Sunday, October 13, 2019

This Makes Me Sad...

This morning, just after daybreak, Andy stopped in.

He and his friend, Cody, were headed to camp.

Time to take the boat out and take it to the storage place...

Time to pull the docks out....

Time to winterize the camper...

He sent me this photo he took today...



~sigh~

I wasn't ready for this...

I wish summer could last until we get out the Christmas decorations!

Good bye summer!

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Lots to Say

But not today!

Monday I caught up on my rest...

I had wonderful company yesterday...




Today if I don't get caught up on the laundry...

Tomorrow I'll be blogging naked!

I promise that won't happen...

Headed to the basement now!

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

I Wasn't Going to Talk About This

I was going to pretend that today was just like any other...
But I can't.

This afternoon, about 1 o'clock will mark the 8th anniversary of the day our lives changed dramatically.

The day my boys lost their best friend as well as their dad.

The day I lost the husband that I was finally getting used to
(after 27 years)

It happened so fast, so unexpectedly...

We still talk about him as though he was in another room.

We still laugh at some of his antics.

Once, when we were cracking up about something he did,
Mr. K piped up with, "I miss him too!"

I know we'll see each other again...

One of these days.

RIP, Mark









Monday, October 07, 2019

Dried Up?


Dry.  
That's what I do with a towel, 

How about you?

THIS is what Richie, our room attendant did with them...

The first night, we had this...


His second work of art scared me...

 

I wasn't sure if it was coming or going...

But he saved the best for last...


This was hanging from the ceiling in the middle of the room!


Mr. K wanted his sunglasses back, so I let it borrow a pair of mine!

What fun!

I wonder if they have to go to towel folding school?





Thursday, October 03, 2019

I could get used to this...

Room service breakfast here...




Riding  around Halifax, NS, in a pink, double decker antique tour bus...




I'm lusting after this (larger than) life statue.
thinking I need one for camp!




And hoping that I am not eaten by this towel monster...




Did I mention the food?


Oh the food. 


No photos, but I will be ordering sweat pants for my future...


Headed  south, will be in Portland, ME tomorrow!


I will admit that I'm a teensy weensy homesick...

Miss those grands...

But I will admit I am already planning our next cruise!

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Where in the world are....

Jan and Mr. K?


Last Sunday morning, we boarded a plane in Pittsburgh...


Flew into Boston


Where we were whisked away onto a shuttle bus


Driven to what felt like a warehouse


and spewed with what seemed like a million others...


Into this!




The Serenade of the Seas!


We've been on the move ever since.


We are on a seven day New England and Canada trip.


North in the fall, one of my favorite times and places.


Two days ago, we landed in St. John, NB, which has an incredible story.


I call it story, it's too rich to be called history.


Yesterday, a day at sea, we saw dolphins and whales!


This morning, we arrived in Halifax, NS.  


I can't wait to check it out!


Our suite is spacious and homey...


The food is amazing.


I love room service breakfasts...


Maid service...


Turn down service...


Entertainment!


I'm still trying to jiggle and joggle photos from one place (phone) to the other...


It takes forever but I do have one.


Want to see it?  






The escargot that was my appetizer at dinner last night!


I'll catch up with you soon!


~Do you think I could convince Mr. K (and my entire family) to live on a ship full time

Saturday, September 28, 2019

View from the room

Yesterday, Teagan and Locklan spent the day with us.

At some point, I excused myself and headed for the powder room.

Sitting on the throne, this is what I saw...


Which quickly became this...



And those memories, the ones when you never went to the bathroom alone...
came flooding back!

~sigh~

Seems like only yesterday!





Thursday, September 26, 2019

The Perfect Gift

I am always searching for the perfect gift for my hubby...


The man who has everything.


In five years, I have gone high tech, low tech, personal and impersonal...


I rarely wow him...


He either has it, doesn't want it or won't use it.


Other than his work and television, he really has no interests.


He has a few 'assigned chores' to keep up...


Like breaking down the (Amazon) boxes for recycling and taking out the trash.


He does have one self appointed chore...


monitoring the toilet paper supply!


There are times I feel bad when I see him struggling up the stairs...


juggling five or six rolls of toilet paper!


He always makes sure the guest bathroom has multiple spares...


His bathroom too.


(I take care of my own bathroom)


The other day, I was in a restroom and they had this on the wall...


The perfect gift!
Now I'm not sure where to get one, or two...


I hope he isn't reading this...














