Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Springing Forward With A Road Trip

On Friday of last week,  Jack and I took off for Chicago to visit my Mom and sister.  I just felt like I needed to go and I'm always thankful Jack is willing be go with me.  It's a long and boring ride.  I started out driving but when we stopped for a bathroom break Jack took over.  He said I was a better passenger and he was a better driver.  Wait a minute....that didn't sound right.  Anyway I think he meant that I was "chatty" and could keep him awake! (That's how I'm taking it!)  It's really only 5-1/2  hours but there's not much interesting to look at in Indiana!  We started out with snow here but Midge assured me that their weather was going to be good and she didn't lie.  We had sunshine and although it was chilly, I'll take a blue sky anytime! 
Mom was doing great, looking lovely as always. I think for 91 she looks marvelous!  When we visited in December everyone was sick and we cut our visit short.  So this was kind of a "redemption" visit I guess.   Mom,  my sis and I went early Saturday morning to a nearby mall and got some walking exercise in when all the stores were closed.  Mom did really good and I was so happy to see her enjoying the time.   Then we hit the Dunkin Donut place afterwards...oops, I guess that took away all the walking benefit! Ha!  Our next adventure had all four of us hitting a nearby resale shop.   It was so fun!  We found a few treasures.  Here's some of my sister's haul.
A cute bistro set, Easter bunnies, and the one thing she really loves are those pencils! They are super cool and she loves colored pencils.  She has a bit of artist in her!  I scored a cute bunny too and a vintage tablecloth along with a really sweet cart that I can put flowers in.  I'll blog about that one after I do some work on it.  Along with seeing Mom and Midge, Jack always pays special attention to my sister's dog, Sophie.
He takes her on walks and spends time with her and she loves him!  She wasn't feeling too great and we were a bit worried but I guess by Monday she perked up.  She was probably super tired from all the walking!  It was a nice visit and I'm so glad we went even though it was the time change weekend.  I don't mind this one as much as the Fall one. I like that it's lighter later but I can't really do much until the snow melts!  I went out this evening though and did some Robin stalking.
He found some green grass among the snow today.
Something yummy in there I'm sure!
Goodnight Mr. Robin...I do hope you are a sure sign that Spring is truly on it's way!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


This is an unusual post for me...no pics.  That just fits the theme...not normal.  Maybe not really paranormal but this week at work has been very strange.   And it's only Wednesday!  Monday was a crazy,  wild, weird day.  That's not exactly how you want a surgical department to be.   Now, don't get me wrong, every one's surgery went fine and there are no bodies buried in the walls or anything.   But it started out with cases being canceled.  Sometimes that happens when patients get sick or their lab work is wonky.   But we had to cancel one poor guy because he was too large to fit our tables.  He wasn't too happy about that.   But the drama and confusion before hand had our heads spinning..not unlike the exorcist.  We had to close one of the OR's because the lights wouldn't work.  These are brand new, top of the line lights!  They are so bright they will burn out your retinas!  But for some reason they aren't working right.  In my room the clocks weren't working right, and when I gave a drill to the Doc during a wrist fracture it's battery was dead...after I had just checked it.  Every one who knows anything about ghosts knows they drain batteries.   Then one of the toilets in the nurses lounge over flowed...OK, that's not really paranormal but it is scary! (especially if you're in the other stall...just sayin)   Then there's the Doctors.  Holy cow, are they cranky.  We decided that they are either on a man period, or going through manapause....or if you want my opinion, they are possessed!   Then there's the missing medium size scrub pants.  Gone...almost every day! And we even installed locks on the cupboard to keep out the other departments that we thought were stealing our scrub clothes. (Of course why would a ghost need scrubs?)  Then there's the ice machine that keeps breaking.  The little lever that you push to get the ice to flow falls off.  It's been replaced, fixed, and rigged a thousand times...it still breaks.  Speaking of breaking, on Monday when I went to the archery range my bow broke!   See what I mean... paranormal! Did I bring some bad mojo home with me?   Many hospitals will claim to be haunted. Let's face it, lots of living and dying goes on in them.  One of the buildings that our hospital owns and uses for office space has a rep for being haunted by the previous owner.  There are many weird stories from folks who have worked there.   Maybe it's just been one of those weeks where things go wrong and folks are not in good moods.  Who knows, but isn't it more fun to think it's supernatural and not because we're just off our game?  If Jack reads this I know he's shaking his head and saying what he always says when I think something is paranormal..."Yep, that would be my first guess"...Hope the rest of this week goes better and I hope where ever you are it's a very normal day!  Booooo......

