Saturday, December 31, 2011

Bring in a better year............PLEASE!

I am so anxious to say goodbye to 2011 and start a brand new year. A year that will bring my grandson into the world. A year of drama free days. The best year of my life. That is my goal.

Sometimes I wish that life came with a big fat eraser so I could just erase the BS that was 2011 away. But life doesn't work like that.

I am excited to be done forever with people that have caused me and my daughter nothing but grief. Oh yes, a new start and a new year.

If yall plan on going out tonight please be careful. Use your head and don't do anything stupid. It's just not worth it.

I am going to have lunch with my sober son today. I look forward to some one on one time with him.

Happy New Year everyone. I hope 2012 is the best year of your lives!

Friday, December 30, 2011

I contine to be amazed

As I stated in my last post my 'former' family just keep the shit coming. Yeppers I am done with the lot of them. I will always love the grandkids and hope and pray for the best. I do REFUSE to deal with a certain person who is convinced that her dad did nothing. I guess some people are just blind to the facts. But it is what it is and I am letting it all go.

My life is better than it has been in a long time. No more dealing with lies and bullshit. I put up with it for way too long. What a relief it is to know that I am free from the life I had. I can honestly say that I never thought things would turn out like they have. But life goes on and I am proud to say that I am over it all.

I own my house, I have a precious grand baby coming and life is good. I love my son and daughter and anyone else that has negative things to say can just get over it.

Oh yes I am so done!

I am finally cutting all ties wit my 'former' family. Too much drama and too much BS that I refuse to deal with. I want a peaceful life and I am determined to have it. I have blocked everyone that continues to crawl in my business and I won't deal w/it anymore. Anyone that reads this will know who I am referring to. I don't need it and I WILL NOT let the negative in my life.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Even though I have been so very busy at work things are good. I am no longer bothered by my X husband (thank God) I continue to miss my grand kids. I realize that nothing will ever be even near the same it doesn't take away the love I have for them. Sometimes life just takes a big ole dump on your life and all you can do is take it a day at a time.

I look so forward to being able to hold my precious grandson in my arms next Spring! I am going to try and NOT spoil him but I won't make any promises!

I continue to look for the best in my life and not dwell on the negative. It does no good to dwell anyway. All that does is bring me down. Goodness knows I don't need that.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Awwwwwwww.....another day off

We had a wonderful Christmas. I am so thankful for what I have been blessed with. All I wanted for Christmas was time with my loved ones. I do continue to miss my granddaughters and am always hopeful that some day I will be able to be in their lives again. I turn it over to God for that is all I can do about it.

My son has his apartment looking great! He is very proud of it and he should be. It is decorated well and I swear you could eat off of the floor because he keeps it spotless.

I have another short work week (3 days!) and then another 4 day weekend. Awwwwwwwwww. Time off of work is divine.

As I sit here my sweet girls are asleep on my bed. Sophie's leg isn't getting better but it doesn't seem to be getting worse. We continue to give her meds and hope for the best. They both also had a wonderful Christmas. Lots of new pretties to play with and some good ole chewable teeth cleaning bones. Their stockings were full of them.

I really should take advantage of the sale items today. I need to get a new bed for the guestroom. But I am taking this day for me! After a very busy weekend I am going to rest all day.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I sure did!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Twas a good day

I finally got all of my Christmas shopping done today. Steph is busy wrapping them and getting them under the tree. I went ahead and let her pick out some of the things she wanted. After all, my taste and hers are miles apart.

Tomorrow my sober son will be here and Christmas will be wonderful. Tough year or not I look forward to the future and don't dwell on the past. We will have a delicious meal of ham, baked beans, green bean casserole and plenty of other goodies. I did get a cheese ball along with a box of Sociables which my son always devours.

It will be a huge change from the past 17 Christmas days since so much has changed since March 3rd when I kicked my husband to the curb. But it will be ok. I do wish him and his family (which includes my precious granddaughters and my step daughters) well and I wish them all a Merry Christmas. I decided a long time ago to let it be.

I predict that 2012 will be a wonderful year for my family. I will have my grandson here and I couldn't be happier about that. Life is good and I plan on making it a good year. After all, only I can do that. Positive attitude and prayer will get me through anything.

Merry Christmas everyone. May you find the peace and serenity that makes you happy.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Is it really almost Christmas?

I dare say that it is! I have some serious shopping to do. I have a good idea what I am buying I just need to do it. Me thinks I'm going to be very busy this week. At least the tree is up and beautiful.

My son is thriving in his new apartment and his new job. I visited him today and I was very impressed. He has it looking very nice and homey. He is such a good person and is well on his way to a new and sober life. I don't think I could be more proud of him.

My daughter is 21 weeks pregnant with my precious grandbaby. She is also doing very well. I have so much to be thankful for. I continue to miss my grandkids so much but it is what it is. I can't control their mother's decisions to keep me out of their lives. All I can do is continue to pray for them and their families. I will never stop loving them no matter what. I miss my Abby so much. I was just getting to know my sweetness Leah when all of this happened this year.

I love my new house. I don't even miss the old one. Too many memories there. I am making new memories as a single woman. Occasionally I hear from the gentleman who has my last horse Jones. She is doing very well. I am happy that I was able to find her a good home where she has made new horsey friends. She had been so lonely since I sold Dakota. Horses are herd animals and do so much better with other equines around.

My sweet dogs give me so much love and happiness. Sophie isn't doing any better with her arthritis. I dread the decision I will have to make soon. I can't make it during the holidays. That is probably selfish of me but I just can't do it. We just keep spoiling her and I spend a lot of one on one time with her.

I have wanted to post more often but after working on a computer all day and such a busy life I haven't seemed to find the time. I'm going to work on that. I can't remember the last time I posted a new picture. My blog used to be mostly pictures and I miss that.

So for now I will say Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

It's a boy!

Steph had her ultrasound yesterday. We waiting and waited for the little one to wake up and show his/her stuff and it finally paid off. IT'S A BOY!!!!!!!!!!!! Cameron Scott is his name. Middle name after her uncle. We all squealed with joy when we saw his stuff. It was something that I will never forget.

