Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Michael is called Goose by all his friends---can't really remember the source of that nickname. He is my nephew and the first cousin of my children. My grands call him "Uncle Cousin" in a cute respectful endearment manner. WE ALL LOVE MICHAEL. The good news is that Michael will be assuming the PE teacher job at the school where I volunteer and his Aunt Kathy is the "Resource Teacher". I will be seeing LOTS of him next year!
He did tell me that I could make a living painting if I wanted. I quickly told him no one else could afford me and only when it was a labor of love did I really want to pursue it anyway!
Monday, June 28, 2010
Perhaps one of the nicest things about an Austin vacation was watching the sunset over the lake every night. For the past 31 years, we have had beach trips---which were WONDERFUL. The Gulf of Mexico is south of Florida, SOOOOO---the sunset was not over the water. I sat on the deck of our vacation house every night and reveled in this glorious view. TRULY BEAUTIFUL!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Running is a HUGE mind game! Today---I lost the battle of the wills! Saturday is the day for our weekly long run. After a day of apartment cleaning yesterday and LOTS of dust, I woke up at 4:45 with my head really stopped up. As I came to from the fog of sleep---I thought-HEY I DON"T FEEL GOOD! My body said, you are getting sick-just stay in bed. Usually I fight off these feelings and make myself go. There was no going today----I texted Larry and crawled back in the bed to sleep. I should have gotten up and gone! At 6:45 after waking up and looking at the clock several times after 5, my phone rings. I look at the clock and decide I can call them back. THEN my cell phone starts ringing----I GIVE UP! So after a short telephone conversation, I give up and get up. After I had been up for about 30 minutes ---an oh yeah taken a decongestant--I feel fine.
I should have gotten up-----my body won the battle over my mind today---but there will be another battle another day and MY MIND WILL OVERCOME!
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Camp David Spaghetti (recipe will come someday)
Momma Lulu's chili
AND BIRTHDAY CAKE!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
By the way---for a SURE FIRE METHOD TO GET SOME RAIN---
light the grill and put your free range chicken on it---
about the time the chicken needs turning the bottom will fall out!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Great week of vacaton and time with all the kids and grands. More to come--
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I have come to the conclusion that I am not sure I am in favor of prolonging my life as long as possible. I have had plenty of experience of watching loved ones live a LONG time and the quality of their life become POOR---or almost non-existent. Do we all want to be here as long as possible---even if we are planted in a chair or bed with virtually "No Life"? Do we deprive ourselves today in hopes of being in a Nursing Home someday ---with a family burdened with our care and most days not even knowing who we are? Does this all sound appealing to you?
NOT ME---I am thinking I will not do anything to prolong my life. After all when there is no quality of life, no joy in living------WHAT is the point. Is this what God intended? Do we not believe in His promise of Eternity and the joyful life that is promised when we are with Him? Think about it---let me know your thoughts.....Have we taken medical science to the point of keeping us here FAR beyond what was intended?
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Perhaps all of this obsession has come from our media and the "Perfect----Airbrushed--Bodies" we are confronted with daily. NO NOT CONFRONTED BOMBARDED! It's enough to make the MOST perfect squeamish when passing a mirror.
I really don't remember my parents generation being so obsessed with their image. I can personally tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt that my mother NEVER lifted a pinkie to exercise. OH WAIT---yes one time she went to "Foxy Lady" for about a month. They had these mechanical machines that they strapped you to and they moved your appendages for you. NOW THAT WORKS REALLY WELL!! That was Momma's idea of exercise. She seemed to pretty much just take what she had and live with it---with a little cinching up.
When I tell you that you look good----YOU LOOK GOOD---quit looking for that one little flaw and just do the best with what you have.
PERHAPS THE ANSWER IS TO JUST GET RID OF ALL THE MIRRORS---AT A MINIMUM THE FULL LENGTH MIRRORS ANYWAY!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
It is VERY HOT & VERY HUMID in Louisiana this year. MISERABLE even for us that have spent our lives here. I am wondering how much fun it will be to eat out in the heat-----while sweating----but plan to focus on memories of childhood and "Fun on the Grounds".
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Our boys have grown a LOT since this picture was made. If I remember correctly this was in April and the water was frigid! Lake Austin is created by the damming of the Colorado River. Flowing Water=COLD! HEY it came from Colorado!
Their Dad just called and reported that at the end of this school year-yesterday # 1 had all A's for the reporting period and all A's for the year end. #2 also did really well and has been selected to be part of the "Pace Math" group next year. SMART BOYS--those two.
A Grandmother has the right to brag and it not be obnoxious!
Friday, June 4, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Little boys------okay I need to get back in the weight room. One thing I have learned with 3 Boy Grands. You need LOTS of muscle to play with them most effectively. NO--lace and frills for us---WE ARE ROUGH & TOUGH and ALL BOY!
Having been raised with 2 brothers and not a sister---I know how to play with the boys. Pretty much not afraid to try anything and not easily grossed out---I make a pretty good Boy Grandmother.
BESIDES ONCE A TOMBOY---ALWAYS A TOMBOY! I never saw a pile of dirt I didn't want to play in, I LOVE to play ball, I can out run almost ALL the boys my age, I don't mind sweating & Love to ride bikes-----
BRING ON THE FUN # 4!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Yesterday I started my annual deck cleaning. I LOVE all the many square feet of deck we have until the time comes for cleaning and re-sealing!----WORK!!!! I have more than half of the deck finished and another 1/4 ready for its second coat of deck wash. The other 1/4 I have not started on yet. After all of this has dried completely-2-3days--I will spray and paint on the new sealer. I started this project by cleaning the front rock stained cement Friday. It looked so good, that I went to the next adjacent outdoor surface the garage and cleaned it. This lead to the next surface the deck. I am a GLUTTON for PUNISHMENT!
Today I had to take a break to do some difficult family duty. Our parents getting older is tough for us all and the supervision of their care can be hard---especially when they are not compliant with your decisions. Sweet SIL was left with a difficult job today when other sweet SIL left for a mission trip. I volunteered to help with the job. We will have a LONG stressful day--but it will be more difficult for her---since these are her parents. I have told BC & his sisters that I have learned being one step removed is a great help when walking this road.
THE GOOD NEWS----WE FIND OUT TODAY WHAT THE NEWEST GRAND WILL BE! Four of a kind or working on a full house---I count it ALL as joy!
Check here late today or tomorrow and see our news-----
in the meantime Pray for me as I head into the day.