Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Looking Back at 2009

My life changed in 2009. The world changed in 2009.
A little look back at how things in the world and things at my house changed this past year.
January

January started at our house with us still making room for the two kids who showed up on our doorsteps in December 2008. It now looked like they would be staying for awhile ,so we needed to decide what to do with them. Harley is bunking in with Granny and Darian took over the office. We celebrated the start of a new year. On January 9th, Papa turned 76 years young. January 11, sitting in the parking lot at work ,I got the bad news that the oldest son was arrested and in jail for manufacturing meth. A sad day for all of us. The big news in the USA on January 15 was about the heroic pilot, Sulley Sullenburger, who landed a plane on the Hudson river and all 155 passengers survived. I am still smiling. We inaugurated our 44th ,first black president, Barack Obama, on January 20th. Time for a change, he says (and I am still waiting to see how things are going to change). Unfortunately, January also brought us the Octomom story…..and it lasted for months until I was nauseous. The grand kids mom left rehab and returned home late in January (but the kids stayed with us) January 31, we celebrated Darian’s 11th birthday with cake, ice cream and presents.
February
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February had now arrived. On February 4th Harley turned nine. Again we had cake and the fixings and presents for her. This was the month that also found Darian suspended from school for “inappropriate pictures”he found (and shared) from the Internet. (see above picture of hot dogs) Big lesson learned! Valentines Day was celebrated in the usual way. And winter continues. Although we had several days in the upper 60’s.
March
March came and brought with it Spring Break. Harley spent the week in the country at a friends farm and enjoyed every moment she was there (except for the little episode that included 3 girls with head lice!). March is also when Barack Obama nominated our own Kathleen Sibelius as the Secretary of Health….go Kansas. The weather so far has been crazy .. it brought the first tornadoes of the year here in Reno county.
Then on March 27th we had the big snow of the year. Too much snow to leave the house and travel up the road to work.
April
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April came in with Granny turning 58 on April 8th with a quiet celebration. Lots of snow still on the ground and Easter around the corner. This year Paige stayed overnight with Harley and the two of them set up a trap to snare the Easter bunny. Unfortunately, they both fell asleep before he arrived They later told granny they had found her Easter stash and they knew who the ‘real’ Easter bunny was April also was the beginning of 19 back surgeries for brother Fred. Could not get the spinal fluid to quit leaking.
May
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May was mostly uneventful. School ended and we jumped into the car for a long weekend in Lawrence with cousins. We learned to play the Wii and took in the Kansas City Zoo.
June
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When June arrived it brought much sadness as it was a month of loss in the celebrity world. Farah Fawcett lost her long battle with cancer and the unexpected death of pop star Michael Jackson. Harley can not stand for us to mention his name….”he gives me the creeps” See how little kids can tell!! And sadly, but finally, the voice of Billy Mayes has been silenced. I also had my first grandchild graduate from high school this year. Way to go Katie.The last of June found oldest son being sentenced to one year in county with an underlying sentence of 13 years.
The kids went to several camps this past summer. They learned how to jump, how to play basketball and football and caught some big fish. The memories will follow them throughout their lives.
July
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On July 4th we had the family all gather at our house for a big backyard picnic. Good to see everyone. And at the moment all were pretty healthy. The swimming pool was up and the weather was hot. The grass grew and was mowed and grew again. The tomatoes began to ripen on the vine. All the flowers grew into massive beauties. Ah, how I love the summer months.
August
August began with a call for jury duty for me. I reported, told my story, and they sent me home. End of story. On August 6, Papa and I celebrated 30 years together and 13 years of marriage. August was when we also said goodbye to Ted Kennedy. RIP Teddy!
Ah August 24….school starts again. I loved that day when I was a young mom sending my sons off to school. And it is even sweeter now sending off the grandkids. Thank God for school.
September
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September arrived with many activities both in church and in school. Never knew how busy two kiddos could keep an old man and an old woman. The economy doesn’t seem better at our house, but the president says it is. Nothing like a few trips to the Kansas State Fair to make our days seem brighter. But $43.00 for corn dogs and cokes. Ridiculous.
And football season came. Darian was playing for the first time. He was on the defense/offense line. And did well. Go Celtics.
Patrick Swayze lost his battle in September and went on to the big studio in the sky.
October
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Now fall is in full bloom and October has arrived. I love the beautiful colors but not the cooler tempeture. But alas I live in Kansas so that is life. We took in a day at the Renaissance Festival in Kansas City and it was so cold that we froze off our little buns. But still enjoyed the day. And then I managed to get lost right off the interstate. Thank the lord and Alltel my cousin was able to locate me and lead me home. October 15 I stayed glued to the TV one afternoon as a little boy floated away in a hot air balloon only to later learn it was all a hoax. Balloon Boy I will remember you. Sister-in-law, Pam made a trip to the city and survived another big surgery and for that we are thankful.
November
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November has arrived and Thanksgiving at my house. Was expecting a big crowd and some came and some were called away with sadness. Brother Fred is in St. Louis awaiting a heart aneurysm repair. He came though with good results and was home again soon. Unfortunately this month also brought us the fall of the super sports star, Tiger Woods….who the hell cares. He is famous for the incredible way he plays golf. Not for how many women he slept with. The media cannot let go.
December
Now December arrived and Christmas came and went. We have our own Wii now along with lots of other things and the garbage can is full of boxes and wrapping paper. We packed on some pounds and filled drawers and closets with new toys and clothes and once again heard….”this was the best Christmas ever!” The Medicare and Medicaid cuts have hit the nursing home business and we are all told to tighten our belts and figure out ways to save money. They are watching our time sheets like hawks and there will not be a cost of living increase this year. So the year ends as it begins.
Oh, yeah, and we went to court on December 21 and was granted legal guardianship to these two beautiful grandkids.
Other things that will make me remember 2009 are Jon and Kate….how the heck did they get so much attention. My God 8 kids and they still had time to fight, bicker, and divorce. Another ‘who cares’ here! And Susan Boyle….what a homely woman with a beautiful voice. It is good to see an average person win for a change. But the Nobel Peace prize to Barrack Obama?????? For what???? I still haven’t figured that one out.
new year
Happy New Year to all and may 2010 be the best yet

