Thursday, June 30, 2011

At the Beach

Today my grand daughter and I had a meet up with some other 2 year olds, grandmas, nanny, and moms.  We went to a local lake that was just perfect with a shallow water   beach, so the little ones could play in the water and we didn't have to worry about falling into a hole. 

Playing in the sand and water is always fun, but seeing it through the eyes of 2 year olds is precious.  The giggles of through a small rock in the water, the sand between the toes, making a splash!   Such fun

Summer, what a great time of year.  I feel for those who work full time.  It is these times I am so grateful for being grandma, for I can enjoy the beach without all the rest of the community kicking my towel for it is is too crowded.   Today there were maybe 20 people max.  What a treat.  For I know the weekend will be nuts. 

Summer,  what are your favorite activities you like to do?  

Having kids around make me do things that I have not done for a long time- like going to the beach.    I wonder what else I will be doing this summer that I haven't done in a long while.   Being Grandma is so much fun!!!!!

Family time

This past weekend my family and I were at our mountain cabin for a 'work' weekend.  You see, we purchased a fixer upper cabin that we have been redoing in the inside, but the poor outside was in great need of a new paint job.   Our family of course was rangled into being our painting crew. 

My husband being the engineer, had everything organized from brushes to ladders.  Everyone 'chose their weapon" ( paint brush and bucket) and the fun began.  I too, had planned what I do best,  the food!!!!  Turkey was in the oven - ( turkey is not for only holidays) and I too went to paint. 

Now please remember, we have a 2 year old and a Swiss Mt Dog, that can bring down a ladder with his tangled lead.  So not only was I trying to do some painting, but the babysitting was a bit precarious! 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Stupid Stuff We Do

This week I did something really 'stupid'.  Now I don't like to use that 's' word often, but in this case it is the perfect word.  

I was making dinner - actually cooking- and not ordering out for my hubby.  Mexican was on the menu, so I was cleaning an avocado.  I grabbed the paring knife I was using to 'stab' out the pit.  Well, you can imagine what happened!  I missed the pit and the knife  went right in  my hand.  2+ cm

Being one who has had her fill of stiches, I knew that this punture wound would not need one,  but the fact that I couldn't feel my finger,  said I had better go get it checked out.   So off to the ER we went.

They cleaned it out, put glue on it ( the new kind of stitch) and said I was lucky I didn't cut any tendons or MAJOR nerves.  There is some nerve damage and it will take a while for the numbness to go away.  GREAT

So now, I am learning how to work mainly with one hand.  My golf game is on hold, and also many other things.  Did I know better than to stab my avocado- of course!  But I was busy chatting ( hard to believe) and just grabbed the closes knife.  STUPID

How many times have we done something and we KNOW better, but we just go ahead.  yep i bet we all have done at least one or 2.   What were your moments of doing 'stupid' stuff?

Grandma, grandbaby and street fairs

Our small community has this wonderful street fair every Friday in the summer.  It is a great time to see people, hear wonderful music, and just hang out.  Since we live close to the street fair, we have margies on the patio with friends then walk downtown to enjoy the scene.  Our children joined us this time with our darling little grand daughter.  

Now many of our friends have not seen our grand daughter for a long time and as you know she is now 2 and full of energy.  I was so excited to 'show her off' to all the people that I know.    First of all, there are only a couple of thousand people at this street fair!  Second,  there is a children's section with air castles, air slides, cotton candy etc.   How a little one sees all of this sitting in a stroller is beyond me, they must have 'toys this way' radared in their system.  For the minute we arrived, Grandma and Grandpa (Pops) were ditched for the children's play area.  So much for my grand plan of showing her off.

This brings me to my memories as a new mom with my children in tow, visiting my mother.   She would have scheduled us to have 'coffee' with all her friends, for she wanted to 'show off '  her grand children.   Oh how I would roll my eyes.  You can imagine the feelings of my children as they sat on these lovely couches, eating cookies while grandma and her friends chatted. I,  on the other hand, was trying to keep the crumbs from being a permanent design on the couches.   The children could only manage a bit, so it was up to me to entertain them, while not destroying the many breakables that were in these lovely homes.  Now trips to the local zoo with my mother and her grand children were just splendid and so were the trips to the many parks.
Since we lived far away, I now understand the feeling of showing off ones grandchildren, as they are the apples of our eye. We tell our friends about the stories we hear, and  listen to their stories of their grandones so of course when you can show the children off, you go for the chance.   Hopefully, I will not put my daughter through the adventure of keeping knick knacks all in one piece at my friend's homes.  Maybe we will have more friends to our home when they come to visit-  already baby proof.  :)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

summer fun

Summer has arrived here in Colorado!  We have had such an unusual spring- cold etc, snow in mountains is STILL there.  So now having warm weather is a blessing. 

Gardening is one of my many passions. Spending time tending it and watching it grow is such a pleasure.  My children always laughed at me, when I would walk out with my morning coffee and talk to my plants.  You know, give them a bit of encouragement to grow.   Well, now those same children are coming to me for gardening advice.  Pretty funny.

In our area, community gardens are all the rage.   People are planting vegies, supporting local farmers, talking about organic measures etc. It is really exciting to see, that this 'old' standby  summer task is back in style.   One can understand the reason when you see the news and hear of outbreaks of e-coli, stories of pesticides and the cost of groceries today.  Community gardens bring people together and also instill the sense of where our food comes from.

When some friends came over for a bar-b-q many years ago, there little boys ran out to my garden.  I told them to pick what ever they wanted.  Well, one little guy came back with a carrot and the biggest smile you could imagine.  He just realized that the carrot came from the ground and not only from a store.  We rinsed it off and there he just chomped on it.   What pleasure both he and I  had. 
Now he is an adult and will still mention that wonder of a carrot.

My daughter lives in a townhome, so her garden is a container garden.  Today my little grand daughter was showing me how big her vegies have gotten. She is so excited to eat her lettuce and such.   There are so many lessons to learn from even a small patio garden.   How to plant and care for something; having to wait for it to be the right size; and lastly how to enjoy the fruits of your work.  Wonderful lessons.

So I hope you enjoy the pleasures of gardening, no matter what the size.  Next will be the joys of out smarting the bugs, then finally the harvest.  Now that I am retired, harvest is so much more enjoyable.  For I don't have to deal with all these wonderful veggies at night and can enjoy the time in my kitchen, preparing yummy dishes.  

What do you like to grow?  My favorite is peppers, but this year, I am trying fingerling potatoes, and of course the star of my garden is Kale.