Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter 2017

I love Easter and yesterday was such a nice day to celebrate.  After Church we gathered with a few of the kids and only 2 Grands but it was still fun.  Jack and Evelyn got back from Alabama and Florida on Saturday so they were able to come over for food and fun but their kiddos had Easter with the other side of the family and couldn't make it. Phil and his girls were here and Jordan too, but I fell short of my picture taking so here are just a few pics of the day.  Hope everyone had a blessed Easter!
Lamb cake as always.  It's a tradition from childhood that I've carried on with my family.
Weather was lovely! It was warm and the predicted rain never happened. Thankfully!
Addy and Peter Rabbit!
Lex ready for the egg hunt.
Walking the rails for the goodies!
Eggs grow on trees? These eggs did!
Putting all your eggs in one basket...this time it's a good thing! Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

And The Beat Goes On

As we start the move into the next weekend I feel like I've been on a treadmill going nowhere fast! Our trips to Cleveland are at a standstill for a few weeks.  Easter is fast approaching  and work is an up and down roller coaster.  Yesterday I had already logged 12,000 steps before I even hit the exit elevator! I was on call the weekend but thankfully it was quiet.  But here's how the past weekend started out:
Friday we had a dose of the white stuff.  In fact it was a level one snow alert.
The jeep was ready for takeoff as I've been driving Jack to work until he can do that himself. He's improving daily and for that we're very thankful. So Friday was a mess but then Saturday and Sunday were this:
Yep, snow all gone and temps in the 70's.  Besides the crazed weather the warm air brings about the frantic antics of wasps...they're everywhere outside looking for a place to built a home I guess. The bad part is they find their way into the house every now and then and the now was Saturday morning and the place was the bottom of my foot. YIKES! I said a few choice words as I hopped around in pain...not even realizing I could hop! It calmed down with some ice and I was able to resume my Saturday running and grocery shopping.  Sunday came and we took back a special chair Jack was using during his head down time.  As he got out of the car to help get it out of the back the wind caught the passenger door and broke it.  I was very ready for the weekend to be over.  Our go to mechanic is on vacation but he promised to look at the car door next week.  So as the beat goes on here at the Pines I do hope this weekend is less painful and not as windy! It's Easter after all and I love that special time.  Hope yours is great too! P. S.. .A big thanks to my sweet Mom and Sis for the package of Greek Easter bread and Greek cookies...a taste of my past was fun today!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Keep Your Chin Up

It's been a week (tomorrow) since Jack's eye surgery.   He's had to keep his head facing down for a week.  I was often reminding him to "keep your head down" and today after his post-op check he can now "keep his chin up"!  Many times after retina surgery and the gas bubble they put in the eye, you have to keep the head down for at least 2 weeks.  He's healing really well and got  the OK to eliminate some of the drops and he only has to keep his head down when he sleeps.  He still can't drive and is dependent on me to get him to the office (yes, he continued to work...crazy guy!)  I'm getting better at the drive to Cleveland.  I grew up in the Chicago area and learned how to drive on freeways but after living in the country for 40 yrs  I'm slightly rusty.   I didn't get us killed or dented so all's good.  I forgot about rush hour traffic.  Seriously, I have to be at work by 7 am so why isn't everyone already at work by at least 8 am?  Stop and go is painful. Last week I said to Jack as we were leaving the Clinic, "Let's get out of this city and back to civilization!"  Then there's the weather.  We went to the Cleveland Clinic 3 times last week and each day it rained and that made the drive even more exciting.  Today it was predicted to rain of course but, "Surprise!"...no rain this morning, just bright, almost blinding, sunlight.  I was a happy girl!  The doctor was very pleased with his work and the fact Jack was being a good patient.  I'm pleased to not have to do as many drops in his eye.  I think more ran down his face than in his eye but I'm getting much better.  So hopefully he'll be 100% soon and Spring will arrive and stay.  It was warmish this week and yesterday I even mowed the grass!  However, as I let ol' Chubbs out tonight, the snow flakes were falling.  Yep, we might get 1-4 inches of the white stuff.  The weather people aren't sure what's going to happen.   Monday it's suppose to be 75.   Holy cow.  We'll get through this crazy Spring weather by telling ourselves..."Just keep your chin up!  It will be warm soon!"

