Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010

I would like to wish everyone a very Happy and Safe New Year.

Have you made any resolutions? If so, do you think you will follow through with any of them? Many people will make their list and really will do very well. Others will completely forget about the list. Both are acceptable. In the past I have made a small list, have reviewed it a couple of days later, then it made contact with the trash. When reviewing the list I would think to myself that resolutions two and three sounded terrific, but were unrealistic. I do feel that I will genuinely get more sleep this year. That is one idea that I can and will follow through. I need to organize my daylight hours better in order to get rest during the night time hours.

We had a good 2009, but wow - it sure was been a busy year. We coordinated the Scouts popcorn campaign this year for our Scout pack. It really was worth it, but sure kept us busy. Joshua was the top seller of pur pack. Received a ton of prizes and was recognized by the district and Trail's End Popcorn for it. Scouting is a worthy organization to join. I would surely recommend to anyone. We gathered items for 42 Veterans for the holiday season. Adults need gifts also. Kellie, Joshua and I have decided to make this a year round service project. In 2010 we expect the number of Veterans will be larger, so have already started collecting items. We have requested the gentlemen in charge of these Veterans contact us so that we will be aware of any special needs someone might have. We did a lot of other stuff that I don't even remember right now. I just remember that it was a busy year.

We have a new puppy. Got him for Christmas. Joshua, my Grandson, wrote a letter to Santa listing six items he would like to receive for Christmas. Told Santa that he had been a good boy this year, he thought. Joshua placed this list under the tree. A couple of days later he took back his original list and replaced it with new list. This one told Santa about Turner, his Golden Retriever, and how Turner needs a friend to play with. He asked for another Golden Retriever. A few days before Christmas Kellie, my Daughter and Joshua's Mother, got a call from Santa asking if she could help him select a dog for Turner. Joshua was able to help in the selection and chose a black Lab instead of a Golden. Santa also made sure that Joshua received the gifts on his original list. So all is right with the world!

The children in our care continue to be terrific! We truly are blessed. Great parents and children. What could be better than to hear the sound of laughter from a child.

An idea came to mind just a few seconds ago, but now I forgot what it was. Wonder what it was. It will probably come to mind around
3 a.m.

Remember the friend that I was trying to locate last May or so. I found her son on Facebook and he remember me from his grade school days. So we have found each other once again. She has gone through a divorce, remarried and is now a widow. Although she has gone through some difficult times, it sounds like she still has the get up and go I so fondly remember.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Operation Give Back To A Veteran

All over the nation people will celebrate Christmas (or not) according to their own faith and belief. Often churches and/or schools will create a wish list tree for financially challenged families. Sometimes care centers, help centers, etc. know of families that do without all year around. The parents provide the best they can for their children. Schools, churches and care centers make sure families receive something needed, but other adults also need to get a little something on Christmas morning. I am talking about the men and women that have served our country, but perhaps have been a bit forgotten. Perhaps they have lost their jobs and haven't been able to get back on steady ground yet. Maybe they are disabled. Maybe luck or something hasn't been around for a long time. We are gathering donations to give to these men and women for Christmas this year. These veterans are living on the West side of Colorado Springs. The donations are going to 32 men and 10 women. I know there are others that need items, but I am not able to save the world. This is part of the flyer that has been given to our pack. Maybe you can also give to someone and make a difference in their life. It may be just the little bit of spark that person needs to brighten their life. We are crocheting 42 hats to keep the chill away from the head and ears. Also donating toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant and other items. We have all seen the travel size items in the stores. Often they will be on sale. We know people that travel alot and are donating the unopened shampoo, etc. from their hotel/motel rooms that they have brought home. Everyone also needs socks (often on sale). We are very blessed and live in abundance. We are not monetarily rich, but have been blessed with love, family, friends, food and a roof over our heads. We have worked for what we have and will continue to do so. There are a lot of people in the world that have worked hard, but somehow the sun hasn't shined on them at times. I think you all get my drift. Kellie also volunteers at a very worthy place that distributes clothing, etc. Sometimes people make purchases and sometimes they are given clothing, etc. In a couple of weeks Kellie, Joshua, Baxter (his best friend) and I will be making boxes of food for families that need a little extra this month. It's a win-win situation! Just a thought!



Operation Give Back to a Veteran



November 4, 2009 through December 16, 2009

Cub Scout Pack 24 is helping those who have helped keep our country free.

Donations are needed for 42 Westside veterans (32 men and 10 women) for presents for the holiday season.

Items in need are: Men and women toiletries, i.e. toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, feminine hygiene, gloves, socks, t-shirts, small candies and treats, wrapping paper and tape, scarves and any other donations are welcome!


All donations are appreciated!
We can make a difference!

Please contact Sandy for additional information.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

It's been a long time...

Good gravy...I just looked at the date of the last posting to this blog...October 22nd. Hey, did I mention I found my friend from decades ago? That story was in May, 2009. Well, I didn't actually find her, but I found her son on Facebook. He remembered me from his grade school days. I couldn't find her because of her name change. She got a divorce from the husband I remembered, remarried and then became a widow. He told his Mother about me looking for her and she wrote to me via facebook. It was a very happy day.

Joshua was a wizard for Halloween. Kellie and I made a joint effort at the costume. He looked terrific! Went to Trick or Tresting on the Avenue (Colorado Avenue), Boo at the Zoo (Cheyenne Mountain Zoo) and then to everyone's homes for candy. The weather was perfect.

Joshua received his certificate and stuff from Boys Scouts of America at a presentation of all Scouts in the Pikes Peak Council District last night. The presentation was at IT'Z here in Colorado Springs. All boys that sold over $1500 were recognized and given a couple of hours of free fun. Joshua sold over $3,000. All invitees could bring parents and one guest. Naturally, Joshua invited Baxter, his best friend. They had THE best time. This was also for dinner at IT'Z. All you could eat.

Kellie and I attended the Winter Concert at Joshua's school this evening. Joshua plays the clarinet. This is his first year playing the clarinet. He likes it and is good playing it. I do remember the squeaky notes from when he first started playing. I rarely hear a squeak anymore. In addiiton to this instrument, Joshua still takes weekly guitar lessons. Really enjoys playing the guitar. Baxter plays the cello. Baxter's parents sat next to Kellie and myself. Once a week the boys load their instruments in the car after school and bring them home.

