Friday, March 13, 2015

Thinking Outside the Box

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Some months ago I noticed my grandson, Jace, spinning things - - anything and everything that would spin. He’d spin spoons, forks, cups, bowls, and more. Like I said, anything that would spin. 

At first I didn’t pay much attention to it, I thought it was just Jace being Jace, doing his Jace thing. He’s been an ‘outside-the-box’ thinker since he first learned to move his body parts.

I saw forks, spoons, and hot wheel cars spinning off and on throughout several days and still thought nothing of it. Then, one day I noticed one of my kitchen pots spinning, spinning, spinning on Jace’s Elmo table. Jace would spin the pot then stare over into the pot intently, grinning all the while.

Finally, I looked over his shoulder and found the source of his fascination. There were four of my tiny little brightly colored craft pom-poms spinning around the bottom of the pot. Each time the pot stopped, he’d spin it again – just to see the pom-poms float around.

So, that’s it!

Duh! Kids have always been fascinated with spinning things. Gosh, I was enthralled with things that spin when I was a kid. Come to think of it, we spent a lot of time spinning things too.

Did you like spinning things as a kid? Did you have a spinning top? Did your kids spin things? Did they have spinning tops? Did they enjoy them? 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Dear BFF

Girl, I can’t begin to tell you how good it was to finally get together with you yesterday. Better yet, I am so glad I eventually thought of the idea of having a meet-up for breakfast instead of lunch. The more I think about it now, the more I wonder what took me so long to “GET” to the idea.

Since my days of caregiving for Mama and grandson don’t leave me any time for lunch, one would have thought I’d come up with another time and a different way to get together sooner. Oh well, that’s a perfect example of how my mind does not work these days. It is also “water-under-the-bridge”.  I GOT it now, thank goodness!

It was so much fun sitting there in I-Hop chatting and catching up, I enjoyed every single minute of it.  The breakfast was nice and tasty too. There was so much food on the plate I couldn’t eat it all in one sitting.

It felt really good to finally get to talk to you face-to-face instead of on the phone or via text message. We had more of a chance to update each other on what has been happening in our lives. Boy oh boy, I had more fun than a monkey in a pile of bananas!

I look forward to our next breakfast with a big grin on my face, thinking of quite a lot of things I didn’t get to tell you yesterday. I’m thinking that when the weather is not so cold or rainy, we can go to the nearest park and chat while enjoying nature’s gorgeous-ness.

Okay, I’d better wrap this one up because I’m getting long-winded here. I just wanted you to know how good it was to get together again, in person.

Until we meet, greet, and eat again, my BFF.

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Monday, January 26, 2015


Things continue to be crazy around here for me. Mama came Friday for her week to stay with me. She was with my brother the week before. It has been so cold I don’t get a chance to go outside for breaks like I do when the weather is nice. So we are (and have been much of that time) stuck in the house looking at each other looking lost and forlorn.

As usual, it has been a steady round of bringing, fetching, carrying, and doing. It’s up early in the morning to give her breakfast and medications at nine am. Next is her eleven am snack, no meds. One o’clock, and it’s time for lunch. There’s another snack time and a fluid pill at 3 pm.

It’s dinner/supper time at 6 pm and time for her night time meds. She used to go to bed at five o’clock in the evening, but she seems to be staying up later and later these days. A couple of times since she’s been here, she has been up past seven pm.  Ummmm, interesting, huh?

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a whole lot more busy-ness going on, but I had better stop so I can post this. If I try to tell it all, that won’t happen.

Anyway, I am just checking in to update you on where I have been and what’s happening with me. How are you? I hope you had a good weekend, did you? What did you do? I didn’t do anything print worthy, but the weekend was okay. 

Have a great week everyone! 

Monday, January 19, 2015

True Confessions

I made a posting schedule of what to write about on what days, when to write on which blog or what website, and how often I would write on each. I put it away to think it over more thoroughly.

After careful consideration, I decided to continue doing what I'm doing the same way I'm doing it. That is, I guess I will keep on flitting around in cyberspace like a spaced-out butterfly until I figure out how to make this work for me.

I'm glad I didn't jump up on my mighty "high-horse" and publish the schedule for the whole wide world to see. Now, I don't have to stress if I don't stick to it.

So much for confessions.

How is your New Year going so far? Did you make New Year's resolutions? What do you think about making resolutions?

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Monday, December 29, 2014

So How Was Your Christmas?

 Did you have a Merry Christmas? We had a pretty good holiday here, especially grandson, Jace. He got the one big item he wanted and several of the smaller ones, so he was a very happy little boy. We (the grown-ups) had the best time watching him jump for joy as he opened his presents.

