Thursday, February 23, 2017

Waiting for the Furniture

After over two weeks, I finally made it back to be with my father for the day yesterday. Good thing that I had thought ahead and taken his birthday gifts early because he celebrated another year in between. Storms! They cause problems. 

You know what a trip to my sister's means: Pictures showing the progress on "the room."

That blue is growing on me and the floors are just gorgeous.

Many of my sister's plants are happily relocated. Now, when there are enough funds for furniture, perhaps my father will be happily relocated as well. He is looking forward to it!

Here he is just waiting for the furniture. He asked to be taken out there so he could see everything and so he could watch Grand Central Bird Station just beyond those windows.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Fishy Hodge Podge

1. Have you ever been fishing?


 Did you catch a fish? 


If so did you keep it or throw it back? 

If I had caught a fish, I would have kept it. 

If you haven't been fishing is that something you'd like to try?

Since I did not catch a fish either time, I have never wished to fish again. Perhaps I gave up too quickly. 

Fish out of water, big fish in a small pond, living in a fishbowl, packed in like sardines, this is a fine kettle of fish, plenty of fish in the sea, or cut bait...which fishy phrase most recently applies to some area of your life?

this is a fine kettle of fish 

2. What's something you're always fishing for in your purse, wallet, desk, or kitchen junk drawer?


3. Your favorite fish tale or movie?

John 21 when Jesus prepared the fish and bread for His disciples to eat. What a meal that must have been! 

4. Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight or night? Explain why you chose your answer.

My brain is not bending this way this morning...that must mean that I am a foggy morning before the sun burns off the confusion, but knowing that a better day is coming.

5. What's the oldest piece of clothing you own and still wear?

My "good" winter coat is 24 years old! Yes, I still wear it from time to time.

6. We've got one more month of (officially) winter here in the Northern hemisphere. Are you feeling the need for a getaway? What's been the best and worst part of your winter so far?

Since I must travel the old-fashioned way, I'll just stay home. The worst part about this winter of my discontent has been the isolation caused by high walls of snow and ice dams both literal and metaphorical. The best part is hope for a brighter future. After a winter in the northern hemisphere, everything will be looking up soon.

 7.  The Wednesday Hodgepodge lands on National Margarita Day...will you be celebrating? Frozen or on the rocks? Are you a Jimmy Buffet fan? If so, what's your favorite JB tune?

No, I do not drink anything stronger than a virgin daiquiri because I like drinks to taste sweet like soda. Might just as well stick with soda for a special beverage since that is the case. Jimmy Buffet... wouldn't describe myself as a fan, though his music is catchy enough. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

My fondest wish is that everyone would calm down and allow the Holy Spirit to do His work.

have so much chaos in my life, it's become normal. You become used to it. You have to just relax, calm down, take a deep breath and try to see how you can make things work rather than complain about how they're wrong. ~Tom Welling

Yup, I'll be taking Tom's advice to heart...

Alas, I have no time to participate in the Hodge Podge today, but I hope that you do! Give it a try. It's fun and the work has been done for you!
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Monday, February 20, 2017

Sleigh Ride

This is the story of a sleigh ride idea that became a sleigh ride reality—eventually!


My grandsons have birthdays so soon after Christmas that it has always been a challenge to give them birthday gifts. For a number of years, John and I talked about this conundrum and, in recent years, we began to wonder about purchasing an experience. Others in the family had been successful going that route...skiing lessons, karate lessons, baseball camp, etc. Anyway, I learned that a local farm gave sleigh rides and that the cost was within the budget and so we were ready to give them this birthday gift in 2016. I was not sure that it would be appreciated because, as boys, they prefer speed and they have a Papa who loves to take them for snowmobile rides...vroom, vroom. For that reason, my daughter suggested that it would not be a great idea. We shelved it.


This year, I found myself thinking about sleigh rides yet again. Perhaps it would be a thing that I could give that would also have John's touch on it since he had been involved with former discussions and had been quite sure that the boys would like it...anyway, he would have when he was a kid.


I talked it over with my daughter-in-law and she thought it sounded great. When my blogging buddy Michele sent me the lovely sleigh wicker basket, I thought I had a sign from Heaven itself. ☺ 


The birthday party arrived and I fairly skipped my way over there. Alas, there was no enthusiasm for the gift. Zero. There may have been some tears shed. Mine. Oh dear. One of the last things I heard about it was my daughter-in-law Michelle saying with steely determination, "They are going on that sleigh ride."


Well she was right!

*These beautiful horses are Canadians (name of breed)*

 ~grandsons with their cousin, parents, and aunt and uncle~

 ~the warming hut~

 ~the trail~

 ~heading back~

I have been told that Jakob leaned over to his mother and said, "This was a lot more fun than I thought it would be."

And this nonni said, "phew!"

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Postscript: Yes, I was invited on this sleigh ride, but I declined. I just wasn't sure that it would be that much fun. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Disgruntled and Discouraged

Ever had a day, week, month or year that you'd like to forget? I am in the middle of mine. This means that I'm putting myself in the corner until I can get a grip. Perhaps it'll be July before I see you again. ☺


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