Saturday, April 15, 2017

Date Night!

Last night, Mr.K treated me to a wonderful dinner at one of our favorite restaurants...
 
 
 
 
We didn't even care that they don't take reservations for parties under 10 people on weekends...
 
We just like the food there and it was very close to the next stage of our evening...
 
 
If you know me well, you'd know I was, am and will probably always be a huge Beatles fan.
Other than listening to my mom playing Elvis, it was my first foray into the world of rock-and-roll.
 
I can't think of any other band that I know all the words to all the songs and still play them in my car!
~other than Queen and I still do all the voices in Bohemian Rhapsody~
 
Getting back to the story...
 
I have been waiting forever for this concert.
  It was held in the Strand Theater, an early 1900's theater that was closed in 1980 and saved from demolition in 2002.  It's my kind of place...we got seats in the second row!
 
We sat in our seats...
 
 
I could hardly wait for them to get started!
 
When they came out, it was like a flashback!
 
 
They not only sounded like the Beatles, they LOOKED like them too!
 
As the night went on...
they moved from decade to decade,
 changing not only their costumes but hair, moustaches and styles as well.
 
The age progression, their mannerisms and stage presences were spot on!
 
 
 
Most of the second row was filled with women my age who clapped, cheered and sang along!
 
What fun...except as the evening came to a close they had not played my very favorite: 
 Twist and Shout.
 
Suddenly, the man who played John asked us all to stand and scream...
 
Of course, I did!
 
And they closed the show with Twist and Shout!
 
Well, shake it up baby...
 
Oh my goodness, you really need to see this show!
It was so much fun.
 
Of course, it's hockey playoff season...
So I got a text from Tony saying he was headed to our house to watch the game...
They only have basic cable, you know...
 
We found this sign on the kitchen counter when we got home:
 
 
"Thanks for the beer jelly beans.
Go Pens"
 
Jelly beans are a big favorite around here!
 
Go Pens!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Some of his favorite peeps

Last night, Mindy offered to cook dinner for us, so we invited Andy, Ashley and of course, Locklan!

Locklan was so excited to see "Dee Dee" which is what he calls Mindy, and of course, Tony.

He couldn't wait to show his sandbox to Tony.  He asked Tony to play with him.

 
Of course, he did...


Of course, I got busy and forgot to take any more pictures!

Dinner was excellent, as usual...

We watched the hockey game, Pens won!

Does anyone else find playoffs games as stressful as I do?
 
Maybe we're going to have to rate them by poopers?
 
Okay, enough idle chit chat...I have things to do!
 
 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Call of the Wild...

I'm having a terrible time sitting here, typing, when the sun is on my back!

It's going to be in the 70's again today...but with a chance of thunder storms this afternoon!

That brings back memories of the LAST thunderstorm...

The one where I had a trembling, drooling, whining Corgi on my lap,
right beside a scared, clutching two year old,
 
who was scaring the jeebers out of an old Basset Hound who just wanted peace and quiet!

I wanted to get up and google places that never have thunder storms. 
Especially since I am afraid of them too. 

(This is TMI, but when I get scared of nervous, I get the poops.  This was so common that my family began rating storms by my trips to the bathroom: 
 "Wow, that was a bad storm last night; I think it was a three pooper!"
 or "They are predicting a bad storm tonight, maybe even a five pooper!)

I finally figured out what to do with Winnie...
 
 

And Locklan soon settled down...

But Shirley was having a terrible time!
 
 

I researched, asked, investigated...

I was finally advised to buy a...

Thundershirt!
 
 

Since storms were predicted again the next day, I headed to PetSmart to purchase one for $40.

Forty dollars!  I won't even pay that much for a shirt for me (just kidding, you know I would!)

Did it work?  Yessss...you could say it did.  We never got another thunder storm,
which is why we don't have a photo of Shirley wearing it!
 
Now, back to what I was saying...
 
It's now 74 according to my desk top thermometer. 
 
I have a load of laundry to do...
 
I need to sweep the dog hair into submission in the family room...
I need to sweep the leaves out of the garage (how to they get there?)...
I need to organize my schedule for the rest of the week (and Easter)...
I have three quilt tops ready for basting...
Two ready to quilt...
 
 
But will I?
 
Probably not. 
 
The sunshine is calling!
 
On the other hand,
 
Andy and Locklan came over yesterday.  Since it was raining, Andy put Ashley's car in our garage and did some maintenance (it's all Greek to me).
 
Locklan helped!
 
 
 It's so much fun to see him imitate us!
 
After a while, he came upstairs to eat. 
 
When his belly was full, he asked for a blanket!
 
 
Not that comfy, but he was happy!
 
Okay, I'm feeling guilty. 
I need to get something done.
 
See you next time!


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The things we do so we don't have to do things!

Oh the things we do when we are avoiding doing something we really don't want to do...
 