I cried happy tears half of the way home and then you couldn't get that smile off of my face. Still can't! Like Steph said, no one will be able to take him away from me. This is glorious news in a year that has had its challenges. What a wonderful way to end the year.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Tomorrow my daughter just might be able to find out if she is having a boy or a girl. How exciting! Hopefully the little one will cooperate and show his/her stuff so we can know. I never did want to know the sex of my babies before they were born. I could have found out with my daughter but I choose to not know. I knew in my mind what they were. Mother's intuition I guess, that or just good luck.

My son is now in his own apt and is doing well. He is gainfully employed and looking for another part time job in order to build up some money. So far he is really enjoying it. His room at home no longer has a bed or his things in it but it was time for him to be on his own.

Steph and I are doing well. She made a from scratch chocolate cake the other night that is to die for. I'm not much of a sweet eater but good gosh this cake is good. I'll be glad when it's all gone so I won't be tempted anymore! She has been cooking up a storm lately and doing a good job if I do say so myself.

Pattykins is doing well but Sophie is not. She has really bad arthritis in her back leg up into her hip and spine. We continue to give her the medicine to help with it but it isn't doing much good. I am going to have a really really hard decision to make soon. I told Steph that there is no way I can make that decision during the holidays. It is just too sad. Sophie still wants to play and has started the funniest way of talking and howling. She loves her pretties (toys) and of course we continue to spoil her and her sister rotten. I dread the day as I know it is coming sooner than later but that is part of being a responsible pet owner. She will let me know when it is time just like my Annie did. Until then I am going to get every loving minute with her that I can.

This past year has been a hard one for me and my family as well as a lot of other people I know. I don't know what's going but there seems to be trouble and heartache everywhere people turn. I am thankful to have found the strength to get through it and continue to put one foot in front of the other and do what I can. The rest, well, I just can't do anything about it. I miss my grandchildren so much but have come to accept that they will not be a part of my life anymore. It is sad for them (and me of course) but I have to respect their mothers decisions. I would never dream of disrespecting them like that. Before long I will have my own grandbaby that no one will ever be able to take from me. That in itself has gotten me through this rough time.

I have an electrician scheduled to come to the house next week and update all of the electrical system. He is going to change it from 100amp to 200amp with breakers, not the fuses that I have now. It is a huge safety concern for me and even though it will cost a fortune to have completed it is worth it. After all, safety does come first!

UGH, I have not done ANY Christmas shopping yet. I do know what I am going to get it is just a matter of getting to the stores to get them. The tree is up and the living room is filled with stockings on every wall. Naturally the dogs have stockings too. Treats and pretties for them. Meanwhile yall be good and keep the holiday cheer. Smile when you see a complete stranger. I try to do that all of the time and I get so many smiles back. I just think it makes the world a happier place.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I'm trying

To be mature about something. My X-stepdaughter who lives in Ohio left a very rude comment on my blog last week which has caused me to make some changes on who & who cannot read or comment in my blog. I started to just start another one but decided that I wasn't going to let her win. It seems that she gets pleasure from being rude & I'm not going to put up with it.

I have accepted the fact that I will not be able to be a part of my grandaughter's lives and just have to move on. It is a sad situation but one that I have no control over so I'll just leave it alone. It is a relief to know that I don't ever have to be a part of her or her dad's life again. Sad, but a relief.

Steph & I finally saw Breaking Dawn yesterday. Afterwards we went to one of our favorite chinese restaurants. The movie was awesome and we had a really good day.

I had my first appt. at Pain Mgmt this week. The dr there wants to do what he calls an epidural on my back. This will involve a series of shots that hopefully will block the pain from this back problem. The problem is that I can't have it done until January. But at least it's a start. Meanwhile I continue to take this way too strong pain medicine which I hate. I don't like my thinking clouded like it has been lately but what do you do? I'll heed the dr's advise and do what I can until then.

I have been sitting here paying bills online and suddenly I feel broke! Dang things do add up don't they? I think it's time to get on that heating pad for a while.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday Monday

It always comes doesn't it? I was so busy at work the day flew by. That is always nice when that happens. Stephanie made some delicious stir-fry for dinner. She is really becoming quite a good cook. Of course anything I don't have to make is just fine by me.

I love living so close to work. My fuel bill loves it even better! We live in a nice neighborhood, nothing fancy mind you but I like it. The house is laid out well and I am grateful to have found it.

Since the backyard has been fenced the girls have had a ball! That makes me happy. I am going to have to take my Sophie to the vet soon. Her back leg is getting worse & the meds aren't helping like they first did. She gets her exercise daily but not all of that running like at the other house. Speaking of the other house I don't miss it anymore. I am so proud to have MY house that I own. I don't have to deal with anyone else & what they want. Plus my house stays clean, unlike the other house. My X rarely cleaned. He was too busy lying on his bed & watching tv. But no worries about that anymore. It is quite a relief. It sure did get old to work all day long just to come home to a dirty house.

I am anxious to go to my appt. at Pain Mgmt soon. I hope they can give me shots for this ruptured disk in my back. Then I won't be able to feel the pain for a few weeks or months. I am tired of taking pain meds, especially when I work full time. They cloud my thinking and I don't like that. Wish me luck!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday, a day to relax

Or at least it is supposed to be. I way too much to do for any slowing down. The new furniture did get here and it looks great! I have enjoyed my chair and a half a lot. The girls have enjoyed as much if not more than me!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Peace and Serenity is all I want

But I can't seem to get it until I completely rid myself of my former husband. He has texted me from a strip club offering to buy me a drink, told no telling how many lies to my stepdaughters so that I am sure that I will never see my Abby and Leah again, much less the Ohio grandkids. All I can do is feel sorry for him. He is one of those people that want other people to be as miserable as he is.

It saddens me so much to know that I won't be able to see my Abby and Leah grow up. I love them so much. But one thing I do know is that no one can take away the memories I have of them, especially my Abby. We were so close for so long. I miss her every day and was just starting to get to know Leah when all of this happened. But life goes on and I can't control other's actions. I just hope and pray that someday I can see my grandkids again. God's will be done.

