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Christmas Journey Day 3, A gift from the heart…

Today is Day 3 of new traditions for my house over  Christmas time.   Today was semi-normal, and I got up ( I may or may not  have over slept).  I did some things around my house, (I may or may not have played on Facebook, seriously 19 games of Words with Friends, really does take a little time).

I arrived at the Farmer’s and he was getting worried about me, because I was a BUNCH later than usual.   I scooted him out the door to run and go do his errands.  I checked on Momma who was sleeping peacefully.  I did a few things around the house, and there was not much to do.  Caregiver Beth, takes good care of the Farmer and Momma.

When the Farmer returned, I made him lunch and then got Momma up.  I didn’t hang out as long as I normally do, because today I had other plans.  The Farmer was a little surprised, but went with my plans.

I drove home and then got busy.  I made some hot chicken wings, and some shrimp wrapped in bacon with some jalapeno’s (they were seriously good), then put together a smoked sausage and cheese tray.

The Nursing Student, and Fisher Dude with both Grand boys were spending this evening with us.    They arrived, all in their p.j.’s, which was cool, because the Electrician and I were both in our p.j.’s.

The Nursing Student brought some of the food from her house, and we all chowed down first.  Then?  We got busy  While the other night at the Nursing Student’s House, we exchanged gifts with everyone else, we had held back our gifts for the Grand baby boys, and the Nursing Student and Fisher Dude.  You see, the Nursing Student wanted to start a New tradition for her boys.

The Nursing Student, and Fisher Dude  (and the Electrician and I) wanted it to be a new tradition for the boys to have Christmas Eve with us, and then Christmas Day with the boys other Grandma.    Kind of like spreading the wealth so to speak.

We opened gifts, and played, and just hung out together.  We had so many giggles, and belly laughs that it was truly a wonderful evening.  New traditions were born tonite, and I am sure there will be many more.

I do have to say something though.  I received a gift this evening that meant the world to me.  While I have loved everything I have received, this was a gift from the heart.

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I have to back track for a minute, A couple of weeks ago the Nursing Student called and asked me when the Farmer’s birthday was.  She already knew when Momma and my birthday was.

The pictures do not do this justice.  I have to explain something else.  When I leave the Farmer’s house everyday after taking care of my Momma, I reflect on things that have happened, giggles that were shared, and other stuff.

This beautiful thing, is to hang from my rear view mirror, It has Momma’s, the Farmer’s and my birthstones on it.  And it says the following


“She is clothed in strength and dignity. and she laughs without fear of the future ~ Proverbs 31.25”

I guess I am amazed, that the Nursing Student and Fisher Dude…they truly get me, and offer me strength without even knowing it.  This is going into my car first thing in the morning.  I will look at this and reflect, and know, I have the love and strength of my family behind me on my journey.

I hope that all of you have the Blessings of love, because tonite, I am realizing, I sure do.



Past couple of days….


See this little dude?  He gave us the scare of our lives last night.  I can write about it tonite, because he is okay.  The Electrician and I were relaxing and in our p.j.s when we got a hysterical phone call from the Nursing Student, she was pretty hysterical at the time, and it was a little hard to decipher .  When the Electrician hung up the phone and moved into action, I was right behind him.  We threw on boots, and hoodies, and down the road we went.

Apparently our little Cam-man thinks he truly is a Monkey and can climb onto anything.  He had climbed onto his dresser to get to his t.v. that was on top of it, and all came crashing down on him.  The Electrician and I went flying down the road, and scooped up the Nursing Student and Cam Man.  He clung to both his Momma and I, and was rattled.  When I asked him if he was ok, he said yes, when I asked him if it scared him he said yes.

The Electrician drove all of us in a car familiar to us.  (It’s my old car I gave to the nursing student).  The weather last night?  It sucked major twinkies…Snow, ice and just otherwise nasty conditions.    We pulled up to the ER and the Nursing student and Cam Man got out of the car, and the Electrician and I went to park it, when we ran into the Fisher dude.  He had left work to come see what had happened to his son.

I have never felt as helpless as I did last night.  Well actually  I  have, but I am learning something.  It’s one of those “lessons”, I keep talking about.   The Electrician and I hung around  until it was time to take Cam-Man back for some tests.  The Electrician still had to go to work today, and well it was kinda late.    We said our good-byes, and headed down the road.

