Monday, July 03, 2006


The sidebar is at the bottom of this blog and should be right next to this post.... what can I do? I tried using another template... that didn't work... tried repositioning the sidebar by cutting and pasting... that didn't work... NOW WHAT???????

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Where in the world is GranDee?

Here I am! Here I am! (waving arms above head)
What happened, you asked?
Well.... aaaaaa .... Don't know, really. I think life got in the way of the blogging.
I moved since the last post and am very disillusioned (is this spelled right? Spell check said it was. Hummmm.) sooooo I am moving AGAIN!... After ANOTHER surgery on the 5th.
I will be back!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

got a list and checking it twice......

Ok…let’s see… I feel like Santa Claus because I have a list… well, several, actually…that I am working on. Several for THE MOVE, several for THE SELLING OF THE HOUSE, and one is for MY SURGERY …my doc will have a very hard time. She will perform a tracheostomy; ya know, she will try to make me holy…er…wholly….er …… .holey…Yep, that’s it! I have had a trache before so I even remember what size Shiley trache tube I wear… a size 6! I wish I could say that about my dress size… oh well. At least I won’t be tethered to R2D2Squared…my O2 concentrator while I am in my house. Or be hooked up to Ariel… my portable O2 tank. I will have to design some trache tube cover-ups…. Hmmmmmmmm I think I will go surfing and see who all has done this before me…If anyone else knows of someone who make pretty trache tube cover-ups, would you comment about it? Thanks All!

Friday, January 20, 2006

It's got to be a God thing.......

You will not believe this one!!!! My son and his wife ... Champs and Blond Girl closed on their house today... the one in the middle of winter... Well, here in Illinois... in the middle of winter... without a real estate dealer... me being sick and on oxygen... MY HOUSE SOLD! I am to have surgery on Thursday and I will need about 4 to 6 weeks recoup time. The buyers are willing to wait... AND will even help me move.......... Is this a God thing, or what....
Oh, I did get enough to go on that cruise to Alaska in August!
Wooooooooo Hooooooooooooo Thank you, Jesus!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Oh Happy Red Hatter Day!!!!!

I am writing in RED because I am now an official Red Hat Society member! Ta Da! I was voted in just yesterday at my new city and am so happy to be a part of such a great "disorganization"! One thing I noticed real fast when I went to the web site was the... Alaskan Cruise in August. IF my house sells for what it is worth I will have enough to go on this cruise with these wonderful crazy women! I have wanted to go on an Alaskan Cruise for so long, I can't remember when I did not want to go! ALSO I got such bargains at the Red Hat Store... I got a well, wouldn't ya know it ...a red hat! I ordered a CD and got my very first, my only, very thick and feathery (if there is such a word.) BOA! Girls just gotta have fun!! Happy dance...Happy dance...........

Sunday, January 08, 2006

...and then there were two.

Things are starting to happen with my move. Yippee! Yippee! Happy Dance! Happy Dance!!! I will be going to an independent living facility near my children and grandchildren in a couple of months. I will be going from a two bed room house with lots of storage space and three dogs… and a never-ending room, as my grandson calls my junk room, to a studio apartment and one dog and no storage. Downsizing will be my operative word for the next few months. One dog will go to one of my sisters because he was my mother’s dog and we want to keep him in the family. The Jack Russell I will take with me. One concern I had was what to do with my cocker, Luke. He was rescued about 5 years ago from the pound and stayed at the pound workers home until they had to move and could not keep him. The lady that took him had to give him up when she moved and that is when I got him. He was heaven sent, I believe. He would come over to me and gently put his head on my lap and I would pet him. He was so soft and stayed right there until I quit petting him. He is so laid back I called him either laid back Luke or Luke, the physician. He helped me heal from the loss of my parents who died just 130 days apart two and a half years ago. I talked to the previous owner about taking him back and she said she would talk with her family. Well, yesterday she called and said her family would love to have him back, but she had talked with the first family who rescued him and they wanted him back even more than she because now they live in the country and can have a dog again. They have three children who all remembered him. It looked as though he remembered them, too. He did come over to me and sat by my feet for me to pet him a couple of times, but mostly he lay next to the youngest girl and was so gentle and loving it brought tears to my eyes. He came full circle. Luke is a very special dog. Now he is in the country where he will have five people who love him and plenty of birds and squirrels to keep him busy.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

There's no place like home...*click* There's no place like home...*click*......