He has found out where I live also. Whatever. If he comes close to Stephanie he will be arrested. That is court ordered. The best thing I can do is let it all go and move forward from here. Isn't it sad though? I loved this man for 17 years. I put up with his lies and cheating (not cheating with other women, just being dishonest) for way too long. I realize now that he never really deserved me. We did have some good years, I don't want to take away from that. But in the end the innocent ones (me and my daughter) suffer because of him. Sorry folks. I don't usually have negative posts on here but I just felt the need to vent. You guys that have followed me for years know how much I loved him and my grandkids. It is sad that kids have to be drug through such ignorance. But that is out of my control. I will always be there for my stepdaughters and their families because I love them all. There are no telling what lies have been told to them to change their minds about me. But I can't worry about that.

Sunday, November 6, 2011


I finally have internet access at home. The Comcast man just left and it looks like we are all fixed up! Now I need to get used to using a laptop. I'm sure it will get easier, I'm just used to a desktop both at home and work.

We finally got our new furniture yesterday and I must say that the living room looks great. have spent quite a bit of quality time in my chair & 1/2 with my girls. I think they love it more than me!

Now I am off to catch up on the blogs that I haven't been able to read in a long time.

Friday, November 4, 2011

TGIF! and Daddy's Birthday!

My wonderful father's birthday is today. Don't ask me how old he would be because I'm not sure. Actually I think he would be 89, I'm sure that So will correct me if I am wrong on that item. I miss him terribly as his death was the one that really hit me hard during that 6 months in 1999 when we lost our stepmother Linda, Mom and then Dad. How I ever got through that time only God knows.

My new furniture is finally being delivered tomorrow! Can I get an amen? It's only been a FULL 8 WEEKS since I ordered it. I can't wait to finally have the living room as an actual room and not just a place for things that I haven't put where they belong yet. The den is furnished but I just can't get comfy on that furniture. It sure will make a wonderful play room for my new grandbaby though!

Speaking of my new grandbaby I just can't wait until that little whippersnapper is born and I can get my hands on him/her. Steph has been having some morning sickness lately which is a real bummer. I thought that was supposed to be in the first trimester but what do I know? I was lucky and never had it. She is doing ok though and understands that it is just part of a baby in the oven.

Work continues to be steady which is good. Things have been getting a little smoother in my private life but I do have days/nights that I can't help thinking about things. I try to not dwell on that and look toward the future. After all, I am only hurting myself if I don't.

My X-brother in law passed away on Tuesday. He has been sick for a long time with heart problems and honestly I think he lived a lot longer than anyone expected. Joe found him after he had passed away which had to be a most traumatic thing. I can't imagine what that was like. It seems he had passed several hours before he was found. But he did get to see his beloved St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series and I know that made him happy. I can only hope and pray that he is at peace now.

I should have internet at home this Sunday. YEA!!! I have missed it a great deal. My desktop computer is fried as far as internet access and I am thinking of just going completely wireless. I already have a laptop and I was looking online at prices and I think they are as cheap or maybe cheaper than a desktop. What do yall think? I love the fact that I could be anywhere around the house and access the internet in a moment's notice. I just think that is pretty dadgum cool!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Well that was just a large bummer

Hey guys and gals.....wanna know how many trick or treaters we had last night? ZERO! Yet again I apparently live in a neighborhood where trick or treaters just don't, well, just don't trick or treat. Now we are stuck with all of that candy. That wonderful candy that I can't seem to get enough of. Actually I brought some to work w/me yesterday and quickly learned that I have no control when there are Reese's cups at my fingertips. I grabbed them, threw them in my purse and emptied them into the lonely Halloween candy bowl at home. Now the trick will be to stay away from the living room where the evil candy is lurking, crying softly to me "eat me......I am sooooo's ok, no calories if no one sees you eat it" and all of those lies that good candy does.

I finally broke down and ordered internet at home. It will be installed tomorrow and I just couldn't be happier! I have really missed it. I actually lasted longer than I thought I would not having it! But I got a pretty good 2 yr deal so I am a happy camper.

Next will be the new furniture which should be delivered this week. I can't wait for that. The den is fully furnished but I am longing for the chair and a half along with the large ottoman that comes with it. My girls will be able to be in my lap at the same time w/o stepping all over me and each other!! Not to mention we all need to get out of our respective rooms and be a family, at least for a while! Since we all have such different tastes in television programs I'm sure I will be in there alone quite a bit (except for my girls) but that's ok. I will still enjoy my Archie Bunker recliner in my bedroom too! It is so old and ugly but it is soooooooo comfortable! It fits me like a glove so it is here to stay, that's for sure.

We have had some really decent weather here this week. It is supposed to turn fairly cold toward the latter part of the week but meanwhile I have tried to enjoy as much time outside with my girls as possible. They just love running and playing in the backyard. Nothing warms me more than to see my babies having fun like they used to when we lived in the country. That darned neighbor cat still comes around but I think that he has learned he had best stay outside of the fence unless he wants to be treed again. I am sure that he could take care of himself even if both girls were out there but I would feel so bad if something were to happen to him because of my dogs. But cat claws usually win in the long run!

Work continues to be busy busy busy. Home life is good. I am happy to be divorced, as hard as it has all been, but it is for the best. He can go his way and I will go mine. He texted me from a "gentleman's club" the other night wanting to buy me a drink. I think he was kidding (how tacky huh) but who knows. Actually, who cares? Not me! He is free to do whatever he wants. We still have a couple of issues to work out. He has not returned my father's pistol claiming that he sold it. Not a good thing. I can only hope that he was not telling the truth because I really don't want to get nasty with this. But right is right and I refuse to be walked on or taken advantage of by him or anyone else for that matter.

Well, enough of that kind of talk. Time to get back to work so yall take care and drop by and say howdy once in a while!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!!

Oh how I hope to get some trick or treaters tonight. We thought there might be some Saturday night but noone came. Come to find out our town is actually doing it right and having the kids go tonight! We live in a nice neighborhood and I am looking forward to seeing some spooks!

Monday, October 24, 2011

I knew it would happen!

My alarm clock didn't go off this morning and I still can't believe that I made it to work exactly on time. I woke up with only 25 minutes to shower, get dressed and get to work. I made it and I was safe doing so. Had I still lived in Kansas there is no way I would have made it on time. I can't stand to be late for anything, especially work. In fact I can't remember the last time I was late for work.

