Wednesday, March 15, 2017

My Little Dalmatian!.....

For the 101st day of school Finley celebrated with a day of 101 Dalmatians.  
This little girl has not been a lover of dogs to date.  She is learning to like them, but it is a slow process.
 She was a lover of dog day at school however, and embraced the whole thing with great enthusiasm.
And what is with the hand?  she is scratching behind her ear of course!
 She even had to assume correct dog posture for one photo so she would look realistic.
And like all good puppies she choose her puppy name....Margaret.
That happens to be her most loved name of the day.  It changes constantly so it was only because it was this day that it was her favorite.
Finley embraces everything with great gusto....
love my little dalmatian!

Monday, March 13, 2017

National Nap Day.....

Yes, it is aways National Napping Day the day after the switch to daylight savings time. 
So today, March 13th, is it expected that we nap.
And the saddest part of the day is I didn't!
I did not know it until 7:00 PM and now it is too late.
Think of what a great place the world would be if we all had milk and cookies and then took a nap every afternoon.
I don't think Winnie the Pooh ever had a bad idea.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Love These Girls.......

Some days just call for silly!
Today was that day!!

 It was a day to assemble our fairy garden.
 A day to check on our newly planted onions.

 And did I mention a day to be silly?
It was just that kind of day!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Old McDonald.....

Okay, so I know this has nothing to do with the kind of farm that has ducks or pigs or cows but it could be a farm with crops so due to lack of imagination, I am going with the Old McDonald theme.
 Although I think it is way too early to plant (that should not be done before Good Friday), Gramps is ready to start his garden, in hopes that we do not have a late freeze!
There is no one that enjoys digging in the dirt more than Finley so he picked up his buddy and they went to work!

 There is a specific method for putting in onions, and peppers.
Just an ordinary hole won't work.
 Finley is a pretty fast learner....
and no one know the intricacies of gardening like Gramps.  
she is learning from the best!
With a little luck we will have onions and radishes for Easter...if it does not freeze!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Happy Birthday Adeline!.....

 I do not know how it got here so year old already.
 You are such a joy.
Gramps and I have been so truly gifted with four such amazing grandchildren.
We have enjoyed every minute of the time we get to spend with you.
 You are a true ray of sunshine.
You have a never ending smile on your face and I have seldom heard you cry over anything.
 You brighten our days everytime you come through the door.
 I cannot imagine how we could love you more.
 You took on this first birthday with gusto!
You woke up excited, just like you knew something was about to happen!
 It was almost as if you practiced with that candle and your cake.

 No one had to prompt you to dive into that smash cake.
You went face first into all that icing and would not let go until you had to come up for air!
 The only thing that got in your way was that beautiful birthday crown.
If mom hadn't taken it away I believe you would have finished it!
I love you sweet girl, and though it makes me sad this first year had gone by so quickly I know that there are many wonderful days ahead...and I know they will be filled with sunshine because that is who you are!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Ash Wednesday.....

 I am that person that loves Lent.  I particularly love Ash Wednesday.  It was three years ago today that I began serving as a Eucharistic Minister.  
It is and honor and a privilege and each year when we reach this day I know how humbled I am to serve in the position.
It is extraordinary and I try very hard to not forget that.
It is also the time that I try to focus on clearing the cobwebs out of every area of my life.  
I live in excess and selfishness.  That is no secret.
So I am focusing on that among MANY other things left for another post.
Faith has helped me conquer many hurdles.  I look up many days and say "thank you God, I know that was you", but I also miss way to many days that His hand is there and I don't notice.
Those are the days I am buried in that excess and selfishness. 
I am part of a church community that focuses on Lent in a big way.  
I hope that I can take advantage of the next 40 days to emerge more spiritually prepared on the day we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
It will take continual focus.  I am not always good at that.  
Today my prayers begin that I see less of me and more of Him.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Think Spring...Or Not....!

We are experiencing our 12th 80 degree day this in since January.  That is unheard of.  In fact we have set a record, and it is really rather sad.  I know this is a great way to spend February, but what does that mean for July?  Probably do not want to even ponder that thought.
 As mild as the winter was, we lost all of our backyard shrubs and it is really unsightly.  My backyard is my go to place for peace and tranquility, which I desperately need some days.
With that in mind, I headed to the nursery to see what I could plant.
It is February and normal temps say it is not time to plant anything.  There is plenty of time for a freeze.
Not to be deterred, I bought a fern and some marigolds just so I could satisfy my need to dig in the dirt.  I know when that final freeze comes I will regret this, but not today!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Love These Cousins.........

