Friday, April 14, 2017

Happy Friday!

Today Emmatha and Everley's school was out (but not Lindley's - don't tell her) and Mathieu and Maribeth had to work, so backup day care was called in - aka LaLa. Mathieu has to leave really early to get to his job and Maribeth wanted to get to the Post Office early, so I went over to their house at 5:30am. Last night I had neglected to take my Mucinex at the appropriate time, and paid dearly for it at bedtime, so I also took my morning dose with me today.

Emmatha is also dealing with the allergy phenomena (she didn't have to experience it last year since she was a newborn and stayed inside a lot of the time). When I got to their house, Emmatha was kinda up - Maribeth said she had given her some Tylenol and baby cold meds earlier. So Ems and I rested on the couch until at least one of us (Emmatha) woke up and decided the day had begun.

We went to her room to change her clothes and wipe her eyes (one of her symptoms includes eye drainage - luckily I don't have that, knock on wood), a procedure she is not fond of. But she also likes seeing out of her eyes, so the wiping is necessary. After a diaper change and some fresh daytime clothes, it was time for breakfast. Of sorts. Which means putting some Cheerios and baby crunchies of various types and a bottle of milk and a fruit smoothie pouch on her high chair and hoping for the best. Since I don't use bibs (after awhile it just seems like a wasted effort), I also figured there would be another wardrobe change later.

At some point we went to check in on Everley, who informed us in her own special way that it was indeed not time for her to wake up and get out of bed. So we opted to return to the living room and play and look out the window and find small objects on the floor to put in one's mouth that could cause a possible choking hazard. Eventually Everley woke up and we started our day, which is best shown through photos ...

We watched the mower man for awhile. Because he is fascinating ...
We practiced our "cool" look. And pretty much nailed it.
We took a nap. Because we got up early. And we have allergies.
Once Everley was up and dressed and convinced it was a good idea,
we met Moo at the Puffy Muffin for lunch.
Somebody did not see the point of sitting in her high chair.
Somebody also decided to continue her "cool" look
by mouthing her crunchie stick like a cig.
She said all the cool babies do it.
I told you she would have a wardrobe change.
After Puffy Muffin, Emmatha and I went to the Doik for more naps.
Moo and Everley went shopping.
And had to go to the baby aisle too many times for texted items.
I don't think Big Sister was amused.
After shopping, Moo and Everley went to the movie.
Eventually, Maribeth got off work and came by the Doik. Molly and Everley's movie ended and they came over. Maribeth and Emmatha went home and Everley had some fruit, two tuna sandwiches, and a glass of milk (she later told me that was her snack). I took her to play with Lindley at the park for about an hour and then took her home. I returned to the Doik, thinking I would clean the house.

I am so funny!!
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Blessings today include: getting up on time; fun time and lunch with the Es and Molly; naps with Emmatha; Lindley and Everley time;Steve's safe travel to Columbus

Thursday, April 13, 2017

What Did You Say? It's Spring??

Of course it's spring in Nashville. The sun is shining, the grass is greening, the flowers are blooming, and the weather is warming. And to celebrate spring and all of these activities of nature, my throat is scratchy, my nose is runny, and my right ear is stopped up so I can't hear anything. Supposedly Nashville lives in a "bowl" where none of this stuff gets blown away. When we first moved here, I would get really bad sinus headaches. I think my brain eventually gave up and just left it to my sinuses to deal with the stuff. Time to go browse the pharmaceutical aisle at The Wal Mart to see the newest thing that I shall be ingesting for the next however-long-it-takes-to-get-over-this.

Spring on my street is lovely. Our lawn that turns brown in the winter has turned green and our mower man has started his weekly visits. The skeleton trees started their buds and are sprouting leaves. The trees that have flowers have started their shows and the knockout roses have returned to their glory. And yes, pollen happens. It happens all over my car and wreaks havoc on my sinuses.

Instead of a full-blown cold, I just have a fine trickle of pollen-induced drainage that makes its way from somewhere in my nasal cavities down some hidden passageway in the vicinity of my ear and throat. My nose attempts some lame resistance by sneezing, to no avail. My ear just waves a white flag of defeat and shuts down. My throat asserts its dominance by offering a lame attempt at a cough. And all the while, the pollen just laughs.

There's no point in going to the clinic. I have no fever, no visible drainage of any significance, and no obvious symptoms. The last couple of times I went, each medical person would tell me what OTC meds I should take, only to be told on the next visit that that med was totally inappropriate and the worst thing I should take. Of course, once I was told to take an OTC med, and it worked, but do you think I remember which one it was? Of course not! So I shall repeat my trial and error method of finding some relief. Right now it's Mucinex for the cough and other things and Aleve for my ear when it acts up.

Anyhow, I really do like spring. It's beautiful and welcoming to a season-oriented person like me. It's almost like fall, when it's beautiful again. And when all the foliage that this pollen creates begins to die back and turn into dust and irritate my sinuses once again. Gesundheit, everyone!!

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Blessings today include: cleaning a few items; Everley, Emmatha, and Lindley time

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

I'm A Farmer!

For Christmas, KB gave me a chia pet, Mickey of course! He has stayed packed up in his box until last week when I came across him (maybe I finally cleaned part of the room in which he was hiding). Anyhow, I unpacked him and loaded him up with seeds. And he sprouted quite nicely! Of course, now I don't really know what to do next. Do I cut the sprouts? And if I do, what do I do with them? And once they are cut, what do I do next? Plant more seeds (apparently the kit has enough for three plantings)? And what about when all the seeds are done? Then what? Clearly farming is more involved than I remember.

Meanwhile, the weather has been beautiful today, so Everley and Lindley (and Steve and Sam) made it to the Sounds game. Although I'm not sure how much of the actual game was watched ...

