Monday, January 9, 2017

January 9, 2017

Up Early on a Monday
January 9, 2017


This morning Ron was committed for a job about 15 miles away at 8:00.  That meant that I had to open the office.  On a Monday!  He has spoiled me and my average arrival time at work for the last 6 weeks has probably been about 11:30. 

The first couple of hours at the office were dead!  No activity.  So I did some cleaning.  I cleaned the glass doors and about 1/2 of the showroom windows.  It was a beautiful day outside and I enjoyed being out there even if it was to do cleaning.  Then things picked up and I stayed busy with customers most of the rest of the morning.  A couple of them were frequent customers and they wanted to chat.

Ron returned about noon and I had my lunch before he left on another job.  I failed to mention in the hustle and bustle of getting to the office early today, I discovered that the refrigerator was not working.  The refrigerator portion was totally off and the freezer was working fine.  Strange.  Needing to be at the office, I couldn't do anything about it at that time, so when Ron got to the office about noon he called the repairman and he was able to come out later in the afternoon.  When Ron got back from his second job I came home and waited for the repairman. 

The problem with the refrigerator turned out to be a "system error" due to all the brief power fluctuations recently.  The man checked with the factory and they told him what to do, which he passed on to me in case it happens again - unplug it for a few minutes and then plug it back in and it should "reboot" and work fine.  It is now working fine but tomorrow I probably need to throw out much that is in there. 

I spent much of the evening reading after fixing a supper that did not require refrigerated items.  I spent some time at the sewing machine.  Today I was able to get another dozen Christmas cards in the mail.  The end is in sight, but not sure if it will be done this week.

The weekend was relaxing.  In fact, I stayed in my PJs all day Saturday and I cannot remember the last time that I did that!  On Friday night we had freezing temperatures (which also doesn't happen often) and neither Ron nor I left the house all day.  I had brought in a lot of potted plants Friday morning and put them in the garage to protect them from the low temperatures.   It had been a couple of years since I had to bring in the plants and some had rooted to the ground and I couldn't get them pulled up to bring inside.
Saturday morning
 
Friday afternoon I left the office early and picked Mom and Carmen up to go get groceries.  After taking Carmen and the groceries back to Mom's house, Mom and I went out to supper.  Carmen's church has a service on Friday nights and she always goes there.  Mom and I had a good visit and Ron had come home after work and got right to bed.

At church Sunday I was not able to hear the service with my radio hookup.  I have a transistor radio set to the church frequency and a cable that goes from it to my Cochlear sound processor.  Normally I can hear well with it.  It was not working at the wedding I attended last week or on Sunday.  I need to talk to the staff and see if the problem is my radio or the sound system. 

I had gone shopping one evening last week and got a new tablecloth off a Christmas sale table.  It is one of the large ones - 120 inches long, and it was on sale for 70% off.  I had a $10 gift card earned with some Christmas shopping and in the end it only cost me about $3.  It is red and white and I will use it until Valentine's Day.  I really like it.  (See the photo at the top.)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

January 3, 2017

Out With 2016 and
In With 2017!
January 3, 2017


Black-crowned Night Heron

Are you remembering to write 2017 on your checks, etc.?  So far I think that I am, but I am sure in a day or two when I am not focused on it, I will make a mess of the date.  2016 was a good year for us.  We had the normal ups and downs and aches and pains that come with being over 70 and above.  There are no real complaints about 2016 except that it went by too rapidly.

There are exciting things to look forward to in 2017.    We have a new grandson due soon.  He is being eagerly awaited by all of the family.  It is time for a new baby in the immediate family.  The youngest grandchild is now 5 years old and so grown up.
Our 5-year old granddaughter in the pink

There are several trips coming up in the next few months, but all will be short, quick trips.  We want to see that new grandson as often and for as long as possible in the coming months.  We need to work on taking classes to keep our state license current for our locksmith business.  We will probably take those in either Dallas or Houston in late February or early March.  In April, my mom, our daughter-in-law Barbara and I are going to North Carolina for a long weekend for my niece's wedding.

For now, trips need to be short so Ron can continue to meet him mom's needs.  She is doing well, but needs daily attention and her care giver is only there a few hours a day.  She continues to amaze us with her ability to bounce back from assorted health challenges and even a few falls.  Somehow she manages to go down very slowly without hurting herself; she just needs help to get up.  We are so pleased that she continues to be able to enjoy some of her handwork crafts and her reading.

