Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!!!!!!

What a difference a few days can make! I am feeling so good! I have my gifts wrapped, the tree is decorated (did I say that in my last post), and I think I am ready for the family to come. The cleaning ladies came today and the house is as ready as it is going to get for company. The strangest thing happened this morning. I stayed up pretty late wrapping gifts so I didn't get to sleep until the wee hours. When I finally fell asleep I dreamed that my cleaning lady brought two helpers with her and one of them brought a husband with her. Well, this morning CL (for cleaning lady of course) DID bring a second helper with her today. No husband, but still, isn't that strange?

I am watching a show today about clutterers. Since I am one myself, I am watching with great interest. I am not as bad as I used to be. Which translates to...I have my clutter down to three rooms instead of all of them. My therapist thinks the the clutter provides some sort of weird security for me and I guess it does, but I am not sure why. I'm anxiously awaiting discussing this in more detail with her and see where it takes us.

DH cleaned out the garage a couple of weeks ago so I could put my car in there. It is nice but comes with a down side. I forgot to say in the previous paragraph that my car is a cluttered area too. Unfortunately, the mice LOVE my car and the things they find there. I found a huge piled of shredded tissue and fabric in my trunk last night. Ewww! Today I have to go back out there and find what fabric they got to. Sigh!

Well, thanks for listening...again!


Friday, December 19, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Hey, I guess I was in the land of the missing for a while. I can't believe it has been almost two weeks since I last posted. Things got pretty bad for a while, but I really think things are on the upswing for good now.

I have been seeing a therapist for a while and we are making progress...hallelujah! We have started setting goals for me and I actually accomplished one today. I have cleared a spot in my craft room so I can stamp again. I feel really good about it because I truly love stamping! Lots of "I's" in these sentences. Sorry. There is no shame in seeking help. That's a good thing, thank God! My therapist is such a doll. She has helped me so much to look less at what I am not and more at what I am. Anyway...!

My grandson's baptism was a very special time. I had a lot of fun at my DD and SIL's. It was really good to see his folks as it had been a while. The night before the baptism was spent at DS the elder's home. My mom and I babysat the two older GB's. What a blast! Mom went to bed early as she had just arrived that day from baby sister's in Texas. The girls and I watched "Barbie" in "A Christmas Carol". Cute! Then we watched the first "Home Alone" movie. Well, the oldest and did. My younger granddaughter fell asleep shortly after the movie started. I was so thrilled as the oldest snuggled all evening with me. Talk about Grandma heaven!

Well, thanks for listening. I probably won't post again until next week. I think I will spend the weekend doing laundry, (is that me talking?) and stamping a few things. All of the children and grandchildren will be here Christmas afternoon and I am so looking forward to it. That means there is lots to do though.


Saturday, December 6, 2008

One Day at a Time

And I am taking it one day at a time. The increased meds are helping. I am more interesting things again and I can actually carry on a conversation. I still don't feel like doing much around the house, but I did do dishes last night. Woohoo!

Last Saturday we went down to DS the elder's for GB #2's birthday. We then spent the night with DD and her family at the "new" house. I like it! Some of the rooms are small but it has a lot of potential. The house felt very warm and welcoming. I can't wait to see what they eventually do with it.

Yesterday, I went to my friends for a stamping session. It was nice to get out of the house. I am accumulating a nice collection of handmade cards. Monday night I am going to a class for making homemade gifts. That will help with a few people anyway.

I am setting new goals for myself. My first goal was to get back on my med schedule and I met that goal. Next goal was to get dressed each day. I have been pretty good, just not today. My new goal is to get one thing done each day; like empty a box for example. Still working on that one.


Monday, December 1, 2008

Back in action

So, the cruise is over and I am back home. Still dealing with the depression, but I am determined to get on top of it. My goal for right now is to take my medication on time every day. If I can do that I think I will have it made. Enough of that!

We had a lovely, quiet Thanksgiving with DS the younger and DIL. It was so nice and everything was ready on time! LOL, if you knew me you would know what an accomplishment that was. It really helped that DH deep fried the turkey and I made instant mashed potatoes. We did have the traditional green bean casserole and candied sweet potatoes.

I am nearly done with my holiday shopping. This year I am doing things the easy way. I ordered some gifts online that will come already gift wrapped. Anything I can do to save time and headache is so worth it! This year is all about simplicity.
I tend to get wrapped up in the "things" and then get overwhelmed. Not this year!


Saturday, November 15, 2008


I am so happy to be able to say I am feeling somewhat better now! Our cruise is less than a week away and I have finally started to think about what I am packing. JC Penney's was having a great clearance sale and I picked up a couple of nice blouses for the cruise. The tops I have been taking are starting to look a little pilly (is that even a word?) and worn. I usually take a pair of black slacks and switch out tops for a different look. And I will take a nice dress for the formal night. During the day I stay with athletic style cropped pants and tops. They are easy to wear, look okay and are very comfy.

I am still working on my bedroom. Today I went through my unmentionables drawers (they are small drawers) and it is amazing how many pairs of socks I have collected over the years. There are at least thirty pairs too many and I am sending them off to St. Vincent's; along with a bunch of other things I don't need. Why do we hang on to things that we don't need or even want? If you look in the dictionary under clutter you will find a photo of me...I swear! It has been my downfall forever. In fact, it is the second most often thing DH and argue about. I don't think I was born with the gene that enables domestic ability. Is there a pill for that?

Last night I had the best night's sleep of the last week. I was in bed by 10:30 and asleep by 11:00. It was 9:00 before I even woke up this morning. That was probably the reason I felt perkier today. I met my mom and sister in Madison for lunch before I went shopping. Over all a very nice day. Sis is spending the night here tonight and we watched an interesting movie. It was "Ladies in Lavender" with Dame Judith Dench and Maggie Smith. They played elderly sisters who live together. One of them was married but is now a widow and the other never had a relationship of any kind. They find a young man washed up on the beach by their house and nurse him back to health. He turns out to be an extraordinarily talented violin player who fell off a ship and managed to swim to shore. The spinster sister falls in love with him, (I know, weird), but he meets a younger woman who gets him in touch with her brother, a famous conductor and violinist himself. He goes off with her and breaks the heart of the sister. Interesting, no?