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Blessings today include:  moving things and lunch with Maribeth; drive-by visit from Molly; Everley getting to go to the Sounds game; hanging hooks and magnetic boards; 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

It's Sounds Time!

Our local AAA baseball team is the Nashville Sounds. They opened their new ballpark two years ago, and we've had season tickets ever since. It's a fun way to spend time with the family and is very family oriented. There's Booster the Rooster and giveaways and lots of pricey food to eat. Tonight was the Sounds' opening home game and Everley and Steve and I had intended to go.

Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. Well, at least not for Everley and me. Steve went ahead and sat through the showers (our seats are under the awning at least) while waiting for the game to start (it was delayed). Everley was extremely disappointed, but was somewhat consoled by the fact that tomorrow night is another game and Lindley and Uncle Sam will be going then.

Just another sign of spring in Nashville - let's play ball!!
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Blessings today include: Everley and Emmatha time; getting a few tasks accomplished; 90 minutes with Irina at Massage Envy

Monday, April 10, 2017

And It's Monday Again


'nuf said!
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Blessings today include: airport pickup for Steve: Everley deciding that she was going with me to pick up PawPaw and then spend the night

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Beautiful Sunday!

Today was Everley's official birthday party with her friends. She decided on a skating party, so I offered to keep Emmatha at my house during the party (yeah, I sacrifice like that - not that falling on the skating floor and breaking my whatever didn't sound appealing).

I had offered to make cupcakes for the party, and didn't bother to get the ingredients yesterday, so I had to go out this morning. The request was for Funfetti cupcakes with Rainbow Chip Icing (if you haven't had it,  you don't now the hypnotic effect it has on some people). A few years ago, they discontinued Rainbow Chip Icing, and it was a national scandal. They brought it back, much to the relief of some members of my family. This morning I needed to go in search of his delicacy (to some). Of course, the first two stores that I went to did not have it. Finally the third store had some, and I promptly bought four containers. One never knows when one might need this - possibly as currency in a barter situation.

Anyhow, on the way home I picked up some biscuits from Holler and Dash (one was the rasberry jam and nutella - strictly for Molly as I'm not a nutella person). I got the cupcakes baked and iced in time to give them to Mathieu for the party when he dropped off Emmatha.


The party was a success, and Lindley decided to leave the party early and come to the Doik to play with Emmatha. It was a beautiful day, so we grabbed a blanket and headed outside. There was swinging and playing on the blanket and a little adventuring off the blanket. The only squabble was when Emmatha was walking with NetNet and NetNet wouldn't allow Emmatha to walk over to the yard next door!


Once the party was over, Everley and Maribeth came over and Everley and Lindley opened all of Everley's party gifts. Pretty soon it was time for everyone to leave - tomorrow's a school day! But what a lovely Sunday afternoon!
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Today's blessings include: finding Rainbow Chip icing; biscuits with Molly; finishing the cupcakes; afternoon time with Lynnette, Lindley, and Emmatha; dinner with Maribeth, Lynnette, Lindley, Everley, and Emmatha from CPK; visit with Cheryl and Camille and cruise talk

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Walking?

After a good night's sleep, the Es and I got up and started our day. Molly brought over breakfast and stayed around a bit - and tried to teach Emmatha to walk without help. You can judge for yourself if she made any progress ...

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Molly left to go attend to her day, and after work Maribeth came and collected Everley and Emmatha for a pizza party with friends. And I put on my pjs and got into bed. My favorite way to spend a Saturday night!!
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Blessings today include: Molly bringing Chick Fil A for breakfast; fun with Emmatha and Everley and Lindley

Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday Fun!

Today we managed to improve the new swing. Lynnette climbed on top of my Prius and with a broom and determination, she maneuvered the new strap into place and rehung the swing. Now it doesn't hit the tree and is low enough for everyone to climb on without needing a step stool. All the girls came over and we had some fun outside. A great way to start the weekend!!

What one does when she wants to make sure
Lala sweeps/cleans the floor.
I think some made it into her mouth ...
Although dropping it on the floor is a lot more fun!

Fun times!!


Improved swing!! And a great day for swinging!!

Everyone gets in on the fun!
This one just needs A LOT of supervision!!
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Blessings today include: Lynnette fixing the swing (wish I had taken a photo of her standing on top of  my Prius!); all the girls enjoying the swing; Everley and Emmatha spending the night

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Happy Thursday!

Today I picked up Lindley at school and she came to the Doik for awhile since her mom had to teach a class. It was a nice day, so we spent a little time outside, a little time inside, and a little time watching tv. Steve is in Orlando at a wedding, so it's going to be a quiet weekend. One would think I could spend the weekend getting a lot of stuff done. One thinks silly thoughts sometimes!!

Meanwhile, life goes on. The DC drama continues, it got cold in Nashville, and I still have a long list of things I need to accomplish. So onward and upward - or something to that effect ....
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Blessings today include: picking up Lindley at school and having Lindley time

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

At The End Of The Day ...

When I was little, my mother used to watch her soap opera every day at noon. Hers was "As The World Turns." These days, I do pretty much the same thing, although mine is "As Sean Spicer Speaks." In other words, around noon every day, I turn on CNN to watch Sean Spicer's news conference. And in case you don't know who Sean Spicer is, he's the the White House Press Secretary. Or one of Melissa McCarthy's funniest bits ...

Anyhow, there are several reasons I watch, none of which are in admiration of him. I watch to see what he's going to say and do. I watch to see what he's going to spin and how. I watch to see how quickly he's going to go off the rails. Sometimes I go off the rails with him. However, there is one thing that lately is driving me absolutely cray-cray. It's how often he says, "at the end of the day."

