Thursday, January 5, 2017

Another New Year

Another Christmas past and a new year has begun.  It was a great holiday season.  We had Christmas with the family and the soon to be granddaughters.  

What do you call the children of your daughter's husband.  Are they my step grandchildren?  Sounds so blah.  

They are such sweet girls and so much fun.  We played game after game of Monopoly.  The new version where each player gets a debit card.  The game is a much faster version but the adults couldn't figure out how to use the debit card machine.  Thank goodness for tech savy kids.  Currently Emma and I are the two time reigning champs.

After Christmas the girl's half brother and his now one year old came to visit and that little one is a cutie patootie.  Ron and I got her a Rocking Pony and an outfit for Christmas.  She really like the Pony as it sings and moves its mouth.  Of course it was driving the other adults crazy.

I was so super organized this year.  I had all my gifts purchased and wrapped by Halloween.  I put post-its on them with the recipients names but didn't decorate packages with bows etc until after November.  The day after Thanksgiving we decorated and put up the tree and all my gifts were ready to go under the tree.  I spent December cooking and just enjoying the Christmas music and movies.  I never felt rushed and didn't have to go shopping in the crowds.  It was great!  Plus I managed to actually save money in December and put it in savings.  Now that's a first!  

I've already started shopping for next year.  I didn't go to any of the crazy sales at the mall but took advantage of some online sales.  I usually try to buy about two gifts per month if I find the right items.   

It is now time to focus on the upcoming wedding.  Only 5 more months and they will go by so fast.  Right now we are focused on losing our holiday weight.  I gained 4 pounds and Ron gained 7.  It sure is harder to lose than it was to gain!

We are expecting snow tonight.  Not much 1 - 4 inches total but it will be enough to make people act like we are having a blizzard.  There is always a mad rush at Walmart with people shopping for snowmagedon.  Crazy....Oklahoman's just don't know what to do in snow.

We had our bathtub re-surfaced yesterday.  Looks brand new again.  We can't use it for 48 hours so Ron is unshaven and looking a little like Grizzly Adams.  I told him the sink is not out of commission but I think he's just using the tub as an excuse to just vedge out.   I can't imagine living in the olden days and not bathing but once a month!  No wonder they carried nosegays.....anything to mask the smell!

My next project will be the kitchen.  I want to get cabinets re-faced and pull-out drawers installed.  I can't get down on the floor to get to anything in the back of the cabinets.   

Our big Christmas present to ourselves was a french door refrigerator and may I say.........I LOVE IT!  I hated our side-by-side, worst design in the world.  It was inevitable that whatever I wanted out of the fridge was in the back and you'd have to unload the entire shelf to get to it.  Now it's so spacious and easy to fit everything inside.  It took a little organizing to get the freezer just like I want it but it's great now!  Highly recommend a french door fridge.  

Next year I want to convert from a glass cook top stove to a gas range.  I've discovered that there are great sales on appliances in December and again in July.  Our refrigerator was almost 1/2 off.

Ron says I can't be without a project and I suppose he is right.  I'm always thinking of something that needs to be changed or fixed.  Right now I have enough projects lined up to last me about 5 years.  I finish one and then start on the next.

Well I hope everyone had a blessed holiday seasonI pray we all have a safe and calm New Year!    Reminds me...I will be attending the Women's March in Oklahoma City.  Couldn't make it to Washington DC so this was the next best thing.

  

Saturday, December 17, 2016

3 Cheers for Liz

I want to stand up and cheer for Elizabeth Warren!

Democratic senators including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) said Thursday morning that they would introduce a bill next month requiring the president to “disclose and divest” from any conflicts, mimicking a law that already binds most public officials.

Finally the Democrats are taking action.  I've been waiting for them to make a move.

I wonder how different the outcome of the election might have been had Elizabeth Warren ran for president instead of Hillary.  I was always afraid Hillary would have an uphill climb.  Any thoughts?

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Birthday Girls

My daughters are 46 years old today.  Unbelievable!  To me they are still my little girls.  I remember the day they were born like it was yesterday.  I went into labor on the 4th of December.  I was alone since my husband was in the service at the time so my mom came over to stay with me until it was time to go to the hospital.  Finally at about 8pm that night we decided to go but the girls were not born until Sunday afternoon at 4:40 and 4:42 pm.  What a day that was!  My dad had always teased me that he couldn't love me more if there were two just like me and then suddenly there were!  I remember that was the first thing I said to him when they wheeled me back to my room. "Hey Daddy, there are two just like me!