The program ended at seven p.m. When Joshua asked about the time, he said that we still had time to get to the Scout meeting. Wednesday is Scout night. He debated about attending the program vs. Scouts. Joshua hasn't missed a meeting in the last two years. He knew that the program was important also. Even though he enjoyed playing the clarinet tonight, he wanted to get to the meeting. So off we went and met another family (son was also in the program) going into the building for the Scout meeting.


Seems like a lot has happened to us since 10-22-09. Some days seem to blend into the next one. Hands down - the biggest thing has been signing papers for our home in mid-November. We are extremely happy about this. The title people came to our home for this event (it's an event to us). I had never heard of the company coming to you, but they did. I do believe I cried a little after everyone left.

Random thoughts - We all received H1N1 shots. Joshua continues to do well in school and life is good. My family and I like to play Farmville on Facebook. I spend way too much time doing that.

Started this posting before midnight and now it's after midnight. I need to get my beauty sleep. Kellie and I are both going on a field trip with Joshua's class tomorrow to the Pioneer Museum.

xoxo
Sandy

Thursday, October 22, 2009

HE DID IT!!!

HE DID IT!!!

Hello everyone-

Here is the final update...

With Joshua's hard work and your support, his total sales for this year is $3,183.95!!!!!!!! This means he has earned his scholarship! In addition to the scholarship, he won a Bow and Mallow(a bow and arrow that shoots 30 miniature marshmellows up to 30 feet. Kellie has one- tons of fun!), a book about space, a canteen, $140 gift card and a $50 gift card from Wal-mart, two popcorn patches, a tent, a 7 in 1 survival whistle that he gave to one of his friends that sold alot of popcorn and a partridge in a pear tree. Just kidding, no partridge or pear tree. Kellie and I told him that if he made his goal we would celebrate by going out to dinner. He picked TGIFriday's. He loves the whole rack of ribs!

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for supporting Joshua and Scouting. Thank you for your wonderful cards, letters and kind words. Again, 2010 marks the 100 years of Scouting! It's history in the making and time to celebrate!

We are so very proud of him.

xoxo,
Sandy
One Proud Grandma

Thursday, September 17, 2009

update on popcorn sales

JOSHUA HAS NOW SOLD $1,192.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can you spell scholarship? OOOOOOOOOOOOhhh Yeah!!!!!!!

Sandy
So Very Proud Grandma

Joshua's Popcorn Sales

Joshua has told us that his goal this year is to sell $2500 worth of popcorn. At that point Trail's end Popcorn will give him a scholarship with a percentage of this year's sales going into it. Every year hereafter 6% of whatever he sells will go to his scholarship fund. He wants to be an eagle Scout.

Last night was the first meeting that the Scouts starting turning in their popcorn sheets. As incentives to keep selling, the top seller selects a really good prize.

And this week's winner is (you are hearing a drum roll)

Joshua Finley (Webelos I) $1,024

He also filled up a sheet for a Bow and Mallow.

Joshua selected the book "One small Step" by Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Apolo 11 Lunar Module Pilot. Everyone was coming to him to look at it. He thinks it is great.

I was announcing the winner, but before I could get his name out of my mouth, I started to choke up, and tears were welling up in my eyes. I had to tell the group 'excuse me for just a second or two'. I think I said that twice. Don't know what in the world everyone must have been thinking. Anyway, I said his name and the amount he sold. Kellie told me that people's mouths dropped open. there was a big round of applause.

It was a very proud moment. Love that boy!

Grandma Sandy

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A friend is moving

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain."

A group of us from high school keep in touch after graduating 41 years ago. Gosh, typing it makes it seems like a life time ago. Oh, well...one of our friends sent a mass email to us saying that she would be moving to Alabama to be close to her grandson and family. She ended the email with the above quote. Don't know what's going on, but I wish her lots of kisses (no matter how much slobber is involved) and so many hugs from her grandson.

Sandy

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Scout Popcorn Trail's End Popcorn

Joshua, my grandson, is selling popcorn again this year. The funds raised by selling popcorn will help provide activities, awards, outings and other Scouts. Some of our Scout families are financially challenged. The money will also help purchased uniforms for those Scouts.

The Scouts will celebrate their 100th year in Scouting in 2010. That right there says something for the organization.

If you should like to buy popcorn, it would be greatly appreciated if you would buy from Joshua. For the first time in Scouting history, you may buy online. Please email us at quitenice@q.com for Joshua's I.D. number. You won't be sorry you purchased Trail's End Popcorn.

And we thank you.

Sandy

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Joshua 'popper'



These pictures are Joshua in his 'popper' hat.


A couple of the boys wore their hats to school today. Everyone had a terrific time last night.



Sandy

Popcorn Kickoff for our Pack





We are so crazy.




Here we are, Popcorn Fans, with our Popcorn Hats! Kellie, my daughter, and I are coordinators for our pack's popcorn sales this year. We are, using Scouting terminology, Popcorn Kernels. Last night was the kick-off for our pack with popcorn, flyers, prizes and ton of information for the parents/Scouts and entertainment. Kellie spoke while myself and the 'poppers' (four Scouts) distributed snacks and the flyers. We all demonstrated the do's and don't of selling door-to-door and Show and Sell. Kellie and I made the Popper's hats and her hat. The big kernel is from Scouting. Kellie's fingers are still healing from the hot glue gun. We have doubled our pack membership and are looking forward to an exciting year.

Yours in Scouting,
Sandy

Monday, August 24, 2009

Our weekend without Kellie




While Kellie was earning her Wood Badge rank, Joshua and I slept late.

For breakfast I cooked scrambled eggs, bacon and toast with grape jelly. I usually don't approach the stove. It's a very nice stove, but Kellie doesn 99% of the cooking here. Joshua and I were going to play lots and then shop in the evening, but plans changed.

First we went shopping for a new shower curtain, rod and rings. And then for a new eyeglass case. Joshua came across the Oh so special just have to have it SpongeBob eyeglass case.

A sturdy rubber band would not hold or close my old lady bug eyeglass case. That was another one of his selections. I was going to purchase a grown up brown or black 'nice' one. Well, with this new one, at least I should be able to locate it. This is our conversation -

Joshua: Gram, this is so cool - look! Oh, Grandma, I think you
should get this one (handing me SpongeBob). And when
you are done with it, may I have it, please?

Me aka Grandma
or Gram: You don't wear glasses.
Joshua: It's for my sunglasses.

So I pay $1.00 more so that I can have a cool eyeglass case.

