Monday, November 30, 2009

Back in the Groove Again!

Earlier this Fall I hurt my knee somehow and got out of the habit of going for my morning walks!
Well, I am going to TRY and start up again.

This morning while Bill was getting ready for work, he stayed over to drive back this morning, I opened the door to find a BEAUTIFUL and WARM MORNING.

I walked for about 45 minutes, not a FAST PACE because if you know me, I have to stop and look around to see what I can see.

Here is what I saw.

The MARSH as far as you can see

The SUN RISE

MANY paths were the BAMBI'S run from the HUNTERS

A TREE almost fell in the WOODS
A wall of Phragmite

More SUN RISE

Sunday, November 29, 2009

RUB-A-DUB-DUB

While I was visiting at ARIANA'S HOUSE...she took and BATH and what a FUN TIME she had!
She is such an ANIMATED little baby...
She makes so many FUNNY FACES and stands right in front of you TALKING while POINTING her FINGER!
I am sure she is telling us the CURE FOR CANCER but none of use are writing it down!

I left for HOME yesterday [Saturday] and it was such a pretty drive.
Not a cloud in the sky.
A little WINDY though...the CHOPTANK RIVER was really working on it's name with all the CHOPPY WATER and WHITE CAPS.

Before crossing the BAY BRIDGE, I stopped to see "THE BOYS"!
Brady is being POTTY TRAINED and seemed to be on a good start!
Bennett was walking around saying "CAR-CAR".
Both of those boys are CAR CRAZY!

We colored in a coloring book, I got some GOOD HUGS and then I was OFF!
See you all SOON!
Christmas is COMING!

She is SUCH a CUTIE!
And very well-behaved...
says the GRANDMA!


Thats her MOMMY...my daughter Lisa!

Friday, November 27, 2009

BEST STUFFING EVER!

The BIG FEAST is over.
We all met at Lisa and Essi's house.

All my kids and their kids were there. It is so rare that we get to do that.



I do BELIEVE I made the BEST turkey and stuffing EVER!

Lisa Suzanne made the BEST PUMPKIN PIES I have ever had...they were PERFECT!


I asked everyone what one ONE dish they wanted to see on the table.

Lisa Marie said CORN CASSEROLE?

Well, I never heard of that beforoe so I had to call her mom and get the recipe!
CORN CASSEROLE is so EASY and SO GOOD!

Bill really liked it!

Anyway, the kids were good!
NO ONE TOOK A NAP!

ARIANA slept for 12 hours waking up at 6:50 this morning!
Now that is ONE TIRED BABY!

Here are some pixs.

Brady wearing PAPAP'S HAT


If you think this was an easy picture to get...
YOU ARE WRONG!

Bennett's FIRST THANKSGIVING


Brady getting his BIG BITE

My Kids, Eric and Lisa Suzanne


Ariana and Her MOMMY sleeping her
FIRST THANKSGIVING OFF!


Papap BILL and ARAINA


Eric, Lisa Marie, Bennett, ME, Brady, Lisa Suzanne and Ariana

Saturday, November 21, 2009

After a BIG FALL TIDE

I seem to ALWAYS FORGET that the FALL and WINTER in the SWAMP does not mean COLORFUL LEAVES to rake or SNOW to shovel.

We only have LOBLOLLY PINE and I haven't seen a significant amount of SNOW down hear to worry about.

BUT...

I do have MUD to deal with!
Especially AFTER a BIG FALL TIDE!

In my backyard, your feet sink at least 4 inches into the MUD!
THUS...both DOGS seem to BRING it ALL back into the HOUSE with them.

The last few FALL/WINTER tides I have been covering my yard with a THICK layer of STRAW! DO NOT LAUGH...IT WORKS.

As you can see, "MUDDY BUDDY" loved the FRESH STRAW.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

ME and MY BIG MOUTH!

Well, it is the TRUTH...
when you put something OUT THERE in the NET it will come back and BITE YOU ON THE BUTT!

I went and gave my TWO CENTS worth of OPINION on the neighbors BLUE HOUSE even though I KNEW they read the BLOG!

So, I have been CAUGHT!
Just like all of the other FAMOUS PEOPLE who shoot off THOUGHTS via the INTERNET!

Lucky for me, since my CRITIQUE, the SWIMMING POOL BLUE HOUSE has become the
BISHOPS HEAD SKY BLUE HOUSE!

