Friday, February 27, 2015

Where To Start, Part I

My goodness, this has been a month! Birthdays, RA flare, upper respiratory stuff and snow. Lots and lots and lots of snow. I feel like I'm spinning around and around and getting nowhere.

Where to start, indeed. So much has happened this month and I feel swamped with everything that needs to be said. Sooo, diving right in, I'll start with Jellybean's birthday.

On February 9, Jellybean turned 2! Can you imagine? It seems like yesterday that I was waiting and waiting for him to get here. He had a birthday party on Saturday, Feb 7, so Papaw and Mimi went down to Mount Juliet to celebrate with him and his family and friends. He had a great time. His Grandma and Grandpa Grainger were there along with Joey and Julie, friends of his Mama and Deda who he absolutely adores, my sister and niece and other friends. We had pizza and soft drinks before the cute pull apart birthday cake.


Time came to blow out the candle on the biggest cupcake. James wasn't sure about doing that. It was "hot" but everyone was encouraging him to blow. He was sitting at the table with all his grandparents and was next to me. I was helping him blow and accidentally, blew out the candle. How embarrassing! But he wanted the candle lit again and again and he got to blow it out himself. It was funny. Mimi stole his birthday blow out!


My niece and my sister standing in the back.



Papaw being a birthday unicorn!  :)


Mimi and her little man. Love this sweetie so much.

After the party, Papaw and I got a room so we could spend the night and spend some time with Abby, Doug and James. They live 200+ miles west of us and it's hard for me to do it in one day. We spent the evening playing with James, or rather, Papaw did. James grabbed him as soon as we came in and said, " Papaw, play blocks" and took off to his room.

 This little fellow is such a good eater. He isn't big on sweets but loves carrots, broccoli and cashews. He also loves bread and chips so when they have dinner, they have to wait until he's eaten before they bring out the bread or he will eat only that and not his meal. He ate two bowls of 'mole for dinner that night. I've never seen a 2 year old put away guacamole like he did.

We went back on Sunday morning for pancakes which is a weekly occurrence for them. James again grabbed Papaw to play blocks while the pancakes were finishing but when Mama said, "pancakes are ready", he came running down the hall yelling, "PANCAKES!"

All in all a great weekend. I loved every minute of it. I totally paid for it the next week but it was well worth it. 

February is birthday month for us. We have 4 birthdays in 5 days in our immediate family. Along with James on the 9th, Elijah, my oldest grandson who lives in Georgia, was 3 on the 10th. Abby's birthday is the 12th and mine the 13th. We also have 4 other birthdays in our extended family this month. I turned 64 this year. Wow, that sounds weird. I certainly don't feel 64. 

There's lots more to get into but I'll save that for the next post. If you haven't already discovered my daughter's blog, go by and read her recent post. Abby wrote a great post about her grandmother, my Mom. Her blog is http://www.abbycrafty.com/.

I promise I'll be back soon with another post. There's lots been happening around here, both good and not so good, but nothing terrible. I hope you all have a great weekend.

Thanks for visiting.

Hugs,
Sharon

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Just a quick post

I meant to do a post on Monday or Tuesday but I realized it was Jellybean's birthday party on  Saturday so I thought I would save up and do a really good post for a change.

Can you believe sweet baby James will be 2 on Feb 9????? He is growing so fast and is such a sweet, funny boy.

Back soon with the party pics and what's going on around here.

Oh, by the way, I have read 3 more books so I'm up to 6 now with 19 left. I'll try to do that in a separate post.

See you later,

Hugs,
Sharon

Monday, January 19, 2015

Something a little different

I'm reading! That's not such a big announcement as I read all the time, but with the cold weather has come achy joints, fingers and feet so I'm not doing much in the crafty department. This has left a lot of time to read the stack of books I have and the ones on my Kindle. AND I have discovered that I can borrow books through my local library to download on my Kindle so I have been in reading heaven.