We were able to get quite a bit accomplished this weekend. As I type this the heat/air man is at the house servicing the unit. It has sat idle for so long and needed to be cleaned out. In the meantime we have had a few chilly nights so we have all been bundling up and making the best of it.

The girls LOVE LOVE LOVE being able to run and play in the backyard. That neighbor cat best learn to stay out of the yard. Of course most dogs are no match for a cat but I would feel so bad if anything happened to her. She is a sweet cat and she doesn't understand that my girls don't know what a cat is. Patty went running across the yard yesterday when I let her out and treed the cat. She didn't actually see the cat but she knew something was there. I made her come in the house and then got the cat out of the yard.

I still have not broken down and ordered internet for the house yet. I did however order a new cellphone. It's a Smart Phone. I have never had a 'fancy' phone and I am tired of seeing 15yr olds with better phones than me so I got what I wanted. It should be here this week. I'm looking forward to getting it and figuring out how to use it.

Work is still steady. In fact I am just about to relieve the scale master for lunch so I'd best get off of here. I just wanted to check in and say howdy. Hopefully I will get my internet soon and I can get some pictures on here. It just doesn't seem normal for me to NOT have pics on my blog!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Heartbeat day!

Today is going to be very exciting. I get to hear my grand baby's heartbeat again!!!! Ryan is going also. He promised Stephanie that he would. He will probably feel a bit on the 'weird' side but I think that once he hears it he will be amazed. I might be wrong but I don't think so. So you can bet that I'll be wearing a smile on my face for the rest of the day and the next day and the next day and the........oh sorry. I get a little carried away when it comes to this sweet thing coming into our lives.

Otherwise things are going well. Work is good and steady. I have been very moody lately but after yesterday I must say I am quite proud of myself and how I handled what could have been an emotional situation. Joe and I met at the bank to cash yet again another check that came in both of our names from the old house. I wasn't rude just was to the point. Into the bank, handled the business and out the door for me.

The fence at home is complete and the girls could NOT be happier! It turned out really looking good. Privacy on both sides and an extra high chain link at the back so the rest of the yard can be seen and feel the openness of that huge backyard. I must say that it warms my heart to no end to see them finally being able to run and play like they used to. This weekend is supposed to have some decent warm temps so I am hoping to spend a lot of time out back with my girls. I love them so!

Ok, I have to brag on Steph. She made fried chicken for the 1st time for dinner last night. Boneless chicken breasts (not pounded but thick like you get them at the store) and it was delicious. I didn't learn how to fry decent chicken until I was in my 40's so needless to say I was impressed. That along with carrots, green beans and fried taters was really good. I don't eat much fried food at all lately and I plan on keeping it that way but Ryan wanted it so she made it. She told me that she is glad that I showed her a lot of cooking tips as she has grown up. Apparently it sunk in! Now don't get me wrong, she has made plenty of most delicious meals lately. I was just really impressed at how well the chicken came out.

I am having a hard time getting out of my wonderful Sleep Number bed these days. Oh my goodness.............why did I wait so long! Probably because the store just opened recently and it wasn't cheap. Worth it but not cheap! It is honestly helping my back feel much better. I still have pain from the bulging disk but at least I am able to sleep through the night with no pain. Don't think I can ask for more than that.

Life is good!!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Moving right along

The fence should be up this week, pending the weather. All of the posts are set and the material has been delivered. It's just a matter of if Mother Nature cooperates or not if they get it completed this week. Meanwhile the girls are making due and continuing to get tangled up in their leads! But at least they are starting to act like this is home. The past few months have been so hard on everyone, including them. At least now they have a constant in their lives. They know where they thebelong and have adjusted well.

I continue to miss internet greatly! I think I am about ready to break down and get it at home. Right now I am sitting at the foot of Broadway overlooking the Ohio River. It is a glorious clear and sunny day with a nice breeze blowing. I was to just able to get some internet service from somewhere down here. I'm not complaining! I wish I had brought my camera to take some pictures of this view. As I look out at the river I see a barge sitting in tow in the distance. I can't tell what is on it but I do know that it is full since it is sitting so low in the water. I am lucky to live where I do. We have so many things available here in Paducah.

I am anxious for Halloween this year. I hope to get some trick or treaters. I love handing out candy and seeing all of the costumes the kids wear. It has been years since I have been able to do that. I am hoping that my Abby and Leah will come see their Grandmother so I can load them up and take their pictures! Nothing would make me happier than that.

Just wanted to say hello to the 3 of you who still ready my blog. Hee hee. I promise I will get better at posting. I really do miss it. Meanwhile take care and remember to smile. It makes life so much better.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I'm still alive!

If I don't hurry up and get Internet access at home I am going to go insane! But there are other things to attend to so I will focus on them first. One good thing is that the fence company is finally coming out this week to put my privacy fence up. Thank goodness my girl will have a yard to play in again and get their exercise. I have had to keep them on 40' leads and they keep getting all caught up together. It is just a pain in the butt. Not to mention they are country dogs and still can't figure out where all of these people around us came from and why they are there!

My neighbor's cat used to come over and check things out but now that she knows about the dogs she has decided to visit other neighbors. My girls don't even know what a cat is but they sure have barked at her. I can't wait to let them loose in the new fenced yard and let them get the running that they are used to. There is a huge tree in the backyard with the neatest area underneath it that is cleared out. It's the kind of place that I, as a kid, would have spend hours in. Who knows, I might do that anyway.

My precious daughter is pregnant. I can't remember if I posted about this or not. Let me tell you this..............she is M.O.O.D.Y!!!! But it happens. When a woman is pregnant those stinking hormones are going crazy and sometimes we just can't help it. She is doing her best and I'm sure it will get better soon. The main thing is that precious cargo she is carrying. She is wanting a girl. She asked me what I wanted and I said twins, one boy and one girl. She frowned at me! I said "well, you asked me so I told you!" I got to hear the heartbeat last week. Oh my! I could not get the smile off of my face. Even though it isn't the ideal situation I don't care. I miss all of my grandbabies so much. I did get to see Abby recently. Leah was asleep but Abby was glad to see me. I had a nice conversation with Beth (her mommy) and enjoyed seeing her and her husband.