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Eyes Have It

Remember that little ditty:  "I see said the blind man as he picked up his hammer and saw".   Seeing is a gift most of us have and I'm sure take for granted.  When it's gone you realize how much you depend on it.  This week Jack and I have been making trips to the Cleveland Clinic where he got treatment for a detached retina.  Jack's not new to eye issues. He had cataract surgery about 20yrs ago in both his eyes.  He's done very well since then but a detached retina is something that can happen because of cataract surgery.  Plus age, plus being near-sighted as a child, plus being male (more frequently happens to men than women) and a good dose of plain bad luck.   He had some mild symptoms and thought it was something that would go away.  Well, it's going away but that was after 1 1/2 hours of surgery to repair the retina.  We had to be up in Cleveland by 7am today, which meant leaving around 5:30 this morning.  We've had nothing but rain the past few days so we left even earlier just to make sure we'd be on time.  I'm not the best driver in the dark and rain so I told Jack to hold on and enjoy what I called "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride"!   It wasn't too bad but I noticed my shoulders hurting this afternoon from gripping the steering wheel! Ha!   The Doctors and staff were really wonderful.  I'm sure it was due in part to our good friend and Doctor at the hospital where I work..Dr. Gupta...calling ahead and making the arrangements.  I talked to him this afternoon and he said he also talked to the clinic and Docs and told them Jack was a very special person and to get him in quickly!  Way to go Dr. G!  I owe  him big time!  We have to head back up tomorrow morning but not as early.  In the mean time if you,or anyone you know, has had this type of surgery you know they inject a  gas bubble in the eye that stays in there for about a week to keep the repair in place.  What that means is you can't lift your head up for a week.  You have to look down at your feet all the time and sleep with your face down too.  This is not a fun thing and I know this week will be a challenge for Jack.  I'll be doing the driving and many other things around here but I know it will all be good by next week and he'll be back to his normal routines.  If he doesn't go nuts before then.  Jack is not a sit around kind of guy!
Wish us luck!

Monday, March 27, 2017

A Quick Trip

We  had planned many months ago to go to Portland, Oregon to visit Craig and family this week,  but his work schedule had us changing those trip plans to August.  I adjusted my work schedule too but kept a few days to head out this past weekend and see Mom and my sister.   Jack and I jumped in his little Jeep and we drove to the big city.  We even took a different route off the turnpike for something new to see!  However, no matter how you paint northern Ohio and Indiana it comes out flat, farm land and not too much to write or blog about!  But seeing family was fun and we didn't have anything huge planned to do....just hang out and visit. My Great-niece, Brooke, stayed at Mom's too and was given a cooking lesson on how to make bread and Greek pastry.
The bread and pastry came out perfect and it was fun having the kitchen full of YiaYias! (Grandmas of all ages!)
   
We make a mess but Mom's right there with us helping to clean up. 90's the new 70 I think!  The weather wasn't the best.  On Friday it was great...80 and sunny believe it or not!  But Saturday dawned very rainy and only 40 degrees.  We were going to do something outdoor but changed to going to a movie instead.  We decided to go see "Beauty and the Beast".  My other Great-niece, Ella, joined us all ready in her princess outfit!
Check out those boots!  The movie was good but it was in an IMAX theater and holy smokes it was LOUD!  Poor Mom had to take out a hearing aide and I was wishing for some earplugs!  But the girls enjoyed it.  Ella actually fell asleep in the middle and when we asked her how she could sleep through all that loud singing she just said "Because I was tired!"  Well, duh to us I guess!  We left this morning and made it back to the Pines safe and sound and Chubbs was happy to see us. Jordan took good care of him for us this weekend.  Thanks Jord!
The daffodils were happy to see us too!  Spring is slowing happening here....I hope it's happening in your neck of the woods!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spring Eve

