Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge

From this Side of the Pond

First, I would like to scream from my roof....THANK YOU JOYCE!!!

1. Howdy Hodgepodgers. It's kind of fun to be back, isn't it?  Last time we met was September, 2018. Tell me something big-important-happy-or sad that's happened in your life since that date. Just one thing. We don't know how long this current isolation situation is going to last and we might need to dole out our news bit by bit.

Something Sad....My husband passed away in November 2018 with colon cancer.  My oldest daughter, Amanda (age32) passed away unexpectedly January 2020.
Happy---my youngest daughter, Emily had twins March 9, 2020...identical twin boys.

2. Might as well get this out of the way early on...COVID-19. On a scale of 1-5 how serious are you about keeping your distance? Explain. fyi-I didn't create the scale but have seen it several places online. Also fyi-we won't only have virus related questions each week, but for this first one it feels right.

1-Not at all, living normally
2-Cautious but still going out
3-Going out as needed, mostly home or working from home, still seeing friends/family
4-Extremely limited, only going out when unavoidable, minimal contact with people
5-Full lockdown, no one in or out

I am currently a 4 

3. Raise your hand if you think you might run out of steam in the cooking department before it's all said and done? What's something delcious you've cooked or eaten in your own kitchen in the past week?
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I have never been a I guess something delicious I have cooked would have to be a can of cabbage, mac and cheese, and cornbread.
Margaret Holmes and Bob Evans and I have become friends :)

4. What's a television show or movie you've seen recently (it could be an oldie) that you really liked?

I really like the television show 'This Is Us' although my hub hated this show.  He complained that it was too hard to follow.  Sad that the season ended tonight.

5. Share something funny you've seen or heard this week.

There have been so many comments on homeschooling this week.  One of the funniest is TP shortaage may be due to schools being closed because Teachers are now able to use the bathroom whenever they want!  This is so true....right all my teacher friends?

6. Insert your own random thought here

My deceased daughter was a pharmacist and I would like all to thank and pray for all pharmacist.  They are also on the front lines, too.  Many days daughter would tell me she was able to eat a few crackers in her 12 hour shift.  Keep all pharmacist and techs close at heart.

My oldest daughter, Amanda, graduating from Appalachian College of Pharmacy.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

2020 SHEW!

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2020...these past 78 days!!!!

I haven't written in a very long time. The year 2020 has been horrible for me.

January 1, 2020 my oldest daughter, Amanda, passed away at the age of 32.  Amanda was born with a heart defect and had had 3 open heart surgeries.  The last open heart surgery was October 2017.  She was a pharmacist and owned her own pharmacy.  She was married in October 2018 to a Government teacher.  Her last check-up was in March 2019 and I quote...."The only thing you cannot do is have children (she knew this...she had chosen a mechanical valve) or jump out of an airplane.  So much going for her.  She and her husband had just purchased land to begin building their dream house.  I had called her at 10:40 on December 31st and then the next thing was a policeman and my cousin were at my house at 3;40am.  No ONE should ever have to bury their child!!  It is not what a parent does!  I wake up every morning thinking is this a dream?  I feel like I am smothering!  People constantly ask how I am doing, and to be frank with them...I really don't know.  I manage to get out of bed and get dressed. I did return to teaching BUT the nights are so long!  

There is NEVER a moment I don't think about my precious daughter.  
I went and got a tatoo.

This little 'cutie' celebrated a 2nd birthday in January.
My youngest daughter was so worried when he was born because of it being flu season. If one sneezed around then she barred you from the house!!

On March 9th she deliverd twins!!  During this Coronavirus outbreak!!  
Identical twin boys....Liam Grant (named after my father) is in blue and yellow....weighed 4.6lbs and was 19 1/2 inches long and Aidan Charles (named after her dad who passed away in 2018 with colon cancer) weighed 5.8lbs and was 19 inches long. All were able to come home Sunday.
I am sure little man is adjusting well....except when the babies cry he runs!

Our schools are closed till March 30th due to the coronavirus...but I expect longer shutdowns.  I went Monday and Tuesday to help call parents and hand out chrome books to the students.  I worry about the students while being out...

There is a lot of uncertainty and anxiety now during this pandemic.  This is a time for family to be together and enjoy each other.  As we navigate through this uncharted territory, let's all be kind to one another and say a prayer for each other.

Talk Soon and Enjoy Life!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

November Happenings

November is almost over, and I haven't blogged in a long time.  Why?  It isn't like I don't have the time, I do have time. 

