Saturday, November 19, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
I'm the baby in the family. I came along 9-10 years later than my brother's Terry the eldest, at 10 and Stanley at 9. I admired and loved my brother's. Daddy and Mamma bought a house in suburbia. A row of similar houses built by the same contractor on a long street called Castle Heights Avenue. There were lots of children to run and play with during the years. Summers were the bomb. Daddy worked for Trans World Gear, TRW in their plant third shift. Mamma was a stay at home Mom, but worked at Clain Sloans at Christmas time in downtown Nashville. Department stores treated their customers grandly back in the 1970's. Her lifestyle, which was ours by association was excessive at times. It was the wintertime and she didn't drive so she rode the Greyhound Bus to Nashville back and forth to Lebanon. A snow storm blew in and I40 was closed and buses had ceased travel temporarily. Daddy had to go to work so Stanley said " you can come sleep with me." He wrapped me up good. He always had the window cracked even in winter to sleep. I slept all night curled up like a bug in a rug next to my big btother. Snow was blowing in through the crack. I heard the door open, it was my Daddy calling for me. He called me sister or sissy. He brough warm, glazed donuts from Sunshine Bakery. Daddy could drive anywhere in the snow. Stanley was my hero that night. I was just about 6 and my Mom and Dad both weren't home. I'll always remember his kindness shown to me when I was little. Night
Thursday, November 17, 2016
It was °80 degrees outside today and the wind was blustery. My hibiscus, which is a bright, coral orange still has blooms on it. My yellow mums are on their second bloom. The birds rarely come to their feeder. They've flown south for the winter. I talked to Pam and she said " the tree was ready for decorating. " I knew that meant head over in a hurry before Jerry gets a hold of the tree. This year I wanted it in her bedroom so that she could see it and enjoy it. They haven't put the tree up in over 5 years and I'm so excited for them. She had unusual ornaments that I thoroughly enjoyed putting on the tree. Thanksgiving comes next Thursday and most people have their houses decorated inside and out doors by then. We are a little early, but who cares? We watched an old movie with Rock Hudson and Doris Day. A married couple with a hypochondriac husband and a wife who was full of whit and scheming. I headed home after that. I had to finish bed linens in the washing machine. I worked on some paining of wooden Christmas crafts. A painstakingly, slow, gradual process. I do enjoy doing crafts. The gamer and the cats had the place to themselves for a few hours. They all enjoy the frredom. I do too, don't you? Night
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
I awoke super early and am headed over to my besties ( Pam ) house to help her clean some clutter downstairs. Jerry and her, plan on buying a house in the spring. We have a lot to tackle. She's almost bedridden but when I go over she gets up and we sew, bake delicious sugar cookies, laugh about anything. She's my protector. She hid me after JayJ died and took all the phone calls. She's my Momma bear. I'm putting a sample of one of her quilts. Ive been bequeathed several. I have a secret and a surprise for Zayn this afternoon. IHOP, a pancake/ restaurant is opening in Jefferson City today. I'm picking him up after school and we are going to get his favorite, french toast with powered sugar. When we travel, if it's available I try and find a International House of Pancakes for our breakfast. Children are so simple to please.