This is where it gets funny…so I may have a warped sense of humor, but, the Electrician and I are at the stop light and he asked me, “What are all these lights on the dashboard mean?”  I lean over and look, and it hits me…”Uhm, honey, she needs some anti-freeze, but that one light?  You had better hit a gas station soon, because we have about 1 mile to go and we are gonna be in trouble.  ”  So, we pull into the gas station pronto, and then it hits both of us, we flew out of the house, I had nothing on me, the Electrician’s wallet was in the Truck, but it ended up being in his hoodie pocket.  It had exactly $7.00 in it, and that’s what  we put into the Nursing Student’s car for gas.  We got to her house and parked her car, and grabbed out truck and flew home.

The Electrician went to bed, but did not sleep very well, me?  I stayed up just praying and hoping everything was okay.   We all got very lucky with lil dude, he was ok.  WHEW… this lil dude is all boy and will give us a few more heart shakers I believe this.

Today,  I was supposed to stay home all day, but Caregiver Beth has had a hard time lately.  Her Dad has had a couple of strokes and things are not looking good.   While I went over and got Momma up, I was a little frustrated.  I have a bunch of things that I felt I needed to get done.

But to tell you the truth, when I got home tonite, and the Electrician has been with me on this journey….We had already had plans for tonite…we did our thing….We shut off all the lights and watched The Polar Express, and cuddled on the couch.  We both cried at certain parts of the movie….

I’m at peace with everything.  I can’t explain it..  I don’t want to even try.  I know in my heart I Believe…Period….

4 Pizza’s and Baking Bread…A day.

Today dawned far to early for it to be a Saturday.  I had to go over to the Farmer’s to watch momma for about an hour and a half this morning.  I got to the Farmer’s and he LAUGHED at me (HEY, I DID change out of my p.j.’s).  The first words out of his mouth were, “Hon, you can take a nap, Momma’s had her meds.” 

Well, the nap didn’t happen.  I made another cup of coffee, and got busy.  I changed Momma’s pants, and covered her back up, and then went down to get the paper, started a load of laundry (where does all this laundry come from?  I think there are little elves over at the Farmer’s house that purposely dirty stuff up, so I can do laundry).  I did sit on the couch and watch Food Network for a bit though.    And NO, I never did get that nap.

Joyce arrived and we chatted for a bit and then she went in to get Momma up and the Farmer got back home, so I left.  You see, today was a big day in my house.

Yesterday, the Electrician went to Monical’s Pizza and got 5 pizza’s for today.  But, I’m distracted, let me get back to it.    I got home and got things ready because, my house was about to fill up again. 

Today, The Nursing student, Fisher dude, Cam-Man, Brayden boy, Oldest son and newly engaged Fiance were coming to my house to “hang out” and talk about wedding stuff, and just have a good time.

They all arrived and we cooked 4 of the 5 pizza’s, and got full.  Then the “manly” bunch went outside to do some fishing in the pond.  Today Brayden Boy got his first fishing pole, and they were going to try it out.  The fiance hung out with the Nursing Student and I for a bit and then went outside to join the fishing gang.

The nursing Student and I have been faithfully mushing our bags of “Amish Friendship bread”.  Today was the day to bake the bread and make more bags to pass onto friends.  Before we even started, we realized that a trip to the store was needed for Instant Vanilla pudding, and oil.  So the Fiance and Nursing student ran to the store.  I got things prepped and then realized uhm, oops, I don’t think we are going to have enough milk to perform this task. 

So, we did the only thing we could think of when the 2 girls got back, we sent the Electrician to the store.  Well, I don’t know how some families do it, but when MY family gets together its chaos.  Plus, you put me and the Nursing student into the kitchen and there will be a lot of giggles and one hell of a mess.  At one point, because we had 3 different full batches going, well, one of the batches might have got 1/2 cup of extra flour, because we were talking and we both kind of lost count.

Let me just explain that one bag of mush, makes 2 loaves of friendship bread.  Yes, we were adventurous and had 6 loaves of bread, not to mention the 12 bags of “new” starter kits.  We had enough loaf pans to make them (Thanks to the Farmer for donating the 3 aluminium ones, and yes, your loaf is ready for you).  We put them into the oven and went outside to join the rest of the gang.

All in all, it was a really good day in my house.    The 6 loaves of bread turned out great.  The Nursing student and I gave the Fiance a loaf of fresh-baked bread, AND a starter kit with instructions.  The Nursing Student took home 2 loaves, and I have 3, 1 for the Farmer, 1 for us, and 1 for our neighbors.

This is the “manly men” down by the pond, getting ready for some serious fishing….

Brayden Boy caught his first fish today, and we were all so proud.  Another fisher-dude in the family.

Uncle Nate, Aunt Kari, and Cam-Man, I think they all had a good time today.