I set up a 2015 challenge on Goodreads to read 25 books this year. I read quite a lot but I've not kept up with the number in a long time. This challenge is something I have wanted to do for a couple of years but procrastinator that I am, I haven't managed to get it done.

So far, I've read 3 books and working on 4 and 5. I typically read at least 2 books at a time. I have one by the recliner, one in the bathroom (am I the only one?) and my Kindle follows me everywhere. I never leave home without it, especially if I am going out and about with Hubs. I do a lot of sitting in the truck waiting on him to do his inventory shopping and the Kindle has become my best buddy. Shopping with Hubs take a large amount of energy and patience. The patience I have most of the time but the energy is in short supply now. And having to stand and wait for him to look at every, single, little thing and read all the info about it makes my back hurt. So the truck and Kindle are where I am.

I just logged onto Goodreads and got a warning about the page not being private. I don't think it is a problem as there is no private information on there, i.e., credit car info, password, etc, but that bums me out. My computer is protected by a very good program and I accept it when it tells me that this sight might not be safe. So I guess I will do my challenge on my blog.  And really, what better way to keep up with it and to get input from bloggy friends about new books to read? So here goes:

So far this year, I have read:

1. "Killer" by Jonathan Kellerman. This is a thriller centering on his Alex Delaware character and a really good book. All the Alex Delaware books have been entertaining and this one didn't disappoint.
It concerns the court case of Sykes vs Sykes, two sisters, one of whom has a child and the other who is trying to get custody. Alex is threatened by one of the sisters and she ends up dead. A great book which left me guessing as to what was going to happen next.

2. "The Bone Yard" by Jefferson Bass. This author is one I really enjoy as he is local. He is actually two gentlemen. Dr. Bill Bass is a forensic anthropologist at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He founded the Body Farm which looks at how human bodies interact with the environment and to help in identification at different stages. Jon Jefferson is a journalist whose work has appeared in several publications. In The Bone Yard, Dr. Bill Brockton, the central character, goes to Florida to help a colleague determine if her sister committed suicide and winds up investigating an old state boys reform school with a shady past.

3. "Sharp Objects" by Gillian Flynn. Ms Flynn is the author of the bestseller, "Gone Girl" which I read last year. She has also written "Dark Places" which I also read last year. Gone Girl was hard to get into but was enjoyable after I did; Dark Places was great from beginning to end. Sharp Objects is another great book which twists and turns and leaves you wondering what is happening next. I was so sure I knew the answer but was totally surprised at the end. I highly recommend all these books.

So there, the first 3, leaving 22 to read by year end. I am currently reading "Miss Julia's Marvelous Makeover" by Ann Ross. If you haven't read any of the Miss Julia books, you need to get started. They are simply hilarious. We fine southern ladies of an age can get into some real messes at times.

I'm also reading "Dragonfly in Amber", the second book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I love historical fiction and these books have not disappointed me at all. A good love story never hurts and I am totally involved in Claire and Jamie's.

Please if you have suggestions of good books, let me know. I am hoping that the weather will cooperate and I will be able to do some crafty things soon. I have so many ideas running around in my head and there is one I really need to get started on so I can finish by Valentine's Day. So far, my office/craft room has only been used to read books which isn't a bad thing. It's nice and quiet in here and I'm away from the TV so I'm not tempted to turn it on. I don't read in bed anymore. I can't seem to get comfortable. When I get rich or win the lottery, I'm buying an adjustable bed!

That's all for now. I hope each of you has a great day/night wherever you are.

Hugs,
Sharon

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Welcome 2015

Happy New Year, dear friends. I am expecting good things of 2015. This past year was a very hard one for me and my family. Life goes on but sometimes, it hits a mountain and struggles to get over it. We have had several mountains this year with Mom's passing being the highest of all. She has been missed so greatly but I am starting to smile more when thinking of her. 2014 will always be burned in my memory along with 1981, the year we lost my Dad.

I have so much to tell you. A lot has happened this past month. Good things mostly for which I am so very thankful. So I'll get to it.

