Sleeping late on Saturday...

What do you love to do? I've decided that what I really look forward to is: sleeping in on Saturday morning! Yes, I know I am missing all the yard sale bargains and the coolest part of the summer days to garden... but those things can't compare with sleeping until I am good and READY to get up on Saturday morning (or afternoon!) So, now you've been warned - I INTEND to post things here often, but... I might just be sleeping instead!

Thursday, August 06, 2009


Here are my only two grandsons as of this time.... they are my oldest and younest grandchildren (there are 4 girls in between these two cute boys: Philip and Seth) This is the only time that the two of them have ever been together, and so this combined pic of them may be a rare thing. Too bad we didn't catch the little one smiling at the moment we shot--because he does have a charming smile, just like his cousin.


Friday, June 12, 2009

The Jan 2009 Family group

Okay-- I KNOW it's JUNE already... but, hey, I have been really busy! And I decided that I wanted to post this family group shot, because now I know how unique it will be--there probably won't be a shot of this group together ever again. But we did have a good time gathering in January '09 when this was taken; well, at least I did...

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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Grandma's Girls!!!

Are they cute or what??? We probably took about 100 pictures trying to get some of all four of them looking generally in the same direction AND smiling!!! But it was big fun...:)
(Note: The two oldest girls--in pink and black--were the babies in arms in the picture below.)

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

christmas past...

We are talking about gathering for christmas this year... or rather for New Year's- when we might all be able to come! This photo was taken the last time we were all together for christmas (except for Ryan, who was in Iraq). It was 2005 in Utah. I just found this one while I was sorting through some things today, and thought I would post it (before I lose track of it again!!!)

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Saturday, November 08, 2008

The gift that keeps on giving....

Sooner or later this story will probably find it's way back to my friend, Rhonda, who spent a night at my house not too long ago- and then she will probably NEVER come and see me again! But this is kind of funny, from a certain point of view.

Some time ago my husband, who was raised in the wilds of Idaho, was at work when his coworkers (sissy Californians) began to yell and fuss about a HUGE snake by the door of the shop. Being a curious soul, my husband went over to check out the HUGE snake... and then proceeded to make fun of the coworkers regarding their feelings about a 2 ft. gopher snake, curled up in the corner. The coworkers were ready to kill it, but my husband said that he would catch it- and when asked what he planned to DO with it- he replied that he wanted to take it home to his wife. That elicited comments regarding his tender thoughtfulness and gifts for his wife (me)- and then he explained to them that his wife is a biology teacher, and the snake would be useful in the classroom. That satisfied the crowd, somewhat, and they watched him do his best snake wrangling (who knew brooms were so multipurpose?) ... until he caught it and put it in a cardboard box, which he put in his work truck.
When he and I had both arrived home that evening, he brought in a box and told me he had a surprise for me. As a seasoned veteran of such 'surprises' (I still live with him, and we had 4 children, all of whom would have done something like this!)- I did NOT rush to open the box, and instead I began to inquire about it's contents.... eventually we opened the box, and - viola! ???? it was empty! oops, he said- it must still be in my truck! (great, he's been driving around all day with a loose snake in his truck....???!) Anyway- this news should have been my warning, but... alas, no- I did not heed it!
So, he located the snake, brought it in, and we installed it-hissing and striking- into a medium sized glass aquarium- with a screen lid (which we tied securely to shut!) Over the course of the next couple of weeks, my son in law and I made friends with the snake and we could pick him up without him striking at us... although he would still strike at my husband whenever the opportunity presented itself.
When ever we took the snake out to hold him, he always seemed determined to get back into his aquarium, and he seemed to like it there. So one day, after putting him back, the lid was only tied down in 4 places, instead of the usual 6.... and shortly there after my husband came to find me and say there was some bad news.... had I seen the snake?
uh oh.
And since then, we haven't seen the snake... we assumed that he had crawled under the fridge (because that is where we found son and daughter in law's python that had been missing for months!) (in THEIR house, not ours!)- but eventually we cleaned out under the fridge... and- no snake! I suppose he might still be hanging around loose somewhere in my house- and that is an eerie feeling! Especially when I get up in the night to go do something in another room of the house.... yes, this really is the gift that KEEPS ON giving!

I only wish I had taken him to school a little sooner- so I would just have to worry about him popping up unexpectedly in my classroom, instead of my home!! We had just covered emergency drills and proceedures at school about that time- and I had to give the person in charge of writing up those proceedures a bad time about not having included a contingency plan for loose snakes in the classroom. But- basically he told me that I was on my own with that one. I told him I would just call him. What are friends for anyway?

Now, Rhonda, aren't you GLAD you didn't KNOW this when you were sleeping at my house??? We debated about telling you, but decided ignorance was bliss! And that you weren't really all that likely to run into the snake anyway- since we hadn't. But of course, you never know..... (yes, it keeps on giving!)

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

states my son-in-law has visited

visited 45 states (90%)
He's a well traveled guy!

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places my son-in-law has been

visited 17 countries (7.55%)

my world visits

visited 4 countries (1.77%)<

states I have visited

visited 33 states

Monday, August 11, 2008

Summer is over, and my soul is not saved....

Every teacher I have ever known has some version of "the summer list" -- some things they plan to do or accomplish or whatever - during the summer (even if it's a trip, not a project list!) Anyway, I have just had my 20th such summer... and I don't recall that it has EVER come to an end SOOOO early!!! And did I get my list done??? eeek! Don't ask!!

I do have some friends (one of whom is a teacher, of course) that are under the impression that the teacher spouse has a list (the all year kind, not just the whimpy summer list) that is so long- that she will never die! (Something about how she will have to be left here on earth until she finishes her list....)

But for myself -- I wasn't really aiming for immortality! I just wanted to get my list done....

(Maybe NEXT year!!) (another thing teachers are prone to say.... !)

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