Our weather has been so wonderful lately. Average highs in the low 80's or high 70's. We are actually having a fall this year. It's about time!

Life is good these days. We are settling into the new house nicely. My new living room furniture should arrive at the end of the month. That gives us plenty of time to get the rest of the boxes out of there and either thrown away or put up. The clutter is driving me insane!

I'll try to post a little more often but since I can only do it from work and on my lunch hour it makes it hard. In the meantime yall be happy and keep a smile on your face!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Busy weekend

When I wasn't sitting on a heating pad for this dang back, I was busy busy busy this weekend. I have to admit that I can't do a lot around the house yet, but I do it anyway.

Ryan and I went to Lowe's Saturday and purchased paint for the living room, his room and my room. I am anxious to get the painting completed. I hate plain white walls. They have no character. They are like my high school art teacher Mrs. Floyd would say "they are a blank canvas and once you start on it you are committed to it", or something like that. She was a cool art teacher. You know the kind, that really gets into the artsy part of art. Well, they might all do that but I only had her so she is all I have to compare to. Anyway, the living room will be a nice shade of brown to match the new furniture (whenever it is delivered!). I am so anxious to have the house in order but I realize that it takes time. We have managed to get quite a bit done already but there is sooooo much left to do. It's ok, it will all work out in time. God's time I say.

Work is busy which is good. It makes the day go by fast. I would rather be super busy any day than to not have enough to do. I was so tempted to come in over the weekend on my own time to get some work caught up but I have been told by management that I can't do that. Liability reasons which I understand but sometimes it seems like it would make it easier on ME to try and get ahead or at least caught up. Oh well, I have enough to do at home to keep me more than busy.

I still don't have internet at home yet. It is driving my crazy but I haven't decided which I am going to go with yet. I am thinking of going wireless since I have a laptop now. I just can't decide which service to use. I will figure that out soon I'm sure.

Well, that's about it for now. It's just about time to get back to work. I hope to post again real soon, until then be nice to each other and the next time you see a stranger smile at them. You'd be amazed how people react to that.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Who ordered the veal cutlet?

Pardon the title of this post. It is an old inside joke between myself and my oldest brother So. It pretty much means 'what the heck is going on and where am I, who am I and all other questions that involve me or my life'.

Things are so insane. Work is kicking in big time (it has been for a while), I still have so many boxes to go through and figure out where they go. The plumbing is fixed but now I need an electrician to do some updates with the system. I need to have the house sprayed for spiders and ants. UGH!

I am still suffering big time from this bulging disk smack in the middle of my spine. I don't know what my doctor is going to do about it. He changed some of my meds which seems to help some but that baby hurts! About the only thing that helps it feel better is a heating pad and being off of my feet. That is pretty impossible these days with so much to do however.

But we are all doing well. Ryan and Stephanie are still busy bees at home sorting out this and that and what not. My den is somewhat cleared out but the living room is another story. How in the world could I accumulate so much stuff? Oh well, it is what it is. I am glad the move is over and we are getting settled into our new house.

Ryan found a shortcut to work yesterday. It cuts about 7 minutes off of my drive time to work. YEA!!!!! Now, instead of taking 35 - 40 minutes to drive from Kansas it looks like it will take me about 5 minutes to get to work. How cool is that?

It is really odd to live back in the city again. Technically we are in the county but we're so close to everything!

I am so grateful for everything that The Lord has blessed me and my family with. I am really a lucky girl.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I feel like someone made me run 100 miles

OMG! We are finally in the new house. It took F.O.R.E.V.E.R. to finally get everything loaded, unloaded and into the house.

But I am glad it is over. Last night my babies slept with me. Pattykins is weirded out by the new house. There's no telling what her sniffer is picking up. The house was built in 1947 but I really like it. Even my daughter admitted on her facebook that she likes the house. She hasn't told me anything yet! Unless she told me last night in which case I wouldn't remember because my 53 yr old body is soooooooooooooo tired. My eyes are aching. I should have brought my glasses to work but I didn't think about it. Imagine that.

I had my new Sleep Number bed delivered to the house yesterday. So far so good I think. I slept so hard who knows if it is better or not. Pattykins didn't complain!

I am so grateful to be blessed. I have put all of my faith in God and as usual He has taken care of me and my loved ones. Joe and I are both being very fair about the divorce and the property agreement. Neither one of us wanted it to get ugly. It is so much easier to be nice than to be the opposite.

My living room has about 1000 boxes in it. The den has its fair share of boxes as well. But everything is there and the move is over. I am about 5 miles from work which is a lot better than 22 miles from work. I could even go home and eat if I wanted to.

I took my lunch break early today to get the UHaul back. I drove that sucker. I was trying to get someone from work to help me but we are just too busy so I took the bull by the horns and did it myself. I have to say that I did a good job too. I had to stop by the gas station and fill it back to where it was when I rented it and I didn't have any problems at all.

Ryan and Stephanie are busy bees at home locating and unpacking boxes. The Direct TV person will be there any minute to take care of the transfer of service. Good thing too. Survivor comes on tonight! I'm sorry people, but some reality shows I like that Survivor is my all time favorite. Ok, stop rolling your eyes! I know who you are.

I am looking forward to the weekend and maybe I can get caught up on my sleep. I doubt it though. I imagine I will be working my tail off to get things unpacked and in some kind of order. The movers packed 12 boxes of my clothes. Me thinks it's time to start a Goodwill box (or shall I say boxes?)!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Will be off of here for a while

That's because we are moving to our new house Tuesday. It will take me a while to get everything settled and the Internet working again. I can always check from time to time from work but when I am at work I don't use the computer for personal business except on my lunch break from time to time.

We have 99% of the house backed and ready. Moving van is reserved, 3 young men (plus no telling how many of Steph's friends) will be here to help. I close on my new house Monday and it's all uphill from then.

I am moving much closer to work into an older home but it is laid out very well with plenty of room for my family and my pups. I am so anxious to get out of this house and all of the memories that it holds.