December started with a bang with 3 birthdays right off the bat. Ella turned six on the 2nd, Lilly turned 4 on the 10th and their Mom (my sweet DIL) had a birthday between them on the 5th. I always send the grandkids a card with money matching their age and then usually I will buy books. Ella is in kindergarten and she is started to read so I got her Level one books to help her with that. I am so happy that all my grandbabies like books and love to read or be read to. Grammy/Mimi loves buying books and will do so as long as they will let me.

I guess I should explain the Grammy/Mimi. All 3 of the Georgia kiddos call me Grammy. That's what we decided on when Ella was born and it's just a normal thing. Jellybean, however, calls me Mimi. Grammy was a little hard for him to say. I love it. Christmas was a hoot with 3 calling me Grammy, and James saying, "Mimi'. Ella thought it was funny.

We were all able to get together for Christmas at my sister's home on the Saturday after the actual day. I'm always happy when all my chicks are together under one roof. Christmas was a happy/sad time this year. Not having Mom ensconced in her rocking chair, smiling at everyone, (especially the babies) and ruling the roost *smile* left a hole in our celebrations. However, there is nothing like small children and the joy of presents to put a smile on your face. We opted for snacky things as opposed to a full meal and we all ate and snacked all through the night.

Watching those little ones open their presents is the highlight of Christmas for me. I believe they were all very happy with their presents. The Georgia grand babies got Kinetic sand (a box for each) and a Kindle to share from us. Sweet Baby James got a VTech Zoo playset with animals that make all kinds of noises. Thank goodness my daughter and SIL are easy going people. Of course they both checked to see that they could be turned off right away. The zoo was a big hit, apparently, because Abby said he had played very well with it and she and Doug had been able to have a complete conversation. Mimi done good!!!!

I was very blessed with gifts. The adults, as a rule, don't buy for each other. My daughter, however, made everyone something. She is a wonderfully skilled knitter and her projects are always so beautiful. She had made some felted slippers for her and her hubby and I told her my toes got cold, too. So Hubs and I both got felted slippers. Oh. My. Goodness. How warm these things are. I have worn mine every day since Christmas and have finally gotten warm feet in the winter. Yesterday I had to run some errands and when I came back, I put my shoes away in the closet and was just wearing my socks. After a while, I noticed my toes were really getting cold. Then I saw that I hadn't put on my slippers. BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT!!!! Hubs likes his also. He has never been much of a slipper wearer but he really likes these. They are soft, comfortable and very warm.

There were some small presents for me and one was wrapped sort of wonky. When I opened it, there was a charm on a necklace that said, "Grandma". Ella is in kindergarten this year and her school had a Christmas fair/store type of thing so the kids could buy presents. Her parents gave her money and she bought presents all by herself and the teachers helped wrap them. Doug and Trisha didn't even know what was in the package because the gifts came home already wrapped. I adore this. It just warms my heart so much that my 6 year old granddaughter thought of me and bought me this all by herself. Can you tell I am proud and happy????  I have ordered a new chain for the charm as the chain that came with it was a little too tight for my chubby neck.

Lilly did a drawing at preschool and the school had them made into Christmas ornaments. Lilly's has a flamenco on it. The body is her hand print and it has her name and the year. I treasure things like this.

James gave Papaw and I a photo magnet for the refrigerator. I love looking at that sweet face every time I go into the kitchen.

My sister had decorated her tree this year with Mom's ornaments. It was so sweet and sad to see all of them hanging on the tree.  After all the presents were opened and things were winding down, we took turns picking an ornament for ourselves from the tree. We started with the oldest (me) and went down to the youngest (James) and then reversed the order. We all ended up with special ornaments that were a part of Mom's Christmas tree decorations. It was a bittersweet moment and Stacey, Abby and I had a good cry afterwards. Those ornaments will have a special place on my tree for years to come and then I will be able to pass them down to my children and grandchildren.

