Friday, July 21, 2017

Memories from my past

     Well it's been awhile hasn't it?  Shouldn't ask questions you already know the answer to.   My garden isn't doing too badly but it isn't anywhere I thought I'd be when I planted it. I did bring in some of the little tomatoes yesterday. Watching one of the larger one go from yellow to orange to red, soon I hope. I love open faced tomato & cheese sandwiches. I remember them from first apartment out of high school.  It was one of those one bedroom, living room/dining room, & kitchen deals where you share the bathroom with the twin apartment on the other side. I was thrilled with that apartment in 1958.

     Had graduated from HS in 57' and moved out of my parents house to be on my own. My first job started 1 week after graduation at a company called "New Process Company" that you all recognize as Blair from those catalogs that come in the mail to you.  I was with in walking distance from the job and so was my friend from work who luckily shared the bathroom with me. Gloria was a great room mate, so when my cousin came home from the Marines at the end of his tour, I invited them both to my half of the quarters for dinner. I don't remember  what I cooked for dinner, (probably spaghetti), but Jim and Gloria hit off and they were married about 3 months later. I have pictures from the newspaper on the family tree I have on Ancestry.com but I didn't make it to the wedding.  Then they moved to Florida and I never saw either of them again.  They have passed away some years now, leaving me the oldest living Shirley kid and I believe the oldest of my Uncle's kids also.

     Can't think why I was remembering my cousin Jim and his wife but it's nice to have good memories and it's great to have them in writing for someone else to remember.

     I'm getting myself psyched up for a vigorous physical exam at the VA Facility in Walla Walla, WA next week. They want a Pulmonary exam, blood work, and a thorough exam re' the Diastolic Dysfunction of my Heart.  I don't think they'll make me do a stress test on the walking machine since I walk with a walker when no walls are available. Or I use a cane to help me walk. This exam is to determine how disabled I am.  Good thing they aren't interested in my memory or I'd really lost.

I'm also thinking of getting a cane I saw in one of the many catalogs that show up here. It has a "taser" in the handle for protection for the disabled. I guess I'd have to go to the local police office to learn how to use it and register it (maybe).

     And here's a couple of pages from this month.
My youngest grand daughter ReAnna on the right in this picture as she stood for her friend at the wedding.

Darling Zakkiera mugging for the camera. Mom has a smart phone and takes a lot of pictures.

She's learning how to "Multi task". I can play and eat at the same time and get this orange stuff off the Cheetos all over me and your furniture.

Going to sign off for now and tip toe through some blogs that I enjoy watching. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Have a Happy July

     I'm ashamed of myself. Haven't been doing much blog hopping for about a month now. Granddaughter and her Tiny Human went to California for 2 weeks to be with her 'husband'. He was having trouble with his Type 1 Diabetes and needed some live in care. She managed to make the drive in 12 hours that would have taken me a whole day. She did make a commercial for 7-11 while she was there and got paid for it. Now she's one of the Hollywood people but not quite. She hasn't joined the screen actors guild, which is quite a hefty dues membership I think. But she had fun and got Jess back on track with his meds.

   That meant I was here alone with the animals for 2 weeks. But I enjoyed myself. Kept the house clean, cooked for myself and ate leftovers. Got a 2nd hand Ikea Day Bed, and found a mattress and box springs for $25.00. Good buys in both of them. Put the recliner in the living room and they have carried the ugly couch outside to the front covered porch area.  Now I'm finishing up my bedroom.  At least with the new 'day bed' there's room for the cat to spread out near my feet and my adorable little Phoebe to curl up right near my chest. Now I can sleep on my side which is more comfortable for me and a lot less snoring to wake up to a really dried out mouth.  Believe me that's awfully uncomfortable to not be able to swallow because there is no saliva there. I was keeping a glass of something right by the chair so I could at least wake up the glands that make liquid for your mouth.

     Fourth of July was interesting. Granddaughter and her 'Tiny Human' went to friend's house for a BBQ and I stayed home to take care of the animals. Neither cat made any fuss. Mrs. Beasley went into my closet and I pushed the door a little way so she wasn't subject to really loud noises. And I'm not sure where 'Lagatha' went. Big Black cat went under a bed somewhere in the house. There are 3 to choose from.  I didn't have to go anywhere to watch fireworks...plenty of that going on in our neighborhood. Until 2 or 3 am even! I did sleep through the last hour or so the noise. But the early part of the evening when it was just getting dark (around 9 pm) I sat in the recliner with the two little dogs on my lap. one on either side of me so I could rub them with my hands and talk softly to them so they could quit shivering. Serenity was the worst of the two. She's 2 years old and is Mama to my little Phoebe so it isn't her first 4th of July but she doesn't like them at all. Phoebe is only 10 months old and doesn't know any better or just doesn't care. I don't know which.