A high school friend back in PA who reads the BLOG and looks at the PIXS from down here told me I was WRONG!

It was NOT a SWIMMING POOL BLUE house...
It was a BISHOPS HEAD SKY BLUE HOUSE!

Well...DAMNIT she is right!

It has become conversation piece down here and now I MUST correct everyone about the color.
Let's hope Tanya and Jeff forgive my INITIAL CRITIQUE and will go along with the NEW IMAGE I now carry in my head!

Now, I just SMILE when I look across the street and say SKY BLUE!

Jeff...don't paint around the windows PINK!
Oh HELL...go ahead!
STILL FRIENDS?

Monday, November 16, 2009

LET THE SUNSHINE IN!

FINALLY!
Yesterday, SUNDAY, was a BEAUTIFUL DAY after almost a WEEK of RAIN and HIGH TIDES.
Oh, let's NOT forget the HURRICANE WINDS!

Bill spent some of his time on Saturday cleaning up the MESS!
He was ALSO a SWEETHEART and fixed the NEIGHBOR's MESS by nailing down the roof of their shed that blew off and changing light bulbs that got broke.

They paid him with HOMEMADE CRAB CAKES from the EASTERN SHORE!
And we already know that LYNN can MAKE CRAB CAKES!

Also, I didn't tell some of you, that I hurt myself loading and unloading STRAW from the back of my TRUCK!

OUCH! and I do mean OUCH!
Just ask GAIL!
I didn't mean to RUIN her visit, but the PAIN was unbearable.
Spent at least 2 days, Thursday and Friday on the couch...until Bill came home.

Don't even ask me how much OTC counter pain pills I have taken...but I will ALWAYS keep BC POWDER in the house!

I feel a LOT BETTER TODAY, but still TIRED and can feel some pressure!
I WILL LIVE!

I told Bill, having it RAIN for A WEEK didn't help my PSYCHE!
I HAVE TO BE OUTSIDE and at least see the SUN!

Yesterday was Bill and my 18th wedding anniversary...and we took a quick walk in the sunshine.
Here are some pixs!


Our neighbors painted their house BLUE! WHY ?
Swimming Pool Blue, NOT one of my FAVORITE colors!
The TIDE was RUSHING back put to the BAY
but the WATER was so-o-o-o-o CLEAN!
The HIGHEST the TIDE got in our YARD!

Friday, November 13, 2009

HIGH TIDE

It finally stopped raining...but it is quite DAMP and COLD.
Everyone has been talking about a REALLY HIGH TIDE, and here it is!
Tide just coming up!
Front Yard

Thursday, November 12, 2009

HURRICANE WINDS

I went to school today, but just got home because of the WEATHER!
The kids were back on the bus by 10:30 and shosuld all be home by now.

Last night we had HURRICANE WINDS and VERY HIGH TIDES caused by those winds.
The bridge over HOOPERS ISLAND has been closed by the NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

SEVERE WEATHER ALERT: COASTAL FLOOD WARNING/ FLOOD WATCH / WIND WARNING / COASTAL FLOOD WATCH / WIND ADVISORY / HIGH SURF ADVISORY
Updated: Nov 12, 2009 10:28 AM
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING FOR DORCHESTER, WICOMICO, AND SUSSEX UNTIL 6 PM SAT, FOR ACCOMACK AND COASTAL WORCESTER UNTIL 6 PM FRI, AND UNTIL 11 PM FRI FOR KENT, SUSSEX, QUEEN ANNES, CAROLINE, AND TALBOT. CLICK "MORE" BELOW FOR ADDITIONAL WARNINGS, WATCHES, AND ADVISORIES.

Here are some pixs of DAMAGE at my house!
Guess I got OFF EASY!


This window box WAS SCREWED DOWN!
Blew the TOP OFF the GAZEBO
DAMNIT!
It blew the GRILL over!

Monday, November 9, 2009

I Think I hurt Myself

I think I hurt myself loading STRAW into the back of my TRUCK.
Gosh, my shoulders and neck are KILLING ME!

Anyway, I went up to see the GRAND BABIES last week on the SPUR OF THE MOMENT.
I just woke up on TUESDAY and packed my bag and LEFT!
No one even knew I was coming or going!

I drove straight to ARIANA'S house and RANG THE DOOR BELL.
NO ONE ANSWERED!
Wasn't that just MY LUCK?

