Saturday, May 2, 2015

Nicknames

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I ran into an old childhood friend last week, it was good to see him after so many years. We chatted a while then went our separate ways. That meeting started me thinking about nicknames, his was “BooBoo” as a child and all through high school.

We didn’t have nicknames. My daddy didn’t believe in them.  He thought most nicknames were silly.  In his opinion, it was ridiculous for a grown man to be called “Junior”, “Junior Boy”, “Lil Junior” or any other variation of the “Junior” theme. 

He thought even less of nicknames that had no connection to the person’s true name.  Maybe that was because his own nickname was “Henny”. I never thought to ask where the name “Henny” came from or what it meant. 

We never discussed it one way or the other.  He was simply Daddy. “Henny” was what other people called him. Mr. Hermise Mason Wilkins - - that’s my Daddy!  Most people called him “H.M’. Some people called him “Henny” - - his nickname.  When asked, he preferred to be called quite simply, “H.M”.

I was born, Leona (Something-dell) Wilkins - - period!  As a child, I was called just plain “Dell” or sometimes, “(Something-dell)”.  The closest thing to a nickname for me was when Daddy called me “BabyGirl”, “DG” or “Dell Girl”.  To him, they were pet names not nicknames.  And, they were for his use only, not anyone else’s.     

My brother was named after Daddy but with a completely different middle name in order to avoid the “Junior” thing. However, Daddy did keep the same middle initial as his own. 

Keeping it real, my brother was called “Herm”. This was just a shortened version of his first name. No nicknames for us! My brother didn’t even have a pet name. Since he was a boy, I guess he didn’t need one. 

Here is a short list of names that Daddy thought were downright silly and didn’t make a whole lot of sense. Included are BoBo, HoBo, JimBo, Bubba, Head, Peanut, PeeWee, Lil Bit, Shorty, and Dirty. What do you think of these? Do you know anybody with one of these nicknames?


Do you have a nickname? Does anyone in your family have a nickname? What are your thoughts on nicknames? 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

I Hate Cooking


Some people love to cook. Nothing pleases them more than getting in the kitchen and whipping up something scrumptious at the drop of a hat.

Before my mama got sick, she was one of those. If we ever said we were coming home for a visit, she flew into the kitchen and immediately started preparing our favorite foods.

I, on the other hand, am not one of those “love to cook” people.

I hate cooking! I mean I really, really HATE cooking. There is not one single thing I know of that I like about cooking.  Not one!

Well actually, I like the end result . . . the delicious hot cooked meal. And, that’s all I like about it. I hate to cook, but I love to eat. Boy, do I love to eat! So, I DO cook even though I hate it.

From time to time I might share a recipe or two that I have collected from family and friends with you. When that happens, you know that I am hungry or I just finished eating.


There you have it. That’s my rant about how much “I Hate Cooking”. How do you feel about cooking? Do you love it? Do you hate it? What?!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

How the Fight Started



I’m fighting with my daughter over a man. Yes, you heard me right. My daughter and I fight over a man. Here is how the fight started.

Sometime during the middle of October, my 4 year old grandson and I sat playing a game on his Kindle Fire Tablet. He leaned into me, snuggled closely and asked, “MiMi, am I Mommy’s baby?”

With my most serious face and a long passionate tone, I answered him, “Nooooo, you’re not Mommy’s baby. You’re MiMi’s baby.” He snuggled even closer, wrapped his little arms around my neck and squeezed. “I wuv you, MiMi.”

“I love you too, baby boy.” I answered him. He repeated this action and conversation several times. Each time I was rewarded with a great big hug and deliciously sweet kiss. This went on for weeks, off and on.

One day his mommy passed near where he and I sat while this exchange was going on. He asked his mommy, “Mommy, am I MiMi’s baby?”

His mommy did as I had done initially as she had witnessed this scene many times. She replied, “Noooooo, you’re not MiMi’s baby. You’re mine.” His face broke out in the most priceless grin you ever saw.  He looked at me and asked me again.

There we were his mommy and me. He had us going back and forth as to whose baby he was and was not. That’s our lil’ man.

 He loved every minute of it. He was as happy as a, “hog-in- slop” at the back and forth between my daughter and me about whose baby he was.

After a few weeks, she and I determined that he is already getting a joyful kick out of two women fighting over him even at this young age.


Go figure!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Another Quiet Sunday Afternoon


Easter Sunday’s weather was mostly cloudy and pleasantly cool, not much sunshine. I slept in just a little bit, not much. Grandson left on Friday to spend the weekend with his dad. Mama left going back to my brother’s (also on Friday) and I really would have preferred to stay in bed all day long to catch up on some much needed rest.

I got up only because I had decided the night before not to cook and, I had to figure out what I would eat for the day. Thoughts of rotisserie chicken, caesar salad, golden corn-on-the-cob, mac & cheese, and King’s Hawaiian rolls already cooked from Kroger danced around in my head.

Domino’s pepperoni pizza, bacon cheeseburger pizza, and a tasty oven baked chicken-bacon-ranch sandwich were second on my list for things to eat that I did not have to cook. I didn’t feel like getting dressed to go to Kroger. So, Domino’s pizza it is! I called and placed my order for delivery.

That takes care of what to eat. Now, I can concentrate on enjoying this lovely cloudy Easter Sunday resting up from my duties as caregiver.

I love, love, love, quiet Sunday afternoons! This one is perfect for so many restful things. Sitting propped-up on my bed with my laptop to blog will be so much more fun since I don’t have to cook. Now, if that pizza delivery guy would only hurry up and get here, I can begin my pizza feast. With dinner ordered and on the way, I was ready to relax.


How was your Easter Sunday? What did you do all weekend? Did you do anything fun and interesting? Would you care to share? We’d like to hear all about it. 

Have a great week everyone! 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Happy


WOW, is all I can say right now!  What an awesome day! I am alive, and I am healthy. What more can I ask? Nothing, I have it all. Thank GOD.

The weather here is overcast with clouds in the background, not a hint of sunshine anywhere on the horizon. The wind is high out today, tree limbs and leaves sway gently. Bags, paper, and other debris float by every once in a while. Absolutely gorgeous overcast day, I love it!

 I can't begin to tell you how thrilled I am to be here writing this quick post today. I’ve been away caregiving my mama AND my 5 year old grandson. I have not been able to get on here to do anything.

This post will be very brief because it’s almost snack time for both of them and medicine time for Mama. So, I will post this and run to get their needs met.

There is so much I want to say, so many questions I want to ask, but I have to go take care of these two care receivers and their tummies and their medical issues.

I just dropped in for a minute to say hi to everyone, wanted to let you know where I’ve been.

Okay, I'll stop for now. If not I’ll never get this finished and published. I will be back as soon as I can, take care. See you all later.


Have a great weekend! 

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

Crazy



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.  

WHAT!?!?

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
© by dellgirl


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!

Read more:

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



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.


Wheeeew!!!


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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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