Toto, I don't think we are in Kansas anymore.......... What a whirlwind time I have had these last few weeks! If you read the story about SPOONS, you will understand it when I say "I have no spoons!" Y ou will understand why I have been missing. With all the hulabaloo with the holidays, winter weather, being sick, house repairs AND having a couple of health procedures done.... well, let's just say I am much better now and am looking forward to 2006!
I found a place to live near my daughter, sil, and my grandkids! It will be only 10 minutes or so from her and when my son and his family move to the Other State, we will all live close to each other for the first time!
It would be nice if I could just click my heels and be moved, but....

Now all I need is a buyer for my house then I will be all set to go........................

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Click here to go to Barbara's blog

This last week has been a busy one... and I was not feeling well... Oh well, on with life! I really have no excuse.....
Did you notice my new thingy on the sidebar? The Frapper... I do not quite understand what a Frapper is... but it sure is a fine addition to my blog.
Please go see Barbara, mother of 12... yes, you read that right... 12 ... AND has time to write and blog....... check her out!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Sweater girl

Does this sweater make my butt look big?


Well, I think I dot a birus and a stuffy dose. Wha Wha Wha .... by sisder would say... ya big baby! and I would say, "Yes, DI am!" I will make some chicken soup. Dat sure sounds dood right dow...... What do you do for a cold?

Monday, November 14, 2005

How weird am I?

You Are 60% Weird

You're so weird, you think you're *totally* normal. Right?
But you wig out even the biggest of circus freaks!

Friday, November 11, 2005

My 24 hour meme

Thank you, Blond Girl, for this 24 hour meme. You will soon know why each hour of the day is important to me.

12:00 Midnight: (2400) This hour is special to me because that is when Everyone In The World celebrates my one and only brother’s birthday which is on December 31st. I call him an Edsel because that was the year he was born, 1958.

1:00 AM: I SHOULD be sleeping soundly, but not always. I am up and down just like a yo-yo sometimes.

2:00 AM: Three dogs ran this household until one night when their rein was usurped by their own behavior. Let me explain what a three dog night is. A three dog night is called such because, “it is a night so cold you would need three dogs in bed with you to keep you warm…”
One cold night I was snuggled in bed all curled up. “Boingy Butt” the resident Jack Russell Terrier, was curled up underneath the covers at my lower back. “Duffis” the blonde Cocker Spaniel, was curled at my front. “The old man” a mixture of Dachshund and Terrier was at the foot of my big queen sized bed. “Duffis” decided he needed to make rounds and check the house so he jumped down and took off. That left his space empty so “The old man” took it. When “Duffis” came back from his rounds, he did not check his spot; he just jumped up into “his” space and jumped right on top of “The old man”. Of course, “The old man” being the grouch that he is, did not like that so he growled, snapped and barked at him. This woke up “Boingy Butt” and she proceeded to play interference. All three dogs got under the covers somehow and had a fight on my legs. That, of course, woke me up. Needless to say, I was quite upset and kicked the dogs out. Since they were under the covers, that was very difficult to do. They have not been allowed in the bed since then either. So I will not have any dogs to keep me warm this winter.... I wonder what I am going to do... a three cat night? No, I’m allergic ... a three bird night? I don’t think so...bird flu, ya know hmmmmmmm... Hey, I’ve got an idea! How about three grandkids? They certainly would not get in any growling, biting, barking fights... would they?

3:00 AM: When I worked the night shift this time was called the “Listing Hour”. Whenever I walked down the hallway, I would list and run into the wall. Never “did” nights very well. Still don’t.