    Big P.S.,..'Tiny Human' was holding one of the small fireworks in her hand and it exploded in her hand. They had to go to the ER for treatment which took about 2 hours or so. I slept through that also. Her hand is looking better yesterday afternoon. Grand daughter changed the dressing last night after the kid's shower and put a lot of some white cream on the hand and then wrapped the hand in gauze and an Ace bandage on top of that.

    Well I have couple of scrapbook pages to show off!.
Grand daughter & her 'husband' doing a promotion for one of the stores in town. Bridgit has the only Female Predator costume in the world. The didn't have one in the last movie but if they put one into the new one that's in production now, she might get a part in the movie. I'll have to get an autograph!lol

Here she is inside the store posing for the people. Had to pose with a few kids or so for their parents.

My oldest daughter and I during our last visit to Grand Junction.

More of the other people in their costumes for the store's birthday...one year opened in that spot.

Young friend Kendra in front of the store.

Baby Zakkiera with her Uncle Jess. She's not the least bit scared of those costumes. her daddy is in one.
My youngest Granddaughter "Missy" on the right for a friends wedding. She Graduated in May from the University in Grand Junction with a Bachelor's in Psychology and she was 'cum laude' at that.

Sweet Baby Zakkiera is ONE. And she is such a happy baby.

Zakkiera at her birthday party (I think).

That's all for today. Got a little more to do in my bedroom. It's my sitting room and bedroom combined if I ever get it fixed up. And I just had another idea that might make more room in there. Besides having a big yard sale. I must admit I have accumulated some more things for my kitchen so when Grand daughter and her 'Tiny Human' move to California for real and I move to Grand Junction for real I'll have my Geese things back, except for the dishes. Can't find them for anything close to reasonable. Zakkiera's Great Grandmother has a set of the dishes in her attic she might be persuaded to part with for a price. Don't know yet. Until I get back to this site, I'll say 'Bye' and God Bless every one.


Friday, June 2, 2017

May is gone and Hello June

I missed the month of May for blogging. Can't think of why but I'm here today so I'll make up a little bit of lost time.
     Gardening has been a real washout for me this year. I haven't been able to keep the plants watered and so many have died, I sort of just gave up. I think there's still a few cantaloupe plants  and maybe I can find some large plant pots and put a couple of tomato plants in them. And then again when they get the sprinkler system operating again maybe the three plants will take hold and be revived. I cried a couple of times at not getting my garden finished. I find there is more that I can't do and I have to quit trying. The last fall was landed on my bottom (killing the pumpkins) and the large shovel handle conking me on the head. Had to get an Mri done. Good news was, no bleeding in the cranium, no tumours and nothing broken as in fractured skull. I'm just going to go to container gardens.

Just found some more of the vintage geese items for my kitchen. This one was a large platter (plastic and small oven dish. Here's what I've been looking for.
I found a set of coffee cups a year or so ago, and yesterday I found a set of metal bowls with geese on them (mixing or serving bowls)and a set of 45 blue handled silverware. Those two items will arrive on Monday. I have bid on a teapot, and some metal canisters.  I just checked and I'm high bidder on both of these items so on Sunday I'll up my bid in the last 10 mins or so that I'm still high bidder and then they will be mine also. I'd like to find the rest of the canister set that matches the large cookie jar in the picture.

     And on to something else. On Friday last week, i had the privilege of enjoying a visit to the "Traveling VietNam Wall". My youngest was one of the speakers and she sort of insisted I attend so I cancelled a Blood Draw at the VA so I could go with her.  I was really surprised when she built her speech around my getting her involved with the Military (Sea Cadets) where we went to a boot camp here in Washington.  She did a good job and survived, even with me being the Executive Officer and dropping her for push  ups when she slipped and said "Hi Mom" instead of "Hello Lieutenant" since I was in uniform and so was she. She was 13 years old the following week so she got a waiver to attend. I served for 4 years or so in the Sea Cadets, meeting on the same weekend as we drilled in the reserves. I'd bop into the Cadets area just to make sure they were doing what they were supposed to and then go back to my own Reserve Unit. I highly recommend the Cadets to anyone in the Navy because they still need the leaders and it only at the time I was involved cost $30. a year. Here's a couple of pictures from last weekend.
I was facing the wall of names and Charlie took my picture so you can see my patriotic shirt.