I called Lisa and asked WHERE R U?
She said...WHERE R U?
Is that YOU at my door!

You will not believe how ANIMATED ARIANA IS!
She TALKS constantly and when she does, she is pointing her finger at you.
I told LISA she better have a pen and paper when she REALLY starts talking, because
SHE HAS SOMETHING TO SAY!.

ARIANA is a VERY BEAUTIFUL and SWEET girl.
I had to remind LISA how much she didn't like it when people called her "SWEET"!

We went shopping for a NEW WATCH for me, my FAVORITE one BROKE.
Then we had lunch at BAJA FRESH and then drove to Frederick to look for a dress for LISA to wear at a CLASS REUNION.
NO LUCK!

Here is a PIX of ARIANA and ME
it is a BAD PIX of ME!
My hair is still wet!

On THURSDAY I drove up to see "THE BOYS"
I always call them "THE BOYS" and that includes ERIC.

I can't THANK Lisa enough for taking care of ALL HER BOYS!
She has a TOUGH JOB, but she seems to ENJOY it ALL!

Brady and I played in the DIRT!
HE LOVES HIS DIRT PILE!
He shovels the dirt into his wheelbarrow and dumps it out...
ALL DAY LONG!

He told me... "Grandma, I LOVE my BACKYARD!"

We went for a walk into the WOODS where we saw where the FAIRIES LIVE, we crawled over logs, found leaves and...yes, even...rolled FAIRY POOP DOWN A BIG ROCK!

He noticed some CREATURE POOP on a rock and asked me what it was...of course I told him
FAIRY POOP!
He loved that, so we took a stick and rolled it off the rock!

Lisa wanted to go shopping so I had BRADY in my cart. We went to the CANDLE SECTION and smelled all the candles, bought a MEGAPHONE that changes your voice and also bought a PINK FLUFFY PILLOW.

As we went by this HUGE display of PILLOWS, he says...
"LOOK GRANDMA A PINK PILLOW"
When I gave it to him to look at he just COULDN'T LET GO!
What else could I do...but BUY IT!


What can I say about BENNETT, a.k.a. Baby Ben-Ben, Benny Max, Ben...
the names go on and on.
I am sure he will select the ONE JUST RIGHT FOR HIM!

What a SERENE BABY, what a FACE!
Like an ANGEL!
And BOY does he LOVE his MOMMY!
HE NEVER TAKES A BAD PICTURE!!

You can tell ALREADY how much he wants to be JUST LIKE HIS BIG BROTHER!
He sits and watches BRADY, taking EVERYTHING IN!

Both ARIANA and BENNETT are WALKING...not the complete RUN, but walking.
But BOY when they do...the lives of BOTH MOM'S will CHANGE!
Just in time for CHRISTMAS!

Monday, November 2, 2009

So GLAD it is CLOUDY TODAY

I am so glad it is CLOUDY today.
Poor Bill never got to go fishing this weekend
BECAUSE IT RAINED!!!
AGAIN!
I didn't want to tell him on Monday it was a PERFECT DAY!

I can't even tell you how DEEP the MUD is out in the GOAT PEN!

Speaking of GOAT PEN, Bill had to add another foot to the TOP of the pen
because SOME HOW...little DORA GOAT is getting out!
SO on Saturday...IN THE RAIN...Bill went out and stretched another 50 feet of fencing out.
THERE!
and that is DORA GOAT
probably already thinking of a way OUT!

YEP! she had it already FIGURED OUT!
As Bill was taking his stuff out to the car Sunday night for his weekly drive back to BALTIMORE...I heard the FAMILIAR clonking of GOAT HOOVES ON MY DECK!

And there she stood, on top of the well house looking into the window and MAAA-MAAA at me!

DAMN!

In reality, I don't mind her walking around the backyard, but what I do HATE is having to clean up GOAT POOP off the deck all of the time...especially WET POOPS!

So this morning, I put on my THINKING CAP
and CREATED a NEW GATE for DORA
LET THE EXPERIMENT BEGIN!
We didn't add any height to the gate...is that how she is getting out?
So, I found a piece of an old ladder that use to be part of a deer stand
that someone had in the woods, grabbed my BUNGEE CORDS [ and some WHIMSY]
and went to work!

On the other gate, I moved my OLD wheel barrow in front of it, sitting on some cement blocks for height and BUNGEE CORDED the wheel barrow up in front.

We will see!