4:00 AM: Two events make this time special. My daughter, Princssis, was born around this time on June 16th. Yes, it is correct; this is the ONLY time she was early. She was late for Father’s Day by just a few hours and she has been consistently late ever since. She was sooooooo tiny. When the nurse brought her to me, just minutes after she was born, she put Princssis’ head close to me so I could kiss her. They needed to take care of her in another room. At that moment, my heart ached. It was an instant bonding. How can I describe the love in my heart for this tiny person? Oh and I can still feel the warmth of her little new born head when I kissed her.

The other event is as sad as my daughter’s birth was happy. My father passed away just two years ago near this time. One special love was born and one died. Dad was admitted to the ICU of a large hospital after he collapsed at a local store. That very evening my brother, the Edsel, was there at Dad’s bedside when his cell phone rang. It was his wife….his father-in-law was found dead at home a few minutes earlier. My brother had to deal with a father and father-in-law passing just days apart…Dad died three days later. Edsel’s children lost both grandpas at once, and then our mother died just 130 days later.

5:00 AM: This was about the time the Big Flood of Tucson happened way back when. I was going to school during the day and worked the night shift. We all ran and got something to put at the bottom of all the windows because the rain was coming in horizontally. It flooded so bad the river washed away several mobile homes and made Tucson an island instead of a desert city. There were about ten casualties. After my shift was over, I tried to go to my apartment to get ready for school. Oh, my gosh! The little car I had at that time was rocking like a boat on the last street because the water was so high. The radio announcer said that all the schools and universities were closed because of the flood…so I did what any red-blooded American woman would do in this case…I turned around and went shopping. The local grocery store was open, thankfully. By the time I finished, the water in the street in front of my apartment was low enough for me to cross. I went right to bed after that for a good days rest.

6:00 AM: The only time I took care of a patient with a tracheostomy was in Los Gatos, California on the night shift. It was really scary. I hadn’t done that ever! When I woke up in ICU with a tracheostomy in January of 2000, that was scarier because it was ME who had the emergency tracheostomy. I don’t have that anymore, thank God! If anyone wants to know ANYTHING about tracheotomies, contact me. I have been through almost every tube, stent, and surgery that was ever invented for traches!

7:00 AM: One of the dogs wakes us by thumping his tail on the wall and whining. When he sits up he looks like a ground hog. I call him “The Old Man” because he is about 12 and that is about 84 in human years. If the thumping and whining doesn’t work as fast as he wants, he finds one of my appendages hanging over the bed and “kisses” it. That does it every time! Then the “Let The Dogs Out and Let The dogs In” routine starts for the day…..

8:00 AM: My mother lost her battle with lung cancer during this hour. With all of us living so close, except for Baby Girl, we were able to care for her at her home with the help of Hospice. All of her 7 children were at her side when she died except for Baby Girl. She lives a couple of hours away. There is no right way and no wrong way to handle a death. All of us handled it differently. Even The Old Man was at her side when she died. He was her dog before he came to live with us. He is my fur brother.

9:00 AM: The beginning of my day. I thank God for the day to come. My dayrunner/appointment book is called “My Brains”. It is usually on the table for me to see so I don’t forget what I will be doing that day. I do have a memory problem. My rememberer is broke, but my forgetter is in good working condition.

10:00 AM: I usually have meetings at this time for my AmeriCorps VISTA
Service. This will end in February of 2006. I will be sad to have this chapter of my life end, BUT that frees me to move closer to my grandkids… How can I spoil them if I can’t get TO them? Hee Hee Hee!

11:00 AM: I was born around this time in this very town I am now in. The new library stands where the old hospital was. Maybe I was born in the “History” section? I AM as old as dirt, ya know!

12:00 Noon: (1200 – twelve hundred) The military time is special to me because I am a veteran of the United States Navy and was only the third Wave to be assigned to the computer room at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Alameda, California, near San Francisco. The computers back then was as big as a good sized room! They were Honeywell 500s. Shoot, Honeywell don’t even make computers anymore. Anyway, the very first time I was to operate a computer by myself, I pushed the buttons to print out the base’s and ship’s payrolls, and just as I did that the false ceiling and floor started moving in opposite directions, the printer started spitting out copious amounts of paper and the huge tapes were spinning and whirring like they were going to jump out of the case. I was sure I would be shot at sunrise…I really thought I had caused a major mess up of everyone’s pay. I’m glad I didn’t say anything because one of the old timers said, “Oh, not ANOTHER earthquake!” Whew, it was Mother Nature and not me! No firing range this time!