He ripped the wrapping paper from packages faster than a paper shredder. As soon as he had the package opened enough to see what it was, he tossed that one aside. In the blink of an eye, he was tearing into the next gift. Needless to say, he had a great time on Christmas day!  We had an even better time watching him having fun.

How was your Christmas? Would you care to share how yours went? What did you do? Who did you celebrate with?

Not everybody celebrates Christmas. So, if you don't celebrate Christmas please do tell me what you celebrate instead?

Happy New Year Everyone!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Thank You for Your Friendship

Here is hoping that your Christmas is filled with peace, love, laughter and happiness.  

Wishing you a Holiday Season full of contentment and joy,

Have a Merry Christmas!

Thank you all for your friendship and for including me in your circle 

with Love & prayers.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Quiet Sunday Afternoons

Today the weather was pleasantly cool, not much sunshine to speak of. It was mostly overcast and cloudy, which is fine with me.

I didn’t sleep the whole day away, but I did sleep in a bit. I got up only because I had to cook. I would have preferred to stay in bed all day long being lazy, but if I wanted to eat I had to cook.

I love quiet Sunday afternoons, and this one was perfect. It was perfect for curling up with a good book to read or with my laptop to play blogging. One or the other will be my first stop after dinner is finished.

Since I couldn’t very well stay in bed all day like I wanted to I decided to cook, but only enough for today. Tomorrow can take care of itself.

I had taken some chicken wings and pork chops out of the freezer last night to thaw. I seasoned those and popped them in the oven to bake.

I had a package of chicken seasoned rice so I put that on. Then I started a skillet of grilled chicken breast strips with vegetables to simmering. That’s enough! That will do the trick. I planned to chop some lettuce and tomatoes for a quick salad later.  

Cooking dinner didn’t take long and I had everything simmering in no time at all. That’s good because I hate cooking. With dinner almost done and I was ready to relax.

How was your day? What did you do all weekend? Did you do anything fun and interesting? Would you care to share?

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Caregiver Forgot to Feed Mama Lunch on Sunday

Mama’s caregiving schedule is pretty well set. Certain things get done at specific times. Mama’s day starts with breakfast and morning medicines at 9:00 am. Her mid-morning snack is at 11:00 am. Then it is lunch time at 1:00 O’clock. Three O’clock is time for her mid-afternoon snack and medicines.

Sunday the caregiver got a really late start. Chores that had been put on hold occupied all of her time. She tackled the chores with a vengeance, made a big dent in things that needed to be done. Caregiver was on a roll, the girl was making headway . . .  big time!

The caregiver got so much done, she surprised herself. She couldn’t believe she had done so much in such a short amount of time. At 3:30 pm, my daughter Jordyn, returned home from her errands. Mama asked Jordyn, “Can I have some lunch?”

Jordyn was perplexed, to say the least. She questioned her grandmother and the caregiver to get to the bottom of things. It didn’t take long to find the answer. Caregiver had been SO busy, she forgot about Mama’s lunch.  


Who is this caregiver?!

ME! OOoops, I was the caregiver. I guess I am going to have to set myself an alarm from now on.

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

50 Days of Pre-School

How cute is this!? Grandson Jace’s school celebrated 50 days of school last Tuesday, November 5, 2014. The note to parents informed that the children could dress as children dressed in the 1950s.

The boys could wear black or white T-shirts with the sleeves rolled up, black leather jackets or blue jean jackets with the collar turned up, and blue jeans with the legs rolled up. To top off, or bottom off, the outfit they could wear Converse sneakers. We used to call them tennis shoes, now they’re called sneakers.

Oh, how cute this is going to be!

Jace’s mommy wondered what clothes he had available and what kind of 1950s looking outfit she could put together for him. I spent the time smiling inwardly, thinking about how cute the little kids would look in their outfits.

I didn’t see Jace before he left for school so I spent the day wondering how the celebration was going. Jace usually strips out of his school clothes before he comes into my room to tumble around on the bed. Tuesday he came to my room straight away to show me his outfit for the day.

WOW, he looked so cutely 50-ish in his little blue jeans, white T-shirt, and Converse sneakers! He babbled and jabbered and told me all about his day at school. It sounded wonderful, like they had the best old time.

There you have it, 50 days of pre-school for grandson Jace. 

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fever-Free Week

I have been trying to get here to post since Thursday. I didn’t quite make, but here I am, finally. Last week was relatively uneventful as far as new illnesses or problems go, thank God for that.

Jace was able to go to school every single day last week. He remained fever-free all week. He now only has the remains of a cough. The coughing was rather disconcerting so, Jace’s mommy called the doctor.

While Mommy was on the phone, the doctor heard Jace coughing in the background. She did not like the sounds of that and, she changed Jace’s cough prescription on the spot over the phone. The new prescription worked, Jace’s cough is now much better.