That's about it since I have a million things to do today. I will be keeping up with yall's blogs and hopefully it won't be too far from now that I can start blogging on a regular basis. Right now my life is so full of stuff to do! But I know that God will get me and my family through it all. After all, He can do anything.

Friday, September 2, 2011

It's final

Joe and I are officially divorced. We still have the property to sort out but we are both trying to be civil and fair about that. We are moving soon and honestly speaking I can't wait. I want to be far away from the memories of that house and everything that happened. It's time for a new start and that is exactly what I plan on doing.

Meanwhile I continue with my physical therapy for my ruptured disk in my back. It is time consuming and I am having to miss work some, but the good news is that it seems to be helping. My dr put me on Celebrex for the arthritis in my back and that too seems to be helping a bit.

I hope to get back into blogging real soon. Right now there is just TOO MUCH GOING ON!

Ya'll take care and I do continue to read your blogs. Wish me luck!

Sunday, August 21, 2011


About 3 months ago I was mowing the yard and hit a big hole. I felt it immediately. I hurt my back. Naturally I put off telling anyone or doing anything about it until the pain became unbearable. After finally having an MRI, my doctor diagnosed a disk in the middle of my spine was bulging.

I have started physical therapy and so far it seems to be helping. Every morning my son puts a pain patch on the area and that helps quite a bit.

My house has sold and the new owner takes posession the middle of September. In the meantime I am house hunting. I think I have found one that fits all of my family's needs. Plus it is super close to work which is a good thing.

Work is kicking my behind these days being so busy but I'm not complaining. I am so grateful to have a job that I love. I dare to say there aren't a lot of people that could say that.

Take care my friends and if you find it in your heart, please say a little prayer for me and my kids. It is a difficult time for my entire family, not just me and my 2 kids but everyone else. I love my grandkids and both of my stepdaughters and things are hard on everyone now. I put my faith in God because I know that He is watching over all of us.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Oh my, it has been a while!

Oh yes indeed it has been a while since I have posted. My life is so busy these days. Between going through a divorce, selling my house, attempting to purchase another house, my daughter going through intense therapy and dealing with an estranged husband that seems to think that I owe him something, my days and nights have been quite full. The good thing is that I truly believe that The Lord is watching over myself and my precious kids. I am so grateful to my mother for 'making' me go to church when I was young. I have faith and to me, faith in God means everything.

I have had many sleepless nights but have still managed to get to work every day and never be late. I can't stand to be late for anything, especially work. Speaking of work, I have been so busy trying to keep up with everything is has been insane! But I am proud to be gainfully employed.

I just wanted to check in with my blogger friends and let everyone know that I am fine and will get through things just fine. Most of all I will have my diginity intact. To me, that is important.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Really? It's been that long?

I know it has been that long since I posted an update here. There have been so many things going on in my life. In fact they continue to go on. But all I can say is that life goes on. All I can do is make the very best of every day. That's what I have been doing.

Meanwhile my precious daughter has a new boyfriend. He seems to be a good guy. She has known him for several years and he is a gentleman to her. And he WORKS!!!! They are going to shoot some fireworks tonight I think. Her boyfriend bought quite a bit of them today. This part of Kentucky now sells the "good kind" of fireworks. Most people usually had to make a trip to Boomland in Missouri in order to get them but now they are available locally. It is a bit worrisome for me because I am afraid there are going to be people hurt from them during the holiday weekend but there isn't anything that I can do about that.

For those of you who didn't know my husband and I are separated. He has filed for divorce. There is no chance of any reconciliation. I will spare you the details since it is graphic and not appropriate for a family blog. I will only say that what has happened is something that is an absolute deal breaker. I never thought that my life would turn the way it has but I know that The Lord never puts more on you than you can handle so I turn everything over to Him.

We have our house up for sale. I am getting ready to hire a realtor since the 'for sale by owner' doesn't seem to be working. The realtor I am going to hire is one of the best in town. I realize too that it could and more than likely will take 6 months or more to actually sell it. People just aren't spending money like they used to.

I have my mare for sale. I never ride anymore anyway. My back is getting worse and riding makes it even worse so it is necessary. I know I won't get much for her but that's ok. I just want to make sure that she gets a good home. The equine market has dropped so much in the last few years I might even end up giving her away as long as she has a good home. That is the most important thing to me. She is a good horse but is only green broke and needs a lot of work.

I plan on moving closer to work which means I will live in town. But I will have my babies (Sophie and Patty) with me along with my son who has been living with me for a few weeks now. He is working with his dad's business but his dad is shutting it down so that won't last long. It's ok though. I know that things will work out for the best and I just keep the faith. Every night I turn everything over to God and let Him handle what I can't. So far He is doing a pretty good job I must say.

I hope to get some pictures of my girls on here soon. They are doing so well. Sophie has lost her weight due to a change in diet and Pattykins is just a mess! She is such a talker. I love it. I have been trying for over a year to teach her to say 'I love momma' but she just can't do it. She tries but it doesn't come out like that. I guess ya can't have everything.

I am going to miss my life in the country and all of the peace and serenity that comes with it but I know in my heart that I am doing the right thing. It will all work out. I just keep the faith.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

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Always there to show what America is about. Freedom. We are so lucky to have the freedoms that we do in America. Everyone knows what I am talking about. We all stop to realize how fortunate we are to be Americans. Of course it wouldn't be possible if not for the men & women that have given the ultimate sacrifice for us. That is what today is about.

We get so caught up in our own everyday worlds that sometimes we tend to forget the sacrifices so many men, women and families have made in order to keep our country free for so many years. Today is about honoring those that have given everything they possibly could for freedom.

May God be with those that have lost loved ones and also with those who have loved ones still fighting for our freedoms. God be with those who are serving right now to maintain the freedom of the United States of America. There is no other place like it on Earth. I am proud to be an American.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Life is tough sometimes

There is a lot going on my my life right now, none of it good. But having said that look what I can look forward to coming home to every night.

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Let's hear it for unconditional love. In my opinion there is nothing like having a dog, or 2 in my case!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Derby Day!