1:00 PM: (1300) One day I told my sister, who lived with me, that I dreamed I had black ears for some reason. We laughed about it and thought I had overheard something that was bad or something like that. I went on to work about this time and used some country two lane roads. I had just got my first (and only) Mustang. I was cruising along when I hit some fresh laid gravel and went from one ditch then to the other. As my car rolled and the foot tall corn and black dirt was coming in to meet me, I kept thinking “This isn’t the way it is in the movies.” My sister visited me in ER and the first thing out of her mouth was “You have black ears!...and face…and head… and whole body!” “Please, don’t ever tell me your dreams any more!” …and I never have.

2:00 PM: (1400) I have several crystals in my kitchen windows and they cast “portable rainbows” about this time of day. One February four years ago I brought home a cute little bitty Jack Russell short haired terrier. I had no idea what I was going to name her. She is mostly white except for a black, tan, and white head and two little dots on her cheeks…her butt cheeks, not face cheeks. First I thought of Push Me Pull You from Dr. Doolittle since she had a “face” on both ends. Can you imagine yelling that out the back door? Anyway, she sat right down and one of the portable rainbows lit her up! That’s it! Her name is Rainbow…Gods promise. (When she is jumping off the walls like most Jack Russell’s do, she is called “Boingy Butt”.)

3:00 PM: (1500) When I was pregnant with Champs, my hubby wanted a boy. I told him the only way he was to get a son, was if the baby was red-headed. We bantered back and forth on this all during my pregnancy. I teased him relentlessly. Champs decided to make his appearance at the change of shifts…so he had TWO shifts of nurses to ooh and ahh over him. Yes, it is true, when Champs was born, his father was happy that he was a boy (we already had a cute little girl…Princssis). The doctor told us he was a boy by saying after Champs peed all over him, “Well, I guess HIS plumbing works!” HOWEVER when Champs’ daddy saw his red hair, ALL of the hospital heard an “Oh Nooooooooooo”. I snicker about his birth to this day. Not only did he have the red hair, he had and still does have a cute little dimple on his left cheek. (Face cheek, not butt cheek)

4:00 PM: (1600) This was usually the time I got off work… or a little before. I liked getting off work at this time because I would beat the 5 o’clock traffic, get in and out of the grocery stores quickly, and gave me more daylight time.

5:00 PM: (1700) Traveling around California in 1989 was in one of my job descriptions at the time. To get to the city I had to teach in, I had to travel over the Oakland Bay bridge which I did thinking only of where I was going and what I was going to say. After arriving at my destination, and checking into the motel, I kicked back and wanted to see the baseball game between the Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants. It was called the Battle of the Bay, THE World Series. I was hyped! Roseanne was on the TV. I did not and do not like her one bit. It was really perturbing that she was on and not my ballplayers! Then the shocking pictures came on the set. The Oakland Bay Bridge had collapsed! Oh my God, I had just gone over it! San Francisco was on fire. Oh, no! My hubby was somewhere just a couple of miles south of San Francisco, aka “The City” building a house. He did not have a cell phone and there was no way to get in touch with him. That little car that I floated in Tucson ran real fast back to our home. The Oakland Bay Bridge was closed, of course, and so were ALL the bridges going over to the San Francisco peninsula, but they had just opened one of the most southern bridges when I got to it. There were so many vehicles coming out of The City area that I thought the bridge was going to fall to one side. It was only me going TO the area. I worried about my husband and the other fellas that were working on that house. When I got home, my hubby was there … peacefully sleeping. Since the phone, electricity, and TV didn’t work, he went to bed. Whew!
One of my passions is collecting coffee cups. I bought a Battle of the Bay mug…when I got it home I found it was cracked just like an earthquake…I still have it.

