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!
Monday, February 26, 2018
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
Sunday, February 18, 2018
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.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
I'm a blogging slacker these days. Just not much happening at the old Pines. Even Valentine's Day didn't have a whole lot of blog worthiness. So, did you do a big Valentine dinner? Flowers? Candy? Jack got me a lovely gift card to one of my favorite little shops and I got him some of his favorite snacks. We then had a romantic run to Home Depot to check on a water softener. I hope I'm not making anyone jealous here, but it was fun. Maybe it's the smell of fresh lumber or the orange aprons everyone is wearing..I just like the place. Afterwards we had to make a big decision about dinner. When Jack came home from work on Tuesday he asked what we were having for dinner. I said I grilled steaks. His reply was: "Weren't the steaks for Valentine's Day?" Every Saturday we make out a menu for the following week and then do the grocery shopping. It works out great and I usually never have to go to the store during the week and I always know what's for dinner. My reply: "Nope, it's on the menu for tonight. " He was good with that and we did enjoy a tastey dinner on Tuesday. So Valentine's day ended up being a burger from Burger King! Fine by me. I'm a burger kind of gal! I looked back at my post from last year and guess what we had for a Valentine's day dinner in 2017? Burgers! Ha! I'm thinking a tradition has been born! But for today I decided I really needed to do a blog post and I would just go into my camera and put any pics up I had on the memory card. Here goes:
Sunday, February 4, 2018
I have a rule of thumb that goes like this: "Shortest line, longest wait". I'm sure you've experienced it. You're in a hurry and so happy to see a line with just one person in it. You rush up, put your one item on the counter and.....wait, wait, wait. Yep, they're the one with the "problem". Coupons that have expired, no price on the item, credit/debit card won't work, gift card is empty, etc. Well, that's how I feel about February. Shortest month, longest wait, worst weather, etc, etc, etc. It's snowing outside as I type this up. I was surprised to see it coming down so fast and heavy as I let the Chubbs out for his final run. When you look at the weather reports they tell you zip. They have no idea what's going to happen. Since the groundhog/rodent saw his shadow I guess we're gong to have to wait until March for Spring..like that never happened before. Besides, I know in Pennsylvania it was sunny for old Phil, here in Ohio it was cloudy. So, I'm ready for this short month. Which brings me to my next topic about being prepared. My sister and I were talking about the Zombie Apocalypse. (No, I don't believe we're going to have one. Geeze!) Anyway, we were talking about being prepared. I was excited to send her a pic of some of our food storage: