Self portraits…

Gram and Peanut style…
























Our Baby has a cold (AGAIN) so she wasn’t feeling the best in the world so we did a lot of snugglin’, which I don’t mind but I wish she felt better. Still, any time spent with Avery is so, so, very sweet and I’ll take what I can get.

She also has her first self inflicted owie on her chin (it required a band-aid and EVERYTHING)…

We have some conflict and some sadness and a whole lot of worry in our family at the moment, y’all send prayers and happy thoughts and peaceful juju for us, OK?

I leave you with the piece de resistance of Grammy/Peanut self portraits:













You’re welcome!



Holy Crap it’s a miracle…

Iz can walk!

Like, upright. Sans crutches. Sans limp and shuffle. SANS PAIN THAT MAKES ME ADD MUCHO DOLLARS TO AVERY’S COLLEGE FUND SWEAR JAR!!


So since my last home improvement project crippled me and I’m all better now I think it’s time to tackle another….

Duhn duhn duhhhhhhh…..



It’s gotta be done. It’s the only “unfinished” room in the house; bare concrete floors, un-sheet-rocked walls, bare plywood counter tops. It’s ugly. So we add to the ugliness by making it the dumping ground for all things that don’t have a specified place to go, or all things we’re too lazy to put in their proper place, OR things that should have gone to the GoodWill…..

The room remains unfinished because 5 1/2 years ago when we bought this house we had GRANDIOSE plans to install an exterior door to the backyard and make the basement a “walk out” so why sheet rock the walls when we were just going to cut a big hole?? And since the walls are unfinished, why put flooring down on the concrete?? Why put laminate on the counter top?? Because we’re lazy that’s why…

Did I mention that selling the house and buying another is back on the table???


Because we’re completely incapable of making a decision and then sticking to it we’re now weighing our options. Plus, we’ve found 2 homes on the market nearby that we’re kinda obsessed with….so our “we’re gonna renovate the house” plan is no longer set in stone. My biggest issue with renovating is that we are procrastinators of EPIC PROPORTIONS. I have zero trouble envisioning living in a house with plastic sheeting covering the holes in the walls, cooking everything on the grill because the kitchen has been dismantled and sleeping in the garage as it’s the only room that doesn’t look as if we’ve been testing missiles FOR FIVE DAMN YEARS….

Not a purty picture y’all….

We have a realtor coming out Wednesday morning to give us a market analysis on the house and hopefully a realistic timeline for getting it sold. Hubs is setting up appointments with a couple of general Contractor friends to give us estimates on what this renovation would cost and how long it will take.

We’ll hopefully make (and stick to) an educated decision after we get all the 411. In the meantime, I’m trying to spruce the house up a bit so the realtor will happily report we can totally get top dollar for it! And by sprucing up I mean doing crap that we’ve been putting off doing for 5 1/2 years….hence the painting of the front porch last Wednesday, the cleaning out and organizing of the laundry room and hopefully having a truck full of gravel delivered tomorrow to be spread out in the front flower bed (the BIG one with no flowers in it because we planned to reshape it and add a different edging before landscaping it FIVE YEARS AGO). Now it needs a thicker layer of gravel to hide the bits of ugly black plastic weed barrier (that does not in any way prevent weeds, they just grow up through the holes) poking up throughout the entire 15 square foot bed….

Oy. Trying to hastily add curb appeal sucks….

At least the front door is new and pretty, and while I was chair-bound the last few days I put my time to good use and made 36 lovely felt flowers for a gorgeous new fall wreath to hang on it so that’ll really clinch the deal….

All I have to do is actually buy the grapevine wreath all these flowers will go on, some glue that the felt doesn’t soak up like a SPONGE, another roll of ribbon and WAH LA! It’ll be stupendous and I totally have time to finish it. T.O.T.A.L.L.Y.











And, being the GLASS HALF EFFIN’ FULL kinda girl I am (shut up) I am totally thankful that all this can be accomplished expeditiously now that my knee is better. It’s gonna be fabulous! The realtor is going to beg us for the listing! We’ll sell the house on the first day it’s listed for wayyyyyyy more than we owe on it. We’ll find the perfect ranch style house and the sellers will be so charmed by us that they’ll take 20% off the asking price, plus foot the bill for all the closing costs! It’s gonna be great I tell ya!!!


Helpin’ out….

I used to have helpers in the kitchen.

They grew up, turned into snarky teenagers and eventually moved away from home leaving me helperless.

They’ve been REPLACED.

Gram needs help?? I’m on it!


I lick the dishes clean??? NO?? Ok….


Let’s see….my magnet goes here….


Wait….I climb in there. Yep that’ll do it….


I fly?? YES. Because I have super powers. Fetch my cape


No, no Gram! No need to thank me, it’s my pleasure!



Important things….

I ran across this on a “Mommy blog”,  a list of things we should repeat to our children (grandchildren) often. As I read it, I kept thinking “it would be nice to hear that once in a while myself” so I decided to share it with y’all as another lesson in life…

Because grownups could use some encouragement and understanding sometimes too….

