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Valentine’s Day…

We actually did Valentine’s Day  k12449168   with Carson’s Birthday yesterday…

We ate at his pick of restaurants… Golden Corral…GoldenCorral_logo

and it was really good…k6545413

 

although very crowded… we got seated… all 8 of us… with no problem…

Everyone got to choose from the abundant menu that was offered…. k8168820

 

k8702908Carson had pizza and salad… his favorite!…

and then to indulge in the Chocolate Fountain… dipping marshmallows!…

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The prime rib, salmon k9885189and the many offers of meats, vegetables, sides, salads, hot rolls, desserts were all tasty…

No cake needed here  k14518085  … so many desserts!… u16344754

and I like how they are offering smaller pieces where you can try a few different kinds…

I only ate a bite of Lemon Pie k23184183… and then HAD to have a piece of Chocolate Fudge! k3250940

MONEY and Gift Cards for the Birthday Boy…

and all three of the Grandkids loved their Heart Shaped Boxes of Candies OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I brought them…

They are “MY SWEETHEARTS”!

I awoke to find a beautiful card from Bobby with a box of candy we could share…

JUST RIGHT!…

The words were perfect!… on the card…

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We share a bond

that’s built to last.

We share a love

that’s unsurpassed.

 

We share a name

and happy home.

We share the places

that we roam.

 

We share our dreams

and funny stories.

We share defeats

as well as glories.

 

We share so many

things, it’s true…

I’m thrilled to share

my life with you!

 

and that says it all…

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

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Happy Again…

I’ve spent the whole day in my pajamas!…k10910249

I’m not proud of it… but, it was just a lazy snowy day…

so why not!

Doug had spent his first night here since he moved…

Having his meds… k20933269 I felt assured we would be fine… and it was!…

He was actually ready to go to his “home”… by afternoon… k18313113

He has made a few friends and lots of acquaintances since he arrived…

He seems to accept that… he is like our guest now…

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We are fixing up part of the basement where he lived as a guest room…

Half has a living area with couch, chair, fireplace, tables, TV/DVD… k21585311

and the other half will be the sleeping area with a full bed… night stands… desk… chair… lamps…k8462840

It will be a process rearranging… but, I believe this is going to work…

We will store the rest of his things in the other part of the basement…

The room is not only for him… but, anyone who visits…

We had went out for my Granddaughter’s 21st Birthday last night… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and knowing we would be latewe let him stay all night…

I received his medsk20933269 and felt assured things would be OK…

Taylor and family went to Aspen Creek to eat dinner… 92415625-a4ee-49ce-a47d-3769ee0e209f_m

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My Pineapple Chicken was delicious!

 

then went back to house for a Cookie Cake/birthday wishes and gifts…

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Carson made sure his big sister had 21 candles to blow out!…

 

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Both Carson and sister… Kennedy… enjoyed the cookie also…

 

The young ones stayed home for a couple of hours while the rest of us took Taylor and her best friend to Horseshoe River Boat Casino…

This was her desire… to see what we talked about… when we mentioned “the boat”…

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Yes, she had a fruity drinkk19838427 … played slots a little and wandered around checking the 4 floors out…

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Her best friend since she was 5…

I imagine she felt “very grown up!”…

and she is getting there…

She made a comment how fast her money went…k1767283 so, I imagine there won’t be too many trips to Indiana…

She works hard for her money and uses it wisely… Probably taking after her Daddy!…

I had her a lot when she was little… and she stays here with her Poppy and I while going to College (University of Louisville)… works two jobs… and has a boyfriend…

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My dinner has been cookingslow cooked cabbage, hot dogs and mac/cheese…

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We will eat in a little while… Bobby enjoying his ball game and I talking to you all!…

Nice Sunday afternoon…

and I am happy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three of Life’s Events… In One Weekend!

Today seems like Sunday to me…

Not anything I HAVE to do…

but, Monday it is!…

I’ve encountered 3 phases of life in one weekend…

A Birthday… My oldest son turned 44…

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“Doug”

 

He likes just our immediate family to celebrate with him…

His Dad, me, brother/sister-in-law and his two nieces and nephew…

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Carson and Kennedy… nephew/niece

 

A cake was made by a nephew… who does this as his gift… to one’s he loves…

A huge Chocolate Homemade Cake… with Butter Cream Frosting…

One candle to blow out suffices…

I made dinner…

Fried chicken strips/ sauces

Mashed potatoes/ Gravy

Macaroni/Cheese

Slaw

Green Beans

Hot Rolls

Everyone enjoyed and ate hearty!…

Then… another event…

I attended a wedding of a great-nephew with his lovely bride…

The happiness of these sweet people was shown from beginning to end…

A beautiful bride… and a handsome groom…

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Bride and Groom

 

but, their smiles said it all!…

Her colors were a dark plum color and Fall colors embedded in the flowers…

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Beautiful Bouquet

 

The reception held outside and the weather was great for an October night…

The smell of wood burning in the huge fireplace outside penetrated the air…

Drinks/food in abundance…

A huge white tent with tables set with cloth tablecloths, napkins and handmade centerpieces… of the coordinating flowers that the bride carried…

The music was loud and dancing began

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next “Bride to be!”…

 

A photo booth with props for fun…

A wonderful tasting strawberry shortcake wedding cake + deep chocolate brownies and cupcakes…

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Desserts!

