Friday, April 24, 2015

Wednesday, G Turned 11

First photo is when she is still 10 and opening her card from Grammie and Grandad.

Second picture is her birthday opening her new to her Hogwarts lego castle.  It was packed with towels thus the box size.  Plus that was the smallest box I had.

She had a good birthday even though she went to school.  Her bday was announced and she was invited to eat lunch with a friend on the stage  and she had after school with her bff.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Last 2 days of 10

G will soon be having a birthday.  She will turn the big 11.  Can't believe it, and yet I can.  She is beginning to realize that she will not see the majority, or any, of her friends from public school next year.  Some of those friends I am glad she won't see.  Some of those friends we will make effort to see and stay in touch.  I am still working out the details of getting her to and from the new school.

Totally missed an opportunity to get the yard mowed on Saturday then it rained really hard Sunday night.  This weekend the yard will need to be mowed and it will be so much more difficult.  You would think after all these years of learning lessons about procrastinating like this I would stop but you would be wrong.  Can't be mad at G when she says, "I'll do it in a minute," can I?

G finally found a new book series that ranks third in her lists of favorites.  Of course, Harry Potter is first and she said this new one or Narnia ties for third place.  I think second place for her are the Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  The new series she is reading is "A Series of Unfortunate Events" by Lemony Snicket.  My niece liked these books when they first came out too.

My mom is still in her decline phase. such an interesting disease.  She is in a lot of respects totally reverting to childhood.  Her responses to commercials are truly childlike.  She is going for a day trip tomorrow with some of her friends.  I offered to lay an outfit out for her but she said I didn't need to.  I advised her to wear a matching outfit and she asked me with whom should she match.  It is best to stay out of the way most of the time.

Summer is coming and the mosquitoes are already terrible.  The weather is cool and damp which is nice except for the mosquitoes.

I am hoping that I can keep the birthday surprise a surprise as I am not usually good at withholding surprises.  G told me though already that she wouldn't show her surprise.  She is right; she won't.  She rarely does.  She is as stoic as my dad which drives me crazy but it is her.

Off to get ready for bed...

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday Update

Today we cleaned the weeds out of my front flower beds.  I smell bad.  We still have the back patio to complete.  I managed to mow last Sunday but the yard could use another run.  I think I will let it go for another week.

I transplanted some tulips that won't bloom because there is not sun reaching them at any given point of the day and I cleaned that bed out.  There are two ginormous azalea bushes ready to bloom there.  Two peony plants that won't bloom either because of the lack of sun are in that bed as well.  I need to transplant them as well but I am not sure where to put them nor do I think it is time to do so.  I managed to transplant a rose from a pot to the ground sticking a thorn in my thumb through a pair of gloves.  My thumb is very sore and now also has a burst blister from the gloves.

G is driving me crazy with constant chatter intended to annoy.  She wasn't the best help in the yard but she did help some.  We also ran the car through a car wash which took all the pollen off of it.  It looks much better now.

I need a shower and a nap.  My mom is healing fairly well.  We have G's birthday in roughly two weeks.  Her present has been wrapped on the table waiting.  I suppose she will open it as soon as she is awake on her birthday.  Her day falls on a Wednesday which is a long day for us both.  So she won't really get to enjoy her present until the weekend anyway.  I think my parents are going to have lunch with her or take a lunch to her for her birthday.

Steadily working on laundry today.  Seems so never ending doesn't it.  Not much else of import going on so off to fold laundry.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

He Is Risen

And success.  This has been a very busy HOLY Weekend.  I hope you, dear reader, were able to attend your place of worship today to celebrate the RISEN LORD and SAVIOR.  We had an excellent Sunday school lesson and not because I taught it but because it reinforces that our faith is not in vain.  We celebrate a Risen Savior.  And because of that we do not have to die in our sins.  Our sins will not trap us either on this earth or after death.  He took the wrath of God which we deserved and then crushed death our enemy.

Just makes me want to jump and shout.  I could be a shouting Methodist I suppose.  Anywho, this weekend G and I went shopping for the Easter Sunday outfit and summer shorts and the wedding outfit.  I wished the wedding outfit to be the same as the Easter outfit as well as the summer Sunday outfits.  We found a delicious pair of pants and delightful shirt which she agreed to wear.  She will wear the pants on Easter and the wedding and the shirt only at the wedding.  She found a pair of blue shorts for every Sunday for summer and we found a polo shirt to match the wedding pants that also goes with the blue shorts. She wore that shirt today with the pants.  Small victories.  I don't have to go to a mall again until fall, YIPPEE!

Friday, I took G and her friend and the friend's mom to Shiloh National Battlefield which now includes Corinth, MS.  We reached Corinth around 11:30ish spent 3 hours then had lunch around 2:30 leaving Corinth for Shiloh reaching that at 3:15.  The buildings at Shiloh close at 5.  The movie plays every hour on the hour.  We spent 45 mins inside the museum answering questions for the jr ranger then watched the 45 min movie.  We headed to the bookstore for souvenirs then off on the driving tour since the park closes after dark.  We left Shiloh at 7:30 and had to feed the kids.  We got home after 11pm.  It was a long long day, but it was a lot of fun.

And Thursday evening G and I met some potential new families at the new school.  There are not many kids in G's grade and none above her that I saw.  The elementary A group is full with a waiting list.  After this G attended a night time Easter egg hunt.  She had fun.  

And I have finally forgiven the person who stole my only bloomed tulip even pulling the bulb out of the ground Thursday between 3:45 and 6:30.  The tulip is even in the bed next to my house so someone had to come up to my house to get it.  I think it was a neighborhood kid whose parents haven't taught respect for other people's property.  He and his siblings tend to run all over with little to no supervision.  

Anyway, that was our weekend.  I even managed to get the yard mowed today after my nap.  I had planned to mow it yesterday but couldn't find the key to the shed.  So anyway, I did find the key today right where I left it at the end of last summer.  Now my yard at least looks nice.