Tomorrow Winter says "Bye Bye" and we welcome Spring.  Mother Nature may not cooperate in the weather department but it's Spring none the less...and I say "Bring it on!"  I'm ready to dig in the dirt and get outside and Spring clean. But first I'm going to look back at the week and highlight a few of the activities around here.
I bought a bunch of strawberries from a co-worker who was selling them for a fund raiser.  I  got myself into a bit of a "jam" over it!
Squished them up..
Cooked them up..
Jammed them up! Yum!   As the week moved on we were lucky to dodge the storm on Tuesday. We did get a little snow but it melted by the next day.  However, we got a little surprise on Friday with another storm that dumped about 3 inches of the white fluff.
Pretty, but I'm pretty much over it by now and thankfully it went as quick as it came.  Saturday we went to visit my son Jack and bring some homemade soup because Evelyn had surgery and I hoped my soup would hit the spot.  Chubbs came too and visited his buddy, Happy.

Happy is Summer's  pup and he and Chubbs get along really well. Chubbs enjoyed the extra attention from our little Summer girl!  We took our Grandsons, Anthony and Cameron back to Ashland with us so their Mom could pick them up.  We had a little time to kill so when Anthony said he'd never been to the "Cheesebarn"...well, we decided to knock that off his bucket list! Ha!
Here's two silly cheese heads!  Grandpa's Cheesebarn is a crazy place that is always, and I mean always busy.  They also have tons of other things they sell in the food department and the boys loved all the free samples too!  Plus the milkshakes were awesome! Anthony said "Gee, I didn't think this would be so fun!"
Yep, a tourist attraction you have to experience!  Then it was across the parking lot to "Sweeties Homemade Candies".
Lots to choose from here but Anthony said he needed to watch his figure because summertime is coming...plus he just devoured a chocolate covered strawberry milkshake!  Today I made a recipe I found on Facebook...Rigatoni Pie.

It was simple but it looks so cool! Plus it turned out exactly as the Facebook one did!
Yummy! Well, that's the week in a nutshell...or a pasta shell! Happy Spring tomorrow...finally!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

What The Wind Blew In

It was really, really windy the other day.  I think that day was Thursday.  No, wait, it was Wednesday.  I remember now because Jack was outside cutting wood on his day off.  Anyway, the wind shook the pine trees and the noise was so irritating.  Don't you just hate the sound of the wind?  Maybe you don't,  but for some reason I do.  I always thought I could live near the ocean but it always seems so windy there that perhaps it's not the place to hang my hat after all.   This is what the pool looked like at the end of the day:
I'm thinking of taking it down anyway but I'll still go ahead and put it all back in hopes it will stay until I decide for sure what to do about it.   Besides blowing the pool cover to pieces, the wind also blew in a climate change.  It's been a weird, warm winter here.  Not a ton of snow, so I was surprised yesterday when I woke up and saw this:
The scene was lovely as all the trees had a thick coat of frosting and the ground had a couple of inches of the white stuff.  The roads were  fine and although I didn't see any daylight yesterday,  I did notice last night when I finally got home from work that the snow was almost all gone.
The grass was green again this morning and just a little snow dotted the creek side.  I know Spring is just a week away and my mind is all set for that change.  That's why I was surprised to see this out my window:

Ice sickles.  I didn't think it was that cold but it's only in the 20's.  My mind just wants to think it's in the 50's or 60's I guess!  Well, they do look pretty against the blue sky.  The only other "changes" in the air is the time.  Yep, it's that time again when we change the time...again.  Springing forward.  I don't really care if I have to get up an hour earlier.  I'm used to getting up at all different times of the morning for work and call.  So my complaint?  The same old thing...I now have to change the time on the clock in my car.  My car is 16yrs old.  We bought it brand new those many years ago and it's been a reliable friend that gets me where I need to be.  However, you would think, after all these years,  I would remember how to change the clock without going through the owner's manual.  I mean, I've only done it about 32 times!  I'm hoping I marked the page since Fall.  So don't forget to turn the clocks forward.  Don't forget that Monday will be here a bit quicker and the day will be lighter later.  And I hope what ever the wind blows in your way, it will be fabulous!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Go Girls!


Today is a day for women....I think.  I guess as women we were suppose to call off work and protest...I think.  Not sure what I'm suppose to be upset about though.  One protest sign said: "Resist!" Now, I'm not trying to make light of real issues.  I'm not trying to have a political statement.  I just don't get what everyone (women) are so upset about.  I'm all for strong women. I'm all for equal pay for women. I'm all for having the freedom to use your voice for whatever issues are troubling you or for issues that need brought to light. So go girls! Go do it!  But I personally am just trying to "Resist" the girl scout cookies in the cupboard....the peanut butter ones won today.  With that in mind I also will just feature our little Chubbs who got a haircut and wasn't real happy about it.  So he got the comfy spot on the chair tonight.  You look good Chubbie!  And you smell wonderful too!  And I found a use for my cookie jar that had it's lid accidentally broken.  It makes a lovely vase for some fresh flowers.  They are there to remind me that Spring is almost here! Time change this weekend....now that's something I can get my protest brains around! So silly to mess up everyone's internal clock...men and women...."Resist time change!"  This political nonmessage was brought to you today..National day of Women...by YaYa who hopefully hasn't offended anyone.  Night all.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

When I Get Older..Many Years From Now

When I was a kiddo I loved the Beatles.  I was around 10 or 11 when they hit the charts and I, along with my friends, bought the albums, saved Teen and Tiger Beat magazines with their pics and stories, saw them in person at White Sox stadium and screamed my head off.  I went to the movies and saw "A Hard Days Night" and "Help" over and over again.   Yep, I was a Beatlemaniac.  (I must confess I just watched "A Hard Days Night" last week! No, I didn't scream during any part of it). When the song "When I'm 64" came out I sang along and tapped my foot with the best of them.  Never in my imagination did I think I (or them) would actually ever be 64.  Well, some of the Beatles didn't make 64, but yesterday I did.   Maybe it's the song and maybe it's just me, but for some reason I'm a little taken back by the whole thing.  I look in the mirror and can believe the 64 thing but my head still thinks I'm back somewhere before "When I'm 64".   Oh well, it was a lovely birthday anyway.  I took the day off so I could renew my driver's license and just hang out.  I received many wonderful wishes, gifts, flowers, cards, and phone and Facebook greetings.  Thanks for that my dear friends and family!  

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Weird Week

Do you think it's weird if the temperature in February in Ohio is 74de?  Well, this has been a record breaking week for temps.  In the high 60's and then 74 yesterday.  My trees, lilacs, day lilies and many other plants are thinking it's April.  Weird!
 Yes, we love sunny, blue skies and many were thrilled with the warmth.  The Wal-Mart fashionestas were all decked out in shorts and flip flops foregoing the usual pajamas and slippers.  I however have to sit on the line here and say of course I love the warm temps but I worry about the plants thinking it's April because today it's cold and snowy.
The snow flying around the budding out crabapple and magnolia tree.  Weird!  To make this week even weirder was the fact my back has been giving me fits.  Ironic that the wife of a Chiropractor has a bad back but it's true. Usually Jack can get me on my feet fast.  Sunday night all went south and I called in sick on Monday.  I haven't called in sick in years.
I missed work 3 days this week. Chubbs and I bonded! It's better but not totally fixed. I can stand and walk forever, it's the sitting to standing that's killing me! Ever blog standing up? I made it through work Thursday and Friday.  Friday I was assigned to the pain clinic. I work with a bunch of comedians.  On a final note, I found some yummy, low calorie treats at Aldi.  They're called "Rice Rolls".  Much better than rice cakes but I have one suggestion.  Don't put them in the cupboard between the Girl Scout cookies....it's a losing proposition for the rice rolls.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Gymnasticly, Fantasticly, Weekend

