Saturday, September 16, 2017

John Prine Rocked Charleston Last Night

Last night, I enjoyed my Mother's Day gift from NashvilleDaughter. In May, this very thoughtful child gave me two tickets to see John Prine. John Freaking Prine, Y'all. I've been a fan of his for over 3 decades. DECADES. And have never seen him in concert.




Well, now I have and it was FABULOUS! He sang several of my favorites. I mean, I love all of his music but I do have favorites. And he sang several of them. Like this one:

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And he danced off stage which was so awesome! I do have a video of this but Blogger is not being nice right now. 

I was among my people. 

The crowd was wonderful too and Y'all know I am not a fan of crowds. But I was among 'my people' so... We weren't the youngest people there but we weren't the oldest. These were people with whom you could start up a conversation and enjoy it. Strangers who share a love of all things Prine. There were familiar faces there, as well. Two of them being two of my favorite people in the world. 

The North Charleston PAC was the perfect venue!

The venue was lovely. I've been there several times- the North Charleston Performing Arts Center- and I was delighted to see they have kept the place quite nice. Except for the seats. Those things are so uncomfortable. Seriously, the hard wooden pews at the Ryman in Nashville are more comfortable than these seats. Did it matter? Not once John Prine took the stage!

Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys was the show opener.

The band who opened was good. Very talented. But I didn't know any of their songs and I was there for John Prine. It's Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys and the music was good. He was funny and there really was no denying the talent so I will pull them up on Spotify and listen just to be fair (several of their songs were quite appealing) but not knowing them or their songs had me becoming bored and a little impatient. Once John Prine took the stage, it was all worth it!

We knew that Prine had had some serious health issues but no one could tell it last night. Either he has doctors who work miracles or great resolve (or a combination) but he showed everyone that he's still going strong!

If you love John Prine and he comes to a venue near you, GO. Go and enjoy. You will not be sorry!



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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Stormy Hodgepodge

Here we are after that nasty Hurricane Irma. We were lucky, even though she was still strong as she moved into the Charleston area. Flooding, wind damage, lost docks and boats...and we were just on the outer bands of the thing. Here at our house, we were fine and never even lost power which is a miracle since Mother is here and is still on oxygen. Others were not so lucky. It seems the next one will go out to sea and I hope that's just what he does. I hate those things. 

But I love the Hodgepodge! And that's what we're here for today! Let's get started!

From this Side of the Pond


1. Is a picture worth a thousand words? Sometimes. Elaborate. Well, there's this:



That's NashvilleDaughter on the left and her big sister on the right. I love this picture. 
2. Have you ever driven any part of the Pacific Coast Highway? Nope. If so what was your favorite stop? If not, is this sort of trip on your bucket list? I do enjoy road trips but the west coast is not on my bucket list. Although, I would enjoy visiting Alaska or the Vancouver area. 

3. How do the changing seasons affect you? Other than hay fever? I love moving out of summer into fall and fall into winter and the nostalgia they evoke. As the seasons change do you find yourself looking more forward or backward? I do become quite nostalgic when fall arrives. The same with winter. Which season-season transition bothers you most? To be honest, they all bother me. Why do you suppose that is? It's due to the hay fever which, in my case, is not limited to one season. I'm also especially bothered by the transition from spring to summer because I know the oppressive heat is coming and hurricane season. But I do appreciate all the seasons, even summer. 

4. It's your birthday and you get to pick the dinner menu. What are we having? Probably Chinese take out unless someone wants to go to Fleet Landing in which case I'll have one of everything on the menu. Do you ever lie about your age? I'll take the 5th on this one. 

5. What's a life lesson you've learned recently? If we all threw our problems in a big pile, we'd grab our own back straight away. Maybe because our problems don't seem so bad when compared to others and maybe because there's a sort of comfort with our own problems.  

6.  Insert your own random thought here. Hurricane Irma packed way more of a punch to the Charleston area than I thought she would. Of course, it was nothing compared to Florida but we did have flooding and a couple of tornadoes that touched down not to mention the wind damage to homes all over the county. Hurricanes are scary storms and I am not a fan, no one is. I'm almost to the point that,  should another one hit us, I'm out. Moving. Changing my address. Every June-November we hope a hurricane won't come our way. Hugo was more than enough for me. I'm glad Irma is gone and I'm joining everyone in saying, "NO WAY, JOSE!" Please continue to keep Texas, Florida, Georgia, and SC in your thoughts and prayers. And let's hope we've seen the last of the hurricanes for the next hundred years at least. 


The following pictures were taken by local photographer, Mic Smith. You can visit his website here.  I think he did a good job of showing how utterly stupid people can be during a hurricane. 












