Monday, December 29, 2008

Ive been tagged!

Thanks to Walker Ive been tagged. This seems really easy to do so I shouldn't have much trouble there. It will be tagging the 7 bloggers. lol

List 10 honest things about myself (TRUE and interesting things - not just the color of yours socks!)

ok so here goes.

1)Ive always wanted to be a nurse. My dad told me to join the Army to get all my training. So I went down and signed up. The training went well, we practiced giving shots to oranges. But when it came to sticking a needle into a real persons arm I couldn't do it. The Sargent told me to go home and have babies. He said women were only good for two things being a nurse (which I just failed at) and being a mom.(boy he would be in real trouble today if he said that to any women).

2) Ive always had to call my mom when I got upset. She was the only one who could get me settled down. Its been really hard since she passed Ive picked up the phone so many times to call her only to realise she wont be there. Now I usually call my sister or one of my girlfriends from high school to vent.

3)I love cats and have had at least one cat all my live except for one year when Mr Gab and I lived in an apartment. My first cat I got when I was two years old. I carried her home with both my hands around her neck. She didn't protest. I couldn't say cat nor kitten so her name became keeeeee, (sounds like key).

4)I also love dogs and for most of my life I have had 2 dogs. Our last dog was while we lived in SD. He was a toy poodle and something else mixed and man was he one hyper dog. We ended up taking him to the shelter, only to have one of our neighbors up the road adopt him. I really miss not having a dog but Ive been working on Mr Gab to get at least one.

4) I have a Handicapped sister. When we used to go shopping people would stop and stare or pull their kids away from us. I would lose my temper and shout at these people calling them "morons" and worse.

5)I swear like a sailor! Its a very bad habit that I picked up as a child(I started at age 10)It mostly started because of people who treated us different because of my handicapped sister. My dad has a very bad temper which I have as well. Unfortunately I didn't bother to stop it while my kids were small so they have it as well, but I have been holding it back with my grand kids. They have to do something really bad to see that temper.

6)I like to wear shorts and go barefoot all year round and have been known to go out into the snow like that. I really don't like shoes. Most woman have a closet full of shoes where I have just 3 pairs to my name. Plus 1 pair of slippers and 1 pair of boots.

7) when other girls were out flirting with boys I was taking auto mechanics in school and working on cars. I was what many called a "tomboy" I didn't notice boys until my senior year and then I just didn't give a damn! After school I went to work never really expecting to get married. I wanted to I just didn't think I would. I also told my girlfriends I was going to have 22 kids and no husband!(man am I glad that didn't come about)

8)I don't like living in this house. In fact I didn't want to buy this one but Mr Gab talked me into it. Ive always hated this house. But have made do. When we moved to SD the house we bought has some of the same characteristic's as this one.It has an open floor plan like this one, but the kitchen is bigger than this one and there is a true dining room where here there is an eat in area. The bathroom out there is bigger than this one. But there is no basement just a crawl space where here we have a full basement. Both houses are on corner lots and double lots at that. Both have 4 car garages. I guess I just wanted a house that reminded me of this one after all we have lived here for 25 years before we moved there for 5 years and then came back here. I am more at home in SD than here in MN.

9)I can drive a stick and when I get into a car with a stick I become this "woman" who thinks she is showing off. Some how when I get into that car its like no other woman but me can drive a stick. It really goes to my head. But in truth I don't really like driving a stick so I always talk Mr Gab into making sure its an automatic before we buy it.

10)I am a very friendly person who most say I'm out going. But actually I'm very shy. One of the things my material grandmother told me was talk to everyone even if you don't know them because they may be your best friend you just don't know it yet. When I worked in the nursing home I was the minority. But I talked to everyone. One guy who would never answer me but I kept talking to anyways finally turned to me one day and asked me why? I said why what? He said why are you talking to me your white I'm black. I got so mad and said what is the differences between you and me? Other than the fact that you are male? I said you eat like me, you breath like me, you talk like me, you dress like me (one leg in at a time sorta thing)and if you get cut you bleed like me. So I said what is the difference? Then I said OH OH WAIT. I held my arm next to his and said. I know whats different....You have a helluva better tan than me. He started to laugh and from that day on we were good friends.

So there ya have it. 10 true things about me that most don't know or maybe thought they did now they know for sure.
and the 7 bloggers.......are
Barman
Lime
Rosie
Signgurl
Croaker
Robinslife
Book binder.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

And the winner is.....




Lucky! I got the toys for both Lucky and Pumpkin but as you can see Lucky has almost all of them by him and he is protecting them! Lol.

We had a very good Christmas. Weather here has been up in the 40's. Although today we are back down to 22. Some snow did melt yesterday. But there is more in the forcast very soon.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Hurray

MERRY CHRISTMAS.

peace and happiness to all.

