Sunday, May 27, 2007

Gardening & fair skin

Well should I say the curse of fair skin. Went out to work on my garden again, bought some roses and just had to put them in, however had to prepare the ground, it took about 2 hours to do that. In the meantime I am collecting the sun on my shoulders and neck. I am now a bright hue of red in those same places. When will I learn to use spf 30?? My skin doctor always says use sunscreen if you are gonna be out in the sun. I went out after 3pm, but had spent the am yard saleing with the hubby( he loves it).
I guess I do need some color before I go to Florida in June?? OO and the Colorado sun (that's next week)always turns me bright red- closer to the sun ya know! So do I suffer now or later, probably both.
Tomorrow out in the sun again planting the dahlias and peonies! I am just a glutton for punishment. Guess I am just too set in my ways to learn some of the lessons in life- use sunscreen!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Green! and granny-bragging!

Ok folks, I purchased some plants with the green stuff I was given for retirement. Then of course had to exert some energy to plant it all and wound up cutting shrubery on one piece of the property to make my Iris/ Rose garden . Today however I purchased a butterfly bush, clematis in purple and pink, yellow coreoptus (sp?)( I called it Shannon), blue eyed grass which I call ( Melanie)I don't know why I named them, But did.
Of course, more bushes for the back garden a Blueberry and a grape- whew- we are gonna have more berries after awhile. I think the hubby has planted 15 or 20 berry bushes this season already- he has dreams of using the garden to get farmer rates on the taxes! One can dream can't they!
Now on to the bragging- went to the grand kidds award chapel
#1 grandson rec'd an award for playing the keyboard, an award for Art- creativity in fine arts. He didnt get a scholastic award but gets almost all A's on his report card- go figure
#1 grand daughter award for scholastic achievement
#2 grand daughter rec'd the same award for scholastic achievement
#2 grand son will get an award for being a pistol!
Now did I say they are chips off the ole block! (our side of course!)We are so proud of them- you should have seen their mom when their names were read- you could have driven a car into her dropped jaw!
I just pray this continues as they grow!

Monday, May 21, 2007


Took time out this weekend to indulge myself just a little. Went to see the movie Fracture. Was a typical Anthony Hopkins great acting flick and Ryan Gosling was really believable. Unfortunately I got to the theater a couple of min's late, but don't think I missed the point of the whole flick. If I had come in a few min's later I would have missed much.
I figured out the plot prob 15-20 mins into the flick, and when I found out I was right, movie was kinda anticlimatic. Was an enjoyable outing, went shopping afterward! ALONE- I hardly do anything alone! Always have kids, my children or hubby along. Unless I go out with my buddies.
Although I like being alone sometimes, don't think I would want all the time! too much of a people person. Also think being alone gets me depressed-think/ reflect too much!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

just a question

How many darn socks can a family of 5 acquire? I have spent this am folding socks-and I'm not done had to take a break!-can't she buy ones that are alike-forget the ones with stuff on em. ANd why do they all seem the same size- the ages vary from 35-8-6-6-4- and I swear only the 4 year old wears a different size- O the Joys of being a nanny granny! AND where are all the missing socks? must be in sock heaven! I'll share missed socks with anyone-wish people wore miss matched socks life would be so much easier!

On another note- a grandson with a hammer is a joy of another sort to behold! he wants to hammer the world and I have to keep him away from all the wood in this victorian style home!- the french doors, the wood railing upstairs and the wooden posts all over- to name a few!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007


Ok ladies and gents- whats up with the declining of women getting mammograms? It is a simple procedure that can recognise CANCER early and be treated! When CANCER is visualised later-it is not curable. SOO tis the season schedule your mommograms or the mommanator will get ya! And don't forget those monthly breast exams- you can have your significant other do it for ya- can be a fun time if ya know what I mean! Also-gents don't forget your breast and testicular monthly exams- ya thought I was gonna forget ya huh!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mothers Day