I was a young mom at 21 and a little overwhelmed with two babies but I always felt like I had won the lottery.  They were the cutest things even if I couldn't tell them apart.  There was only 6 oz. difference in their weight and they were both exactly 16 1/2 inches long.  I finally had to paint their toenails just so I wouldn't get them mixed up.

They didn't meet their daddy until they were almost 5 months old and unfortunately he only remained in their lives until the age of 5.  That's when we divorced and I'll never understand how he could have just walked away from the girls.  I always wonder if he remembers them on their birthday or if he has erased them completely from his mind.

No matter.......it was his loss for they are beautiful and wonderful young women.

We are off to have a birthday dinner with the girls and their Uncle Mike is more excited for an excuse to party that anybody!
 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

We finished up some last minute shopping today.  I made Ron pick out the wallet he wants because I had no clue what to get.  He also got some things for his daughter and grandson.  Guess I will be wrapping them tomorrow.

I am subbing in pre-k tomorrow afternoon.  I haven't been to school in awhile since I've been nursing this bronchitis but I think I'm better today.  Still coughing but not as bad.  Seems like everyone I know has this crud.

I love pretty wrapped packages and normally hate gift bags but when I get down to the last few it is so tempting to just put them in bags and move on.  Our tree is so full of gifts I'm running out of space to put any more.

All I want for Christmas is a recount that would turn the whole election null and void.  Can such a thing happen?  If it could now that would be a true Christmas miracle.

I heard Trump was tweeting fast and furious while Saturday Night Live was airing last night.  Doesn't this man have anything else better to do?

Saturday, December 3, 2016

For all practical purposes my Christmas shopping is done.  I've wrapped all the gifts and they are under the tree.  All this done while fighting yet another round of bronchitis.  With the exception of coughing my fool head off and blowing my nose every 6 seconds I really don't feel too bad.  I went to the doctor yesterday and got two shots, two inhalers, a steroid pack and cough medicine.  If this stuff doesn't kill me I should be cured shortly.

Ron and I have really struggled with this whole election.  He didn't vote for Trump but in my opinion voting for a 3rd party was a vote for him none the less.  He said he just couldn't vote for Hillary because he didn't trust her.  I asked him if he trusted Trump and he said no.  Makes no sense to me.  But then nothing about this election ever made sense to me.

I enjoyed having the house to myself today.  Ron was with Mike watching a football game.  I cooked all Mike's meals for next week and have them ready to deliver tomorrow.  I also managed to clean the house and mop all the floors.  Felt good to just get it all done. 

Ron and I bought ourselves a family gift, a new refrigerator.  We have wanted a french door refrigerator for quite some time.  I needed a bigger freezer for all the meals I prepare for Mike and the side-by-side just wouldn't work.  Everything was so crowded.  I have to say I LOVE the new refrigerator!!!!  Everything is so easy to get to and the freezer is wonderful!  Home Depot had a 40% off sale and it was the perfect time to get one.  Next year I've decided to get a new gas range.  Currently I have an electric glass top range but I really want to convert to a gas range.

Tomorrow I plan to make eggnog bread.  Now it's time to take another breathing treatment and then it's off to bed I go.

 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

For fear of sounding over dramatic I have been in numerous states of depression, disbelief, shock and sadness since the election.  I have tried to refrain of reading social media as well as listening to the news for each new revelation is more disturbing than the last.  I'm sick of hearing that democrats are poor losers and cry babies from the right.  This is coming from the party that bitched non-stop for 8 years about Obama claiming he wasn't an American citizen to calling his wife and children gorillas. The only complaints I've had about Trump are about the words and threats that have come from his own mouth.  Not fictitious crap fed to me by the GOP.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Winne the Pooh

Yesterday I subbed in pre-k and heard one of the funniest stories ever told by a teacher.  Mrs. Tims, who teaches kindergarten, told us how she went into her classroom bathroom and found pooh in the toilet along with a button magnet from one of their games.  She asked the last child that was in the bathroom to tell her what happened.  He reported he dropped the magnet in the toilet when he went to the bathroom.  

She then turned around to tell the onlookers that this was why they are not to bring toys into the bathroom.  

Just then she felt a tap on her back and turned to see the culprit holding the magnet in his hand, arm wet to his shoulder.  He held out his hand and said, "Here, I got it".  

Horrified, Mrs. Tims asks, "Was that Your pooh?"

"Nope"

And this dear parents is why all children should be vaccinated!