Charlie and I beside the wreath from the DAR . I used to drag her to Military events and now she drags (willingly) to something when ever we have a chance.
And here's a couple of scrapbook pages I've done this last month.
My cousin Todd has a beautiful dog and since he moved from Erie PA to Florida, he enjoys taking her to the beach close to their apartment. Some days they meet up with a friend of his and her dog so the dogs can have a really good time.

I found this picture of our new First Lady, Melania Trump and I couldn't resist making a scrapbook page for her. She's such a beautiful and classy lady, she does the White House Proud. 

My Friend Moe and her husband Phil are on the road again. They went visiting Civil War Parks and they always do a lot of pictures.

My cousin Rosalie (in the bed) and her daughter Tina. This was taken shortly before she passed away and Tina asked me to make a scrapbook page of this one. I was very happy to do it.

Grand daughter Bridgit and her 2nd Mom smiling for the camera. Such a sweet picture.
My good friend Dave Gilmour with his 2 fast growing children.This is Megan, Mason and Dave.

This cute ball player is Jeweli Perez. She's been playing for a few years now and this year she's on the team at Richland High school.

Eddie and Marie Perez, parents of the ball player.

I think Megan graduated this year so this is her yearbook picture.

Our 2 canine fur babies; Serenity is 2+ this year and in Sept, my little Phoebe will be a year old.

Well it's time to get dressed, at 1:30 in the afternoon. Thought about a PJ day but I have to go to town in a little while. so I'll get myself moving.

God Bless you al and have a great week.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Garden problems

I talked about the fall in the garden in my previous post.  But now that Bridgit is in California for 3 or 4 weeks working on some movie props and such with her new husband and his boss Dragon  I haven't been able to plant anything else.  I tried to make a large box for plants out of a beat up book case but that didn't work. Am looking for something else to take it's place. There's a large wicker book case/shelves out there that has gone through an awful winter this past season that might work if I put a tarp liner in the bottom after I lay it down on the platform I have out there.  And now that I'm thinking about it, I guess that's going to be my only option for this year.  At least I'll be able to plant the starters that I have in the window sill and on my kitchen counter.  I also have some plants in planters that are supposed to be hanging up on the front patio cover.  I'm not too sure that I should be the one to be putting the hooks out there.  I don't have much luck these days.  I keep falling or hitting my head on things. This morning I was trying to close the front door so the smallest dog wouldn't get out and I slammed myself in the head with the front door.  That was about 1/2 hour ago...I just checked in the mirror and it's not going to be a large goose egg like the other hit with the shovel handle was.

I haven't been on the computer very much lately...need a new keyboard..this one is about 6 years old and some of the keys are almost pure black.  Good thing I know the keyboard from typing classes in HS (a long, long time ago).  But the program I use to make scrapbook pages with, doesn't use the keyboard...just the mouse until I have to make a tag for the picture and then I need the keys for typing.  It works and I might get a new keyboard this weekend.  I did get a new/used one at the Goodwill store for .99 cents.  Got home and found out it was a wireless which isn't too much trouble since I have WiFi on the internet access I have. And I didn't spend too much on it anyway.

Here's some pictures I made last week.
 A couple of really cute kids of my friend Christine. Her daughter Amyah and her son Zakiah. Don't know the other little boy in the first picture but the look on his face at having to sit next to Amyah is priceless.
 My Niece's daughter Bella is growing so fast!
 Bridgit and her friend Dragon. She's working with him and her husband on some props for a new Predator movie coming out next year.
 Another one of Bridgit's selfies.
My lovely Niece Consuelo Marie. 

Time to start on my house chores. I'm going to use my Shark carpet cleaner on the living room floor.
Have a great weekend friends and family!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Garden almost done

   Well it's almost done. Haven't done too much since the 15th.  I haven't been on the internet much this past 11 days. I was working in the garden Sat. the 15th and got tangled up in the fencing I put up and fell into the garden on top of the seedlings I had just planted, (don't think the pumpkins are going to make it)

   When I fell, I dislodged the shovel and it hit my head as I laid there, giving me a large 'goose egg' on the forehead.  I didn't bother going to the doctor since it just looked like a bump. But as the days went on I started getting some pretty bad headaches, so I went to the ER and they did a Cat Scan.  Nothing bleeding, nothing broken and no tumors so it's just a bad contusion./concussion. He said that the bruising would travel down my face and probably turn into a black eye. So far it hasn't. Guess I'll live to garden some more.  I've got to work on that fence though so the dogs who can slide right thru it will quit digging up what's left of the pumpkin row. They've been eating the seedlings that I squashed. Gave them a case of runny stools. Started only letting them into the front yard and there isn't anything for them to dig up.

