Sunday, January 20, 2013

And now for some exciting news!

I have been waiting (and waiting and waiting) to tell the world the news that I am going to be a grandma, again!

Jill, my baby, is going to have a baby!  Now, she and Eric have been married for over 14 years, so this has been very unexpected!

She and Eric told Norm and I in November and I have been chewing on the bridle, so very anxious to tell.  But they wanted to make sure things were all copasetic before announcing, so I couldn’t tell anyone except my sister ... thank goodness for that!!!  I would have gone crazy (crazier?) if I couldn’t talk about this exciting, blessed event.

Don’t have much to say about it except the baby is due on July 26th.  We won’t know until it is born what gender it is.  Eric doesn’t want to know so no-one will know!  All I know is that the baby seems healthy, so far, and Jill is doing as well as can be expected, considering that January is her busiest most stressful month at work.

Here is how they announced it on FaceBook.  And if it’s on FB, it’s official, right?

Eric and I are very excited to announce that we are creating your future despotic overlord*! Coming July 26, 2013.

*actual chance of creating an evil genius is less than .05%. It will most likely be a normal baby.


Oh, and on another exciting note, while waiting for my youngest grandchild, I had news of my oldest grandchild, Bitty.  She got her brown belt in Martial Arts yesterday.  And at the age of 16; I think that's pretty fantastic!

It’s cooling down, now, and going to be colder tomorrow.  But it will be a beautiful day.  You have a beautiful day!

My birthday has come and gone

I had a great time, too. It spread out for a few days. First of all, Norm and I agreed to me getting a special birthday gift .... I got the American Girl Doll, Kirsten. For those of you who are not American Girl Doll savvy, these are a set of 18" dolls that have a story line connected with them. There are many different American girls that tell the history of America from their “eyes.” 

Kirsten is retired, now, so I had to look hard to find one at an affordable price.  Kirsten represents the Swedish immigrants of about the 1870s, give or take.  Since I portray a Swedish immigrant of that time period, I have always loved the doll and the story-line.

When Bitty (and then Bubba) turned 2, I got AG dolls for both of them.  Now I have my own!

She has her own rocking chair

I finally (after much “encouragement” from family) went to the doctor for my cold / cough and found out that I had the “Christmas Crud” and it would go away on it’s own.  However, the cough could last “up to 6 weeks!”

I was well enough, though, that I was able to go out to dinner the day after my birthday.  Candy and Wayne joined us and I had Jody come join us, as well.

The week after was shopping in Mankato for Candy and I.  Then we celebrated Wayne’s birthday by going to another cool place to eat.

On Thursday, Candy and I headed up to the Purple Iris for three days of demonstrating.  We got home yesterday in cold, windy weather and are both tucked into our homes, keeping warm.

It’s about 9ยบ out - the sun has been shining today and there is very little wind.  It’s a beautiful Minnesota winter day.  You have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

It’s that time of year again!

Another new year has come and we are celebrating the chance to renew and start over again.

But listen, boys and girls, it IS true that time flies faster as you get older.  When I was a little girl .....

No, wait!  I have been at my full height since I was in 6th grade (but not the same girth - sigh), so I need to say: “When I was younger!”  When I WAS in the 6th grade, my best friend, DuWayne, and I figured out just how old we would be at the year 2000, IF we survived.  Why, we’d be in our 50s!

And here it is, 13 years later and I’m still around!  (DuWayne, where are you?)

And on this first day of 2013, I beg your indulgence and allow me to look back just a little bit in time.

When last I wrote, I had just said goodbye to Jill and Eric.  The next day, Christmas Eve, Joy and family arrived.  My folks had gotten to Candy and Wayne’s on Sunday.

We had a non-traditional pizza for supper but also the traditional “first meal at Grandma’s” - macaroni and cheese.  Then opened presents and had a grand visit.

Mom and Dad came over for turkey on Christmas Day, then Candy and Wayne came over for dessert and cards.  The game for the gang is normally cribbage and there was a hot tournament going all evening.

Joy and Ken and girls headed home on Wednesday morning.  Mom and Dad stayed until Thursday and headed home.  Fortunately, everyone had clear weather (and not too cold) for traveling.

Now I would like to share some pictures of the good times we had.  I have been searching my files, because I was SURE I took a picture of Bitty playing the piano, but can’t find it.  Oh, well, maybe next time.

Bubba loves to weave, especially if the loom is already warped!  She did 10" during the time here.

Bubba is such a clown!

Yule Log

Saying goodbye
Cold morning to be outside

Folks are heading home
And on this chilly evening, I would like to wish one and all a wonderful new year, full of peace, love and happiness.