Saturday, July 24, 2010


Started out kind of tired this week, but picked up steam as the week as gone by.. Literally I think :)
I almost got Spikey in the pool ..hahahaha

Little Bitty, or aka Yummy was here most of the week cuz his mummy has gone to work full time so that brightens up a week no matter what!

A few weeks ago I bought an old table at an estate sale for $1. We went to Walmart and spent $20 on paint and a brush and that was my project for the week.
Well it was till the temp approached 100 and then I just finished fast! Anyway it's just beautiful and Yummy painted a bird house too! I'm going to put it in my flower bed I think.
And of course Penny the Wonderdog of Emmett Stone Lane got to help.. She painted green :)

But as the heat rose so did getting the table done! QUICKLY

TA DA!!!!!!!!!!!

As I said the temperature has been on an upward spiral this week.
So "POOL" was the word. It was with Yummy and his mama Kat

and cousin Riley and Jimmy even got his head wet but sister Tina didn't have time to stay and swim

:( Cousin Riley is "Jack" in Jack and the Beanstock! So we are all a twitter!

brought his "Dadda" Daniel one afternoon and swam a bit.
He gets sunburned really easy!
Yummy found a dead butterfly :( he was very sad~ but he took it home to save it in a plastic bag!

Thursday I got my hair permed for the big "trip" to the PNW on August 3. Also we have family pictures taken next Sat. man I hope it's not so hot!

So TODAY(being Saturday) me and the Saint spent most of our day by the pool or in the pool. My arm is healed much better now,

although not closed, so I can go in the water!

Me and TooSweet, annoying as she always is and the Saint

swam and swam and had a picnic lunch by the pool

and then swam some more.

AND I DID A TRICK!!!!!!!!!!

After the swim the Saint made some HOMEMADE SALSA!!!!!!
We have tomatoes everywhere!
On the porch!Beside the pool~
Even some that are trying to get TO the water.. I don't blame them! There's a flower pot in full bloom under that!

So the end of a wonderful, middle of July, week and heading in to a VERY busy week of appointments and company etc etc. and were off again!!!!!!!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Busy 'to do' week :)

Monday was kind of an off kilter day because it seemed like a Sunday. Nothing was open. Tuesday morning I went in to have my second round of mini dental implants. And before you cringe, yes, it's that bad :) they drill into your bone and leave a spike ~ Daniel wants me to take a picture of that along with the open gash on my arm and freak every one out.. uhhhhhh no Daniel, not going to happen. Not near as much pain this time because it was done without the stitches, but it's left my mouth really sore and I think I'm on a really good weight loss diet. YOU JUST DON'T EAT!

Wed. I finally got to see my own family Doctor about my arm wound. Almost all the stitches had come out on their own by then. It had been two weeks and he was impressed with how well we had been taking care of it. I have a very good Doctor in the house :) He talked about sending me to the wound center and we both decided ahhhhhhhhh noo lets not, I can see me ending up with staph from that. Still have a peculiar knot and a lot of bruising, and some dents in my arm, but considering everything it's doing good.

Thursday, two of my most favorite little boys and their mama and me went to see Karate Kid! I loved that movie. I never saw any of the first ones so this was new to me. I think it was one of the PG 13 things when I had the day care and so we didn't get it. Anyway we went and it was fun! This next week TOY STORY! We are going snackless though! Cost us $60 to see a movie and have a snack. good grief people. no wonder the theaters are empty! It's a great thing to do on a really hot day. That little boy is amazing that's in it. and Jackie Chan! Loved him.

Friday was kind of our day of rest. My mouth was really swollen so just took it easy.

Today was ESTATE AUCTION DAY! We love those. I don't know why, but it's just fun to watch the people and sit in the heat and fan
and bid and bring home a truck full of junk! The house was really a steal $80,000. and really most everything else was pretty low.

Not sure why they were not trying to get the price up a little. I got a really cool old table

that Brownie is going to seal and I'm going to brightly paint and either put it in the pond garden or on the front porch. (we have old theater seats on our porch LOL) Also got some fencing

to keep this big terrorist dog in our yard. it's working across the front. Lots of odds and ends of things that we can do something with.

Got a washer
that we can sell on Swap and Shop and make a little money off of it and I got 3 amazing old Albums. One is Johnny Cash with the TN Two on Sun Records, one is Patsy Cline and one Hank Williams.

All in perfect condition.