 

It couldn’t have been better!…

and then they left for New York City to explore THE BIG APPLE… as it is called!

and they will explore…

They have that drive for fun, adventure and free spirit…

and finally…

My 3rd Event…

A very sad one…  A life event we never want to encounter…

but, a part of life even more than birth, weddings/life…

Death!

A tragic death of a young man … a son of a good friend… that I worked with so many years…

A young man not even 20 yet… 19 years old…

Well loved, meaningful happy life… good parents… a lovely sister… and many friends…

That temptation to try something we know… we hear about…that is so dangerous…

A substance that is killing our youth every day…

A heroin overdose

Never doing drugs… before… but, evidently tempted to try “just once”…

but, then as this drug is so powerful in it’s effect.. have to try one more time…

Resulting in this young boy’s life being taken…

My heart aches so much as I went yesterday to the funeral home…

Hundreds of friends… family… in awe as myself… as to this loss…

The parents and sister enduring this pain which is beyond comprehending…

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Brother and Sister

 

A very long day… his mother relating wanting to just crawl under the covers and die herself… from grief and exhaustion…

but, the funeral is today…

and she has to remain as strong as she can for her husband and daughter…

Her life has been shaken like nothing else can…

Her sweet boy is gone…

His achievements will not grow any more… His smile and sense of humor will not be heard except in memories…

What could anyone have done???

Nothing!…

The choice is an individual’s…

It is their call…

and what will change this direction…

is only the choice you make…

This tragedy is being witnessed everywhere…

and all I can do…

is relate how seriously devastating this affects families…

So life has many stages…

and what we have to do…

is make good solid choices that will enhance our lives…

instead of end it!

 

 

 

 

 

Best Wishes Carson… and Melanie!

As I’ve said, “Adding a part-time job… to my agenda… has made some slight changes in my life”…

Still figuring out my managing techniques in my changing world…

but, I still have time to fit in my family…

Yesterday… we celebrated my Grandson’s Birthday with lunch at his favorite

“Restaurant of the Moment”… The Golden Corral logo

WHY?… is it his favorite right now!… Because it has 3 chocolate waterfall fountains

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plus, a cotton candy machine to make your own…

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The girls(sisters) had fun at the cotton candy machine!

and thefood” bar is extraordinary with every kind of food possible…

I usually don’t like these “food troughs” as we have called them… but, the food here

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Carson enjoying everything he likes!

He wanted his family… which consists of his two sisters, Mom & Dad, both sets of Grandparents… and his Uncle Doug… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

They are so cute and funny!

“Our Little Family”… is what I call it…

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Carson with his best friend… Dad!

It was my Daughter-in-law’s Birthday in the same week…. so we gifted her at this time… She has been busy working at the hospital where she is head nurse… and with our snowy… very cold weather… we hadn’t had time to connect…

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Mom and her “baby” celebrating!

We caught up on the news of all laughed… talked and wished our “little one”… actually 9 years old!… BEST WISHES!

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First Day… New Job

I awoke to the alarm clock… Something I hadn’t done since I retired 3 years ago…k7492445

I did away with it… and never had a watch on my wrist… either…

Three years to just wake up when I wantedgo to bed when I chosedrink my coffee or hot teak6131408… do my blogging… play with my cat… and be home with my husband…

I loved every minute! …

But, I have lately thought I would like to have a part-time job

but, it had to fit my desire…

When the first of the year came… I applied for a job… and was hired…

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So last night… I sat the alarm for 6:30am… because I had to be on time for my first day of work…

This first day of me going back to work happened to be my Birthday!…

Another milestone in itself! …k16746900

I arrived a little before 8:00am…

and was greeted warmly by the other staff members…

I was shown what a normal day would be like as I was introduced to the Senior/Adults arriving by bus and car for the Day Program…

Approximately 30+ people are enrolled…

Some come by the YMCA bus transportation and others come with a spouse, grandson , daughter or son…k5266113k4878812

They all seemed so happy to be there…

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Breakfast was fixed by us… simple cereals… oatmeal with toppings… coffee, hot chocolate…

Some had already eaten…

As we waited for all to arrive… I mingled and talked… I met a most versatile group…