6:00 PM: (1800) The Old Man goes to the refrigerator and nods his head in its direction…really! Somehow he knows when it is Braunschweiger time. Actually, all three dogs get the treat after The Old Man gets his insulin injection. Yep, he gets insulin twice a day and gets a Braunschweiger treat afterwards. The other two dogs get treats too because they are quiet and mindful when The Old Man gets his injection.

7:00 PM: (1900) Computer stuff. Reports to do, etc…

8:00 PM: (2000) My new passion is…..Blogging!

9:00 PM: (2100) Beddy bye time.

10:00 PM: (2200) Or maybe this is beddy bye time.

11:00 PM: (2300) Or maybe this time!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

You know you live in a small town when...

My oldest sister is in beauty school about 30 miles away. I phoned yesterday and made an appointment for today. The other time I went there, I used only my first name. This time I used my first and last names. Our last names are different. (This bit of information is important.) When I went in a student was at the front working the cash register and greeting clients. She saw my last name and asked if I was related to the street superintendant there. I said I was and he is my cousin. She said she is his wife's sister. I keep saying "Be careful when you talk about someone, they may be related to the person you are talking to or yourself! Ya never know." What is really funny is my sister has been going to school with her for a few months and never knew we are almost related...
Has this ever happened to you?

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Oh, guess what?

I posted a true false quiz on October 21 and the kicker was that everyone swallows a spider during sleep... yeah it got me some Yucks..... Anyway I should have gone to my trusty hoax buster ...


It is false! I am so sorry. I should be whipped with a wet noodle.........
(What others are false?..........)

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Wad ya mean, I don't have a yahoo account?

I have had a yahoo account about 5 years. Sometimes I send things to my yahoo account from another sites. You do this, too, don't you? The mail then goes to another account...don't ask..that is the way it has to be for now. Anyway, I sent myself some pics and it bounced to another account and said there was no yahoo account . This new firefox browser might be the culprit so off to the Yahoo account. Sure enough my account is still there. Hmmmm wait a minute... looking a little closer the account addy has my real name and ....wouldn't you know... yep, I MISSPELLED MY OWN NAME!!!!!!! ackkkkkkkkk

If this is the way this day will be......

I was holding the glass coffee pot when I broke it trying to catch a raw egg that was falling off the counter. Well, both broke! I REALLY wanted my coffee after I rigged this up. I had to use the fork to hold open the "sneak a cup" feature. Don't laugh, it worked!

Saturday, November 05, 2005


The three dogs who live with me react very differently to loud thunderstorms. The Old Man (12 yrs old) climbs up on my lap and barks like crazy at the lightning and thunder. He is almost blind from catarats so I'm sure storms are very scary for him. Boingy Butt ran and got a ball...for me to throw so she could fetch and fetch and fetch. The Duffis paced back and forth a few times, barked a few times, then paced again. It reminded me of how people face fears. Some of us bark, but from safe positions, some of us use pent up energy in mundane tasks, and others just don't know what to do....

Friday, November 04, 2005

The day after the day before....

Whew! Yes, I slept very well last night! Yesterday just didn't want to stop. It was like that pink bunny. Just going and going and going.... I think I will take a nap now. See ya later....

Thursday, November 03, 2005 this day over yet???????

This morning I had a meeting at 10:00 at a small school house. At first I was the only one there! Have you ever had a moment where you think you messed up and came on the wrong day or time? This was a very important meeting. A child summer food program would be me. Three other people were to be there at 10AM also. One was coming from a city about an hour away...on a two lane road...with farm equipment causing slow downs. Another one was not in her office and the front desk did not know where she went when I called on my cell phone. The fourth one is the one with the key to the building ... The one with the hour drive drove up first. We sat in our cars and talked for a few minutes then the one that was not in her office showed up saying she could not remember exactly where the building was and she was driving around and around. She was the only one who had the cell phone number of the "key" person. The "key" person had locked her keys in her van and had just got them and was on her way... Whew! When she showed up she could not get the door unlocked! Someone else tried and we all got in! The meeting was a success. Thank God!
Then I had a noon meeting. It was about prevention of child abuse. The speaker first showed a video...a moving I then drove home quickly and about 10 min later another appointment showed up. At about 3PM another 2 appointments showed up. I was starting to wind down when one of my sisters scared me by "you whoing" at my front door. We had a real good talk, though.
I still feel hyped from the success of the first meeting... I wonder if I will sleep tonight. Hmmmmmmmm

Woooooooooo Hoooooo...

