Friday, September 5, 2014

Still Waiting....


Some of you may be wondering about that expected great-granddaughter I have mentioned a couple three dozen times or more and how she could come just about any day (ahem, that was 3 weeks ago), but as to this minute, this hour, this day we are still waiting.  However, after a trip to the doctor's on Wednesday there won't be much more waiting be assured.  In fact the doctor was shocked she had not made her appearance yet, IF she doesn't make herself known to this wonderful world and welcoming love by next Wednesday, guess what, Labor will be induced.  Shall we take bets on if she will come prior to the inducement??

The Grandmothers....

Remembering my own two pregnancies, one came without any coaxing and right on time, however my son decided, like my great-granddaughter that he would take his sweet time in making his appearance.  After a trip to the doctor's on a Friday, and he could determine that "everything" was ready and in place the Doc sent me home and scheduled me to go to the hospital on Monday to be induced if nothing happened over the weekend.  Well, nothing happened at least in the "baby delivery" department, but I did clean the house from top to bottom (small apartment at the time), scrubbed the kitchen floors on my knees, cooked up a storm, but NOTHING....not a twitch.

So come Monday morning, hospital here we come.  After breaking my water (I don't know how they do it these days) and telling me to join my husband in the waiting area and walk, that is exactly what I did.  It wasn't too long after that the pains of childbirth began and my son was delivered shortly thereafter.
Grandparents, Awaiting New Mom and Dad....

So my hopes and prayers are that our long-awaited sweet girl will come into this world safely into the loving welcome arms of their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and this great-grandmother. Stay tuned for the upcoming announcement!!

"If I am thinking correctly," said Pooh, "a new baby is probably, undoubtedly, the grandest gift of all."

PS  - Please hop on over to my collaborative blog FOL where I am musing on the "Distractions of Fall.

Until next time....

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Don't Fence Me In....

The berries are hangin' on to the park fence....


The Sweet Autumn Clematis is thriving on the front fence....


And the Heliopsis (False Sunflower) is dyin' on the back fence....


Linking up with The Run Around Ranch's


“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destination full of hope.”  ~  Maya Angelou


Until next time.....

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My Reward....

 

Isn't this a beautiful church steeple.  It was at one time the tallest structure in our city, but since we moved here several have taken her place as taller, you know progress.  I took this image this morning after a trip to the bank to get my debit card straightened out.  Only me could do something this dumb....a while back a weekend bank personnel (over zealous) cancelled my debit card....arghh!! She thought there was fraud on the account, but no.  Sending a new one took almost a week.  I very rarely carry cash, almost everywhere takes credit cards (except my hairdresser).  So until my new debit card arrived the bank gave me a cash card.  Only works at banks, no place else (I tried) but at least I could withdraw cash until my new debit card appeared.  Ahh the day arrived, my new debit card landed in my mail box.  But wait....they mail the PIN number in a separate mailing (for your protection).  OK, another wait.  Finally, debit card with funkie PIN arrives.  I immediately call the 800 number, quote the pin number to activate the debit card.  Whoopee!!  I am back in business except.....I immediately shredded the PIN number info without writing it down.  Drats. Oh well, I still have my cash card if I need cash.  Until I lost my cash card....I think I left it in the bank slot where you withdraw cash...the ATM machine.  Anyway, now I am up sh_ _ creek.  No way to get cash. But no worries, a nice young banker man fixed my problem and now my debit card can withdraw cash just like every other debit card on the face of the earth!!  Until I screw something else up.....

OK now that the debit card situation is over and done with I headed to get the oil changed in my car since my warning light had been on for awhile, ok more than awhile, too long.  And I had a slow leak in my left rear passenger side tire.  Every once in awhile the low tire icon would appear on the dashboard and I would stop and fill it up with air....I can't believe gas stations charge for air, come on.  So had oil changed, tire is now fixed (nail) and I am on my way again.  When I have accomplished obstacles like debit card issues, oil issues and tire issues, I feel the need to reward myself by stopping by the little park I passed on the way to the oil changer/tire fixer place to wander and ofcourse snap a few images.  And the fact that it was a beautiful day with brilliant blue skies added an extra incentive for this stop over/reward.

As I walked thru the park I found all kinds of "wild things" growing.


I have no idea what this is, but I love it.  The brilliant pink stems, bright green leaves, green and deep purple berries, wow.


And ofcourse the cone flowers are in their last stages of beauty...


Dry and bare but beautiful...


The entrance to the play area is dazzling with the mesh wire delights...


Not a single solitary child in the play area....school is now in session.


When I first began to gaze at this I thought it was a mother bug carrying it's young on it's back....but then I saw more in this same "position" and then I remembered the story my mom taught me about the birds and the bees and I think they were adhering to the age old mantra.....go forth and multiply.


Just a great day to reward myself....


"I believe God lets us stumble along, slowly finding our way, and giving us chances to pick each other up."
             ~ Anna White

Until next time.....