   Speaking of our front yard; two days ago in the evening, some people came and flocked our yard.  It's quite the clever idea.  It's for one of the classes in one of our elementary schools.  For a $25.00 donation a group of the parents come to the door and tell you that someone has paid to have your front yard flocked with 15 Pink Flamingos. Picture is here:

My little puppy wasn't real happy with all those birds.

They were on both sides of the front yard. And I must admit, I thought it was kind of pretty, till it comes time to cut the grass  and you have to pull them all up to run the lawn mower.

I've been coloring pages and this one is a particular favorite of mine.
For this one I used pencils on his feathers so I could blend two different colors and the same for his coat. I used the gel ink pens for the beak and little owl's hat.  I have about 100 coloring pages done and I plan to keep on coloring until I can't see or the hands shake too much. Can't stay in the lines if the hands and arms are having tremors. That's not going to happen for about 16 years. I'm only 77 now.

I'm going to watch a little TV and then go into my nice warm room and color some more.

Have a nice weekend and God Bless you and also the new President.




Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Time for a Garden

Spring is here but still the nights are pretty chilly so my garden is taking up pretty much of my kitchen counters. At one point I was going to be a dyed in the wool "prepper" and I was filling the egg cartons with the lint from the dryer. Anticipating that in the not too distant future  I'd find some blocks of wax to melt and pour over the lint balls in the egg cartons. I have lost interest in ready to "bugg out" when the "poop hits the fan" so I turned them into small starter cups for the seeds. Then placed them on parchment paper and a couple of old baking sheets to water. them. Here's the pics from right as I planted them.

 I started out with the pkgs by the row they belonged to but got wet so a marker putting the letter of the seeds up the row is what I have now. The bottle at the end of the brown cartons was one of the creamer bottles that I manage to go through and clean up. Filled the bottle with tepid water and got some of the tiny, tiny rubber bands my Olivia uses to make bracelets with. Covered the top with a snack ziploc bag and tightened it with the rubber bands and then took a hat pin and poked it in a circle in the middle. Now I turn it upside down and squeeze and have a lovely little rain shower to water the plants with. It does manage to leak into the excess snack bag but then I pour that onto the tomato plants. Works for me.


 This is how they look after 1 week. The Herculean plants in the second carton are Water melons and white and orange pumpkins. 
 Behind them come the bush beans, some snap peas,  spinach, cucumbers, carrots, giant radish, lettuce, winter squash and the two kinds of pumpkins with water melons. Containers on the end are mixed flowers and Alyssim (spelling) for the front planter boxes on the fence and the big giant containers in the front.

Pictured below are the Herbs, Sweet Basil, Oregano, & some Sage.  Three tomato plant, with the one in the middle being cherry tomatoes and the other two are large beef steak tomatoes.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy President's Day

I had this labeled as Valentines day but I looked at the calendar wrong. I guess we are celebrating Lincoln & Washington's Birthday. I think I'll go put my flag out just to shake up the neighborhood.

Well, this computer must be having old age problems. I've had this tower for 6 or 7 years now and it appears to be having menopause problems. And I've never dropped it so I'm not sure what's going on. Running an anti virus every other day and a another maintenance program on the in between days just isn't enough. Maybe I have gremlins inside...whatever. It's time for a new one.

I do, however want to share some neat pictures with you. On Face Book, they have what they cal Throwback Thursday and so since I usually don't respond, yesterday I thought I'd pick some old pictures from my files and so I put 5 pictures on the facebook page. Since Kyra, and some of the others who read my ramblings aren't on B, I thought I'd put some out here also.Tried to do this last night but was having techno problems so I'm going to try again.

Picture of my older brother Bud, my step father, and myself.  Can you imagine having that type of curly hair and explaining myself at school. This was when I 10 and had just left the Orphanage to live with Mom and her new husband.

