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Road Trip – Day 4

Today was a big day.  A table read at noon and then the award ceremony. Both potentially boring for Gpa.

About 9 am I realized that the table read starts at the same time Gpa will be wanting lunch.  So we left for Kansas City early to eat at a hamburger place that has been around since the 40’s. Yum.

The table read was great and the mikes were loud enough to reach us in the back row.  Gpa didn’t complain once.  How nice.  The finalists got called to the stage for flowers and pictures.  I’m so glad family was there to keep Gpa happy while I was busy.

We went back to Jean’s until time for the award ceremony.

The award ceremony’s left something to be desired and this isn’t because I didn’t win.  It was sad that many of the awardees were not there to receive their recognition. If they had been, they would have been brought to the stage.

When it was our turn, the finalists were all brought on stage. That was fun but Vickie said when I left, Gpa came unglued.  I’m sorry for that.

I am determined that I will get the piece made even though I didn’t win.  All the finalists were invited to submit their finished films for next years festival.

When we were leaving, Gpa told me to sit in the chair and he’d push.  Um, no thank you.  Had to talk a bit to get him to sit down.

Then we saw one of the judges and I wanted to ask about what could have made the script better.  When I introduced Gpa to the judge, Gpa patted his leg and told me to sit down.

Oh, Gpa!  How do I explain to him he has nothing to be jealous of?

Road Trip – Day 3

Today was devoted to being with family.  I don’t know if I’d call it a family reunion, it wasn’t as big as the ones we’ve had the in the past.  However, we did have a great re-uniting with family we haven’t seen from a couple of years to a decade or more.

One cousin who married a military man has just moved back into the area.  Seeing her and her family was a nice surprise.

At one point Gpa wanted to leave and from then on a regular basis.  So we ended up in the garage where he could see the car.  The kids were already there playing Uno.  And after a period of time.  The whole party was in the garage.

I got tickled that the Aunt whose home we were in, was out of town.  Seems like we never really grow up.

This weekend was full of tornadoes, warnings and watches.  There was a lot of weather talk.  I prayed that we would not have to stop the car and convince Gpa to get out of the car to lie in a ditch.  I’m not sure what I’d say to get Gpa to comply.

We were fortunate and had only some rain and high winds to deal with.

At one point I asked him if he wanted to go to the bathroom.  (I keep forgetting he thinks I’m asking if he wants a bath, not use the toilet.)

He replied he didn’t want a bath, but I could take one.  Then he said he’d like to watch.

I turned bright red.

Gpa knows how to be the life of the party!


Road Trip Day 2

My cousin graciously offered to  show us where the workshop would be held during our running around.

First we went to some quilt shops that my sister had found on-line.  It took the three of us to get Gpa in and out of the shops.  Then we had some great home-style cooking for lunch at a local restaurant.

After locating the workshop we visited a museum that contained the items that were on a paddle boat that sank.  It was very interesting and Gpa was able to enjoy it as well.

We heard the story of Frozen Charlotte and thought it was sad and bizarre that there would be a Frozen Charlotte doll to commemorate the story.  It was a little porcelain doll. It looked a little like a Kewpie Doll but it had a little porcelain cap.  I wonder if it had a fabric outfit on that deteriorated in the water.

And I wish I had thought to ask the ladies at the museum store, if they had found someone already producing the doll or had they commissioned a company to do it.


Road Trip Day 1

Gpa was so excited to be in the car that he sat and enjoyed.  Until about 4pm.  Then he told me that we had gone a couple of hundred miles and needed to turn around to get home before dark.

I reminded him we are on vacation and he said he wished he’d known!

He has people at church waiting on him and he was meeting with Ralph.

I did my best to calm him down.

I did not turn around.


Watching for Ice on a Sunny Day

Gpa and I took Gena to the DART station this morning.  Her boyfriend is picking her up from work.  So we went round- a – bout and picked up some things I’ve been meaning to get.

I hate that I haven’t gotten my rain barrell set up yet.  We’ve had 4 inches of rain this week.  So now I have a spigot, but don’t have the tool to take the rain spout apart.  

So we went to drop off shredding and get a curtain rod.  As we were driving over a bridge, Gpa told me to watch out for ice. 


“The sign back there said watch for ice.  Be careful.”  

Then he smiled.  


I reassured him that I would be very careful.



We were gone for several hours.  As soon as we got back, he told me he didn’t have anything to do and was ready to go on my errands with me.

Poor guy!  He missed the trip.

I hope you are having a great day!

A Saint

Most people think it’s a great thing I am doing, taking care of Gpa.  I’m doing it because I love him and it needs to be done.

One of my friends called me a saint the other day.  I don’t feel saint like.

It’s 2 am and Gpa just woke me up.  This isn’t unusual as he normally needs to get up in the night to be changed.

Tonight, he tried to take care of himself.  He was on the floor and had taken off his shirt, his pants and depends were around his knees.  The sheet tangled all around him.

Fortunately he was only wet, or it would have been a bigger mess.  One that would have sent me over the edge.  Where I’ve been a lot lately.

I don’t know if this is his last Christmas or not.  One would think so but his oldest sister lived to 105. So we might have more to come.  I keep asking God but he won’t tell me.  I think if I knew how much longer, I could better plan his care.  Like do we have time to go to China?  He said once he’d have liked to see the great wall of China.