Alzheimersk5780440mental disabilities… handicapsk4878805… old age…

They talked… seeing them reacting to people that have become their friends… Some quiet… some busy… some talkativek12374389

A rich variety of personalities…

They looked at magazines… read the newspaperk12588960… watched TV

Some had special things to show me… a book… a bracelet k7149844… handmade crafts… a sport’s shirt…

We exchanged names …

Me, promising to try to remember their name k15902086… but, that it might take me awhile

I was showed around the area… a quick tour of signing in… fixing foods… bathrooms… clothes closet… supply room… etc. …

We then played BINGOk8504272 thoroughly enjoyed by many… winning small prizes…

College students came in bmc-logo… to mingle with the participants of the program… adding to their class assignments…

They loved the attention of the students…

My part of the day ended as lunch was beginning… and many asked if they would see me tomorrow… I reassured them I would be back and looked forward to seeing them too… Wasn’t that sweet! k7149993

It was a great day… and I enjoyed my Birthday very much… k9791907

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“Just Do It!”

Saturday was a busy day!

My son had signed up all three of the kids (my grandkids) in a 5K race

I understand that’s about 3 miles

He had seen a sign up at a church near their subdivision…

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It was to be part of the Spring Festival  k9465810 of the small town they had moved to recently…

They love the atmosphere of it…

He runs… but, hasn’t lately due to moving, etc. …

So, no doubt he was all up for it!

and they were all willing!…

Ages 8, 11 and 18… and a cousin that’s 20 wanted to run too…

They picked up their numbers… and were up bright and early

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It was a spur of the moment thing… That’s what I like about Brian… Just Do It!‘… is his motto… like the NIKE commercial

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He ran with the youngest… my grandson…

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Brian and Carson…

and the girls were not far behind…

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Kennedy… coming in next after her Daddy

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Taylor after that…

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and Raven, their cousin… seconds later…

Finishing was the objective…

A little running… a little walking

And, “They Did It!”… k3166575

They were proud I could tell… as I talked to them… when we met later that evening… for Kennedy’s Birthday Partyk6502549

The oldest was truthful in saying, “I probably won’t do it again!”… but, with graduating k6351412 from High School and College on her mind… I can understand…

The other two… probably would be willing to go for it another time…

especially if Daddy says, “Let’s Do It!”

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Kennedy’s Birthday was a success… many little girls… and a few boys

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Opening presents…

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Pancake Mix for a joke…

she has always loved “cakes-cakes” since she was little bitty!

Her favorite Louisville Basketball Player (SIVA #3) depicted on her cake

which was delicious!… GO CARDS!

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Presents… and girlfriends spending the night…

I missed the whipped cream game 250PX-~2  top-logothat Melanie had for the young guests… but, saw the remainder of it all over their faces!…

I caught a photo as we were leaving of the aluminum foil k12424246 dress designs being

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Brian informed me that the girls actually slept later… and were awesome…

He was pleased to get some shuteye… after a full day with the kids!

He’s a good Daddy!… and he “just does it! “… nike_logo

Celebrating a Loved One!… Happy Birthday JoNell

A spur of the moment Birthday Celebration brought joy to my heart this evening…

My niece called and says, “We are going over to the cemetery to celebrate Mom’s birthday… k0060188

do you want to go?”…

I immediately said, “Yes!”… I’ll meet you there”…

I quickly called my sister to ask if she was able to go…

Her husband is quite ill… so it’s hard for her to make sudden decisions

He was having a good day… and she met me at my house in minutes…

I got together some silk flowers I had recently bought… and threw in a couple of chairs

Now, you would have to know that our sister that passed 5 years ago would just love this!… This was to be her celebration… she would have been 80 years old

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Her two daughters, a granddaughter and her two little ones, her son-in-law, a girlfriend of her daughter’s son, one of my sons, my sister and myself…

Not bad for a short notice party …

We met at the cemetery where the pink dogwoods were blooming, the geese k0110456 were everywhere, the air was just a little cool and the sun was shining bright

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My niece had brought cupcakes that she knew her Mom would have loved… The sweeter the better… shades of pale green, pink and yellow… k3160584

We placed the flowers I had brought along with my nieces… in the holder on the wall… commenting how we think alike in the colors chosen…

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Reading the dates on her marker seemed a little eery… Could it have been 5 years already?…

We sat and talked…  a few tears fell… but, mostly laughter… hugs and kisses

We wandered around the beautiful landscaped lawns

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My heart broke as the oldest one went over to the plaque/flowers and kissed it…

not realizing we were watching… Pure love

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I took a few photos… and felt the love that was emanating from my sister’s family that loved her so much…

She seemed to be there listening to the memories and enjoying the small talk… We recalling her wonderful laugh… and quick wit to always have a joke or tale to tell…

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we said our good bye’s and felt a peaceLove had been shown today… and it was good!