Mama left Friday around noon headed back to my brother’s for a while. Thankfully, her week here was plain old routine, of meals, snacks, and meds at scheduled times. Every once in a while we were able to throw in a short walk outside, if the weather permitted.

Okay, enough already. I just wanted to let you know how things are, how they were, and what I have been up to. Next time, I will TRY to post something other than our issues and problems.

Thank you for stopping by to check on me and for the warm encouraging words. Much love to you. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Emergency Room Visit

About six o’clock last Sunday evening, grandson Jace, started with sniffles, coughing, slight chills, and the beginnings of a fever. His mommy did her Mommy thing with the proper medications. His fever remained.

Just before it was time for his bath and bedtime ritual, everything was sort of okay. All was quiet for a while. He even went to bed and slept a little while.

Around eleven pm, my daughter called out for me to come in and help out. Jace was coughing so hard he started to spit-up. The fever had spiked and the chills were severe. We talked about his issues and decided to be proactive instead of waiting around for something to happen.

We headed for the emergency room. We had to carry him inside and hold him because of the chills and fever. The doctor gave Jace a good examination. He gave Jace medicine for the fever and another for his cough, once he had gotten Jace’s medical history. He ordered chest x-rays to see what was going on inside our little trooper and we waited for results.  

Twenty to twenty-five minutes after taking the medicines, Jace was on the floor jumping and playing like nothing had happened. The doctors and nurses smiled and gave him big thumbs up as they passed our area and saw the immediate change in him.

We walked through the door at home at 3:05 am Monday morning. Jace was not ready to go to bed and Mommy and I were both starving. He sat between us as we tore open our Jack-in-the-Box breakfast.

With a fever-free baby, medical questions answered, and food filled stomachs, we head to bed…to sleep and give thank God for healing blessings once again.

Jace missed school all last week because fever issues. So we start anew this week with Jace returning to school.

Thank you God for your blessings!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Evolution of an Allergy Mom: Gluten Free Play Dough Recipe (with photos)

My photo of Jace playing with his homemade GlutenFree Play Dough
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Did you know that Play-Doh (by Hasbro) contained wheat? Many people don't, which means that many mamas wind up with sick kiddos after a day at school and have no idea why!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Caregiving Is a Full Time Job!

Well, here it is October already. Normally, I would ask that old familiar question…”where did the time go”? For once, I don’t need to ask because I know exactly where the time went.

8:00 am - I’m up in the morning making Mama’s breakfast and medicines for the 9:00 am scheduled time. Wash her dirty clothes, dry them, and get them ready for her to fold.

11:00 am – Snack time, no meds.

1:00 pm – Lunch time, no meds.

3:00 pm – Snack time. Time for 3 pm meds

6:00 pm – Dinner time and time for 6 pm meds. Time to get ready for bed, she goes to bed with the chickens.

This is just the things that are scheduled. There are many more that are not listed here. And, so the day goes in the life of this caregiver.


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Did You Know?

During life in the 1500s bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top. Hence: the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence: the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive.

So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell.

Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell. Thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a ...dead ringer.

And that's the truth. Now, whoever said History was boring!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

How to Lock Your Car and Why

This an email I received from a friend:

Thieves Don't Break Your Windows Anymore

I locked my car. As I walked away I heard my car door unlock. I went back and locked my car again three times. Each time, as soon as I started to walk away, I would hear it unlock again!
Naturally alarmed, I looked around and there were two guys sitting in a car in the fire lane next to the store. They were obviously watching me intently, and there was no doubt they were somehow involved in this very weird situation.

I quickly chucked the errand I was on, jumped in my car and sped away. I went straight to the police  station, told them what had happened, and found out I was part of a new, and very successful, scheme being used to gain entry into cars. Two weeks later, my friend's son had a similar happening.

While traveling, my friend's son stopped at a roadside rest to use the bathroom. When he came out to his car less than 4-5 minutes later, someone had gotten into his car and stolen his cell phone, laptop computer, GPS navigator, name it.

He called the police and since there were no signs of his car being broken into, the police told him he had been a victim of the latest robbery tactic -- there is a device that robbers are using now to clone your security code when you lock your doors on your car using your key-chain locking device.

They sit a distance away and watch for their next victim.  They know you are going inside of the store, restaurant, or bathroom and that they now have a few minutes to steal and run.

The police officer said to manually lock your car door-by hitting the lock button inside the car -- that way if there is someone sitting in a parking lot watching for their next victim, it will not be you.

When you hit the lock button on your car upon exiting, it does not send the security code, but if you walk away and use the door lock on your key chain, it sends the code through the airwaves where it can be instantly stolen.  This is very real.

