Living the Grandparent Life

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I believe I mentioned that we have been keeping the Grands while The Dane was working. She has now secured a new job that allows her to mostly work from home, so our three days a week have ended 😦  We made good use of our time together, making pancakes, READING, playing with our vast collection of Beanie Babies and other toys leftover from our kids childhood, some reading, a little something we refer to as Art With Papa, breakfasting, lunching and sometimes dinnering, oh and also a little bit of reading stacks and STACKS of books!

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This one is all about rubbing noses, with grandparents, felines, whomever 🙂

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Seymour does not always know what to make of these little humans, he has so far been mostly cordial. The elder ladies just try and make themselves very small or invisible!

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We lost a chair in the family room and brought this old rocker up. It used to be in the baby room that all of our kids went through at our old house. The last time it was used was when Little Goomba used to spend time over here. He was a fan of the rocking too 🙂  It’s a full lap and we love it! Having an apple snick snack and a rock, good times!

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Missing them already.

Observations

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Well, our country has had quite a week. I am once again having a hard time blogging about my usual nonsense when our world is in such disarray. My only solutions have been to pray and try and educate myself on the current events. I have found there is always more than meets the eye, or the ear, or what the media tells. I don’t think I am being dramatic to suggest our country is at a crossroad. I will continue to acknowledge that God is in control of all things, and remember that He works all things together for my good, no matter what that looks like in the day to day. His will be done, and I ask that He helps me to finish strong, no matter what is going on in these certainly not United States of America..

Would you now care to observe some non controversial nonsense with me?

The Ab-Cat gave me a new 11×14 aluminum cookie sheet for Christmas, I needed one to use when I make two chicken pot pies. My previous sheets could not support the burden of two glass pie dishes, size wise. Since receiving it, I can see that it will be a useful engine to make cookies, or Sinful Saltines, or most anything else I desire. I like options. But I have heard of the dangers of baking directly on aluminum, something about causing Alzheimer’s. Abby had previously given me some other sizes of aluminum cookie pans along with silicone sheets. I decided I needed an 11X14 silicone sheet as well. so I ordered from Amazon. More on Amazon in a minute.

It arrived last week in this largish box stuffed with brown paper.

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WOW. someone is not a volume control expert.

Pretty sure it could have been in a bubble envelope!

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We have been watching these Little Furlings several days a week lately. This week was all about getting safely to the “ship” for a trip to Boston, or Denmark, or Mexico! The “ship” has been the foyer rug, (bigger, more passengers 🙂 ) and also this smaller boat ❤  We were trying to figure our where the ship/Boston idea originated until Honey remembered they had read a story about Dumbo and the other circus animals trying to secure passage after their circus train broke down. And they were trying to get to Boston! Love those little monkeys!

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They had great fun fishing off the boat with dangly cat toys and staying warm when the freezing waves crashed over the side, plus spent a LOT of time industriously “packing” for their trip. Oh. the things they packed!

About that Amazon.I read that 2020 was a banner year year for them, continuing a probably stellar decade in their favor. They have become one of the most successful companies in our country, based on the very American service of supply and demand. Good on them.  Pandemics can cause people to really want to shop from home, and I can certainly understand that. It was a blessing to many folks in our country to not have to risk their health to purchase what they needed. But Amazon has shown their hand on what they think of a large percentage of their customers. Their interference in the affairs of our country and their uncheritableness to those they disagree with politically emanates mean spiritedness. And my children will tell you that I not like that quality. In people, or at businesses where I spend money..

Honey and I do not have an account but have occasionally benefitted from using Mousey’s, in ordering and also watching Amazon Prime. If I had one, I would cancel it in protest for the shenanigans they have recently pulled. I don’t feel that they should be put out of business, but it seems like the only way we can effectively show our disapproval of a company’s actions has been to take our business elsewhere. I lived a great many years without having things delivered to my doorstep in a timely fashion, and I am quite sure I can do it again. I wont’ be shopping there anymore, or watching their streaming. I’m positive they will not be concerned about my personal decision, but I know of others who have made the same choice for themselves. Free speech Y’All, it’s the American way.

