Thursday, June 30, 2011
OK, back to the book: It was an OK book, I am not sure if I felt that way because it didn't keep me on the edge of my seat or because of the story line. Victorine is a young woman in France in the late 1800's. She marries young and has 2 children but she is unhappy. She's a bit 'ahead of her time' in the fact that she's a school teacher. While her children are preteens she leaves her family in the middle of the day, without any explanation to anyone, to move to Indochina with her lover. After nearly 2 years she returns to her home and family. It just seemed odd to me. The writer moves back and forth between the time she is in Indochina and the present time after she's returned home to France. Some of the gals really liked the book, others not so much.
Have you read it? What did you think?
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
I was watching either HSN or QVC a week or so ago when it was the 'Today's Special'............I tell ya, those people can make you feel like you absolutely need it, you deserve it, and it will never be at this extremely low price again. Since I color my hair quite frequently I was considering it. Red hair fades very quickly and this product helps preserve your hair color. "Other shampoos that lather contain sulfates and detergents, which can strip your hair of natural essential oils". The before and afters were so remarkable. Once again I was not talked into it. Before I buy anything I try to do a little research on the product.
While I was reading reviews online I came across a comment that said Sally Beauty has a product called Hair One which does the same thing, and they have a store very close to where I work....so..... One day, on my lunch hour, I stopped in and found the sample packets on sale for .99.....not a bad deal in my mind. I bought 2 and tried them. Since I have short, fine hair I was able to get more than the 1 washing (as recommended) out of the package. I really didn't notice a difference, but then maybe I should have used more than just those trial packets??? Has anyone tried either of those products? What do you think?
Monday, June 27, 2011
Ava is a dancer so I hope she likes this cover.
Here are a couple of the pages.....gotta have the 'bling'. She's into art and fashion.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
The Harley Davidson state rally is here, in my little town! To be honest, I'd rather be in that cruise....I love riding on a motorcycle....is it the wind in my hair, or the snugging up to the guy in front of me???? Anywhere from 1600 -2000 bikes are expected to ride into town via the same route the cars took last night. We are maybe a mile to 1-1/2 mile from downtown so I am sure I will hear the roar of the cycles when they arrive this morning.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Guess what? tomorrow I will pass all garage sales and the thrift store on my way to the library and Walgreen's!!! I will, I will, I will!
Have you ever tried the chocolate wine? The other night I had a taste...not bad, not bad at all! I was talking to someone today who said the raspberry chocolate wine is 'delish' too. Just thought I'd throw that in the mix.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
We have had a lot of rain, cold, and very little sun, it does get to a person. Last weekend was my long weekend :-) Friday I had breakfast with friends and got my hair cut short, it is so easy to take care of now. Saturday I was up early and went shopping for more potting soil and plants and spend the better part of the afternoon planting my tomatoes and flowers. I still need more flowers, as usual. Grandson J was not here Saturday night...making it a very quiet evening.
Sunday morning I was feeling pretty bummed, it is nearly impossible to contact J's dad, so I figured he was mad at me for expressing my opinion about giving J meds. I hate it when people are mad at me. I went to church alone and missed J. Hubby was golfing most of the day on Saturday and Sunday....I am used to that, doesn't really bother me. That afternoon I worked on a mini scrapbook for granddaughter A. I always make a photo book for the grands when they come for a visit. It was upsetting to me b/c neither of hubby's kids called or sent a card for Father's Day. Hubby always says he doesn't care about birthdays and such, but I know differently. Finally his daughter called to talk to me but she wished her dad 'Happy Fathers' Day' too. In the evening SS came over with the 2 grandsons and they had a card for grandpa...I know it meant a lot to him. Maybe I'm old fashioned but I believe in an old fashioned snail mail card or a phone call.
Thanks to all who expressed concerns regarding my last post.......as I keep talking to people 99% of them agree with my opinion. My grandson and his family will remain in my prayers.
I sure hope I have something intersting and upbeat to post soon!!!