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Monday, September 11, 2017

What I Learned from 9 Days with Baby M

Oh yes. This grandma was schooled. I had time to prepare- nearly 2 months. I thought I was ready. It wasn't like I wasn't familiar with Baby M and her schedule since I've been her daily care provider for the first 12 months of her sweet life. But I soon discovered it really is vastly different when her parents pick her up at the end of the day vs her staying with me overnight. I also discovered how old a toddler can make you feel. But we made it through and we did have such a fun time together!



I've got a few tips to make extended visits with a grand-toddler go smoothly-


1. Make sure you have some help. 9 days with Baby M gave me an ever so slight look into the life of a single parent. How? I was the lone stranger when it came to my 9 days with the sweetest granddaughter on the planet. The help I was assured of never happened. I know part of my exhaustion was due to my age but I also know that this sweet girl has exhausted even her parents so... I thought about single parents and how they add to being the sole caretaker of their kiddos a full-time job, some of them with 2 or 3 jobs. HOW DO THEY DO IT? Their resolve must be off the charts. When do they eat? When do they sleep? When do they just sit down for a minute? Are single parents the ones who coined the phrase, "I'll sleep when I'm dead"? Now, NashvilleDaughter and DrummerBoy did come in over the Labor Day weekend and she was a tremendous help. The other two aunties? Well, one has a newborn and the other one caught a case of strep throat from her first-grade students. The one other adult who pledged to help simply didn't. If you have a significant other of any sort who lends a hand, is there for support and encouragement, go hug them right now and tell them how much you appreciate them. 

2.  Maybe don't volunteer for the task while you are caring for an aging parent in your home. Or maybe do. As it turned out, having Baby M around for 9 days showed Mother she is even stronger and coming along even better than we all thought including her! She even got to the point of being able to bend down and pick up toys while I was putting Baby M down for naps and the night. She had no idea she could do it but just decided to try. Who knew?! The physical therapist was blown away and immediately upped Mother's exercises. Mother did meet her 8-week goals in 4 weeks so I guess we should have guessed she could do more but you want to be careful not to overdo. One day she showered, folded her clothes, did her exercises, and picked up toys and her oxygen level never went below 94. And the laughing at and sheer delight we took in watching Baby M made the days so sweet even though we were tired. 



3.  Know that whatever her parents tell you about her nighttime schedule will not be the same while she's at your house. That's just the way it is with grand-loves so delight in your time
instead of being concerned about schedules. Grandma's house is for fun, not schedules.
4.  Go ahead and give them that popsicle if you want to. Seriously, it's not like they get treats like that all the time but when they're at Grandma's house well, that's part of being there! BTW, Baby M LOVED the popsicle. Also BTW, the other grandma came by and brought donuts one day. Oh yes, we did!
5.  Speaking of the other grandma, if you live close enough open your door to her. Baby M loves it when both grandmas dote on her at the same time.
My girl with her girl. 
6.  Do not even attempt to have an agenda while she's at your house. I knew this would be ridiculous so all projects were gladly put aside. When they're this young, you just can't do it unless you have the super power of extra energy and don't need sleep at all. Besides, what's more important than spending time with your granddaughter? Not one single thing. 

7.  Other than picking up the toys and washing dishes, just leave the house until she goes back home. The chores will be there, but she's only this young once. Spend the time enjoying your time with her.
8.  Go outside. Even if it's just the backyard, go. Kids love the outdoors so hanging out in the yard, going for walks, to the park, the beach, even the grocery store will be fun for them. It's also a wonderful perk that you get to show them off. Don't even try it, you know you do it too!
9.  Social media, blogging and the like...Ok, at first I thought people can get over it I'm not doing any of that while Baby M is here. But then she did so many cute and funny things and she's such a great kid that I did take the time to brag. I mean, I'd hate for everyone to miss out on so much cuteness. Again, don't even try to deny it. I know Y'all do it too.
10. Expect to be tired. I'm not a fan of expectations but it's ok to expect to be tired because that's the one thing you won't be able to avoid. Plus, if you expect it you will be aware you need to make the best use of your time when the little one is sleeping. You won't be at your best if you don't get some rest.

11. Expect the unexpected. No kidding. And then, go with the flow. For example, I had no idea Baby M would be cutting molars while she was here which would result in some major discomfort for her in several ways. I also did not know that Tucker would have diarrhea all over the small rug in Mother's room on that same day. Seriously, you just have to laugh. 

Mostly, just have fun with your little visitor. It's a great time and it's over in a flash. Especially when the parents cut their trip short because of a hurricane coming your way. Then not coming your way, Then giving you tropical storm force winds and tons of rain. All of which is better than a cat 4 or 5 hurricane. I hope that everyone in the direct path got out and found safe shelter. 

