Monday, August 28, 2017

The Long And The Short Of It

It's been a long time since I've blogged....and there's been a shortage of stuff to blog about...that's the long and short of it.  Or so I thought.   I had to dig in my brain to find out why I haven't been blogging and realized I was just busy.  You know, just busy like everyone else and so I have dug up some things I've done these past few weeks that have kept me busy.   Jackie and his family came last weekend and we went to a few spots that Evelyn hadn't been.   Like Grandpa's Cheesebarn.  I wish I had some fabulous pictures to share but I didn't take any! Dang it.  It's a cheese paradise and I will have to blog about it one of these days.   I have decided that Eveylyn needs a t-shirt for Christmas from there that says:  "I cut the cheese at Grandpa's"...Yep, a classic!  Hilary Clinton visited there on her campaign road trip in Ohio.  I wonder if she has a t-shirt?  Then there's work.  Just the usual blood and guts.  I noticed today, in a shocking way,  that the soap at the scrub sinks is different.  After my first case of the day I was given a break and I stopped to wash my hands on the way to the break room.  I pushed the soap dispenser on the sink and it came out red!  I jumped back because I immediately thought it was blood! Someone has a good sense of humor around there!  Friday last week was Jack's birthday.  I told him it was his birthday week.
Jack: "Birthday WEEK?"    Me: Sure, a surprise everyday!"  Jack:"You're really happy I'm finally the same age as you."  Yes, I'm 6mo older than Jack. 43yrs ago I laughed at him because he wasn't 21 yet and couldn't sign for stuff.  He told me then I would regret laughing about that.  Dang, he was right.  Anyway, here's his little surprises each day:
Monday: A senior pass to the National Parks good for free entry for life. You had to get it by Aug. 28th because the price of it would jump to $80.   I already got us AARP cards so now this card can go right next to that one in his wallet!
Tuesday:  His favorite cookies...Oatmeal, raisin, chocolate chip.
Wednesday: Pistachio nuts
Thursday: I paid for his lunch at Main Moon Chinese restaurant that he goes to every Thursday.  He always gets the same thing.  When I told the clerk who (or is that whom?) I was buying lunch for he immediately a cute Chinese accent..."OH, I know....Garlic Shrimp and diet Pepsi!" Yep, that's the guy! (side note: The diet Pepsi is for me! Jack doesn't touch the stuff!)  We also had his birthday dinner...shrimp creole on Thursday night because I was on call this weekend.
Texas Sheet cake too!  Work was happy because I took the leftovers there the next day!
Friday:  Gift card to Home Depot.   That ended the birthday surprise each day,  week!  I think he enjoyed it! Other news:
Chubbs got a haircut:
And a dumb bow I made him wear for the pic!'
He was exhausted!
Flowers from the garden are always fun!  And finally....the real short of it:
Little toad on the garden hose just hanging out.  Well, that wraps it up for a bit.  We're  heading out for Portland, Oregon on Wednesday to see my #2 son, Craig and family.  We haven't seen them for 2 years! Very excited to spend some time with them.  Jack's a bit bummed out because it's going to be in the 60's here and it will hit 100de a few days out there!  I'm not thrilled with flying so say a few prayers for me.
See you in a few weeks!


Julia said...

Whoohoo, a week of nice surprises is my kind of birthday celebration... Happy belated Birthday Jack. THat sheet cace is huge,
It's always nice to hear from you...
Someone sure has a sick sense of humour to put red dye in the soap dispenser and it"s not even Halloween yet...

Have safe trip and enjoy your family tiem.
Stay safe, Hugs, Julia

Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, YaYa!

Thanks for the update, dear friend, the "long and short of it." It seems like whoever put red soap in the scrub-in dispenser is getting the jump on Halloween. :)

Happy birthday to Jack! How special it was of you to treat him to a birthday week and a special surprise every day. On Wednesday, did you utter the words, "Nuts to you, buddy!" :) Jack looks pleased with the cake you made for him and ready to dig into it. I did the candle math and determined that he just turned age 15! :) I'm sure the gang at work was delighted to eat the leftover cake.

Chubbsie looks cute with his haircut and I'll be he feels great to have that heavy coat sheared off. Will Jord be watching him while you are on the west coast? Will the Yeti be helping out in that regard?

Does your grandkiddo, the one who originally made us giggle by saying "Oregon, Portland" still say it that way? I wish you a safe trip and hope you have a great time reunited with your family members out there. I'll miss you and be thinking about you, dear friend YaYa!

acorn hollow said...

safe trip but 2 years wow are you going to be glad to see each other.

betty said...

Enjoy your trip! Always good to see family! Happy belated birthday to Jack. What a great idea you had for the birthday week!


Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Wow, that is going to be a fantastic trip even if you're not a fan of flying. At this stage of my life, (kids are 14 and 12) I can't wrap my mind around not seeing them for 2 years, but life does it's thing, and there we are. I hope you have a fabulous trip and the plane ride is gentle and kind to you.


Shalet Jimmy said...

Jack is lucky to have a birthday week...Happy belated birthday wishes... Happy Journey

Kay G. said...

Love your toad photo! And that birthday cake looks good! Happy belated birthday to Jack!

Unknown said...

Great birthday week for Jack!! You did good. Chubbs looks cute. Have a safe and fun trip!

Rick Watson said...

I just love ol' Chubbs. Happy belated birthday to Jack.

Susan Anderson said...

Texas sheet cake is our favorite way to celebrate birthdays. Nothing better!