I learned another thing today. :-) When you post you must have the edit html on...

click click click...

There's no place like home. There's no place like home..............

*CLICK* *CLICK* *CLICK* There's no place like home....

There's no place like home. There's no place like home..............

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

*CLICK* *CLICK* *CLICK* There's no place like home....

There's no place like home... whew! I finally found my way back to this blog. Now I am going to try and find the other blog.....say a prayer.......please...If this shows up about 15 times....well, that's how many times I have tried to publish this.... grrrrrrrrrrr

Sunday, October 30, 2005

An apple a day...

There were a few apples going to waste here so I went on the 'net and found a recipe for apple butter that is cooked in the crock pot... Overnight! Wooooo Hooooo...That's my kind of cooking! Cooking while I sleep mmm mmm mmm! (Later I will tell you about burning TWO pumpkin pies in one day....on the stove top. Just remind me, OK?)
Let me see if I have all the ingredients... Apples-check....Brown sugar-check....Honey-check...Ground cinnamon-check..(I usually have LOTS of cinnamon because I buy it for my potpourri pot.)....Ground cloves-nope....(I used all that up in the potpourri pot.)....Ground mace-nope....(I have pepper/mace spray...Tee Hee Hee ...That won't work!). OK, so I don't have all the spices... I'll just use the ones I do have....cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. And you know what? IT IS DELICIOUS!
Here is the recipe:

Overnight Apple Butter
A mixture of apple varieties, rather than just one type, will produce apple butter with rich, complex flavor in this slow cooker recipe. Good choices include Esopus Spitzenburg, Granny Smith, Jonathan, Northern Spy, Rome, Stayman, Winesap, and York. Enjoy the apple butter over toast or English muffins, or serve it with pork chops or chicken.

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup apple cider
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground mace
10 medium apples, peeled, cored, and cut into large chunks (about 2 1/2 pounds)
Combine all ingredients in a 5-quart electric slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 10 hours or until apples are very tender.
Place a large fine-mesh sieve over a bowl; spoon one-third of apple mixture into sieve. Press mixture through sieve using the back of a spoon or ladle. Discard pulp. Repeat procedure with remaining apple mixture. Return apple mixture to slow cooker. Cook, uncovered, on high 1 1/2 hours or until mixture is thick, stirring occasionally. Spoon into a bowl; cover and chill up to a week.
Stovetop variation: Combine all ingredients in a Dutch oven. Cover and cook over medium-low heat 1 hour or until apples are very tender, stirring occasionally. Strain through a sieve as recipe instructs in Step 2. Return mixture to pan. Cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat 15 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently. Yield: 4 cups (serving size: 1/4 cup)
NUTRITION PER SERVINGCALORIES 132(0.0% from fat); FAT 0.0g (sat 0.0g,mono 0.0g,poly 0.0g); PROTEIN 0.1g; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; CALCIUM 18mg; SODIUM 6mg; FIBER 3.1g; IRON 0.7mg; CARBOHYDRATE 35.3gDomenica Marchetti
Cooking Light, OCTOBER 2004

Friday, October 28, 2005

Don't forget to Fall back...

Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour SUNDAY at 2 AM. Fall back and Spring forward! Y'all.

I DID IT! I DID IT! I DID IT! *HAPPY DANCE* *HAPPY DANCE* wooooooo hooooooooo ( You can look now.)

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! I am new to blogging and lost my archives and such... I'm back in busines! I do have to thank Champs for his advise. However, I just went back to the template, clicked on "new" template and just clicked on my "old" template.... sneaky, huh? Now I am off and running to find my other gizmos that I lost when I did that.......