My mom is doing well and spent Christmas with my brother and his family.  There were several in his family who were sick during the holidays and Mom had some troubles, too, but seems to be doing well now. There are so many "bugs" being passed around, it is a challenge to go anywhere and come home healthy. 
Black-crowned Night Heron in our backyard
 
Monday we opened the office at noon and when I got home that afternoon, I decided to take a walk in the backyard.  I was delighted with the reward of seeing a Black-crowned Night Heron in the big tree out over the water.  I love the look of this beautiful bird.  This afternoon I went out again and there he was in the same spot in the tree.  He keeps an eye on me but does not try to fly away.  I hope he stays around for a while.

Ron has not been feeling well for a while so we spent the weekend at home and rested.  I commented today on his recent haircut and he informed me he got it last Friday.  I reminded him his head had been buried under the covers since last Friday!  He is feeling better, but still resting a lot.  Not sure what it is - no fever, no cough, no sore throat.  Just doesn't have an energy.
The bride wore tennis shoes
 
Saturday afternoon I did attend a wedding at our church while Ron stayed home and slept.  The bride was lovely and I loved her dress.  It looked so soft and draped so beautifully.  But you might notice the shoes in this photo.  In case you can't tell, she is in tennis shoes.  She is one of the happiest brides I have seen other than our daughter-in-law Kristina.  Kristina could not keep from smiling all day.
The lovely wedding cake 
(hard to see but real red roses are down the left side of the cake)
 
Over the last few days I have continued to sort fabric and am so eager to sew!  I got all the decorations off the Christmas tree in the sewing room and boxed them away, the the tree is only half down currently.  Maybe I should finish that tonight.  There is still the big tree in the living room to be done.

New Year's Resolutions are not something I do.  I do think it is a good time to look at my life and my activities and see if there are changes that need to be made, but I don't need the guilt of failing.  God forgives me and He is the one who matters.  I know there are areas where I need to improve and I hope at the end of this year I am not still dealing with the same issues.

Most Christmas cards are still not all mailed.  Only a few have gone out, but I will keep working on them.  I did make great progress yesterday and today on the end of the month/end of the year bookkeeping at the office.  I was so pleased to get the statements to our customers in yesterday's mail and then remembered it was a postal holiday.  My intentions are usually good.

Over the last two weeks of holiday celebrations, I put my Cochlear mini mic into frequent use and Ron has encouraged me to order the newer model with added features.  I hope to do that this week.  I need to order additional supplies for the units.

May your new year be filled with love and happy experiences.  Check back in when you have time and see what is going on in my corner of the world.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

December 28, 2016

Who Is the Person on Facebook
That Is doing a Countdown to 
Christmas 2017?
December 28, 2016


Ron needed a nap

Can you believe that some crazy, creative person is doing a countdown to Christmas 2017 on Facebook?  They are doing the number of days, hours, and minutes until the next Christmas!  Yikes!  I have only mailed about a dozen of my cards for this Christmas.  The wrapping paper and supplies are put away, but the trees are still up and the little village is still deep in artificial snow.  I am NOT ready to think about the next Christmas yet - well, except to think that the current plans are that all the family will be together next year.  
Our Christmas this year was rather quiet, but so nice.  I spent Saturday in the kitchen baking cookies for dessert on Christmas day and making fruit salad.  On Christmas Eve, Ron and I took supper to his mother and ate with her.  She doesn't like to leave her house and didn't want to go with us to McAllen on Christmas Day, but we had a good time visiting with her that evening.  Jeff's family had just left from surprising her with a visit and she was so delighted to have seen all of them.  

My mother had gone to Corpus Christi for Christmas.  My brother came to pick her up and then brought her home yesterday.  She was glad to be with him and his family, but several were sick and she wasn't feeling great, so it was hard on everyone - plans kept changing.

On Christmas Day we went to our son's home in McAllen for Christmas Dinner.  We arrived to the beautiful smells of a turkey cooking and the laughter of children.  I told my daughter-in-law that it smelled great in the kitchen and she said when they got home from church there was no smell of turkey roasting.  The power had gone off and the turkey was now behind schedule.  She had nutritious snacks set out and everyone nibbled for a while. 

