Saturday, November 24, 2012

Ten on Tuesday

I think, since I haven't done this for awhile, I finally have ten things to write about.  I actually started this post on Tuesday, but now it's Saturday.

1.  We finally had the builder come to talk about our addition the night before we left for Cincinnati.  He gave us the name of his architect and the architect is coming next Monday.  I had thought we would go abour 12 feet out from the house, but RW wants to go 18 to 20.  That's fine with me--usually I have to talk him in to anything that costs money. 

2.  Grandson Michael spent the night last Friday.  His big sisters, Katie and Sara, participated in Girls on the Run and their final run was a 5K downtown.  Each girl had to have a parent run with them, so both Amy and Dave went.  We had a really good time with Michael.  He's such a happy little fellow.  I was on the computer and he was talking to himself and moving all around playing with animals and pillows.  I asked what he was doing, and he said, "I'm playing with my imagination.  Don't you know little boys have imaginations, grandma?" Last week after their cleaning lady had come and made his bed he was upset that she put his Fredbird next to Tyrannosaurus Rex, telling his mom, "They fight all of the time.  We can not put them next to each other."

3.  RW had to put his mother in the nursing home last Thursday.  He took her to the Dr. on Wed. and Friendship Village, where she had a apartment, insisted on moving her into the "health center" the next day.  It was pretty hard on RW because his mother was very angry.  They lied to her and said she was just going to the health center temporarily to get some physical therapy and to regulate her medicine, but she'll never move back to her apartment.  We all wanted a private room for her, but none were available yet, so she has a room mate.  She's a little better this week; in fact she told my sister in law yesterday that she might just stay where she is because her room mate needs her to take care of her.  I think that will help her a lot, to feel needed.

4.  We had a fancy aunt lunch on Sunday for my niece Clare and sister in law Didi.  It's always fun getting together and my sister Kay made a delicious casserole for lunch.  Another sister just let us know she will have a fancy aunt lunch next month for my sisters Lorie and Nancy. 

5.  I'm planning a baby shower for my niece who is having a little girl the end of March.  Another niece is going in on the shower with me.  I thought we would have it at my house, but the one having the baby wants to invite five friends in addition to our family, which is over twenty people.  I'm thinking about asking the minister of the church next door if we could use some space there.  We're having it the Sat. after Christmas, so almost everyone will be in town.

6.  RW's older sister was in town and stayed with us from Sunday until Wednesday.  She came to get her mother's apartment cleaned out, at least the closets.  It was great because my husband just has one brother here in town who works out of town, so RW has to do so much for his mother.

7.  I went to the pulmonologist this week and my lung capacity has gotten better.  I think it was at 48% capacity last year and this year it was at 56%.  When I first went a couple of years ago he told me I would never get any function back, but hopefully we could stop the progression with medication.  Unfortunately, I had not lost any weight in the past six months, and he told me I needed to start working on that again.  At least I didn't gain back any of the weight I had lost.

8.  On Monday evening we were sitting here in our family room talking with RW's sister, and we kept hearing sirens.  I looked out the window and saw lights flashing everywhere.  The house about three doors up was on fire.  They were not home and the fire was coming out of the back of the house.  There were six fire trucks, though I don't think they needed all of them.  It was awful watching them breaking the windows and see the black smoke pouring out.  We learned later that they were having a new roof put on, and the roofers were using a blow torch on the back porch roof, and they think a spark must have ignited the roof.  Luckily the neighbors behind them saw the flames and called 911.  I heard the damage was confined to the attic and one room upstairs, but the whole house had smoke damage.

9. Granddaughter Corinne had her Feis in Rhode Island last weekend.  She did not win any ribbons, but I think they had a good time anyway.  She is in a more advanced level now and the competition is much stiffer. 

10.  We had a nice Thanksgiving.  We only had 12 people at our house, since none of our out-of-town kids came in.  They will all be here for Christmas.  I went to take a few pictures and the battery on my phone camera was worn down.  We went to my youngest sister's for dessert, but I was pretty tired so I didn't stay long.  It was really nice seeing all of the little ones.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Busy Week & Picture Overload

We had a great time in Cincinnati.  Stephanie is so cute and has such a darling little personality.  We played with her a lot and ate a lot and took lots of pictures.

On Saturday we went to the park with a friend of John's who is a photographer, and he took pictures of Stephanie in her Christening gown and pictures for their Christmas card.  It was a beautiful day and Stephanie did really well.  Her favorite part seemed to be swinging when it was over.

