Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hanging out with Grandma Jan...

Yesterday morning, Ashley sent me this photo via text message...
 
Locklan was having breakfast...
He had a big day planned,
he was coming to spend time with Granny Jan!
 
We couldn't decide what to do first...
So we went and hung out on the hammock...
 
 
One of our favorite places!
 
We stayed quite a while...
 
 
And then he got that funny look on his face...
 
 
Poop time!
 
Next we visited with Shirley...
 
 
Who has much more patience with Locklan than she does with me...
 
 
But you know how tiring it is when you have fun...
 
 
He's amazing, isn't he?
 
We were blessed!
 
 
 
 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Do I have a claim?

I bought this mug...
 
as a joke.
My son is a Nationwide agent and I thought it would be funny to serve him coffee in this.
 
I ended up using it for myself.  I liked the size and shape of the mug.
 
~yes, I am picky about coffee mugs~
 
The other day, I made my coffee and came upstairs to work on my computer
when I saw a few drops of coffee on the coaster...
 
I investigated...this is what I found...
 
 
Look!
 
 
I immediately called my son to file a claim.
 
He agreed.  We have $1,000 deductible.
 
I paid 39¢ for the mug...
49¢ for the coaster...
 
You do the math...
 
Oh well...I tried!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, August 06, 2015

No excuses!

I'm retired, I have no kids at home and this week, I don't even have a husband at home...
 
You would think I'd have time to blog every day, wouldn't you?
 
I just don't understand it!
 
I want to tell you about the great times we had at the river last week, and I will, but lots of other things are going on as well...
 
Let me share...
 
Shirley keeps us hopping!  She is into everything and anything.  She insists on chasing the broom, so when I go to sweep (which is often since I have two shedding dogs here), I either put her in her crate, or let her annoy Winnie...
 
 
Every time she goes upstairs, she makes a bee line for Mr.K's bathroom.  She thinks he hangs a roll of toilet paper there for her amusement.
 
He doesn't feel the same way, so we try to keep her down stairs with gates, barriers...all kinds of things.  Still, this...
 
 
Is not unusual.  How does she get through?
 
For more excitement, Mr,K's grandson, Nick, got this...
 
 
His driver's license!
 
I renewed my relationship with my hammock...
 
 
it's such a wonderful place to  read (kindle?) before bed...those warm summer nights are the best!
 
Mr.K's grand daughter, Larissa, decided to try it too...
 
 
but she had company!
 
Tony finally got Mr.K out on the driving range...
 
 
They were both pleased with his progress!
 
 
I got to babysit this little guy...
 
 
Doesn't he look our of sorts?
 
He wasn't feeling well at all...
 
Shirley decided she could make him feel all better...
 
 
She gave him a kiss...
 
 
And they both snuggled in for a little cuddle...
 
 
Mr.K and I were able to take his grandson, Johnny, out for a birthday dinner...
 
 
Because some people can be poop heads, we have not seen him in two years! 
 
Mr. K was thrilled!
 
I decided I needed a Christmas quilt
(in reality, my collection of Christmas fabric was taking over my sewing room...
 
 
It's still a work in progress...subject to change?
 
And to top things off,
 
Tony's phone has a mind of it's own...
 
 
 
And that's why I don't have time to update my blog...
 
 
But when I do...
 
I'll tell you about this...
 
and this...
 
 
and this...
 
 
and even this...
 
 
And more!
 
See ya soon?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

In our hearts, on our mind.

Today would have been Mark's 57th birthday.
 
He's been on my mind all day, the boys said for them too...
 
The stories, the jokes...
 
Yes, even the arguments...
 
Everyone should get to celebrate 57, or so we thought...
 
You are missed!
 
Happy birthday!
 
 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Neighborhood Royalty!

It's a long standing joke  among family and friends that I am queen...
 
Queen of what?  Just about anything:  the Inline hockey parents, the neighborhood, the family, even queen of the kitchen (and we all know that's a joke).
 
Last night I was performing my queenly duties of taking out the trash when my neighbor called out
(yes, called out...we are civilized around here, we don't yell)
she had something she wanted me to see...
 
