Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Grandma Life

 I was sorting through some old photos and found two that touched my heart...



So much love between these three kids...

This one was taken the first time I baby sat all three at once...


I love being a grandma!

I just realized it's Tuesday.  I have a full day planned...



Monday, July 06, 2020

That Was Fast!

I'm not sure, correct me if I'm wrong...

Did we just survive a 3 day holiday weekend?

I totally lost it!

We had it all settled.  We were headed for camp on Saturday, early.

I woke up in the middle of the night with some kind of intestinal malady.

I wasn't up to it and 

We couldn't coordinate times, so we all stayed home.

I slept most of the day on Saturday,

I started to feel normal on Sunday.

Today I was up at 5AM ready to tackle my to-do list,

But first, I need to brag...


Mr. K went out on the patio and brought me my first harvest...

Nothing like a sun warmed tomato!

I'm going to get busy...let's talk later!

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Two Day Tuesday.

Now, you might not care, but I am wondering where I've been and what I have been doing.
After all, it's been a while and to be honest, I'll have to go to my phone to see what I photographed.

On Sunday, Tony and Mindy called to say they were on the bike trail, could they stop in...

We had a great visit.  You know what happens when I'm enjoying something...

I forget to take photos.  Fortunately, Tony shared this one...


Henry loves bike rides!

Locklan came to spend the night...


 He woke me at 3AM to tell me he wasn't sleepy.

We went into the family room to cuddle.  
He went back to sleep.
I did not.

I might have been a little crabby that day.

After you sleep with the plaid blanket, 
you drag it out onto the patio to make a fort...


Grandma Jan barely recovered from that day when I invited the kids back so Locklan could help me pressure wash the patio...


He spent half the time scrubbing the patio, half the time flipping it over and squirting everyone.


After they got bored, they filled a pool, dragged the slide over and had a ball!

We have a section of the yard that we try to get grass to grow...
Completely without luck.

Tony reseeded it a few years ago, even came and watered it every morning on his way to work...


Usually it's just ugly, but with the hose running, we had a mess.

I promised Ashley years ago that I would never return her kids clean.

This was one of those days.

I was sitting on the patio, just snapping photos with my phone when I managed to snag this gem...


The day ended up with two very tired kids...

Tuesday lasted two days this week...

Every Tuesday the cleaning ladies come, 
so does the lawn care guys...

Yesterday the lawn care guys came and mulched...

I don't have a photo of the splendid job the guys did and I'm too lazy to stand up and take one!

They said they would be back this morning to mow.

We finally sat down with the guy from Bright Covers to discuss a new cover for our patio.

We currently have a sunsetter awning and I HATE  it.  If you want to know why, shoot me an email.

My brother-in-law has a Bright Cover and they love it.  
I knew that's what I wanted.

We signed on the dotted line, that's the good part...

The bad part is that they are working 12 weeks out...

And lastly, the part of  Tuesday that got carried into Wednesday...

My lawn guy!



Top that!
If I don't talk to you before then, have a safe and festive Fourth!










Thursday, June 25, 2020

Happy Leon Day

I just learned, or in my case, remembered that I forgot,
that today is Leon Day.

Leon...Noel spelled backwards.

It's exactly six months to Christmas...


I'm getting excited!

How about you?

Garage Party

Mark (my late husband, Andy and Tony's father) and his friends had a long standing tradition...

Garage parties!

It didn't matter the reason, the weather or the season,
the guys met at someone's garage for beer, snacks and usually
 ping pong.

Tony sent me this photo.

Tony and Henry  wanted to give Mindy a break, but it was raining so they decided to have a garage party!


Just reminds me of Tony!

Speaking of Henry and sports...




Isn't he adorable?

~sigh~

I love being a grandma!





Tuesday, June 23, 2020

River Rats, Unite!

A few weeks ago, Andy got a new pellet smoker.

He played with it at home, and offered to make us pulled pork at camp.

It was delicious!

He decided that he wanted to try a brisket.  Andy, Tony and I went together and bought one.

He started it at 3AM on Saturday and by noon it was ready and incredible.

I was so busy eating I didn't think to take pictures.  Next time.

Mark's brother and nephew came, his wife and daughter came later.

Tyler, my nephew, had a blast on Cody's jet ski...


A few months ago, my oldest son, Michael, gave Andy an old lawn tractor.

He cut it apart and reasseembled it for Locklan.

They brought it to camp so Locklan could move fire wood.



Everyone else took a few trips in the boat, 
Locklan went tubing.

I didn't go out at all, my back was killing me.

Henry loved Andy's beat up hat.


Don't you just love his smile?

Little by little, everyone was tired and started to slow down....

Michelle got this photo of Locklan and Teagan sitting on the steps to the dock...


Another happy day at Camp Manfred...





Monday, June 22, 2020

A Whole Lot of Nothing

As long as I've been gone, you would think I was accomplishing something.

Not true...but things are happening...

Do you remember this?


When that ginormous branch fell on the kids' trampoline?

You can read it by clicking here..

We have had quite a few trees in our neighborhood that needed attention.  
The tree guy came to cut down several trees in the neighbor's yard
and came to clean up all the dead branches from our tree.

Locklan spent the night before and was up with the chickens and ran 
outside in his pajamas!


He was even more excited when they brought the bucket into our yard.


I'm happy to say that the yard is safer and yes,
we are poorer!

Anything for my little angels.








Sunday, June 14, 2020

Some People's Kids!


Michael, my oldest son, and his lovely wife, Catherine, just came back from their vacation.

They take a fun trip every year and they take their 'daughter' Sophie.

Sophie, the Papillon,  has even traveled to Canada!

Catherine is an excellent planner and those plans always include Sophie!

This year they decided to go to Deep Creek, MD for a relaxing get-away.

Catherine sent me this...

I
I think they had a good time.

We're glad they are home safe and sound!