Sunday, November 16, 2014

My Two Smiles For the Week just passed

The first thing I wanted to share was me walking with my son down the endless hallways of UT Medical Center last week from his surgeon's office. 

 We came upon a mom and her baby girl toddling along (baby, not Mom) and the little girl had a charming little pink pacifier in her mouth just twirling!  As we each approached the another, the little girl who was just about as tall as her mom's knees waved that little starfish shaped hand at me.  Just like the Queen of England does...side to side, but with tiny fingers spread out.  Looking straight at my face.  I was enchanted!!!! Made my day!

The other thing was last week on Sunday a toddler, maybe two, in her pink dress and pink hair bow (just out of church I bet)...was being shepherded by her grandpa in the pharmacy part of the store.  He was following her as she walked or lurched really, about.  I got my toothpaste purchase in hand and made my way back to the main aisle through to the store's front area and there she stood!  A bottle of pink Pepto Bismol in her right hand, it pressed against her ear.  She had her eyes rolled up, mouth slightly open and her feet slightly crossed, and in deep concentration absorbed in her "phone call". 

I heard her grandfather say "where's Amy?" and the mom said "she's talkin' on her phone!"  Oh it was so funny to see her ernest face and that stance! Made my Sunday afternoon.

Just sayin'

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Son got the all clear of everything and he is healthy as the proverbial horse.  No problems other than mundane so-so ones were found despite all the dire warnings.  God is good.  I knew He would be.

The weather has finally gotten chill...downright cold.  Others have had it worse to be sure.  But we will steadily get colder and snow will come.  I just hope when it does that I can still get down my hills and to the workouts I enjoy so much.  I got somewhat out of the mainstream by missing a good several weeks due to not only my absences but my back and knees were killing me.  They will get better.  I will see to it.  Work injuries that have never healed.  Most occurred on the Range qualifying with weapons.  You do have to get into some interesting positions, and in a hurry.  So you do it and hang the consequences.  After years pass, there always are consequences.  :-)

One of my colleagues passed away from a dread disease last week.  We others attended his Friend Visitation several evenings ago.  Old home weekin a way; you know how it is with all of us together.  We remarked that years don't pass and these things (death) don't happen to those we know.

You have to know that we all of us know better than that.  I am illustrating that it is always a shock.  And no one ever ages.  If they were 22  years old when you met them, they still are 22 years of age despite the current 54 years of age that a piece of paper says they are. Who?  Me age?  Nonsense.  Can't happen, doesn't happen, won't happen.  However you do (me) wake up each morning and move a bit less enthusiastically into the kitchen and when kneeling feeding the cat, you think that there must be some ultra strong gravity anomaly pressing down on you as you try to rise from kneeling.  Knees screaming for help..your back in a pretzel twist as you make your way upwards again.  But me?  Age?  Hurt joints from work?  Who? ME?  Nonsense.

Here's my side yard, a bit of my deck, the privacy fence up  on street side to keep the honking and stuff from the street down.  This was Sunday last.  Still lots of leaves there and still some color.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thank You Each One.

All is well. There is recovery to get through but it appears all is well.

There is one area that will be re-looked at but other than than, all is well.

I give my thanks and he will too for your care and love and prayer.  I am fortunate to have you as friends.  I knew I was all along.  xoxox

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Few Spare Thoughts (and Prayers?)

Tomorrow is a big day.  My boy will be going to the University Medical Center to endure another surgery.  We will leave here at 0800.  I will return who knows when as it is hours long surgery.  Maybe  six +.  So, I have hired someone to feed Katie.  I will be home late evening.

Will you remember me and my boy?


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Rainy Sunday...

Gonna have rain all this week coming as well with 3-4 inch downpours on Tuesday I think he said.

Meanwhile, headed to my son's mother in law's home for lunch.  I was invited this week.  Looking forward to it.  Haven't been there ever so this will be a first.

Have a great Sunday.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Another Rainy Rainy Gloomy Dark Day.

But, better to have that than none at all.  :-)

I just got back from getting my flu shot.  They are short handed so it took a while of sitting to get called to where they were giving shots.  There were two nurses and I was at my doctor's office.  Nice to get that done.  They usually swell a bit, turn red somewhat and sometimes itch.  My reaction lasts a week or so.  But it beats having the flu.

One of my good friends and a colleague passed away several days ago and his family is receiving friends this evening and of course, I will go.  It really bothers me that he is gone as it was his choice as opposed to illness or accident.  You hope that anyone you know will reach out to their family or even friends or a doctor rather than feel that hopeless.  But it is not for me to ever know.  I just feel saddened by it.

Moving on to another topic, I want to thank those who were concerned about me and my family and expressed that either here or in Katie's blog.  Not many know I have one but everyone knows about Queen (or Countess) Katie. :-)  So dear and concerned comments poured in there.  Thank you each and every one.  These dear thoughts and prayers make a huge difference because He is always listening.

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is about on us?  And Christmas only 4 weeks past THEN?  WHERE do the weeks fly off to?  I am always saying..you wake up Christmas morning..turn around several times and it's the 4th of July!  Turn around again and it has become time for Christmas again.

See you soon.  Getting somewhat busy around here.  xxoo

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Gloomy Rainy Dark Dark Day

Now if that's not an awful title, I don't know what is.  :-)

Seems to always be raining here regardless of the rain gauges at an airport miles and miles away that make the decision if WE have had rain or not.  I wrote several weathermen on our TV stations and asked why that is done. And I asked that the instruments come back to the town/City (Knoxville) that they are claiming the statistics for.  They didn't understand the question I guess because two that I wrote said because that is where the weather station instruments are hence, Alcoa's stats are supposed to be Knoxville's.  Oooookaaaaay!   Well, who woulda thunk it?  Sheesh.

Here is a picture of my room, without a flash.  It is grainy and taken with the phone.  It doesn't do well in such low light.  The whole house is lit with lights in the various rooms that I am mostly in...i.e. the living room and here, the computer room and the kitchen.  SO dreary and gloomy.

Meanwhile, I have the pleasure of my son, his wife and the baby grandson-to-be coming over for supper tomorrow night.  I'm trying out a new recipe, with thick pork chops, yellow potatoes and onion, other things including a bit of Parmesan cheese.  I so hope it turns out well.  I made an apple pie too.  WE are having some steamed broccoli and carrots as a side.

I went to work out this morning an hour later than usual and the owner had some type of exercise class going so I left.  Maybe I can go tomorrow and get there early enough not to run into that.

xxoo Have the best of days and the rest of the week too.