Is this upbeat enough? I sure hope so, because I am trying really, really hard. My only complaint, (hey, I am not being down, just complaining a little), is my arthritis has kicked in hard during this colder weather. Did I mention that fall seems to be over? Today was cold and WINDY! A few areas around here even got a few flakes of snow. But, hey, the Badgers won Paul Bunyon's Axe again! That was a wild game! Okay, enough for now!


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

So Sad

I don't think I can keep doing this. We have lost two people close to us in about a month and it is just overwhelming. The service for DH's cousin today was a true tribute to his life and was as beautiful as a funeral can be. I will miss Joe dearly but I know when I get to heaven he will be there to greet me with his cheery "Well, hello there, Ginny!". I worry about his boys though. They are going to have a rough time ahead of them. Okay, I can't write any more tonight. Next post will be upbeat, I promise.


Saturday, November 8, 2008

This Can't Be Happening!

I am in shock tonight. My DH's 54yo cousin passed away last night from a massive heart attack. I just saw him on Thursday and thought he looked better than he had in years. DH and I were very close to Joe; he lived with us for a while in the early years of our marriage and our children called him uncle. He really was more like a brother than a cousin to DH. They say bad things happen in threes; I used to say it was just coincidence, but it really does seem to happen that way. First we lost my SIL's husband, then DH's SIL lost her BIL. And now Joe. This has all happened in about a month's time. It is too much. Please keep our family in your prayers, won't you? We need all we can get.


Thursday, November 6, 2008


This has been a rough week for several people in my family. I am not going to go into details or name names, but I have to say that a couple of us have finally reached out for the help that has been needed for a while. It never ceases to amaze me at the lengths we will go to to keep people from knowing that we are struggling; including ourselves. Depression tends to run in our family. I suffer from it myself but for the most part it is controlled by medication. Since I retired, I have had problems with motivating myself to get going every day. I am now going to get help with that. I saw someone yesterday to get started and I am feeling like things will get better soon.

DD and the GBs are back in Chicago for a few days. SIL has some time off so they are doing family things. My mom is staying with my sister for a few days so DH and I have the house to ourselves. It has been quite a while and I am ready to enjoy it.

Only two weeks until us girls leave on our cruise. It will be so nice to get away from it all for a few days. Sun and fun, woohoo!


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Photos as promised!

Hope you like these photos of my darling GB's. I do love them so much!

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Time Flies!

I cannot believe that it is Sunday already! Friday I drove down to DS's house for Trick or Treat night. What fun! It was so neat to see all four of my GB's in their costumes. I will try to put together another photobook and post it here so you can see how adorable they all looked. Caylie, the eldest was Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. Her younger sister, Emma, was Princess Leiea (sp?) from Star Wars. Ashley, the two year old just had to be a "cow, Gamma" and her little brother was a dinosaur. Of course, my job was to hand out treats to the other children while DS, DIL, and DD took them around to get their treats. Would you believe I only had 6 children!?! They were gone over an hour but it was pretty early. Most people probably weren't home from work and many don't let their children go without them. I say hurrah! Good parents one and all!

Things have certainly been chaotic again since the little ones came back on Saturday. They are really starting to show the stress of being "homeless" and moving around from our house to their uncles'. I know they miss their daddy and the routine that my DD had going before the move started. We are all more than a little crabby sometimes; young and old!

DS the younger and his wife came out today for a short visit and a great afternoon meal. My mom made her brisket with coleslaw, potato salad and beans. Yummy! When she decided to make it last month for a potluck we had to go online to order her required marinade, Claude's Brisket Marinade. I don't know if any of you have ever had it, but it renders brisket utterly delectable. You marinade the meat several hours or overnite and then cook it long and slow. The result is tender meat that is so moist and flavorful...yum!!! Sorry, I don't get it very often and it had been a couple of years this time since I had it.

DS hooked up my new dvd/vhs player for us. We haven't had a working dvd player for months and it is really frustrating when all my newer movies are in that format. In fact you really can't even buy vhs movies around here any more. I haven't watched one yet, but it is nice to know that I can if I want to. the player also replaces our very old vhs player which was on it's last leg. I like it because it takes up less space and we no longer have to juggle electronic devices on our rather small cabinet. My son is so kind to help with all the "techincal" stuff around here. Give my husband an engine and he can make it go. But put something like a computer in front of him and...! LOL. Thanks, Mikey!

I hate the time change, even if this was the "fall back" part. Everyone is feeling just a little discombobulated. Don't you love that word? It is as much fun to write as it is to say.

Last night I discovered a website for downloading embroidery patterns for my new machine. I was like a child in a candy store. To buy a card of designs for the machine can cost up to a hundred dollars for a dozen or so designs. I paid $5 for a 3 week membership to this site and downloaded a ton of designs. I can't wait to use them and make something for the little ones. Or the big ones, there were designs for just about everything. I am going back again to look for more things before my time is up. I also stopped a shop yesterday on my way home from Illinois and found a couple of cards for my machine that were on clearance. Fun!

Ah, well. Time to settle down for the night.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Wow, what a difference a few hours can make. This morning my DD and GB's (grandbabies) left for Chicago to spend some time with my SIL. He has a couple of days off and DD needs to go to her pharmacy. I find it strange now to not hear the children in the house. They have only been here a week but they are an integral part of our lives already.

DS the younger has suggested that I am experiencing some seasonal depression. I have suspected that to be part of my problem, but it feels worse than usual. Retirement may be a larger component than I would like to admit. I have decided to make an appointment and look into the situation. I would very much like to get some energy back as I am currently accomplishing very little.

I did spend some time outside this morning. About 11:30 this morning I went out to check the mail; of course it wasn't there yet. So, I sat in the sunshine and waited for a while to see if the mail carrier would come. She did, but she was going the wrong way. When she stopped here later on she explained that the brakes went out on her car and she had to turn around at the beginning of the route and find another vehicle.

Is anyone else having trouble deciding who to vote for next week? I think my mind is made up one time and then I hear more information that makes me question my decision. There are so many things wrong with each of the candidates that this will be a decision based on who I think will do the least harm in office. I hate to think about casting a vote this way. I much prefer voting with confidence in my candidate. Not good. Any other opinions out there? And then, it has gotten to where I hate to answer the phone. The political calls have come as early as 7:30 in the morning and as late as 10:00 at night. Aaaargh!