I guess this is a current phrase, as I seem to be hearing other people saying it. And I don't know why all of a sudden I hear it all the time, or why it irritates me so much. The good thing is that apparently I'm not alone.  For instance, here's the Urban Dictionary definition:
Rubbish phrase used by many annoying people. An irritating verbal crutch, indicating closure or synopsis, for morons who are incapable of finishing a sentence without incorporating at least one tired cliche.
And then in Googling this phrase, I came across this - that this is the name of a song in "Les Miserables." And so I listened to it. And after listening to the words, it brought all of Sean Spicer's words to new meaning. And not in a good way.

So I thought about what I would like to say about "at the end of the day." And here's what I would wish and pray for. At the end of the day, I would hope that ...

  • we could all speak kindly and with love to others
  • we could look for the things that would bring us together
  • we could give up that which is unnecessary for us to gain that which is necessary for others
  • we could stop hating and start loving
  • we could all realize that the only way to live in peace is to work together
And then maybe, at the end of every day, we could have peace in our hearts and in our world.
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Today's blessings include: nice day to open the windows and let the spring air in; cleaning and organizing my closet

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Speaking of Swings ...

In our front yard, we have a round swing (see photo - not our swing). We've had it pretty much since we've owned our home, which means it's probably 20 years old (at least). When we had dogs, the swing was in the backyard, and they would play with it. Once the tree that the swing hung on was cut down, I decided to transfer the swing to the front. Everley and Lindley had begun to play on the swing during the past year.


In January of this year, Lindley had her friend birthday party at our house. The kids played on the swing and at some point the swing rope broke (the rope holding the swing is also 20+ years old, so nylon doesn't always last forever). One of the dads in attendance tied a knot in the rope and rehung the swing. The only problem is that it was a few feet higher than it was. Another problem was that only one child can ride on the swing at a time, which isn't always feasible, if the children who want to ride the swing are not in a "sharing" mood.

After taking a look at the swing and noticing that the re-rigged rope was fraying even more, I decided to upgrade the swing. I decided to get one of those "net" swings (see photo - similar to the one I ordered). Of course I had to contemplate again which one to get, and decided to get the one that would hold 600 pounds - just in case I decided to get on it. The good thing is that several kids can ride on it at once - as long as they don't have a combined weight of 600 pounds (a math lesson that Lindley and I had as we were discussing the swing this afternoon). Anyhow, the good news is that the swing came fully assembled. The other news is that somebody was going to have to hang it from the tree.

Lindley wanted to come over, so after school she and Lynnette came over. I suggested getting take out for dinner, so pretty soon Maribeth and Everley and Emmatha also came over. We stood under the designated swing tree and looked at the swing and discussed ways and persons who might climb said tree to hang it. Eventually Lynnette volunteered, and after several attempts on various sides of the tree to actually climb the tree, she hoisted herself into place (see photo - this is actually Lynnette in tree with former unacceptable swing - first we she had to get dangerous swing out of tree). Unfortunately, our first location choice would make the swing way too high for anybody to get into it, much less the kids. We then chose to hang the swing where the old swing was. After a bit of maneuvering and clamping the ends together, the swing was in place. However, there were a few issues ...

First, the swing was still a little too high. Everley could not get on the swing without help or the step ladder (which Lynnette had used to get into the tree). Lindley could hoist herself onto the swing, but that usually caused the swing to slip and go lopsided, which was not at all acceptable. Then there was the issue of the swing being a little too close to the tree, which meant limited swinging, unless one wished to bang into the tree.

Somebody had to babysit!
With all these swing issues, interest waned after a bit, and we went inside for dinner. I ordered a "swing strap" to hang on another branch further away from the trunk and possibly higher (the strap is 10 feet long, which means the swing should be low enough for everyone to get on, which means it will be a magnet for Danger Baby). Once it gets here, we should be back in the swing business.

The only problem is who's going to climb that high in the tree to hang the new strap ...
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Today's blessings include: Lindley, Everley, and Emmatha time; Lynnette getting up in the tree and hanging the swing; take out from Cheesecake Factory

Monday, April 3, 2017

Everley's Birthday Present

A couple of months ago, Everley and I went to Centennial Park to feed the ducks. While we were there, she saw the lawn swings scattered about and announced that she wanted a "bench swing." I told her I would get one for her birthday. She was happy with that, and I was happy to get her something that wouldn't tear up in a week's time.

Of course I had to contemplate over which kind of swing to get. Should I get a wood, metal, or recycled bottle swing? Should I get the cheapest one available or spend a few $$ for a better one? Should I get one locally made or mass made somewhere? I looked at the flea market, at Home Depot, at the local patio furniture place, and online. Eventually I decided to spend the $$ and get a recycled bottle one online. I figured that it would take less maintenance and last longer, and best of all, it could be delivered to their house. However, there was one catch ...

It would have to be assembled. That also included assembling an A-frame for the swing, because Everley's house doesn't have a covered porch with beams for hanging. So I ordered both and both were delivered last Saturday, just in time for the birthday.

I left them at her house rather than wrapping them, but she knew what the boxes contained. Originally the idea was for Sam and Mathieu to assemble them (not sure Mathieu knew that plan) and then Plan B was for Molly to assemble the swing part, since she had recently assembled her own recycled bottle chairs (one of which actually came with swing hardware instead of the chair hardware). Unfortunately, Sunday's party went a little long, so nobody got anything assembled. And then came Monday ...

I'm really not the type of person who purchases things for other people to assemble. Well, most of the time. And since Mathieu was starting a new job today and Maribeth was working, I decided I would go over and assemble it myself. And so I did.