Enjoy your Tuesday.

Unexpected Treasure

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Honey and I have been discussing a move for a few years now. We would like to put the home we have lived in for the last 22 years on the market and move to a condo or ranch that has less square footage and MUCH less yard work. I have been fairly faithfully consulting Zillow for homes for us, The Ab-Cat, as well as Mousey and The Usher. Mousey also looks and we have been known to text listings to each other. If we found something we liked, we would buy it, even if we were not quite ready to vacate our current home. Someone in the family could probably keep it warm for us until we were ready for it 🙂

As you can imagine, we have about 35 years of accumulated belongings stored on both floors. We have begun the arduous task of going through, purging, setting aside for someone, throwing away, and reusing Amazon Prime boxes to take many, many things to the Salvation Army. I will say that Mousey seems to have about a houseful of stuff down in our basement, and we hope to be pleasantly surprised by how little of our junk is left when she leaves! Could be wishful thinking or a stone cold fact!

The Usher has been helping Honey list some things on a site that sells to local folks, and last weekend a gentleman from a neighboring town came and picked up a stand alone, Queen Anne style jewelry box that I have not used in years. It’s been in a closet in the guest room for over a decade, and no I do not know why I kept it because I don’t really use much jewelry anymore and it never matched our bedroom furniture. I used the drawers more than anything because I am a sentimental gal and tend to pack rat personal correspondence and apparently memorabilia. I decided to check the drawers one last time before sending it to its new home to hopefully be well used once more. I’m so glad I did! There was nothing in any compartment, but 3 things had fallen back behind and I had to remove the drawer to get them out. The first gem was a ticket stub from Pine Knob for the first ever concert The Ab-Cat and The Boy ever attended! It was their favorite childrens singer, Raffi, and we still fondly remember that day and continue to sing his sweet, gentle songs, now to Moonpie and Little Dipper 🙂  This is a treasure to no one but me ❤

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The second gem was a personal note from my dear friend Rae-Babe. I loved reading it and I’m so glad I kept it ❤

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The third gem was a hug from heaven. I don’t know how clear it is, but at the top is a line written by my Grandma Georgia, “I liked this very much”. She sent it the year after I married. I’m sure I loved it then, but I love it so much more now. Her handwriting is so familiar and beloved, the fact that she thought of me and decided to mail it, and the sure, comforting knowledge that she prayed for me after reading it. A kiss on the cheek from God. ❤

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Pure gold.

Christmas Day Revisited

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We had a very fine Christmas ❤  Considering that last year we had a house full of coughing sick people, that we now suspect was COVID-19! I really do. The main reason for my suspicion was I remember thinking that I could not taste Christmas dinner! I recollect at one point The Boy commenting that he did not think 2 minutes went by all day without someone hacking. When I returned to BSF leaders meeting after the 2 week holiday break, many, many of the ladies said they had also been sick the entire break. No one was sick this year!

What a lot of change this year has brought to our family. We could not have predicted the twists and turns the year had in store for us but that seems like another post for another day.

I love these pictures of Papa and his Furlings ❤  He brings so much love and fun to their lives. Reading is a favorite part time. They bring him stacks and stacks of books!

Often he will unexpectedly say, “Let’s pretend we are sleeping!”, and they drop like stones 🙂

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Big Yawn!

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A nice time to be quiet and snuggle.

Beeve was also roped into the reading.

Teenage Goomba is a favorite playmate!

We have been doctoring our kitty Halle Berry at home for the past year or so. we give her a shot of her medicine in a plastic syringe, and because she loves it so, another with just water. It’s a good thing she likes it, it has extended her life considerably. Had it been Lucy, she would have already crossed over the rainbow bridge. Every time you pick her up she acts as if you intend to skin her alive.

After her meds we always tell her what a good girl she is and love her up, and this is Little Dipper praising our elderly feline. Moonpie says Halle is the “nice, good kitty”. Unlike Seymour, who can be sassy and also spicy.