From Gab and her family

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The count down is on

Here at our house the grand kids are happily counting down the days left till Christmas.
But here is a small but funny little tid-bit:
Youngest grandson who is just 23 months old(at the end of this month at least he will be). We have been teaching him to talk.
We tell him to say Uncle so and so. Well Now he has one great uncle named (ok sorry but I gotta use the name in order for this to work so apologies ahead of time) Chris. But little Lj wont say Chris. Every time we say Uncle Chris He says Uncle Hot dog! Every single time. Some times I will say can you say Chris? and he comes back with Hot dog. Now Lj hasn't seen Uncle Chris since he was about 6 maybe 8 months old. SO where he came up with Hot dog we aren't sure but it is funny. So here I am trying to get Lj to say Merry Christmas. Yep you got it, He says Merry Hot dog! Christmas sounds too much like Chris so to him its hot dog! LOL. He is just a total cutie.

Anyways I know your all busy and getting ready for the day, But I'd like to ask you a question. What if any traditions do you have at your home that makes Christmas special for you and yours? Now even if your single there must be some tradition that your family does every year that makes your families Christmas special. From the food you make to stories you tell to even the decorations on your tree. I would like you to share them with me. I will start the ball rolling.

Here I decorate....(over decorate Mr Gab says) Well ok maybe I do go over board a little but I love the whole Jesus born Christmas day as well as all the different ornaments I collect that make my Christmas special.
I have about 7 miniature trees. One tree has Disney Ornaments, One tree has John Deere ornaments,One tree has coke ornaments, and for heavens sakes I don't remember what all I have. But each tree has a theme. The reason I cant remember is they are still at home in SD. I haven't used those in 4 years. I also have a whole collection of Liberty Falls Buildings that I use to decorate(this year I didn't put them up because we just didn't have the room to do it) I also have some Coke Buildings that were for members only that I also use. Then of course we decorate the outside. and it seems every year I add more to what was the year before thanks to garage sales.
As for food. Well it's usually either Ham or Turkey. This year will be Turkey. My daughter will again make the Scalloped Oysters that was my moms tradition every year. I have these green dishes that I have collected over the years (they all match)





that I use to hold the olives pickles etc.(they too are in SD so I have been using some Tupperware that is meant for condiments like jelly or honey has three cups that sit in a holder that will hold all nicely).






I can compromise, when I have too but I try to stick with each thing that everyone knows that I use and look fore wards to seeing them at Christmas(and sometimes Thanksgiving)
On Christmas eve we leave the Christmas lights inside and outside on all night so "Santa" can find us.
The kids are up by about 6am and I make them wait till I can get up. Then each kid gets one present and they take turns opening theirs before they get the next gift. Then its breakfast and preparations of dinner. Of course if there are Christmas specials on TV they will be on and of course "football". These are some of my traditions that we do each and every year.

So take a minute and share yours will you?

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Calmer

Ok so I was going to post about why I was seeing red,but something else came up that has me thinking for now I will just wait. This other thing is just a little more important. So for now just this tiny update. Hoope you all doing well.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Seeing red

Ok I'm so mad right now Im seeing red! Sooo instead of doing a post today of what Im mad about(I need a little time to cool off) I will give you some new pictures of Lucky and Pumpkin. I hope you enjoy them even if you dont really like cats! (p.s. furnace went out again...guess we have no choice but to get new one now!)


Here is Lucky checking out what I'm eating. He now has a nasty little habit of trying to either get into your bowl or on your plate while your eating or actually tries to take food outta your mouth. He did that to Mr Gab the other day and bit his lip and Lucky went flying. No he wasnt hurt but he sure knew not to try that again!

Lucky sitting on my lap where its warm.
Lucky and Pumpkin both sitting on my lap. I've got a quilt on so I'm a warm spot!
Here are the two cats sleeping together on back of couch. Can you see that they are facing different directions?
Sorry about this one. There was so much sun coming in and I didnt want to lose the picture. Lucky is actually sitting on Pumpkin, and Pumpkin is letting him!



Sunday, December 14, 2008

Lets start out Monday with a joke

Yep I know its Sunday night but maybe you didn't actually get here Sunday night and it's really Monday!
Hope you enjoy this little joke as much as I did!

A woman walks into the Mississippi welfare office,
trailed by 15 kids.

"WOW!" the social worker exclaims. "Are
they all yours?''

"Yep, they are all mine," the flustered
momma sighs, having heard that
question a thousand times before.

She says, "Sit down Leroy." All the children
rush to find seats.

"Well," says the social worker, "then
you must be here to sign up. I'll need
allyour children's names."

"Well, to keep it simple, the boys are all named
'Leroy' and the girls are all named 'Leighroy'."

In disbelief, the case worker. "Are you serious?
They're ALL named Leroy?"

Their momma replied, "Well, yes-it makes it easier.
When it's time to get
them out of bed and ready for school, I yells,
'Leroy!' An when it's time
for dinner, I just yells 'Leroy!' an they all
comes a runnin. An' if I need
to stop the kid who's running into the street, I
just yells Leroy' and all
of them stop. It's the smartest idea I ever had,
namin' them all Leroy."

The social worker thinks this over for a bit, then
wrinkles her forehead and
says tentatively, "But what if you just want ONE
kid to come, and not the whole bunch?"

"Then I calls them by their last names."

Thursday, December 11, 2008

I'm a good daughter and a stinker too.

