Monday, April 22, 2019

It Is What It Is

The letter of the day is, S. And S is for sick and that's what I was and that's why letters P, Q, and R are MIA. Ok, also they're missing because I couldn't come up with anything I wanted to write about but mostly it's because I was sick.

I'm not one to get sick very often so when I do, I'm a very unhappy camper about it. I don't want to be bothered, I don't want to be waited on, I don't want to be asked every five seconds how I'm feeling because I'm sick. I'm best just left alone in my misery.

Luckily all was fine by Sunday morning and our family Easter festivities continued as planned.

S is also for sisters.

And s is also for the MIA sister who isn't really missing we know where she is she just doesn't live nearby and she's getting married in just a few weeks--

And that's it for getting back on track. I am not a fan of the saying, "it is what it is" but y'all, it is what it is.

And I'm not promising a t-word for tomorrow. Wait...

I hope everyone had a marvelous Easter celebration!


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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The OLD Wednesday Medley

Hello, Wednesday! I started to say, "Hello, Meddlers" but that didn't sound right even though we are participating in the Medley. Ha!  

Some of you know I'm participating in the April A-Z Challenge and was so excited when I thought today's letter is---P! How lucky is that?! I don't have to stretch anything because today is National Haiku POETRY day so I'm all set!  EXCEPT for one thing. Today's letter is O. How am I going to pull this one off? 

Not to mention the fact I thought today was Tuesday so...I'm late. 

1.  Haiku poetry is actually pretty easy to write.  Give it a try right here...
Because I am so old
My mind can't think of a thing
And so I stole these.
My Daughter's:
How is that my face
The mirror must be broken
I am not that old.
My dear friend's:
Bones ache at junctions
Organs with ten malfunctions
Ben Gay now unction.
AND, my O word is: OLD
2.  Haiku poetry aside, have you ever written a poem? I have written several poems over the last several decades. Will you share it with us?  Oh, heck no! I'm a poet wannabe so I'll keep those particular writings to myself. You're welcome. 
3.  Do you have a favorite poet or does poetry usually make you yawn?  I adore poetry! I have several favorite poets but I usually just go with Robert Frost when asked. My list is rather lengthy and all of them are so different. I especially love to hear poetry being read. And yes, it matters who is doing the reading. :)
4.  April 17  is National Ellis Island Family History Day, too,  Did any of your ancestors or relatives immigrate through Ellis Island from another country? None of my ancestors came here via Ellis Island as they all came over way before Ellis Island opened but they did arrive from other countries, all European. 
5.  We also celebrate National Cheeseball Day on April 17th.  Do you have a favorite cheeseball recipe to share with us or have cheeseballs basically disappeared from parties today? I do not have a cheeseball recipe mostly because I am not a huge cheeseball fan. Mother used to make one decades ago at Christmas time but I have no idea what the recipe is. It's not something that lasted all that long. I don't remember it after my grammar school days. 
6.  If you want to share, please tell us something random about your week.  Lula Mae had some tummy issues after school yesterday but felt really good by this morning. Her mommy thought it best to keep Lula Mae out of school on today, just in case so guess what I got to do? 

Yep. I got to get exhausted just watching her. I am not kidding. She. Never. Stops. There was never a fever with the upset tummy and it certainly did not slow her down. Jumping is her favorite thing right now. If anyone needs a little girl to play Tigger in a Winnie the Pooh play or movie, I've got your girl right here. 
She's going to school tomorrow. LOL


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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The News I Prefer

I've been pretty good at avoiding the news due to an event which took place in 2016 because it's been nothing but embarrassing and I prefer the news not to feature misogynistic, racist, fear monger, hate-filled, narcissistic lunatics but that's another story altogether. And not at all what this blog will ever promote.

This post is about the news I do follow. The segments featuring positivity. The ones showing humanity and hope are alive and well. The ones showing compassion for our planet and our fellow humans. People being good humans.

N is for news. The good kind.

You can skip past Jane Pauley to get to the good part in this one. 

There are so many more of these news stories out there but I'm stopping here. I'd love to hear about your favorite news story of the last year or two. Whether local, national, or international there are good people out there spreading good things and these are the stories I look for every day.

N is for news.

Monday, April 15, 2019

If You Give a Toddler a Cookie

And some icing, there's going to be a mess. A BIG mess. And no one will care because the toddlers will be having such a grand time and that's all that really matters in the scheme of things.

Yesterday, I took Lula Mae to visit Opie because cousin time is the best and thought taking cookies and icing to decorate those cookies would be a wonderfully delightfully fun idea.

M is for mess.

Someone was quite excited about going to visit her cousin.

The cookie decorating commenced immediately following the hugs and kisses portion of the day.

Yes, we used Christmas plates but we were going to have enough to wash so anything we found that could be thrown away was used. We discussed colors as we mixed them with the white icing and watched as they magically appeared in the bowls. Then, we dove right in.

One spatula of icing for the cookie

and one spatula of icing for the mouth.

Sometimes you have to hold the icing tube up high to get it to come out.

You can pick up the cookie

or just dive right in with your whole face.

We even tried the bags with the tips sort of decorating.


Fun was had and there was a sticky mess but it was contained to the table so that was a pleasant surprise. We even actually got the kids cleaned up before they touched anything which hardly ever happens. All that being said, I hope their mamas are planning on washing some hair tonight.

Afterward, there was playing and playing and playing, the sharing of lunch, and more playing and playing and playing and a huge mess was made all over the floor but it was such fun. Yes, those are chicken nuggets and fries but after you give them sugar cookies and icing what's the use of going with veggies and fruit. We can do that tomorrow.

No one was happy about leaving but we had a storm to outrun. A day of cousin time makes my heart happy. And full. But not messy. That's reserved for the kitchen table. And the family room floor.

M is for mess. And we had a blast making ours.


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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Toddlers Know Best

I've learned a lesson or two from having two grandchildren in the toddler phase of life the first being I'm so glad I don't have them every single day because toddlers are not the easiest people on earth.

Perhaps I don't remember the days I had toddlers in the house on a daily basis or perhaps I was younger and could keep up. It's probably a combination of the two. The energy alone will exhaust the fittest of grandparents and I know this because I've asked. They're tired, too.

She. Never. Stops. NEVER.

When the toddlers began talking in full sentences I had forgotten how those sentences are strung together and how answers are expected immediately and if you can't get that answer out before the next question you're going to pay and you will pay because the questions are one continuous stream of who/what/why.

Our toddlers have taught us many things like just get in there and try it even if you're a little bit scared at first.

 And if you don't like it, you can run away.

We've learned there is almost always more than one way to use things-

We've learned spinning makes you dizzy but it's so very much worth the effort--

To love our pets fully-

And dog kisses are great.

They've taught us to appreciate sleep for a variety of reasons--

That girls truly can do it all-

Even if that means being a ballerina, astronaut, dragon slayer--

Blue tutus are awesome--

So is playing in the dirt or sand--

All you need to have a blast is a chair and a blanket-

Making up your own rules for games is cool--

Asking for help when you're in a tight situation is a good idea and perfectly acceptable--

Time with family is the most wonderful time of all---

There are lessons to learn or relearn every single day spent with a toddler. Life lessons we never thought about or those we knew once upon a time but lost it when we grew up. It's grand we can take those lessons back when we become grandparents.

L is for lessons. The most valuable lessons we can learn. Those taught by toddlers.


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