Then we decided to open gifts (which is usually done after lunch) and enjoyed watching the children open the things we had taken for them.  They all were pleased with the items thanks to helpful suggestions from their mom.  It was getting close to 4:00 before we sat down to lunch, but it was worth the wait.  The turkey was perfect and everything else was yummy.

The late afternoon was spent relaxing and watching the children playing inside and outside in the nice South Texas weather.  It was a good visit and we hated to head home, but it was necessary.  We opened the office Monday about noon and it was a slow day.  

Tuesday, I spent much of my day with medical stuff.  I had an appointment scheduled with the Nurse Practitioner and had a list of things to talk to her about.  One complaint was shortness of breath.  One of the newer medications listed that as a side effect, but after a couple of tests and a chest x-ray she said my childhood asthma had returned and gave me a couple of new medications.  Oh, yippie.  (Not)

Then there were a couple of back and hip x-rays ordered to try to find out if there was something that could help the pain I have been having.  I guess it will be a while until I get those results.  I stayed home after that and slept the rest of the day away.

Today it was catch up day at the office working my way through a stack of paperwork.  I found some errors - mine and the bank's.  They aren't supposed to make them and especially when they are just enough to be irritating and not really important.  Just took a while to find the 40 cents!

When we went to Houston earlier this month to have my Cochlear sound processor reprogrammed, (they do it once a year), it seemed OK but the audiologist suggested we try it out a bit before heading home.  I should have found a small room to try it out.  In large areas it is fine, but in small areas I seem to get almost an echo.  We will probably be going to Houston in a couple of months for work related classes, and I hope I can work in an adjustment at that time.

Friday, December 23, 2016

December 22, 2016

It Is Almost Christmas!
December 22, 2016



The month continues to fly by and I am picturing myself holding on to a pole in a subway going 90 miles an hour as we sail along on the track heading toward Christmas Day.  Tonight I am more relaxed than I have been in a while.  Yesterday, with the help of my husband who took a load of packages to UPS and to the post office to get them on their way to our sons and their families, I can relax a little - or maybe a lot.  What a load that was off my mind.  I told Ron I owed him supper and he said if I would drive, he would accept.  We went to San Benito to the Longhorn Cattle Company and had Bar-B-Que.  It was a relaxing meal in a quiet corner.  The place was busy, but the other diners were talking softly at their tables. It was a nice evening.  The doors that are all around the rooms, were open to the night air and I was very comfortable with the temperature in my short-sleeved shirt.  (Of course Ron had on several layers of clothing and his coat.)

I don't mean to indicate that buying gifts, giving gifts, etc. is a load and a burden.  I put the pressure on myself usually by not getting things done in a timely manner.  As long as I can remember, I have not liked to go to the post office to mail packages and it is harder now as they seem to have a long list of questions to ask: are there any batteries? is there anything breakable?; are there any weapons?; on and on while I can't understand most of the questions as they rattle them off rapidly.  I love the special days - all of them: Christmas, Valentine's Day, birthdays, etc. but with our children so scattered it gets harder and harder to shop for them since we are rarely able to be in their homes to see what they like and need or want.

One daughter-in-law and I have similar tastes so she is usually the easiest to buy for.  Another has chosen one type of item that she likes for me to buy for her on gift giving occasions and I enjoy looking for those all year long.  Others are not as easy to shop for.  I am not in search of "the perfect gift".  I just want to give them something they will enjoy and will not consider added clutter in their lives.  Even my husband is hard to buy for.  This time I think I got it right.  I gave him his gift a couple of days ago - a little early.  He does not enjoy having to put up outdoor decorations, but tonight he said, "My kind of decoration.  You plug it in and walk away."
My gift to Ron this year for Christmas


The only perfect gift ever given to the world, was a baby in a stable over 2,000 years ago and he was sent to us by God our Heavenly Father.  For us, the gift is free.  All we have to do is accept it.  God gave His only son to come to earth as a baby and that son, Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth for 33 years before dying on a cross to pay for my sins and yours.  Sometimes we can get caught up in the decorations and gift buying, the parties and parades of the season and not take time to remember the true meaning of what Christmas is all about. 

So, why do we exchange gifts at Christmas time?  That is a question that has many answers - some make more sense than others.  For me, it is a mixture of tradition and love.  It is hard not to become caught up in the commercialization of this Holy Day.  Over the years I have heard how different families celebrate the time.  Some open gifts the night before to keep Christmas day focused on Christ.  One year we included a mother and her daughters at our Christmas dinner who did not believe in exchanging gifts at all.  Sometimes a gift I give may be more about memories than something useful or needed.  That is what happened with my gift to my Mom this year.