Friday I am heading down to DS the elder's home to help with Halloween. DD and DS are going to take the children out together while I stay at his house and hand out treats. Now, should I take a costume along? I have a couple of choices in my closet, depending on whether I can find them or not. Somewhere I have my old Mother Hubbard outfit, a witch' dress, a pioneer widow outfit and a tavern wench outfit. If there are any opinions, get them to me before Friday. I can use any help I can get.

We finally had a nice day here. The temp never reached 50 but the sun shone all day long. So nice! That's all for now!


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Wee Hours Ruminations

What on earth am I doing up at 3 in the morning? Beats me! Can't sleep, again. I was just sitting here and looking at the wedding photos posted on my DS and DIL's website and reliving their wonderful day. It has been a very strange week with babysitting and then DD and the children coming to our house for an extended visit. Things are certainly different around here. I think it is a little much for my mom at times. She escaped to the city with my sister today for a little grownup time. My DH seems oblivious to the chaos, bless his heart. Thank goodness he doesn't mind as they really didn't have any place else to go. They will be making a trip back to
Chicago about once a week to visit my SIL.

The house is way too quiet right now. I turned off the television and the only sound I hear is pretty much no sound at all. Wait, I do hear the ticking of the clock on the wall. Not that it is keeping the correct time or anything, but DH can't let go of it. The longest it has kept the correct time lately is for about 5 hours. I hate to think of all the batteries we have gone through.

I have been in a funk lately. It is a struggle to even get dressed each day. Maybe I am missing work? Nah, I don't think so; but I do think I need to set a purpose for each day. I have so many things I want to do, and no motivation to get going on any of them. DH and I have been talking about the things I want to get accomplished here at home. I want to get my craft room sorted out, get rid of the excess furniture in there and set it up to be a really usable space. I also want to get the wall and ceiling of our bedroom repaired, new paint in there, and redecorate. So far though, not much of anything is happening because I can't get going.

DD and SIL closed on their old house Friday. That means everything should be go for the closing on the new house in a few weeks. It is nice that most of the worry about all that is taken care of. Now they just have to focus on moving into the new place. Yahoo!

If I repeat myself occasionally from one post to another, I hope you'll forgive me. When I named this blog "Ramblings" I really meant it. I would have to go back and re-read every post each time to make sure I wasn't repeating. LOL! Maybe that is why so few people come here to check out the blog? Who knows?

Maybe tomorrow I'll make more sense...or not!


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Home...at last!

Yea, I am home again. I love spending time at my DS and DIL's home, but it is nice to get back home again, too. Wonder how many days it will take me to recover from caring for the little ones? If it hadn't been for my DIL I would never have made it through. She spelled me when I was feeling over my head and I love her for that, (I love her anyway, she is a very special woman, but agreeing to let the little ones and I stay for several days is above and beyond!) My DD is homeless now for about 3 weeks. Their old house will be someone else's as of tomorrow afternoon. Then they can focus on their plans for the new home. So, for now, DD and the little ones are here with us.

My cats, Oreo and PeeWee, are crabby with each other tonight. There is major growling going on. It happens occasionally but I hate it when it does. I had hoped when we got Oreo that she and PeeWee would be buddies. PeeWee and our previous other cat, Peanut, got along great. Peanut was my "baby" in a very real sense. I found him as a newborn preemie under some plastic on our garage floor. There were three kittens in the litter that was born to a first-time, very young cat. The other two kittens had died and it was assumed that the last one had also. When I found Peanut and took him in the house my husband told me to take him outside and let nature take its course; the kitten would die and I would be depressed about it. I couldn't do it; I couldn't just let him die without at least trying to help him. It took two weeks or more of every two hour feedings, warm damp cotton ball cleanings and lots of TLC, but he did survive! It was a miracle in my eyes and the vet felt the same way. Peanut lived for eight wonderful years. He was happy and reasonably healthy almost the whole time. During his last year, he began having breathing problems. The vet took an xray and was amazed; Peanut had survived his whole life on only one half of a lung. Apparently his lungs never fully developed due to his prematurity. But until the last 6 months or so of his life, you would never have known it. When I said he was my baby I meant it. The only mother he had ever known was me. He even developed a habit of sucking on my thumb. My children thought it was really gross and more than a little bit weird. I asked the vet about it and she said that some cats would do that if they were bottle fed as kittens. It had something to do with not getting the mouth to skin contact they would have had if nursing on their mothers. My kids really hated it when I called Peanut my "hairy" son. LOL. He was a character and I loved him very much. When we had to have him put down just three days after my DD's wedding, I wanted to find another kitten who needed me as soon as possible. On Saturday that week I went to a cat rescue facility and Oreo and I found each other. That was over five years ago. I have never regretted finding another cat so soon after losing one.

Wow, if anyone actually reads this blog they will know way more than they want to about my idiosyncracies. (I don't know if I spelled that word right, but I love using it! LOL) I think I have shared enough for tonight.

TTFN (Ta ta for now, British I think)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


I am writing this post at 2:39 am. I have just finished full day number one of a 2-3 day stretch of taking care of my two youngest grandchildren. God is reminding me of His wisdom in giving me my own children at a young age. I am EXHAUSTED!! So, you might ask, "Why aren't you asleep at this time of the night?". I don't know. Here I am, wide awake and asking the same thing. I know I am tired, but...here I sit. Hmm, just heard a noise that I can't explain. Sounded a little like a growl but it can't be as I am at DS #1's house and they have no animals. Okay, I'm just going to forget it as it hasn't happened again.

Thank goodness I am doing this at DS's. Their two girl's are such a help with the little ones, at least when they aren't in school. And my wonderful DIL takes over for a while when I am feeling over my head. DD and SIL are moving out of the house they sold and should be finished in a day or two. DD and the children will be coming to spend some time with us until they can move into house #2; hopefully in mid-November.

Oops! I think I fell asleep for a second there. My mind just went completely blank. Now that I am awake again, I forgot what else I wanted to say. LOL, (well quietly out loud anyway).

I find myself missing Mom's dear little doggie, even here at DS's house. When the kids drop food on the floor, I find myself thinking about her being our floor cleaner when the kids would drop it at my house. She was always on duty to make sure nothing stayed on the floor longer than a few seconds. I bet my mom is having a hard time still. My cat, Oreo will be doing all she can to help Mom through the tough times. She (Oreo) thinks she needs full-time one-on-one attention and if I'm not there Mom is the chosen one.

