Saturday, January 20, 2018

Sunshine On My Shoulders

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!)
The snow is slowly melting as you can see in the next pic:
After a bit our son Phil showed up to pick up some packages he had sent here and he had Addy with him.  Chubbs was ready to go back inside so Addy and I took a little walk into the Creepy Woods....they're not so Creepy with no leaves on the trees.  Addy enjoyed climbing on the logs and letting the sun shine on her shoulders!
She wanted to check out the Alpacas next door so we went over to see if the neighbors would mind letting us take a close up peek.  Kerry (our new neighbor) was super gracious about having us take a tour.
Hi guys!  Well, the blond one is a not a guy but a girl who Kerry thinks is preggo!  I can't wait to see if  they get babies.  I'm betting they are adorable!
She showed Addy how to hold out her hand and give them some feed.
She loved it!  We had a fun time learning about Alpacas and Kerry's girls and Addy hit it off.  Addy made some new friends and learned something new!  The girls had a blast in the barn and when the Alpaca came in the barn they starting rolling all over in the dirt.
I guess that's something they love to do!  Stirred up a bunch of dust!   We had to head back home but with a promise to visit again.  Thanks Kerry and family for letting us have an adventure today!  I  hope the sun shown bright on your shoulders today too!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

In The Thick Of It

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?
Enjoy the pretty snow?
Snow blow that pretty snow?
I think Jack looks like Mr. Freeze!   While he was having fun clearing our driveway I did do a small bit of shoveling then headed into the house to do some baking.
Homemade bread made the house smell wonderful.
This cake was interesting....I had wanted to try this recipe but consider this a failure.  It didn't really have a taste that made me want to make it again! 
My slow cooker roast was much better!  So that's how we roll when were in the thick of Winter.  January is half over and I can't say I'm sorry it's going so fast.  Something else I did to past the time was read a book I got for Christmas from Craig and Amy.  It's really a young adult fiction read but it was super good and I would recommend it.
It's about a young girl in England during WWII.   I downloaded the sequel and finished that too!  They were both great!  Check them out if you're in the thick of Winter in your area!  And if you're someplace warm...well, just enjoy that I guess!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

It's In The Air

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.
Green grass!   Yesterday was nice too and Jack and I got all the outside decorations down and put away for another year.   But there is change in the air along with the rain.
If you click on this pic you can see the big drops coming down!  I left work early today and took time to read a new book and enjoy the rainfall.   I was also able to get out before it really came down hard to clean up the yard.  Having a dog makes that a necessary chore.   I call it picking up the Chubber nuggets..you can call it hauling poo...whatever.   Clean yard, clean deck, no decorations and now it's time for the snow to return.  We're under a Winter weather advisory starting tomorrow.   Much ice is coming this way followed by much snow.   How much snow nobody really knows for sure, but of course I'm on call this weekend and I'll be very happy to not have to haul my keister into the hospital during a blizzard.   Wish me luck.   Speaking of something in the air, some changes are happening at our hospital and it's making for some very unhappy employees.  Welcome corporate medicine.  One of the changes has to do with overtime pay..or lack of.  That's a hot topic I'd rather not get into but the other one is the taking away of the Kuerig coffee machine.  That doesn't bother me since I don't drink the stuff or use that machine but it sure has everyone else in a panic. Plus the cafeteria used to give employees free coffee, tea or hot chocolate.  Not anymore.   So I'll just leave that hanging in the air and show my new work shoes:
Comfy and cute...something to smile about at work at least.  If the air is changing in your neck of the woods I hope it's a good change and everyone stays safe and warm!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Is It Cold Out?

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

2017, You're Outa Here!

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

The Bleacher Seats

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.
Listening to the refs before the game.
Shaking hands with the other team.
The warm ups.
The real action.  Also the real frustration as his team lost by 2 points.  Some things just don't change.
Things like family sitting on the bleacher seats eating popcorn that tastes just the same as always..thankfully!  Cheering, leering, stomping and shouting and feeling bad when things go the other way.  Yep, it all came back to us.
Our son Jack back in his glory days.
Our son Craig in his...and I'm sure his son will play b-ball too and maybe we'll be rushing from the airport to make a game for Taylor, who can tell.   One thing for sure, as Jack pointed out last night, those bleacher seats haven't gotten any softer over the years! 

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas 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!
Just a few shoes by the back door!
Christmas snow arrived last night and a little today..beautiful but very cold!
It was a light, fluffy snow and Jack used a broom to clear the driveway! Thanks babe!
Chubbs enjoyed his Christmas treat.
Addy got a phone..can you tell?
Hey Lexi Lou! We love you!
Remember Kip the Golden Doodle from a few months ago? He's ginormous now! But the sweetest guy!
Welcome Kip!
Summer, Brett, and of course Happy!  Jack joked that today we had small, (Happy), medium, (Chubbs), and extra large, (Kip) dogs all over the place!
Hey Jordan...sorry your in a shadow and thanks for the delish Honey baked ham for today!

Cameron hanging close to the dessert table.
Merry Christmas 2017!