Last week when I was at my dad's house he talked about one of his cats dying and saying that he should go over to the humane society and getting another cat.
Well, I told Mr Gab this and he's like I should see if they have any large cats to get rid of at one of these Vet's that I go to. I said yeah and find out what it cost to adopt one. Well soon Mr Gab came home one night tossed me his cell and said "look" So I went to the pictures and seen two beautiful cats one Female one male. So I said I'm going to email these to my sister C and see which one she likes. So I did. Then I talked to her the next morning and asked her which one she liked. She hadn't been online yet so while I waited for her to download the pics we talked. Then I heard Awww that one is cute. I said which one she said the Male one. SO I said well check out the female one too. So she did and again I hear awww shes cute too. And I say well which one should we get dad? And she's like I don't know why do you do this to me? And I say cause I couldn't make up my mind either.
SO I tell Mr Gab you pick and surprise us.
Well, then I get to thinking (man I gotta stop doing that) What if dad wasn't serious what if he really don't want a cat? So I call sister C and say "call dad and tell him Mr Gab has a cat that needs a home and would he like it?" So she calls dad and asks. Soon she calls me on my cell and asks "how old is this cat?" I say Oh two or three.
Dad says yeah that's ok, then he ask is it male or female? Now I laugh my you know what off. Well honest! I had no idea which one Mr Gab was picking. SO I say I don't know. Well dad says that's alright bring the cat up.
SO Mr Gab brings home the male cat last night and oh is he pretty. And this morning I drive up to dad's house and I take the cat in and now dad is in love with this cat. They usually go see my sister D on Thus. but today dad didn't want to go he claimed he wasn't up to it. I think and this is what I told sister C that he just wanted to get to know his new cat better. Well I must say I made my dad really happy. Even if I made sister C do all the dirty work of calling and checking with dad.
When I left he was pretty happy with his new friend. Funny thing.....when I was a kid growing up he "hated" cats! really!!!!
I think he like them now because he is lonely and they are what keeps him going they give him a reason to live. Either way I'm glad sister C and I decided to go ahead a get one of the cats.

Monday, December 08, 2008

And the winner is........(and other things)

The Vikings!

I can't believe it. MN Vikings won again yesterday. And we played a great team Detroit. and I have several good friends in Michigan and all I can say is nah nah nah we beat you! LOL

Ok sorry I just had to do that because so many people think our Vikes stink. And sometimes I agree. But so far this year they are doing an amazing job.

Then last night I went to a friends church for Advent. and had a wonderful time. All except singing. I still cant. Even more so with this dang cold. They had some appetizers and cookies and candies. and I was good I had one candy and one cookie. They had some Ice Cream and I made sure the cup I had had the least amount in it so that I ended up with maybe two bites. I want to keep going on loosing this extra weight and even though I'm semi trying I hope that I can still drop it. This is of course the worst time of year to lose weight with all the Christmas candies and cookies. I even plan on making some but I also plan on watching how many I eat. (as few as possible! or none at all)





Here is what my grandkids did this weekend. We havent used tinsel in years but I thought why not(silly me forgot the kitten) So far both cats have left the tree and decorations alone. I think the grandkids did a wonderful job decorating grandma and grandpa's tree. What do you think?

And today I have a house full of sick grandkids. Two have the flu one has strep and baby is well(so far) Glad I got a flu shot!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Oh Happy Day.....

Oh Happy Day, I'm Singing in the rain, I'm singing in the rain. Dance to the music.....Ok your thinking she's gone off the deep end.
Nope

Gab is happy! Very Happy!


I went to the doctor's yesterday,my rheumatoid doctor!

The nurse tells me get on the scale..........Gab takes off her jacket puts her purse aside and gets on...............................peeks through her eyes and sees...............

"I'm not sure but I think I've lost some weight" I tell the nurse. She says yes I think so lets go see.

So we go back into the room where she takes my blood pressure, takes my pulse, and takes my tempature.
Then she brings up my last visit (to see him) and says "yes you've lost 20 lbs"
Then she counts on her fingers Oct, Nov, Dec...In two months she tells me you've lost 20 lbs. Have you been trying? (I was there on Oct 1st)

Trying,trying are you kidding me I'm at least 150 over weight of course I'm trying.
No I say, I stopped trying. When I tryed I seemed to gain more weight each time so I stopped trying.
Well, she says I guess that has worked for you great job!
I mean talk about putting me on top of the world! YES!!!!!!
Sooooo hows your week?

Friday, November 28, 2008

A Late Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Birthday to my brother

