Friday, May 07, 2010

Growing Pains

Originally uploaded by gnaed1
My baby is 18 and headed off to college in the Fall. It's going to be lonely around here.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Bowl Cut

Girl Karen
Originally uploaded by gnaed1
Of course, I could say that about most of my pictures from age 6 - 10. No real bowls were used in the creation of this haircut. Rachel worried. Aunt Jerry did most of our haircuts and while they may have looked very much the same from visit to visit, at least they were even and easy to take care of.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Middle Age Blues

My husband would tell you they're caused by living with two women, one on each end of the hormonal flux. It really isn't my own aging that's getting me down. I'm fine. I just wish I could freeze time for everybody else. Gram passed away in October. Yes, she was 100. Yes, she had a good life. Yes, I was probably as prepared as you get for these things. BUT I still miss her every day and I didn't even see her anything like every day.

But what has me dwelling on the fragility of life today rather than back in October? The dog, who I did see every day. I admit that for the last few weeks, he's been a pain in the neck, barking for hours at a time, but I didn't know he was as ill as he was (and I probably still would have begrudged him the lost sleep, just maybe not as much). Jesse was 13 and also had a good life, but I'm still going to miss him, too.

I was there for Gram and for Jesse close to the end and I'm glad I got to say goodbye to both of them. They won't know, but I will.

They're not the only ones we've lost this year and my age peers seem to be going through the same thing now. I know I'm lucky to have had as much time with my loved ones as I have and I'm going to try to come back more often to this page to record some of those stories Gram told when she was with us in September.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Thoughts for the Day

On Customer Service: Every Interaction Matters - even the ones that never happen.

My daughter has a button that says "Question Authority."
I want one that says "Listen to the Answers".

Monday, March 23, 2009

New Haircut!

Originally uploaded by gnaed1
That is all.

Monday, January 26, 2009

The ubiquitous BB gun story

This BB gun story happened to my husband and his brother and is a favorite with both of my children. Tony and Joe both had BB guns, but for some reason on this particular day Tony was using Joe's BB gun and he shot at something in the pond. Joe screamed that Tony had shot him in the stomach! Tony denied this hotly, declaring that he had shot the pond, not his brother, and to prove it, he fired again. He must have been an awfully good shot because he hit the exact same spot and the BB ricocheted once more off the surface of the pond and straight into his brother's stomach for the second time.

Note: Joe just had a red stomach, no serious damage. It was, after all, a BB. And the significance to the fact that it was Joe's BB gun is now apparent. Joe never told on his brother because they would have taken away Joe's gun, a fact that was very quickly pointed out to him by his loving brother.

We refer to this incident as "The time your father shot his brother in the stomach - twice!"

Saturday, January 24, 2009

New Car!

Originally uploaded by gnaed1
Isn't it purty?