Thursday, April 24, 2014

And then there was 14...

Yesterday, in the very, very early morning hours.. this little girl
decided to come out and see what all the fuss was about..

She was expected sometime between the 3 and the 22 of April.
But she decided to miss all of her relatives birthdays.. aunt's
grandmother's, great grandmother's... and come on her own day.

And an entrance she did make... With grandpa and dad ready to
get to meet her... Then in the early morning sunlight.. she got
to meet her big brother.. who you can see.. holds her with pride.

This is our 14th great grandchild... meet Ms. Peyton.  May
you and your little brother be this close for ever and a day.

as you can see.. he takes this new job very seriously

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

taking a day off

Got to help a neighbor and have company so taking today off

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

EARTH DAY/Happy Birthday to my kid...

44 years ago.. those in charge somewhere... decided that
this date would be EARTH DAY...

44 years ago today.... on EARTH DAY.... I had a little 6 something am... The final child of my tribe.

She loves being born on this day.. She loves to tell
others that SHE is AS OLD AS DIRT... and those of
you who are older than her? Well, you are older than
Because of this.. I always know how old EARTH DAY is.

I was lucky to celebrate with her yesterday. She chose
to make it a 3 day took off Monday,
and we went to Coeur d' Alene, just 45 miles south of us. 

We walked the boardwalk of the resort..IT IS LONG..
seem like it is about 3 blocks long in a square..
and I did pretty well.
Even made it up and down the stairs they have for
a bridge that the boats go under.  It was kind of over
cast day, but the water was calm.. just a nice day for
a walk.  Looked thru some shops, had lunch and at
the end of the afternoon, we headed north for home.

So HAPPY BIRTHDAY.. jc...thanks for the exercise...
and thanks for the silly selfie... we did..
What is it about wax mustaches and lips that brings out

the kid in us all? 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Maybe Easter Sunday is not a good time to look for the sunrise..

We left here at 5:15AM (yes that is 5 am) .... stopped on the way to get coffee (good thing) and with blankets and camera 
in hand we went down to the city beach to watch the Easter day sunrise....
Knew my bench would be cold.... so laid one blanket out on the bench.. We sat down and put the other
on our lap... it was cold... and then the wind started to whip thru there...  damn it was cold...
the King was starting to get whiny... asked him.. where was his adventureizm? He glared at me.. 
As the wind started whipping up.. it got colder... and we were
hugging our coffee cups..

And these pictures show you what it looked like..  Told him .. if there was no possible sun by 6am
(suppose to be up by 5:45am) then we would head out... it started to rain.... we looked at each other..
and ran for the car... 

At 6:15am.. people started to arrive for what we gathered was a church service..
We left.. and I bet that as the rain started to get serious.. and all the black clouds.. that was one fast sunrise service.

I took the King out for breakfast. .it was the least I could do..
 no sunrise here...
 getting colder and wind whipping
 even the light on the Statue of Liberty is coming on. 

 The King getting ready to head out for the car...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Racing in place....

This is the time of the year that I feel like I am
racing in place..  So much to do.. yet with rain,
wind and just the temps..  I can't do 80% of it.

So I pace myself with cleaning out sheds.. placing
different lawn art in places. Trying to change some
of it around..

In the mix of this is.. I can't do much around the out
side of the house itself...because we are going to paint
the house.  I have cut all the roses back, trying to keep
the climbers in check. Clematis and etc. 

First really decent day, I have to get serious about
clean and scrubbing and scraping off the old paint.
I have been peeling off paint, kind of in the same
fashion as popping bubble wrap.. Start in one place
then jump to another, while talking on the phone or
to someone visiting..  
Then comes the power wash and maybe some more
scraping.  I am trying to give us a goal of mid May.

Then find 4 days straight that is warm but not to hot..
no rain, no moisture at all.. so we can paint. Which
also brings us to what color.  We have an off white with
blue.. kind of a steel grey blue.  We are thinking of
light grey with dark grey around the trim.. But will we
like it for 10 years or more of that?

Here I sit.. with so much to do, yet can't really get
started.  After all, this is still just April, even if it
feels like May.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

technically difficulties,

For some reason.. my computer is fighting me.. 
It doesn't want to open the program that I use to 
make my blog with...  I usually type it all out on that
and then copy paste to here when I am satisfied with 
what is in it.  Lining up pictures and all that. 

But not today.. so due to technically difficulties,
this is a short  post for too day.. and hope I didn't 
make any mistakes either. 

So hoping I can get some more yard work done.
Actually I am cleaning all the stuff out of the garden
shed, that has been put in there... shoved in there..
In every nook and cranny.  

It is kind of like getting your summer clothes out
and putting away the winter... you get rid of some
of the stuff.. And replace some of the things in what
you hope is a reasonable order.  Then come winter
it is shove it all back into the shed and a mess once

Somethings never change. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Boys next door...

I have two little boys who live next door to me..
They are loud...and when I go over and talk to
them, they seem happy to see me and mellow out.

While outside, their antics make me laugh. I have
seen one decide to lay down in the grass.. to see
the other one run across the yard and jump on the
other's back... and then it becomes a tumbling act.

They will race around the yard, like race horses.. to
fall down .. all wore out.  I see one pester the other
one constantly, but not to be yelled at by that one being

The neighbors are not fond of these boys. Too noisy they
say. Why doesn't some one do something about them?
Why don't they go inside and be loud?  We want quiet
in our yards in this neighborhood. Their patience is thin
when it comes to these two.

