For…..Jim

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I know, right?

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He didn’t give me the crown I was expecting! And it hurt! Oh well.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Our weather was so nice. I didn’t get as much done outside as I’d like to but I enjoyed what I did. And thanks to the dandelions, it looks like I need to mow again already.

I took the boys to the vet on Saturday morning. Rabies shots and a check over.

Bode was a PERFECT little gentleman! I was rather amazed. I thought he’d be a typical 3 1/2 year old and be all over the place. Nope. Laid down and behaved.

Jegs? he did OK too. He was NOT happy to have his paw touched but now I know why that thing isn’t healing. Apparently being a ‘farm dog’ (meaning he can be in a corn field) can be somewhat dangerous to their feet. He has something jammed up between his ‘pinky and ring’ toes on his left foot. So on May 24th, my baby goes in for another surgery.

Free dog my ass. He’s cost me close to $5K now. But I love him to bits and back. He’s Mom’s protector and he sleeps with me or in front of Earn’s door to protect her every night. I’ll do what I have to for him. He’s the best dog.

It’s pouring rain right now, so tonight, I’ll plant my trees. The ground will be softened up and I can dig my holes like I need with little difficulty.

I had grandson #6 at my house Saturday night. We had fun as usual. He needed to go Mommy’s day shopping. So we all went. He picked out a beautiful watering pail of posies for his Mommy. He was pleased with himself.

Before we headed shopping, we spent some time at Fun Days. Both of us got painted!! Nonna and Lennox painted up.jpg
He was so proud of that! heh heh heh….he is such a fun little man.  Lennox taking up all of Nonnas bed.jpeg
Except when he takes up all of Nonna’s bed. He was sleeping side to side here not head to foot. *sigh* Didn’t leave Nonna much room. He’s getting to be a tall boy.

Our conversation the next morning.
Nonna: Well young man? Are you ready to go find Mommy?
Lennox: um, no.

Well, Ok then.

It was a good weekend.

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Just some funnies I found…from 2004

Happy Hour In South Carolina: A redneck is driving down a back road in South Carolina.
A sign in front of a restaurant  reads:


HAPPY HOUR SPECIAL
Lobster Tail and Beer


“Lord almighty,” he says to himself, “my three favorite things!!”

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Rules of the Midwest
A message from the rural Midwest: Because of misunderstandings that frequently develop when Easterners and Californians cross states such as Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota; those states’ Tourism Councils have adopted a set of information guidelines. In an effort to help
outsiders understand the Midwest, the following list will be handed to each driver entering the state:

1. That farm boy standing next to the feed bin did more work before breakfast than you do all week at the gym.

2. It’s called a ‘gravel road.’ No matter how slow you drive, you’re going to get dust on your Navigator. I have a four-wheel drive because I need it. Drive it or get it out of the way.

3. We all started hunting and fishing when we were seven years old. Yeah, we saw Bambi. We got over it.

4. Any references to “corn fed” when talking about our women will get you whipped… by our women.

5. Go ahead and bring your $600 Orvis Fly Rod. Don’t cry to us if a flat head catfish breaks it off at the handle. We have a name for those little trout you fish for: Bait.

6. Pull your pants up. You look like an idiot.

7. If that cell phone rings while a bunch of mallards are making their final approach, we will shoot it! You might hope you don’t have it up to your ear at the time.

8. That’s right. Whiskey is only two bucks. We can buy a fifth for what you paid in the airport for one drink.

9. No, there’s no “Vegetarian Special” on the menu. Order steak. Order it rare. Or, you can order the Chef’s Salad and pick off the two pounds of ham and turkey.

10. You bring Coke into my house, it better be brown, wet, and served over ice.

11. You say that you have a sixty-thousand dollar car you drive on weekends. We’re real impressed. We have quarter of a million dollar combines that we use two weeks a year.

12. Let’s get this straight. We have one stoplight in town. We stop when it’s red. We may even stop when it’s yellow.

13. Our women hunt, fish, and drive trucks–because they want to. So, you’re a feminist. Isn’t that cute.

14. Yeah, we eat catfish. Carp, too–and turtle. You really want sushi and caviar? It’s available at the bait shop.

15. They are pigs. That’s what they smell like. Get over it. Don’t like it?  Interstates 70, 80, &90 go two ways-Interstates 29 &35 go the other two. Pick one and use it accordingly.

