The past few days have been fabulous, weather wise. We've had a slow warm up this week and today it topped out around 40 degrees...flip flop weather up here! Add sunshine to that and you have many happy faces around these parts. I took Chubbs for a little walk this afternoon since the Vet said he had gained a couple of pounds. Jack told him it was because of the holidays! Good for a chuckle but the fact is we haven't been able to get him out walking too much because of the bitter cold. So today I put on my slogging around the Pines boots. (No flip flops for me...I leave those to the Walmart goers!)
Sunday, January 14, 2018
My previous post was one of lush green. The snow had melted and the rains fell in abundance. The 58de temps were such a gift. Then Friday arrived. I got hit by some kind of bug and was sick as a dog! It was one of those times when at first you thought you were going to die and then you were afraid you wouldn't! Thankfully it passed as quick as it arrived since this is my call weekend. It's been quiet so far but it's not over until 6:30 am. It's the only time I truly look forward to Monday morning when it's over! So what do you do when you're hanging around the house on a weekend when Mother Nature decides to pull a fast one? When she reminds you that you are in the thick of Winter?
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Just about a week ago we were in a cold snap...a very bitter cold snap and also snow. Slowly the air started to warm up to a balmy 20 degrees. Funny how warm that feels after below zero! Flash forward to today...56 degrees...above zero! I was expecting to see tulips coming up. Well, that didn't happen but it felt so nice out, even though it was raining. The snow has all melted.
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Today the weather was a big part of our conversations at work. We have a TV in our break room but it's very seldom on because everyone is always looking at their phones. However, today the weather station was turned on just to see the temps and the "cyclone bomb" out East. OK, I'd be a liar if I said we weren't smirking at the shots from South Carolina's snow and the 44 degree temps in Miami. Us Northerners can be mean! Still, the conversations going on were kind of funny. Here's how one dialog went: "Hey, I thought it was suppose to be really cold outside today" (This is at 7 AM) Someone chimed in and said: "Yeah, I walked outside and thought it was pretty warm!" I had to put my 2 cents in: "I know! My car thermometer said it was 18 degrees! I don't know what everyone is complaining about." We all agreed that it would be really cold by tomorrow so I guess I'll have to wait and see how the talk goes in the morning. This afternoon one of our co-workers came in from another hospital building down the road all bundled up from head to toe. I heard at least 3 people ask her if it was cold outside. Seriously? She had a few words to say about the cold and I won't print them here because it's a family blog after all. So, I'll ask the million dollar question: "Is it cold outside in your neck of the woods?" Hello January.
Sunday, December 31, 2017
I put a sunset header on my page. The sun has set for the last time in 2017. I can't believe I've written this many posts in one week! I could have let last night's post be the end but I make my blog into a book and it needs to have the last day of the year in it. I read last years final post and it's weird to realize I didn't have a clue what this year was going to hand out. It wasn't too bad. A few bumps along the way but many roads were smooth sailing. We welcomed a new daughter-in-law, Evelyn, Jack had major eye surgery, and a trip out to Portland to see our kiddos that we miss each day are just a few of the big ticket items from 2017. My Mom soldiered through some illnesses this year and sounded good today as we chatted on the phone. Work went from quiet to crazy busy and challenging with new doctors on board and a new assignment for me as I take on being the GYN clinician. What's in store for 2018? Of course, like last year at this time, I don't have a clue! That's good because my word I've chose for this year is FAITH. I need more of that in my life and will work in that direction. I also have a phrase.."Let It Be"...yep, like the song. I heard Sir Paul McCartney singing it the other day and realized that it would be a good thing for me to do in 2018..just let the small things be and the big ones I'll go with faith and let God handle it. So I'm looking forward to many beautiful sunsets in 2018. It will mark 10 years that I've been blogging! Thanks to all my blog friends and all my family for supporting me and putting up with my craziness at times! Happy New Year Everyone!
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Last night Jack and I hopped in the car and headed off to Anthony's basketball game. He plays on the JV team at his high school. I couldn't help but remember all the times we loaded up our van over the years and went to our kiddos games. Jack and Craig were the only ones who played basketball and of course it's a Winter sport so over the river and through the woods with snow, cold and wind was the usual for us. Often Jack's parents came along. I couldn't find the photo of them I took while they were all cozy in the cheap seats in the back of our van! They supported their Grandkids in all activities. We're trying to do the same. It's what Grandparents do I guess. I remember going at top speed down to Columbus airport to pick up my Mom so she could be at the gym for Senior night. (That's senior in high school, not old folks night! Ha!) We arrived just in time to see Craig walk out. Whew! So many games that had us cheering, leering (at the refs!), shouting, stomping our feet, standing for the National Anthem, feeling so proud of the kids and also either so happy for the win or sad for them when it went the other way. I remember crying at the very last games of their high school careers. Time was fleeting toward adulthood and saying goodbye, even to all the running and craziness of those years, was bittersweet. All this was going through my cranium as I watched Anthony on the court.
Monday, December 25, 2017
Just putting the year, 2017, has my mind reeling...so much time has flown by and so many Christmases have been celebrated. We go about all the usual rituals, traditions, and rushing and exhausting ourselves at times, as we've done in the past. I wanted to have all my shopping done by the end of November this year so I could enjoy the season more and spend more time on reflecting the real reason we celebrate. I came close but still had that last minute finishing up. We still did rush about and there were some things I wasn't able to get done. Our trip to Chicago, as I wrote about previously, didn't turn out the way we hoped but still we were able to see family members that we hadn't seen in a while and were able to spend some precious time with Mom. I'm lucky to have her with us and think about all those who aren't here now. Jack's parents, who were such a huge part of our Christmas celebrations when our kids were little, have been gone 17 years and my Dad, who always made Christmas fun when I was little, has been gone 41 years. I talked with Mom today and she said Christmas day has always been sad for her. Her mother died when my Mom was 10 and she died on Christmas day...1936. Christmas was never the same for her and yet, as children, we never knew that it was hard for her since she and Dad made our Christmases full of happy memories. I would guess that none of us remember every gift we've ever received but once in a while one or two will have a special place in our memory. One memory I have is about a gift that wasn't even mine. It was my sister's. It was the year she wanted a puppy. We creeped down the stairs super early on Christmas morning and spied a big cage covered with a cloth. Thinking it must be the puppy, she peeked inside. She jumped back horrified. When I asked what was wrong she said she didn't know what was in the cage, but it didn't have a head! We high tailed it back to bed and wondered what the heck Santa had left! It turned out to be a myna bird named Charlie. Not a puppy but he was a member of our family for many years and was quite the character! I doubt I will ever have a Christmas that isn't filled with some rushing about or being tired or maybe not having everything turn out like a Hallmark movie. But there will always be the surprises, the hugs, the laughs and the joy of family and friends this time of year. Many have said that they couldn't wait for it to be over and I know I even mumbled that a bit myself this year...and I'm sorry I did. Time passes much to quickly. The traditions we have created that are unique to our family are important. We attended church yesterday and enjoyed the music and the scripture readings and special talks that were given. They softened my Grinch heart! The gathering today of our family members went great...and was so much fun. Yep, it was all worth it...as it is every year. Merry Christmas everyone! Of course I have to add photos of the day. Not much different than past Christmas seasons..and that's just fine with me!