Friday, June 17, 2011
Last week 6 year old grandson J (the one who stays over every Saturday night) was diagnosed with ADHD. I was blindsided, he is an excellent student in school and Sunday school and behaves in church. He is NOT easily distracted, does not blurt out things inappropriately, gets along good with others, and is very well liked. I have babysat for him since he was a few months old so have spend a lot of time with him. He LOVES coming over here...........and when he was 3 he'd often hide from mom and cry when she came to pick him up.....making her very unhappy. He improved a lot when he started school, although he still wanted to come here and not go with his other grandma. Now he's 6 and in school all day, mom does not need me to babysit, and he has a baby brother. Mom and dad will not answer their phones when I call (I detest cell phones for that reason-I can't call a house phone and talk to the boys.) Mom makes J call me, unless he is here and she has to talk to me. J does get really upset at times when he doesn't get what he wants-he will just cry and cry, like his dad did when he was that age. I just leave him alone until he gets over it and he is OK. I don't know what his parents do. I do know mom is bipolar and is very controlling and dad has anger issues (has seen a Dr for that). I've seen that J needs a lot of sleep, likes a routine, and enjoys quality time with a person. He is an extremely fussy eater and to get him to try something new causes him great stress.
I was told that mom told the Dr that J doesn't get mad at me because I give him everything he wants.......I do not....and he does get mad here. As a grandma I do spoil each of my grand kids (isn't that what we're for?). But I don't give him nearly as much junk food/snacks as mom does. He doesn't get his way any more than any of the others do when they are here. My other grand kids live further away so I don't see them as often. As you know I love to shop the thrift stores and garage sales and buy lots for the grand kids. My oldest grandchildren are 11 so I don't get much for them anymore...but when they were younger I always had something for them. I used to buy a lot for J too, but find fewer things now. I don't buy for his baby brother anymore either b/c I never get a thanks for anything ,(when he was born I'd bring diapers over at least once a month b/c I'd get a good deal).....I don't need to be gushed over but a polite 'thank you' would be nice once in a while.
anyway, I digress................How can a Dr give meds and diagnose ADHD when there are no symptoms? she won't even talk to him w/o mom there. My SIL and her 6 yr old saw a different Dr and he talked to each separately and gave her what seems to be a very accurate diagnosis and the boy's behavior is improving, with no drugs. So how can J be taking drugs with none of the ADHD symptoms??? I am so afraid for him. In my opinion I think they need family counseling. Dad is not home most evenings because he is at work so mom and the kids are at her parents for supper.
I know he is not my child and I don't have any say in the decisions about his life but I love this child and want the best for him (as I do for all of my grand kids).
Any words of wisdom/advice are appreciated. Thanks!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
I LOVE my Birkenstock's and can walk in them all day, every day. I don't care what Stacey & Clinton would say, in fact I wouldn't bring mine along for my makevoer.........*sigh*....I don't think I'll have to worry about that, I only dress mildly boring not horribly bad. I have pruchased several pairs of Birki's from QVC (the prices are reasonable and we don't have a store closeby) and didn't realize there was a difference between the different Birkenstock brands (ie: Beta, Birki's, etc). Ive had this pair for maybe 5 years and look how cracked they are :-( I am not sure if it is the 'Birko-Flor upper', this is the Birki's brand. I own several pairs but this is the only one that has such terrible looking straps. I have much older Papillo's and Betula's that are not cracked. My other Birki's are OK, but newer. I hope this pair is just a 'freak' accident.
Has anyone else had this problem?
Monday, June 13, 2011
Of course, I had to bake cup cakes and finally used the display stand.
Mom, big sister, and the birthday girl.
My oldest grandson and another one checking out my Nookcolor........Grandson C really loved it.
Some of the cast members of the short play the kids put on for us.
The 2 grands that stayed overnight enjoyed popcorn, reading, and TV before bed. The next day it looked like they had a popcorn fight...but they did not.
Mom has enough self confidence to let the kids were what they want, providing it is weather appropriate and not risque......but matching shoes must be worn in public.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Grandson J loved the plane ride and they boys were not afraid, they looked out the windows to see their hometown below. They did say it was loud.
Patrick was pushing Louise's stuff at us.......saying 'you like it? it's yours'. They don't want anything back...just can't let anything else go out b/c someone contracted to sell the household items. No one knew it at the time.
Yes, who does get to make up the cute sayings for cards???? Even if I had that much time on my hands I couldn't think of such funny stuff.
re: Do you lead a double life: I was actually thinking about a young man who writes songs and performs...but many of the words are NOT something I want to hear nor do I think the young children should listen to it. He is talented and thoughtful, I just wish he could be a Good, Christian, Moral example. I also don't think parents should try to be friends with their kids.....you know, hang out, esp partying too much. Some of the younger parents just don't seem like they've grown up they still wanna )*&%? with their friends. In my opinion once you have children it's time to settle down and put your children ahead of your personal partying life. Guess I am just old fashioned and a prude (no, not really). Of course I have done things in the past that I am not proud of and I do believe in telling your kids what mistakes you've make so Maybe, just Mabye they can learn from you. Just another of my opinions....right or wrong.......more to come in the future.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Do you have teenagers? Do they have a Facebook account? Are you one of their many friends? Many teens will add you as a friend, but..................they may have a 2nd account (with a nickname) for their friends where their chatter will be totally different than what you see on the 'family friendly' page. I guess it's understandable for teens who are trying to grow up.