I decided to start first with the A-frame. It all went pretty easily, I was able to put things together and get them screwed together with a little help from my drill (although I had to abandon that because I really don't know the correct method for using that as a screwdriver without nearly stripping the screws), the vise grips, and the electric screwdriver (the current one I have is garbage - it has about the same battery capacity as the horrible dust busters I once owned but scrapped because their battery life was nonexistent). Once the frame was together, I moved it into place. Well, at least into Place 1.

Next was the assembly of the swing. Which looked easier than it seemed. Things did not start off well because the assembly instructions were ripped on the corner, a corner which apparently held very important assembly instructions. I spent a good portion of time attempting to assemble the page with the instructions, only to find that it started with Step 3. I searched in the garbage can for any instructions about Steps 1 and 2, but couldn't find any. I finally turned the page over and there they were - the missing steps.

Eventually through a series of comical moves and adjustments and leaning the swing on everything from the patio to the stairs to the driveway to other deck chairs, and cursing the day the Allen wrench was invented,  the swing was actually assembled. Did I mention that it was windy and the instructions kept trying to blow away? Or that my helper Everley was helping me (thank goodness, because at least she was strong enough to hold up the swing at a crucial minute, although she asked me several times why I was groaning)? Everley decided that the swing frame needed to be in a different place, so I moved it, and then had Maribeth come out to help me hang the swing. In the end, we all had a seat and a swing and decided that everything was good.

Next year I'm giving her crayons and a coloring book ...

The finished product!!
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Today's blessings include: Steve's safe travel to Chattanooga; e-chatting with friends; assembling and swinging in Everley's new swing

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Happy Birthday Everley!

Today is Everley's fifth birthday. Since Maribeth was working and Mathieu had Guard duty, I went to their house early this morning. Emmatha was already awake, so she ate and then we played in her room (the safest place in the house for Danger Baby) until Everley woke up. Once she woke up, she was not exactly in a "happy birthday" kind of mood, but eventually turned the corner when I announced that we needed to go to Publix to pick out her cake. Once everyone was properly dressed, we headed to Publix, got all the food and supplies we needed, and returned to the Doik to play until the family birthday party later on. First, a little fun sister time ...

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Danger Baby decided to crawl into the magna-tiles box by herself.
And I guess then decided to pick out which things she wanted to build.
Or have built so she could knock it down ...

Playing with the birthday gifts.
And/or keeping someone from wrecking the birthday gifts.

And the birthday girl blows out her candles!  Eventually!!
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Today's blessings include: grocery shopping with the Es; Lindley, Everley, and Emmatha time; family birthday party and pizza and chocolate cake and presents; watching the ladies Final basketball game

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Certainly Not April Fools!

I don't do April Fools. It's one of those holidays that I do not like. So instead I shall show you some videos from last night's MSU Ladies Basketball Team that beat UConn, who was on a winning streak of 111 games - until last night! I couldn't watch the game straight through - it made me much to nervous. I kept going back every new minutes and watching a minute or two - at least until it went into overtime. It was an amazing game, and the last 12 seconds were outstanding!!

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All week Robin Roberts, who is a Mississippi native, wore her maroon on "Good Morning America" and rang her cowbell. She was at the game, and spoke to the team afterwards.

So I hope you have a great April Fools Day and get by with no silly pranks - unless you like that kind of thing. As for me, I'm going to watch the last 12 seconds of the game and watch Robin - and know that it's the real deal!!
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Blessings today include: Emmatha and Everley and Lindley time


Friday, March 31, 2017

Love

Last night I cooked cornbread, and some of it ran over the cast iron skillet and onto the bottom of the oven. I really didn't pay attention to it until later when I was heating up something and smelled something burning. I didn't want to burn myself trying to get the burned lump out, so I decided to wait until the oven cooled. And promptly forgot about it until Steve was making cookies and the lump cooked/burned some more.

This time I remembered and once the oven was cooled, I took out the racks and took out the burned lump. Imagine my surprise when I saw the lump had formed/cooked/burned into the shape of a heart.

This is one of those times that I feel like maybe God is trying to tell me/teach me something. Maybe it's something simple like "you need to clean more so you can find interesting things." Maybe it's just a reminder that I am loved. Maybe it's that when you have love and it runs over, you still have love left over. Maybe it's that love will always be love - you can't destroy it. Maybe it's that even though things may seem dark and gloomy, there's always love if you look for it. Maybe it's just to never forget that love is always there in everything.

But maybe it's all of these, and God just wanted me to remember that, but most of all that God loves me always. And for that, I am eternally thankful.
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Blessings today include: Furniture shopping with Maribeth and Molly and then lunching at Shoneys; hauling seemingly impossible furniture in Molly's Prius; watching MSU Ladies Basketball Team beat UConn in semi-final game

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bedfellows

This morning, Metro made the announcement that there was potential for bad stormy weather this afternoon, so they cancelled school. Since I am no longer a teacher, this had little effect on me. Except for the fact that since the public schools were cancelled, so was the day care that the Es go to (Lindley's school stayed on schedule, a fact that did not sit well with her, once she found out later this evening). Mathieu had a doctor's appointment this morning, so I got to spend some Es time with them at their house (Maribeth was working).

Anyhow, still waiting for this supposedly bad weather, once the parents of the Es got home, I headed back to my house, supposedly to batten down the hatches. I am not making light of bad weather. I have seen on the tv the recent damage that storms have been doing. And when any kind of weather is predicted, I pay close attention to the radar. As I did today. Waiting for the weather. Which never really came through. Welcome to Nashville. But I digress.