The weekend we had was nothing more than absolutely astounding.  Why? Well, the weather has turned to Spring awfully early. I'm betting we hit 65de on Saturday and about the same today. The sun was shining bright and I took my Sunday school class outside for our lesson.  We sat in the sun and had a fun time as well as getting the lesson done. Love those kiddos!   Yesterday we went to watch our Granddaughter, Lexi, in her first gymnastics competition.  She did great! 3 first place, and 2 second place ribbons. She was one happy girl!
She really enjoys this sport.
Floor work.
Balance beam....and other areas that I didn't get on camera.  Good job sweetie!  As I reflect on this weekend I have to remember my Dad's birthday.  He would have been 97 yesterday.  Holy smokes, I can't even imagine him at that age.  He would have rocked it though! Happy Birthday in Heaven Dad!
Jack and I walked down the driveway to catch the sunset tonight.  It was a lovely ending to a nice weekend.   This is the last week of February. Hard to believe the year is already flying by.  Many have tomorrow off....not us, but if you do,  have a great day.   Happy President's Day!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Love, Part 2

Today we gathered to witness our oldest son, Jack, marry his sweetheart, Evelyn, in a small, simple, but lovely ceremony.  It's a second marriage for them and they are combining their families,  Jack's 4 kiddos (Driana, Summer, Anthony, Cameron) with Evelyn's 2 kiddos, (Samantha, Megan).  I wanted to sing the Brady Bunch song!  I got teary eyed as I tried to also take photos for them.  Hey, he's still my baby no matter the age, right?!  I know they will be very happy together and have much to look forward to in the future.  Congratulations Jack and Evelyn!
May the light of your love always shine bright.
Love you guys!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy VD Part 1

Happy Valentine's Day!  I'm posting late but wanted to get one in since this will be a 2 part post. It will make more sense after tomorrow, trust me!  Maybe Happy VD isn't a great header but I'm tired so forgive me!  I hope your day was full of hearts, love, maybe flowers and candy or gifts.  Here's how we did the day here at the Pines.  It started very romantic...we both went to work. Gotta love that! We did see a cat  hiding in the garage before we left.  Don't know where it came from but it had moved on by the time Jack came home for lunch.  Yes, excitement at every turn!  Jack works late on Tuesdays but I had a special dinner planned and knew he would be excited to get home ASAP.  Our son Phil and his girls stopped by to get some Valentine fun I had for them.  They didn't stay for dinner since Phil was planning one for them at their house.  So here's the menu we enjoyed...grilled burgers, fries, and I had made a special dark chocolate raspberry tart for dessert.   But hubby knows how to spice things up and had stopped and picked up some delish chocolate milkshakes! That made the meal perfect!  Not extremely healthy, but yummy!
Now we're talking our language of love!
Had to toss in the dessert!
I hope Cupid stopped by your place and shot his arrow of love in your heart.  Love all of you guys! Happy Valentine's Day Part 1!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Don't Blink

In Ohio if you blink the weather will change immediately.  If you read my previous post you know we had a lovely, warm, springlike day on Monday.  Tuesday was also warm but raining.  I was on call and when I got called in around 4am on Wednesday it was still warm...about 46de.   When I got home from work 12hrs later the temps had dropped and the snow was flying.  I had only put on a light rain coat early in the morning not realizing we were in for a bit of a change. Blink, Blink!
It started out slow...just a dusting.  With the chilly temps and damp air I felt like making some homemade soup so I made some potato cheese soup for dinner. (Wednesday has always been soup and sandwich night here at the Pines!)
I looked out the window as I was cooking and could see the weather was getting crazier.

We ended up with about 3-4inches of the white stuff and driving into work this morning had it's challenges.  The streets hadn't been touched by the plows.  But we're used to this kind of weather this time of year.  Never the less, I might just do some blinking and see if a warm front will move in!