Hi everyone hope your Thanksgiving was good and that you all had plenty to eat. Hope you didn't stuff yourself too much. I was up at about 5:45am and started the turkey. I then did some dosing,in my chair until daughter came over to pick up the pie that I had forgotten to bake night before. Mr Gab worked the overnight shift and had gotten home at 6:45am and went right in to bed. He needed all the sleep he could get before they all showed up. When daughter and youngest son and family had gotten here, daughter had asked me if I had called her older brother. I said no. Well she tried and got a message that he was out of minutes. So I said don't worry if he isn't in jail he will be here its free food. Sure enough about 1/2 hr later he was here with his girlfriend. We ate about 1:30pm and then we just all kinda sat around doing the memory thing about when my mom was still alive.How she always cooked goose and I never had an actual Thanksgiving turkey dinner until Mr Gab and I had been married about 10 or so years. We talked about the scalloped oysters that grandma always made and how that was one of the things we carried on.
Our Daughter's cell rang. She was like now what? She answered and soon she was very mad. And when she got off phone she was yelling. What we all got was that baby L who was with daddy had gotten hurt and was on way to hospital. She had thought "daddy's" Motorcycle had fallen on him.
So while we all waited and worried she had gone out there to see what happened and how bad he was hurt. 2 1/2 hrs later she called to say it was "daddy's" Mountain bike that fell on him and he had 4 staples in his head. Awwwww poor baby!!!!
Any ways she got back (without the baby) and they stayed only about an hour more. I had fallen asleep in there during that time and I think Mr Gab might have been asleep as well.
So everyone went home. I said to Mr Gab "wow I think that's the first time in years that we've had a Thanksgiving dinner and no one started a fight" I had to tell youngest son only twice to lower his voice. Daughter called back at about 9 and said "did I just dream that or did we make it all the way through dinner and the day without anyone fighting?" I said yeah amazing huh?
Lucky spent most of his day in the kennel. There were way to many people for him and he started to have accidents alot. So he stayed hidden.
When we got into bed all of a suddened I realised that it was also my brother's birthday.
So I had to call him today and wish him a happy late birthday. He had had a busy day yesterday and said I may have not even gotten him. So I guess forgetting until so late was a good thing.
I didnt shop Black Friday. Heck I dont like getting up early as it is and I never have money to go shopping on Black friday. What I did was go to my chirpractor's and came out feeling somewhat better. The pain is still there almost as bad as day of accident. But I have my good days and my bad, more bad than good.
So there ya have it I truely hope you all had a good turkey day. Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Lucky part 2

So now you've all met Lucky. He is a cutie. Pumpkin isn't to sure about him just yet, but with a little time and love I will have them best friends.
So in the mean time let me tell you Lucky's story.
Mr Gab drives to WI every day to do pick-ups for places like eye doctors, and Veterinarian's.
One day he came home and told me about these three little kittens at this one veterinarian's office. He said there was a white one a tiger (grey and black strip)one and he never told me what the third one was. I said bring home the white one. He said no, we cant afford any more pets.
The next day he came home and told me how the tiger striped one recognised him when he walked in and came right over to him. This went on for about two weeks, he would come home and tell me all about this little kitten. Then I said to him one day "you should see how your eyes light up when you talk about this kitten" I said" she must remind you of Frisky" He said" yes in a way he does." You see Frisky was a kitten born in our dresser drawer. She was the runt of the litter. In fact I had to take the other 3 kittens out of the drawer put Angel and frisky in the drawer and close the drawer to almost shut in order to get Angel to feed her. She was the last one to open her eyes but the first one to figure out how to get out of the drawer. Then she climbed up on our bed and slept with us. She was so small she fit into the palm of Mr Gab's hand. In the middle of the night Mr Gab yelled turn on the light I think I killed her. I turned on the light to see him holding this little kitten and she wasn't moving. But I ran my finger down her side and she lifted her head and meowed at me. I laughed at Mr Gab and went back to sleep. Those two also played a game at night. He would try to beat her to bed and she would always win. Some times he would say Frisky lets go to bed and then they would "race each other" She was my cat in away but mainly she was his. We had her for 16 years and let me tell you Mr Gab cried when she was put down due to her health. She was suffering so it was best way to do it but either way it made us both cry.
So when he started to talk so much about this kitten I knew he was hooked. I finally said bring him home. He said he's not the one you want. I said "it doesn't matter I'll love either one and you know that."
Well a few days went by and then came Monday. First Mr Gab was late getting home. No problem that occasionally happens. The I checked one bank and found out we were in the hole and it was more than the check I was expecting back. So I called Mr Gab to ask him about it. He asked me how much and I said well I wasn't sure it wasn't listed. Well he goes to late bank is closed, we will just have to pay the 35.00 over draft fee.
Well then I decided to check bank number 2. And what do I see? A transaction for 31 something to a Valley View Vet's office in WI. Bingo!!!! Light came on and I knew.
When Mr Gab finally got home he opened door slowly and seen we were all in the living room and he was trying to hide what he had in his other hand by keeping it outside. I said "you might as well bring him in I already know. So he brought him in then asked how did you know? So I told him it was already out of the bank. He said "damn you for checking the bank when most of the time I forget"! LOL
Well first thing he wanted to do was name him 007. I said no!
It took me about 2 minutes to name him Lucky. Lucky because he made Mr Gab fall in love with him and buy him and bring him home. After all Mr Gab was very insistent that we were not getting any more pets.
I then kissed him and said I guess I don't get the dog I want. He said No not this year. Oh well I love Lucky and enjoy teaching him all the little things a kitten should know!
Oh hey BTExpress, I love both cats and dogs and if I had my way I would have 2 of each at least!