Her daughter, Grace,  came out the door...
 
Glowing!
 
 
 
She had just been chosen first runner up in the Petite Miss Saxonburg pagent!
 
Look at that smile, that pose...seriously, this girl is a natural!
 
Of course, good things come in twos...
 
 
And I think Olivia was thrilled to be lady in waiting to our newest neighborhood royalty!
 
 
~sigh~
 
It's good to be queen (complete with Corgi),
 but it's more fun to be surrounded by royalty!
 
Have I mentioned lately how much I like living here?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Rolling on the River!

After what seemed like months of rain, rain and more rain, we had two sunny Sundays in a row...

I rustled up some grub...



or at least a crock pot of ham barbecue;
not just ANY barbecue, though.
 
I used a recipe Mr.K's mother used when she had card club.
 
Me, when it was time to make barbecue, I opened a bottle.
This time, I actually cooked it...with things I never knew were needed for barbecue sauce!
It was very good! 


Tony, the girls (Shirley and Winnie) and I headed up to the river early, before the crowd.

We have that routine, first able bodied male that gets there has to cut the grass...

 
And get the first bee sting!
 
But it always looks so nice when it's done...
 
Afterwards, he opened the boat and got it ready...
 
 
And took a break.
It was so humid and hot!
 
 
 

 Tony filled the pool for Shirley, but Shirley needed a little help figuring it out...
So Tony threw an empty water bottle in the pool for her to retrieve...



And when that didn't help, Tony took action!
 

She stayed in the water for .05 seconds!
 
 
  
We still had time before Mr.K and his family came, so we turned on the air conditioner...
and told Winnie and Shirley to wait inside...
 

While we took the kayaks out for a spin...

 
 


Ever since I admitted...on this blog...that I cannot swim,
the kids make me wear a life jacket when we do anything on the water...


We went up the river...


 
 Checking out all the docks and toys people have on the water...
 
We even saw this...
 
A bicycle ramp!

I'm not used to paddling...and by time we got back...
 

I was happy to see our dock!


We took a break and then the rest of our company came...
 
Nick and Annett, Mr.K's grandson and daughter-in-law...
 
 
Everyone was anxious to take the boat out for a ride...

I volunteered to stay behind with the dogs...

 
I guess I looked pretty pathetic, sitting on the stairs...
but hey!  Didn't they do a nice job on them?
 
The first thing they had to do was get Mr.K in the boat!
 
 
 
 
That wasn't too bad... 
 
Incidentally, don't you just love that sign on top of the stairs?
Andy found it a while ago and saved it for these stairs...
BUT
at the end of May, I took a terrible fall down the stairs in our house
and he wasn't sure that I would think it was funny...
 
I love it!
 
They finally got everyone loaded into the boat...
 
 
And off they went!



They were gone for quite a while, Tony gave them the grand tour,
 and when they came back, they were starving!
 
We got out our bare buns...

 
And had a feast!
 
Tony and Nick decided they wanted to kayak.
 
Tony showed Nick how to get his kayak down the hill to the river...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It didn't work quite as well as he hoped...
 
But soon, they both got in the kayaks and had a good time...
 
 
 
Then Tony got the bright idea to go paddle boarding...
 
 
We all shouted that he was losing his swim trunks...
 
 
And being the over achiever that he is...
 
 
But he did have success, both with his swim trunks and his attempt to paddle board!
 
 
Later, we all decided to take the boat out for the last spin of the day...
 
 
Mr. K helped Shirley get her life jacket on...and they were ready!
 
 
 
 Tony suggested Rick take the driver's seat...
 
 

 After all, he was confident in his step-brother's ability...
 
 
 
Seriously, my family and Mr.K's family are both water families!
 
 
Tony wasn't really nervous,
but Shirley?
 
 She was terrified!
 
We tried to comfort her...
 
 
 
Finally, Tony took her up front, away from the wind...
 
 
 
 
She finally calmed down, but I don't think she's going to be the water dog we hoped!
 
 
We had such a great day! 
 
We were sorry that Andy, Ashley and Locklan couldn't be there...
And Larissa, Mr.K's granddaughter,
 
But we'll be doing it again soon!