Upon leaving we found the SONIC! Had a delicious Banana Split that melted all over me but it was SO good..
and when I got home I had a plate of Fred's tomatoes. Brownie picked our first red one!

and I found I think 3 more that will be ready tomorrow.

We unloaded with all the furry children's help

and sat down in the cool house and I napped while Brownie went to see Timmy, his former partner. Timmy's not happy since Brownie's gone. I wish we could fix it.

Got clothes out for Church. I haven't been with this ugly arm, but going to give it a try tomorrow :) Onward and upward! It's July, it's hot and I love it!

Today is my dear Uncle Lyle's birthday.. I have no memories in my life that he's not in them. Every family gathering, everything. Named Daniel after him. Daniel Lyle. Love my Uncle Lyle.

And here is our Caroline with her Uncle Lyle, when she was just a little girl :)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

3rd Day of our Great Adventure!

Woke up with a "too many hog dog stomach ache" so we just slowly ate breakfast Got our walking shoes on and were off to explore the Subway System. And by the way NO ONE should ever be afraid of the subway. It's the cheapest and easiest and your there in moments all the way across the city! We found the Port Authority Subway about 3 blocks from our hotel. They have a "fun day pass" that you get for about $8 and you can go anywhere and get off and then get back on and explore whatever else you wish. We had all our lives heard about GRAND CENTRAL STATION, so that was going to be our first stop. Except it's now called Grand Central Terminal. Upon entering it we saw lots of shops and food courts etc. and then we saw a sign to "Vanderbilt Hall" and since we have our local connection with the Vanderbilt's we wanted to see. So we walked and saw a beautiful hall. Very ornate and beautiful. We were on our way to walk around outside to see where the big entrance was when "IT" happened:( I guess I was looking up and Brownie was a few steps behind me and I just stepped of the curb that I did not see and fell forward. Most of the next 5 hours are sort of a blur to me but I will say that from the First responder cop to the Station Medics, to the Ambulance Paramedics and EMT's they were all wonderful. I was taken to one of the most well known hospitals in New York . Belview. But it is no longer a phychiatric hospital it is a trauma unit. Brownie said he had never seen so many police at a hospital before! I bet they could make a good TV show out of that place. So ANYWAY after a bazillion xrays and 15,16,17 or however many stitches in my arm I was finally released with the assurance that I would get to the Broadway Show Lion King that night!!!!!!! I had asked every one I saw if I was going to get out of there and could I go :) Expensive cab ride back to hotel and a cumbersome manner of applying makeup and doing hair, but I got all gussied up and so did Brownie and OFF we went! There are no words to described how amazing it was to sit in a Broadway Theater and see a Broadway show. Something I never in a million years thought would have been possible! I remember my Grandma and I watching Ed Sullivan when I was little and seeing bits and pieces of shows and us always bemoaning the fact that WE would never see one.. I think my Grandma was on my shoulder :) I had purchased the cd of the Broadway show a long time ago and given it to Jimmy so I knew how amazing the music was going to be but nothing prepared me for the awesome colors and costumes and the animals and I just don't even know where to stop or start. I sat there thinking of Riley when the little boy who played Simba came out. He was the same age and he was just adorable and just wonderful! Joshua J Jackson and he's 11 years old. I hope some day I can know he's become a huge star. After the show Time's Square was sort of like it is on New Years Eve I think :) Just sort of a massive crowd. All dressed beautifully, all well behaved and in happy spirits. We found a small bbq restaurant. I had very little to eat and needed something. Poor Brownie's tooth was still bothering him a lot and he was exhausted from the day of trauma. Another expensive ride to hotel in a cab and packed up to be ready to leave in the morning.That was the end of June 24th 2010 Happy anniversary to us. Next morning we had a car service again, that took us to JFK. We got there with a whole lot of traffic. (it was a Friday) Security was a bit sticky for me, I had the bandage on my arm so they had to do a complete pat down and search. She was very nice and apologized and said she hoped she wasn't hurting me :) she was not. Boarded another one of those little Delta Mickey Mouse planes but this one only had two seats on one side and one on the other so I Brownie didn't get squished and I didn't get bumped. Flight home was fast. Clear and beautiful. Just hated coming home after what happened, but would not change it. Got car, arrived home and all is well. Good to be in my bed. I started shaking and could not stop. Brownie kept piling blankets on me. I think it was just EVERYTHING. Anyway~~~~~ Loved Loved LOVED NYC wish I could go 2 times every year. at Christmas and in the late spring. So much to see. Want to do it again.