Monday, September 29, 2008

Rosh Hashonah

Psalm 81 © 2000 Graphic by Irv Davis

Tonight at sundown marks the first night of the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashonah.

It is a time of personal reflection and new beginnings. The holiday starts tonight and culminates in 10 days on Yom Kippur and " a solemn day, a time of self-examination, when we reflect on our past mistakes and deeply regret our offenses against God and the hurts that we have caused others."

To any of my Jewish readers, I wish you a healthy and sweet New Year.

Peace and love,


Celia, at 3 weeks

My Song for Celia

I made this silly song up in a moment of craziness while in Maryland. Feel free to make up your own tune to go with it! And, if you have any new lines for it...please send them to me! : )


If you were a potato, I'd peel ya...

If you were a fish, I would reel ya...

If I were a doctor, I'd heal ya...

If you were Jello, I'd congeal ya...

If you were a law suit, I'd appeal ya.....

If you were a push cart, I'd wheel ya...

If you were a letter, I'd seal ya...

If you were missing, I'd reveal ya...

If you were a cotton ball, I'd feel ya...

If you were a bag of money, I'd steal ya...

If you were a lid, I'd seal ya...

If you were a law, I'd repeal ya...

If you were a card player, I'd deal ya...

If you were knees, I'd kneel (with) ya...

If you were a pig, I'd squeal ya....

If you were hiding, I'd conceal ya....


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Bits and Pieces


I had to laugh yesterday as Mom told me that they had Italian Night at "the home" and the servers were wearing French berets and Greek salad was on the menu. Sounds more like a night at the UN...


The "TV Ears" are still working great on night number two. These will be especially helpful as we are now heading into football season! Dave cannot get enough of all of the games that are beginning to take up the airwaves these days... rah rah.


The weather is so perfect this time of year....while the afternoons are still quite toasty, the mornings are just delightful. Perfect morning walking weather! I love it.


Jeffrey and Janet put together the most incredible book for my birthday. It is filled with pictures and words from family and friends. The friendships cover people from my past as well as now. When I first went through it up in Maryland, it brought tears to my eyes as I reminisced. It is the sort of thing that I will treasure forever.


Every once in a while I stop whatever I am doing and just smile as I realize that in such a short period of time I have become a Grammie to three beautiful children! How did I get so lucky?


My pool is no longer "green" as I have poured "shock chemicals" into it since returning home. I think that Dave and I will put the cover on it soon and close it up until next Spring. It has certainly been an expensive challenge for me this Summer. Anyone want to buy a large in-the-ground swimming pool? Maybe I should put it on eBay?!?! ha.


My friend Sharon has been reading a book on making good nutritional choices. She told me today that she is now eating Mounds bars after reading that dark chocolate is good for you...and she now picks Almond Joy bars because she found out that almonds are full of good nutrition! (She is trying to forget about the other ingredients in these two coconut, sugar, fat, high fructose syrup, etc. etc.) Sounds like a good diet to me! : )


After anticipating the "Great Presidential Debate" last night, I have to admit that I was let down...and, after a while, even found myself doing some other things as I was watching it. I get so tired of the political "babble" and seemingly empty promises that are made. I wanted to be uplifted...but, this did not occur. Disappointing.


The financial situation happening right now is frightening. I know that everyone is being affected on one level or another. I feel like I am hanging on for dear life at times as things around me continue to rise in price. Nothing is unaffected...and that trickling down is what is so disconcerting. I guess that I am hoping for a miracle as I tighten my belt a little.


Well, things in Minnesota are getting back to some sort of "normalcy" as Jenny has returned to work, Adam is finished with his paternity leave, Owen is still in his daycare....and, little Audrey has just started her daycare experience at General Mills. With all of this, Jenny continues to pursue her post-grad degree as she gets back into taking classes this Fall. Hats off to all of them for making these changes without much fuss.