I helped grandson (this was my hub's son's blood relations at all but from birth till he was around 6 he practically stayed with hub and I a lot (no regrets at all!!) but things changed and his father didn't allow hub and I to see him due to his lifestyle)  so he is no blood relation BUT to me he is and will always be my grandson, Nate.  Nate was able to spend eth Saturday and the night with me.  I told his father about the paper and explained there was no way we could get it finished unless he was allowed to spend the night.  This was the first time he had spent the night in over TWO Years!!  Yep, TWO Years.  Anyway, Nate did the research, wrote the essay on paper, then transferred this to the computer.  I helped with the bibliography.  So the day and most of the night was spent working on the paper.  I enjoyed the time with him.  A few weeks ago, he was so excited because his paper was chosen to go on to the county.   He placed in the school division and now on to the county division.

I gave him a huge hug and told him I was so proud of him.  Was working on the paper difficult?  You better believe it was.  Like I said this was the first time in two years he was able to spend the night and we had to do school work instead of having fun.  Maybe one day, his dad will allow him to spend the night with me.  It will help me tremendously....I get so lonely and the nights are so long.
I miss him and our snuggles.

Snow???  About two weeks ago, we had our first little snowfall.  It was very little accumulation which I am glad.  I use to love the snow but not so much now.
I hope this isn't just a taste of what is to come.

November is a tough month for me.  My dear husband, Charlie, passed away last year the day before Thanksgiving.  Turning the calendar to November, I began counting the days to that one year anniversary mark, which was this past Thursday...11-21-19.  That night prior to Thursday, I went to teach my Wednesday Kid's Church, but when I got home the tears flowed.  I sat down and just couldn't quit crying.  I tried to scan the television to something comedy to watch but still just cried and cried.  It was around 5 that morning that I finally took a shower to get ready for school that I quit crying.  I was so thankful that I was teaching middle schoolers that day.  I made it through the day with a few hugs from my teacher colleagues.

Later that evening, youngest daughter, called.  She is expecting identical twin boys in April.  She and her husband along with their son, Blake, who will be two in January wanted to come down.  They had been to her doctor appointment, and they wanted to eat dinner with me.  Since she is having twins, the twins are in the same placenta but in different sacs, she sees a specialist every other week.
Before dinner, she explained to me that both boys are doing great...they are growing and are the same size and she will return in two weeks.  After dinner, she showed me the pic of the ultrasound and told me they had decided on names.  Twin A 's name is Aiden Charles (after my dear Charlie) and Twin B's name is Liam Grant (Liam comes from William and William was my father's name who passed away shortly after I got married with cancer).  The tears flowed again well, more like heavy, heavy tears.  I love the names.  She said she had thought about her dad all day and I told her I had to.  She was sad that he won't be here to see them,  But I told her that Charlie hand picked them in Heaven and sent them to her and Kenneth. And just like I tell Blake about his Buddy (Charlie was called Buddy not Papaw) I will make sure these two boys will know what a special person their Buddy was. word for 2019...seemed fitting.  I am not looking forward to the holidays.  I think last year I was still numb and in shock but this year is different.  At Thanksgiving, hub and I would prepare a dish, take it to the church, and then help deliver over 500 meals to families who had little.  After delivering the meals, we came home and would set up and decorate our Christmas Tree.  This year, I will prepare a dish but not help deliver meals.  I just don't want to without hub.
As for as decorating for Christmas, I don't want to.  It just doesn't feel good to decorate without hub.  Hoping this feeling changes...but right now I am hurting.
I see pictures and read post of many people getting in the Christmas spirit and I am like ...No, not me and then I cry.  I know hub is no longer suffering (colon cancer) but gosh I miss him terribly.  Like I said, I think last year I was numb but his year it is like for REAL!

I went this afternoon to see this little guy, Blake.  He had just gotten up from his nap.
Yes, Christmas PJ's.  I smiled and gave him a big, huge hug.
Courage....for this season...this beautiful season to celebrate Our Lord and Savior. I will hug this fellow a little tighter and remember the good times.
Until Next Time....Take Care and Enjoy Life

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

It is October

September has come and gone and where did it go??

The beginning of September I began staining my deck.  Hub had replaced the deck last year and I was told that I needed to stain it.  I was told this in May so the first of September I tackled this project.  Shew!!!  the deck wasn't so bad but all the that was a different story.

I also began trimming my hedges....yep I was told this needed to be taken care of before I started this job.  It was soo hot that day.  I remember this day like yesterday.  September 12th to be exact.  I had just come in the house to grab a cool drink because it was extremely hot.  #2 daughter called and asked where I was.  I told her I was trimming the hedges and she replied..."No you're not."  Which I then said...well, I just came in the house to grab a cool drink...I am dying it is so hot.  No sooner had I spoken those words when I caught a glimpse of #2 daughter's hub walking around toward the back of the house.  My mind began grandson just started going to a babysitter in August ( I kept him for 19 months) and I began thinking the worst...grandson had fallen, grandson was sick, etc.  I quickly went outside.  Emily (#2 daughter) was standing beside her hub.  She was smiling...They came to tell me she was pregnant.  I yelled....Yeah!!  Then they proceeded to tell me she was pregnant with TWINS!  What?  Did you say twins?!  So twins it is...due date is April but the doctors are telling her she will deliver early.  Right now, the doctors are saying they are identical twin boys.  As long as daughter and babies are healthy...I don't care about the sex.