Moonpie got glasses last month! She said “Grammy, don’t I look so, so cute?!” Here she is twinning with her Aunt Ab-Cat ❤

Great Grandpa also was enjoying his little Furlings ❤

I try and take pictures of us every year and I was able to get these before he left for his next stop to see his best friend, Mrs. H.  I’m pretty sure they were the only pictures I took all day!

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The Dane used her actual camera to take this one.

It was a good day of good food, good fun, and as Beeve texted later, even better company 🙂

Goodbye 2020

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It was a brisk 25 degrees but Keelyody and I got in the first walk of the new year! It was cold and dark at 8 a.m., but we forged ahead and were glad that we did.

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As we walked, we talked, as you do, and decided that we walked a LOT in 2020! We had a lot of snow at the end of 2019 and called it quits in November with the expectation of more to follow. It was an early call, we usually walk into December. It turned out to be a false alarm, our winter was in fact milder than usual and we resumed walking in March after the governor of Michigan locked down our state due to the Corona virus/Covid-19/Plague.. Being outside seemed like such a relief. I am able to pinpoint the time as after the lockdown, but before the domestic violence incident happened next door at the end of the month. That sounds like a surreal statement, but there you have 2020 in a nutshell.

Walking was a big deal in 2020. I walked with Keelyody, Jip the Farm Dog, The Peanuts Champ, Honey, The Ab-Cat, Mousey and The Usher, and even with Mrs. Schmenkman when we visited with her and Mr. C this fall. A lot of miles logged on the soles of my shoes. And I have to say, it helped. It really did. Being out of the house, with no mask on, was glorious. Fresh air, exercise and social interaction are good things whilst in a pandemic.

Our last walk of 2020 took place on Monday of this week and here we are on Friday, the first walk of 2021. Here is to many more in the new year.

Some Thoughts on the End of 2020

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We are coming up to the end of 2020. The longest, most surreal year in recent memory. When I think about last Christmas and New Years, we were really so naive about what this year would hold. There we were celebrating and hugging all willy nilly, never imagining that we would be heading into a long drought of family, friends, activities and inundated with fast flying rumors, anarchy, unrest, disunity and disinformation. We won’t even start with the still unsolved election mess, and whichever way that eventually turns out it’s not going to be pretty for half of our country. My personal pendulum has swung all year. I have arrived at the conclusion that there is more going on than some powers that be would have us to know. What I DO know? God is still on His throne. He has not been caught unaware by this year and all of the heartache, disappointment and corruption. I posted this Charles Spurgeon quote on Facebook last week and I think it sums up a proper response for a Christian.

“Cheer up, Christian! Things are not left to chance: no blind fate rules the world. God hath purposes, and those purposes are fulfilled. God hath plans, and those plans are wise, and can never be dislocated.”

Happy New Year Friends, peace and good will to you and yours.

First Get Together

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On this first day of October I am travelling back to June! I wanted to get these pictures on the blog before the grandkids graduated from elementary school, sheesh!!!

We had been locked down pretty tight during quarantine, I was the only one going out, to protect Honey and his compromised immune system. We missed our grandbabies, but discovered that FaceTime is a really good fix when you are missing sweet little faces ❤ We decided in June that we would throw caution to the wind and get together with The Boy, The Dane, MoonPie and Little Dipper, and it was a WONDERFUL day!!!!

I’m pretty sure MoonPie’s first word upon arriving was “BOOKS!” And so we read 🙂

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The big pool wasn’t open yet so Honey got our old kids pool out and filled it the day before so it would be warm.

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They had a grand time!

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It was wonderful to be outside with sunshine and Beebees!

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We missed our people!

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I think they missed us too ❤

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She missed her Papa SO much ❤ Lots of hearts in this post <3<3<3

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We read,

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and read,

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and loved on little people! Thank you Lord that the stay at home order was lifted!!!! ❤

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Happy Grammy 🙂 ❤