While Dave is out playing golf today, I am planning to go to a movie with a couple of the girlies. We are going to see the chick flick, "The Women". I will write a "review" later. In the meantime, I am going to head out for my walk...and then scour the house for some candy to take to the movies with me! Maybe Sharon will bring some of those "nutritional" candy bars with her. Mmmmm.

: )


Have a good day!


Friday, September 26, 2008

See how happy these people look?

Well, it is all because of one thing....

TV EARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For those of you who follow my might recall this past post about the little conflict that Dave and I have about going to sleep with the television on.

While in Costco yesterday, I accidentally came upon this little gadget....and, it has changed things unbelievably!

(Do I sound like a commercial?!!!?)

Dave hooked it all up last night...and, this little wireless device allows him to watch tv to his heart's loudly as he would like it....on any channel that he would like....and, I CAN'T HEAR A THING!

It's nothing short of a miracle....


: )

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Daddy and ME

mY dAddY HaD PAterNiTy LeAvE LAst WeEk...anD WE gOt To dO aLL kiNds oF FUn ThiNgS..........JuST ThE tWo of uS!!!!!

This week.....

...I aM iN DaYCaRE....iT's oK....BuT, i liked LAsT Week bEtteR! : )

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

While in Atlanta, Adam got Owen to show various emotions as he snapped photos of him. He really responded to this....and here is what the end results were:

The Many Faces of My OWEN!

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Cute, eh? : )

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Missing you already.....

I'm home.

More to come after I finish unpacking....etc. etc. I feel as though I have been away forever.

...missing sweet Celia and her mommy and daddy already.... : (

Looking forward to doing a lot of catching up now that I am back. : )



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Monday, September 22, 2008

Saying "good-bye"...

Dear Celia. I am trying to take in as much of you as I can today.

I will hold you a little more closely as I breathe in that wonderful "new baby smell" that you wear so well.

I will look into your eyes a little more intently with the hope that you will somehow remember me until we are together again.

I will prolong the times that I am able to give you a bottle so that I can remember how warm and cuddly you feel in my arms.

I will enjoy watching you attempt to hold that little head up with the strength of a child much older than your 13 days on this earth.

I will continue to soothe you with my songs sung gently into your tiny ears when we are alone.

I will listen closely to the wonderful little sounds that you make so that I can replay them in my head when I am back home.

I will watch with joy as you kick those tiny little legs and swing your long I try to memorize all of your "moves" to play back in my mind when I need a smile.

All of this is important today because tomorrow I will be heading back home to Birmingham.

This is always the hard, but necessary, part for a Grammie who lives far away.

I have to leave you until the next time...but, lucky for me, I will be carrying so much of you with me as I go.

You are a precious baby who lucked into having incredibly loving parents staying behind to care for you.

But, with all that being said, I will miss you has been a great week...thank you for filling me with such joy and letting me fall deeply in love with you.

Be a good girl.

Love and kisses,

Your Grammie

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Lovin' that Celia...but, I thought that she liked my singing!?!

"Grammie, I love you, but can you please stop singing all those lullabies to me already?"

"It's giving me a bit of a headache..."

Ahhhhh... that's better!

Now, can we work on your kissing me all the time??!!!?!?!? : )

Friday, September 19, 2008

This cartoon was taken from a great little book entitled: "The Happiest Baby on the Block" by Dr. Harvey Karp. It made me smile as I realized this is pretty much what we fall in love with when a new baby is brought into our lives...: )

I perused this book by Dr. Karp and really liked what he had to say. He gives suggestions on how to calm your crying baby and help them sleep longer.

One of the keys is "swaddling" your baby.

Now, this is a relatively new concept to me in that "in my day" (Oh Lord, did I just say that?) we put our baby to sleep on their tummy and then placed a little blanket over them.

Today's moms are taught to tightly (and I mean tightly!) wrap up their baby in the blanket so that their arms and legs are restrained. This keeps them from flailing about and disrupting their sleep.

I am a believer in that I see how it totally calms Celia to be wrapped up in this way. It allows her to peacefully sleep for long periods of time.