Saturday, March 3, 2018


We all know there is opposition in all things....good, bad, light, dark, hot, cold, etc.  This past week was an example of that opposition.   We were very saddened by the loss of our pet but the kind words and thoughts from our friends brought comfort.   I wasn't too thrilled about my birthday this week but again the kindness of family and friends with cards, wishes, surprises and a cake at work brought a smile and a grateful heart.   Mother Nature has been giving opposition too.  We had warmth and sun and then by Friday we had rain that turned to snow and mess.  Out East it's been a nightmare and I hope all my blog buddies in the path of that Winter storm are OK.   But Spring is around the corner and I know there will be the good seasonal stuff soon.   Today my yard is a total Ying and Yang...
Pulling in the driveway will show this green side.
Look to the right and this part of the yard is totally covered in heavy wet snow.
This look from the top of the hill gives a better view. 
The beautiful blue sky and sun we had today has just about melted most of the snow but I had to click this pic of the fluffy white against that crystal blue.  If you use your imagination it could look like blossoms...or not.   Oh well, soon it will be the real thing...Ying/Yang.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

How I Did 65

This week started out so bad with losing our furbaby, Chubbs, but everyone's thoughts and kind words have helped.   Today I turned 65.  I wasn't looking forward to this bday but I sure had tons of reminders for the past year that it was happening.  I'm sure there were more than a few forests that were cleared of trees to make paper for AARP , Social Security, and Medicare flyers, reminders, sign ups and other forms of old folk mail.  I'm still trying to figure out how it happened.  I know how it happened of course...I was born...duh.  But the time flew so fast and many days my body reminds me that although my brain thinks it's only 30, my body will scream "OLD!"  Or maybe that's "STOP!"  Whatever.  Anyway it's here and I'm still here so that's a blessing.  As Jack always says, "Growing old beats the alternative."   And when anyone says it's good to see you Jack also says: "It's better to be seen than viewed."  That's true too.   So I'll "suck it up buttercup" and be glad for my wonderful family and great friends.  I took the day off work since it's also Jack's day off and we drove to Columbus and spent the morning at the Temple.  Ahh...peace, quiet, time to think, pray and realize that I have a good life and not to waste what the Lord gave me.   We then went out for a quick lunch at Sonic where I had a delish bacon burger and a chocolate shake since there are no calories on your birthday.  When we got home Jack told me to change into something comfy and we were going on an adventure.  He took me to a place I didn't even know Ashland had...an indoor archery range.  I broke my bow about 5 years ago and hadn't had it fixed.  I always loved archery.  So he surprised me by getting my bow repaired, new arrows, and range time to use whenever I want.  Love it!  I took the time to test it all out and see if I could still hit the target!
Take aim!
Bam! Bulls eye!  Now that's how you do 65!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Sad Day

I'm finding it hard to write this today.  Our dear little Chubbs passed away this morning.  He got ill yesterday afternoon.   I thought a trip to the Vet this morning would be the ticket but he got really bad through the night and passed around 7am.   He was such a sweet, gentle old soul.  We rescued him from a shelter in November of 2015, right before Thanksgiving.  He had been a stray and they didn't know his name, age, or health history.  But I saw his sweet face and knew he was for us.  I was glad he was older because most folks won't adopt an old dog.  Even though we only had a short time with him we tried to make it the best times ever.  He traveled with us and enjoyed all the family gatherings.  I will truly miss his howl in the morning when I would come downstairs and hearing his snoring at night.  I will miss how happy he always was when we walked in the door and our special walks around town and especially the cemetery where he could just go and explore.  He didn't ask for much except love and we gave him tons of that.   RIP dear Chubbie....we'll never forget you.  Say hi to your old buddy Eddy for us.

