Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I've been trying!

I've been trying for the past few days to log into Blogger and read and comment on your blogs. My computer has not cooperated; this is the first time I've been able to get here since my last post. I want you to know that I'm still thinking about you, and I would like to be here. I'll try to do all I can while I'm here now, but I don't know if my computer will freeze me out again. I think it's just very old and slow (like its owner, ha, ha), and Blogger has too many bells and whistles for it to keep up.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Does this look familiar?

Word verification?

Every time I see it, it reminds me of the word verification thingie to prove we're not robots! The combination of letters that's not quite a word, and the wavy looking font!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

I'm back again, with pictures and good news!

Last week we were off visiting our son and daughter-in-law and little granddaughter. She's 2 years and three months old now, and still a sweetie! Oh, she has the occasional cry over a disappointment, but since I am a retired childcare worker, I have seen "terrible two temper tantrums." She does not do temper tantrums (yet, anyway). She truly is a "sweet baby," and when I tell her so, particularly at bedtime when she comes to give kisses, she repeats, "Sweet Baby!"

Sitting on doorstep with hula hoop

Looking at creek from a safe distance

The first thing we noticed when we saw her is that she is noticeably taller! Her mother is buying size 3T (3 Toddler) for her now, but some of them are still too big. I was glad to hear that - that's what I had bought her, and talked Mother into buying for her! She liked her new clothes, she called them "Cute!" D-i-l tells us that she calls all her clothes "cute." She is dressed, looks in the mirror, and says, "Cute!" I bought her a pair of blue jean shorts and a light blue top with fish on it, and a little seersucker outfit with beach pails and flip-flops on it. We never got around to putting that one on her, and I suspect it was a little too big, but maybe it will fit her by the end of summer. Mother bought a 3-piece pair of pajamas that look good enough for playwear: long pants, shorts, and a top - pink and green with frogs, and a light green shirt with a large multi-colored butterfly on it.

She babbles a lot, just randomly talking to herself or to anyone who will listen as she goes about her playing. No identifiable words, just babbling. She loves to be read to, and will repeat and interact with the pictures as we read. All the words she repeats, she repeats well and clearly, so she'll soon lose the "babbling" I think. She also has flash cards that she loves. She pulls them out often, saying, "Cards, cards!" They are words and pictures of colors, shapes, letters, and numbers.

She has a child-sized hula hoop that isn't really big enough for any of us adults to use properly, and granddaughter can't use it, either! She loves for us to roll it across the room, though, and laughs and squeals as she chases after it. Oh, she can laugh and squeal loudly! Hubby told her, "You're loud!" and she said, "Loud!" and laughed and squealed all the louder!

One morning when we were alone together (d-i-l had a CPR course, and hubby had gone shopping after he took son to work - son has seizures occasionally and can't drive), I taught her the hand game, "Open, Shut Them" We did it over and over again, and she loved it. She got so excited, jumping around and squealing, that I was afraid she was going to fall off the sofa!

After lunch, we went outside in the front yard and walked around looking at sycamore balls, pine cones, flowers, etc. and went around to the side where there is a small creek or drainage ditch fenced off with a chain-link fence. Weeds and lily pads are growing in it, and in the evening we can hear a chorus of frogs. We walked across the street and around a small cul-de-sac. She picked up a few rocks (her parents tell us that is her latest "thing"), then tossed them down. We went back inside, and I changed her diaper and put her down for a nap with no fuss at all. She is so good about going to bed! Most children fuss and cry, but she plays her music box, talks to herself a little, then is out like a light! Of course, she wouldn't go without her Bear! Sometimes she wants Doggy, too.

Grandpa and I got to take her out for dinner one night. Son and d-i-l had an appointment with H & R Block about their income taxes, and I suggested that we take her out, and they eat on their way home. It was easier to swap cars than to move the carseat, and we took her to a place called Mimi's Cafe. It is a chain, but we don't have one where we live, so it was a treat for us. As soon as we walked in, they gave her Cheerios and a slice of orange. We put her in a high chair without asking or hesitating, and she sat still and enjoyed her meal of grilled cheese sandwich and more fruit, and milk. D-i-l has given up on the high chair - at home she sits in a regular chair, or stands or kneels, and at restaurants, she sits in Mommy's lap. I've found that children often do better for teachers and grandparents than they do for parents!

One thing that you know I loved, if you know how important my faith is to me: I usually wear a necklace with a cross shaped pendant on it. Granddaughter was playing with it, and I told her, as I've told many children through the years, "The cross reminds us of Jesus, and how much He loves us," then sang "Jesus Loves Me" to her. She held it and looked at it, and said "Jesus." I pray that she will always know and love Jesus, and that her faith will grow as she grows.

The good news? We're going to have another grandbaby! Son and d-i-l just found out for sure Thursday. He or she is due November 16!

(Open, Shut Them Game:
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Now let's give a little clap!
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Lay them in your lap!
Walk them, walk them, walk them, walk them, way up to your chin.
Open up your little mouth, But do not let them in!
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Now let's give a little clap!
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Lay them in your lap.
Walk them, walk them, walk them, walk them
Way down to your toes
Let them jump very high, and touch you on the nose!

Now, see if you can do it without laughing and squealing!)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Three Beautiful Things

I haven't remembered to do this in a long time, so I have more than three!

1. When I got up this morning and opened the shades, there was bit of fog, and mist was rising from the cemetery pond next door. There were a couple of geese walking around, making perfect silhouettes. I grabbed my camera from the car, went to the end of the driveway, and snapped some pictures!

Cemetery pond in misty fog with two geese

2. I went to the dr. to discuss the CT scan of my neck, and it has completely healed! No problems there; I didn't re-injure it by sneezing a few weeks ago! She (the nurse practitioner; I never saw the dr., but she was very good) talked to me about my knees and the possibility of Synvisc injections.

3. I stopped by Mother's house while I was in town, and had a nice little surprise visit with her. Some of her azalea bushes are blooming, and all of them are in full bud.

Duck statue in flower bed

4. On the way home, I stopped by the restaurant where we ate Saturday, and they still had my debit card that I had left there, locked in a safe, and asked for ID before giving it to me! I was so relieved! I didn't miss it until yesterday when I went to the P.O. and the store.

5. A beautiful, sunny day with azaleas, dogwoods, flowering plums, and other things blooming or about to bloom, and the birds are dancing and nesting!

6. Two of my Flickr and LJ friends are playing Lexulous with me!

A couple of not-so-fun things:

1. No water due to highway construction and a big goof-up on the part of the state highway dept. No water all day today, and looks like all night. Two men from the water board - the president and another man - rang our doorbell and offered to put us up at the Holiday Inn for the night, or bring us water. We opted to have water brought, and sleep in our own bed. Hubby called our neighbor, an elderly widow, and they talked to her from our phone. She wouldn't answer her door for them. He went with them to her house when they brought her water; she was still leery of opening her door for them after dark. They brought us 2 5-gallon jugs and a 24-bottle case of individual bottles, about 8 ounces each. UPDATE: Two hours later, we have water!

2. Computer rejected Windows Office 2007; it's not fast enough, and now it's very slow for everything. I have no Word at all right now, which is very inconvenient and annoying. Hubby says we need a new computer. I say if he could reinstall Windows Office 2000, it should be as good as it was before. "If it ain't broke, ..."