I'm positive that this time of year the skies are usually gray and full of moisture..
Take this sky for instance...I took this shot yesterday afternoon but it doesn't matter when or what day it was taken because it positively looks the same every single day.
So where's the negative in all this?
Well, it's NOT cold....so the rain is NOT snow. It's been in the 50's and 60's this week..NOT bad in my book for January.
It's NOT the beginning of January, it's the end, so Spring is NOT far off.
Sometimes the positives of life are easily overcome by the negative...Am I NOT right?
P.S....I'm positive that I'm pulling names tomorrow night for my giveaway to end the Grow Your Blog Party...I know the winners will NOT be disappointed!
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Tidbits seem to be what's on my mind today. I've been enjoying the "Grow your blog" party and have met new bloggers and have gotten some new followers. Thanks to those new friends and also to my faithful regular followers who have been visiting me here at the Pines for a long while. Your are all great! I've decided to have more than one giveaway. I'm going to have one for the newbies here and one for my original friends. You don't have to follow me, I'm picking the names from anyone who has commented. That's because I think you are all so groovy! I just felt I needed to use the term "groovy" today. Don't ask why. I'll pick the winners on February 1st. Just thinking that February will be here in one week is a tidbit that makes me smile. Why? Because March is not far off and Spring is bound to show up too! Plus in March Jack and I are heading to Portland, Oregon to visit Craig and his family. Taylor, our Grandson is getting baptized and we don't want to miss that big event. I'm even going to get on a plane..that's big for me! Lots to look forward too. The weather has been a big tidbit around blog land. Here is what my car thermometer said yesterday afternoon:
Another "tidbit" on my mind has to do with the passing of one of our Doctors. This week "Doc" Emery passed away. He was 80 and had retired about 15yrs. ago. I felt the need to mention him because of the impact he had on me when I first started working at Samaritan hospital in 1978. He and I were not best friends by any means. He was really difficult to work with and I frankly hated working with him in the OR. He seemed to thrive on intimidation...but I wasn't letting him know how much he irritated me. I stuck it out, gritted my teeth at his offenses and put on my big girl "Chicago" panties! Besides, I felt maybe I was making his life miserable too! After a couple of years though, a funny thing began to happen. I had come back from maternity leave and all of a sudden he was decent to me. He actually called me by my name...something he had never done. He acted like I had a brain and knew what I was doing. I found out along the way that I had learned alot from him during those difficult years and would go on to learn much more as time marched along. He was an excellent surgeon. He was the one everybody in town went to for general surgery. Back then general surgeons did everything from hernias to c-section to hip fractures. He did it all. And he did it well. He found out we shared the same birthday...day, not year! I found out he loved blueberry pie and every year on "our" birthday I would make him a pie. He enjoyed celebrating with me and eating that pie! I guess the way to anyone's heart is through their stomach! He also loved green onions and we always had those for him too. I made homemade chocolate covered cherries at Christmas time back in those days...another thing he enjoyed. He got a box of those each year. We became what I would call...good working friends. He worked hard and long in his career. He struggled with learning the new laproscopic techniques that were taking over the typical "open" way of doing surgery. But he did it. However, he was getting near to the end of his career by then. When he turned 65, he retired. We had a big surprise party for him and bid him farewell. I continued to see him through the years here and there at the hospital. He was the county coroner until just a few years ago. Donna and I saw him last month when he was admitted to ICU. We had the chance to talk about aging...he said it was hell...he was right! He was very ill and I knew that would be the last time I would talk to him. He gave us both a hug and we said our goodbyes. I can't help but think that God puts people in our paths..event the difficult ones, for a reason. I will always be grateful for the lessons he taught me. (Patience and tolerance for sure!) I will never eat a piece of blueberry pie and not think of him! Everyone at work who knew him had stories to tell. We talked about him and told the stories and laughed, even though we'd told them a million times before. I'd tell a few here, but they were the "you just had to be there" type of stories. So this is my final tidbit for today...Bye Doc, and thanks.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Vicki at 2 Bags Full is having a "Grow Your Blog Party". I'm participating and would like to welcome any new visitors to my blog. I started blogging in 2008 as a way to keep connected to my grown kiddos and share pictures and events happening at our home. I found out this was a great way to journal after having my blog put into print at the end of each year. The amazing part of blogging I discovered was the connection I've made with many wonderful bloggers all over the globe. I've learned so much, appreciated the way many share troubles, happiness, family times and also the funny side of their lives. The talents that are shared are also part of the surprise. I've met knitters, hookers..rug hookers that is!, writers, artists of all mediums, photographers, and wonderful musicians. I will host a "give-a-way" too. I'm going to pick something fun from a favorite place of mine called "The Parsley Pot"...It's right down my country road..here's a pic of the inside of this cute barn full of joy!
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Monday, January 7, 2013
On a final note, I took this picture of Dr. Stein a few weeks ago. He usually works on Tuesdays but he's gone this week. Can you guess where? Check out his hat...check out his #1 sign...Yep, he's in Florida cheering on Notre Dame. I'm not much of a football fan, but I hope he has a good time and his team wins!
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
I can remember when I was young and thinking about the future. Thinking that when I was older we'd be driving around in super spaceship type cars...flying to the moon for vacations..(but who'd want to vacation there anyway?) The thought of the year 2000 was mind blowing. Wouldn't life be so different from 1960? (when I was just a fetus..OK, so I was 7....) Just seeing the numbers and realizing what is different from my childhood does make me blink a few times. The TV shows are disgusting and vulgar...(except my favorite Parenthood, HGTV, Food Network, and Hallmark channel). Cars today are OK, but the ones from my childhood were pretty cool. My first car I bought myself was a brand new 1972 Chevy malibu and it was awesome. Gotta love the computer and internet. I do love cell phones for only one or maybe two reasons. Safety...and when I'm on call. I remember the days of getting paged and having to find a phone somewhere if I was out and about to call the hospital back. Running into stores, schools, friends homes...anywhere to borrow a phone. Whew, cells are good for that but I hate listening to others conversations in the check out line or other public places and when people don't turn them off in church, or a movie theater, or other public places. Microwaves, icemakers in the fridge door, video games, ipods, ipads, tablets that take the place of a book, tennis shoes with wheels on them..wait, we had those only we called them roller skates, coffee that came in only one flavor..coffee..black or with cream and sugar, hamburgers that weren't bigger than your head, french fries in sizes that weren't bigger than your head, pop with sugar, (funny, we were all thinner before sugar free was invented). I'm sure there are many amazing inventions I've forgotten. I'm grateful for medicine advances but miss the family Doc who actually knew you from the cradle to the grave, looked at you when you were in the office, handed you a sucker if you were good and didn't take a co-pay or a whole week's paycheck when you left. So what's my point? I guess I'm blown away at how fast time has gone, how the good 'ol days weren't always that good, but the new and improved and faster and shinier days of today aren't always that good either. Do kids still play "ghosts in the graveyard" or "statue maker", or smear the...well, never mind about that one..or do they all just have the hand held video games that take the place of the outdoors? I hope not. Today I spent some time away from technology by taking a walk in the Creepy Woods to enjoy the cold, crisp air and the scenery: