Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hi Friends! I have been lost from the Internet for ages! I am still in Arizona, after taking a side trip up to Provo, Utah to visit family. I have been so disconnected! When I first got here I crashed my computer, then I ran over my cell phone. Very disconnected! Finally I got my computer up and going again. Dell helped me reload everything that was apparently dead from some nasty virus. I seriously don't know what gives some people such perverse pleasure in disabling the computers of strangers. I can only hope that Karma will visit them in kind.

Dad is doing very well. He is back to his normal self and his busy schedule. He plays cards every Wednesday night and makes home visits to people from church to check on how they are doing. He has a regular route of people that he visits monthly. Sometimes he forgets that he is 89 years old and wonders why he doesn't move as fast as he wants to. He is still very sharp, but at 89 and living alone he has developed some funny habits. For example, he uses paper plates, and doesn't want to be wasteful, so he washes them off when he is done. He loves his TV shows and records them on his DVR. But usually he watches them while they are regularly scheduled and then deletes them when they are over. Recently he bought some freeze dried meals that he thought sounded great. I think they were intended for emergency preparedness, or maybe camping. He prepared one of the meals for us one night by adding 2 cups of boiling water and letting it sit 15 minutes. We had "lasagna". Let me explain that whenever we go out to dinner he finds something in the meal that is not up to his expectations and feels the need to tell the wait person so they can raise their standards. Somehow though, this freeze dried meal tasted just dandy. I took 2 bites and opted for a peanut butter sandwich. He ate his all up and told me not to throw out my portion, that he would heat it up later. I tell you this with the warmest affection for my Dad. We all do funny things, and I suspect as we get older we become even funnier. My kids laugh at me already, and I don't care a bit. Their day will come! Mostly though, in our family, we are pretty good at laughing at ourselves. Like me running over my phone with the car. As one person told me, it shouldn't be funny, but it kind of is. I agree, otherwise why would I even mention it?

I have been trying to get a few things done as far as sewing goes. Here is a baby quilt I just finished for my nephew's baby. They chose gray for the babies room, and I found a darling blue and gray collection of prints designed by Buggy Barn that hopefully they will like. Gray is a really popular color right now and this line falls into my traditional way of thinking.


I was in Utah for Easter and staying at my son's house. Here are a couple photos of Isaac and Ellie. Aren't they a riot? You have no idea how many pictures my daughter-in-law took of these two. Ellie is the most adorable baby, but try getting a photo of her! She is hilarious! Keira made Ellie's dress and Isaac's tie to match. She is so talented!

I guess that is all for now. My plaster guy never showed up and says he will be here tomorrow. I am nervously connected to someone else's wireless Internet. Hopefully I will get back online again soon.

Farewell from sunny Arizona, where it is already reaching 100 degrees!

16 comments:

Sue said...

Glad your still hanging around and have still got your sense of humour after all what's been going on in your life.
Take Care.

Anonymous said...

So happy to hear your goings on..coming, going, and running over. Every quirky thing you've listed someone I know has done. In fact, if my dad was still with us and he found some freeze dried survival means left over from the first lunar mission, he'd serve them up with pride! Love that you can laugh at life, Marcie..the alternative is not as much fun or as helpful. Beautiful babies with oh so expressive personalities. The best to you and yours!

Michele Bilyeu said...

Anonymous, above was me...Michele B. I don't know why that keeps happening but I just know it has to do with the post I wrote two ago about being in Bedlam!!! Apparently, someone took the key and I'm locked in.

Michele Bilyeu said...

Now, my published as anonymous comment has disappeared! In it I said..all of the quirkys, someone in my family has done and if my father was still alive he'd proudly served freeze dried NASA means from the very first lunar landing. Actually, if my mother could still tell stories, she would have been on that flight. Yep...long line of quirkys in my family and I'm happy to join you in the tradition. DH has run over his cell twice, drove off with it on his hood, and I have mine hanging out the door with a power cord. None of them survived except their stories.

Karen said...

I have been seeing a lot of grey in home decor items. I like grey and yellow together although it would not work in my home.

Your Dad stories are amusing. I think washing paper plates is not a good thing to do. If he is washing a paper plate, why not just wash a regular plate?

Sue said...

I got a kick out of your dad. Sounds a lot like mine! Too precious and those are precious memories in the making.

Sorry about your phone. Maybe it was time for a new one! LOL

Nice to see your post again.

Blessings,
Sue

regan said...

Too funny about your dad.....but hey, he's old and he can do whatever he damn well wants to, right!?! Ha! I love that about washing the paper plates! And my Dad was forever flirting with the waitresses in restaurants, I don't think he ever noticed the food! lol

sewprimitive karen said...

Marcie, you're such a riot. So is Ellie, what a character. I hope I never wash paper plates, but I'm already reusing plastic cups. Sorry about that little cell phone incident. Maybe a little too much bi-coastal living?

Me and My Stitches said...

Glad your technology problems are over and you are somewhat back online - I wondered what happened to you! Love the stories of your dad - reminds me so much of my Grandpa when he was about that age. They are so funny! Your grandkids are darling - thanks for sharing!

Fitzy said...

Your grandchildren's pictures are precious!!

This week's weather is a little better, no? We did NOT get any of the rain howsomever.

Don't hang your hat on any repairmen's schedule in AZ, it's just riduculous!

Hug Pops for me.

Sharon said...

I am cracking up about your dad! Glad you have such a good sense of humor about it all, we will all be old someday, who knows what kind of crazy things we will do? Your little ones are adorable!!!!

Quiltbenaco said...

Il quilt grigio azzurro è stupendo, ma quei due bimbi lo sono di più!
Ciao

Katie said...

You will have to excuse me for laughing. Ran over your cell phone? Priceless! LOL My dad just turned 90. I hope we are so funny when we reach that age. (though I haven't had to eat freeze dried lasagna yet!) :-)

pat said...

Love the stories about your dad, and that he is doing so much better! All those quirks made me laugh; I think as we get older we DO get quirkier. Sorry about the phone, and the computer, but happy to know you are connected again. Love the blue/grey combo. It's a very Seattle look! HA!

Marsha said...

It's good to hear your dad is doing so much better. The blue and gray quilt is really cute, perfect for a littl boy. Your grandbabies are so cute all dressed up! I'm sure you had a great time with them. We just passed through Mesa yesterday to see my daughter on our way home to Albuquerque from San Diego. It is starting to get hot!

Eileen said...

So you are traveling also, Glad your Dad is better and able to take care of himself. When we get old we get very set in our ways. I am in Colorado visiting my son but also went over to Oregon to see my 90 year old brother but think he is doing a lot better than your Dad. Sorry to hear you are planning on leaving the east coast but am sure that Arizonia will be wonderful . Safe travels.