Newsflash update - As we drive away from the store -

Grandma: Joshua, do you have sunglasses?
Joshua: Yes.
Grandma: Do you know the location of said sunglasses?
Joshua: Not at this time.

Go figure.

Next we went to the cemetery. We have family there. Joshua has never met any of them, but he knows they are family and that they are special to me. One of them being my Father. Joshua has seen several pictures of Daddy. Oh, I forgot to bring flowers for his grave.

Like me, Joshua likes to walk the cemetery a bit. If he didn't want to, I certainly wouldn't force him. One day last year we covered the entire place. This is not on flat land. Sometimes he doesn't remember where the babies are buried. I guess decades ago a section was reserved for babies. He asked about this and we walked over to it. After saying the small area was nice, he then asked if all the babies HAD to be buried here. I answered no and that we would probably find more stones with the words 'our little angel' or 'our beloved baby' on them. We did. A few had small toys attached to the stone or placed beside them.

We saw several larger areas surrounded by rocks or a small wall. Joshua wanted to know why one or two people (two head stones) would want a large area. And were they large or maybe tall people. I explained that these were family plots. An area was purchased years ago so that family members could be buried together if they wanted. A couple of these plots had babies buried there.

At the top of the cemetery are three stones measuring one to two feet tall. They are so old the majority of the names/dates are gone. Joshua got close to them and he thinks one name is PALAN.

Driving out Joshua asked where Mrs. Liby was. We had already driven past her grave. When asked if he wanted to go back, he said we could see her on the next visit.

We had originally planned a picnic on Saturday, but decided it was too warm. At least that's what I told Joshua. After coming home from the cemetery, we watched a little television and hung out. He thought we were in for the day, but nooooooooo. I put on my shoes and he asked why I had on my shoes. When I told Joshua that I needed to wear shoes in order to drive, get sandwiches, chips and cookies for our picnic, his eyes got as big as saucers.

We went to Manitou Springs. That's where I grew up. So we ate, he ran, we played, and he fed the ducks. He asked if this was the same creek I played in when I was little. It's the same. The creek used to be wider and deeper, but it's basically the same. As children we would get those HUGE inner tubes and ride down the creek. So much fun.

Joshua also asked if one day I would take him in the part of the creek that runs by Ruxton Avenue (under the bridges, etc.) and continues under the Penny Arcade like I used to do when I was little. I told him 'no'. And that Grandma June (his great grandmother - my Mom) ever found out about it, she would probably put me over her checkered apron. I don't think Mom knows I did that. We used to climb down red rock walls that had to have been at least eight feet high into the creek.

I like taking Joshua places I've been as a child. I guess I do this so that he knows Grandma hasn't always been a Grandma. He told me he had a fun day. And that he really liked feeding the ducks. We'll go back again.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

She's home

Kellie, my daughter, is home from Wood Badge training. I do not have words to express what she has told me about this past weekend.

It is an unbelieveable experience.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Woodbadge Training

Kellie, my daughter, is in the San Isabel Mountains this weekend earning her Woodbadge rank. A Scouter has the option of training for six straight days or two weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) training sessions. This isn't a two hour course here and there during the day. It starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m. This weekend it is hiking (for MILES) into the outback. It is about survival. Your pack (on your back) must contain everything one would need for three days. Everything - including your tent. I bet that darn pack weighs at least 75 pounds. Kellie is young and strong. I am sure she will do great this weekend. This is important in the Scouting world. She will be the only person in our pack with this rank. Kellie is also the Webelos I Leader. Last year Kellie was the Bear Leader. Joshua, my grandson, is a Webelos I. And myself, well, I am the Advancement Chairperson for our pack. Kellie and Joshua love to camp and this will definitely benefit them both.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Swimming and Yardwork





Our Scout pack had a swim night at Wilson's Ranch this past Wednesday evening. We really had a good turn out. These are pictures of Joshua on the water slide. Last year he would not get on the slide much less the stairs leading up to it. A year older and braver, he couldn't wait to be the first one down the slide. Joshua was all over that pool.

Last year I got into the pool, but this year I didn't. We went to the pool more often last year, also. This is really the only time we've been able to go. Oh yes - there was one other time that I took Joshua and Baxter, his best friend, to swim. Half way there Kellie called to tell me that the pool had closed due to lightning in the pool area of town.



Saturday, August 15, 2009

On most weekends it seems we have something scheduled to do. On Friday night before falling to sleep, I told myself not to wake until at least 8 a.m. I woke at 6:45! What's that all about?! I had sent my mental message and was denied. That's not a good thing. Today the only errand was to go across town for a bookshelf that had been purchased a few days before. I couldn't fit into my car. Kellie has a SUV, so we picked it up in her vehicle.

After I cleaned the kitchen, Joshua helped me in the front yard. Are you familiar with the long metal strips that are placed in the ground to separate the grass from a sidewalk? There is, no doubt, a proper name for these metal strips. I just don't know it. Three pieces totalling about 30-35 feet were dug up and removed. The metal was buried about five inches into the ground. A small portion was showing about one inch about the ground. With children here everyday, it was an accident waiting to happen.

Joshua was a huge help. Thank you so very much, Joshua!

Love,
xoxo
Gram

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A new haircut

I just couldn't stand it any longer. I was actually going into stores with those tiny little girls clip things in my hair to keep the hair from hitting my face. I asked my daughter last night before running an errand, if I looked okay - if I looked frumpy. She came right out and said "Mother, your hair...at least get the clips the same color". My hair is clean and always fixed in some kind of stylish manner - even if it is my own style. About 6-7 years ago when I was working at a bank, I was feeling extremely frumpy. I turned to a co-worker and asked her if I had been looking frumpy lately. She told me that out of all the people she knew, I would never be put on the frumpy list. Perhaps it was a phase I was going through. I've been wanting to get a cut for a while now, but didn't seem that I could find the time. Today was the day.

I told the hairdresser not to be afraid to cut and that I love short hair. My hair hasn't been long for a few years now, but hairdressers (or whatever the apppropriate name for them nowadays) seem a bit afraid to cut a lot off my head. The shorter, the better.

It's cut over my ears with a little point in front of my ears. My grandson calls that part of it "Oh grandma like Spock". The back is short (I requested it shorter in the back after she had already cut it in the back) Just measured the top - a full two and one half inches, and one inch in the back. I love it! My hair is very thick and grows extremely fast. I don't live far from the hair cut place at all, but do not want to visit every two weeks.

My grandson met me at the front door and told me "Hey, Gram, nice haircut."

