January 31, 2009
Lots of errands/chores today. I have nothing but admiration for single parents after a few weeks of doing the little bit that I do. And I know I'm still not shopping and all the other stuff.
Tonight we're going to see if we can catch a flick and just chill out. You should too! Tomorrow the boys and I are going to a practice session for the upcoming Klondike Derby, yep, sounds cold.
Have a great day!
January 30, 2009
Holly update: She had a pretty good day today, still pretty tender, but her PT/visiting nurse stopped in today and that was good. Gave her a chance to relax and recuperate. And to top it off a nice neighbor stopped in and washed her hair for her. Tomorrow is shower day, at last, and she's chomping at the bit to get that going. That draw is really good and we'll have some fun while were at it. Do you think I can talk her into a racquetball game? It's a pretty small court so she wont have to wheel around too much. Nah, probably not.
It is truly humbling to see how many meals we have been provided with. I haven't done any actual cooking, just reheating and the occasional scrambled egg. The funny thing is, I like to cook, but all that's required to get a meal together is way bigger than just standing in front of the stove.
Here's a shot that my Grandfather put together of my Mom. I know that I get part of my sense of humor from him. Of course Mom was a joker too!
Have a great day!
January 29, 2009
January 28, 2009
Good one with him and his sister Kelsey
This is quite a few of the younger generation. Lets see, Front row, Bryce and Thomas, second row, Spencer, third row, Matt, Ian, Kelsey, Reed, Taylor and Mike.
This was everyone that was there that Christmas. Wow! What a handsome crew! Byrce, thanks for making me look so hard.
January 27, 2009
An interesting convergence of things caused me to try to post a video today.
- Classmates.com sent me a note that Jerome, a classmate of mine from very long ago, is now part of their database
- That put me into a nostalgic mind set
- A friend sent me a pretty cool video that reminded me of a prank that we did as teens
- I wanted to try something new
My own story, while not captured on video tape, (I mean really, we only had 8mm cameras back then) went like this.
I grew up in a small town in southern Minnesota. During the summer of 1973 or 74 we played catch with a Frisbee on the main corner every night. One night we lost a Frisbee because it dropped into the back of a pickup truck headed south. Anyway, a bunch of us were really bored, some could drive, some could not. An idea for a prank was presented and found to meet the criteria that it needed to be funny, weird and dangerous. We pooled our funds and went to Severson's IGA and purchased 2 rolls of aluminum foil. We all piled into the 65 Ford LTD and headed out to Five Mile corner, you know, near I90. Once there we took Jerry, he was the shortest, and wrapped him head to toe in tin foil, shiny side out. We laid him in the back seat of the LTD and headed back to town. While driving we "glowed up", a glow in the dark Frisbee with a flashlight so that it was nice and green. Once on the north edge of town we parked the car in a dark location and got Jerry out of the car and positioned him in the East ditch. After a brief tactical conference we headed to the West ditch with the Frisbee. The next car was seen coming into town and as it approached it slowed down to the 30 mph speed limit. As it neared our position we launched the Frisbee so that it sailed 30 feet in front of the car. The driver was alert and slowed down to a crawl. Jerry climbed out of the ditch and, with arms lifted high, made for the slow moving car. The driver saw this apparition and stomped on the gas and zoomed out of sight down the road. We're all busting a gut laughing and since it's such a small town, not much else happened, Jerry tore his beautiful foil clothes and we called it a night. Next morning at breakfast Mom seemed distracted with something funny. Did I mention that Mom was the bartender at the Municipal Liquor Store? Sorry, she was. I asked what was up and she told me that Dorthy had gone so far past the bend that it was doubtful that she'd get back. I asked why and she related that Dorthy burst into the bar and ordered a double. While panting was unable to answer any questions, at least not until the double arrived. Then all Mom got out of her was, "They really are coming, they really are coming", well that was all until after the 3rd double. Then she heard, "the little shiny men from mars". Mom called the significant other of Dorthy's to come and get her, and was still amused in the morning. I didn't clear up the mystery for Mom until 3 years ago. We had a good laugh over that.
Have a great day!
January 26, 2009
January 25, 2009
Spencer and I went to church in the morning to be with our Sunday school class. Very cool, one of my friends, Chloe a 2nd grader, handed me a bag. Inside the bag was a freshly baked loaf of bread. How fresh? It was still warm, even after the chilly drive to work.
After 1st service I bolted and went home and picked up Holly so that she could be at second service. It was great because it was a baptism Sunday. Those days are really special. Today there were 6 or 7 on the schedule and 3 more came up later, spur of the moment, and asked to be baptized. Very cool.
After church it took 30 minutes to get clear of all the well wishers. We picked up another meal too. We got home and found another meal on the front porch. I put the one from Frontline in the freezer, that's where I was told to put it and we re-heated the one that was on the porch. Holy cow! I didn't know that she was that good of a cook. Now I understand why Steve has to exercise.
Between napping, laundry and insurance paperwork, my day has been totally used up.
Holly's doing great. She went to church and sat in her wheelchair for the whole service and really was enjoying chatting with all of her peep's. After lunch we both took naps and she woke up really refreshed. In all, a great day!
Have a great day!