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Saturday Nine


1. If you live where you get winter weather, do you prefer your Christmas to be white? If you never see snow, do you wish for it?

I DO live where there is winter weather. And if I got to chose, I would chose
NEVER to see snow!

2. How many holiday cards did you receive from people you hadn't sent cards to, after the "mailing deadline?" Did you send a card anyway?

All the cards that I received this year came from those I hadn't sent cards to.
I didn't send out a single Christmas card. So.......
Merry Christmas

3. When the clock strikes Midnight on New Year's, will you be at home, at a party, or somewhere else?

I plan to be at my cousin's house....

4. Have you ever taken the keys and driven home a friend that you felt was too drunk to drive? If not, do you think you would attempt to if that situation ever arose?

Hmmm...nope don't think I have ever done that. But I would surely attempt it if the situation ever arises

5. Tell us about a gift that you either bought or made for someone else that you wanted for yourself!

Most of the gifts that I buy I want for myself. That is how I shop

6. What chores do you have left for the holidays?

I have some shopping yet to do. I have ALL the gifts to wrap. And I have a dinner to cook.

7. If you could buy one gift for yourself where money was not an obstacle, what would it be?

I would send myself and my family all to the Caribbean for Christmas

8. What is one of your family’s favorite holiday traditions?

We get into the car, with a thermos of hot chocolate, and go see Christmas lights.

9. If you could give a fellow blogger a holiday gift, which would it be and what would you give them?

I would give them the gift of blogging ideas...seems like that is something I am always running out of.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

On this first day of December

A Magical Christmas
by Sharlett F. Hunt 11/30/09
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There's magic in this moment
Fresh smells are in the air
The sights and sounds surround me
It's Christmas everywhere!

It suddenly seems to happen
Like reindeer on the roof
With joy and hope abounding
And no scientific proof

The North wind blows around me
And ice is here and there
But sun is shining inside
This heart so filled with care

When people join together
And keep their spirits bright
With songs of love and giving
This magical Christmas Night
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Day 25 of 30 Days of Thanksgiving

This picture was taken of our family
last year at Thanksgiving.
I am thankful for my family.
It has been a stressful time for all of us.
Word came yesterday about the father-in-law of my two nieces being
on a ventilator at our local hospital and will not live/
We are all very sad for his family.