What can we add to the list, Y'all? 


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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fear Not, It's the Hodgepodge

It's time for the Hodgepodge again, Y'all. The weeks are flying by, as usual, and the fall holidays will soon be here. Let's hope Hurricane Irma stays the heck away from here. Evacuating for a hurricane is not easy and with the influx of others into our area, it's just a big bunch of chaos around here. Seriously, who moves to an area without researching weather patterns indicative of the area? These people are buying up everything and going into panic mode with hurricane prep. When the storm is a cat 4 or 5 you do not prep. You evacuate. The way they erect these $500,000- $1,000,000.00 homes in less than 30 days, they better get out. Those houses are not going to be here after something like Irma. Anyway, let's all hope and pray that the storm takes a hard northern turn and heads out to sea to die without bothering anyone, anywhere. 

On a much happier note (and without a soapbox), here's the Hodgepodge! 

From this Side of the Pond

1. When you think about your future what do you fear most? I used to fear more personal things like becoming dependent or death but these days I fear mass destruction. Hope for the most? Same here, these used to be more personal like freedom in several areas but these days, world peace. 

2. September is National Chicken Month. How often is chicken on the menu at your house? Less than weekly. What's a favorite dish made with chicken? There is a crock pot creamy chicken and pasta meal that is delightfully comforting so I'll go with that.  What's something you're a 'chicken' about doing or trying? Loads of things... sky diving, walking out on that glass bridge, mountain climbing, bungee jumping...the list goes on. 




3. What are three things you don't own but wish you did? A car. That's really all I can think of at the moment. I am not someone who needs a lot as far as material things go and I certainly don't do fancy anything. But a car of my own would be quite nice. 

4. Would you rather be a jack of all trades or a master of one? I'm not sure where I stand on this one. Elaborate. If I am only a master of one trade, I am only useful in instances where that knowledge is useful or needed. Of course, if I was going for the Nobel Peace Prize or notice of some other sort, being a master of one area would be perfect. However, I do not like the spotlight at all so I guess a jack of all trades would have to be my choice. What I'd really prefer is to be the master of one coupled with being a jack of all trades. That way, I'm would be of use and sound smart. Ha!  If you answered one, which one? I chose BOTH! 😂

5. Ketchup or mustard? Ketchup. On what? Hot dogs, hamburgers, scrambled eggs and...I think that's about it, Y'all. I rarely use mustard on anything. I'm a mayo gal. A DUKE'S mayo gal! 

6.  Insert your own random thought here. It's day 6 of 9 days with Baby M. We're still alive and seriously Y'all, that's saying something. It took me until yesterday to get over the initial exhaustion. Thankfully, NashvilleDaughter and DrummerBoy came to town to visit and meet Baby R. NashvilleDaughter is nothing less than a pure delight and she brings sunshine with her every time. She was my saving grace with Baby M by stepping in and helping out whether it was with boring housework or fun playtime with Baby M. 



I feel like we'll make it now. Monday was questionable. I've learned a few things about taking care of a 13-month-old for 9 days straight when you're middle-aged and Y'all can expect a post about that soon. Like, after my 3-day nap that begins as soon as Baby M's parents pick her up on Saturday. Poor baby has been suffering from teething which makes her miserable. But she's doing better now and we're hoping she's finished for a while. Can Y'all even imagine how it would feel to cut 4+ teeth at once? I'm so glad she won't remember such misery. She really is feeling much better, though. 




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Monday, September 4, 2017

Football and Babies!

That was our weekend down here. Which means it was practically perfect. It would have been perfectly perfect had the NFL season actually started yesterday but it didn't so, practically perfect will have to do.

Baby M was dressed for the opening day of college football season with the cutest little bloomers sporting her favorite team logo. It was difficult to get her to be still long enough to get a clear picture-






I got these from a cute Etsy shop called, The Bee Garden. I didn't leave Baby R out but his mommy and daddy are not Clemson fans. His mommy pulls for UNC even though she attended Wofford. I'm not sure if his daddy has a favorite college team. But he pulls for the Broncos on Sundays. Which is not that bad. At least he's not a Patriots or (Heaven forbid) a Falcons fan. 😂😇


When Baby R arrives, Baby M has to get in her car seat, too. Because they're cousins and cousins do lots of things together. Even when they are very, very young.




This girl and DrummerBoy came from Nashville for the weekend. She can brighten up the dreariest of dreary days so Y'all can imagine how amazing she makes a really good weekend. She loved spending time with her niece and nephew.


This morning, Baby M had a video message for her mommy and daddy:

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Hope Y'all are enjoying your Labor Day!


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