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Friday, August 23, 2019

August 23, 2019

It is staying so hot that we do not even want to open curtains.  Nothing has the chance to cool down at night with nighttime temperatures staying in the high 70's (24-25 C).  H u m i d i t y with no real rain is making my life a bit more challenging.  It seems my childhood asthma has reared its ugly head this year.  Yesterday was a scrimmage for the Bonus grandson.  We attended the 5:00 PM game.  98 degrees with 78% humidity.  Nope, won't do that again.  Thank goodness for a good air conditioner in our CMax.  But today I still feel tired.  I am tired of my body having weird new things for me to overcome to function.  Thanks for listening to my self centered rant.

I have become hooked on reading online books.  Mysteries mostly.  An occasional romance for fun.  Whatever is free with Prime is what I grab.  I've read about 15 books since the first of July.  No wonder I haven't sewed or processed photos!  Also, my tablet had been seeping the LCD stuff so I ordered a new screen for it.  And the new screen will not power up.  I am wondering if it is because I have an extra screw.

Now back to the football scrimmage.  The whole bunch of us were there, Son, DIL, Hubby, three grandsons and me.  The Bonus GS was on the sideline we thought.  How could we tell?  No numbers on a single jersey.  Really.  White jerseys, white pants, white helmets and no numbers anywhere.  All we had to go on was he had on white shoes.   About half the team had white shoes.  He has his own stance, crossed arms with most of his weight shifted to his right side.  Finally DIL located him.  I noticed his hair was hanging out of the helmet in back.  As soon as there was a change on the field we lost him again.  Oh, well.  It was the thought that counted, right?

We did join the gang for burgers or what ever at The Rock for dinner.  Air conditioning and cold liquid helped the breathing though I could still not make much of a sound above a whisper.  With the Bonus Granddaughter hundreds of miles away DIL is left in a sea of guys.  That is a bunch of testosterone there.

Wishing ya'll all a safe and fun weekend.  And if you are driving stay between in lines.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

August 18, 2019

Almost did it again as I typed the date for this post.  Almost typed 19 some year.  I think the 19 in the year keeps tripping my mind every time I come across it.  I did have to look up the date.  So much traveling and sleeping in unfamiliar rooms and beds has left Hubby and I weary.  Most recently sleeping at our son's home to care for Bonus Grandson's needs.  We slept in our own bed last night.  Not a perfect bed but our familiar bed.  A restful night with no alarms nor deadlines for the day.  Only climbing out of bed after a series of relaxing stretches for our sore bodies.  Guess you could say all the different beds have left us a bit bed sore.

It's 5:30 AM don't expect smiles.
Today is the Christian Sabbath.  We are definitely using it as a day of rest.  Cause this next week will be more Bonus Grandson helping.  DIL is working out of town so picking up from school will be a given.  With a student population of about 3,000 teens the traffic is an absolute nightmare.  We must arrive 15 minutes ahead of time this next week to avoid the 10-20 minute queue.  Hubby and I are in agreement on this.  Hate the queue lines both turning in and leaving.

Bonus Grandson, First day, Sophomore Year

It has been a pleasure being around Bonus Grandson.  Watching the healthy appetite consume the food prepared or purchased for him is a delight.  Pretty sure all teen boys have hollow legs instead of stomachs!  When it was decided that I had over purchased chips for the Saturday Meet The Dragons event one flat of 50 assorted packages was kept for the FAB home.  Last evening after Son and DIL had returned from the Arkansas trip more than a few of the small packages were attacked by Son and Bonus. 

All done!  And DJ has her open eye side showing.

The Arkansas trip was to settle in Bonus Grandaughter for her first year of college.  An exciting and emotional time for everyone.  Texts and photos had been shared over the last 2 days.  Even after the arrival last night the Bonus Grandaughter was calling.  Her cut finger would not stop bleeding.  DIL gave her advice about putting a bandage on really, really tight.  Finally the DIL stepped away for a longer, private conversation with Bonus Grandaughter.  DIL returned to share cocktails with us and Son.  She was teary eyed.  There are tough days ahead as all become accustomed to the new normal.