I am tired and frustrated and wonder if Mother Theresa ever said, “Oh, Shit!”  If not, then I am not saint material.

On the plus side, it has been a blessing to be in California with the Grandbabies.  (Yes, I’m still calling them babies though at 2,4, and 6, they tell me they are not babies any longer)

I like the way babies rolls of the tongue. I’m not ready to call them kids(how they see themselves) and children sounds so stiff and formal.

I love seeing Miss Phie and Gpa waving at each other. This year the house is full of people from 2 to 100.

I do hope you and your family is finding the holiday season one to celebrate.  I know things will look a lot different in the morning.  I saw that Santa had come when I rushed by the tree to get Gpa a new pair of depends


Bunk bed challenge

Amazing tonight no bumps.  Gpa’s fall out of bed doesn’t count, he’s not in a bunk bed.

Bragging Rights

Gpa ate 2 bowls of oatmeal, a piece of homemade bread, 3 little cups of coffee and one of the babies left over lucky charms.

Gpa and I met my friends in San Juan Capistrano and ate by the water.  It was a lovely visit and the view kept us all interested.

The food was very good. Gpa ate his portion of the calamari and finished all his fries and tilapia.  The tartar sauce was the big hit of the day.  He dipped everything in it and when there was still some left, He got his spoon and ate it too. After the breakfast he had, I was surprised that he ate so well.

Charles and Connie were so glad that I brought Gpa and enjoyed watching him have such a good appetite.  They were the ones to tell people that Gpa is 100.  The waitress first and then a patron that sat behind Gpa and me.

Maybe I should offer people the opportunity to meet and greet Gpa.  I’ll think about it.

We talked about seeing the mission after lunch.  However, it was already 3pm, Gpa needed to be changed and even though I had a depends, I didn’t have any wipes. We decided we would save that for another time.  Charles did have me follow him to the highway and he pointed out the mission as we passed it.

I didn’t hit ‘route to’ on the way home and the gps kept telling me to get off the freeway.  So I pulled over in Irvine and asked John what the problem was.  Oh…

When we got to John’s, Gpa didn’t want to get out of the car.  He said he’d wait for the driver to take him home.  It took 4 of us trying different tactics to finally get him out of the car.  I was surprised that dinner and cookie didn’t do it.  Well maybe not after all the food he had during the day.

He kept telling me to shut the car door, that he would sit here until time to go home.  Um, Gpa, that’s next Thursday.  I don’t think that is going to work.

We got him in and cleaned up.  Then he said he wanted to go to bed.  That didn’t last too long before we was up looking for something to eat!

Oh I hope we don’t have a long night of up and down.

Bed Bunk Challenge

2 – hand

1 – Joey, though he bonked the wall so I’m not sure this one counts

Everybody’s Gpa

I spent most of the day watching 2 kids and Gpa while Rocio and John when Christmas shopping. This gave me a chance to doctor my cold and rest.

I did make plans to meet friends for lunch on Friday.  I figure I’ll be feeling well enough.  They live in San Diego so we meet half way. They said to bring Gpa if I want.  I think they want to meet him. Many people who have heard me talk about Gpa want to meet him, and when they do, they wish they had met him sooner.

Rocio told me her brother is quite taken with Gpa he hasn’t ever had a grandpa,  They now have a secret handshake.

It surprises me sometimes how people respond to Gpa, but I shouldn’t be.  I know he’s special.  I just hadn’t thought that others would want to participate as much as they do.

OK, OK, I’ll share.

Bed bunk challenge:

2 back

Bubble Tea and Laundry

I woke up feeling poorly but had things that needed to be done.

So got something hot for my throat and fed and changed Gpa.

Then Rocio and I gathered laundry.  Wow it was a lot.

I found a bubble tea place near the laundry mat.  Rocio had never had bubble tea.  John has and doesn’t like it.

I treated Rocio to a bubble tea, she got a coconut frappe and I got a green tea frappe, both with bubbles.  (because that’s the point)

She liked it, so did Sophie.  Maya wanted Gatorade and wouldn’t try it.  Maybe she will another time.

While the laundry was doing it’s thing, Rocio and I read the rent ads in Spanish. I had to ask her what a lot of the words meant.

I went to bed when we got home so I could be well for Christmas.  Rocio said, “No sick people for Christmas.”  She is remembering last year when we took turns being ill.

We found out that Gpa threw a banana at John.  Oh, Gpa!

Bunk bed challenge:

1 back

A Good day and a Bad day

We walked to the park with Rocio and the kids.  Gpa did a good job walking all the way.

The babies had new balls and we planned to kick them around.  There was also a statue of a turtle so there was tickling as well.

Can you see my loved ones under the Turtle?









Sophie wanted to swing which was on the other side of the park.  I took her and we swung for quite a while before everyone else came and swung to.

Then had a nice lunch when we walked back.

Later Rocio watched Gpa and I went to a taping of a show with a friend.  He had been in a student film and this was one way they raised money.

Had lots of fun and learned a lot.  I even won a t-shirt.

When I got home, I learned that Gpa had thrown food on the floor!  Oh no!  I hope the babysitter doesn’t quit!

Bunk Bed Challenge:

1 hand