Life is good.

Sandy

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Basketball and Toilet Paper

This week Joshua has Basketball Camp. Camp is three hours (Monday-Friday) in the morning which is great, because the weather has been decent this week so far. Blue Colorado skies and a little breeze now and then - not hot at all. Kellie took Joshua Monday and Tuesday. I took him today and will on Thursday. Kellie will again take Joshua on Friday. I really enjoy everyone interacting with the other kids. These are boys and girls from all over Colorado Springs. The coaches are young and make it fun to learn and practice. Joshua was on a basketball team during this past school year and had a great time.

I firmly believe a person needs to have a fairly good sense of humor and be able to laugh at themselves - whether in private or public. This should be written in the Life Handbook. In the chapter titled 'Humor', there has to be a paragraph that covers the topic of embarrassment. We all get embarrassed sometimes...some people more than others. My life encompassed both while Joshua played basketball.

I needed to use the facilities inside the building - yes, I had to go to the restroom. Having had an earlier conversation with Joshua, I motioned to him so he would know where I was going. So I walk in the building as if I know where I'm going (my daughter told me the location of the restrooms, a person at least wants to appear knowledgeable). It's just past the vending machines. I walk in, lock the door and am glad it is clean and smells fresh. There are no toilet seat covers, so I strategically place toilet paper strips on both sides of the seat. You know, a couple of about 18 inches long each. I sit a few seconds, get up...you all know the routine. Wash/dry my hands and leave.

Now keep in mind that there are people around me at all times.

I pause a few seconds at the vending machines, pass a man on crutches, go by an open office, a few people sitting on benches talking on cell phones, and children/parents are at the front desk.

As I exit the building (sweet as you please), I notice the xeroscape garden. I look around and read the informational sign regarding the garden. I turn and walk towards the basketball area.

A breeze comes along and I feel something touching my wrist. I glance down, but do not see anthing. The breeze whips around one more time. I feel it again and SEE something fall to the sidewalk. One of the strategically placed strips of toilet paper had apparently decided to do a walk-along from the back of my waistband of my clothing. I stop, pick up the 4-6 still connected sheets of industrial strength toilet paper, fold and place in the nearest receptacle. All the while thinking to myself 'next time I will look in the mirror for the front and back views, and that this is funny and don't make a big deal out of it'.

The 15 or so people that saw me walk past them really do want to be a toilet paper trend setter like me - - - - NOT!!!

Sandy

P.S. I called home and wasn't even able to get to the vending machine part before Kellie started laughing!

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Dressing Room

My daughter, grandson and I have been invited to a wedding this weekend. We have been shopping for new clothes for a couple of evenings. I suppose we all had proper attire, but come on...it's for a wedding. Kellie was in the dressing room - Joshua and I were sitting outside the dressing room. As you probably all know, stores have dressing (or changing rooms) with walls completely to the floor & some don't. These walls in these rooms didn't go to the floor. I am looking around the area thinking this is roomy and aren't we comfortable. I then glance to the right. I see something out of the corner of my eye...a pair of shorts and a pair of underwear on the carpet of a dressing a few doors down from Kellie's. One of the rules of trying on clothing is to keep on your on your undergarments, especially your underwear. I asked Kellie if she was about to step out to show me her outfit. When she came out, I pointed to the dressing room with the underwear on the carpet. This woman was apparently trying on a swimsuit. I don't know what was going through that person's mind (Guess it wasn't consideration for another human being.) This is something you just don't do. Keep your underwear on. The first thing that comes to mind is personal hygiene and disease. Did she like the swimsuit? Did she buy the swimsuit? A few minutes later I saw the 'swimsuit' woman with a swimsuit in her hands and she headed for a clerk. Don't know if she tried on any others swimsuits.

I'm not a prude by any means, but this is something that isn't done. What do you think about this?

Sandy

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Enough time?!

I would love to get back to the sewing machine again. Oh, yes, I know where it's located. Seems like anymore I use it only for sewing on Scout patches. That's not a bad thing at all...I am very happy to sew on those patches my youngest grandson has earned and proudly displays on his Scout shirt. I also sew patches for other members of the pack (even adults). I guess I need to make time to do this. Organize my time? Sure thing.

When my daughter started kindergarten, I had made enough outfits for her that she didn't have to wear the same thing twice for 1 1/2 months. It's not that I didn't have anything else to do at that time. Besides life with two children, we lived on a farm - this included cows. For those of you knowing about farm life - enough said. Those of you that don't - visit and work for one week. At that time, boys patterns weren't all that great. Robbie did have cute clothes, but the majority were store bought. By the time he went to school, we were off the farm and living in town. Always got compliments on how clean our children were and the clothes they wore. Apparently I was about the only parent that still ironed clothes. Yes, my children had creases in their shirts/pants/dresses, freshly bathed and no dirt under their nails.

Got off the track for a minute there. I learned to sew in Home Ec. class in high school. My Dad was very glad I took that class. My Grandma (on Mother's side) sewed a lot, but Mother never liked it much, I guess. Daddy bought my first sewing machine, a Singer. It is metal not like the plastic ones you see now. I still have it and it still works like a charm. I do have a Singer that was purchased a few years ago. Works great, also. I used to tell Mother that I had 'nothing to wear for school tomorrow' and that I just needed $5-7 to get some material. I would go to J.C. Penney's or the fabric store, buy a pattern and material, work after school and after supper on that dress. Sometimes until around 10 p.m. I would have a new dress for school the next day. It's not I needed to sew in order to have clothes to wear. We all had enough clothes to wear. I think I liked the sense of accomplishment I felt afterwards.


Things didn't seems to cost as much in the 60's. Not compared to today, anyway.

We have a lot on our plates these days. And love doing it all, but get a little tired at the end of the day. I don't believe it's a matter of simplifying life, but rather organizing it. A little sewing every other day wouldn't be bad at all. Even if it's 15-30 minutes at the end of the day. Or is that when I'm lying in bed, thinking what should have been done that day? hmmmm...

I do love to crochet - you can take it anywhere. It truly relaxes me. My mother-in-law taught me to crochet. I do feel a sense of accomplishment when crocheting, but not like I do when sewing.

I do not know how organized everyone else's thoughts are when writing their blogs. I type as the thought comes to mind and then go back and edit - or not. So let's just go with the flow.

And I thank you for following this blog.


Sandy

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Joshua is grilling!



The picture above is Joshua grilling hot dogs on the front deck. Kellie took the picture. He was supervised. We all ate outside that day for lunch. The children in our care thought Joshua making hotdogs for them was our way of having a party. I think this was on 'Fun Friday'. Kellie always (everyday) prepares hot and balanced meals for lunch. On Fridays we don't always follow all of the rules. No vegetables for lunch. The children do love carrot sticks, but they don't think it's a vegetable. We might even order a pizza. Kellie has fixed lunchmeat sandwiches for them I bet only a few times. (Five of the children we've had for about three years.) That would still be with fruit and carrot sticks. I don't know how often the parents of children have sandwiches at their own homes, but the kiddos seem to think it's a party when it happens here. Like I said...Kellie prepares hot and balanced meals for these kids. We have a few kiddos that absolutely will not eat any kind of vegetables at home. When they eat here with the other ones, often they will ask for seconds of the vegetables. We have taken pictures of these particular ones eating the vegetables for their parents, because they just can't believe it.

It's been a short time since I wrote anything here. I've been trying to get over whatever I have. Joshua, Kellie and I did go camping this past weekend at the Air Force Academy. This was with the Scouts. They spent the night...I came home. Kellie and I agreed that even though I wanted to stay with them, I would probably be better off coming home and getting rest in my own bed. I am feeling much better. One of the children gave this stuff to me. I actually think it was the baby...he was the only one a little sick. And even then the parent kept him home for four days. Thank goodness no one else got it. I suppose it's just a summer cold. I generally do not visit the doctor for colds, but this time I went two days in a row. This one is just kickin' me.

Okay, I've blabbered enough for one post.

Sandy

Monday, June 22, 2009

Still Joshua's Birthday Weekend!!!


Joshua at the Rio Grande

Kellie, Sandy, Joshua and Baxter


The boys are looking into the Rio Grande River while Kellie is smiling. This bridge is over the river. This shot was taken about halfway between South Fork and Wagon Gap (that's where we stayed at the Blue Creek Lodge). The other shot is from Beaver Creek Reservoir.

Joshua's Birthday Weekend!!!



Almost to the edge of the Rio Grande River in Creede, Colorado. Couldn't wait to put their lines in the water.



Joshua and Baxter are on a ride that Joshua calls the tornado. Goes fast and high.

Joshua turns nine!


Here are Joshua, My Grandson, and Kellie, my daughter, on Joshua ninth birthday. Actually I believe this was taken the day before his birthday. He wanted all the children in our care to have a piece of cake so he got one early. Baxter, his best friend, came over on Friday morning and spent the night with the birthday boy. Saturday we all headed out to South Fork and Creede, Colorado. Rained off and on during the drive there, but still was a great drive.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

South Fork/Creede, CO

We actually closed the business on Joshua's Birthday. Yes, we all took a day off (and the weekend)! Kellie and I took Joshua and Baxter, his best friend, to the South Fork/Creede, Colorado area. We stayed at The Blue Creek Lodge. Kellie, Joshua, Grandma June and Grandpap stayed there a few years ago and loved it. The boys fished in the Rio Grande River that flows through the area...and it flows FAST! We also went to Beaver Creek Reservoir to fish. We will go back sooner than later hopefully. We would love to own a piece of that country. Kellie took lots of pictures. Those will be posted in a few days.

Now it's back to reality.

Sandy

Sunday, June 14, 2009


The Women of Webelos! We had such a great time this weekend!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Yep, I caught some fish!




This grandson of mine loves to fish and camp! Pictured are two of the fish Joshua caught over the Memorial Day Weekend Campout. Very proud fisherman! I have been told that at the end of the day he sits with the guys and talks about fishing and the ones that got away. I have been told, of this fishing expedition, not many got away.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Camping and fishing and the dog

The family is home from their Memorial Day camping weekend at Glendo Reservoir. They didn't smell nearly as bad as they did last year when they returned. Yes, the campfire and stuff. Campfire aromoa is fine...it's the other stuff. Oh and Turner. Kellie made called the groomer and he has an appointment tomorrow, I believe. Kellie says she took pictures that I have yet to see. When she gets them on the computer, I'll post a couple.

They're home. YAHOO!!!

Sandy

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

Veterans,
You are American guardians of peace, heroes of war...
You are the strength in America's heart.
You are the few who defend the many,
The selfless soldiers who keep us free.
You are the vets, the best,
and we shall always be greateful.

Our family lost a member (our cousin) in the Vietnam war. I comforted a husband during horrible nightmares from the Vietnam war. Friends lost brothers and parents lost sons.

Military personnal need our support.

God Bless America.

Sandy

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Oh, the rain!

I had big plans this morning for today's 'to do' list. I didn't get nearly as much done as I had wanted. I washed the children's blankets, the kitchen is clean & got my hair cut. It rained...the water in the street in front of our home was almost up to the sidewalk. The drain in back on the cement wouldn't drain. I noticed this when I went into the garage from the house & saw water that had come through the bottom of the door. After gasping and sucking all the air from the garage, I came to my senses.

Off with the slippers & on with the tennis shoes. A lot of good that did me. Where are the waders when you need them? When I got to the back, I saw about three inches of standing water. Yes, there was not even the slightest view of the little swirl you see when water is suppose to be going away. The drain was covered with sticks & wood chips. Got the broom and whisked it away. Whew...crisis over!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Joshua and Baxter, best friends



This is Joshua and Baxter, his best friend. This picture was taken on May 20, 2009 outside our home. Kellie, Joshua's Mother, got them to hold still long enough to take a couple of pictures. We were on our way to the Cub Scouts Graduation. Both Joshua and Baxter were received their arrows. And they are now Webelos. I will write more later, but for now I need to pick up someone from school.

Hope everyone has a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend.

FYI - We have written consent to place Baxter's image on the internet.

Sandy

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Homemade Ice Cream

Do you ever long for homemade ice cream? I am having that craving right now. A few years ago I tasted it from an electric ice cream maker. I don't know if it was the recipe (just plain ole vanilla) or what but it just didn't taste the same. The relatives used to get together (always on Sunday) to have a Sunday dinner. Not every Sunday, but most of them. During the summer months we had homemade ice cream a lot. After everything was mixed and placed into whatever the container is called (I should know ther term but don't), my Dad and another relative would place ice and rock salt (I've been told) into the small barrel shaped thingamajig. Then a small old rug would be placed on top of that. The rug was there to protect our bottoms from getting too cold or too wet. All the cousins would take turns sitting on top of this as an adult or someone with muscle would start cranking. I suppose when frost bite started to set in, a different cousin would replace the frozen one. I really never thought about why we would sit on top of this thing. I was told a few years ago it was because weight was needed or it would fall over from cranking. This dessert making episode would take a couple of hours, it seems. This would usually be followed by brain freeze.