Sorry there aren't any photos. I haven't had a chance to take any. I'm working on changing my office to my office/craft room and it has kept me busy. I promise photos will follow. Tomorrow is a stay at home day because of the weather and I will get things photographed and try to do another blog post soon. It's really cold here in Tennessee right now. The temperature has been only in the twenties and is going down to maybe single digits tonight with a wind chill of 0 degrees, I do not like cold weather. I could tolerate winter if it didn't get so gosh, darn cold. I will just have to keep reminding myself that warmer days are coming.

Before I leave you, I want to tell you about my daughter's blog and Etsy shop. I am so very proud of her and have to let everyone know what she is doing and making. Please visit her blog and leave a comment. Tell her I sent you.  :)  She will really enjoy it. Her blog is www,abbycrafty,com.  Her Etsy shop is AbbyCrafty. Drop by for a visit.

Thank you so much for visiting. I hope you are having a wonderful year so far wherever you are. All of you mean so much to me and I love having you for my bloggy friends.

Hugs,
Sharon






Monday, December 22, 2014

Ah!

So here I am once again having not posted in almost a month. This business of being easy with the shoulder is for the birds. I would love to say I have spent this time cross stitching and crocheting but alas, I have not. I've spent a lot of time in the recliner but it was mostly to rest my back and baby the shoulder. I've read quite a bit but I have no photos of the books.

I finished "Dark Places" by Gillian Flynn. I really like this one. The first one I read, "Gone Girl" was okay in parts and I'm glad I did read it but boy did she knock it out of the park with "Dark Places". I now have "Sharp Objects" to read after Christmas and I hope it doesn't disappoint. I have read the books in reverse of publication but they aren't tied to each other so that doesn't matter.

I am also reading and finishing up "The Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon. I have this one on my Kindle and I'm loving it. I have the second one in the series ready to go when I finish. I love anything about Scotland and early England. Historical fiction is one of my most favorite genres.

That's about the limit of my news. The Hubs and I did spend the last two weekends working on moving things out of the office so I can have an office/craft room. I'm getting really excited about that. It will to be so nice to have everything in one spot. I'll post pics when we finish.

We are getting together with family on the Saturday after Christmas and I am so looking forward to having all my chicks together under one roof again. This Grammy/Mimi is so excited to see the Grands and their Mamas and Dadas. My daughter and son along with their wonderful mates have gifted me with 4 grandchildren whom I adore to the ends of the universe. I probably won't be able to move for a few days after Saturday and may even have to spend some time in bed but oh, what a wonderful reason.

I hope each of you has a wonderful Christmas or Hanukkah or however you celebrate the season. Even if you don't, I hope this time of year is a happy one for you. It is so hard to believe that another year is ending. Time seems to fly by faster and faster as I get older. I am trying very hard to enjoy every minute of it, even though the body sometimes tries to interfere.

Thank you all for being a part of my life this year. I have been so blessed with wonderful friends who I most likely will never meet but who have shown me love and compassion. Your wonderful comments, thoughts and emails have been so comforting this year. I hope in some small way I have returned the love I have felt from each of you.

Hugs,
Sharon

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hey-ho!

I think I need to prioritize some things in my life. Having had a really bad episode with my left shoulder this weekend, I realize that a few things I wanted to do for Christmas are not going to get done. I need to rest my shoulder and, I guess, baby it until after the first of the year, then go see the orthopedist. This is not something I want to do because as the pain episodes increase so does the likelihood that I will have to have the shoulder replaced. He and I have had several conversations about this replacement and he told me he would wait from me to decide. He also said I would know when it was time. I'm starting to think that maybe that time is here.

I have a very high pain level tolerance and can usually handle any pain my body dishes out. However, Saturday, I was in tears and that is no way to live. I also want to try to get through Christmas because for several years, I was having surgery right at Christmas. It became a running joke as to what I was going to have worked on each year.

I may not post much between now and after the first of the year but I will still be reading your blogs and keeping up with you, my friends. Visiting with you makes me happy.

