Sunday, September 16, 2018
When I'm on call it's one of the few times I'm happy to say bye-bye to the weekend. Not really wanting to alert the gods of call, I will say it hasn't been super bad. I'm hoping to get through the night and start a new week. It's Ashland County Fair week. That always calls the end to summer and ushers in Fall...and I'm ready for that change. I'm not sure if we'll go to the fair since I didn't put any photos in this year. Maybe next year if I feel I have any winners! I think I'm going to post a few pics I took the other day while walking Arnie at Brookside park. We're lucky to have some really nice parks here and they are very well maintained and I have lots of good memories of spending time with my boys here. Arnie and I took off at a part of the park I hadn't been too in a while.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
For some reason I felt I should write something about 9/11. I ask the question "Do you remember what you were doing on that day?" I'm sure many of us do remember. Those times in life when tragedy strikes leaves impressions and feelings that just become part of our forever memories. We had just moved into this house on September 8th. I was working 4 10hr shifts and had Tuesdays off. It was the most beautiful day. The sky was so brilliantly blue and the air was cool after a super hot weekend of moving. I was sitting in the kitchen with a friend from church when my daughter-in-law called and told me to turn on the TV because something was happening in New York City. My friend, Gayle, and I had to go to our family room in the basement because it was the only TV we had hooked to cable. We sat in total shock and watched what was happening, not really understanding how it could be happening. Then the second plane hit and we knew our country was being attacked. We knelt and prayed at the very moment. My first thought was one of horror and I realized all the first responders will be running into those buildings. I work in that atmosphere of feeling the need to do whatever you can to save somebody. Yep, I will never forget the images of that day, how I felt, how the day looked and how I also felt for many months afterwards. Today I again watched on TV the images and sounds of that day. We now have faces and names attached to victims and also know the how and the why of the events. It's been 17 years. For the families who lost loved ones, it probably feels like it could have been today. They will never forget. We must not forget either. That's all I wanted to say today. Let's not forget. God bless America.
Sunday, September 9, 2018
I'm not one who hates the rain. I welcome it's refreshing coolness after last weeks blistering hot and humid days. However, it's been raining pretty much straight for the past few days thanks to the remnants of Hurricane Gordon. The temps were only in the 60's today...ahhh, love it. I think the end is near and it came down gently and not torrential downpours. So our grass is super green and growing as I type this! My tomato plants are nearing their end but the peppers seem to be growing forever...and that's OK. We've been working on our projects and I blogged about the outbuilding progress. We went from this:
The pool was empty. The grounds keepers were taking down the diving boards and getting it all buttoned up for Winter.
Friday, August 31, 2018
Today Jack and I celebrate 44 years of marriage. Whew, that flew by! I put in for a vacation day today many months ago and I'm really glad I did. We had good friends invite us to their daughter's wedding at the Columbus Temple this morning. It was a beautiful day and we connected with some friends we hadn't seen in a while. The young bride is a someone I've known since the instant she was born. In fact, I joked that I got to see her before her parents since I was the scrub nurse on her c-section! We are very happy to share our anniversary with Elyse and Adam.
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Yesterday was Jack's big 65th...now we're the same age! He thinks that's why I feel the need to post on Facebook and the blog about his birthday. Not true! OK, maybe a bit true but everyone should celebrate their birthday. If nothing else it's a great excuse to eat cake! And we did! The kids came over yesterday and we had a little pizza birthday party with Texas sheet cake and icecream to follow. So where are the pics? Yep, I totally forgot to take any. I'm slipping a bit in my photo responsibilities. I made Jack's favorite meal today and he made sure I took a shot of that:
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Do you ever have moments when you wonder if you're losing it? I saw this saying on Facebook: "I'd be a Genius if it wasn't for all the stupid sh## I do. " I was visiting my blog buddies today and while sitting here looking at pretty photos posted, I really admired this particular one...only to realize I was looking at my own header for my blog....yep, a freaking genius...Anyway, I'll blame it on this week at work. Sometimes it's just so nutty. However, we manage to get our work done and done well. That's when I really believe in a higher power. Speaking of power. We're slogging through projects here at the Pines. One biggie is getting a new out building. We picked out the one we want and the Amish gentleman that's building it has it all finished. But where it's going to sit has to be prepared. That means this:
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
We hit the highway for a trip to visit Mom and Midge this past weekend. Arnold made his first car trip with us and did great. He loves to ride anywhere in a car. The only thing that had him bummed was having to sit in the back instead of riding shotgun...but he got over it! We usually make a trip to visit in August but typically it's at the end of the month. With Mom having some health issues this summer I decided I needed to go and see her.
surprised happy to see I could still make it up the hill and around the block and live to tell the tale!