Sandy

Monday, May 11, 2009

Sandy, my Mother


This is Kellie. My mother (shown here in photo) is usually the one that blogs on this site. I too love to read her stories. She is so much fun and has so much love for family. She has been crazy busy and will be back to blog tomorrow. I am sure she will tell you about Mother's Day. Don't believe everything you read...the road to the lake wasn't that bad!(damage control). Bye for now!

My Mother


Did you have a great Mother's Day? Truly hope you did. If your child or children were not able to be with you this past Sunday, I know you were in their thoughts. My son lives in Texas. He called and sent a funny ecard. We always have good talks. My daughter and youngest grandson took me fishing at Brush Hollow Reservoir. The water had risen since the last we time we had been there, but we finally found a way to get to the other side. Took an hour, but we found it. I don't fish, but I do go along. I crochet and sometimes take pictures. I've told Joshua and Kellie that the two of them can go and I'll stay at home. Joshua says that he wants me to watch him cast his line. Can't miss that, can I?

What is your first memory about your Mother? My first memory about Mother is at two years old. She tells me that was my age for this memory. My younger brother was born in Lubbock Texas and that is the location of this story. I can actual see the small apartment in which we lived. Kind of a tan color. I remember playing outside with my older brother. Anyway, inside the apartment Mother had stored the iron on top of a tall cabinet. Somwhow the cord had become unraveled and was hanging down. Apparently, Mother didn't realize it was like this. I am sure she would have rectified the situation. I remember seeing the cord, pulling on it, seeing the iron fall, and then crying just a little bit. I felt the top of my head and sure enough...there was blood. The point of the iron got me good. I still have a scar about an inch long. Mom took me to the doctor. Looked like a huge barber's chair. I received stitches and went on with life. I also remember swallowing a penny, going to the doctor (again), and Mother checking me for that penny because she was told the penny would pass.

My next memory of Mother was her coloring with me. I was coloring on the left page and she was coloring a drum majorette on the right page. I remember thinking the she was a good colorer (is that a word?)...not too dark, not too light, and she always colored inside the lines. The uniform was red and blue with gold rope braidings. Mother has always had long nails. I still don't know how she rarely chips one. I thought it would be great when I grew up to have long nails with nail polish. I have short nails and rarely polish then. Even with clear polish.

Even though I loved my Father dearly (he passed away in 1981), Mother has been the glue and the rock of our family. They raised four of us and we all turned out pretty good. She has a great sense of humor and the patience of a saint. Growing up, many of my friends would come to her to get a 'grown up' opinion before they told their own Mothers something. She has supported me in whatever I wanted to do, has given advice even when I didn't want it. She was usually right. Mother, I love you more than words can express. We are all glad you are still with us.

xoxo
Sandy

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Circus

The Circus is coming to town this month.This brings back a couple of memories. I don't know if my brothers remember this, but I sure do. My little sister wasn't born yet, so she really lucked out on this one.

When I was small, my brothers and I would always try to think of something that would get us into the circus...to be performers. Or after the circus had come and gone, we would try to perform some of the tricks that the circus people had performed.

I was just thinking about what I did as a child that was not a smart or safe thing to do.

Rolling up a newspaper in a long tube like fashion, holding it in my mouth and letting me older brother snap it off from the end a little at a time. He did this with his belt...like a whip.

Rolling up a newspaper in a long tube like fashion, holding it in my mouth, letting my older brother light it (I am the holder of a flaming torch now) and letting my older brother snap it off from the end a little at a time. He still did this with his belt...like a whip...but faster because newspaper does (we discovered) burn really quickly.

My younger brother always clapped and thought this was a great treat to see his siblings 'perform'.

Where was my mind?!

Mother quickly put a stop to this.

Sandy

Friday, May 1, 2009

May 1st May Day

Happy Happy May Day to everyone! When I was small we had a May Pole on the playground at school. We all did a little dance and sang a few songs.
I remember colored streamers coming down from the pole. Each of us would take one and go around the pole. I actually think it was the flag pole. We would also make small baskets and leave them on the doorknobs or outside someone's door. Then we would run away really really fast so that the recipient wouldn't know who had left it for them. I think that's what we liked best...trying not to get caught. I'm sure in our minds we ran faster than the wind. This person usually was a senior citizen in the neighborhood or a special friend.

When I was in my mid -twenties I met someone that did the same as a child. We became best friends. A year went by and May Day came again. Remembering that talk with her (and knowing that she would be so surprised), I ordered a flower basket for her and had it waiting at her door when she arrived home from work. At first she had no idea who it was from, then one of her children told her that they bet it was from Sandy. For the next three or four years , I sent this person a May Day Basket. Then I moved out of state, but still sent the basket to her. We would also exchange gifts on our birthdays, Valentine's Day, Just because day, Christmas and always send the children's school pictures. By this time it had become a traditional sort of thing with us. We called each other and wrote back and forth frequently. In July, 1985, I had a near fatal motorcycle accident. We spoke and wrote a few times after that time. It wasn't because of the accident that we lost contact, but that's the time period in my life that I remember last speaking with her. I've look for her and maybe she's looked for me. She had a fabulous sense of humor and a contagious laugh. I always think of Carol on May Day. Life is full of twists and turns. With the internet like it is these days, perhaps we'll find each other again. I've looked, but cannot locate her. AAAhhh, fate.

Sandy

Happy Birthday, Becky!


Today is my daughter-in-law's birthday. She told us that 'these days she just prays for good health and happiness'. Becky, a teacher in Texas, is adored by every student, whether she teaches that child or not. Students look at her with such admiration and awe. Really, I've seen it. The parents also love her to pieces. Becky is on a softball team, also, but I don't remember what position(s) she plays. She is so darn good! More importantly is that she is a terrific wife to my son, Robbie (Rob), and a supermother to Drue, my first grandson. Becky, we are truly fortunate to have you as a member of our family. To top this all off - she is a beautiful person inside and out. Has a fabulous sense of humor, too. We love you, Becky!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Daycare

We simply would like to thank our children and their parents for such a wonderful day! It really doesn't matter what age they are...children are an inspiration to us all.

Thank you.