Mom was not going to put up a tree this year.  She was going to be out of town.  Her first plans fell through due to a couple of doctor's appointment that took priority over the trip to my sister's house.  So she got out a few decorations, but then my brother invited her to his home.  So she was going to be gone just a short time compared to a longer stay in Idaho.  Growing up, one year we had a unique Christmas tree.  For some reason that seemed also forgotten, Mom spray painted our Christmas tree florescent orange and then decorated it all in silver.  She had silver chains, silver ornaments, and a silver ball suspended over the top of the tree.
Mom putting hooks on ornaments as we decorated her tree
 
At the time, we kids we appalled!  How could she?  It was in the late 1950s and it was very "modern", but where was our green tree with the usual ornaments?  Yet now, 55+ years later, it is the tree we all talk about and remember.  All the green ones seem the same in our memories. Shopping earlier this month while in Dallas, we came upon an orange Christmas tree.  It was not florescent orange, but close enough.  As I debated buying it for Mom, my husband just picked it up and put it in our cart.  At home, I bought decorations for it all in silver.  I could not replicate all of them, but did the best I could and took it to Mom one evening earlier this month.
Mom with her orange Christmas tree
 
What memories it brought out!!  She loved it!  She thought it was perfect.  She helped as I decorated the little tree and at one point she asked me why we painted it florescent orange.  My reply, "We, pale face?"  (You have to be a certain age to understand that comment - think Lone Ranger.)   As we talked, it seems the most likely answer was that the tree was so straggly, as many were in those days, that it needed help.  By the striking color and the contrasting ornaments, each ornament became showcased as it hung on the tree.  Precious memories make a great gift for adults.

There are still a few odds and ends on my shopping list and I plan to be out tomorrow morning taking care of those.  It would be nice to be finished with the hustle and bustle of crowded stores, but there were just too many other things going on this year - several out of town trips this fall. 
Our son and his wife in McAllen
 
Since my last posting, we have made a trip to McAllen to spend last Sunday afternoon with our son's family there.  They are all staying busy.  Some had been working on putting together a new swing set for the younger children.  It was becoming a challenging project especially when the dogs wanted to chew up some parts.  The visit was fun and relaxing.  Using the Cochlear phone clip is great.  I wish the battery had a longer life than it does, but it is good until the battery runs down and needs to be recharged.

We have had dinner out with our friends, Pat and Dennis.  Pat and I spent one Saturday afternoon and the following Monday evening working on a gift she was making for one of her grandchildren.  It is so much fun to work on projects with friends.  This one turned out great and I think the little granddaughter will enjoy it for years to come.  It is another of those memory gifts. 
Fabric photo book

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

December 13, 2016

I Think I Have Already 
Celebrated A Family Christmas
December 13, 2016

Dallas - Fall/Christmas
Mid- December!
 
Almost no gifts have been bought, delivered, or exchanged.  Almost no traditional Christmas "goodies" have been eaten.  No Christmas cards have been written!  So why do I feel I have already celebrated a family Christmas?  The last few weeks have been packed solid with family time.  There have been so many wonderful memories shared and new ones created.  I can see it has been almost 10 days since my last posting and I don't have to ask where those days have gone.  They have gone into my heart and memory.
The trees were beautiful
 
Starting late last month, we went to San Antonio for a weekend and during that time we were able to attend church with our son and daughter-in-law on a Sunday when David (our son) was singing a solo with the choir special.  His multi-talented wife, Diana runs the camera that broadcasts their church services live on Sunday mornings.  We sat on the top row of the balcony to be beside her while she served the Lord by helping to bring their services to those who can not be in the auditorium each Sunday. 
One of the tired children after a day of play
 
December started with the McAllen Christmas parade (they call it a holiday parade, but we all know what it really is).  That is where I left off with my last blog posting.  On Monday following the Christmas parade, I took Mom to the dermatologist to have a place removed from her leg following a biopsy report that said it needed to be done.  That evening I packed after my day at the office, and on Tuesday morning returned to McAllen to care for six grandchildren for a couple of days.  Their mom had made a quick, fun trip with her mom to have a little time together during this busy time of the year.  The children and I had so much fun.  They were on their best behavior and full of ideas and energy.  One day was gray and gloomy outside and the next was a beautiful day to be outside for a while.
One of the three children now playing on basketball teams
 