This evening, Maribeth was staging one of her "Montana" meetings at the Doik. She and Mathieu and the Es and Sam and Lindley and Steve are going to Yellowstone/Montana/somewhere out there later this summer. No, I am not going. But they are, and they have meetings about once a month to get the details ironed out. Once the meeting was over, Maribeth and Mathieu left to go to dinner with other parents of children in Everley's class. They were going to be out late, so Everley and Emmatha were going to spend the night at my house (but don't tell Lindley, who was already unhappy that Everley had today off and would be livid if she knew Everley and Emmatha were spending the night).

Anyhow, after Everley and Lindley had a playtime/wreck the bathroom/bath, Sam and Lindley headed home. After some play time, I decided that perhaps it was time to see if Emmatha was ready for bed, my plan being to give her a bottle and put her to sleep in the porta crib. So, I gave her a bottle, we rocked a few minutes, and Emmatha decided that it was time to play some more. Yippee (LaLa was getting tired!). I knew Everley would need some time to settle down before she got sleepy, so I suggested she go watch tv in my room in my bed, which she did.

Meanwhile, Emmatha (aka Danger Baby) was spending her time, biting inflated balloons, climbing on chairs, standing on rocking chairs, and find microscopic who-knows-what to put in her mouth. Steve was on Emmatha duty, so after I cleaned the kitchen, I suggested he go watch tv with Everley and I would take over Emmatha duty.

By the way, we're still waiting for the weather to come through.

Anyhow, after some more play time, Emmatha starts rubbing her eyes, I take this as a positive sign that perhaps it was time for another go at going to sleep, so I fixed another bottle and we head into the dark living room for some more bottle time and rocking. This time, after a longer rocking time, Emmatha finally decided to go to sleep. However, she was not a fan of being put in the porta-crib. So we go back and rock some more. And she still rejected the porta-crib a second time. Now for a bit of explanation - the porta crib is in the bedroom we call "GDizzle's Room" because it's the room he sleeps in when he comes up. The bed is a full size bed, that gets smaller every time I sleep in it. I sleep in a king bed, and the bed in the Animal Kingdom Guest Room is also a king. My thought was that I would sleep with the girls there (it's upstairs), but the more I thought about it, the less I wanted to be trucking up and down the stairs in case Emmatha needed another bottle in the middle of the night.

Approaching weather
So, when Emmatha is asleep again, I put her down in the middle of the full size bed and she stays asleep. I do realize that she is possibly 30 seconds from crawling off the bed if she wakes up, so I know I am on a limited time span. I first go to the potty, because it felt like the Rockettes were dancing on my kidneys by this time, and who knows when I would have a chance to go potty in the next 12 hours and I didn't want a kidney explosion. I also got on my pjs and then headed to my bedroom to talk to Everley and PawPaw, who had been talking nonstop for the last 30 minutes about the weather (well, Everley was talking nonstop). I knew that if Everley stayed in the bed with PawPaw, they might be talking forever, not to mention the fact that sometimes Everley has night terrors and sometimes she likes to sleep diagonal. Steve is headed to Columbus tomorrow to spend the weekend with GDizzle and needs his sleep, so I ask Everley if she wants to come sleep with Emmatha and me, and she agrees.

So, we go and get in the bed with Everley on one side and me on the other and Emmatha in the middle. I put a suitcase holder with a pillow on Everley's side because I didn't want her falling off (usually if we sleep in here, there are only two of us in the bed - the third person makes things a bit more crowded). Eventually Everley goes to sleep. I am still awake because (a) I am waiting for the severe weather to hit and I want to make sure I can get everyone to the safe place in the house, and (b) I am sleeping on the very edge of the bed. And the Rockettes who have been taking a break have decided to start tap dancing on my kidneys again. Which means I have to decide if I should go ahead and go potty now or wait until later, which means one or both girls may be awake. I decide that since they are both asleep, I'll make a run for it and go potty again.

At some point, I hear rain and brace my self for the high winds, hail, and hard rain. Thirty seconds later, the light splatter of rain stops and the bad weather has passed. Since I am awake, I read the email from the day care director apologizing for following Metro's school closing.

Meanwhile, Emmatha has decided to start her nocturnal activities. She does not wake - which is a good thing, I guess. No, fully asleep, she decided to roll and wander about the bed, sometimes crawling on top of/beside Everley, and sometimes crawling on top of/beside me. When she enters Everley's space, I cringe thinking she will wake Everley up, but she doesn't. I also cringe thinking Everley's sporadic coughing will wake Emmatha up, but she doesn't. Unless you count rolling about in bed as waking up.


Meanwhile, back to the bed. Not only is it a full size bed (meaning small), it is also an old cast iron bed that used to reside in my grandmother's house. The headboard and footboard have rods in them with spaces in between the rods which are fully large enough for Emmatha to put her head in. As I said, the bed is cast iron, which will also be absolutely wonderful if Emmatha decides in her rolling about to bang her head on - which means waking up. So, I spend the next hour or so, pulling Emmatha off Everley and then down to the center of the bed, away from the dreaded headboard. Oh, and then there's the finding of the pacifier in the pitch black dark when Emmatha either decides to (a) let it fall away from her mouth, or (b) spit it out in defiance so I will have to fumble about trying to (a) find the pacifier and then (b) find the hole that is her mouth to jam the pacifier back in.

At some point, Maggie Cat decided to join the fun. She decided not to show her face mainly because to take a photo in the pitch black dark, the light comes on and she's not a fan. She stayed long enough to find a spot wedged up against my legs, while Emmatha was wedged up against my body. She did leave once the bad weather sprinkles started.

At some point, in her sleep, perhaps due to some dream she was having, Emmatha decided that she needed some skin to skin contact, and ended up on my face. which meant at least I could move away from the edge since there was more room available in the middle of the bed.

