Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My wonderful daughter

In my little world of "blog-not-sure-how-it-goes" the computer gods from the never-never land decided that I needed a google account and, of course, that taxed my little pea-sized memory chip. Enters my daughter, she made it all better so I am now back to the blogger world!!! She does these things on a whim and always surprises me with how thoughtful she is. As busy as she is right now (2 year old controlling her world) she still finds the time to do nice things for me. But that has always been her-no matter if she lived 1/2, 3/4 of the country away or way over in Japan she was always there. We just won't discuss my long distance bills (thank the stars for Skype and now Altell-my circle). Anyhoo just my simple way of saying thank you and telling the world how very nice my daughter is.
The sun is shinning--not an easy thing in Michigan. In January we had 20% of available sun and in December we had 8% (that was NOT a typo !!!) So with sun and the temp in the very high 40's (have to take my "happy" where I find it) going to stop playing with my 'puter and clean house and open windows and air out the house. That should work for about 4 1/2 mins. until I get cold--my world, I live in it!!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What--Snow !!

Well, it's a good winter white morning. OK, it's Michigan and snowing so the best part of this is that I can sit back and do some more x-stitching. OH, I know that I could clean house, do laundry and start that spring cleaning issue thing in my kitchen cupboards but----it's snowing and cold outside so can't work. Listen-my story - going to stick to it.

In one of my idea-flashes (gotta stop drinking first thing in the morning) I decided to make myself a "holiday tree". I found the most darling dowel tree and decided to make a set of Halloween ornaments. Sounded good...than said to me....can't do one for yourself without doing one for the daughter-person and the granddaughter (didn't even factor in the grand-pup). So ordered two dowel trees. Off of stitch..got the Halloween ornaments done, started (and finished) the thanksgiving and x-mas ornaments. Very busy patting me on the back when I went into a store (this in December!!!) and saw the valentine's going up--OK that was not going to happen this year BUT I now have the Easter ones done. Have to make them into hangers and ship them to daughter and little-bit. The daughter-person has come up with ALL sorts of ideas for holidays. I can live with valentine day, birthday, even a "summer-fall-spring" thing but she is making up holidays as she goes along (of course, to her credit she does say "no real pressure, MOM--when will you be mailing them" ) :)
Had planned to put the pics at the end of this but since I figured this out all by MYSELF without a call to the daughter (ok-so it's 4am in her world -she should be awake when I need her) this is as good as it "gits"
Off to stitch----

So thought I would share my "trees" with you. They were a joy to make and my "idea-flash" is to add a few each year so that as little-bit gets older she can pick out the ones to display on the tree each holiday. NOW--if there is justice in the world--SHE will want them all on the tree and the daughter-person can try to deal with THAT. That accorn/falling thing. tehe tehe.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

After New Years Day !!!

It's over---the tree is down, the house is back in order, the holidays are over !!! I always enjoy
putting the tree up and like to see it when it is on but 3 1/2 minutes after xmas I want my house back in it's usual shape. The outside lights are mostly down. The husband-person loves to put up outside lights and as long as I don't have to go outside in the freezing cold to help--I can say knock-your-socks-off.

Along with x-counting my next love is reading. I am a mystery reader, would not occur to me to pick up a romantic novel. One of my fav's is Janet Evanovich for lighter-type reading. I also use books on tape to walk (doesn't make exercising any easier just gives me a reason to make me do it). So, ran out of books on tape, forgot to order any from my wonderful library which forced me to go into the depths of the library and actually look for a book on tape. Found a stand alone Janet Evanovick book "Wife of Hire". Would never have picked it up because it is a romance but---I was desperate. This it a funny book, laughing out loud in the basement familyroom while all by yourself is cause to send in the little men in white with the large butterfly net. Still a good-time type of read. Now, picture this sixty-something Grand-Bag walking away on her treadmill (arms a flapping-heart rate up, etc) starting to laugh so hard she almost flys off the back of her treadmill------NOT a pretty sight. But better than if I was walking outside and started laughing-----they would have sent LARGE butterfly nets.

Was busy telling "me" that I was done with xmas, got everything done that have to be done and ran into a store to get a few things before New Years Day (it's that *&^ cooking thing again) and they were putting up valentine things !!! We need a few days to say " HEY, WE MANAGE XMAS AND SURVIVED !!!

It's Michigan: had 20 inches of snow-it's gone--it's back--gone again and now we are have freezing rain and the snow will be falling on top of that in a few hours. The good part of retirement it that I don't have to leave the house. OK--the husband-person doesn't either but the important thing it that I don't have to.