1. I love you! There is nothing that will make me stop loving you, nothing you could do or say or think will ever change that. Avery’s going to get sick of hearing this one, I say it to her about 100 times a day when she’s with me!

2. You are amazing! Not just at what you can do, but who you are. There is no one like you. No one! How nice would it be to hear this from another adult?

3. It’s all right to cry. People cry for all kinds of reasons: when they are hurt, sad, glad, or worried; when they are angry, afraid, or lonely. Big people cry too. I do. I’ve never understood people teaching little kids (especially little boys) that crying is something to be ashamed of…

4. You’ve made a mistake. That was wrong. People make mistakes. I do. Is it something we can fix? What can we do? It’s all over. You can start fresh. I know you are sorry. I forgive you. I hope I will always be able to offer Avery this kind of understanding.

5. You did the right thing. That was probably scary or hard. Even though it wasn’t easy, you did it. I am proud of you; you should be too. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the positive choices we make acknowledged? Especially when it was not an easy thing to do….

6. I’m sorry. Forgive me. I made a mistake. This is hard for me, I don’t easily admit when I am wrong. I’m working on that…

7. You can change your mind. Making a decision is a good thing,  but it is also fine to change it. Your choice should feel right in your heart. Not encouraging wishy washy behavior, but sometimes you have to follow your heart instead of your head.

8. What a great idea! You were really thinking! How did you come up with that? Tell me more. I want to always encourage Avery to use her imagination, and to be creative. I see so many kids that just rely on electronics and haven’t a clue how to just “play”…

9. That was kind. You did something helpful and thoughtful for that person. That must make you feel good inside. Thank you! Giving credit where it’s due always makes the other person feel good.

10. I have a surprise for you. It’s not your birthday. It’s for no reason at all. Just a surprise, a little one, but a surprise. Don’t we all love little surprises?? A Hersey’s kiss, a cute card, a post-it with a smiley face…doesn’t have to cost a lot to put a smile on someone’s face. And sometimes it can change a day from bad to good….

11. I can wait. We have time. You don’t have to hurry. I hate to feel rushed…

12. What would you like to do? It’s your turn to pick. You have great ideas. It’s important to follow your interests, and sometimes you don’t know what the other person’s are unless you give them the opportunity to show you…

13. Tell me about it. I’d like to hear more. And then what happened? I made Avery this promise before she was born: I will always listen to what you have to say no matter how busy I am, I will make the time.

14. I’m right here. I won’t leave without saying good-bye. I am watching you and listening to you. I pray Avery never, ever feels abandoned or alone…

15. Please and Thank You. These are important words. If I forget to use them, will you remind me? Good God YES! So few kids are actually taught to be courteous…

16. I missed you. I think about you when we are not together! Sometimes we take the people we love the most for granted, but hearing this when you get home from a long day would feel so good, wouldn’t it?

17. Just try. A little bit. One taste, one step. You might like it. Let’s see. I’ll help you if you need it. I think you can do it. Encourage, encourage, encourage. As adults, I think we forget to try and learn new things, to develop new interests, to broaden our minds…

18. I’ll help you. I heard you call me, here I am.  If we both work together, we can get this done. I know you can do it by yourself, but I’m glad to help since you asked. We all need a hand once in a while, but how often do we get an offer to help? How often to we offer to help another?

19. What do you wish for? Even if it’s not yet time for birthday candles and we don’t have a wishbone, it’s still fun to hear about what you wish for, hope for, and dream about. Hubs and I do this all the time, just talk about our dreams, our wishes. Little dreams, BIG dreams…the important thing is that we HAVE THEM.

We all probably remember to praise and encourage our children, to spend time with them just listening to stories about their day. But don’t we forget to do these same things with the grownups that we love? How much happier would life be if you were reminded of just one of the things on this list every day?

Here’s your reminder for today: I think you are amazing and wonderful and da!

I really, really do…


The Smile on my Face…

See this big grin on my face??

It has a name…

It’s name is Peanut!

Because no matter how crappy I feel, how depressed I am, despite the high level of stabbity my day has caused me to be, spending time with my Grandbaby always, ALWAYS makes me feel better and never fails to make me smile…

Who could stay grumpy when looking at that face???

No one. That’s who…

I love that face. And this particular one says to me “Ummmm, ok….what can I get into?? Oh the possibilities!” 

Look at those eyes…You can see the smile in them! I wish y’all could have heard the giggle that accompanied those smiling eyes…

I spent hours just laying in the floor with her, talking and singing and rolling around in happiness….and removing the occasional dog hair from her mouth…

And when I get rewarded with THAT SMILE??? Forget it, all the junk that’s been clouding my head and saddening my heart just disappears…

And all I feel is joy….

She has the same effect on her Poppa…

Pure joy…

I hope all of you find the thing that makes you smile today….