It isn't that they mean to be noisy.. at least I don't think so.
They just want to be noticed. Like I said, when I go over
and talk to them.. they seem very happy with the attention.

Besides they make me smile..

Mr. Click and Mr. Clack... the boys.... 

Monday, April 14, 2014

What is the message you would like to leave for your grandchildren?

For me?
90 % of what you worry about ... is wasted time... you will find out
that you never should have wasted your time on such small
stuff... and it is all small stuff.....  You will look back and
shake your head at how much drama YOU put into it... worry
about what is important.  The measure I had/have.. was to think about
the worse scenario and figure out what you would do if it happens.
And if it happens are ready.. if it doesn't ... you didn't
waste time on it. And if it is a person.. that person doesn't know
the real you.. so don't bother with it.. As Eleanor Roosevelt put it,
no one get bug you.... UNLESS ... you let them..

Don't waste your time... don't be 60 years and look back and
"wish I had done..... xxxx'.  Do it now.. don't put it off until
you are older... or even old.. meaning after 55.  Find a way
to do it now, this year, or next year at the latest.
As long as it is legal... do it..

Dare to be different... be yourself... you are the only one
like you... your siblings are different.. we are all different.
Welcome it.. Don't let someone else decide for you.. map
out what YOU would like to do. Otherwise you miss out
on so many opportunities, because you are sidelined by

You are wasting so much time on these 3 things.. time you
could have life..

Happy Birthday, TS, Sh and DmG.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tragedy, once again...

Now will they listen? 

Over the recent years of children and young adults
killing fields... the society screams about the guns.
But most of my friends feel it isn't the gun.. it is the
person.  Why aren't the powers that been concentrating
on the person.

Mental illness, and bulliness... They talk a big talk
about bulliness... but rarely is there really something
done about it. It takes a lot for a parent to get a
school to act on it.  Even today...even with all of
the ads and talk shows.. still there are slow acting
schools. I don't understand it.  And of course the
parent of the bully, is in denial... and some times you
can see why the child is like they are.. by seeing the
aggressive parent.

There is also the mental illness. Why else would a
man walk in to a theater and shoot? At the Mall or
even at the bases... like Fort Hood. Why isn't the
mental illness acted upon BEFORE the act?

Nothing upsets me more than to have the media
talk to people who say.. we thought he/she was
strange and acting weird.. Like the man who took
the young boy and went into pre planned hole in
the ground.  Even police have made note of people
they have had to engaged because of complaints,
have said the same.. acted strange.. talked to the
voices and etc.

I don't think every person needs to be institutionalized.
But certainly some action can be done..

And now.. will they listen? will they actually see it is
the person?  After all, this latest one .. there was not
a gun... it was a knife.  A KNIFE... something that can
be found in any kitchen.. or a pocket.. depending on
size.  It isn't the weapon of choice that is the issue..
it is the person... what drove them there to that point?
Isn't there something that can be done?  What are the
warning signs?  Surely it is better to have someone
talked to, looked into.. error on the wrong side, then
to keep going like we are now. 

By the way, maybe some self defense in such cases as
knives.. like using the school chairs to defend and disarm.

And remember the family of the aggressor are part of that
tragic act.  I am sure the parents of that young man were
horrified, as they heard what was going on at the school..
worried about their son.. until the words no parent wants to
hear.. "it was your son/daughter".

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

OPINIONS...everyone has them..

I am not anti-opinion.
I go to other's blogs to read what they have
to say. I go there to see what their take is
on any given subject..

Some are on the times and some are on politics.
Some are on the daily living.. some are on a
particular subject. Like one of the ones on my
list is about R.I.  Mainly for those of us who
grew up in R.I. and now live across the USA.
Even mine is ... just that.. mine opinion. 

But when it comes to news.. Meaning newscast
of the local and national ones... I don't want
opinions.  To quote Sgt. Friday, I want the facts,
nothing but the facts.

My daily routine during the week is to watch
the local news.. usually the last half hour as I
haven't been getting up as early as I use to.
And then I would watch GOOD MORNING AMERICA.
For the news. Which is far and less...

When Lara Spenser came on the show.. I thought
well, maybe they will keep her to one little section.
I really like Sam Champion as I thought he did a
great job of the weather.. especially when he did
it on scene with the hurricanes and winter storms.
I also like Josh Elliot. He would have a straight
forward reading of the news... Yes, he did the cute
play of the day.. but for the most part it was the news.
Even Robin and George did, but Robin also filled in
for what ever entertainer they had too.George, well,
it feels like they took the stuffing out of him. 

But news was starting to get a back seat. And then Sam
was gone. Went to Weather Channel.. which Direct tv
so nicely dumped for a poor man's weather channel
called Weather Nation.. sad replacement.  
And now Josh is gone too.  And his replacement, who
is probably a very nice gal.. but lacks authority or
command of reading the news. 

So now I have to find another daily routine.
Which may not be so hard, as the weather gets
better.  I can watch the local, read the paper and be
outside by 7am.  But I will miss real news. Seems like
over the past several years we get what that channel
or network wants us to know.. in their view. Not just
the facts.  Even CNN which seem to me to start out as
a strictly news.. now is one opinion reporter after another.

Maybe I am just getting old and grouchy...