I have not missed a Kentucky Derby in many years. I never know which 3 yr olds are going to be in it, I just love watching it. Maybe it's because I'm a Kentucky gal? And a horsey gal? Anyway, it will be on shortly and I will love those 2 minutes.

I can remember Smarty Jones and how I, (among others) were so hopeful that he would win the triple crown. I hope to see another triple crown winner in my lifetime.

Has anyone wondered what it would be like to actually be a jockey on those little bitty saddles (if that is what you want to call them!) and going so fast on some horses that are literally only 2 yrs old. Every thoroughbred has the same birthday, Jan 1. Therefore some of the ones running could literally be only 2 yrs old.

Yall go on and watch it. Best be fast though cause they are getting ready to start their gorgeous march into the starting gate. Time for me to get in front of the TV!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Water is a'risin

I am from a river city. Broadway which goes through our downtown area literally ends at the Ohio River. We have had more than our fair share of rain this spring and the predictions for the next week or so is that a lot more is going to fall.

My office/warehouse is literally 10' from the floodwall. The City of Paducah and Corps of Engineers have installed the flood gates for the first time in many years. My co-worker and I were taking pictures of the rising Ohio last week with our cellphones when a man from the Corps of Engineers came driving up. Soon after that the flood gates we in and secured. Thankfully the river is supposed to crest next week at 2' lower than originally anticipated. Every little bit helps now.

There are many people from a surrounding county whose homes are already flooded. Sandbagging efforts continue and many people are using them to attempt to protect their homes. It is a very trying time for folks in West Kentucky. I am thankful that my house is far away from any of the flooding danger. I do however feel for the families that are having to deal with all of this.

Friday, April 22, 2011

What a day!

I have been so busy today. But busy is good. For some odd reason this week has seemed to fly by. I have been somewhat busy at work but not like I would like it. I am however glad it is Friday. I imagine there are a lot of yall out there that agree.

Rain, rain, rain...........we have had so much rain this week. We have more predicted for several more days. Thank goodness the yard is somewhat under control. The lawnmower has required quite a bit of patience on my part and quite a bit of money on my part to get it back and running but it had to be done. I am grateful for Steph's (and my) friends TJ and Nick who came all the way out here in the middle of nowhere to diagnose the problems. Now there is a new belt and a new pulley and that ole' John Deere is running like a top. As I typed that I just realized that I need to get more gas for it. UGH! Unleaded is about $3.79 in these parts so that is going to be a chunk of money again. Oh well, it has to be done so I will do it.

Look who Steph and I saw recently!

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I think this was the look when I told my precious to "stop that growing up!" She always replies with "I can't help it Grandmother!"

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Note the RED HAIR!

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Leah is such a gorgeous child. Steph swears that she is the cutest baby (toddler) she has ever seen. Who am I to argue?

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I think her sister Abby is in the running along with her little sister. But then all of my grandkids are the most beautiful humans on this planet. I rest my case.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Have I mentioned I love my pups?

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Things are difficult now but these two girls get me through the worst of times. What is it about dogs? That unconditional love that they constantly give. I can go outside for 3 minutes and they act like they haven't seen me in a week. In my opinion, dogs think humans can do no wrong. That is unless they are mistreated. But I wouldn't know anything about that. I am too busy loving them and they are too busy reminding me that all they need is my love. I give that just as unconditionally as they do and you know what? I love every second of it. I have a funny feeling that they do too.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Life is hard sometimes

But like my precious mother used to say "no matter how bad things are there is always someone somewhere worse off." That simple phrase has helped me through some of the most difficult times of my life over the years. It is helping me now as well.

Without getting into any details at all I will simply say that my husband and I are separated. He has been gone from the house since March 4th. Times are quite tough right now but I know that I will get through it. I turn everything over to God and I know that He can handle it and WILL see me and Steph through everything.

My precious daughter is living with me again. She continues to look for employment in this awful economy. She had an interview this morning at a local grocery store for a cashier position. Let's hope something comes from it, but if not, she'll just keep trying. She should know something today if she got the job or not. The next thing she is working on is driving and getting her license. Then it will be time for a vehicle in order to get back and forth to work. I know the right thing will happen as I put all of my trust in God and He never fails us. Even if we don't think our prayers have been answered because it's not what we want I know that it is what He wants.

I have also been able to come to terms with my son. We have been estranged for a long time now but his sister needs him and frankly I do too. That in itself is a blessing for he and I.

When you lay your head on your pillow tonight, if you are so inclined, please say a prayer for us. We are both having a hard time but together we will be fine.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

I'm back!!!!

Oh my goodness. What a crazy 8 weeks it has been. I got through my carpal tunnel surgery well. The surgeon told me that I really needed it done, there was quite a bit of damage in there once he was able to see it.

I did everything I was supposed to do, listened to the doctor and finally ended going to physical therapy for 5 days in order to get my wrists up to par in order to get my behind back to work! The scars have healed very well. I have exercises that I do daily that continue to improve the mobility in my wrists. After 2 days of typing at work I am a bit sore but I know that it will get better with time. At least I don't have that awful pain and tingling I had prior to the surgery. That makes it all worth it and since I had both done at the same time it is over with!

I have really enjoyed today as the weather was really beautiful outside. Sunny skies and a high of about 80 or so. There was snow on the roads the last day I worked before my surgery so I will take all of the sunshine and warm temps I can get! I love having the windows open day and night. The fresh country air is so clean and it just smells so good. That might sound weird to you but I love it. It reminds me of when I was a kid sleeping with the windows open, attic fan going and the country breeze blowing in my windows. Good memories.

I hope to download a bunch of pictures of my pups and get them on here soon. I still am taking things slowly (as far as typing) since I do so much at work. I hope everyone is doing well!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Coming up.......................

Even though I haven't been posting on a regular basis I wanted to let anyone who cares know that it is going to probably be a while before I post again. I am having carpal tunnel surgery on both of my wrists this coming Thursday. I am being told that the recovery time will be a few weeks. I have no idea if I will be able to type during that recovery time or if by typing it will make the recovery process longer. I'll just have to play that one by ear.

