've always been fond of the "modern" style of quilting...kind of minimalistic.  I purchased a lot of white-on-white fabric and took some pencils and graph paper and designed this.  After drawing it out and doing my math calculations, I had my dear hubby check my numbers.  He caught a couple of errors that I made, thankfully before any fabric was cut!!  He's a handy man to have around, for sure!

Well, after about a year, the quilt is complete!  Rick and I took it to her (and her dear husband) and gave it to them today.  They were pleased.

I hope that in years to come, when they see this quilt and/or use it, they will think of all the love that went into it.  After all, love is the greatest gift of all, isn't it!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

By the river

This photo was taken near the Cuyahoga River where we go for a walk several times a week.  We are down beside the river.  The building you see is the old railroad depot, now a restaurant called the Pufferbelly.