BUT I feel that when you are an adult and feel you have to keep secret certain things from your family members it's not alright. Why are you keeping it a secret? Is your conscience telling you something? Listen to it. Some people do not grow up and mature just because they hit the magical age of 21.
The purpose of this rant is to say: "Don't do it if you don't think it will make your mother or father proud....if you don't want to do it in front of your children". Friends can come and go but you're 'stuck' with your family.
Thanks for letting me get on my soap box once again.
Monday, June 6, 2011
I also picked up some Natural Image Dead Sea hand & foot body polish. It contains sea salt and oils that make your hands look and feel so nice. I hope it helps my nails too!
Late Saturday grandson J came over to spend the night, well it was such a nice evening that I invited his cousin and my SIL to come over so the boys could play. Our hubbies were golfing and we didn't know when they'd be home so we didn't have to worry about supper. They got home just before we were gong to walk across the street to the school playground, so we got the men to come along. Hubby is such a good grandpa, he played a lot with the boys while we were there.
My youngest grandson is 9 months old.
Sunday we had planned to take the boys to Thunder On The Lakeshore, we usually go every year. The day was perfect: clear blue skies, warm temps, and a slight breeze. Since my motto is 'be prepared' (to the max) I had a backpack stuffed with blankets, snacks, sweatshirts, my camera, etc. Last year was cold and you never know when the wind will switch and it will be cool. The boys were so good and had a great time, as we walked out I told SIL it had been a perfect day for me. I wish the boys parents could spend this time with the kids, but they are unable to do so.
Grandpa took the boys on board one of the oldest paratrooper planes, they said it was not comfortable.
Grandson J in front of the 'Warthog' fighter plane.
Six year old grandson J informed us, as we were walking into the air show, that he wanted to take a helicopter ride. Grandpa had to explain that the helicopter rides are pretty 'pricey' (to quote granddaughter T-that's not a word I use). I was surprised that he wanted to do that, he never wanted to try new things.....especially food :-( and was always kind of a 'scaredy cat'. He has grown so much (emotionally) since he started school. Grandpa and the boys getting on the plane for their first plane ride.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
I can't answer this one b/c I don't pay attention to others.......I just wanna be me.
Name an interesting fact about yourself...........
I went para sailing in Cancun in 1984 and am so glad that I did. I went to Montreal 3 times alone.
If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?
I'd be true to myself and not mistake wanting to be loved for love.
Which character traits annoy you?
lying, being 2-faced, negativity
Name one thing that you would change in yourself .
quick temper and talking, I'd keep thoughts to myself.
What do you consider your biggest achievement?my
My lilacs look so sad this year :-( Between the snow damage and hubby & the neighbor 'trimming' them there's not much left. I love lilacs and will bring in a bouquet today. I have only the white (behind) and the dark purple (my favorite). Hubby left a few minutes ago for a golf tournament (seems like all he does is golf during the summer) so I am home alone all day. Before he left he was so funny, he collected some June bugs and put them in a shallow pan for the birds, I didn't even know he liked birds. Yesterday morning we saw a robin with a June bug or bee in it's beak. (hard to get close enough to see exactly what it was, but it was big!) One morning when I was sitting at my table and checking email a bird flew right into our patio door, poor thing. I've also seen 'my' black squirrel again. Wish he'd pose for a photo! The birds are not coming to my feeders yet.
I like being home alone. I cleaned the kitchen and bathrooms yesterday so today I can get outside and plant my flowers......late, but it's been too chilly here. ....or maybe plan B will materialize.
Tomorrow we are taking the 2 grandsons, who live nearby, to "Thunder on the Lakeshore", it's the local air show. We usually go every year, I could skip it but the boys enjoy it.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Back into the swing of things for the Friday 56:
I'm reading a free ebook on my Nookcolor: 13 Little Blue Envelopes. I like it; a 17 year old girl gets a package of envelopes, each giving her instructions for a journey of a lifetime.
"She sipped her Guinness to buy herself a second before answering, then tried not to wince or spit."
And not for Java's Follow Friday 40 and Over