I have had this problem for 4-5 years and have been sleeping every single night with wrist braces on both arms for longer than I care to remember. The last time I saw my primary doctor he suggested that we go ahead and get it fixed. I didn't think twice about it. I am so tired of the numbing and tingling in my fingers, not to mention the constant pain in my hands. It doesn't help that my job includes typing....lots of typing. I mentioned this in a post a couple of weeks ago.

I have a feeling that Joe and I are gonna get 'really close' in the next few weeks since I will not have the use of both hands for at least a few days. Oh my.......I will be so happy when this is behind me. But it is something that has to be done so I have decided to dig my heels in and get it done.

Until then my friends......behave yourselves!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

We dodged the bullet

This time that is. The Weather Channel was calling for ice and snow in this area. Needless to say we are glad that it has NOT come. We have already had our ice storm 2 years ago and we DON'T WANT ANOTHER ONE! It is raining cats and dogs outside right now and I welcome the rain. Anything is better than ice and snow.

Springfield, MO where my precious daughter is living, is expecting over 15" of snow today and tonight. I am thankful that she is with family that will make sure she is ok.

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Folks around these parts will never forget the Ice Storm of 2009. It was HORRIBLE! No power for 10+ days for our family. No cellphone service for days. It was like we were living 150 yrs ago. I wouldn't wish that on anyone. I know that Chicago and St. Louis got a lot of snow but I seriously don't think anything can compare to what West Kentucky got in 2009. I am so thankful that all we got this time was some rain.




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Yes....we dodged the bullet. That's for sure!

Monday, January 24, 2011

A much needed visit from my Precious

I am such a lucky girl. I have so much to be thankful for. I have so much to be grateful for. One of the best things I have been blessed with is my oldest grandaughter Abby. She came to see us this weekend for an overnight visit. Oh had been WAY too long inbetween visits so we made the most of it.

We still had some snow on the ground and Abby made sure to have some fun in it. As usual, pictures will tell the story. I hope you enjoy.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

No News is Good News!

Stephanie was able to catch the 6:30pm bus out of St. Louis last night. It arrived in Springfield sometime around 11pm. Her cousin was to pick her up at the bus station and take her precious self to her aunt's house where, I am sure she promptly passed out.

We have not heard anything from her after we were assured by her aunt that she WAS on the bus and that her cousin WAS picking her up at the station. Joe and I figure that no news is good news. Considering that the entire family was texting and calling all day yesterday, the fact that we have not heard anything equals STEPHANIE GOT TO HER DESTINATION JUST FINE!

I imagine we will hear later on today or this evening from her and hear all of the details. Until then we are fine with waiting patiently. I am at home today due to a good amount of snow we received yesterday and last night. The main roads are cleared but the 6 miles from my house to the main road have not been treated at all and this Trailboss isn't going to take the chance on hilly and curvy country roads.

I can't help but feel bad for my coworker however. He did make the 45 mile drive from his house to work but he lives right along the main roads. He is by himself today unloading and reloading trucks, attempting to do the paperwork correctly, etc. But with that said, I made the decision last night that my life was worth more than the risk. I rarely miss work and feel silly to feel the need to justify me not being there. I have a very strong work ethic of which I am grateful for, but today is my day. I was so tired last night (Joe and I both were) both mentally and physically that we both needed a good night's sleep and we both did get that. I feel like a new woman today.

It is a beautiful winter wonderland outside my front door today. I am getting ready to bundle up and see about Jones. I'm sure she could use a good dose of fresh water and good ole grain right about now. I might just take my camera along for some purty pictures.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

She's stuck!

Steph that is. Stuck at the bus station in St. Louis. But she got there safely, has plenty of snacks and is warm. Plus she has family with cellphones. My cellphone is my best friend right about now. She is bored but like I told her, good things are worth waiting for. The right time will come for her to catch the next bus out of there and on her way to her new life. Her aunt is keeping close tabs on her. Joe and I of course are as well. So is her Uncle Bill. Plus I have a pretty good idea that the Man Upstairs is looking over her as well.

What an adventure she is on. This is something that she will remember for the rest of her life. Something she will tell her kids and her grand kids.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

She's leaving me!

My daughter that is. She is moving! She is going to her aunt's house in Springfield Missouri. She is leaving me. What am I going to do?

Seriously, it is ok. She has not had any luck finding a job in this area. Her aunt and cousins live in Springfield and love her to death. They are so excited about her coming to live there. Joe and I are really happy for her. I am sure that the empty nest syndrome will hit me hard for a few days (or weeks, or months!) but I'll be ok. I have had a child in my home for the past 29 years so I'd say it's about time.

We are putting her on the bus this evening and have schooled her on what to do and say, not to trust ANYONE, even if it is a little old lady trying to befriend her. She will take all measures to make sure she is where she needs to be and do what she needs to do. And ask questions whenever necessary.

She is cooking one of her favorite dinners tonight. Shrimp Penne. It is SO good! Joe and she are at the grocery right now picking up the necessary items needed to make it.

She has her bus ticket, some money and a cellphone. And prayers going with her all along the way. If you feel like it please say a little prayer for my baby tonight. I know that The Lord will watch over her and that she will be aware of everything around her but prayer is a strong thing. While you're at it you might want to say a little prayer for her mama too. Goodness knows I will need it!

I'll keep yall updated on her progress as she begins a new life for herself. She is a sweet and beautiful young woman and she will be fine. I just know it.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Weeknight visit

We were thrilled to have a wonderful weeknight visit with 2 of my favorite people in the world, Abby and Leah.

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Abby and Steph started wrestling and having a big time. Meanwhile Leah was busy. She is always busy. Busy walking and looking.

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Naturally Pattykins has to be right in the action. Sophie too!

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Can you believe how gorgeous this child is?

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Speaking of not growing up, how do you like my hat? Leah found the pair of plastic shoes and I made her think they were hats. That way she didn't get hurt. Aren't I a good grandmother?

It was so much fun to have them visit in the middle of the week. Since we live so far away it is rare for this to happen. But I am glad it did. Even though the only reason they came is because Beth needed a new cellphone and Joe gave her an old one of his. But I like to think they came just to see us. At least that is what I tell myself. It doesn't really matter anyway. They did come and I did enjoy it.

I wish she would need another cellphone really soon!