Take me, for example. 
While ironing (shiver in horror), I began wondering...
 
How long have I been completely sugar free?
 
118 Days!
 
I found this great ap that calculates time!
 
There's no stopping me now!
 
How long have Mr.K and I been married?
 
(only) 1224 days?
 
How many miles have I put on my
 
 
Since Mr. K decided I she and I were kindered spirits in July?
 
Roughly 10,000!

I have not had a cigarette for 4089 days!
 
Today Locklan turns 786 days old...
 
How old am I?
 
24, 012 as of this afternoon...
 
~sigh~
 
No wonder I need a nap!
 
On the other hand...
Things have been rather pleasant around here.
 
After church on Sunday, Mr. K and I jumped in my car
(top down, of course)
And headed up-river for a late lunch.
We stopped at camp and then hit the highway,
basking in the sun,
when all of a sudden I caught sight of me in the rear view
mirror...
To my horror, I saw that I had
Trump Hair!!!!
 
But the day ended happily with ice cream with the kids...
 
 
Locklan was coming to stay with me yesterday.
Andy said they were bringing something special!
 
 
 
Yes!  A sand box!  Andy even filled it with sand although
by noon, I thought we might run out of sand.
 
 
I spent most of my afternoon sitting on the edge of the patio filling the dump truck from a bucket.
 
Notice that neither of these photos shows his face?
I don't think he looked up from playing most of the day!
 
Well, it wouldn't be right for me to sign off without a warm-n-fuzzy photo.
 
How's this?
 
 
Remember the quilt I made from Mark's shirts?
The story is HERE!
 
Locklan calls this quilt Pappy Mark's Airplanes!
 
If that isn't enough...
I came across this photo the other day...
 
 
Aren't they funny?
 
Hey...have to get busy!
 
Until the next time,
God bless ya!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

What I did instead of housework

I promised myself I'd run the sweeper on the stair runner...one of my least favorite chores. 
 
 
Not pressed yet...I really don't like that chore either...
 
 
Putting away laundry is my least favorite 
which is funny because I LOVE to do laundry...
 
 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Some things are just too cute...

Like this photo Andy sent me...


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Insomnia and a really cute kid.

Can't sleep.  Tried, nodded off and woke again three hours later.
Lay in bed, praying, even offering to count sheep...
 
Finally, I decided to get up and look at pictures from the past few days...
 
On Tuesday, Ashley had a day off and I offered to watch Locklan so that she could
 run errands and get things done. 
 
First we went to lunch, just Locklan, Ashley and me.
 
Ashley ordered a hotdog for Locklan.
 
He ordered a pickle.
 
Every time we got out to eat, he wants a pickle.  He LOVES pickles!
 
After Ashley left, we settled down for some art work...
 
 
Locklan drew circles and declared them wheels!
 
Washable markers are the absolute best invention...
Locklan loves to draw with Pappy because Pappy can draw a 'choo-choo' that actually looks like one!
 
Next he drew lines and told us they were 'choo-choo' tracks!
 
 
He's so darn cute...and smart too!
 
Of course, every well equipped Grandma's house has a plethora
of cardboard boxes to decorate...
 
 
(Shhhh, don't tell his parents he was allowed on the dining room table!)
 
And climb into when it's all decorated...
 
 
He's so much fun!
 
He rarely stands still when I want to take a picture, but he loves the Blippi shirt
Tony and Mindy bought him for Christmas...
 
 
That kid wore me out! 
I had to take a nap after he left!
 
Speaking of naps...
 
My desk thermometer says...


It's bedtime again!
 
Catch up with you later!


 
 

Monday, March 06, 2017

Just one more bad habit:

Yes, one more bad habit, or it may be that I'm just getting lazy...
 
Instead of blogging, I have been doing this:
 
 
Yes, journaling a few lines a day with a pen and this journal...
 
It sits on a table in my bedroom.  It's easy to just jot down the highlights of the day.
 
Of course, YOU wouldn't know what's going on in my life unless you read it...
 
And you can't read it unless you are in my bedroom...
 
~creepy~
 
Yeah, just forget about it.  I'll try to remember to come here more often!
 
Love ya!
 

Friday, March 03, 2017

The Shack

 
 
 
My friend, Marge, scored two tickets to the premier of the movie for last night.
 
Her husband couldn't go, so she invited me.
 
It was a 45 minute drive to the theater...
 
We got to catch up on each other's lives.
 
I was not looking forward to the movie for several reasons...
I hate sitting still that long (2 hours, 12 minutes)
I was hungry
I read the book.  Did not like it.
Last year, on one of my treks up north, I listened to the audio book.
Didn't like it, but less.

The movie was funny, sad, thought provoking and beautifully done.
 
Although there were many scriptural references,
 you don't have to be a bible scholar to find a message.
 
 
Go see it and let me know what you think!