I wish the other kids could have been here, today, but I know that one of these days, we will ALL get together.


Titles…of life…

A funny thing happened today, and I have just now realized it.  (it’s been a day and I am reflecting upon it and finding good in it).

I went and scooped up Cam-Man this morning and dropped off the Nursing Student at school (yup, her car went kabluey again)(but it’s at the shop and should be fixed today).    Cam-Man and I blew into the Farmer’s house and Cam and the Farmer had a hugging session and I got busy with Momma.

Her med’s were all ready to go, so I went inside and listened on the stethoscope to her tummy, all was ok there, and then gave her med’s and “breakfast”.  I changed her pants, and got her all cleaned up and then covered her up again and let her sleep.  All the while Cam-Man was sitting on the end of the bed giving Momma encouragement by rubbing her feet.

Cam-man had pancakes for breakfast and the Farmer and I had hash browns (Cam man too) and fried ham (leftover from Easter dinner), and eggs and toast.   Cam-Man helped me with the dishes (he LOVES to help, he likes doing dishes and laundry).

We went and got Momma dressed, did some therapy, and ready to go.  We got her up and she actually walked a few steps but then Parkinson’s stepped in and took over.  So, we improvised as quick as we could, and we put her porta-potty behind her and let her sit down.    I went and got the wheelchair, and we maneuvered her into it. (I told the Farmer I was sweating like  a..oops, never mind).  We got her into the front room, and got her up and into her chair.  Cam-Man giving encouragement the whole way.

The Farmer left to run his errand and Cam-Man and I did laundry, stripped Momma’s bed and re-made it.  Folks, it’s amazing to me how much help this 22 month old lil’ person is.  He helps me do things, and plays while he does it.  We have a game of the laundry, I put it into the washer and he puts the soap in and turns it on.  I put it into the dryer, he puts the dryer sheets in and turns it on.  He unloads the dryer (it’s his favorite), throws it into the basket and then hands me everything to fold.

Momma was napping in her chair, she was still all Parked up, and it was time for some more medicine.  I gave it to her, and she slept through it.  Cam-Man and I were tidying things up when the Farmer AND the Electrician walked in.  Cam-Man went into a fit of giggles and ran to his Poppa.

The Electrician was there to fix the front porch light, and to grab the firewood  in the Farmer’s front yard, thanks to the Electric company for trimming the Farmer’s tree’s.

Some things happened, and when it was time to go, it is funny to me now.  Cam-Man has always known the Farmer as Granpa, he’s always known the Electrician as Poppa, he knows Momma by Grandma, and me…I think I’m Geema or Meemaw.

The reason I say this, is because Cam and Poppa were playing, and I told Cam to go give Grampa hugs, because it was time to go.  He went right up to the Farmer and gave him a big hug.  I then told Cam to go hug Grandma, and he went up to Momma, and gave her a “fist bump” and a hug.  I don’t know what this kid has about fist bumps but he is all over that.   Then he went up to his Poppa and raised his arms.  He said “Poppa go”.  So we left.  Although Cam-man was in my Rav 4 and his Poppa backed up and loaded the wood into the S10, with Cam watching him the whole way.

We toddled off down the road and when his Poppa turned off, Cam-Man was watching.  He waved and it was too cute.    I took Cam back to his house and was just unloading him when the Nursing Student came running out of the house and said, Hey, Jo, can you take me to pick up my car?”  “well yes, is it ready?”.

Off down the road we went again, and we got to the Nursing Student’s car.  It was really funny because she got out of my car and went inside, Cam and I were playing in the car waiting for her, when she came out with the Fisher dude. Neither one of us had noticed the Blazer there.  Fisher-dude had got off work early and was there to pay the bill.  Cam-Man lit up when his Daddy walked up and opened his door.  It was pretty funny.  They unloaded out of my car and went on their way and I came home.

I’ve been in a funk all day, I can’t explain it.  Well, I can, but I don’t want to.  But then it suddenly hit me while the Electrician and I were talking.  We all have titles in life, first it is Son or Daughter, then it is wife or husband, then Dad or Mom, then it is Granpa, Granma, or in our case Poppa and Meemaw.

I just find it funny that the Electrician NEVER wanted to be called Grandpa, and he hasn’t.  Grandpa, is the term Cam-Man knows for his Great Grandpa, and Poppa is well…Poppa.  Grandma is his Great Grandma, and me…well, on some days I’m G’eema or Meemaw.

The titles in life, that I really never gave thought to, but here they are.  What are you called?  personally, I love all of my titles, Daughter, Wife, Mother and Meemaw or Geema…….