Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
What is your first memory of something that you knew was history happening right before your eyes?
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Below, you can see the vintage sign replicas that he had before I was around....and the flag that I picked up on a trip to Minnesota. Also, you'll see the copper sampler on the wall and the brown cookie jar that we picked up on one of our garage sale outtings over the summer. Hodge podge? Yes. Perfectly mitchy-matchy? In my opinion, yes. Below, you'll see a rooster that he possessed, the "a" and "m" that I swiped from the house that's not my house any more, and the vintage tin flowers that we purchased when we were in the mountains this last spring. And that's us, having fun in Talladega.
Below, we have a photo frame we picked up somewhere, which houses a photo of the grandbaby...the rump end of a fun little wooden folky sheep that we picked up somewhere, too, and cute little chickie couple, I think given to us by Malinda. (???)
I really like the photo below. These were in his possession before I came along...and I do believe they were his brother's. I don't want to ask him and make him sad....but I'm about 98% positive on that one.
So, there you have it....just a few examples of how we have combined our things to make our home ours, comfortable, and inviting. :)
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Speaking of houses in Van Wert, while we were there, I was able to stay at Steve and Lois's house, which was, for all practical purposes, also MY house...at least in my mind. :) You see, that is the last time I will be in the house that I grew up in, made memories in, thought of as my own. They bought another house, and I was able to see it, and hear their plans for it, and imagine it as theirs. The funny thing is that I was prepared to hate it. I wanted to hate it, because I selfishly didn't want them to move out of the house that I knew to be theirs....didn't want to embrace the change that was coming. But....after rambling through their new house, hearing their plans, and seeing it, I could actually see it as theirs, and put the selfish part of me away, and be glad for them. I can't wait to get to see it with their things in it, to go there to sleep in the comfort of their home, to sit in their living room and chat into the night, to curl up and be surrounded by the love that they have surrounded me with throughout my life, in so many countless ways.
That trip up north also was the first trip that I was there that the house on 223 Bonnewitz Ave. was not frequented by me. And it made me sad. Very sad. The porch where I grew up, counting cars with my Gramps....the living room where I shelled countless peas and snapped a few million-billion beans while listening to Granny's sewing machine, the land that used to be a garden that was taken care of by my Uncle Doc, Uncle Ron, Gramps, and Dad...and me, of course...all those things came back to me, with a thousand other memories all coming to me at the same time, and even though I was sad, they were such happy memories that it was hard to be sad. The other part of me realized how very hard it would have been for Granny to move away from that house, those memories, and the town where she and Gramps had raised their children and grandchildren....and what a good job those children did with getting things that were in that house that made it a home together to bring to Tennessee to make her new house into a home....and they did so quite successfully. I'm sure I'll see a lot of the same when I get to visit Steve and Lois....at some undetermined time in the (what seems like) very far future.
Here on the home front, I think that PiePie and I have merged his and hers into ours quite well, too....and that will be a story for tomorrow's post.....
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
In other random news, I was trying to think of something good to talk about, and the first thing that came to my mind was the fact that my new medicine seems to be working. What you may not know abou tme is that I have recently been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. What this means is that I am no crazy, and all the little things that have been wrong with me that I haven't mentioned finally got out of hand and I told my doctor, who has been my doctor forever, and he said, ever-so-matter-of-factly that he *knew* what I had. It just took us...oh....er....15 years or so to figure it out? Yeah. Better later than never, right? It has gotten way worse, which was why I couldn't ignore it any more. I haven't been able to move my hands in the mornings, especially, and then there was pain and no movement for a long time....and then there was the same pain in my whole body in the mornings....and we've been working for several months now to find the medicine that would work for me, and at last, I think we may have a winner. It seems to be helping. My hands are moving better in the morning, as is the rest of my body. This, my friends, is very, very exciting. YAY for Vimovo....hoping and praying it keeps working.
And now, for the third and final random piece of news I have to offer today: we have had WAY. TOOOO. MUCH. SNOW. WAYYYYYY too much snow. We missed most of last week's work because we were iced in, and then we had to miss yesterday for the same reason. This morning, it was apparent when we got out that the salt trucks randomly came through on our backroads and just sort of dumped salt here and there...but it was enough that we were able to get out to the highway and get to the flea market. This is good....but now, I hear there is more snow coming????? Not good. ANYWAYS.....here is a photo for today, since you know that I cannot blog without a photo......
And, I will leave you with a real, true message that I just sent my friend, *M*...."I tried to send you a message this morning to tell you happy Sunday, but I see now that i tdidn't go through. I wonder if it was waiting on tomorrow when it was actually Sunday."
Happy SATURDAY, friends!
