Thursday, October 12, 2017

Turning Three

I don't know how it happened...it went by so fast!
First you were so little, and now you are three! Mistaken by many to be four because you are so tall and such a chatterbox...Royce my little man....you turned three!!
We went on a duffy boat for your birthday, just for about 90 mins (which is all a three year old can do)....and your Mom and Dad later took you to Beni Hana's for dinner (they had coupons from their birthdays)....
What a lucky boy to have such outgoing and fun parents! It's probably why you talk and are starting to read and know all your numbers....

You with your Mom under one of my quilts.....
 And your wonderful Dad....who keeps going even when he'd rather sleep....

And our captain, my Hubby, your wonderful Grampy!!
You had a great day....Love you!!!
Grammy

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

This Week

This week seems like it was two weeks....
It started off last Monday....our daughter's boyfriend wasn't called to work by the union, so he helped us solve a problem.
We have an outdoor fan, rated for wet, but not waterproof...and last year with all the rain, it got water in it and almost killed it. Our contractor friend, who put it up, came over and fixed it...but couldn't think of a way to solve the issue of water getting in....
So, the boyfriend thought of a "purple martin birdhouse"....like the one out front that he put together for us...
He came up with a plan to make it fit over the 6x6 post and since it was wide enough, the water will just shed away from the fan housing...
Then, before a storm...we will wrap plastic around the fan itself.....
He sealed every hole and seam and it is lots cuter than what I was coming up with....
Cute right??
But then.....
I had gotten my Hubby a gift for his birthday, which he wasn't totally thrilled with....It is from Redline Steel....I love it....but men don't see things the way women do, when it comes to decor....
And I had a different vision of where it should go....but he didn't like that idea, and to be honest, I may have been right as where I wanted to put it, it would have been too small....
Cute huh?? It does fit nicely in this little spot....
It is called the Tree of Life...which given our circumstances made sense.....
And then....
life with Molly....
Well, it's difficult having a puppy...any puppy...and Molly is really a good girl. She is pretty much housebroken....though she has that issue of excitement to see someone....and tinkles....
And she walk very nicely on the leash...hardly ever pulls....
She loves to get in your lap (which I don't encourage on chairs or couches) so I sit on the stoop outside and she cuddles....
She is not my old Belle...but she is pretty special....
The problem has been how rough she is with old Tucker....he hates her biting...which she still does with everyone....
It has been like two separate households...and she is on a leash inside a great deal so we can control her with him around....
What to do?
Well, I found "Bitter Yuck"...it is a spray designed to put on the dog for wounds etc...or furniture or whatever you don't want the dog to chew....
So, I got some and sprayed it all over Tucker, especially on the areas that she goes for....
Now, can we hear angels sing??? Yup, it worked!
Bliss! Tucker was actually smiling!!
Yes, yes, she is going to be big. She is only 4 months old...and she is half his size...yikes....
And in case you wondered, yes I have oodles of toys...all of which she thinks are hers....
She has three right there!
But all in all, she is just a baby....and loves a belly rub....
Yes, you are right, she has black belly and lots of black on her skin elsewhere...a clear marker that somewhere in her genes she has a strong black lab....we think its cute and know that is where the little "streak" comes from. It also we hope makes for a strong healthy lab....
This weekend Molly got to play with another dog...a  Strononi (sp??) named Audrey...at first she was terrified...then got into it ...Audrey is a good first playmate.....
But the funniest part of the week...well it was yesterday.
Molly couldn't annoy Tucker...and the toys were ...well...boring.....
I was taking decorative can off a miniature rose my daughter gave me and she had a new toy! She played with it ...for an hour straight! What fun she had!!
So, life is busy, even for us retired folk...
I am slowed down on quilting because of the puppy and a few other things, but do manage to get them done, though slowly....
So...I hope you have a great great week!!
Nancy

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Goodbye September

Goodbye September, Hello October!
Yesterday was for the most part a lovely day. The sky was foggy in the morning and the clouds cleared beautifully by 12.
Miss Molly got her 4 month check up and final shots, so now she can soon join a class, go to the beach or other fun activities....
I babysat Royce while his Mom went to another baby shower...and yes on of my quilts went with her....
My other daughter and her boyfriend took Hubby to the HB pier where there was an airshow....
While they were getting their hearing destroyed and getting burned to a crisp, I took Royce to a park...I pushed his old stroller the whole way (now that he is 46 lbs)....


We had a good time....he played and played and then I pushed the stroller home. I took the long way in hopes that he would take a nap, but alas, he did not...His mother wasn't pleased with me at all....Though he is almost 3, he still needs a nap...and he has always been difficult to get down for one. Let's hope that baby #2 will not fight sleep....
Today, is again overcast and chilly so far....Fall has settled in
There were geese that flew over day before yesterday and I've noticed some birds that definitely were traveling through.
Hubby has finally started feeling better....after a horrific UTI that gave him a huge fever and headache. Antibiotics are something we take for granted, but save lives....I am glad to have him around.
Well, time to walk Miss Molly
Nancy

Monday, September 25, 2017

A Sprinkle

Well, yesterday we had a "sprinkle" for my daughter who is having baby #2.
They call it a sprinkle when its for another baby and when it is "toned" down. Well, I don't do things toned down too well....I was so exhausted that I forgot to take pictures outside where the fun was.....
But, I did remember to take a few pictures inside....silly me...


