Saturday, April 25, 2009

Thank you...

for praying, for loving, for remembering.

On Thursday,we decided to go to Austin to a park there for the day. It was good. We picnicked and the kids played on the playground. Then my dad, Jon and the kids canoed in canoes my dad built while my mom, Creed and I walked up and down the river. It was very relaxing. Not so busy we couldn't remember but not so idle that we wallowed.

We did this type of thing with my parents a couple of times a few weeks before Knox died and he loved it. He loved being outside and running around, and I loved seeing his bright shining eyes and wispy blond hair blowing in the TX wind.

We got home after dark to find flowers and balloons on the porch. The kids wanted to let them go and since we were afraid they would lose their umphh by morning we stood out in the street and let them go one by one. It was interesting. They all traveled different paths. Some flew higher than others and some did twists and turns in the wind. Some went all one speed while others started out slow and got fast. Anyway, it was a reminder to me that we all grieve differently and at different speeds with starts and stops and twists and turns along the way.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Alzheimer's defense

Playing word games is a scientifically proven way to help ward off Alzheimer's disease. Since some days it already seems too late, I probably should play a lot of word games. I love to play scrabble. Jon doesn't like to play and has his own special set of rules; I play with the kids but the competition isn't that stiff. I also play with a few friends on facebook. I keep a few games going. They are always there and you can take as long as you want to play a game; sometimes a game can take over a week to finish.
When you play a game on facebook, you have to give it a name. My friend Peggy started a game with my friends Carol and Kiersten and me. She named it "winner gets a chocolate bunny." I asked if that was really true and she it was but that she was going to go ahead and eat the ears because that was the best part(sometimes I think I have rather eccentric friends.) The game took so long that she started to longily look at its yellow candy eyes. Then temptation bested her and an eye disappeared. The game finally ended with myself as the winner gaining possession of the remainder of the chocolate bunny.

The bunny missing the ears and eye. Jon snagged the other

Anne Michal felt sorry for the missing ears so she replaced them.


Sharing with the second place winner....

The board....

Medical Watch

Artyon Sidorkin of Russian went into surgery this past week for what doctors believed was a large, malignant tumor. Doctors found and removed a 3-inch-tall fir tree growing in his lung. "I thought I was hallucinating," said the surgeon, wo thinks Sidorkin must have inhaled a seed.

Poll Watch

From Rasmussen: Only 53% of Americans believe capitalism is better than socialism. 20% say socialism is better and 27% are not sure.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Jack Funny

Jack (runs in from shooting baskets and says) :Mom, guess what the score is. 107-1
me: Oh are you playing by yourself.
Jack: NO. I am playing an invisible guy.
And he zoomed in when the ball bounced off the rim and ran in front of me and scored.

I wonder if I should tell him you count by two's andteach him the word "rebound"

My amazing, incredible, enduring cell phone

This will mean so much more to all you College Station/Bryan folks, but Friday morning I realized that my cell phone was missing. This is a semi-regular occurrence(an outpouring of a character flaw) and so I didn't really worry about it. I tend to have an "it will turn up" philosophy about most things and was pretty sure I left it at Peggy's house and figured they would find it sooner or later or I'd run by and get it. Well, they did find it...Saturday, by the driveway, in the grass where it had been rained on (no make that poured on) for almost 24 hours straight. The amazing, incredible, enduring part is .....