Saturday, January 13, 2018

This is too cute!

I never had an imaginary friend, but my late sister, Carol, did.
 
Her friend was named Jeanie.  Jeanie appeared when I went to school,
disappeared about the time Carol went to first grade.
 
Locklan has an imaginary frog who lives on the top step in my house.
 
When you go  down the stairs, you have to be careful not to step on him.
 
When you go up the stairs, you have to stop to either tickle the frog or hug him...
there are days when Locklan expects you to kiss the frog.
 
Last week, Locklan had chapped lips.  Being the indulgent granny that I am,
I gave him his own chapstick.
 
He was very good about using it...although he used a half stick on his lips...
the other half on the top step...apparently the frog had chapped lips too!
 
~and no, I did not get a photo of that...was too busy cleaning the step~
 
The next day, after I explained that frogs did not really have lips, so there was no need for chapstick,
he was walking up the stairs in front of me...
 
He stopped and placed something on the stair.  I couldn't see what it was until he turned around...
 
 
 
I looked again...
He had taken the bottle cap from my Bai bottle, took a tiny scrap from my sewing room
 
and made a bed for his frog!
 
 
Isn't he just too stinkin' cute?
 
 
 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Hot Stuff

Hmmmm...in THIS blog post, just a few days ago, I was moaning because it was -14° out there...
 
Yesterday, I had a 'personal maintence' day (mani-pedi, bought new razors, looked for spring/summer clothes that did not display my 'winter acquired' lumps and bumps), but best of all, when I got in my car, this is what I saw...
 

 
Do you see that?
SIXTY FOUR DEGREES!
 
I have a rule...if the temp is above 60° and it's not raining...
 
The top on the VW comes down!
 
Absolutely...1/11/2018,
 
 
 
This crazy old grandma was driving around topless!
 
Topless, I tell you, all before all the Christmas decorations have made it up to the attic!
 
Truly hot stuff.
 
As I sit typing, my desk thermometer says it's 54° out there (5:22AM)
but I hear that we are expecting a snow and ice storm (4 to 8 inches of snow)
tomorrow into Sunday...
 
Go figure!?!
 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

I think this one is a winner!

Do you remember when I bought this...

 
 
Click HERE to see the story behind these...
 
Occasionally, I buy really dumb things that seem like a great idea?!?
 
One of my (quickly broken) New Year Resolution was to stop doing that...
 
Then I saw this...
 
 
Now anyone who has been reading RSM for any amount of time knows that we're a real snow family!
 
I do take vacations in warm and balmy places,
but the highlight of my year is my annual solo 500 mile trip to
Clayton, NY, on the St. Lawrence Seaway, every February.  I love snow and winter!
 
Since Locklan came along, I am always on the lookout for snowy activities.
 
I Amazon primed these snowball makers in a flash!
 
We've been having record setting low temps and a bit of snow. 
 
They came and I headed out to the patio to try them...
 
Eek!  Total failure.  The (dry and powdery) snow was not what was needed.
 
Next Tony tried them, even spraying the snow with water before making them into snowballs.
 
Epic failure, such a failure we didn't even photograph it...
 
On Monday, we had a snow day.  Tons of wet, heavy snow!
 
The minute I heard that (of course the Weather Channel is on all day, we're old!)...
 
I put on my boots and headed  for the front porch with this...
 
 
 
and in seconds had this...
 

Amazing, perfect size and shape for ambushing your neighbors...
 
Sadly, it was too cold to wait on the front porch for the neighbors to come out
and way too cold for them to come out in the first place...
 
So the moral of the story is...
 
Guess there really isn't one...
 
Oh well!
 
 

Monday, January 08, 2018

Insanity is Hereditary...

Yes!  I said that...
 
And I have said it for years!
 
What I always added to that statement is,
 
"You get it from your kids!"
 
Here's proof:
 
Yesterday (Sunday) morning, I woke up to see -14° on my thermometer.
 
That's FOURTEEN DEGREES BELOW ZERO, FARENHEIT!
 