Sandy and Kellie

Hey Cousin-Here are the pictures




Lynn-I hope you like them!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Cleaning the Garage

Yesterday and the day before we cleaned our garage. Okay, honestly it started in February or March. We were really just trying to rearranging boxes and a few tables and bikes, etc. This was done in the name of Scouting. Well it had to be done anyway, but we really had to make room for something for the Scouts. We did toss out stuff that we had saved for decades (literally) and 'discovered' items that we thought had been lost forever. Items that used to be worthy of ownership no longer held that title. I mean really...how much longer should we hold onto that broken headband? My daughter and I both have short hair now. And those HUGE barrette bow things that really weren't even in style when they were new. We have opened boxes (keep in mind that we were just going to rearrange) that have both my grandsons pictures in them and other relative pictures. And then we go 'oooooh and aaaaah' every time we discover something precious and adorable and then decide that it must be kept at any cost. Yes, fellow bloggers, we save A LOT. I like to go through every box and then determine what needs to be saved. I don't like to go through her boxes. I might throw out something that is sentimental to her and I might decide that it is no longer needed. She did considerable rearranging of everything! Trash was thrown away, boxes were broken down for recycling and clothes were donated (again). I am proud to say that we are actually able to walk through the garage with room to spare on each side. We have always had a walkway from the downstairs door straight out through the garage, but now we have at least a six foot wide walkway.

Now the Crossover Bridge for the Scouts will have a new home in our garage.

Sandy

Via email Quote of the Day from a good friend of ours

Quote of the day:
'Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater.
If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby.
If you give her a house, she'll give you a home.
If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal.
If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart.
She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her.
So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of shit.'

Monday, April 27, 2009

My First Grandson


I know I write about my younger grandson, but I don't believe I've written about my first grandson. His name is Drue and he is a freshman at the University of Texas/San Antonio. The picture here was taken about two years ago. We were on our way from Del Rio, TX to Acuna, Mexico. When Drue was born I was working at a bank and my desk was behind the teller line. I was the Operations Secretary. I knew Becky, my daughter-in-law, was due any time. Robbie called (since he's a grown man he wants me to call him Rob in front of his friends. But he's my baby boy and I'll call him Robbie. I call my baby girl Kellie, because that's her name.) Anyway, he called and said that I was a grandmother. As he told me the weight, etc. I wrote everything on a large piece of paper. (I recently found the paper - yes, I save everything) Every customer knew about the event, because I stood up and yelled 'oh my gosh, I'm a grandmother! People I had seen for years (customers) and some that I didn't know all stood there in the lobby of the bank clapping and laughing. I am getting misty-eyed now and I think I stop for now about Drue. But be sure I will write more at another time. He has grown quite tall and is extremely handsome. I don't say this because I'm a relative...it's really true. We are all very proud of him. I love you, Drue.

Grandma

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Saturday on Hike


Keep in mind that I didn't attend the Scout hike, but went to the Scout Shop for the Pack. This is the report from my grandson:

"Grandma, we found some fossils on the way and we found a very big squirrel nest. It was like this big (he opens his arms wide for a measurement), in an oak tree. The squirrels had their bed and breakfast right there, because acorns grow in oak trees. We were on a scavenger hunt to pick up trash, and we founds lots of it. But we didn't touch it, because we had gloves and the trash picker upper. There were about 30 cigarette butts in our bag and we also found ten broken bottles along the way. We saw some animal tracks. Deer tracks, dog tracks, bear tracks, and I think that's all the tracks. We found some old old cans that were about 30 years old. Mom says that they were old soda pop cans, you know the kind that you put your finger in and then pull the top back. It was very fun".

I think my daughter took a few pictures and hopefully they will be here later in the day. Okay, Scout fans, this is Sandy reporting from the home of a Bear Scout.

Friday, April 24, 2009

TGIF and tomorrow is Saturday

This seems like it has been a long week. I remember on Wednesday 'wow..this is Friday - where has this week gone'. Oh well -it's Friday and tomorrow is Saturday.

Saturday -
As Advancement Chairperson for our pack, I will be making a trip (ten minuntes away) to the Scout Shop. Monthly I purchase cards, pins, beltloops, badges, etc. for the Scouts that have earned rank and achievements. I truly enjoy going there. The employees are extremely helpful and all inventory..the different items for the Scouts is a beautiful sight. No...actually seeing the boys receive their awards is a beautiful sight. The smile on a boy's face and the gleaming pride in a boy's eyes is more than I could ever express in words. One cannot say enough good things about BSA (Boys Scouts of America). If you know about BSA, you know that there are different levels. We are in the Cub Scout level. It will be a couple of years until my grandson is in the Boy Scout level.

My daughter and grandson will be on a Scout hike at Red Rock Canyon while I am at the Scout shop. The hike (a couple of miles) will be a scavenger hunt/trash pickup combo. It will also go towards their walking sticks. Saturday night we're off to the American Legion for a while. My grandson and three other Scouts in his pack were chosen to participate in the re-opening of the American Legion Post. That will be in full uniform for all of us.

Sandy

TODAY!!!

HAPPY ETSY DAY TO ALL!!!

We love Etsy. It has given us the opportunity to sell our wares AND to meet new people that have become our friends.

What more could one ask! Life is Good.

Sandy

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Playing Jacks

Do you remember playing jacks when you were growing up? I certainly do. I absolutely loved it. I kept my jacks in a pint milk carton. I think it was my Aunt Minnie that suggested I keep my jacks in the carton. She gave me two, because I had so many of them. She told me that I wasn't as likely to lose them this way. I remember playing with my cousin and/or friends. You have different jack games within the world of jacks, you know. Onesies, twosies, etc. and Pigs in the Blanket. Around the World was another one. I taught my children to play when they were young. Both my grandsons even gave it a whirl a couple of times. When I asked my daughter if children even play the game anymore she responded that she hadn't seen anyone play in a long time. Do you play jacks?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Knife Safety

Tonight we attended a Scout meeting. One Scout had not been attending for a several weeks. Really thought we had lost him, but he was with us tonight - his bright smile and 'what are we going to learn tonight' look was still in his eyes. Welcome back!