I try not to focus on my daily aches and pains, but it is really tough tonight. My knees are killing me! My little grandson is not quite 17 months old, but outweighes his older sister. Carrying him up DS's stairs to put him to bed reminded me why I lost 50 pounds. My body can't handle any more weight. See, more reminders. I guess I chose an appropriate title for this post.

Finally, I bought my new sewing machine! I compromised with DH and got one that isn't quite as expensive as the one I really wanted. I cannot wait to start sewing on the quilts I intend to make. I found a couple of patterns for squares that even I should be able to do. Buying the fabrics should be fun! I want to do bright, pretty colors for my girls and something really fun for our little guy. The one quilt I really liked has only two different blocks of three strips each. The pattern comes in the way you turn the blocks. It is sort of like a super-simplfied version of a log cabin block. Okay, just heard the noise again. I am pretty sure it is a mechanical one, but I can't imagine what.

I guess I will close for now. Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, October 17, 2008

More Sadness

Yesterday was another day of sadness. My mom's little schnauzer doggie had to be put down. Misty was almost 14 years old and was still in pretty good physical shape. Until recently, she bounced around like a puppy. But she had been prone to spells that resembled an anxiety attack. Over the last couple of weeks these attacks became a constant thing. The veterinarian agreed that her quality of life had gone and we did it out of love for Misty and for the memory of the wonderful pet she had been. I was with her until the end. It was very peaceful and I was able to see the Misty that had been missing for so long. She will be remembered with much love.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Wedding

Here is a photobook I created with photos from the wedding. Enjoy!
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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Somehow We Made It

Somehow we made it through the funeral yesterday. I have to admire my sister-in-law. She was a rock through everything; in fact, she spent a lot of time comforting others. The ceremony was special and everyone was very touched when Bob's niece and brother-in-law played a violin solo. Bob was very well thought of in his city and touched the lives of so many people. I am feeling strange because I have been so close to tears, but unable to cry.

After the funeral I drove down to my oldest son's place to spend a few days. We went to my son's MIL's place for lunch and then the girls (DIL, her mom, and her sister) and I worked on digital scrapbooking. I love introducing others to the joys of digital. They loved it! We are going to try to meet every month or so and work together. I guess maybe we have a club. Wonder what we should name it? What about "Family Scrappers"? I kind of like that one.

Tomorrow I am going to my DD's place and play with the little ones while she tries to get more packing done. I love playing with the little ones. They are growing so fast! My only GS (grandson of course) is going to be a dinosaur for Halloween. DD sent me a video message of him in his adorable costume. I can't imagine a costume that would suit him more. The video shows him running around the room with his big tail swinging back and forth. Looks just like a baby dino playing. It was so CUTE!!

I find myself feeling a little jealous. DS and DIL have the ability to download unlimited amounts of "stuff". I am grabbing digital scrapbooking freebies like crazy. I have to limit myself very carefully at home so I don't go over my alloted 12,000 mb's in any given 30 day period. It is tempting to upgrade my service with the satellite company but DH would have a fit! LOL

Well, I guess I had better get to bed and rest up for my day with the little ones tomorrow. They sure can wear a body out! But it is so much fun I love it anyway.


PS: I forgot to mention something. Last February we went on a cruise in the Caribbean. I won $250 playing bingo and used it to buy a very pretty tanzanite necklace. When I was so sick in June I remember taking it off and putting it on the table next to the recliner. For several months I couldn't find it and I just knew it was gone. I figured it fell off into the little waste basket and burned or maybe vacuumed up. That made me feel sick all over again. Well, yesterday I was looking for a necklace to wear to the funeral. I decided to wear my diamond circle that DH gave me for Christmas but couldn't get it fastened due to arthritis in my fingers. I went looking in my necklace case for one with the magnetic closure and pulled the only one I could see out of the case. It was my Tanzanite!!! It isn't gone!!! Now, when we girls go on our cruise I can spend the money I had saved to replace it on earrings to match! Unreal!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

My Heart is Breaking

My heart is breaking...we have lost a member of our family today. My brother-in-law passed away today. My sister-in-law, I can't even imagine what she is going through right now. I can't even find the right words right now.

Bob, I know we didn't get to spend a lot of time together, but I always thought you were a really terrific guy. Our family was very lucky to have had you as a member. We will all miss you so much. God speed!


Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Well, I got started anyway! I am finally going through all my clothes and getting rid of things that don't work for me or fit. What a mess it will be for a couple of days, but it will be worth it. I have a really hard time getting rid of things; especially if they are in any way sentimental. When I am done I will have only the clothes I wear most of the time and a few key pieces. I may add a couple of new things occasionally but only if they fit well and I love them. Poor DH, he will have to live in the mess for a little while. But it will be nice to have it done! Then I can redecorate my bedroom. It still has the same paint we put on the walls about 35 years ago. There is some damage to the ceiling that occurred during the four years we didn't live in this house and a little damage on the north wall as well. I want to get both of those things fixed and get the whole room repainted. I am actually getting excited. When this is done, I need to get my craft room fixed up. It may be time to switch out my craft room to the little room at the top of the stairs and use the bigger room that it is in now for a bunk room for all the grandchildren.

DD is coming with the children at the end of the month for an undetermined length of time. They still are having trouble finding a house to buy. No one wants to accept a bid with a contingency written in. They ask for it because they are afraid the sale of their house could fall through. It isn't likely, but they would like to have all bases covered. I am going down to my oldest son's home this weekend for some quality time with them. My DIL has been wanting to learn digital scrapbooking for a while now. I haven't done as much lately as I would like but when all the wedding photos from last weekend are in I will finish up the wedding album.

Well, I guess it is time to get to bed. I have "things" to do tomorrow and I have been staying up way too late. Night!


Sunday, October 5, 2008

Post-Wedding Blues

Okay, I admit it. I have post-wedding blues. It has been a week since my DS got married and I still want to talk about it but everyone else has moved on. I stll want to revel in the beauty and sacredness of it all. I still want to re-live every detail and how wonderful it was. How do you get past this when your last one is married and you know it will be a LONG time until the next wedding in your immediate family? (I am thinking grandchildren and my oldest isn't even 8 yet!)