I decided to stay in and work around the house.
 
A few hours later, I got these photos from Andy...
 
Yes!  That's the Kiski River!

 
 
And the boat, parked in what Locklan calls the tunnel...
 
 
And the crazy pair, looking pretty happy that they are freezing!
 
 
With temperatures like that and wind chill even lower...
 
You gotta be crazy!
 
See...Told you, insanity is hereditary...
You get it from your kids.
 
It is much warmer today.  Up to 32°, but it's snowing...
 
 

Friday, January 05, 2018

-6°

I woke up about an hour ago and went to check the temperature outside...
 
 
It's six below zero?!?
 
No wonder I can't get my new printer to work...
 
I'm suffering from brain freeze!
 
(I know the time on the display is incorrect.  I can't remember how to set it...
Help?)
 
I just turned on my electric blanket.  Me and my Kindle are going to get warm.
 
Later!
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, January 04, 2018

It's a Hottie, to be sure!

I woke up this morning in a sweat...
 
It was 11° out there (according to the remote thermometer on my desk).  It was -5° out there yesterday, so it's a true heat wave!
 
Good thing...the dogs have spent the last few days wrapped up in cuddly blankets...
 
 
 
According to Mr K, it's a great day for grocery shopping.
 
I'm not sure why...
 
Just because if I don't, we'll be eating peanut butter and black bean sandwiches on hot dog buns for dinner?
 
Talk about picky. 
 
Yesterday, Locklan came to spend the day with me.
 
He's such a hoot.
 
I have a teddy bear that can repeat what you say.
 
Locklan gets in arguments with it. 
 
Locklan says the bear is his friend.
 
The bear says, "He's my friend."
 
Locklan gets all bent out of shape and says, even louder, "No! He's my friend!"
 
The bear repeats it.
 
It goes on and on until Mr K or I interrupt them!
 
Yesterday, I walked into the living room to see Locklan practicing diapering...

 
 
 
 
Isn't that adorable?
 
Guess they are friends now...
 
 
Okay, I have spent enough time playing here...
I'm off to the grocery store!
 
Catch up with you (and more wedding photos) as soon as I thaw!
 
 

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Wedding day, part one!

Okay, I know you've been waiting forever for the wedding photos.

Me too, but I think I have finally gathered enough photos to tell the beautiful, sweet story...

We were busy!

Tony worked a half day.  I think he went into the office just to keep his brain occupied.

Mindy and her mom did girly things...

I did all those things the mother-of-the-groom did:

Manicure, hair washed and styled by Aimee, picked up my dress and shaved my legs...

Finally it was time to get dressed and head over to the church.

I left Mr K and my coat at home and headed out, thinking Mr K would ride with Andy and Ashley and bring my coat.

I got to the church...
 
 
Wendy, the wedding coordinator, sent me back to the room where Mindy was getting ready...
She was already dressed and ready to go!
 
 
 
Alivia, her niece, was the flower girl...
 
 
 
They are besties!
 
Mindy seemed calm, the rest of us?  Maybe not so much...
 
But her mom looked gorgeous!
 
 
They are so close...more besties!
 
 
I posed with Mindy for a few...
 
 
 
And then...
 
 
People were starting to come in...
 
 
 
 
 
 
And then Wendy sent me back to the pastor's office where Tony was getting ready...
Good thing!  He needed his mom, he had a problem...
 
He couldn't get his tie right.  When the front was long enough, the back was too long.
 
"Ma!  What should I do?"
 

 
"Hmmmmm...let me see..."
 
 
 
Suddenly, the door opened...in came Andy, Ashley and Locklan...
 
 
 
Didn't he look sweet?
 
 
 
Tony had a bright idea...
I couldn't believe it!
 
 
We fixed it!
 
 
 
Yep!  That tie didn't hang down too far anymore!
 
I got him dressed...
 
 
And I posed with my handsome sons!
 
 
And suddenly, it was time to get the show started...
 
You have to come back to see the ceremony...
 
I promise, it will be worth it!
 
I get all choked up just typing about it!