Monday, July 28, 2008

Welcome to the world, Norah - we've been waiting for you - so glad you are here!!
Congratulations Tina, Jim, Nadia and Evan!

What a beautiful family.

Babies are such a nice way to start people. ~Don Herrold

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

Happy 1st Birthday Caycee!

Caycee turned one yesterday and we celebrated! Auntie Jayci gave Caycee a special "do" - look close and you can see tiny pigtails on the top of her head.
"For me!?"

"A cake, a candle, AND you're all singing for me?!!"

" Now you're going to GIVE me the cake?!!"

"Maybe this wasn't such a good idea - looks a bit messy. And how do I know it's not going to taste yucky?"

"Mmm, not bad, you can leave it here awhile."

"That was great! Let's do it all again every day!"

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Sunday morning breakfast with mom and siblings and sometimes other suprise guests (this time it was Jerry! - good to see you outside of work) is always enjoyable. Good company, good food, good coffee, good conversation. We talk about what new in our lives, but we also talk about bigger things... like why do we drive on the right side of the road and in England they drive on the wrong, I mean left, side of the road. Who drives on what side where. We couldn't figure it out, so for all of you who were still pondering this issue (I know, it was only me - everyone else has moved on) here's some answers...
  • In the middle ages you walked on the left side of the road so if an enemy approached you could draw your sword.
  • In the 1700s, while hauling large loads of farm goods with wagon pulled by teams of horses, the driver had to sit on one of the horses. He sat on the left so he could hold his whip in his right hand. He wanted the other wagons to pass on his left so he could make sure the wheels of the other wagon didn't hit his.... so he drove on the right. You know Americans, bigger is better - the English had smaller wagons and they had seats! so no need to change sides.
  • Napoleon enforced a keep right rule in the countries he occupied and most other countries stayed on the left. Things stayed the same in most of these countries even after Napoleon was no more. Bit of confusion in Austria because only part of the country was occupied so they did both until Hitler came along and said everyone on the right NOW!
  • The United Kingdom controlled Australia and most of Africa so they drive on the left.

Well, that answers part of the question. But it leads to more.... Why do all boats, everywhere, drive on the right? Who said traffic lights should be red for stop, green for go, and yellow for hurry up the lights gonna change?

Saturday, July 19, 2008

My personal weight loss plan

Zak & Caycee have gone home and I've lost another pound. Everytime they come, a pound or two goes - I love it. The first part of the plan is the limited calorie intake - no time for seconds (or even all of the first helping).
The second part is, of course, the excercise. This means cross training... weight lifting, aerobic, and walking...
Weight lifting: so they don't weigh much, but tell that to my arms! my legs! my back! what a workout! Who needs to lift mega weights? I've heard that leads to bulky muscles. Less weight and more reps builds lean muscles.
Aerobic: mostly sprints - Caycee's legs may be shorter than mine, but boy is she FAST! Blink and she is across the room heading for a plug or the indoor swimming pool (aka pet water bowl).
Walking: Zak's first request in the morning is "side" and this means outside. So as soon as everyone is fed and cleaned up and dressed (this usually takes a couple hours) out we go and we walk to the road, to the front porch, to the back yard, to the road, to the burn barrel (Zak has to throw all the corn cobs into it - did I mention we have a cornfield behind the house?), to the porch, to the garage, to the road... anyway you get it and you were getting tired just reading it, weren't you?
Key to all this is that you need to find exercise that you like - how could I not like hanging out with the grandkids... only thing missing is Cooper! We look at lots of Cooper pictures - I love the way Zak says "CooP!"

Cooper, Coos, CooP

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

To do lists

We're picking up Zak & Caycee today and they will be staying for a few days while Dayna gets a shot and has some recovery time. So I have things to get done this morning. I seem to work best, faster, with a list - crossing an item off is such a reward! (I know, simple pleasures for simple minds.) So I was just barreling through my list, got 1 1/2 things done and started thinking about why lists work. I headed to the internet and googled "to do" "to do list" "list motivation" etc.
I found lots of links to computer programs for making lists. That wouldn't work for me - I really like crossing an item off the list, it just wouldn't be the same as clicking on an item to mark it done. Kind of like trying to slam a cell phone.
I found a blog just about lists... To-Do List! People send in their lists, any kind of list. Kind of wierd but I found myself reading some of them.
I found a blog ZenHabits with a list of tools to get things done. I got dizzy looking at all the tools needed to accomplish something but found the authors "about me" and list of accomplishments interesting. I also liked a quote he had at the top of the page...
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle
So, an hour later and my to do list has only one item crossed off. That half an item has to be completely done to get crossed off. On my next "to do list" the first item needs to be STAY OFF THE INTERNET!!!! (for a while, anyway)

And Kudos to Sarah... she did a lot already today and she didn't even have a list... just a baby with plans!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

There is no treasure like a friend

This was so very long ago. We haven't been in touch in ages. It's the only picture I have of my dear friend, but oh, the memories!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Project Linus

Project Linus is a group that gives quilts, blankets and afghans to seriously ill or traumatized children. Our local quilt shop has a Project Linus day each year. Anyone is welcome to come and help make quilts to donate. Every year I plan to attend but something always seems to come up, so each year I make sure to make a quilt or two before that day so at least I can make a donation to add to their collection. Here's the fabric I selected - yikes! - kind of bright.

My strips are all cut and I'm ready to sew. I need to make 48 blocks like this one:
Then I need to decide which layout I want to use. I should have enough fabric to make two. Any suggestions for which one to make?

Monday, July 7, 2008

Cooper was here

What a fun weekend. Cooper is the best idea John & Sarah ever had.

You say they are both sleeping? And how long is that going to go on? It's a highly overrated activity - I know, I've tried it. 'Course if you're on a boppy pillow after a meal cuddled against Mom, or leaning back against Dad, then I can see it. But just sleeping in a bed after the day has started... I don't get it.

Ok Grampa, I'm going to kick up the speed. Hang on!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

I made it!

I reached my first walking goal. I made it to Dairy Queen. And, yes, I bought a Blizzard, an M&M Blizzard. I burned off 300 calories walking and the Blizzard was 670 calories. It lasted just about half a mile. I think next time I'll get a Dilly Bar - "only" 240 calories - then I'll at least not be in the negative on the calorie counting.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

Land of the Free because of the Brave

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Cooper's Coming!!!

. . . tonight, tomorrow morning, soon! And, he's bringing his mom & dad & Dora & Audrey. Looking to be a good weekend. Oh, there's gonna be hugs & kisses, & laughter - can't wait.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Daddy's Boots

Zak opened Daddy's trunk today. Before doing so the combination lock and the latches had to be thoroughly inspected. Then the big moment. (Grandma was afraid of foreign spiders and whatnot but her fears were unrealized.) As soon as the boots were out of the trunk, Zak was unhooking his shoes so he could step into Daddy's boots.

Friendship Blocks

I made, signed and mailed 53 blocks for a Friendship Quilt. The pattern I chose for my block is called Homeward Bound. In a few weeks I'll receive back one of my blocks along with 52 other blocks - one from each of the other women participating in this block exchange. They will all be patriotic fabrics as the women are voluteer sewers for Marine Comfort Quilts. Can't wait to see what I get back and then have the fun of arranging the blocks for the quilt.