Monday, August 18, 2014


W-2 came downstairs after getting dressed in her Strawberry Shortcake dress this morning and had this to say:

"I need ball shoes,
so I can go to the ball.
I will miss you,
but I will be back.
I need a prince,
so I can dance."

There were dramatic pauses at each comma and period. I fear we have an actress in our midst. She sure makes Grandma smile.

P.S. Yes, I intend to teach her that she can dance all by herself and have just as much, or even more fun than when she has a prince to dance with.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dad and Barb's new garden tractor

Today's post is a pictoral story of the delivery of Dad's new lawn tractor. Tom helped and Dad made sure Barb fit the seat before they were done.

Monday, July 7, 2014

First Rough Night

On Friday night, as she was lying to bed, Wilson-1 (7 yr old girl) realized had an itchy, red spot under her arm. She got out of bed and came to ask Mommy to put something on it to stop the itch. Mommy was in the bathroom trying to go potty and get ready for bed. W-1 came out to Grandma to ask the name of the medicine she had put on her bug bites the week before. I told her I couldn't remember the whole name, but it was Cal-a something. W-1 returned to the bathroom. Mommy had gotten a different medicine from the cabinet and was prepared to put it on her. W-1 started yelling at Mommy that it was the wrong medicine. Mommy had had enough at that point and told W-1 that she could just go to bed as she was. W-1 started crying and went upstairs to bed. About 10 minutes later Grandma (me) could still hear her crying and wanted to go get the lotion and put some on her. I had to resist. It was hard to not step in and calm her down.

The next morning, Grandma had a little talk with W-1that went something like this:
Me: Does Mommy love you and take good care of you?
W-1: Yes.
Me: Can Mommy read?
W-1: Yes.
Me: Might Grandma have more than one medicine in the cupboard that would work for your itchy spot?
W-1: Yes.
Me: You need to listen to Mommy and trust her. Don't argue with her her and back talk when she tells you things, okay?
W-1: (sheepishly) Yes.

Hard lesson for both W-1 and Grandma. W-1 needs to not argue with Mommy and Grandma has to stay out of issues between Mommy and Ws 1 through 5. Mommy knows what she is doing and will ask for help if she needs it.

That's all from Wilson's Valley for now.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Maybe I will remember this time ...

People who lie think others lie also. I wish I could remember that.

I am an honest, truth-telling person. I don't feel the need to fabricate things or weave falsehoods. I am who I am and I don't make things up to try to change your opinion of me or change how you act toward me. I have messed up in my life many times. Some have been big mess ups, some small. If we are swapping stories, I will tell you about how I messed up. I own my mistakes. Some I would really like to change, I'll admit that to you too.

 I forget that others don't feel this way. I forget that to some people lying is a way of life. They are so used to making things up and hiding their actions or mistakes that they assume everyone else does the same thing. I am surprised when I see people cheating. I am startled when their version of what happened does not resemble the actual occurrence. I actually believe what people tell me. I know we all see different side of an issue or occurrence, I am not talking about that, I am talking about changing events to suit your need.

I am a HUGE optimist.  I always look for and see the best in people. I forget that not everyone feels the same way about being truthful as I do. When I look at someone, I see a basic, human goodness. There are very few people I do not see that way right from the beginning. Sometimes I think I see who someone is more than I see what they look like. This does not always serve me in good stead.

Maybe I will remember the next time that liars think I am a liar as well. Maybe I will question all the they tell me after I hear them lying to others. Maybe I will. No, I know I won't. I will give them the benefit of the doubt again. I will get hurt again when they think I have lied. I will realize again that not all people are honest and vow to never get caught trusting them again. 

But I will break that vow.
I will look for the best and trust.
That is who I am.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

We are about to embark on a new adventure. Our son D, daughter-in-law A, granddaughter A age 7, grandaughter M age 3, granddaughter C age 2, granddaughter X age 1 and granson R age 3 months will be moving in with us in about a month. We are excited for the chance to spend time with them, but know there will be challenges. I decided it is time to blog again and share some of our experiences.

So far this morning has been busy. X woke up at 6am. She was sleeping on an air mattress in our bedroom. She could not be persuaded to return to sleep after a diaper change so I kissed Tom and X and I grabbed Tippy the kitten, let the dogs out of their crates and came downstairs.

I put the dogs out as X climbed up into her highchair and talked and yodeled to me. We went to the liveing room and she sat in my lap as I caught up on Facebook. She got bored with that so she went to play. Of course, on the way, she had to wake up C who was sleeping on a mattress in the play area. R had been waking up, stretching and cooing in his bouncy seat as all of this was going on. The next thing I heard was the sound of A and M coming down the stairs. The gang was all awake.

I headed into the kitchen and started to make breakfast so I could get it into the oven. The girls played and watched me on the computer as it baked. Once it was ready, I got it out of the oven and onto everyone's plates so we were happily settled in eating. I had a bottle heating for R so as soon as I had eaten I sat down to feed him.

At about 8 am Tom got up. I have had a great day so far. Too bad it is spoiled by a few hours work.