I went to another family wedding yesterday. It was my husband's step-niece whom we love very much. We were very honored to be invited as they had to keep their guest list small and they chose to include us. The couple had chosen to get married outside in a local state park. Yesterday was the most gorgeous day we will probably have this fall. Warm enough for the wedding party to be comfortable in their strapless dresses (only the girls, only the girls, LOL). The sun shone warmly and there was no wind. It would have been perfect if we had been able to get there in time for the ceremony. Talk about a comedy of errors. In order to get to the park we decided to ride the free ferry across the river instead of going around the long way. Because of the perfect day the lines for the ferry were long. We didn't get on until the third trip which was making us miss the 3 pm ceremony. When we finally got across we didn't have too far to go to reach the short way to the ceremony site. Would have been wonderful and we actually could have made the ceremony because they started quite late. But, of course, it didn't work out that way. Nope, that would have been too easy. When we got to the turn off for the road into the park, it was on a section of road that was being repaved, on a Saturday. We wanted to turn on the road anyway but they made us go around the park and enter from the other side. We did miss the ceremony, but they were still taking photos when we got there. Oh, well. The dinner was wonderful but we didn't stay for the dance. DH had to get up early to milk cows and I was getting a headache. But the bride and groom were so happy and I am glad we went.

The blisters from the other day are still killing me. I sure hope they don't get infected! I really have learned a lesson that I should have already known.

I am looking forward to DS and new DIL getting back from their honeymoon and sharing their photos of it!

Let's see, what is coming up? Next weekend I am going down to Illinois to visit my oldest son and family and maybe even DD. Then it is only a little over a month until my mom, my sisters and I go on our "girls" cruise to Cozumel. I am looking forward to that!

Okay, rambling over for today. I am going to rest my feet for a while and do some laundry. Y'all have a great day!


Thursday, October 2, 2008

What Was I Thinking?

So, yesterday I got to do something I haven't done in years. I got to go to the World Dairy Expo in Madison. My DH and the other farm guys are busy working in our fields or the neighbors. My little way of helping is to go to the Expo and collect information that they might be interested in. I had forgotten what a lot of walking and carrying it can be though. It wasn't too bad while I was there. There are so many interesting exhibits that you can walk a long way without realizing it. Today, I realized it!! All that walking on the concrete took a toll on my legs and feet. I am hobbling along a little bit today. My knees are sore and my hips are a bit stiff. But, oh, did I have fun. The exhibitors at the Expo are wonderful! I learned a few things I didn't know and I hope you don't mind me sharing some of it.

Did you know that there are fly predators? I didn't either. I was walking along and saw a booth on controlling flies. There was a bag on the table that was clear in back and I couldn't help picking it up. Was I ever surprised when I realized the inside of the bag was crawling with all these tiny little "things". It almost looked like super small ants. Turns out they are actually a member of the wasp family and lay their eggs in fly larvae. That kills the larvae and reduces the population of flies. It was so neat! I couldn't help thinking that the guys on the farm would love to hear about these predators.

My favorite booth used to be one of the AI (artificial insemination) companies. They had a jar of empty semen straws on the table and you picked one out. The times I tried it I pulled out straws that were good for 10 straws of frozen bull semen. Now, the people at work just couldn't understand why I was excited about that. When you live on a dairy farm your livelyhood depends on the calves you have to replace the cows as they age. The 10 straws of semen were worth $150 and that was money that could stay in our account. I did okay! We still have some cows and a bull on our farm that came from those straws. So, weird yes, but worth it? YES!! This year I entered the same company's drawing for $200 worth of frozen semen. Wish me luck!

Now, I didn't do all this walking, talking, and hauling just for the guys. There are rewards for me, too. My "wages" for doing all this is the goodies that are handed out at the booths. I am happy to get pens and pencils. They last us pretty much until next year. But that's not all I got. I brought home a photo of myself taken at one of the booths, a cap, a t-shirt, a flashlight, a cow shaped stress ball, a cow shaped paper clip holder, cheese, candy, key chains, coloring books for the grandchildren, and much more. I had so much fun!!

Today I THOUGHT I had a doctor appointment and got spiffed up. I even wore a new pair of shoes. Trying to be stylish, I wore them without socks or nylons. Big, big mistake. I have at least five blisters on my feet and they hurt! It really doesn't help that I misread the day of the appointment and it isn't until next week! LOL

Okay, enough whining, I am going to sign off for now. Take care of your tootsies everyone!


Sunday, September 28, 2008

Wonderful Wedding!

DS's wedding was perfect! The weather cooperated, everyone arrived pretty much on time, and there was so much love and happiness the church nearly exploded. Throughout the ceremony my son looked at his bride with so much love I nearly cried and she just beamed back at him. The minister did a lovely job; the only bobble was when he forgot to get the microphone and had to have my new DIL repeat her "I do!". That really was a blessing in disguise as everyone laughed, including DIL, and things were just so relaxed after that. The church was on the warm side and by the end of the ceremony I was so parched. But, my son's new MIL had thought of everything and provided coolers of cool water and apple cider.

And talk about a party afterward!!!!! Wowza! I don't think I have ever seen so many people have such a great time. A few even had too good a time, but we won't mention names. I know I haven't danced that much in a long time (nor felt so old the next day either). It was wonderful to see my DS's friends after so long. They all looked so nice in their tuxes and suits. Words to do the reception justice are just escaping me.

This afternoon three of us me, hubby and my mom, went over to my son's in-law's and helped them open their gifts. It was so good to see how much they love my son! We love their daughter just as much and feel that we have added her family to ours.

I am feeling very blessed today. All three of my children are married, happy, and living useful lives. I don't think a parent can ask for more. God bless you all.


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Two More Days-YIKES

Things are starting to get done, yea! I got my nails done today, bought headbands for the two little girls who are in the wedding, and got my car washed! I wish that just one time I could get my nails done without messing them up right away. It wasn't so bad today, I only chipped one tiny spot. I am trying to be so careful since there are still two days until the wedding.

My car is SO clean! I have a habit of waiting too long before I get it taken care of. No one else has as messy a car as I do. I just can't seem to prevent the clutter. DH gets so frustrated with me...I guess I deserve it.