Wednesday, September 25, 2019

I stole this

I don't encourage plagiarism, 
but I had to share a Facebook post by my son, Tony:


I took this photo of my Grandma and Henry and she asked if I was going to put it on Craigslist. She said that’s how people get murdered. 86 years difference between these two. They are more similar than one might think!


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Summer, Don't Go!

Even though we're heading to my favorite season:


Winter and Christmas,


Days like this weekend made me realize summer is winding down
(after all, it is officially fall)...


And days like yesterday made me wish summer would last a few more months
(Like until December 24)


We headed for the river...


Teagan was first mate.  She loves to "drive" the boat!




Of course, we invited "Uncle" Cody to come along...
He can't get enough of his new jet ski!


This time, we took the floating mat.
We haven't had it out this year...








The kids loved it,
especially Teagan who was too small to play on it last year.


Andy took Locklan for a jet ski ride...




I don't think he was too happy when the ride came to an end...




Teagan got her very first jet ski ride...




Of course, Andy had to go out by himself.
Even though we all agree that the new boat was a great investment,
I think he misses those crazy jet ski days!






We had a blast!




When we got back to the dock, Andy took Ashley
 out for a jet ski ride
while Cody and I watched the kids.


No photos of that, I was too busy!


~sigh~


Now do you see why I don't want summer to end?
























Monday, September 23, 2019

Angels Everywhere!

Last Friday, it was life as usual.


Andy dropped the kids off and headed off to work.


At lunch time, he came and had lunch with us and then cut the grass.


He used his zero turn to push the trampoline across the yard and left it there.


It keeps the grass under it from dying.


After lunch, I was getting ready to put Teagan for a nap,


Locklan went with Pappy K to run errands.


I posted this picture on Instagram:


I commented:  According to Marie Kondo, if it sparks joy, keep it.
 Rocking my granddaughter to sleep is a keeper!

A few minutes later, she woke up just as Mr. K and Locklan were coming in.

The kids headed out to play in the back yard and this is what they saw...



This huge branch had fallen from one of the trees, 
and smashed the trampoline!

Andy later estimated it fell 20 feet.


This is where the kids always play.


Tell me there aren't angels watching over them.


(We have emergency calls out to several local tree services to come and evaluate the rest of the trees)









Sunday, September 22, 2019

Just be 'cuz!

Last week, my cousin, Leslie, and her husband, Peter drove up from Georgia for a short visit.

Leslie's mom was my dad's sister and she grew up with our houses almost back to back.

Of course, we girl cousins had to get together.

Of course, where girl cousins gather, there must be food!

We met at a local restaurant.

There were 8 of us including my mom.

There was much laughter...

Memories shared...

Hugs dispensed...

And most of all...


A renewed sense of family!

~sigh~

Cuzzin love!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Off to school...

Locklan's Montessori pre-school had grandparents visitation day
and I got to go!

He was thrilled and so proud!


I got to watch gym class...



and to explore the class room...



And Miss Mary took this photo of Locklan showing the picture he colored for me
(and me)!


Check out the mural on the wall.  They were incredible!

~~sigh~~

 I am having such fun being a grandma!






Wednesday, September 18, 2019

One Might Think

Oh, this is sooooo disappointing...


I've been gone so long, one might think I was off on an
amazing adventure...


Truth?  Not.  I've just been busy!


Doing what?


Well, for starters...


I found two wild animals in a cage in my back yard...


I get them two days a week.




We like to do all kinds of things, like painting rocks!








We started out with Teagan painting with water,
You know, less messy...


She caught on to us pretty quickly...




So I took her pretty shirt off and let her have at it!


Locklan loved it!





Also, last week, Locklan and I had a lunch date...




He claims this is his favorite restaurant because the food is good...


But we all know it's because he loves the cookies they give him with his meal...



Oh my goodness, look at the time!


I have to run.  I'm picking Locklan up at school and delivering him to his other grandma!


So much more to talk about.  
I'll be back!








Monday, September 09, 2019

Those Tiny Blips

Whew!  Lots going on last week,
I'm still trying to catch my breath!

Kids are on their way,
I'll be back later today to tell you all about it!

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Slow Down!


Yesterday was Locklan's first day of school.

I rode along with Andy to pick him up...

He climbed in the car and started talking...


This is his second year at the Montessori school.

He's now one of the BIG KIDS.

when you are big, you get to sit on the floor.

He named all the kids he knew from last year,

including Charlotte (he said he would go wherever Charlotte went).

He sounded so grown up.

I'm not ready for this!


Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Like Father Like Son

As I was filing photos 


I came across this old one of Andy...







And suddenly I had this deja vu moment.  




Like father like son?