16. The “Opener” refers to the first day of deer season. It’s a religious holiday. You can get breakfast at the church.

17. So every person in every pickup waves. It’s called being friendly. Understand the concept?

18. Yeah, we have golf courses. Don’t hit in the water hazard. It spooks the fish.

19. That Highway Patrol Officer who just pulled you over for driving like an idiot…his name is “Sir”…no matter how old he is. Now, enjoy your visit.

 

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 A dog is truly a man’s best friend. 

If you don’t believe it, just try this experiment.

Put your dog and your wife in the trunk of the car for an hour.

When you open the trunk, who is really happy to see you?

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To the powerful women in my life  – Keep the faith!!!
Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning,
Satan shudders & says…
‘Oh shit…she’s awake!!
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I think I made him speechless!

I’m texting with AW when he told me he’s not happy about some crap going on over there. So was trying to think of a way to put a smile on his face when a thought popped into my head.

Ya, it hurt but moving on…..

I asked him if he wanted to see something AWESOME!!

Ok, he said, show me.

So I sent him this photo……with the caption SWEET!!

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He went silent.

I asked ‘are you laughing now?’

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You thought it would be something girly, didn’t you?

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Dang! you fainted??

nothing.

You are laughing too hard to type???

FINALLY I get ‘LMAO!’

Guess I’m not so girly girl as he thought!!!

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Today I leave you with the following:

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Tuesday night is ‘visit me in the shower’ night now??

Yeah…he came to me again last night. Not nearly as intense as last week but he was there.

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We ‘talked’ again. It was a lot easier to deal with it because I half expected him to show up again. Something just tells me Tuesday night showers will be our time to talk. And I’ll get used to it. I couldn’t see or feel him like last week but he was there.

I’m all of a sudden antsy to get the truck out. I feel the need to drive it. And in talking to AW, just realized…..I don’t have a photo of me in that truck. I’ll have to remedy that later!Cullan Papa Truck up close
This is grandson Cullan. (Papa’s in there too.) He had gotten his driver’s license 2 days prior to this photo. His birthday present from Papa and I was for him to DRIVE Papa’s truck. He was OVER the moon! So excited to drive it and not kill it because it’s an old truck, 5 speed tranny in it and he had never gotten to drive it before. He and Papa were gone for almost a half hour. Cullan was grinning from ear to ear.

He drove this truck again just 2 weeks later.

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Yes, that is Nick in his casket in the back of his truck. He told us over and over again. “I’ll be God Damned if I take my final ride in a GM product so make sure I am in my truck.” He told a LOT of people that and I made sure it happened. And I made sure Cullan could drive it. His dad (my son) and brother rode with him in the truck. My son ended up taking the truck the last bit up to the graveside, but Cullan did just fine on the rest of it. That last 200′ was uphill on grass and difficult.

I was so proud of him. He did an excellent job.

Hmmmmmmm how did this post turn from visiting me in the shower to driving his truck? See? He’s in my head!!  And I am grateful for that.

Now, let’s see what happens next Tuesday night.

And no, I am not allowing ‘ringside’ seats.

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Since Nick died…..

…..man, that phrase can still stop my heart sometimes. It’s getting easier with time, but it will always cause me pain.

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I found this sign walking thru my local Goodwill store. I should have bought it as I’m sure it’s long gone now. Because it is coming true more and more……

Since Nick died, I’m rather amazed that people I THOUGHT were my friends, HIS friends, have just faded away. For a while, I kept contacting them. Then I decided, you know what? I  am not going to chase people. If they want me in their life, then THEY have to put forth an effort. And my circle of friends has changed. I’m not thrilled with it but it was their choice. In one group, a woman who wasn’t even part of the original bunch of us, said some disparaging things. I clicked “Leave group.” Funny how the rest haven’t even noticed. That is SO sad as that group STARTED because of Nick. But whatever……

I have had bonfires at my house and invited all of these people to it. Rarely do they show up so I just am no longer worrying about it.

Since Nick died, I have met new people, reconnected with some former friends and my life is good. As good as it can be with the love of my life gone but I’m surviving. I’m getting stronger every day.

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Strong enough to let a new man in my life. He knows no one I know. I know no one he knows. I like it this way. Talk about a fresh start huh? I am feeling the longer we talk before we actually meet?…..is a good thing.  He makes me laugh. He makes me smile. He makes me want. He makes me think. He makes me gasp and blush and I enjoy our ‘sparring’.  We both know what it is like to lose someone and not be able to do anything about it. So we understand time is not to be wasted. We are not high school kids. We know what we want so why dance around?