I had to have an MRI done today. The guy doing it was so young I thought he was an intern or something and here he was the Doc. lol. Anyways I wont know how my back and neck are doing from the accident until next week so I'll keep ya posted!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

LUCKY

Hi everyone, my name is Lucky and I just joined gab's family yesterday. She will tell you all about how I arrived later. Sorry about dark picture it's my human mom's cell phone.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Long long ago

Way back many many years ago....My mom and I started to write to pen-pals. One day my mom got a letter from her pen-pal in Michigan. She was a young mom with two children the youngest a boy of 5 months. I was about 13 or 14 years at the time. One day mom was reading a letter from her pen-pal and she made a comment that this pen-pal said about me. Well one thing lead to another and soon I was writing this same woman in Michigan, as well as my own two pen-pals.
Over the years we chatting about everything under the sun. Of course when mom got a letter from her she usually said something about me and mom had to share. Funny now that I look back it almost seems strange that mom and I wrote to the same lady and we were all very good friends.
Any ways time went on I got married started a family and only kept in touch once in awhile as my mom was still writing every week, I didn't have to update as often. Soon I didn't hear my mom talking about her much, I knew she was still writing to her, but we didn't talk as much as we used too. Once in awhile mom would say oh her daughter did this or her son did that or her hubby said this or did that. We had always thought one day we would all drive out there to visit and meet in person. Yes we had sent pictures over the years but it would have been so very nice to actually meet.
Then of course mom got sick and it wasn't long before she passed.
I often had thought about Dawn and her family during the funeral and next few weeks. Then one day as we were cleaning out mom's junk drawer I found an old letter to her.
SO I wrote to let her know her old friend had passed. The letter came back. NFA (no forwarding address).
About a month went by and I got my mail one day, and in it was a magazine about gardening.
Now mind you I never read front cover to back cover in one sitting as I usually don't have time. But this day I sat right down and went page by page. I got to the back and they had a section from other subscribers asking for seeds and such in exchange for different seeds that they wanted. NOW I NEVER READ THIS SECTION!!!! But on this day I started to read what everyone was looking for and thinking that maybe I had something from my garden I could share.
And all of a sudden I came across this lady who wanted Horseradish roots. Well low and behold I had some that I could share. Then my mouth dropped open. This lady had the same name as the pen-pal my mom and I had wrote to so long ago.
So I wrote to this lady and said yes I have horseradish roots that she could have. Then I asked if she might be the one that we wrote to so many years ago and that I had some news.
Well, she wrote back all excited and said yes it was she and she hoped that it was good news.
I wrote back and said no I'm sorry its bad news then proceeded to tell her about moms passing. Well we got right on the Internet and started to chat. I told her how I never ever read that section of the magazine but did that day.
She told me it had to be my mom's doing that she pushed me to read it,because she knew that Dawns request was there. It was just meant to be.
So after all these years we are back in contact and making plans to now actually visit.
And just when we thought we had it figured out her hubby dies. But she told me tonight that he couldn't believe that we got back together over horseradish roots! Yes indeed it is a funny thing to bring us together again, but I'm sure glad it did.
I'm just sorry her hubby had to die, before we got a chance to meet. But I know for sure that my mom was there waiting for him and they are talking about old times and just waiting for the rest of us to catch up with them.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Good bye to a friend.

Death is hard no matter what the situation. My dear dear friend that Ive know since I was about 13, hubby died this morning. They knew it was coming as he had had kidney failure and some other problems that usually take the persons life after awhile. He'd been going back and forth for 4 years now and I guess his body just couldn't take it any more.
I wish more than any thing if I could be there with her.The funeral is Monday. But she lives in MI.
I just don't have the money to travel out there to be with her. So I talk to her when I can on line and if she calls I'll be there for her too. I don't want to call her for fear that she might be in the middle of something like folks visiting so I just wait to hear from her.
Our story is very unique in the way we met and got to know each other through out the years. And one day soon I will tell you it. Its kinda funny and kinda strange.
In the mean time please pray for strength for my friend as she may be left out in the cold. She may loose her house and everything else.
I wish I was there but in the mean time I love you Dawn! and may god be with you in this time of need.

Friday, November 14, 2008

TGIF

This week has been crazy....I've been sick with the most awful cold and sore throat! I missed most of my appointments with the chiropractor. In fact today was the first day all week that I was feeling good enough to go. When I got home at first I was a cussing out the Doc because he did an adjustment on my neck and at first I had the most awful headache,but after a short nap I felt a whole lot better.
My sister C called yesterday, my dad lost of of his cats.....He was so upset because he couldn't find any of them so he thought all 3 had died! After awhile one of the 2 still left came out of hiding and dad cheered up some. I told sister C that we should go get a cat and sneak it into the house and then when dad(if he even noticed) said hey what cat is that we'd say "Oh don't you remember ?" That's so and so. LoL
Our oldest son came and spent one night. I was sleeping in my chair while kids were at school and he did some dishes for me. Then yesterday while Baby was still with his daddy grandma did some cleaning......man oh man did I sweat it out. But I got a lot of cleaning done.
And all of the family has started to plan for Thanksgiving...I'm not really into it this year for some reason. Although I've started talking about decorating for Christmas already something I don't normally do until after Thanksgiving! So any way thats how my weeks been going...How's yours?

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Remembering

Hey every one how are you today? Me I've got a cold that just won't quit!
But that is not the reason for this post.
First I ask a question, Have you ever had someone whom you loved that has passed? A mom, dad, sister, brother, wife, husband? or any other loved one?
Do you celebrate their birthdays after they are gone? No I don't mean a big fancy party or anything like that. Maybe just a quiet meal with other family members where you talk about old times good and bad? Or do you just remember in your own way by yourself?