Friday, January 21, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tonight, the thing that keeps coming to my mind to blog about is a few fundamentals that all of human kind should know about. Let's meet them. Ready? We shall begin.
Our first fundamental friend is called "I Love You". These three words can never be overused, so long as they are said from the heart. And, really...how else would you say them? So, the rule of thumb here for this friend of ours is that if you think it, feel free to say it.
The second friendy friend we have here should be called "I'm Sorry". This is actually a friend that can be overused, but rarely. The profuse apologizer is the friend that we don't want so much..you know the one...I'm sorry the sky is blue, I'm sorry that I just said I'm sorry...you know...it wears on you. BUT...rarely is there a time that you can say these words (unless you are the profuse apologizer, in which case you need to go to apologizer therapy, perhaps...) too often. Normally, the time when this should be your friend is when it stinks the most to have to say it, because you know you should. However, again, if spoken with love to someone you love, the friend is less bitter to have in your circle. Never hesitate to speak the words that our friendy friend number two has to offer....because if you are wrong, you should say so, and then move on. Right? (And sometimes, both parties can be wrong, in which case an "I'm sorry" begets an "I'm sorry". And though if you are the wronged one and you are not waiting on an apology, it is still nearly always good to hear that someone acknowledges that they hurt you and that they are regretful of the situation. Did I chase my tail enough about this friend? I'm sure I could go on....but I'll spare you.
Next on our list is the very important friend called "Thank You". I am hard pressed to think of a time when "Thank You" is not appropriate. Sometimes, even a cheeky "Thank You" can be appropriate. I really have a huge problem with those who cannot or do not utter these words. One of my proudest mommy moments is when Anna was not even two, but she knew how to say "Thank You" and did so with gusto, taught by her older brother and sister. I've rarely had to remind my children of this, and again, I will say it is a proud mommy moment. (Anna even thanked me for giving her a bath last night.) :)
Last on our list this evening, but not least, is....you guessed it...."Please". Anyone, I dare say, always, I dare say, will be more willing to do things for you, with you if you use our friend, "Please". It's just polite, so why not?
I'm sure there are other friends we could add, but this is my list of my four best friends in the world of human kind 101.
And I will now step down off my soap box and return to my stitching.
That's all. Good night! :)
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
*He is a lover and a carer.
*He treats people the way he would like to be treated.
*He is loyal.
*He loves his Momma.
*He is a care-taker. (This is different than being a carer. Just trust me on that one.)
*He is a protector.
*He is an excellent older brother.
*He cares about his older sister, even if he doesn't act like it sometimes.
*He chooses others over himself.
*He laughs, and gives me a reason to laugh when I don't feel like it.
*He stands for what he believes in, even when it is not the most popular choice.
*He told me the truth when it would have been easier for him to lie.
And these are just a FEW of the reasons why I am proud to call him my son.
Kebble-Bubble, I am so very thankful you are alive...I love you more than you could ever know. Don't beat yourself up too bad, Son....5 years from now, even a year from now, it won't be such a big deal. I promise.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
I decided to share with you today the first photo of something from our home, and this was it! I absolutely love eating out of fun dishes, and I love the fact that they are mismatched. Love, love, love that. This photo is an oldy but goodie...it really does show quite the variety of colors, patterns, and styles. :)
And I will leave you with a quote from the ever-knowledgeable Winnie the Pooh:
"It just shows what can be done by taking a little trouble," said Eeyore. "Do you see, Pohh? do you see, Pigliet? Brains first and then Hard Work. Look at it! THAT'S the way to build a house," said Eeyore proudly.
From The House at Pooh Corner
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I'm not sure if I have posted this photo or not...which was taken by a different loving aunt...and I love it. I love her braids, and I love her feet that are holding up the wreath, and I love that her brother and sister are holding her up....that's how it normally is for this special little girl who is loved by so many...how else did you think she got so smart? *wink*
So....if I did share the photo, you have my apologies, but in case I didn't, it was too good not to post....so here's a happy-Saturday smile from my three to you! ;)
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
The picture below is one of my favorites of all time, and will likely remain so no matter how many others are taken over the years. Just look at the look on her face!!! That, my friends, is pure joy!
What do YOU like to do on snow days? Do you have a tradition, or is there something about these days that you particularly enjoy? Do you cook something special to stay warm? Serve hot cocoa? Make a pot of chili? Bake cookies? Share with me!
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
In other news...I have discovered that I like Salami. A lot.
I didn't want this day to end without posting, since I would hate to only take 6 days to not be able to live up to my own challenge.
Here's to a better day tomorrow.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
Today IS a gift...what are you thankful for today? Me? Friends who love me. And a dog that lays in front of me and lets me use him as a footstool/footwarmer. :)