Friday, February 23, 2018

A New Day

I found this sign today in the hospital gift shop.  I thought it was a good one for the computer room.  It's here I write my little ditties for the blog.  Now I realize that the meaning of this sign is more about having a fresh start in life each day,  but I'm taking it more literally and gearing it to blogging.  As February comes to a close in a few days I looked back at my first attempts at blogging.  It was a leap year in 2008 and that was my first post.   I didn't have followers.  I didn't even know anything about "followers".  I was writing for my family and it seemed like a good way to keep a bit of a journal.  Back then many of my family members were bloggers also and it was a good way to share stories and photos.  Now most have gone to just Facebook or other social media.   I've kept it up for these past 10 years and my family asked me to continue.   It comes in handy when we want to know who was at what function or how something was celebrated or how the weather was during that year.   I like to look back at my old posts to see if the weather patterns were similar.   Pretty much the same!  It's the wet season now with our yard soggy as heck and the temps that rise and fall like a bouncing ball.  It was 71 on Tuesday but by Thursday it was cold and icy and even snow in some areas.  Today was 60! Hard to keep up and know what to wear.  Pretty close to what it was 10 years ago.   Sometimes I'm asked about blogging and most folks say they couldn't do it because they would have nothing to write about.  Facebook is easier because it's just a quick note and photo.  But I tell them that everyone has a story.   I remember a lesson I had on keeping a journal many years ago.  There was a journal that only had 10 entries in it.  But even those few entries gave you an insight into the person that wrote it .  What a shame that it stopped there.  I have letters written by my Dad to my Mom that cover most of WWII.   They give me a look at a young man and woman, not married yet, but so in love who weathered the worst of times.  My Dad was a good writer and I sure wish he had kept a journal.   He died before any of my kids had the chance to know him.  They would have loved him.  His birthday is in February...the 18th...he would have been 98 this year.  I think of him every day.   So I'll continue to write my little stories down even though they seem a bit redundant over the years. It's good to have some things stay the same.  But seeing  how the kids have changed, grown and what new paths they are on does change quickly.  So I'll give tribute to family that has passed and celebrate with those still here and share it through blogging.   Thanks for taking the time to read it!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Being Social

Jack and I are pretty quiet folks.  Well, he's quiet anyway, but we don't have a big posse we hang with every week.  He doesn't have a man cave where his buddies come to watch sports and whatever else goes on in a man cave.  I don't have a she shed.  Wait, I do have the spot where the lawn tractor is stored but it's not too cute for any girl bonding.   However,  we're not hermits either and during the year we have Church socials we attend.  In February it's usually the "Cheap Good Night Out and Chili Cook-Off" social.   It's gone from being a big get-together with chili contests and skits to a more quiet affair.   Yesterday we went and it wasn't as well attended as usual.  I think the younger crowd has better things to do than eat chili!  The food that was there was really good and the chili contest was fun.  But what was better was catching up with a couple that used to live in Ashland but moved to Utah many years ago.   Back here visiting,  they took the time to attend last night and we had a nice time reminiscing about the good old days when we were all young and our kiddos were little.  They had 9 girls! They did finally get a boy after they moved.  (Their son tragically passed away at age 18).  We found out they have 45 Grandkids....yep, they win that contest!  We may not have a packed social schedule but there are people who will always hold a special place in our hearts and memories.  Larry and Sally are one of those couples.   Hopefully they will pass this way again and we can sit and share a meal and some laughs.
Oh the stories we could tell!  Take care you two!