Have a good-warm day Grand-Bag

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve


Here in the winter wonderland of Michigan there is NO dreaming of a white xmas. We have it in full and very deep force. The husband-person did that snow blowing thingy three times yesterday and already once this morning. I think he just likes playing with the motor toy. You know that "the only difference between men and boys are the price of their toys!!!"-- MEN.

I am one of those women that just knows the only reason I have a kitchen in my house is because it came with the house (couldn't explain to the builder that this was not a room that was needed) so when I talk about that eight letter work (cooking) the earth kinda sifts to one side.
I am a sucker for little kids and fundraisers. Something I would never buy in a store I will buy five of from the kids next door (could be those big brown eyes). Anyway, a few week ago they were selling frozen coffeecakes. You get them (keep them frozen until ready to use)--get them out the night before you want to eat them, set them on the counter (if you have a kitchen) and when you wake up it have doubled in size, put in oven and 25 mins. later--warm baked flaky fruit coffeecake. This was heaven in a dish. Picture: me sitting the the counter with arms rapped around the coffeecake so the husband-person (the one outside in -9 wind chill snowblowing) couldn't eat my coffeecake. OK OK I did share but not happy about it.

Now the catch is that they only do fundraising so the reason I'm telling you this is that in case you are looking for a fundraiser for you school etc. this would be a good one. They were $10 each I got 3 and next year the husband-person wants 10 (ya, that's going the happen). I did a "look-up" and I might be able (after the holidays) to order some from the local dealer. Anyway the
website is : www.butterbraid.com

With my precious granddaughter in Washington (along with the wonderful daughter and son-in-law) we will be alone for xmas so going to sit and watch mind numbing TV and x-count. After years of hosting 20 plus family members for the holidays this seems kinda nice.

Have a warm-white and Merry Christmas

Friday, December 19, 2008

Snow !!!!&^%$

Well now----did I say I lived in Michigan, did I explain that "lake effect" snow thing??? Went to bed at midnight got up at 6:45 am to a winter wonderland--great just great !!! There is 14 in.
of snow, it is STILL snowing and we are being told that we should expect ANOTHER 6 - 12 in.
before it stops. Of course, that is just today. On Friday night-same thing and on Monday night same old same old. The husband-person is snowblowing because he says if he waits until it stops snowing it will be to deep to snowblow. MY humble thought was so wait inside (warm, dry, TV working) for spring and let it melt. But we all know that men are from a very different world.

So at this time, I (warm and dry) am checking email, blogs (thank my darling daughter) and will start to cross-stitch (under a nice warm blanket) !!

I do feel sorry for that folks that arn't done xmas shopping and need to get out in this weather.
And the people that have to go to work. I am lucky to not be working (that retirement thing).
Bad thing is that I have this wall-to-wall huband (in english that means HE is also retired)
I think he needs a parttime job--HE thinks he's just fine. Guess who is right !!!!!

Have snowy but warm day.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

This will be the very first time I "post". Not sure if I can figure this out but my wonderful
daughter who blogs, writes and does so many great things says in her outside voice "YOU
CAN DO THIS" so here goes.

I live in the snow covered state of Michigan. We have a wonderful son-in-law and daughter living in the sate of Washington. And with them lives the star in our world--granddaughter,
Emi Victoria. Emi is the delight of my world. I talk to Kimberly daily (thanks-Alltel and
Skype) and whenever I hear her babbling in the background my heart smiles.

I am a cross-stitcher. I have stitched for more years than I want (choose) to count. I
taught my daughter to stitch (also more years ago than I should count) and together we
have had many happy times stitching, talking and traveling centered around our hobby/

I hope to put pics on this eventually (daughter says I can master that to!!!!!). But for
today, this is a practice thing.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

First try

I just found this-my first try to blog and while I have since learned how to blog there are these thoughts in this blog that came start from my heart and I would like people to see them so going to post this and hope that you understand that this was a very first try.

We set up our Xmas tree yesterday and while is seems so early I just looked at the calender and realized that Xmas is three weeks from today. Now, just how did that happen. So I have to get my box ready to mail to my daughter, her very nice husband and my darling granddaughter.

Emi--how do you explain the light in the very room that you are in. All grandchildren are the light of a grandparents life but Emi is so special. She was much wanted and waited for by my daughter, Kimberly. The trip to adopt Emi had so many ups and downs that I give my daughter so many love-pats for her patience. Since they live almost a county away (Michigan to Washington state) I don't get the everyday hands on but she is so special and so loved. Might be good that I am a little ways away.....could do that spoil thing real easy.

OK, I have tried this blogger thing....someday I will put pics of some of my cross count projects on in case anyone is interested. Thanks for the understanding and patience as I try this new endevor.