Well, that's what I did on Friday. I did a post but I didn't mention that it was my mom's birthday on Friday and if she was alive she'd be celebrating 76 years. Its still hard for me to believe that our mom is gone. She only got to see her first great grandson for a whole year before she passed. But during that year she was so sick that I know she didn't get to enjoy any special time with him. At the same time my youngest sister had had her third child a daughter who was born 4 months before my grandson. So here she had two new members a new granddaughter and a great grandson and she was very sick. I know she tried in that last year to be a little part of their lives even though they were really to young to remember it. But it was hard for her to. Knowing as she did that she had lots to live for but that she wasn't going to make it. My daughter T was her only granddaughter for the longest time and now she finally had a second granddaughter. And her oldest granddaughter gave her her first great grandchild!
The thing is Friday was her birthday and yes I was busy with my life and grand kids and yes I remembered it I just wanted it to be a quiet day that was just for me to remember some of the things that I shared with my mom. Silly things, stupid things and OMG did I just do that, whats mom gonna say?
So I let the day pass quietly and did my own thing and thought of my mom all day long, and decided that I would post a little about her later when I was all done having her to myself(in a sense that day)as Im sure my sisters also had her in their thoughts that day too, as well as the rest of our family probably did.
It's really hard to say good bye to the ones you love especially when taken so young. And it makes it even harder when it happens around the holidays. I have vowed every year to try and keep traditions going and every year it gets harder and harder to do. Its to the point where I no longer want to even cook the Thanksgiving meal or the Christmas meal. It's like I would rather just take the time to be with my family so that one day they dont have to say I wish I had spent more time with mom/grandma at Thanksgiving/Christmas rather that her cooking and I come eat and go. Today I sit and think why is it so important to make a big holiday meal just to get family together and talk and maybe even disagree some and then go away till the next holiday? We are to busy in the kitchen preparing this big ole meal, then we are in the kitchen cleaning up and where or where did the time go? Why dont we have just a simple meal and then spend the rest of the day together and make memories?
But I know already I will be in the kitchen making that meal and sharing some family time.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Busy last few days & great news

Sorry I haven't been here for a bit...but yesterday I had a meeting to go to for my handicapped sister D. Both my youngest sister C and our dad were there too. After the meeting I dropped of Mr Gab and went back to my dad's where he took us all out to eat. Now by all I mean not only my sister and him but myself and 3 of my four grands that I babysit. The baby had gone home with his daddy yesterday.
After lunch we went back to dad's and chatted awhile then I took off to my girlfriend S's house. I didn't get to stay as long as I wanted because I had to have oldest grandson back here before 6(pm) as he was going out with his Big(big sister big brother program) And the other two boys were going to their mom's for awhile. After everyone was gone I drove back out to Fridley to pick up Mr Gab. Then we came back home. I had Mr Gab drive home because after I drove all day my neck and shoulders were hurting pretty badly. I was so glad I had an appointment for the chiropractor this morning.
Good News: Well while I was at my chiropractor appointment Mr Gab was here working on the Durango. Now it's not totally fixed but its fixed enough that I can drive short trips. Before Mr Gab went to work I said "hey now I have the car back but no money". He asked what I needed money for and I said I had wanted to take the kids to the movies as Madagascar Escape 2 Africa came out. He handed me the money and said have fun. SO I took the boys to see the movie. I haven't been to the theater in awhile, but hey even if its a kids movie it was fun and I laughed! Even if your all grown up this is a very good movie. Course it would help if you've seen the first one. Grandkids are still singing "I like to move it move it" Lol and I catch myself singing it too.
Have a great weekend everyone

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Let's all wish BTExpress

Happy Birthday.

In true Gab form

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TONY
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOOOOOOOO YOOOOOOUUUUUUUU!
and many more.

Happy Birthday Tony, hope you had a good one here on election day. (Did those of you who can vote?)

Friday, October 31, 2008

3 grandkids pumpkin

This first pumpkin his oldest grandson's. If you can't tell he has ghosts and pac-man running across top and bottom. He did this design by himself with just small suggestions from grandma.
This is grandson #2's pumpkin. He too did his by himself with some "light"help from his bigs.(Big Brother Big Sister program)
And finally grandson #3 who is 5 almost 6. He had help from his mom and her friend. He did the heart eyes for me cause he wanted me to know how much he loves me!
This is the first year that I've gotten to sit back and not lift a finger helping. I usually have to "dig out the guts" because they think it's "icky" but for once no one asked me for help other than oldest grandson when he asked what shape (or how to cut) out the ghost and pac-man. All I did was draw it on paper then showed him and talked him through it. Once he got the hang of it he didn't need me any more. His pumpkin is mostly green. This is because it was a volunteer pumpkin that grew in our backyard this year. It got a very late start and we had to "pick" it earlier this week when the frost got bad. Plus the birds and stray cats were doing a number on it. We had hoped that it would "orange up" by tonight but it didn't get that far. Either way I think its a great pumpkin Charlie Brown!!!!lol
Don't forget to check out earlier post for Halloween
And one more thing before I go.......Grandson #3 wants me to tell you all a joke that he learned today.
"Why did the skeleton not cross the road?"