At some point, all the predicted bad weather passed us by and everyone was asleep and out of danger in the bed. At some point way early in the morning, I realized Steve and gotten up to fix his coffee, so Emmatha and I headed to my bed, where plenty of room was available for us both. And so we caught some zzzzzzs.

I'm very blessed to have the opportunity to have the girls sleep over. It's just an extra blessing when we we all have room to spread out!!

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Blessings today include: Morning babysitting the Es at their house; Maribeth bringing Whitts for lunch; spaghetti dinner with most of the family; Emmatha, Everley, and Lindley time; Maribeth's plan for my 48 state trip

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Reality


'Nuf said ...
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Blessings today include: two of the possibly slowest miles in the universe; baby steps in a few ongoing projects; new sandals and other orders delivered

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Stuff

Today as I was cleaning out the pie safe in the dining room (one of the jobs I was supposed to do last week), I came across several things that I really don't know what to do with. These items are things that were given to me by family members, some a long time ago. Most of the items I have never used - just put them away and kept them simply because they were "gifted" to me.

I took photos of some of them and sent them to my kids. Who promptly assured me that they didn't want these items either. I called my sister because I knew she had similar items, and she assured me that she didn't want them. So now I have to decide exactly what to do with them. Marie Kondo says that if the items doesn't give you joy, you should let it go. And so I shall. But exactly how? Here are a few options ...

1. Have a yard sale. Ewwww. I hate yard sales, and I'm sure that all of these items together would probably only bring in $1.27. Not to mention the mental and emotional toil it would take on me, thinking about how I will be haunted by the spirits of those who gifted these treasures to me in the first place.

2. Gift them to Goodwill. That's probably an excellent option. All that requires is putting stuff in a box and dumping it at Goodwill. And wait for the inevitable newspaper article about how somebody found a valuable item (that was formerly mine) while browsing at the Goodwill, went on Antiques Roadshow, and made a gazillion dollars.

3. Gift them to deserving family members and friends. Because I like shifting the responsibility to others. And possibly gifting them a gazillion dollars, if they go on Antiques Roadshow.

4, Box the stuff up and go to some place that might purchase them. And end up making $2.37. Which isn't that much of a profit over the yard sale. And there's still that gazillion dollars in question.

5. Actually start using the stuff. Nah, that's not going to happen. I have enough stuff that I kinda use that's taking up space, so I don't need more stuff to use.

I'm not sure which course of action I shall take. While cleaning out her mom's house, my friend Karen took photos of things like this so she would always have the memory. Maybe I'll do that. And maybe by tomorrow, I'll still have the memories of things and those who gave them to me - and not the burden of the actual stuff.
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Blessings today include: Two ridiculously slow miles in the 'hood; Wal-Marting; Steve grilling for dinner; phone chat with Marilyn

Monday, March 27, 2017

Road Trip!!

Sometime between now and August 2018 (I'm thinking more like Spring/Summer 2018) I'm going to do a massive road trip. Like through all 48 states. Some dude mapped it out online, and that's the plan I'm following. His idea is that you not only go through all contiguous 48 states, but you also visit a national landmark in all those states. Seems like a stellar idea to me - and is on my "Sixty Things" list.

Of course, there are a few glitches. For one, his estimate is that it would take you two to three months to complete. I don't want to spend that long on the road. If you just drove it straight through, it would take you approximately 10 days, a time period that I don't think allows you to stop and see the sites. Or eat. Or go to the bathroom. Or get gas. So I don't think that timeline will work either.

Today I decided to start planning this trip. Mainly, because it's going to take a lot of planning. And if I don't start planning it now, I will procrastinate until the day before departure and have a big mess (or cancel the whole thing, which is not part of the plan). So I pulled out my map (taken from the website) and started looking at it.

The good part is that the dude broke it down into sections. And one section just happens to begin in Memphis (at Graceland, where else?). So I decided to start with that section (I'm only going to plan one section at a time, taking my time, so I don't go absolutely cray-cray). This particular section goes through Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona. It's 3708 miles and straight-through driving time would be 58 hours. I devised a schedule with leaving time, looking time, eating time, and sleeping time, and estimated that this section would take around eight days. And there are six sections!! You do the math ...

Anyhow, it's a start. And no, I won't be driving my roller-skate Prius for the trip. I've had a few people who have expressed interest in doing parts of it with me (and no, you still won't be allowed to drive). I don't know what vehicle I will be driving or where I will be staying (except there will no tent involved).

The best news? At least I'll have something to blog about during that time!!
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Blessings today include: stormy weather predicted that ended up not so bad; nice lawncare person; two slow miles in the 'hood; planning first leg of my 48-state road trip; finishing registration for a Dopey runner; clearing out a small bit of clutter

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday

Today I actually got a few things accomplished. Cleaning - not so much. but still, a few things accomplished.

I had to adjust a reservation for next February's Princess Weekend. I would try to explain, but it has to do with DVC points and booking windows and borrowing points - all pretty boring unless you are trying to do more than you are allowed, based on points and booking windows and borrowing points. At any rate, I did get what I wanted to do, done.

The next thing I decided to do was bite the bullet on my train trip. What train trip, you might ask. Well, it all has to do with my 60th Birthday Trip. There are many elements, but this one has to do with the train part. Yes, I am travelling on a train. And not the one that Lynnette and I and Lindley and Everley took last year that took a few hours from Seattle to Vancouver. No, this one goes from Toronto to Vancouver and takes five days and four nights. And yes, once I get to Vancouver, I will be eventually getting on a ship and going to Alaska - but we can discuss that later.