The following week, #2 daughter's hub had to go to Las Vegas for a business trip. ( I could handle that business trip.)   Emily asked if I would spend the week with her and help her with Blake.  Gosh..don't even ask...I was thrilled.  Although, I must admit, I had forgotten how tiresome it is to keep up with a 20 month old toddler boy.  I enjoyed giving him a bath and tucking him in at night...but I was ready for bed too!  I had made plans in the summer to attend my sorority reunion and was leaving that Friday so #1 daughter, Amanda, spent the night so I could carry on with my plans.  Emily's hub arrived home Saturday morning.

My sorority reunion was a blast!  My college roommate and I shared a room together that weekend.  It was so much fun.  We attended the cocktail hour that Friday evening.  On Saturday we went to a brunch, tailgate meal, and watched the football game.

Such a fun weekend!!

The next week was going to be a busy one.  #2 daughter's hub had to be in New Jersey plus it was Apple Festival Weekend in my town.  Apple Festival is celebrated every year in September...the last weekend in September.  This festival has been going on for 50 years.  The festival includes a craft fair, many food vendors, a parade, a pet show, art shows, and a band competition.  I knew this was going to be a busy week.  The weather was extremely hot and I do believe this is one reason the crowd was down from previous years.  #1 daughter entered a float in the parade/competition and placed second..Yeah!

The festival is a three day event.  All seemed to enjoy the festival.

The following week, that Monday to be exact, I was just chillin at the house.  #2 daughter calls and her hub was very sick.  His temp was 103 and he was aching all over.  She and grandson wanted to come to my house; her husband was going to the doctor the next day.  I still had Blake's bed as a baby bed; they (daughter and hub) had changed his bed at his house to a toddler bed.  The first night, Blake was not a happy camper.  He wanted in his toddler bed and it was a very rough night.  Shew!  The next day his bed was changed to a toddler bed!!  A piece of cake for the remainder of the week.  Her husband didn't have the flu; doctors called it a virus.  His temperature finally broke that following Friday and he began to feel better.  

So the month of September is kinda a blur....a lot was happening.  

Here it is the middle of October!!!   The weather is beginning to feel more like fall...temps cooler in the mornings and evenings now.  I have started back walking in the afternoons, something I missed during the month of September and I plan on going to my Pound Exercise class this Thursday...something I haven't been to in a while.  

After having this little man around...
I feel lost!!

Until Next Time....Enjoy Life!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Wednesday Medley

Wednesday Medley

1. The first week of October is National Mystery Series Week. Do you sleuth alongside Nancy Drew or Miss Marple? Fan of Nero Wolfe? 

I am not into mysteries :(   Most genre I love but not mysteries.

2. The first week of October is also National Chili Week. Do you plan on celebrating with a bowl of red? Have a top secret recipe to share?

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No Way!  I love chili; the hotter the better BUT we are still having temps in the 90s!!  I know it is crazy, right?  I might celebrate with a cool drink full of ice!

3. October 2nd is National Name Your Car Day. Does your car or did a family car have a name?

I think I remember when growing up, we named our family truck.

4. Today is also National Walk To School Day. Did you walk to school with your friends? Take a school bus? Ever have someone carry your books home from school?
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I rode the bus most days to school.  It was fun standing in line waiting on the big, yellow bus while talking to my friends.  In high school there was someone who would carry my books...oh to be young again.

5. And it is National Pumpkin Seed Day. Do you like pumpkin seeds? Do you carve the pumpkin and roast the seeds? Do you buy packaged, prepared pumpkin seeds?
 Or more of a pumpkin spice person?

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I like pumpkin seeds.  I haven't carved a pumpkin in about 7 years.  The last pumpkin carved was with my hub's grandson who at that time was 3.  I enjoy carving pumpkins but with no little ones around anymore, I don't carve them.  My grandson will be 2 in January so maybe this is the year to start again.

I don't buy packaged pumpkin seeds as far as pumpkin spice can take it or leave it.6. Please tell us something interesting about your week. 

The weather has been extremely hot!!  Our community celebrated the Apple Festival this weekend.  The crowd was definitely down due to the heat.  #2 Daughter entered a float from her drug store and won second place.

Have a great rest of the week....Enjoy Life

Wednesday Hodgepodge

First, I would like to scream from my roof....THANK YOU JOYCE!!! 1. Howdy Hodgepodgers. It's kind of fun to be back, isn't it...