Room ready and her sleeping buddy, DJ, joins her.
Even DJ will have a different routine.  Bonus Grandaughter always had DJ sleep with her from the time DJ was first adopted.  The nightly routine was Bonus Grandaughter would shower. DJ would wait nearby.  Once Bonus Grandaughter finished and headed to her bedroom DJ would follow.  This routine has been pretty consistent for the last four years.  DJ was confused the past few days.  Where was she to sleep?  Friday night I helped Bonus Grandson sort of herd DJ to his bedroom.  That is to be her new sleeping buddy for the next 3 years.

Of course school started for our other 3 grandsons this week, too.  The three older boys attend the same high school.  None of them even saw each other the first two days.  Considering the size of the campus and the number of students this is not surprising.  Anyway, one big beginning week behind us and a new one to anticipate.  Here are the first day of school photos of all the boys.

#1 Grandson, Senior Year

#2 Grandson, Freshman Year

#3 Grandson, 7th Grade Year

Since the three grandsons live with their mom and Bonus GS lives with DIL and Son no picture together.  But here are the three Adcocks together.

That tall one is just a bit over 6 feet (1.8 M) tall.  They are all taller than this grandma now.

These two boys have been BFF since birth as they lived across the street from each other.  We love our Nickles, too.

Back in Arkansas it was time for Son, DIL and Bonus Grandaughter to say bye.

While all that stuff was going on, Hubby was consoling DJ with lap sits and ice cream.

Me, DJ and Grandpa

That's about all from here.  Will work on processing more photos from one of the trips.  I've lost track on which are where and when.  But a couple days of relaxation and maybe a trip to the hot tub and I'll be back on track.  Still have a few vacation pounds to get off this old body of mine, too.  Need to get in some indoor walking as the humidity is awful here but no rain in sight.

 Ya'll all take care out there among the fellow citizens.


Saturday, August 10, 2019

August 11, 2019

We finally returned from the two week trip.  We slept in 6 different places in 5 states during those 14 days.  While we returned home on Tuesday, August 6, my brain was not wanting to read blogs little on write one.  While we are home for about eight weeks, there is still a sister time in the future.  Hubby will be spending more time with his brother travelling first by plane then by auto back to their roots in Missouri.

Wednesday morning early Hubby had to have a Mohs procedure on his right ear.  The procedure is a treatment for basal cell carcinoma.  He had this treatment multiple in other areas of his head and face.  Some have been large enough to require skin grafts.  Others just stitches.  The ear procedure required about 6 stitches.  Now his ear has a bit of it missing giving a different look, not quite an elf ear.  He felt good enough to meet our son and two of the grandsons for a meal.

As one grandson had a birthday while we were away and he was in Canada it was time for the card.  I usually make the cards for the family.  With only about 2 brain cells functioning after doing online grocery shopping I just googled for ideas for the card.  "Did you know 4 out of 5 people get money in their cards?"  Inside, "Happy Birthday # 5".  Now we give $10 for each year so he was expecting $150.  Nope.  He said, "Dad, they ditched me!"  Of course I had another envelope that said I had miscounted.  It contained said cash.

Thursday was hair cut day for me.  It had been almost 3 months.  Ugh, that was too long!  And so was my hair.  It felt like I had been wearing a blanket on my head and neck the last month.  Two inches (50 + mm) and considerable thinning allowed for a cooler head and no night sweats.  After the hair cut it was pickup time for groceries and my sewing machine.  I was cautioned to not use the pre wound bobbins and they interfered with the tension.  Okey Dokey!  Friday was just some rudimentary house cleaning and not much more.  Hubby met friends for breakfast.

Tomorrow we will be having another gathering for our Son's 46 birthday.  Letting someone else do the cooking.  Even the cake is being made by someone else.  The DIL loves making cakes but with a daughter leaving for college on Wednesday and school starting for the other four the same day, just not enough time.  Thanks HEB for making the cake.

Next week I will begin telling of the latest adventures of the last 2 week, 2600+ miles road trip.  We drove across 8 states, sleeping in 7 different locations in 4 of the states.  That's all for now.  I am ready for another nap.

Here is a little ditty that google made up of just a few of the photos I took with my cell phone.  Haven't even started on the big camera yet.