Me getting ready to head off to Navy boot camp. Couldn't take very much.  One suitcase with one change of clothes. I hadn't started wearing makeup yet so it was just my toothbrush and my hair stuff. Keeping it short just left me looking like a poodle which wasn't too bad. And that's not a very big suitcase either. Year was Mar 1960. I actually went to boot camp 18 April 1960.
My youngest daughter with her patch over eye. The Navy doctors diagnosed it as lazy eye but then they changed their mind and had to do surgeries to make the pupil come to the middle where it belonged. Move the muscles by the nose further back and then another operation to put the muscle at the bottom a little further back also.  All in all she's had 5 surgeries on her eyes. Charlie is turning 50 yr this June and she tells me that she still only uses one eye but she drives all over with a valid licence so it's all good, I guess. She's 18 mos to 2 yrs old in this picture.
Charlie, just one week shy of 13 and I took her to boot camp. She was in the Sea Cadets, young kids sailors, and I was the Executive Officer of their particular sea Cadet Division. She had a great time even if I did give her a few push ups for bending the rules.
My three girls and 2 boyfriends in 1983. That is Bridgit on my lap. This was done at a carnival that came through town.
 Picture taken while I was in Cosmetology school. I volunteered my head to dye so we could learn how to mix colors to get the desired look. Early 1968.
My three darlings when we were stationed in Japan. Dani the tallest, Denise the middle child and Charlie the youngest. I did horrify the Japanese lady who was my secretary at the recreation center. She immediately undid the robes and put them in the proper way since I had them lapped over each other as if for a dead person. And the girls never saved their robes and I have no idea who they gave them to.

Well it's time to close this one out and get on to better things. Like cleaning house. I've had the house to myself for 3 days now since the rest of this little family are at a convention called Rad Con. That's where a bunch of people get dressed up like Star Wars Characters or any other Character they want and have a fun time Fri. thru Sun. Today they are breaking it down and packing up to get back to normal. They'll be home here sometime this afternoon. I guess it's time to get out of my Jammies and actually get dressed. No one here but me so I couldn't think of a good reason to get dressed up.

Have a great week and Hugs from Grandma Sarge!


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year everyone.

     I was watching Tree House Masters last evening and I missed the first of the New Year's fireworks in Australia. Then I caught the New York one and missed the next three. I was flipping back and forth from one channel to another at the top of each hour but it wasn't showing the fireworks. There was a few in our neighbor hood but the dogs didn't get excited like they do on the 4th of July. My little Phoebe was asleep on my lap the whole time.  Didn't hear any of the noise, I guess.

     I can't make all my keys work but I can hit the space bar and accomplish the same thing. Comes from my many years of English lit and structure. I capitalize in all the right places and even use the punctuation where it's supposed to be.  Takes me longer to get anything said but I'm stuck in the 50s in my head so it is what it is.

     I don't make New Year's resolution because I wouldn't keep them anyway so I won't be getting myself in hot water. Bridgit and I are working on a lot of paperwork to get her certified as my care giver. It shouldn't take too long since she is already certified as as an Emergency Responder and has a badge hanging in the car.  Then she can quit her job at the hotel and let her shoulder heal up nicely. She's going to be splitting her time between our house and her Fiance's house taking care of his step Mother. She'll be doing some light housework, laundry and making meals for them. I'm still capable of cooking and I sort of like it.  I was supervising Olivia in the making of muffins a couple of days ago. Some day I'll show her how to make regular meals, if I can ever get her on a schedule of 3 meals a day.

    Here's some pictures from a great trip to Santa's workshop. We went for a train ride. It's a Christmas thing called the Polar Express.It starts from a small village in the mountains and is a 55 mile train ride. that's 27 miles each way.  Everyone was in Pajamas, even the adults. I did have to keep my winter coat on so no one saw the big Panda face on the top of my PJs. It was  loads of fun and then we spent the night in a motel, where we shared a Triple room with Olivia's grandfather and his wife, Bridgit and Olivia, and I had the single in the corner under the sloping roof. I only walked into the ceiling once. That hurt, so I was a lot more careful in getting stuff out of the bags I had put on the floor at the foot of my bed.

Grandpa with 3 of his many grand kids.

My Great Grandson Dominic giving me a hug.


This is Olivia on top of the car on our way home. We made a restroom break at a Ranger station on the way home and watched a herd of Elk that they were keeping safe from hunters. Population control along with only a certain number of Elk tags for the hunters. As you can see from the writing at the bottom this one was from 2015  Blog train.

Olivia was dancing to the 12 days of Christmas with the Chef on the train. Lots of fun and she was a big hit!

My Grandson David with his son Dominic and then a picture of David with his father. I tagged them both as "A boy and his dad".

This one was Great Grandson Aayden as he caught his first sight of Santa coming through the train. His older brother Dominic watching as was his sister Kadence.

Darling Kadence beside her brother Aayden and we were at the back of the train with 2 seats facing each other. It was a great trip. 

I'm not finished with my scrapbook pages yet so more will be posted at a later date.

Happy New Year Everyone...May 2017 be a great year for everyone. God Bless.