Monday, November 14, 2016
I had an appointment with Dr. Amen and it went well. With her forehead raised, I knew from past experience to take what she said with gravity. Some one close to me, has had homicidal and suicidal ideation thoughts for along time. He's under medical care. He's not getting better and I'm scared, angry, and frustrated because it's not my call on the care given. After Chicky got home from work, I headed over for a normal Monday routine of DWTS ( Dancing with the Stars ) on the tube and a meal with laughter to ensue. She had cooked a delicious meal of baked chicken, baked potatoes with the fixings, and zucchini. She made a homemade coconut cream pie for dessert. We both cheered for Laurie Hernandez who was in the 2016 Summer Olympics and won a gold and silver medal. Val Chmerkovskiy a 14 time US National Champion and two-time World Champion is her muti-talented partner and dance instructor. She's so athletic and dancing comes easily to her. I hope they win the competition. The gamer wasn't demanding today. I even got a nap in this afternoon. Mundane Monday's are nice! Night
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Saturday, November 12, 2016
I look forward to watching college football games on Saturday afternoons. University of Tennessee Volunteers won 49-36 against University of Kentucky Wilcats in the SEC East Confrence. The good ole boys could be heard singing 'Rocky Top' going to the locker room. Neyland Stadium can hold up to 100,011 people. Home games are full of a sea of orange and white fans wearing the home team colors. We are die hard, lifers ! The Vols can still pull out a win of the confrence if they win out and Florida loses to LSU. The quarterback Joshua Dobbs had a good day. I prepared spaghetti for dinner tonight. Before I sat down, I figured the cats needed bathed for holiday photo's and they roll in dirt which makes the boys coats lack luster. They've been pouting since the bathing began. Night
My morning had began as most mornings go. Whisker's pawing at my hair with his claws, Tiger and Raja goosing for a closer spot to me. I get up, and go in the bathroom to turn the water in the tub on for Whisker's. I make sure the others waterbowl upstairs is full. I tell them we are going back to bed. The routine starts over with first dibs on the bed. Whisker's crocked tail is thumping because he's not happy with the hierarchy order at present. He starts giving me a new hairdo. The gamer had been up for over 24 but I was calculatingly, ignoring the summond coming soon. I layed there about 30 minutes and said forget it. I want my coffee with vanilla creamer and sugar. The question came, "are you staying up?" "Want do you want for breakfast ?" Bacon and biscuits it is. The slippery slope began with the gamer deciding he wouldn't meet with his caseworker today. My stomach starts churning; it's going to be a challenge today! Thank goodness I got her voice mail. Yep, I'm the coward today. My grandson told me earlier in the week the bad thoughts are back. Hom and suc ideation has been prevalent since JayJ died in 5/2014, his Dad, my son. I told my daughter in law, and she never called me back. This is difficult for her to deal with. He has a cocktail of health care providers now. The encouragement from the principal at school, me, and his counselor. It took him running away in the rain with his umbrella walking for over 2 hours in route to my place. I knew I needed to walk gingerly around her when I came over to watch the boys. She was on her phone as usual. She hurried on to work. Zayn loves climbing trees and he had to show me before his Mom left. I am overjoyed when he smiles from a happy place inside and laughs deep from his belly. I fed the boys a quick sandwich with yogurt, and fruit for dinner. Zayn has his games on my iPhone so off he went for peace and quiet in his room from his little brother who loves to get into his stuff. Atlas and I made Christmas wreaths cut out from paper plates. We colored, cut, and glued out masterpieces. He wore his as a hat. We both enjoy puzzles so I downloaded Christmas puzzles and we both throughly enjoyed doing them and watching the snow come down in the scenes with Christmas music in the background. I found an assortment of Christmas music we could listen to. I know it's early, but you make do with what you have to speard love and laughter for grandson's. Atlas got a quick bath, warm jammies. Mom came home on her phone and headed outside to smoke. I didn't get to hug her and tell her I love her. After so many deaths in my family, most get hugs and I love you before I go. Zayn got his stuff for the weekend and we couldn't get home quick enough. He went straight to bed and I made me some coffee. All three cats are in bed with me, tv on for noise and I'm finishing up today. Gamer just came in and asked 11:50 pm if I would go to McDonalds? Nope is the answer; I'll go at 8:30 am and surprise Zayn with his beloved pancakes. Night
Friday, November 11, 2016
Hold on a cotton picking minute. I've been working on this blog tonight and must admit I've had some success. The side bar has me baffled but that's for another time. Low and behold, I have to get up earlier than normal and hit the floor a walking notice I didn't say running in the morning. The gamer, ( Walker ) has his caseworker coming over for a chat and a visual. I must do some dusting, clean the cat box, and sweep and vacuum floors. I noticed I need to clean windows and glass too. I shared a recent photo of my grandsons, Zayn, 10 years and Atlas 4 years in December. We went to a local Conservation Area here in Jefferson City and on display they had owls. Atlas didnt want to leave the exhibit, but with some encouragement we did some arts and crafts and read a story about owls. The children had popcorn and cocoa to drink. It was a nice evening for all. Friday evenings, I watch the boys while their mother, Erin works part time until Christmas. The boys and I have a good time. Zayn comes to my townhouse for the weekend after Mom comes home near 10 pm. I bring him back after church Sunday night.