Our son was home in the evening.  He texted me about the time I got home from taking one of the girls to her ballet class and offered to pick up supper for all of us.  I gladly accepted his offer and later we all sat down for a pizza supper.  He spent time with the children before they were headed to bed and he and I had a little time to visit one-on-one (a rare occurrence).  I am sure his wife feels the same way.
They set up this obstacle course for fun
 
On Wednesday about noon I had to leave there and go to San Benito and then Harlingen for a sonogram and blood work for my thyroid doctor visit tomorrow.  That night it was time to do laundry so I could pack Thursday night for our trip to Dallas on Friday.  We left just after noon Friday and drove to Temple stopping at our favorite place for supper along the way in Round Rock. 
Magnolia Market in Waco
 
Saturday morning Ron agreed to take me to a place I had been eager to see and shop in, Magnolia Market in Waco.  I bought a few small items and we got some photos on a very chilly morning - it had been 28 degrees overnight.  The day was beautiful though and after my shopping we went on to Dallas and stopped at the Christian book store where Stephen works, Logos, near the Southern Methodist University campus.
Fall colors and Christmas decorations in the middle of December

A surprise baby shower had been planned for his wife by some friends from their church and a few who were not going to be able to attend had delivered packages to the Logos store.  We picked those up and took them to our hotel room to keep Kristina from being able to see them if he had taken them home. 
The leaves were falling with each gust of wind
 
Dallas was having it's first real cold spell of the season and the trees had turned beautiful shades of yellow, orange, red, and purple.  We took a few photos of the fall foliage next to the Christmas decorations.  At the store there was a display for the day of beautiful hand crafted silver jewelry and I was able to select a piece I had been wanting.  This one is by Jack Hall from Seabrook,Texas and I enjoyed chatting with his wife who was in the store to represent him at the display. 
My new necklace drop that I selected
 
Our hotel check-in was next on the list of to-do items.  We needed to stash the gifts before we went to Stephen's and Kristina's.  After visiting with them for a while at their house, and seeing the great progress on the nursery, we went to eat and then to do a little shopping. Back at their house, Ron helped Stephen with some household repairs and then we ordered pizza late that night.
The proud parents-to-be
 
Sunday morning was worship and Sunday School at Stephen and Kristina's church.  I was able to use my Cochlear microphone clip and must have been near a speaker, because although we were near the back of a very large auditorium, I could hear the entire service very well.  We went to lunch and took some photos before saying our good-byes.  Kristina thought we were heading to Houston where I had scheduled an appointment with the audiologist for Monday, but actually we were returning to the hotel to load up those lovely gifts again and head to the baby shower. 
So in love!
 
Kristina was very surprised by the shower, but I think even more surprised to see us there.  Ron and Stephen left as the shower started.  The decorations were great, the food was way too good, and the friends are treasures that are precious to Stephen and Kristina.  My sister, Janet, was able to come from her home north of Fort Worth for the shower and that allowed me to spend time with her this Christmas season.  After the shower, we loaded those now very familiar gifts and returned to Stephen and Kristian's.  We were all tired, but on our last visit, they introduced us to a favorite eating spot of theirs, Matt's Mexican Food.  We happily agreed to return there for supper before closing our visit so all of us could get some much needed rest.  I think I had better stop at this point and pick up the rest later.
Still in love after 51 1/2 years
 
All I can say is, if the family part of Christmas stopped right now, I could not complain, except that we have not been able to see Bob and Vickey.  First and foremost, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of the Christ child who came to earth to eventually pay the penalty for our sins by dying on the cross so that we could spend eternity in Heaven.  That celebrating is extra special when we can be with family for that time of the year. 
My sister at the baby shower for our daughter-in-law
 
This year Stephen and Kristina are not able to travel and must stay close to their home.  None of us had done our shopping so we did not celebrate Christmas while we were in Dallas, but we were celebrating the soon to-be, birth of a male child who is very special to us already.  As I watch the excitement on the faces of our son and his wife, how much more excited must Mary have been to be carrying the Christ Child.  If you have never heard the song, Mary, Did You Know?, may I suggest that you do a search (google or your favorite search site) and listen to this song that touches my heart every time I hear it.
 The four of us who ate, shopped, and visited
 away the few hours we had to be together.