My brother is well and coming home Saturday.
We are thankful for his recovery.
We are thankful for Pam's successful surgery last month.
We are thankful we can all be together tomorrow.
God Bless this family

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Day 24 of 30 Days of Thanksgiving

My brother is out of the ICU and in a private room. Recovery is going well.
I am thankful for my sister-in-law Pam's continuing recovery.
We all must be thankful for good doctors and hospitals.



Sunday, November 22, 2009

Day 22 of 30 Days of Thanksgiving

Today I cleaned house all day.
I am getting ready for Thanksgiving.
We are expecting 21 guests here on Thursday.
So I am thankful for my Kenmore Progressive vacuum cleaner.
Did you know it is the #1 rated vacuum by Consumer Reports.
I test drove a Dyson first and I am telling you this is a
much better vacuum.
If you are needing a new vacuum I highly recommend this one.
And they don't pay me a cent to say that.










Saturday, November 21, 2009

Day 21 of 30 Days of Thanksgiving

Brother Fred remains on the vent in the ICU in a medical induced coma.
We are thankful for the healing he had today




Friday, November 20, 2009

Day 20 of 30 Days of Thanksgiving


Today I am very thankful that my brother Fred's surgery is finally over.
He went in around 7 a.m. and was sent to the ICU this afternoon around 3 pm
The aneurysm was much larger than the doctor thought
but they were able to fix it.
Now we pray for healing



Thursday, November 19, 2009

Day 19 of 30 Days of Thanksgiving


Today my brother had his heart catheter done in St. Louis.
All the arteries are good.
Tomorrow they will go in through the ribs to repair the
aneurysm on the arch.
I am thankful he is is a good hospital and in the hands
of a good team.
God be with them all in the morning






Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Day 17 of 30 Days of Thanksgiving

Pilgrim Hat Cookies


Pilgrim Hat Cookies

Photo: Alan Richardson

INGREDIENTS

    • 16 chocolate wafer cookies (such as Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers)
    • 1 tube orange frosting with piping tips
    • 16 small peanut butter cups

PREPARATION

1. Place cookies on work surface; squeeze a dime-size dot of frosting in center of each.2. Unwrap and invert peanut butter cups on frosting, pressing down gently.3. Using the round piping tip, pipe a "hat-band" with frosting around peanut butter cup and a square "buckle." Let frosting set before storing. Planning Tip: Can be made up to 3 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

These would be so cute to make for Thanksgiving and the kids will have fun helping. I am thankful to be able to find these things on Woman's Day





Monday, November 16, 2009

Day 16 of 30 Days of Thanksgiving


Since it is the Thanksgiving season, I am thankful for the turkey.
My family loves turkey.
We eat it all year round.
But only at Thanksgiving do I roast the whole bird filled with stuffing.
I am thankful for all of God's creatures.





Sunday, November 15, 2009

Day 15 of 30 Days of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.


- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


Please say prayers today for my brother Fred.
He is traveling to St. Louis, Mo for surgery on
his heart this week.
Godspeed Brother.





Saturday, November 14, 2009

Day 14 of 30 Days of Thanksgiving


When I say that I am thankful for my husband, it just doesn't say enough.
He came into my life when I was divorced and trying to raise two little
boys all by myself.
He became their father.
He supported me while I went to nursing school.
(I couldn't have passed Algebra without him)
He is a good father and a wonderful grandfather.
His little granddaughters especially thinks the sun rise and sets of their Papa.
And so do I!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Day 12 of 30 Days of Thanksgiving




Today I am thankful for the simple things in life.
Life Kleenex for my drippy nose.
And Tylenol cold and sinus for my stuffy head
and achy body.









Wednesday, November 11, 2009

11th Day of 30 Days of Thanksgiving

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Lt.-Col. John McCrae
(1872 - 1918)
I know that I have already said that I am thankful for the soldiers.
But today I am thankful to those who came before.
Thank you Chuck, Fred, Denny, Calvin, Howard, Richard, and John.
The vets of my family.
Both living still and gone on ahead.






Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Day 10 of 30 Days of Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. This harvest meal has become a symbol of cooperation and interaction between English colonists and Native Americans. Although this feast is considered by many to the very first Thanksgiving celebration, it was actually in keeping with a long tradition of celebrating the harvest and giving thanks for a successful bounty of crops. Native American groups throughout the Americas, including the Pueblo, Cherokee, Creek and many others organized harvest festivals, ceremonial dances, and other celebrations of thanks for centuries before the arrival of Europeans in North America.


I am thankful for that first Thanksgiving!









Sunday, November 8, 2009

Day 8 of 30 Days of Thanksgiving


Today, my grandkids and I are going to work on making a Thanksgiving
Banner to hang on the fireplace for Thanksgiving.
Yesterday we were out shopping and I couldn't believe how Thanksgiving
is mostly forgotten by the retailers. Christmas is everywhere.
I love Thanksgiving!
It is my favorite holiday.
So today I will sort through the scrapbook paper
and try to find what we need to make a banner
for Thanksgiving.
And while we work on it, we will talk about all the
things we are blessed with
and what we have to be thankful for.




Saturday, November 7, 2009

Day 7 of 30 Days of Thanksgiving





Over the River

(Thanksgiving Day)

Over the river and through the wood
To Grandmother's house we go.
The horse knows the way
To carry the sleigh
Through white and drifted snow.

Over the river and through the wood
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes
And bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.

Over the river and through the wood
To have a first-rate play.
Hear the bells ring,
Ting-a-ling-ling!
Hurrah forThanksgiving Day!

Over the river and through the wood,
Trot fast, my dapple gray!
Spring over the ground
Like a hunting hound,
For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river and through the wood,
And straight through the barnyard gate.
We seem to go
Extremely slow~
It is so hard to wait!

Over the river and through the wood~
Now Grandmother's cap I spy!
Hurrah for fun!
Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!
By Linda Maria Child

I remember this poem from my childhood days!
What are you thankful for today?




Friday, November 6, 2009

Day 6 30 Days of thanksgiving




A Thankful Thanksgiving

The America we witness today has seen much sacrifice
This sacrifice for many, has meant a total giving of life for liberty
Do all truly realize what the human cost of freedom is
All citizens should understand what has kept us whole

Should it not be the duty of each American to know this
To become familiar with the reasons of why we exist today
The notion that "that’s the way things are" is ludicrous
When a firm explanation is so easily understood

We’ve survived because of faith, determination, and great sacrifice
The backbone of this country is the strength of its good citizens
Each true American is worth more than all the gold found in history
Selfishness does not rule their home, nor does it drive their thought

And don’t just look at our military as a magnificent force
Rather look at each member of our soldiered family with pride
"Ready, willing, and able" have been the finest of each generation
Whether in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, or any other place of danger

Whenever an American military presence moves into action
Behold the continuation of an outstanding tradition
Formed through freedom, it bravely faces all adversaries
And the flag under which it stands will always fly in freedom

We are and always will be one nation under God
He is the strength we have turned to time and time again
If we did not have Him, we would have perished long ago
God Bless America is more than a song, it is our national prayer

Finally, I wish each fine American a thankful Thanksgiving Day
May you truly realize what we are, and pray to Almighty God for continuation
Be ever thankful for our Armed Forces, and give them the total support they need
And please pray for all American families who have paid the price for freedom

by Roger J. Robicheau








Thursday, November 5, 2009

Day 5 of 30 Days of Thanksgiving


I am thankful for the job that I have!
I know, I know I grumble about it everyday. Especially if it is
a day that I would really rather stay home. But I am thankful to have
a job. Especially in these times of people losing their jobs and the economy
being the way that it is.
I work At Pleasantview Home In Inman, Kansas.
It is a 124 bed skilled nursing facility.
We have transitioned into the culture change type of
giving care.
Our residents have choices.
They get up when they want, eat when and what they want, and go to bed when
they want. We have gotten away from the institution style of care.
We have won many awards.
And we had zero deficiencies last year from our State inspectors.
In fact we are often deficiency-free.
I am proud to work at PVH.