Well here I Sit thinking of Mothers Day. I have mixed feelings about it. You see my mom died several years ago and I am feeling lonely for her. She was a great inspiration for me. She moved to the US from England when she married my dad and only went back 2 times after that. I often think how different I would have been if I would have lived in England my whole life. Not as nutty I think! However my mom let me be me, so I probably would have been much the same. She made me be an individual and gave me the fortitude to overcome some hard things in my lifetime. Thanks mom.
Whenever I hear folks complain about their mom's I often say- I wish I had my mom here like you do, even if she is bothering you at this moment, just be thankful you have her to complain about. Since my dad is also gone I often feel like an orphan around these days of celebrating our parents. It is very hard. I guess so hard because they were both great role models.
I also say we didnt have much when I was growing up, but I never felt like I didnt have love! Actually unless someone tells me I realy didn't realise I didnt have "things" cause our home was always filled with love!
One of my desires in life is to be an example like my folks so my children and grandchildren will remember me like I remember my folks and grandparents!
Hope everyone had a wonderful day!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Ken & Dan

I've posted about my twin granddaughters, so nows the boys turn.
I never had a son, but always wanted one, in fact when my hubby and I were in childbearing age-we had quite a disagreement about whether we should have another child, he won ultimately,but I have found sons in so many other guys. I now have my grandchildren.
Dont' know why I wanted a son so badly?? just one of my quirks I suppose. He was gonna have red hair and freckles, blue eyes and be named James Christian-Jamie for short!

Well I got most of what I wanted in my first grandson- he is now 8 years old blondish red hair, with a splattering of freckles over his nose,and he has the prettiest sky blue eyes. I sometimes joke with him about it. He just says O Grandma! He is a very good student and really wants to please. He is too sensitive though, he can cry at the drop of a pin. Guess thats part of first child syndrome?? He is quite fascinating to watch play- he is so much like his dad-its scary sometimes! When watching him he reminds me of my brothers when they were younger. You can almost see his brain working while he is at play. He loves to build things. He can make something out of just about anything. Will explain all the moving parts etc. He has now gotten to the age where he wants to be alone some of the time. On his eighth birthday he posted a sign on his door-NO GIRLS ALLOWED! It is his domain. Sometimes he has a short fuse with his siblings, but when I remember back-isn't that what siblings do? It is so amazing what a grown up conversation you can have with this kid! He loves anything to do with the weather-always predicting whats gonna happen. He loves anything to do with nature-Volcanos, stratosphere,hurricaines,tornados, rocks. He once asked me "how hot is the sun?' I had to research it for him. He and grandpop will read National Geographic together from cover to cover!

The other grandson is altogether different! He is four. He had blondish hair and light brown/hazel eyes. He is a wild child-just like his mother at this age-she keeps thinking he has a problem and I keep telling her apples don't fall far from the tree. He can be so endearing and sweet one moment and be in total rebellion the next- In the bible it says spare the rod and spoil the child-this statement is for this child! This is one smart kid! The others are smart too, but I think this kid just uses all his brain, always testing ya. He gets into things the others wouldnt even try. He is the Baby and he just rules the roost! He is also very strong. Last week he was quite fascinated with a hammer and nail! He hammered everything in his site, I was glad he didnt use my car or tires! So I gave him nails and watched him hammer-what did it hurt!? Today they went to a petting zoo- I cant wait to hear the adventure. He is gonna build me a house one day and its gonna be painted blue- and he can say I LOVE YA in such a cute way ya just want to hug him to death, but I must remember I am the grown up and need to mold this child!
All my grandchildren are taller than most kids their age, sometimes this presents a problem as other kids think they should act older than their stated age, but they will adjust! It hasn't been that much of a problem yet.
I love my grandchildren so much. I hope they remember me like I remember my grandparents!

Monday, May 07, 2007


the day that was is, and the day that is was and so it goes into infinity.
I sit and reflect on my life and it all goes into a blurr.
what season of my life am I really at?
a crossroads of sorts, trying to develope a new and improved identidy
too old to start anew, but to young to just sit and watch time go by.
so here I sit rambling on trying to forget the dishes in the sink and the bills not paid.
use the wisdom you have acquired I say and do something prophetic, or be another Mother Teresa, but no I just sit here pondering what shall I do, what shall I be?
All you can be is you and no more or less so get up aff your ass and BE.