"Beacause he had no guts!"

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!

I am soooooo Loved! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

This first pic is my cat Pumpkin getting lovey with me. Grandson thought it was cute and snapped the picture. Click on any picture to see them better.

These pictures of pumpkins are some at one of Mr Gab's stops and he liked them and sent them on to me so I thought I'd share. These people are very talented!







Halloween humor!















HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!









Wednesday, October 29, 2008

hump day- docs appaointments

So here we are in the middle of the week again...whoo where do the days go? So lets start with Monday. I went to my normal Doctor and they did my blood pressure. Well this time the nurse wouldn't tell me what it was...usually I'm too high or too low.
So I waited for my doc and she comes in and she first reads my chart to remind herself of what all we talked about last time. Then she picks up the sheet that the nurse wrote my temperature and blood pressure on and looks at me and goes"WOW!!! your blood pressure is normal, I haven't had a normal one in awhile" I said well, I hope that's a good sign? and she says yes. We go over my aches and pains and I tell her I'm going to a Chiropractor and she tells me good, she was going to recommend that to me but as long as I'm already doing it she says keep up the good work. She tells me that we don't need to do blood work as I'm going in to see my Rheumatologist in Dec. So that was a good visit.

Then Tues I wake up and my neck and shoulders hurt so bad that I can hardly move them and I had a spot in the back of my head that was like a headache except it only hit every so often...enough to annoy me. I had a chiropractor's appointment at 9 so I slowly got dressed and went. He checked out what I was explaining to him that hurt and he said yes your very tight in and around the muscles of your neck. Right smack in the center of my neck was so bad that he wasn't sure if treatment would even help. But he used that electrode machine again and I went home.

Today I went in I didn't have a headache but neck and shoulders still hurt, and added to that either my muscles or my nerves were jumping all over the place. My arms actually shake. He put me on this roller machine where it rolls under you lifting and stretching out your spine. Then he did the electrode machine and some pressure points and I was done for today. I seen their Doctor who wants me to get another MRI done sometime next week. He also gave me a prescription for pain pills and muscle relaxers. The pain pills are for when I get the pain in my head like a headache, the the muscle relaxers so I can sleep better at night.

Now I don't go back until Friday. Main reason is that Mr Gab got scheduled for a overnight shift at Holiday tonight.

Now some news (well sorta) This news isn't all important probably to anyone but me but I'd like to share.
Yesterday on my way home from the chiropractor I stopped at the dollar store right up the road aways from us. It's on Portland. Now while this doesn't seem important it is. First I have been avoiding Portland ave going south. Especially at 86th street. Usually on my way home I will take American Blvd to Nicollet Ave and travel south on Nicollet till I reach 86th. Then I go east on 86th to Portland and turn south on Portland at that corner. For some reason it doesn't bother me to travel that way. Nor does it seem to bother me to travel North on Portland Ave. But yesterday I went to the Dollar store on Portland Ave and American Blvd. which means I went past Nicollet. Now sure I could have back tracked to Nicollet but I didn't. I went south all the way home. When I got to 86th, I slowed down to almost a crawl. As I went through the intersection I started to cry and I was glancing out of the corner of my eyes making sure there wasn't a car coming through my green light. I made it through the intersection and blew out the breath I didn't realise I was holding and then also realised that I was gripping the steering wheel in a death grip! I let loose some and wiped my eyes and stepped on the gas to bring myself up to speed (35mph) Then I laughed........I DID IT!!!!! I went through that intersection and made it.
I'm not sure if I will do it again right away as it was really a struggle for me but I know I can do it if I have to.
Have a good week.

Friday, October 24, 2008

NICE AND BIG SURPRISE

Well, here we are at the end of the week. I tried to post the other day but blogger wasn't up so I forgot it again until today.
On my very first visit to the chiropractor they did these electric shock things that feel like a small massage in place. pulling and pushing the skin around in a circle.
Then the doc did some pressure point pokes and sent me home. That was Weds. On Thurs morning I had three things: The bad news the good news and the OMG news.
The bad news was I woke up at 2:30 am and was still awake @ 5:30 am. There was some pain in my neck and lower back and I just couldn't drift off again.
The good news was I could lift my right arm over my head......I haven't been able to do that since the accident.
The OMG news.....I took my own shower with no help!
So fastforwards to today. Third treatment right? I should be pain free. LOL YEAH RIGHT she says sarcastically. But in all honesty I am doing much better than even the chiropractor thought I'd be doing at this point. So I will keep on going and keep on with what ever they tell me to do and maybe at some point in just a few weeks I wont have to go back to the chiropractor. Wish me well.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Here is the rock garden I hit.

This first pic is a little blurry...I was trying to get pic from my car on my cell.





This second one is a little better. The next day after I hit it they put up those signs. Just think if those signs had been there when I hit! YIKES more hurt I'm a thinking.