Now, truth be told, it does get some getting used to in that she looks a bit like a baby burrito!

But, it made me think that we adults could learn something from this. Maybe we could get swaddled before going to sleep at night.

Sounds good to me...what do you think?

: )

"Swaddled Celia" : )

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An example of a "swaddling gone wrong"!

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

A sense of calm....

Sitting on the little sun porch with Jeffrey and Janet last night, I couldn't help but feel a sense of calm and serenity.

Jeffrey was holding little Celia in a position that she seemed to like....we were sipping some red wine...enjoying the delightfully cool air...and just talking.

It was so nice.

While I would usually have a tv going while home in Bham....I haven't watched a minute of tv while here. Instead, when not with Celia, I have been enjoying reading a book that I received for my birthday.

I am totally enjoying the peaceful, quiet time.

I want to remember this feeling when I go home next week.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Like her Daddy Jeffrey says: "You just want to eat her up...she is such a cutie pie.."

My newest little "peanut"

You can see by my face that this 60 yr. old Grammie is wiped out, physically and emotionally....but this precious little (and I mean little!) Celia is such a joy!

...another beautiful birthday gift for an already overwhelmed and joyfully blessed Grammie...

Monday, September 15, 2008


I am back in Birmingham filled with wonderful memories of a great five days with my family celebrating in Atlanta.

I have so many stories to tell...and pictures to show....however, for right now I am doing laundry and repacking as I am heading out to D.C. first thing in the meet my newest granddaughter....Celia. : )

Much more to come....


Reflecting on my wonderful birthday with the family....

" Sometimes (not often enough)

we reflect

upon the good things....

and those thoughts

always center around

those we love...

and I think

about those people

who mean so much to me...

and I count the times

I have forgotten to say

thank you

and just how much

I love them."

F. Mancini

The family at the Indigo Girls concert at Chastain Park.
The Sisters! (Karen, Sherri, me, Marsha)
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Saturday, September 13, 2008

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....after all of the "hoopla" of the last several days.....

....I can finally face the fact....

...that today I am (gulp).....



...if all of this joy is what 60 feels like....

..I am in for quite a ride!!!!

Sending love and hugs to all of my blogging friends today,

your older, but wiser (?)....Grammie

Friday, September 12, 2008

I hate surprises...BUT....

My sisters would not let me know what was ahead for me as we headed to Atlanta. I was quite anxious in that I had asked that there not be any surprises for this birthday weekend.

So, as we arrived at the Flying Biscuit restaurant I sat down and began to look over the menu.

I noticed a girl walking by outside that looked a lot like Jenny. I thought to myself that the resemblance was uncanny.

I looked up again and saw that she was holding a little boys hand....a little boy that looked like my sweet Owen!

Behind them were Adam and Audrey...

I SCREAMED at the top of my lungs as I realized that this was my surprise! (My apologies to the other patrons in the restaurant!)

My son and his family had flown down from Minnesota to Atlanta to celebrate my 60th birthday weekend with me.

I can't think of better present than this wonderful surprise...

: )

P.S. The only thing "missing" was my other son, his wife, and my brand new granddaughter, Celia....I can't wait to be with them in 4 days when I fly up for a week!!!! : )

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The glowing new parents!

I'm off to Atlanta for more celebrating with the family....but wanted to send off some photos of my newest granddaughter! The "whirlwind" continues for me.....but, I will try and post when possible.

xoxo Grammie

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introducing CELIA!

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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

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Celia has arrived!!!!

Janet and Jeffrey are the proud parents of little Celia Madalyn (or Madeline...not sure which yet!)....Born 11 days early, she is just "beautiful" according to her new Daddy! : )

My new granddaughter weighed in at 6 lbs. 6 oz. and entered the world around 7 pm (Eastern time) today.

I am heading up there first thing Tuesday morning for a week....after spending the next few days with my mom and sisters for my birthday!



Smiling Grammie

Mama said there'd be days like this....