Be wisely aware of what you just read and please pass this note on. Look how many times we all lock our doors with our remote just to be sure we remembered to lock them -- and bingo, someone has our code...and whatever was in our car.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

1st Day of School - 2014

Jace Goes to PreSchool

My gandson Jace, started school for the first time on Monday. Pre-K 4 to be exact. The day began with him bouncing excitedly into my room around 6:15 am. All the while he chants, “Wake up, MiMi. Time to wake up, MiMi!”

I opened my eyes to that big bright smile of his and his usual cheerful greeting, “Good morning MiMi. You wake up, MiMi.”  With as much enthusiasm as I could muster at that hour of the morning, I replied. “Good morning, Jace. How are you? Yes, MiMi woke up.”

We spend the next few minutes talking about Angry Birds, teleporting Angry Birds, and other Angry Bird related things. I tried to interject thoughts and questions about school into the conversation, he answered quickly and returned to his conversation about things he wanted to talk about.

I helped him with his breakfast and getting dressed for school. His mommy finished last minute details like packing his lunch, his snack, and his backpack.

Jace is ready, chatting a mile-a-minute. Soon his mommy is ready to go. Mommy grabs her purse and Jace grabs his Angry Birds Red Bird backpack. They head out the door for the car.

Jace is going to Pre-School. My baby is going to SCHOOL!!!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

News From “MiMi” – Grandmother to a Highly Allergic Grandson

EVENT:  Parent Orientation Meeting 

WHEN: Friday August 15, 2014 @ 5:30 pm

Jace, my severely allergic grandson is entering Pre-K for 4-year olds next week. We’re here for parent orientation to learn what the school expects from us and what we can expect from them.  

There were quite a few people already seated when we made it to the meeting. We chose a seat on the front row and made ourselves comfortable as we waited for the meeting to begin.

The first order of business was a presentation of the history of the school and statistics concerning its outstanding reputation for educating kids. The speaker provided us with everything we needed to know about getting our little darlings ready and delivered to them each day.  

I listened intently, as any first-time grandmother does, with ONE thought in mind. All this information is great and I thank you for it. BUT, this is not my main concern.

I need/want to talk to someone about my grandbaby’s medical issues, namely his “Nut Allergy”. I want to know who will be in charge of managing his needs, his medicines, his food consumption, and how they plan to do that.

The final speaker was the school nurse. BOY was I glad to see her!

Now, this is more like what I came here to find out. The nurse spoke, I listened. Like a child with a one-track mind, I could hardly wait until the meeting was over so, I/we could talk to her alone. I have questions and concerns that only she can address at this time. So, I wait anxiously for the general meeting to end.

At the end of the general meeting, we found the nurse.

Coming NEXT: Our visit with the school nurse and the outcome of our meeting. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Downsizing Again

I started blogging in 2008 and have been going strong the entire time. One blog led to another and another and another. Soon I had so many blogs, I couldn’t keep up with own myself.

Instead of making all of those blogs and sites public and putting them out there for the search engines, I left a lot of them in draft form. Nobody could access them but me. My intention was to fix them up really nice and publish them. That never happened. 

I have so many things going on these days, it is impossible to focus the way I should and to be truly productive. The last several months with more things to do added on top of an already full plate, it finally dawned on me that I need to get rid of some unnecessary things.

I started two weeks ago to do just that. 

-First, I eliminated several networking sites that I never visit or participate on.
-I deleted a couple of my Blogger blogs that were public but never got much public attention.
-I deleted six blogs from Blogger that remained in draft status and never saw the light of day.
-Then, I unsubscribed from six or seven newsletters I never read.
Yaaa, way to go dellgirl.

The downsizing is going well it has made a big difference already. Now, I don’t have to check on blogs I’m never going to have time to do anything with. I still have quite a bit of de-cluttering to do, going right now to work on that.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday Update: Where Have I Been?!

It’s August already, where in the world did July go?! The past two weeks have been really busy, chaotic would be more like it though. Mama came (my turn to do the care giving) on Tuesday the 22nd and left to go back to my brother’s yesterday, July 31st.

My daughter has done a ‘bang-up’ job of planning and preparing Mama’s meals while she’s in the kitchen cooking up something for herself or for grandson, Jace. When she (my daughter) is done, all I have to do is heat the meal and give it to Mama. WHAT a blessing and a sanity-saver! That means one less thing I have to do as care giver. Thank God for my beautiful caring daughter!!!

Even with food preparation eliminated from the list of things to do, care giving remains quite a task. I still have to administer medicines three times a day, get meals and snacks to her at specific times, help her get a shower, and more.

Thankfully, I have help. What a blessing that is. I don’t know how people manage who don’t have any help at all. I especially don’t know what I would do without help.

Among the blessings and the chaotic goings on, I AM one tired woman…hoping to get some much needed rest starting shortly.

How much do you know about care giving for the elderly? Have you ever had to provide care giving for a loved one? Do you have any suggestions for making the process less complicated? 


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