I went to Chiropractor today and it took over two hours to fill out paper work and to have him do a small exam, to see how bad I'm hurting what I can do what I can move and not move. He determind that Im going need to start in babysteps and I have to go the rest of the week. Then next week it will still be 3 times but maybe like mon weds fri that I will go. Not to sure if Im looking forwards to that but oh well I'll go especially if its gonna make be feel and move better. The poor Doc he move my right arm(even after I told him it hurt really bad)up and OMG! the tears poured down my face and he goes "oh Im so sorry, you just told me it hurt". Hopefully tomorrow he will be a little more careful!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Sat Photo hunt- family

It's been awhile since I did the photo hunt. And I do believe that I've posted these before but please enjoy the trip down memory lane of my family photos.


It all starts here with my mom and dad.
My Handicapped sister D when she was about 7 or 8 My sister C when she was about 4 (sorry sis dont have a recent one of ya)


Mr Gab. and I. Of course this is recent.

our oldest son J and his daughter K taken last year.

Our daughter T. Our Daughter T's 4 boys Taken last year July 5th. We have Tj, Aj, Jj, and on Tj's lap is Lj


Our youngest son T (oooh Im in trouble for this one)
And his three boys Jr,Tmb.jr,Js

I wish I knew where I put Mr Gab's mom and dad's picture but alas it's been packed away for awhile and right now I'd rather keep them packed so that we can get a jump on our next move.

And so it goes without saying that our family is indeed a large family, although I know of larger. But we are family and that's all that counts.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Sorry Boys

Yesterday was our boys birthday. Our oldest son J turned 34 and our youngest son T turned 30. That make all 3 of our children in their 30's.
I did manage to talk to both boys although our oldest son had to be the one who called here.....He was is the hospital being treated for an infection which had his whole left arm swollen and red. I told him to make sure they took care of it right away, as I didnt want him dieing on his birthday. I had texted youngest son as I knew he was at work but when he got off he called because yesterday was the day they did his girlfriends D & C to clear her miscarriage up. That was not a good day because they did something wrong and she ended up staying in hospital over night. I havent heard so I dont know if she's ok or not.
When I was a new mom I played the year game. You know he was born in 1974 I was 20, then 1975 he was 1 and I was 21 and so forth. When he turned school age I added that like 1980 he is 6 kindergarten and Im 26.

LOL Well I was in middle of writting this when internet went down. When I finally got a hold of them they said someone at a road construction spot had killed the wires!
But anyways Ive since lost my train of thought where I was going with this post so I guess I'll just end here!
But before I go .......
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOYS
Mom and dad love you!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Whats your opinion

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RZVw3no2A4&feature=bz303

If you cant click it than copy and paste it. This surprised me. Right now I'm wishing I lived in Canada or England.
I'm pretty sick of this whole thing but this surprised me.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Ok here's an update-good and BAD

Good -sorta
Ok here's what the Dr said. I gotta take it easy the next 5 days then go slow. She said the blood in urine is normal for the infection I have. The bruise on my chest is very deep and could take up to 3 months to totally heal.

BAD
Ok now on the bad note. Mr Gab and I were sleeping when my cell rang. Daughter was calling. After some stupid small talk she finally got to the point.......she had been hit! She just got this van back last week Tues and had put in about $1100.in repairs. No one was hurt. Worse part this is her 2nd accident in like a month. Not sure our insurance company will like her much. This guy who hit her was Mexican and when the police told them to figure out who was at fault he just keep saying he felt sick and needed to go to hospital. Daughter was making a left. There was another car also making left in opposite direction, car who hit daughter was behind other guy and just as she started to turn left he shot out around other guy turning left and nailed her.

More bad news
Son's girlfriend had a miscarriage....:( no new grandbaby

REALLY BAD NEWS
Then today after school, my oldest grandson called me and was crying. Seems a friend riding his bike somehow had hit and knocked over my grandson and some how had put a cut into his leg.
I called daughter and told her to borrow car and get over to his school. She got there and then called me back to tell me he was going to hospital. He ended up getting 18 (maybe more the doc didn't really keep track)stitches. Daughter said that you could see tendons. (good thing I wasn't there I'd have gotten sick!)

I'm beginning to hate Oct. already. Hasn't been a good month for us.

So anyways this picture I have below has two meanings......
1) this is what my van used to look like.
2)If you look close enough you can see the black squirrel in driveway. I still want to get a better picture though.





I really hope it gets better here soon.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Dont know why But..........

My chest and stomach hurt more now than when I first got home. Any ways here are some more pictures of both cars





This one is her car.
This is the back side of her car when she hit me a second time around. this is her drivers side not sure why Mr Gab took this one.

Here is my drivers side. They had already straighten out the door to move it off the yard and onto the tow truck.
Front of van which I had already sent C by text and she posted for me.
But as you can see my car is a total waste. Now when Mr Gab went over to the yard where they had both cars on Thursday her car was already gone. So does that mean she is able to get hers fixed? Mr Gab told me my steering column was broke from the impact and thats why I couldnt steer us from hitting anything else. Im going to go later this week and get you a picture of the rock garden I came to a stop on. I will also try to get the whole corner so you can tell some what of how I ended where I did.
But for now Ive gotta run as I hurt and need to go rest. (only have two oldest grandsons this weekend so I do have a break from babysitting)