I am not going to humiliate myself any more tonight. Sorry!


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Time is Running Out

Wow, the wedding is only four days away! This time has gone so fast. I went in today to get a fresh coat of color on my hair and have a dry run of my hairdo for Saturday. I like it! We went a little lighter on the color and I feel like it is a better look without a couple of weeks for it to soften.

My DD and her hubby are having a heck of a time buying a house. They have put bids in on three of them but ended up having their bids rejected. They are still trying to reach a satisfactory compromise on the latest house. This one is at least in move in condition. DD says it really only requires some new paint on some of the walls and the rest can wait until much later. I hope they get this one. It is right across the street from the elementary school the children will attend in a few years. It's also near a park which is wonderful as they need a place to go while my son-in-law sleeps during the day (he works nights). So, keep your fingers crossed...please?

My little sister in Seabrook, Texas is back at her home now. What a mess! They didn't get the food out of their fridge before they left. They had to go searching for some bleach but the grocery stores (no power so the stores are operating on generators). Finally, some was found at Walgreens and they were able to get their fridge cleaned and re-stocked. For some reason my sister has power at her house. They just don't have phone service. Thank goodness for cell phones! It looks as though they will probably have to have their wallboards replaced as well as their furniture, drapes, and carpeting. She says it all so depressing; the neighborhood is full of debris from the flooding. The most predominant sound is that of chainsaws as people try to cut up the trees that were downed by Ike.

I want to know how my DS and his wife-to-be are staying so calm. When you call to ask a question they don't get upset or anything! I asked if he was nervous; he said, "No, not at all. I am just so ready for this." Amazing! The adorable, funny little boy that I think of sometimes has grown into a wonderful young man. One thing that has stayed the same is his very dry sense of humor. I usually realize he has made a joke about something after it is long past. There is an old saying that goes "A daughter is a daughter all of her life; but a son is a son until he takes a wife." There is some truth in that. You are no longer the most important woman in their lives. Of course, that's the way it SHOULD be! But, it is a really strange feeling for a mother when that youngest one takes the big step.

Okay, I'm done rambling for tonight. Sleep well, all! I may not return until next week.


Thursday, September 18, 2008


I finally got some things done around here. Woohoo! DD and her two little ones went home on Tuesday morning. I am enjoying the quiet but I miss them so much! The last couple of days have been spent going through my clothes and getting rid of what I don't ever wear. It has been really hard to get rid of some things; especially those that still have the price tags on them. Hey, I never said I have the greatest taste, did I?

Monday night I went to a Stampin' Up meeting at my demonstrator's home. The meeting was for her monthly stamp club which I joined this summer. There are ten members and we meet once a month for 10 months. Each person picked a month to be the hostess, (I picked June). When you join you agree to spend a minimum of $20 so there is a guarantee of a $200 order. The person who chose the particular month gets all the hostess benefits. We also made three projects. It is a fun way to spend a couple of hours. I love stamping!

For some reason I am really tired all of a sudden and I feel sleepy. Gonna stop for tonight.


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Grandchildren and Bachelorette Party

Well, the two youngest grandchildren have arrived. Boy, have they arrived! Ashley and Danny are so cute, but also very active. When they first got here Danny ran away from me but then turned around and ran right into my arms with his big blue eyes twinkling. Ashley has been singing songs for me; her favorite song is Old MacDonald Had a Farm. Because we live on a farm she has developed a fascination with cows. I have tried to get her to sing it as Grandpa Miller has a farm. Too cute!

My DD is out tonight with my DIL-to-be for her bachelorette party. It has been so long since she has been "out" without the children. DIL-to-be and the rest of the girls stopped out here to pick her up. They were already having fun. DIL's mother is the designated driver so the girls don't have to worry about partying too much. Babysitting the children is easy, they are asleep!

DH made about 30 quarts of tomato juice today. He has a glass every morning at breakfast and usually has enough to last until next fall. I don't care for tomato juice, oh well. Have I mentioned that he does pickles, too? He makes the best homemade pickles in the world. I have tried a lot of people's pickles but I really only like his, for homemade anyway.

It has been rainy here today; warm and humid. The temp got above 70F today so it felt really muggy. The humidity is supposed to drop on Monday; I sure hope so!

By the way, I spoke with my nephew in Texas this morning and they were safe in the place they evacuated to. I think that their house is flooded though. Thank God they are all safe. I wouldn't want to be in their shoes when they get home!

Okay, I'm done rambling for tonight.


Friday, September 12, 2008

Hurricane Ike

My youngest sister lives in Seabrook Texas, just south of Houston. They evacuated yesterday and went northwest. I am so thankful as their home is probably flooded by now. I cannot believe the people who are so stubborn about going to safety. My mom and I have been watching the Houston local news all day and it is incredible how high the water got without it even raining. I will be praying for all the people who wouldn't or couldn't get out.

My DH has spent the whole afternoon and evening on the roof of our house, installing his solar panel. He is so excited about finally getting this project finished. If it goes as planned our kitchen and livingroom will be warmer this winter.

DD will be here tomorrow with her two little ones. I love it when they come to visit but it is nice when they go home, too. Their bid wasn't accepted on the first house they bid on. So, now they have to start over. They have been looking at houses all week and have found a couple that wouldn't be too bad. I am putting them on my prayer list, too.

I helped mom make an apple pie this morning. Even got out my apple peeling machine. It still doesn't work!!!! You peel more apple than peeling, sheesh! The pie turned out really good though and I can even eat it because we used Splenda instead of sugar. Woohoo! I love apple pie but I hardly ever eat it because of all the sugar. (I am diabetic.) We got the apples at a nearby orchard and they were pretty good. A little on the mealy side but they baked up okay.

Haven't really done much else today except make a run to the hardware store for DH. Guess I will go find something to do.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Consignment Shops

JenJen, thank you so much for checking out my blog. As you probably can tell, I am fairly new to the blogging world. At least when it comes to being the blogger instead of the reader. If you are ever in the Madison area, let me know. Maybe we can meet for coffee or lunch or something. Just to let you know how many problems I have with memory, on Tuesday I saw a friend at our local polling place. I called her by name when I first saw her and ten minutes later I couldn't remember it at all. Did I ever feel stupid. It did come back to me, but is was very embarrassing.