One day soon, you will meet him. I promise.

I stopped at the hospital last night to see my friend GG who had the stroke. Other than being pretty weak, he’s doing VERY well. His speech is a bit difficult to understand but only with certain words.  Thank God for that. He’s a sweet man and he’s got lots of years left to love that wonderful wife of his. His eyes lit up and a smile broke over his face. I knew he’d be OK then.

GG and Nick had a special bond. It was always nice to get together with them and watch those two connect on a level the rest of us could never understand. I miss watching that.

Today I leave you with this:

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Well this might be a long one…..

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My weekend. What did I do on Saturday….

Oh, recycling then home to do ……….. I can’t remember what I did between that and showering before I went to see Cullan for Prom.

Think I sorted more papers from my desk area.  Hell to get old.

Once again he was so handsome.  My grandsons make me so proud. They are such good looking boys. My second grandson was home and we got a photo too. He’s almost as tall as me now!

My granddaughters …. they are too adorable for words. Aubree…..she came to me with open arms on Saturday! Nonna’s heart just swelled up more. Jules was having a day. Turning 3 might be wearing on her.

I picked up Lennox on the way home, he and I snuggled in my chair most of the night till bedtime. Then he snuggled right up to me and the dog snuggled right up to him. Ugh.

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strengthen your childs immune system

People do nothing but bitch about their kids getting sick.  This is what I did as a child. No allergies, seldom ill.  Time to wake up people and stop being so over protective.

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Sunday….Up early to head to my son’s Fire Department pancake breakfast. It’s so good and the money goes to a good place. I had grandson Lennox overnight so we met his Mommy there. He smiles so nice when he sees her. It’s fun.

Then off to Winona to pick up #2 brother, then on to Rochester to meet up with #1 brother and my sister for yet another “Family Rebellion Meeting of the minds.” Cowboy Jacks in Rochester is a good place to eat. We spent two hours just having fun.

Took brother back to his truck in Winona and decided, well, I’m halfway to where Nick is, let’s just go. So we did.

I must say this was the first time I have been there that I didn’t lose it before I even got next to him. Earn and I sat and talked about him for almost 10 minutes and I did just fine. Then I asked for a bit alone with him, so Earn went back to the car.

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I sat and talked with him, scolded him for freaking me out in the shower, let him know that Jon and I would never work out, and that I had found someone new instead. All on my own like I told him I would do. Someone who he didn’t know, that I can start fresh with. The ground didn’t open up, no squirrel ran up my pants leg and no bird crapped in my hair so I will think he approved.

This guy lost his wife to cancer 5 years ago. Maybe that’s why we get on so well. We can relate through our loss and we know how our hearts can hurt.

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I received an email from my friend down by Viroqua. Her husband and Nick became good friends as they both had/have cancer when they met.

GG and Nick

When we went to their house, this is what happened. They stood like that for over an hour. We’d connect at a restaurant? First hour, they’d basically forget Val and I were there. They understood each other.

Anyway…GG had a stroke. He’s in a local hospital. I am going there tonight to see him. He just couldn’t make it to Nick’s wake or funeral. And I’ve been wanting to see them both. I hope GG will be OK with that. He’s not a people person. He’s a Vietnam Vet with PTSD, COPD and is a throat cancer survivor. One tough old bird who means a lot to me. As does his wife.

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Stopped by my friend Fred’s house last night. Talked to him about my 8N Ford. Next thing I know, he’s at my house and we are taking the battery out of the tractor. It’s stone dead. I told him I’d like to move the truck topper onto the car hauler and move it back further so we can get the Fox Body Mustang out from behind the garage. Boom! It was DONE!

Then he hooked up to the old Mustang and moved it to where the car hauler had been sitting. It’s ready for Kevin to drag up on his trailer and haul away for me.

Bonus? The car hauler sat there long enough, I HAVE A READY MADE GARDEN RECTANGLE!! Time to plant!!!

The nice thing about doing this all last night? It’s got me motivated to start on my outside stuff. I want my house to look good. I’m sick of the piles of ‘things’ everywhere. There are so many things to get scraped and sold. I have a pile of radiators that ………….man. Fred said that we’d sit and take apart what we need to one weekend and I’ll take him and his wife out for supper.

He didn’t take Nick’s passing too well. Those two were pretty close. I think helping me, helps Fred. And his wife makes the BEST banana cake bars. Yum….

Told you this was going to be a long one…..so today I leave you with this:

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