Anyhow, back to the train. I have been looking at this trip for quite some time. I have you-tubed it and read peoples' reviews on it, and of course, everyone has their own opinions - they liked it or hated it. And so therein lay my hesitation. A couple of weeks ago I made my flight to Toronto - step one. But I knew that eventually I was going to have to actually purchase the train ticket. And today just seemed like the day that it was going to happen.

So, I go to the Canada Rail website and try to log in. Of course, my password is wrong, so I have to have them email me a new one. I get that done, and then get all the reservation details and go to the payment page. And I get a pop-up message that says the credit card was denied. What?? I know that the card has $$, because I paid it off. Two seconds later, I get a text from my credit card asking if I had made the charge, and of course I said yes. Then it says for the "company" to resubmit the charge. And so I attempt payment again. And again it gets rejected. I decided that maybe the texting had not had time to take effect, so I waited a minute and tried again - rejected!!

By this time, I'm wonder if God is trying to tell me that I shouldn't be going. But I didn't get the feeling from Him. Instead, I felt like perhaps He was asking me to make sure that I really wanted to make this trip. And I decided that I did. So I called the credit card people and talked to a very nice lady who explained that they tag transactions like this that were out of the ordinary (thank you for that!). I told her that I had tried to charge the ticket three times, and I didn't want three tickets. So, she deleted all those and made sure that the next time I attempted the charge it would go through. And so it did. And now I have a train ticket across Canada. Uhhhh...

By this time, Molly was up and ready to go for breakfast at Holler and Dash. This time we had the Pork Rambler (fried pork tenderloin, blackberry butter, fried onion straws), the Tot Bowl (tater tots, cheese, bacon, green onion, and hollerback sauce), and Chicken Set Go (fried chicken, pimento cheese, jalapeno-on the side today, and sorghum. It was all very yummy. Once we were done there, we picked up a curtain rod at Target and headed to my house.

Yes, I'm sewing on a stool.
The least of what's wrong
with this photo ...
We picked up my sewing machine and a few other tools because Molly had a few tasks for us to complete. My main one was to hem her curtains. She started putting together a table, but realized that the pack of screws she needed was not with the table. A call to the store yielded the information that they had the pack of screws at the register, ready to be collected by whomever wanted to come get them. So Molly headed to the next project, which was putting together her patio chair (which also had been sent without the correct package of screws, but since this chair was ordered online, they mailed her the correct package). Once that was complete, Sam arrived and put up the new curtain rod, hung the guest room headboard, and put legs on the expedit in Molly's office. Meanwhile I was pinning and hemming curtains - while they hung on the curtain rods. My mother would have been mortified, perhaps even more by the finished product, but I got the job done.

By this time, Molly had left for a meeting with her school group so I headed back home. Lynnette and Lindley were there, on their way to pick up Everley for some park fun. Meanwhile, I headed out for milk for Steve and a broom and dustpan for Molly (hers disappeared during the remodel).The girls eventually returned for some playtime at the Doik and soon Steve pulled in from Columbus. By this time, it was time for everyone to return to their homes to get ready for Monday morning work and school.

It's been a pretty good weekend. A lot of tasks accomplished, new things purchased, and fun times with family. And on we go to Monday!!
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Blessings today include: brunch with Molly; getting tasks completed at Molly's' texting with Pam and Laura; Steve's safe travel home from Columbus

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Saturday Goings-On

This morning Molly and I decided to start by eating breakfast at Puffy Muffin. While we were finishing up, we were texting KB to try and convince her to do Dopey next January (in case you didn't know, that means doing four races over four days, from a 5K to a full marathon and two distances in between). She wasn't exactly responding to our texts, so we decided to track her (we can do that on our iphones - because one time she let us and has probably forgotten about it).

Anyhow, Molly said, "She's at the fairgrounds," and I knew exactly where she was - it's Flea Market Weekend!! Of course we decided to go find her, even though we are not really flea market people (although Steve and GDizzle are). We even paid the $5 for premium parking (even though the money collector lady said all the spaces were full and if we couldn't find a spot, if we came back out, she would refund our $5) and after a few turns around the parking lot, found a spot.

Now it was time to find KB. We were trying to track her, but iphone tracking doesn't exactly get that specific. By this time, she was answering our texts, and it wasn't a minute later that we literally ran into each other! We spent the rest of the morning walking around and looking at stuff. I bought a formica dining table and four chairs, mainly because it reminded me our my and Steve's first "dining table" and KB dickered with the lady to get the price down (although after her husband had to work and work to get the legs off so KB could cart the table and chairs home for me, he probably thought we owed him money). Anyhow, KB left with my purchase to run her errands, and Molly and I walked around a bit more. I bought two Disney glasses (shocked anyone?) and Molly tried to talk with a dude about his furniture, but he was more interested in his lunch than any potential customers.

It didn't take much more time for Molly and me to decide our flea market experience was over, and we headed out. We went to a couple of furniture and salvage stores (Molly is looking for things) and eventually decided to call it a day. KB came over to deposit my new dinette (didn't reassemble because I want to pait the legs) and we chatted a bit before she left.

By this time, it had been a super busy day, so I decided to pack it in. I did forget to get a pack of socks at the flea market, though ...
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Blessings today include: brunch and shopping with Molly; flea market fun with KB and Molly; planning for Molly's Disney birthday trip

Friday, March 24, 2017

Everybody's Home Again!!