I wrote on Tuesday that my mother and I were going to take some things to a consignment shop. I never knew that it was such a hard (read impossible) thing to do. Fortunately, I started calling shops before we went all the way to Madison. One shop only takes formal wear, another isn't accepting new consignees, a third one deals only with hip, trendy clothing and the last one wanted only designer clothing. We didn't meet any of the criteria for any of the shops, LOL! So, we took them to St. Vincent de Paul and called it a day. I was SO disappointed. Oh, well! At least St. Vinnie's never turns me down.

Today I went to Madison and re-ordered my drapes for the guest room. I ended up ordering a blue called Delft. It is a light blue, but not pale by any means. Not what I really wanted but better than the "Lagoon". JC Penney's is having a sale, (no, really, a sale?) on baby and toddler things. I saw such cute things and I ended up buying some things for my two youngest GB's (grand babies of course). There were so many mix and match tops and pants for them at only 4.99 each. Any grandma knows you have to buy when the price is that good, right?

I set my alarm last night for 7 am. Didn't get up til 7:45, but that is way better than my usual 9-9:30 time. Hey, baby steps are better than no steps. My goal is to eventually get up at 7 am and be in bed no later than 11 pm. Oops! It is already 11:26. I had better get going.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008


I don't dknow what was wrong with me today. I was so exhausted all day. Would you believe I never even got dressed? I think maybe it was a little flare from the fibromyalgia. It really helps to know that there is a reason for the days when I feel like I just can't get moving.

My new curtains for the guest room are the wrong color, rats! I can't remember if I wrote about it or not, but we have our old (read ancient) living room curtains jury-rigged up there right now. Not pretty at all. I have a border in the room that is Debbie Mumm country style angels. I love it, but I have a hard time finding things in the right colors to go with it. I thought I was getting a blue with a tiny hint of green, but it is green with a tiny hint of blue. It just won't work, so now I have to decide between navy or light blue. The walls in the room are kind of an almond color, so anything neutral will just blend in instead of adding to the room. So, back the store to reorder a better color. Hmm. Maybe I can find a leftover piece of the border for color comparison.

My DS's wedding is only two weeks and three days away. It is coming too fast for comfort. I have my dress and shoes, DH's tux is ordered, and I bought the grandchildren's outfits. Yeah, I am so ready. My DIL to be is having her bachelorette party this weekend. That means my DD will be home to go since she is in the wedding party. And, THAT means I get to baby sit my two littlest darlings. Now I am really excited! Those two are growing up so fast! Ashley speaks in fairly complete sentences and Danny has a new word(s) every day.

When I named this blog "Ramblings..." I was right on! That seems to be what I do best...ramble. I will stop rambling for tonight.


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Doing it for Myself

I have decided that I am doing this blog just for myself. No one has left me any comments so...I am doing it for my own need for expression.

Let's see, what has been going on since my last post? Not as much as I'd like, but more than I expected. I have not done anything toward starting my quilts yet. I need a new machine, but DH says I must wait until Christmas for that. Rats! But I guess I could start on the applique if Mom doesn't mind sharing her machine.

In the meantime, I have been working on my clothes; you know, like sorting, weeding out things I'll never wear again, etc. I have gained a few pounds and ended up taking a few things out of the box from a couple of months ago. Buying clothes is so frustrating. My upper chest and lower body are smaller than my middle section. If I buy the correct size for shoulder and bust area, the middle is too tight. If I buy jeans to fit my waist area, you notice I said area because I don't really have a waist, they are too big in the leg and butt areas. I ordered a dress for my son's wedding. It fit beautifully in the middle area, not too tight or anything. But the bust, OMG, it fell off me and left my whole chest exposed. Not a pretty sight. So, I returned the dress...too late for a refund; store credit only. When I went to the web site to reorder something, I decided to get some tops. The tops all had nicely fitted bust areas and looked really flowy on the models. They came today. The tops fitted me perfectly in the bust and shoulders but the flowy area wasn't as loose as it looked. I look like a sexy pregnant lady in them. The girls look great, but the bulges are horrible, I look 8 months pregnant in them. I could deal with that, maybe, if I were in my 30's or early 40's, but I am 56! Aaaaaaargh! Now what do I do? I guess I could return them for another store credit, but I don't think anything from that store will fit me.

DH and I are starting to think about our winter vacation. We are thinking Hawaii maybe. It all depends on whether or not we have enough credits in the vacation club we belong to. In 2005 we took a week-long cruise to Montego Bay Jamaica, Grand Cayman Island, and Cozumel Mexico. The next year we went to Hawaii and vacationed on Oahu. In 2007, we went back to Hawaii and stayed at the same resort, (can you tell we loved it the first time?). Then in February of this year we took another week long cruise that revisited a couple of places we had been before, (Cozumel and Nassau), but we also got to go to Belize. Belize was our favorite port of call. We went to an eco-park and had such a nice time. So, now we just have to figure out where we want to go this year. Any suggestions? Please leave me a comment by clicking on the comments link below this post.

Mom and I are going to take some things in to the consignment shop in Madison this afternoon. I would rather have the money and room in my closet than to try and keep them hoping they will fit again some day.


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Anyone out there?

So, I have told you a little about myself. How about a few comments from y'all? Tonight, I think I'll ramble about my DH. We met while we were both in the Navy. I don't know why, but it always surprises people that I was in the service. Anyway, I was just out of personnelman school and I had been assigned to Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia. My job in the personnel office, or one of them anyway, was to account for all the enlisted people in our squadron. One Monday morning I was notified that we had a new person check into the office over the weekend. I had to find this Miller before I could file my report for the commanding officer. It took my about an hour to track him down and tell him he had to report to the personnel office to complete check-in. He was so cocky when he showed up. I told him he was the hardest person in the world to find. To this day he claims I shook my finger in his face, but I DID NOT!

From that on, I think I knew somehow that this was my guy! I won't say it was love at first sight, but I wrote my mother a letter shortly after that day and told her about this cute guy I met with the wavy brown hair, twinkly blue eyes and a curly reddish/brown beard. It has now been 36 years and we are still here.

We have three children; a son who will be 35 in December, a daughter who will 32 in November and a son who was 28 in February. I feel so blessed in my family. All three children grew up happy, healthy and, best of all, self-supporting. Now they are having fun with those beautiful grandchildren of ours.