We got wonderful news--Stephanie is going to be a big sister.  The baby is due June 1.  We're all praying for another healthy baby.

We got home Monday afternoon and I started working once again on Corinne's Irish step dress.  It was too short so Kate sent it back last week.  I had to order more material to match the skirt but got it done Tuesday and sent it priority mail.  I just heard from Kate and they got it this morning but the zipper broke when she tried it on.  Luckily Kate found a cleaners who replaced it and they are going to Providence at six tomorrow morning.  Kate said Corinne told her she wanted to start planning her next dress with me, but Kate told her to wait a few years and not grow any more.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Happy Days are Here Again

I missed a few days again and am getting ready to go to Cincinnati in the morning.  We had a great Halloween:

We are more than thrilled with the election results.  Hopefully our country can start to work together instead of each party against the other and get some things done.

Fortunately, my son in New York and daughter in Boston were not affected by Sandy.  Some people in New Jersey are still without power a week later.  I really think global warning is a reality.

I need to go pack my bags since we'll be leaving here in about eight hours.  Lots of picture to come.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Hollywood Squares

Hollywood Squares:
These great questions and answers are from the days when ' Hollywood Squares' game show responses were spontaneous, not scripted, as they are now. Peter Marshall was the host asking the questions, of course...
Q.. Paul, what is a good reason for pounding meat?
A. Paul Lynde: Loneliness!
(The audience laughed so long and so hard it took up almost 15 minutes of the show!)

. Do female frogs croak?
A. Paul Lynde: If you hold their little heads under water long enough.

If you're going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be?

A. Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.

True or False, a pea can last as long as 5,000 years.

A. George Gobel: Boy, it sure seems that way sometimes.

You've been having trouble going to sleep. Are you probably a man or a woman?

A.. Don Knotts: That's what's been keeping me awake.

According to Cosmopolitan, if you meet a stranger at a party and you think that he is attractive, is it okay to come out and ask him if he's married?

A.. Rose Marie: No wait until morning.

Which of your five senses tends to diminish as you get older?

A. Charley Weaver: My sense of decency.

In Hawaiian, does it take more than three words to say 'I Love You'?

A. Vincent Price: No, you can say it with a pineapple and a twenty.

What are 'Do It,' 'I Can Help,' and 'I Can't Get Enough'?

A. George Gobel: I don't know, but it's coming from the next apartment.

As you grow older, do you tend to gesture more or less with your hands while talking?

A. Rose Marie: You ask me one more growing old question Peter, and I'll give you a gesture you'll never forget.

Paul, why do Hell's Angels wear leather?

A. Paul Lynde: Because chiffon wrinkles too easily.

Charley, you've just decided to grow strawberries. Are you going to get any during the first year?

A.. Charley Weaver: Of course not, I'm too busy growing strawberries.

In bowling, what's a perfect score?

A. Rose Marie: Ralph, the pin boy.

It is considered in bad taste to discuss two subjects at nudist camps.. One is politics, what is the other?

A. Paul Lynde: Tape measures.

During a tornado, are you safer in the bedroom or in the closet?

A. Rose Marie: Unfortunately Peter, I'm always safe in the bedroom.

Can boys join the Camp Fire Girls?

A.. Marty Allen: Only after lights out.

When you pat a dog on its head he will wag his tail. What will a goose do?

A. Paul Lynde: Make him bark?

If you were pregnant for two years, what would you give birth to?

A. Paul Lynde: Whatever it is, it would never be afraid of the dark.

According to Ann Landers, is there anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?

A. Charley Weaver: It got me out of the army.

It is the most abused and neglected part of your body, what is it?

A. Paul Lynde: Mine may be abused, but it certainly isn't neglected.

Back in the old days, when Great Grandpa put horseradish on his head, what was he trying to do?
A. George Gobel: Get it in his mouth..

Who stays pregnant for a longer period of time, your wife or your elephant?

A. Paul Lynde: Who told you about my elephant?

When a couple have a baby, who is responsible for its sex?

A.. Charley Weaver: I'll lend him the car, the rest is up to him.

Jackie Gleason recently revealed that he firmly believes in them and has actually seen them on at least two occasions. What are they?

A. Charley Weaver: His feet.

According to Ann Landers, what are two things you should never do in bed?

A. Paul Lynde: Point and laugh.