My daughter, our Pack's Bear Leader, taught her den about knife safety. The theme tonight was "Whittling". The Scouts need to earn their Whittling Card, thus tonight's project. We safely packed different knives from our kitchen, a pizza cutter, apple corer, potato peeler, exacto knife, a rotary cutter and more examples of sharp tools that help us in our daily lives to cut. The boys' parents were called (and written notification was given) in advance to let them know of this 'project'. After studying the rules and taking a test, the real fun began. All the Scouts started with a plastic knife and then graduated to the real pocket knife. They whittled their own design out of a bar of Ivory Soap. Quite a creative bunch of boys she has! My grandson got a new pocket knife from the Scout Shop today. He was thrilled with his gift. He has other pocket knives that have been given to him by close relatives (some still here with us and a couple that are with us in spirit). These are tucked away in a special place. So special that I couldn't find them today. The Scout that had been away for awhile did not have a pocket knife. My grandson let him use his new knife before he did. Love that boy!

Sandy

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

He loves skating!

My grandson loves ice skating! He wishes the lesson time was longer. Would like to practice on Sunday. He has the next lesson on Tuesday. My daughter was taking pictures for the first 10-15 minutes between her smiles and tears of pride and joy. She told me that she had such knots in her stomach. She is thinking seriously about lessons for herself. I told her that I would take pictures of both of them. I wonder exactly what year he will qualify for the Olympics! Which will it be...hockey, figure skaking, speed skating...?

Sandy

Ice Skating

My grandson's first ice skating lesson is tonight. Can't wait to see him on skates. I sincerely hope he loves it!

Sandy

Pack Committee Meeting

Last night was the meeting at our home. The meeting started 30 minutes early so that we would have enough time to discuss, plan and finalize the May meeting and summer events. We generally start at seven p.m. and end whenever. So at 6:25 exactly the members started to arrive. The meeting started at 6:31 (yes, I looked at the clock). I like events (meetings) to start on time. This was the best meeting, I feel, that we have had in awhile. The meetings are always good, but this one really nailed everything. We have hikes, events and gatherings planned until the end of August. People had ideas, research completed, etc. I could go on about this, but I think you get the drift. My daughter is the Bear Leader for our pack. My grandson is a Bear. Next year she will continue up and become the Webelos I Leader. My grandson will be a Webelo. Training for her to become a Webelo leader will be soon. Summer Camp for Scouts will be coming shortly, also. Last year I attended camp with my grandson. My daughter will be attending this year. It was so hot. But everyone got through it. The boys all had a learning experience from camp. So did I. I wouldn't mind attending camp again, but please Mr. Weatherman, let's make it a little bit cooler. Lots and lots of walking. I swear I lost ten pounds during that week. All adults are volunteers. It really was fun, but it was hot.

I am the Advancement Chairperson for our Pack.

Sandy

Monday, April 20, 2009

Monday

Everyone is home from school now. Upstairs (I'm on the lower floor) the children are getting up from their naps. They sure were tired little people today. Playing outside can be tiring sometimes. Such a gorgeous day. The bubble machine was on full blast. Everyone loves chasing the bubbles around trying to catch them. One of the big balls was 'accidently' thrown too high and perhaps the wind caught it and blew it over into Mrs. R's yard. So that was retrieved. I watched the children while my daughter went to the corner of our block and around to Mrs. R's driveway and into her backyard. Mrs. R is a senior citizen and enjoys hearing the children laugh while playing. We see & talk with her from time to time. She stays inside a lot. She raised all her children in this home. Remembers when there were only a few houses in this area. Her children visit her regularly. We've given her our phone number in case something should happen and she is unable to reach her family.

Scout Committee is this evening. It is held in our home. Planning for the summer events. Sout Motto: DO YOUR BEST.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

me....Cooking!

I made beef stew today. Not the stuff out of a can. Homemade beefstew from stratch. People come for miles to taste it. My daughter cooks 99% of the time. This is my 1%. It is absolutely delicious!

Sandy

Scout Show

The Scout Show was held today at The Phil Long Expo Center. This was our first time. So many people were in attendance. Council changed the event times because of the weather. Our weather for the past few days has been snow...no snow..just cold..oh no we're going to have snow. Colorado Springs (from what I've seen) didn't get it that bad. Other parts of the state are shoveling big time! Anyway,we had a great time. Joshua participated in the BB practice and hit the center three times. There were so many packs with different activities for the Scouts (and their siblings) to enjoy. Joshua's car made it to the District Finals which was held today. His car had a good run. We overheard people talking favorably about his car. We already have plans for next year's run. Scout Motto: DO YOUR BEST

Sandy

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

It's been over one week since I lasted posted anything. Last week at Scouts the boys made log cabins. They actually turned out great! I've crocheted five or six items for our etsy shop, quitenice.etsy.com. We've had a couple of customers request custom orders. Those were sent out last week. Yesterday someone called us from a couple of states away asking for two custom bibs and burpcloths. Those will be mailed Friday. Each order or purchase is always exciting! A local shop is asking us to bring our goods into their store. I love it! That will be this weekend. There was a Scout meeting this evening. Had fun - just like always. The Scout Show will be held this weekend at The Phil Long Expo Center. This is our first year at the Scout Show. Really looking forward to it. It's always a good thing to see other packs (you know...it's the mix and mingle thing).The Pinewood Derby finals will be held at the show. That's what I want to see. My youngest grandson's car is in this one. We were asked to place our business card in the program by one of the sponsors. Terrific advertising!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Good morning! We were notified that the Scout hike originally scheduled for this morning has been cancelled. We slept in late today. That would mean that we were still up before 8 a.m. That hour is late for us on any given day. My daughter made a terrific and very healthy breakfast for us this morning. She likes to cook and is very creative in making her dishes. We were suppose to get snow this morning, but nothing yet. Very cold outside, though. My forecast for today is complete the chores and then sew and crochet. OOOH...there is always room to go shopping...even on cold days!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Okay, we're home from the Harlem Globetrotters. It was so much fun. We left here at five p.m. The Scout Clinic started at 5:30. Ate there and the program really started before seven p.m. We saw some of our friends and had a really good time. Should the Globetrotters come to your town, try to attend. Never a dull moment. This was great family entertainment. And then of course, there were the souvenirs and the autograph time. Joshua attended last year also with the Scouts. I'm sure we will be going again next year.

Sandy

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Hello to all!
Thanks for stopping by. Tonight was a Scout meeting. As always, it was full of fun and endless possibilities for learning. The Harlem Globetrotters will be at The World Arena this Friday night. Several Scouts from our pack will be attending the basketball clinic before the game. Last year Joshua had his picture taken with one of the players. He had a terrific time. We are all looking forward to going and having a great time.

Sandy