Hey, how about some quilting advice or commiseration or anything at all. Leave me some love folks if you aren't too bored by my rambling.

Toodles, all.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

I figured it out!

So, I finally figured out to post photos, yea!!!! I thought I would show off some photos of my grandbabies this time.
The top photo is my youngest grandchild, Danny. He is such a sweetie. When I "talk" to him on the phone, he kisses the phone as if he is kissing me! I think he loves me, lol! The next photo is his older sister, Ashley. They are only 1 year apart in age and he outweighs her. Ashley is so full of life. She has made up a song about coming to the farm. While she is walking down the sidewalk she spins in slow circles singing "cows, cows, cows. Baby cow, momma cow, moo. Cows, farm, cows, moo, moo, moo." Love it!!!
My oldest granddaughter, Caylie starts second grade on Thursday. That makes me feel really old for some reason. Her little sister, Emma is five and starts kindergarten this year. This photo iof the two of them is a couple of years old, but it is one of my favorites. I love their dark hair and blue eyes. Caylie is mostly calm and sensitive. Emma, on the other hand, has a fiery temper, but she gets over it quickly.
I love them all!!!!!
Til next time, bye!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Something New

My DH, Herm, and I tried doing something different today. My mom gave me a metal detector for Christmas a few years ago. Herm and I went out this morning to see if we could find anything. First we went to a nearby park where he used to swim when he was a kid. I figured swimming areas would be a great place to try to find at least some coins. Especially if there is sand. If people took off their outer clothes to expose their swimsuits, there was a good chance we'd find something. Well, we did find something...a big lump of lead. Not one other thing. The park has really changed since Herm had used it last, LOL! Next, we went to an area where they used to launch rental canoes. Hey, that had potential, right? Not! We found exactly three soda cans and about a dozen rusty nails. I was really starting to get frustrated. So, we checked out a couple of areas that I am going back to on Tuesday or early Wednesday morning, after all the people have gone home. There were just too many people today.

While we were out driving, we stopped a neighbor's place to see what he had left in his yard sale. I found a couple of dress up outfits for my granddaughters, woohoo! There was also a Little Tykes easel for the younger ones to write on with chalk. The most interesting thing I saw there was a wind generator. It was smaller than the ones you see on the news but it was really just the right size to service a house. Actually, we could put up three or four of them and maybe generate enough electricity for the house. Herm has been building his own solar panels to provide some extra heat for the house in winter. He never fails to impress me with his abilities.

I didn't really talk about my grandchildren before. I have four, three girls and one little boy. They range in age from 7, Micayla, to 1, Danny. In between we have Emma who is 5 and Ashley who is 2. I LOVE it when they come to Gramma and Grampa's for a visit. All four of them live in Illinois. The 2 older ones in Algonquin and the two younger ones in Chicago. They are the lights of my life. One of the reasons I retired was so I could see them more often. I need to be able to go to school programs for the two older ones. My daughter, mother to the two younger ones, and her husband just sold their small home. Would you believe that it was on the market only two weeks? They even got their asking price. My son-in-law has put an incredible amount of work into the house and the only reason they are selling is they need more room. As it stands, the two children share a room. Now they have to find a new home of their own. They are looking for a house with at least 3 bedrooms and a decent sized back yard so the children have a place to play. I have to go soon to help them pack or at least help with the kids while they pack.

Toodles for now!

Saturday, August 30, 2008


Well, I still haven't accomplished a whole lot. I find myself avoiding certain things and I'm not sure why. I hope my motivation kicks in soon.

Yesterday I went to the restaurant where we are hosting our son's rehearsal dinner. I hadn't been there before and I was really surprised at how lovely it is. It is an Italian themed restaurant and I was pleased with the decor. We are having our dinner in an area set apart from the main dining room by a half-wall made of rocks. The set apart area is decorated like an old fashioned Italian street; complete with apartment windows above the storefronts. A clothesline is stretched across the upper part of the space reaching from one window to the other side and is hung with actual clothes. The restaurant calls it the "laundry" room. LOL! The wedding is less than a month away now and things are starting to get exciting. I am looking forward to seeing all my son's high school buddies. They hung out here at our house quite a lot in the summers, working on Mike's black van, "Stella".

I am going to try quilting for the first time since very early in my marriage. Way back then I made my parents a quilt out of fabric I had used to make clothes when I still lived at home. It wasn't very well made but they used it so much. My mother still has it and it is starting to fall apart, but we put it on our living room floor for the babies to crawl around on. I bought some diecut fabric shapes to make each grandchild a quilt and I plan to applique them. It is starting to look a bit daunting as the first quilt shape is a scottie dog and there are so many shart points. I am not sure how to do this but I am going to try to use fusible webbing and then machine applique them on. If anyone has any tips, I would really appreciate them.

Today I went to the cow chip art fair. What do I mean by cow chip? It is a dried cow patty, yes it is manure, that people throw for distance. The one who throws the furthest wins. The annual labor day weekend Cow Chip Throw is the biggest thing to happen all year in our 2 small towns. There is a parade, the art fair (great shopping), lots of food, bands, demonstrations and, of course, the cow chip throwing contest. I live near Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin. There are actually two towns that are divided by a street; Sauk City and Prairie du Sac. I used to love to watch the throwing, but it is exceptionally hot this year and there are definitely hazards to the spectators. Seating is either in the covered small bleachers on trailers or lawn chairs in the open. The throwers are not always able to keep their throw inside the boundries and they can fly off to hit spectators. A wet cow pie is soft and smooshie but a dried one is hard and lethal. You really don't want to get hit!

Well, I will close for now. Have a great holiday weekend!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Where do I go from here?

Hi, everyone! My name is Ginny and I recently retired. I decided to establish a blog to reach out to new friends and get advice on how to spend my retirement. This first month has been spent getting ready for my youngest son's wedding on September 27th. He is the last one to get married and I think I'm really glad. When the wedding is over I have a list of things I want to accomplish. I think the first thing I will do is empty out my craft room (also known in the family as the "crap" room). There is way too much furniture and other stuff and I don't use it at all the way it is. I have spent too much time collecting supplies and not much time using them. Well, it time for all that to change. I hope you will keep me company on my journey.