Wednesday, September 13, 2017

On My Phone and On My Mind

First I want to say that I am so thankful that my friends that live in Florida came through hurricane Irma OK. Especially my friend Celia who lives in Southern Florida and was one of the hardest hit. I will keep them, as well as everyone affected by Irma, Harvey and the awful wildfires in Northwest in my thoughts and prayers as they continue to suffer the effects of these natural disasters.

Never been so glad to live in Michigan as I am now!

Anyway, here are some things on my phone lately.

Rich and I went and walked around the State Fair a few weeks ago.

This cow belongs to the Michigan Milk Producers Association, where my mom worked and retired from. She was a lab tech testing milk from the local dairy farms for bacteria and antibiotic levels. She loved it! Speaking of my mom, today would have been her 85th birthday. I miss her so much still!

This cow and calf made of butter. I wonder if its solid butter or just butter smoothed out over a form?

In keeping with the cow theme, all of the cows were tied so close to the fence that they could not move. I know next to nothing about cows so I assume it was to keep them calm, even though this one looked anything but!

It's a little hard to see but this is an entire miniature farm built on a wagon.

 Last Saturday we went to the Eastern Market, which is a gigantic farmers marked in Detroit. All of the produce you see above cost less than $25. I love going to the Eastern Marked but usually only make it there once a year!

These jack fruits are so intimidating looking! I have never bought one but I hear they are hard to work with and taste something between a pineapple and a squash!

I had to do some patient chart training at work and I just had to take a picture of this part of it. It may be hard to see but in the first red outlined box where you are supposed to mark the patient's gender identity is  the usual man-boy, woman-girl, trans man, trans woman but also it says "Two-Spirit". What the he** is a Two Spirit?! I wouldn't even want to guess! 

I'm only going to say that things are getting beyond ridiculous any more! 

Lastly here is a picture of my all-boy little grandson, Maxwell! He's starting to know me really well and gets excited when he sees  me!

He's totally captured my heart!

Until the next time!!!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Summer Marching On

Between working and trying to spend as much time as I can with Maxwell the summer days are flying by!

When we moved my dad out of his house I kept a few things that had some meaning to me. One of those was my moms old hand mixer. I have many memories of my mom making cakes with it and licking the frosting off of the beaters.

When I took it from my dads house it worked just fine, but when I went to actually use it to make a cake the motor seized and that was that! I took a few pictures for the memories and off it went into the scrap pile!

Last weekend I flew to Florida to celebrate my friend Celia's 60th birthday with her. I flew to Ft. Myers, rented a car, drove from Ft. Myers to Cape Coral (only about 11 miles), rented a hotel room all by myself. My friend Karen, who knew Celia as long as I have was going to go with me but changed her mind because her elderly mother is in and out of the hospital and she didn't want to take the chance she would buy a ticket and then not be able to go.

When I checked into the hotel this gift bag was waiting for me.

It had snacks, sunblock, aspirin, sunglasses, candy and a sea shell. It was a nice surprise!

Friday night there was a party in a hall and on Saturday she had a bunch of people over her house for a luncheon. It was good to see her as I hadn't seen her in 25 years! As a matter of fact, she lived in Houston at the time and after I visited her there we lost touch. Thanks to FB we reconnected!

On Sunday morning before I headed to the airport to fly back home I went to a local beach so I could stick my feet in the ocean!

The water was so warm I wish I would have had time to go swimming!

I really enjoyed spending time with my friend and traveling by myself for a short time. I would have like to spend more time going places but I had to get back, plus Florida  in the summer gives humidity a whole new meaning! Jeez!!!

Lastly but most important is my little Maxwell!

He's 7 months old already! He rolls all over the place and in just the past few days  learned that he can motivate himself forward by tucking his legs under and then pushing his body forward! Plus he laughs and sings and yells, and also is developing a little bit of a temper!

I am watching him on Thursday and Friday next week while Shauna and Brad work and I can't wait!

Until the next time!!