Friday, November 30, 2012

Big Surprises

I love big surprises don’t you?  Things that happen when I least expect a wonderful surprise, delight me and often bring tears.  Like this one that happened when our granddaughter (#2) and her husband visited from Chicago last week.  She said, “I have something for you Grandma,” and she handed me an envelope.  Inside was this photo….

Yes bloggy-buddies I am going to be a great-grandmother for the second time and it feels
g-o-o-o-d as we say here in Texas!  Of course the soon-to-be grandmother and grandfather are over the moon!!  Grandson #1 and his wife live in Chicago with our precious little great-granddaughter #1.  Now great-grand??? will be right around the corner so to speak.  I will not get to see either of them as much as I would like, but videos and photos will abound!

I always thought that when I reached grandmother age I would be an old lady who sits in my rocker and knits all day—like between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. after which I must sleep because of my advanced age.  Now that I am going to be great-grandmother of two I have many complaints like the one I voiced to DH today, “Holy Toledo I have been running all day and I have 5 more things to do before I can stop.  Will somebody please tell the world that I am old and I can’t keep up this pace!!” 

It’s all relative friends!  You are what you believe you are and in the absence of extreme health concerns, which I thank God I have none of at this time, you can be all you want to be at any age.  Now THERE is a discovery for you!!  I hope to be on my feet moving right behind three year-old Adelyn and the new little peanut for a long, long time!!  And working, and blogging, and chasing fur-kids, and knitting, and cooking, and shopping (yea shopping!!) and so on and so on. 
All that makes life very, very, very good!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Things I Have Learned

·         I have learned that very little knitting gets done without TV.  Watching television was always my thing to do while I knitted, but TV has grown to be SO BAD that I don’t watch it as much anymore--in fact, almost not at all.  So the knitting isn’t getting done and I am feeling the loss of both my knitting relaxation and any aspect of excellence in television programming.  I am learning to knit with my iPod and audiobooks.  It is still a struggle because I tend to go to sleep when I listen to audiobooks but I am trying!

·         I’ve learned the secret to weight loss.  I’ll bet you all want to know that one!!  Thanks to Weight Watchers and the habit of tracking what I eat, I have lost 30 pounds.  It was a tough fight but I think I stumbled over the missing puzzle piece (for me at least)…wait for it… F.O.O.D.  Yes, food is the culprit and what I have learned is to not be controlled by it—even chocolate.  I’ve discovered that the first bite of chocolate tastes the same as the whole candy bar, but let’s face it, sometimes you just can’t stifle chocolate!!  Anyway, at this advanced age I am learning what is truly important in my life and food is not one of those things. 

·         I have learned just this week that I don’t seem to have the annual beat-my-chest and pull-my-hair craving to go Christmas shopping!!  Christmas shopping—it doesn’t even sound exciting.  I approached the family at dinner last weekend and described my odd malaise only to find that they all (mostly) felt the same way.  There was a little nudge to share in gift giving on Christmas morning, but only in so far as to wonder what we would do with the entire day if we didn’t.  So we decided to each give a gift to a charity and on Christmas morning share whatever information we have found about that charity with the rest of the family.  I’m excited and looking forward to it!

The pups are talking amongst themselves.  They must be sharing Christmas secrets or deciding what to get the squirrels in the back yard for Christmas.  I’ll bet it will be good!

Macy says, “Let me in.  The squirrels have all gone home.”

Max says, “Do not fool with me!!  I am not in a good mood!”

Life is good.