Yesterday was a crazy an interesting day. My mom and sister were flying in and I had a lot of things to get done before they arrived.

I needed to run the kiln so I hurriedly got a little more painting done on my pottery. I have a large commission job that needs to be finished soon....and, with all of my travels, celebrations, etc. there hasn't been a lot of time to work.

The car hadn't been cleaned for a I went to one of those drive through cleaners aptly named "Goo Goo Car Wash"....named after a baby, I presume. : )

As I got the tires on the track and was prompted to stop...I sat back and got ready to go through the machine. Slowly, I went through as the huge rubber pieces began to slap the car. I didn't see any water or soap being sprayed..but, figured that was to come.

The ride continued...still nothing liquid was being placed on my car while various and sundry items were flapping against it. At the end of the "ride" hot, dry air was being forced upon my already dry car. What???!?!?!

As I pulled around I was told that something had malfunctioned and to take the car around for a second time.

As I went through the second time things seemed to be working okay except for the drying part. The force of the drier made me feel as though my front window was going to be blown out. My windshield wipers were being moved around by the strong, hot wind on the car. Frightening.

Finally finished, I began to vacuum my car. When the car was shiny and clean inside and out...I headed out to some more of my errands.

I couldn't believe my eyes....the beautiful, sunny day suddenly darkened and....

..... it began to rain!

Moving on...Karen and Mom were delayed for two hours but finally arrived here late last night...tired, and a bit weary from their day of traveling...but happy to be here. Now, the birthday celebrations can begin.*****

However, when I awoke this morning and went down to open the kiln...I found that one of my pottery pieces had blown up and will have to be redone! aagh.

Luckily, today is a new day.

********I JUST GOT A PHONE CALL FROM JEFFREY. JANET IS IN LABOR AND IN THE HOSPITAL AS I WRITE THIS. STAY TUNED....I may have another grandbaby before the day is out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Sunday, September 07, 2008

The birthday celebrations continue....

My friend, Carol, (pictured with me above) was the hostess to a beautiful birthday luncheon yesterday afternoon. It was so lovely and delicious and I am still smiling from all of the fun that we had. Two of the "elder mamas" were amongst the friends that were there....special women who have been a big part of my life...and they made it all even more fun! I guess that one of the perks of getting older is that you and your friend's mothers can spend time together as friends.

The laughing never stopped....the food was scrumptious....and,

I am one lucky and blessed woman. : )

and another one....

Shrimp cocktail, grilled lobster tail with warm butter to dip it into, fresh spinach a la Dave, potato with bread crumbs and parmesan cheese....a tomato stuffed with sauteed onion and feta cheese with a touch of honey...and, of course, a great bottle of red wine...Ahh....Chef Dave strikes again as he prepared this incredible birthday dinner for me last night.

It was delicious...and, filling, as we toasted my turning the ripe old age of 60...carefully savoring each and every bite.

I finally had to stop when I was totally stuffed, but happy.

Tomorrow, my mom and one sister arrive until Thursday morning when we head to Atlanta to meet up with my other two sisters....and, (yep) get ready for more celebrating.

: )

Saturday, September 06, 2008

"You're getting him a WHAT?"

Yes. We bought Owen a Little Tikes Kitchen for his birthday....much to the chagrin of his Poppie, Grandpa and Papa Dave.

Well, to say that he loved it would be an understatement.

He is having the best time "cooking" on the little well as the bar-b-que grill on the backside of the kitchen. (I think the fact that there was a grill was a bit of a relief to the men. (Men!)

It is really a great little kitchen and, of course, we fully stocked it with pots, pans and 101 plastic foods! It was a multi-cultural assortment...including sushi and tacos!

Of course we had to teach Owen about "pretend eating" which he seemed to understand once he tried one of the vegetables and found out that it was quite rubbery and not very tasty.

Watching him in the little kitchen...all I could think about was a future on the Cooking Channel.

My Owen, Chef Extraordinaire!

Watch out, Emeril!


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