I do need to tell you about our Thanksgiving. Being the first one without Mom, I didn't know how I would handle it but being with my sister and her family and with my daughter, son-in-law and Jellybean made it easy. It is so hard to believe that Jellybean is almost 22 months old. He is growing so fast and turning into a little boy. He is putting sentences together, knows several colors, can do his ABC's with a little help and can count, again with a little help. He is communicating so much better although there is still a lot of babble that Mimi doesn't understand. But to walk in and have him say, "Hi, Mimi" just makes my heart so happy. Of course, right after that he started looking for Papaw. He loves his Papaw so much. Mimi holds him and reads book but Papaw gets down in the floor and plays with him and takes him for walks. He absolutely loves being outside.





That's my niece, Emalee, sitting on the fireplace. She loves kids and was so good about watching him and playing with him. Abby and Doug spent the night with my sister and Emalee had James all to herself the next morning. I think they read every book he had with them!  *smile*

I also realize in looking back at my posts that I didn't tell you about my trip to GA at the end of October to visit the grands. My son and his family bought a new house last December and it this was the first time I had been down to visit. AND, I have my own bedroom on the first floor with a full bath. YAY! Stairs are my enemy now so being able to have this is so nice.

I spent 5 days with my sweeties and loved every minute of it. Talk about kids growing, Ella will be six on Tuesday and Lilly will be 4 on the 10th. Eli's birthday is in February and he will be 3. Yikes! Where does the time go? Ella is in kindergarten and she loves it. I'm so glad. She and I did a little game where I spelled the word and she sounded it out. She got every one of them. These kids are so adorable and I really wish I could see them more.

Here are some pics I made while I was done there. I didn't get as many as I should have but I was having too much fun playing and spending time with them.


Miss Ella, concentrating on her paints.


Miss Lilly


And Sir Eli, messy!

Eli had paint all over himself, on the table and somehow, managed to get it in Lilly's hair. This kiddo is something else. He is the spitting image of my son at that age. 

And one more. This is the kiddos Halloween costumes. We went to the Trunk or Treat at their church. Eli wouldn't come into the photo because the leaves were getting in his shoes and he was unhappy. Each year they come up with a theme that the whole family can dress up as. This year it was Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-man and Inky, Pinky and Clyde.



Okay, I'll stop now. I need to go rest my shoulder and think about trying to cross stitch a little bit. The bad thing is that it hurts to cross stitch much and crocheting in out of the question. Oh well, such is life and life moves on.

As always, thank you for stopping by to visit. 

Hugs,
Sharon

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Here I am

I have decided that I need to quit makings plans and just go with the flow. I had all these plans to take photos of my projects and of the sweet parcel I received from Amanda of Crafty in the Med. Have I done any of it? Nope, nope and nope. I have so much whirling around in my head that I can't seem to settle and get anything done.

The cold weather has been terrible. Yesterday (Monday) it was rainy and cold and that makes me hurt all over. I had some errands to run so I bundled up and tried to get them done. However, the truck had other ideas. The battery had given up the ghost so I stayed home. I think the truck was smarter than me. Then today I got up to snow, just a light dusting, but snow never the less. BRRRRR. It never got above freezing all day. The Hubs put a new battery on the truck last night and again, I was set to go do my errands but one of the people I was planning to see called and said he was going to the doctor because he was sick. So I did what any sensible little old lady who hates cold weather would do....I went back to bed.  LOL

The Hubs has been the lucky recipient of all this staying home. I've actually cooked a meal both Monday and Tuesday. Bless his heart, he never knows when there going to be hot food or when he will need to dive into the freezer to fix himself something. It keeps him on his toes and off center so he's always happy when the meal appears.

Tomorrow, the weather is suppose to be better with highs in the 40's so once again, I'm going to try to get those errands done. Then I will try, try, try to get the camera out and do the photo shoot and be back for another post. I thought I would let you know so you won't be shocked to see two posts in one month. Now I just have to put my money where my mouth is!

Take care, dear friends. Thank you for being my bloggy friends and for caring about me.

Hugs,
Sharon