Sunday, May 06, 2007


May 3, 2007

McGreevey to enter Episcopal seminary NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The nation's first openly gay governor has become an Episcopalian and been accepted into a seminary, according to a published report. Former Gov. James E. McGreevey, who was raised as a Roman Catholic, was officially received into the Episcopal religion on Sunday at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York, said the Rev. Kevin Bean, vicar at the church. McGreevey has entered the church's "discernment" phase, which usually precedes seminary work, Bean told The Star-Ledger of Newark in a report posted Wednesday on its Web

I thought I was actually seeing things when I first read it and when said something to the family, they said what are you talking about-were you watching SNL? I had to actually show them the print. I also thought the Episcopal church had a real stand on no gays in the priesthood. Please tell me I dreamed this or its a joke or something. McGreevey is certainly an evolving entity! Who knows what he is evolving into!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


Here I am in wonderful retirement/Maryland thinking about the wonderful party that was held for my retirement. I don't have enough words to say thank you to all who worked hard on it. Plus all those who took time out of their workday to attend!

I was ushered into a room full of co-workers who were bellowing because somehow the time of the event didn't coincide with their bellies, so I got up and said " go ahead and eat and make merriment I have a speech later-all prepared". Wow did I know how to quiet a room! A speech-she has a speech? Even the exec was puzzled and said to one of my friends- she must wait till I say what I have to say. Humm let them be tortured- I told em to tell her I was going first!, but then laughed and said not to worry, I will say what I have to say before all is done!
The room was all decked out- New Officeland III was where it was held. I didn't want to go out to a rented place- I just didn't want folks to spend a whole bunch of money on me. Even folks from Officeland II came. It was catered by my co-workers, what a nice variety of foods, AND the deserts OMG one was better than the next. I tried to taste just about everything, but the old stomach couldn't hold it, my eyes were popping! The main cake was adorned in red roses with white frosting-was an unbelievable strawberry shortcake-only the best baker in South Jersey! Then there were 2 trifles-both homemade- one a raspberry liquor drenched brownie and chocolate, the other a strawberry & cream one, then there was a fresh fruit bowl, 2 other cakes from the same bakery-a canola one and a chocolate raspberry cream delight. Then other sundry cookies and cakes. I don't even think I can repeat what all the foodstuffs were, needless to say I don't think anyone went away hungry! If they did it was their own fault! There wasn't much stuff left over though.
The room was decorated with such ambiance! every table was adorned with pink tablecloths, and pansies. The head table also had a lovely Gerber daisy- unusual colored. Plus a good friend picked a bouquet of flowers from her garden which contained daffodils, Narcissus, tulips( in a variety of colors) and the wonderful lilacs which smelled marvelous. O did I mention the flower decorations were part of my gift YEH. Now I just need time to plant em, hopefully my hubby will keep them watered till I get home on Friday-not to worry he has told me it has rained every day since I left.
After eating I was toasted by some of my great co-workers and friends! I was embarrassed by some of the things that were said. Some folks I didn't think I had impressed too much even had nice things to say. Afterward one of them came up to me and said "I don't know you too well & by what was said about you and the speech you gave it looks like it was my loss" color me red with embarrassment!
The final statement by me was NO CRYING will be done here for my departing I am Not dieing, just moving onto another season of life, so lets have laughter and joy! I have worked in some capacity since I was 14 so it is time to kick off a little, enjoy my grand kids and family and enjoy what I have worked all these years for. Since 60 is the new 40 I have lots of years to do just that! Lucky me!
I was given many lovely gifts. Money, jewelry, an angel, a book written by a coworker, an angel and a plaque.
Thanks to all!
Then was the final farewell, I was ushered to my car by some of the greatest people in the world, my best friends at work and anywhere! I love them. Kisses and blessings to them! they think I am their mom! I hope they all keep in touch, but if I know them like I think I do they will!