 Blessed by these babies who seem to get along well!
No hair pulling, no snatching toys, no eye gouging,
just taking a short ride to nowhere!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Welcome Bishop Burns........

As of today Dallas has a new bishop.  That would not necessarily be exciting unless you were deeply rooted in your Catholic faith.
It does seem, however, that it is newsworthy enough to be live streamed by all of the local news channels and be top news on all the evening news broadcasts.
For me it mattered...enough that I watched the whole thing, and even snapped all of these pictures off the computer screen...a bit blurry I know.
 There are 1.3 million Catholics in the diocese of Dallas.  That is huge.  This man who was formerly in Juneau, Alaska is now shepherding one of the largest Diocese in the United States.
From what I can tell from the brief moments I have heard him speak....he is a rock star.
He is personable, deeply spiritual, and loves his mother....what else do I need to know???
 A brief stop as he was exciting the cathedral to give his mom a hug.
After all she raised him and deserves some of the credit for his outstanding success!
 This was especially memorable to me because Matt was married in this cathedral.  
I love this church for all of the memories it holds.
To see all of the clergy from across the diocese gathered for this event was incredible.  I wish I could have been there.  Bishop Burns is only the 8th bishop of our diocese.  That is amazing in itself.

It is doubtful I will ever get to meet him except in passing but even that will be an honor.
I look forward to him continuing the great work Bishop Kevin Farrell did before him.
It was the Catholic Church that the city of Dallas turned to when they needed to house the man and his family that had contracted Ebola.  They took him in.  That is what we do.
Thank you to Pope Francis for sending us the best.  
Welcome Bishop Edward Burns.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Outside Again....

It has been awhile since I have gotten out of bed, fixed a cup of coffee and gone outside to SIT!
Truthfully, I sit every morning with my coffee but it is usually in bed with my electric blanket on and I dread putting my feet on the floor.
 Today was the day.
The day to go outside on the patio that is covered with dead grass and all of the neighbors leaves and enjoy what has turned out to be an 82 degree day on February 7th.
It is beautiful, No humidity, no wind, and just a few minutes minutes of total pause!
I cherish today.  Jimmy and Sara are at work and no one is peaking around the corner to see if I am still sitting!
Thursday another cold front rolls through and by the weekend we have rain in the forecast but this morning we have the beauty of a spring day in early February.  It is renewing and I am taking advantage.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Back To The 80's.........

So the super star's fan club all came to witness yet another of the great performances of the Garland Therapeutical Musical Department!
This year it is Back To The 80's!!!
 Finley is one of Sara's greatest fans and boy does Sara love her audience.  She waits for this performance from the time one ends until another begins.  Truthfully she should get an Oscar for her performance.  She nails it every year!
 Totally awesome theater director Lory Stewart has been working with these kids for probably 18 years and Sara has been a part for the last 13.  Lory is incredible.  She deserves an award.  The love she has for this group is never-ending.  I cannot thank her enough for all she does.
 Sara and her friend Kelly are the ever so popular cheerleaders this year.  Sara always thinks she has the staring roll of course!

 After the show...a few pictures with her fan club!!
 And hugs from Finley!!

And Brian...well, he was the Captain of the football team.  What else goes along with Sara's roll as the head cheerleader?
Next year .... 
We can't wait!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Almost One....

 This little baby will be one in just one month.  I am sad.  
This year has past so quickly.
I have been so fortunate to have been able to be with her a lot and watch her grow and develop new skills.
She is taking steps, eats like a horse, and smiles 24/7.
Like my other grand babies she fills my heart.  She is a gift and my greatest joy is enjoying her as often as I can.
I love you Sweet Adeline!!!

Yes, I am In the Kitchen.....

Yes, it is me in the kitchen.  Probably a weak moment!  Since I retired from a career spent in the kitchen at work, I have steered away from the domestic life of food preparation.  Just don't want to be there.
 So on a dreary Friday the cupboard called my name and with apples going bad I whipped up some bread.
 I actually enjoyed it!
It actually was good.
And feeling that my day had been profitable.....
 I spent the evening on the couch!