The light inside was a bit bright for you to see....
I got the idea for hot air balloons from Pinterest...
We did the simplest we could do...used the paper lanterns...(Party City had a pack of three for like $5)
Then we used the hook that was on the lantern to hang with and tied ribbon to the buckets we bought (also from Party City) and I found the cute little animals at Vons of all places!
I also used plastic tablecloths (can you believe it?) and paper plates and cups! Plastic forks for the salads we had ...and voila! A Party!
We had a champagne bar for those who wished something extra to drink....we had champagne and cut up peaches and raspberries to add as well as orange juice....
That was all next to the dessert bar filled with cookies and brownies....
We had a final count of 16 which actually was delightful!
And the Mom to be...well she got "loot"....
We did a diaper raffle with two drawings...and gave "movie night" baskets filled with wine, candy and a DVD....
We also did a 1st ABC book...a page for every letter...everyone got to be an artist and draw something to go with the letter...then we gave a prize for the picture that everyone thought the best...another basket!
It was fun...but I am still so tired.
Nancy

Thursday, September 21, 2017

We All Fall Down

So, those you are praying for my Hubby...
Please keep the prayers going...
The cancer they removed was the aggressive variety...which starts a whole new "gig"....
It requires him to have another surgery in the hospital, hopefully simpler...it means they go back in and remove any small tumors that may occur in the next month..and take biopsies....
Then after he has recovered from that...which we pray it is not like this last time....then they will begin immunotherapy.
6 weeks of immunotherapy...
Then years of quarterly checks. Yup the Dr said years!
So please pray for my dear Hubby....
The good news is we did get it early!
So, they have rated it at stage 1....that's good.
And the type of cancer is a concern because it can go outside the bladder....so they will be checking him all the time...poor guy...not a pleasant check....
So, prayers that November 2nd surgery is "simple" and without incident....last time's was more than we could bear....
Prayers that nothing new grows in the next month....
Prayers for continued strength....
Thanks
Nancy

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fall Has Fallen

I don't know about you, but I wasn't quite ready...
It is amazing. We went from summer to Fall in the blink of an eye. We are expecting some light rain for the next three days!
Meanwhile, we are in health care mode.
Hubby had surgery day before yesterday and came home that night.
Remember when they used to keep you overnight?? Yeah, it would have been helpful.
Remember when nurses were sent to check on you and make sure everything was good?? yeah...those days are gone.
I am not trained to be a nurse!
I was great yesterday...patient and good.
Today, I am tired, though I slept a solid 7 hours straight through, I am just bone tired.
I know. I know....he's the one with the catheter...and the bag...but I am the one he depends on.
But I am managing puppy...and elderly dog...running the errands to the pharmacy...doing twice the laundry and normal and making meals to nourish a recuperating patient....

At least, it isn't HOT and Humid...its just humid and overcast.

I hope and pray everyone is well...and safe...
Nancy

Thursday, September 7, 2017

All Is Just a Little Too Quiet

You know when you have children that when it's too quiet, there is something going on...
It's true also with puppies....
Our morning routine, rather my morning routine, is to get up with Molly (our almost 12 week old Labrador pup)at 6 am....she is the alarm clock to a fault.
First Tucker is let out of his house then Molly and the day has begun.
Breakfast then potty and then the play....
Tucker takes off after breakfast to snooze with Dad for a bit....(yes up on the bed)....
Play and play and play with such gusto one gets quite exhausted!
Tucker and Dad join us after most of the growls and yips have stopped only to reignite them....
Poor Tucker.
He has learned though to set boundaries for her and interacts and when he has had enough he gets up on the couch....that will be a safe zone for only a short time more.
After about two hours, it's time for her nap and that is when we get things done.
Slowly, a routine is developing. Molly has learned lots of things, most notably "NO!"
I try not to say it too much, but she is a puppy and they find things you don't even realize
is there.
Just this morning, I let her out to go potty and then she went and lay down. I thought, ok, cool I'll get my cup of coffee. But, like I said, it was too quiet...and I found her up on the shelf under the BBQ, trying to get the grease tray that goes under the BBQ. No other pup in our history has done that!
She is unique and wonderful and exasperating....
Potty training continues and just when you think all is well, she blows it with "mount Molly" or "Molly Lake"....
We've gone through two rugs....one really large rubberized one in the laundry room and another smaller throw by the slider....both died by multiple accidents...and though I tried to clean them it was a no go....so....I bought two small latex backed rugs that go through the wash. I'm sure they won't last forever....but we needed rugs by doors...
As for September, it is our birthday month.
We celebrated my Hubby's birthday with everyone last night at the Winery restaurant in Tustin at the District. Very yummy food and great service.







In addition to birthdays...our Grandson Royce started preschool this week on Tuesday! Where did the time go??
Time flies....
And when it's too quiet....just add a puppy.....
I hope you have a great weekend....
Nancy