Monday, December 5, 2016

December 4, 2016

Busy Days - Fun Days
December 4, 2016




The last few days have been again filled with assorted activities.  Thursday night it dawned on me that it was the first of the month and I had not done the billing.  I blame it on car trouble that meant I didn't get to the office until early afternoon.  Anyway, that meant that my Friday was spent doing paperwork and I was able to get the bills to the post office at the end of the day.  On the way to the office Friday, I just could not resist stopping to take photos of some white pelicans close to the office.

Mom was not feeling well so we did not go to supper.  Instead I went to do some shopping.  Some was birthdays and some was Christmas.  I felt good about finally starting on the Christmas shopping and hope that the purchases will please the recipients.  Not having had any little girls, I always enjoy shopping for clothes for our granddaughters.

Saturday morning I was up a little earlier than normal for me, but a little later than planned.  I started baking a couple of cakes; one for Jeff's birthday and one for his youngest daughter's birthday.  I didn't have time to get into fancy decorating, so only did a little one our granddaughter's cake.  Her dad requested a cherry chip cake and I found a mix but not the frosting so I made my own (which I do for most cakes, but not for cherry chip. 

I put a ham in the oven and about 1:45 we loaded everything and drove to McAllen for a late lunch and the Christmas parade.  Our daughter in law added to the meal and we had a great lunch.  We should have left a little earlier for the parade because she could not get into the VIP lot to use her VIP parking sticker.  Roads were already blocked.

Barbara let us off near the stadium where the parade starts and then she found a parking place and joined us.  We were still well before parade time.  We watched the activities going on and enjoyed the concert put on the the Fighting Texas Aggie Band before the parade.  Then they led the parade.  McAllen rents parade balloons from the Macy's parade; this is the third year for doing that and they are a big hit. 

This year our seats were excellent - Row 2.  We could see all the parade entries up close.  The only down side was have the filming crew in front of us a lot of the time and blocking a bit of the view, but the kids were delighted.  One of our granddaughters enjoys photography and she got some awesome photos.  She has a great eye for unique shots.

It was windy during the parade and the handlers had to fight with some of the balloons.  The taller they were, the more trouble they were.  The parade would pass us, then curve around the end of the track in the stadium and pass the stands on the other side before going out on the street for about 1 1/2 mile stretch going down Bi-Centennial Blvd.  On our side, the wind was a little problem, but on the other side it was a real battle and at least one balloon had to be pulled before the parade got to the street. 

After the parade we returned to our son's home.  We never did see him as he was working on the parade all day.  We stayed a while hoping to have birthday cake with him, but when he texted it would still be another hour, we headed on home about 10:30. 

On the way home we were able to get an update from our youngest son about their most recent doctor's appointment to find out their little baby due in about 2 1/2 months is growing well and getting strong.  We are excited about this newest addition to the family that will be here soon.  We will be visiting them soon.

It was late when we got home after a damp drizzle much of the way.  I forgot to mention that as it did two years ago, a cold front arrived just as the end of the parade was leaving the stadium with a brief rain shower.  The shower only lasted a couple of minutes and then it was just cooler and windy.

Sunday morning I was late getting up so Ron left before I did.  I still got to Sunday School class about the time they were ready to start the lesson.  We have just started a study in Joshua and it was an excellent introduction this morning.  The worship service was a Christmas musical.  Our church had joined with another church and presented the musical at the other church Friday night and our church this morning.  There was a good crowd and many visitors. 

Many times before in this blog I have mentioned about my difficulties with hearing music correctly, especially new music.  This was almost all new music this morning and it was impossible to understand the words.  If it had been familiar music, it would have been easier.  The presentation was attractive and well done. 

After church I came home and Ron went to get his Mom's lunch and take care of some things for her.  I was ready for a nap by the time he got home and slept for 6 hours.  Of course, now I can't get to sleep.

The week ahead promises to be another busy one.  My mom has a doctor's appointment tomorrow.  It is at an office close to our office so it won't take long.  Next, I will be taking care of the grandchildren for two days and then I have a couple of appointments for tests Wednesday before my thyroid doctor's appointment next week.

Several projects are in progress and I hope to have a little time to work on them this week.  Much to do and much I want to do.  Hope your week is a good one.
 One of our grandsons warming up after the parade.