I don't think this is an acceptable
plane seat assignment ...
Just as all good things sometimes have to end, the ladies trip to NYC was over today. They all arrived home on time at the airport, and Mathieu went to pick them up. Since Lynnette's car was at my house, the first stop was here, and Everley and Lindley decided to hang around a bit and play. Eventually everyone went home and I decided to do what seemed like a good idea - watch some tv. Since the healthcare drama has been decided (no vote), everything else on tv seemed boring, so eventually I just fell asleep. Happy Friday!
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Blessings today include: safe travel for all the NYC ladies; Mathieu picking up the group; Steve's safe travel to Columbus; Everley and Lindley time

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thursday Fun

Today was the day I was going to clean all those rooms that were on my list. Guess what - I didn't quite make it. I did make it to Costco (since I now have a card) and purchased some things that Steve had requested, and a few other things that looked good as I passed by them (isn't that Costco's marketing policy?). I'm sure there are other things that I might have accomplished, but I was too glued to my soap - "As Washington D.C. Turns." It's almost like the days that Baby Jessica fell in the well, and we had to watch nonstop to see if/when she was going to get pulled out. How is the healthcare drama going to end??

Meanwhile in NYC, the little girls and their mothers had another great day. Today they had lunch at the American Girl Store. And maybe purchased a few things. Isn't that the American Girl Cafe's marketing plan? Anyhoo, on to some adorable photos ...

Lindley and the other girls didn't bring their AG dolls,
but apparently you can "borrow" one for lunch.

Emmatha thought "having lunch" at the AG cafe meant
actually gnawing on an American Girl ...

Perfectly sized lunch for a perfectly sized Everley!!
Meanwhile, back in Nashville, Molly and I decided to get our toes did. All in all, we all had a pretty good Thursday!!
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Today's blessings include: Costco shopping; photos from NYC; pedis with Molly

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Happy Hump Day!

I actually cleaned (theoretically) a room today. To be specific, I cleaned out/organized it. And which room was it? My bathroom! To be honest, the "cleaning" part still needs to be done, probably with a pressure washer and some heavy-duty cleaner and possible a sand blaster. But I emptied all the drawers and cabinets and got rid of stuff I didn't need/want and then organized it all into little organizer boxes. It's certainly a better system than the "just throw it (whatever it is) into a drawer and hope you can find it when you need it." For instance, the other day I could not find a fingernail clipper anywhere in the bathroom. As it turns out, I have four of them. Hooray!! Now I'm only two rooms behind ...


I also decided to clean off my desk and my desk drawers. In doing so, I found this little brush, so I decided to clean out my keyboard. Yuck!! Not that there was a lot of yuck in between/underneath the keys, but there was a lot of something between/underneath the keys. Giblets and hair (thanks Minnie and Maggie Cats) and microscopic other debris. Sort of scary as to what other kinds of stuff lurks in and about other parts of my house ...


Other than that, I think I did some other stuff, while keeping an eye on the goings-on in Washington. Sometimes I'm wonder if I'm watching a tv drama or the real thing. Unfortunately, it's the real thing. And with the news of the attack in London, it helps me realize the importance of prayer and hope and love in this world, and how to get that across.

The bright spots were when I'd get photos of the girls in NYC. They are having a great time, and Lindley even lost a loose tooth - at Lady Liberty, no less!! Anyhow, hope these photos brighten your day too!!

She doesn't eat sauce with her noodles.
And I'm not sure I would either - with this syringe!!

Does this really need a caption??

Does this count as a NYC/Statue of Liberty souvenir?

All the ladies!!

Love!!
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Blessings today include: cleaning the bathroom and keyboard/desk; photos from NYC; making air travel changes to save $$; dinner at GHG

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

My Spring List

So, how many rooms have I cleaned/decluttered?  That would be zero. I did catch up on my latest missing blogs, so that's a win. And today I returned to the lovely Masseuse Irina with no longer a cyst on my neck, which made us both quite happy. There has been no responsible meal planning nor eating. I think I will have to make a grocery run for that to happen. To be honest, last night I bought a can of whipped cream and ate most of it. I can now successfully say that my yearning for canned whipped cream is now over. Possibly forever. So far we're two days into Spring - and my list is rather anemic.

Other signs of spring are ...

  • The sprinkler people came back and cranked up the sprinklers. Well, they tested them and put them on a two week delay. After all, it's Nashville, which means it could snow at any moment.
  • The landscape people came and finally pruned the knockout roses. They pruned them pretty low (I would have cut them closer to the ground), so hopefully this year I can keep them under control.
  • They also cut down the hydrangeas. You know, the ones that always give me fits about blooming and how I did not cut them at all last year and they bloomed. Well, now they are cut back again, so I am not holding out hope that they will bloom. This may be their last year.
  • Today was actually a nice warm morning, which means Minnie Cat went outside to loll about in the sun. For at least five minutes before she started scratching the screen to come back in.
Meanwhile, in NYC, Lynnette, Maribeth, and the girls have running the city. They've been to a museum, to the Disney Store, on a bus tour, and out to eat. They are having a great time seeing all the sights - I'm not sure what's on their agenda tomorrow.


I do have to praise A1 Appliance in Columbus. A few years ago they came to the rescue when GDizzle needed a dryer and Blowes had some kind of cray-crayness going on and couldn't figure out how to sell/deliver a dryer to him. A1 got the dryer to him and hooked up in no time. This weekend, GDizzle's washer gave out, so today I called A1 again, never considering Blowes. They were more than happy to accommodate us, except that the man said they didn't take credit cards over the phone. But that proved to be no problem, because all I had to do was mail them a check. And this afternoon, GDizzle was happy with his new washing machine. Now that's a superb business!

So, tomorrow I shall attempt to attack a few rooms and consider food planning. And maybe get out of the house to wog a bit. Maybe the fresh air will inspire me. At least until the pollen kicks in ...
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Blessings today include: complete satisfaction and service from A1 Appliance; 60 minutes of relaxation with Irina; texting with friends; photos from NYC; Steve going out for dinner takeout