Thursday, November 13, 2008


Hey, Y'all,

Just a few lines to tell you about our day today. I had already posted a story about today, but I wasn't happy with the way it was published. So here goes again.

Today is the birthday anniversary of two very special people in our lives: my brother, Hugh, who turned 80 today, and my sister-in-law, Mae, who turned 89 today. She is the widow of my oldest brother, Bill, who passed away twenty-two years ago.

We went to Knoxville this afternoon to take Hugh and Imazo to eat. We had planned to take Mae also, but she was snatched away by her children and grandchildren to be taken out to eat. ha. (I say snatched away because we didn't know until yesterday that she wouldn't be going with us).

Mae is shown in the picture to the left with her sister, Lucille. Mae is the one on the right. Hugh and Imazo are shown in the picture to the left. They come as a pair. You never (or hardly ever) see one without the other. :)

We are back home from our trip to Knoxville, where we went to Pueleo's Grill Restaurant. Yummy place to eat. We made little oink oinks out of ourselves.The real story, however, is how we got to Pueleo's. I quite often have trouble finding my way into places that are kind of out of the way. Same held true, this time.

When I told Gramp's speech therapist, Carol, that we were planning on eating there, she very generously gave us a coupon that would allow us to either get an appetizer or a dessert. BTW, (humming Pomp and Circumstance)hmm hmmm hmmm, hmm, hmmm= Gramps was graduated today from home health care and we will really miss having friends (that is what they became) coming in to help him get better.

Well, we came off the interstate onto Strawberry Plains Pike and saw the restaurant, but weren't sure where to turn to get into it, and accidentally found ourselves back on the interstate, and had to drive five miles (we enjoyed the scenery - that was a plus) and exited again onto the Pike, and found our way in (thank the Lord!) Always an adventure when we go somewhere, you know!

We had a lovely lunch/supper and when it came to time for dessert, we had it packaged up and took it with us. Hugh and Imazo had a coupon book as well and were able to use it for a take home dessert, too. We took the choice (apple pie) and then we all had coffee and pie when we got back to Hugh's.

I still feel stuffed and I didn't even finish my entree!

A little bit now about my brother, Hugh, and our sister-in-law, Mae. Hugh was 9 when Mae joined our family by marrying my oldest brother, Bill. I was only 4 at the time, and so, I have known her my entire memory of life. She has been my sister and confidante forever. I love and respect her dearly. She and Bill were married almost 50 years before he passed away from a brain tumor in 1986.

Hugh has always been my big brother, and I have adored and looked up to him always. He is one of the kindest and funniest people I have ever known. We all of us, share so many of the same memories, and we miss my sister and brothers who shared those same memories. One cannot think of Hugh without thinking of Imazo as well. Next week, they will observe their 56th wedding anniversay. He (and we) are so blessed to have Imazo in our lives. Imazo is a kind and loving sister to me, and I value her love and friendship dearly.

Our whole family has always been close and we miss those who have gone on before us, but we know that we will see them again some day. In the meantime, we look forward to those times when those of us who are still here can get together.

Thanksgiving is coming up in a couple of weeks. We look forward to getting together with family and friends. Gramps and I look forward to seeing our youngest daughter, Teresa, and her husband, Tom,then.

This is Blabbin' Grammy fixing to take her full tummy to bed in a little while. Signing off for now. God bless each of you. Good night. Bye for now.


Serbian Mink said...


how old is Lucille?

boy, Mae is lookin' good for 89!

thanks for the pics.

Judy said...

Grammy, You have so many great memories and great family in your life and so many great friends. I know you are a special person as well. I am glad your husband has graduated and doing so good. I bet the home health lady will miss you, too.

Grammy said...

I think Lucille is around 85, but am not quire sure. I'll check with Mae and find out.
Youre welcome. How are David's plans going? For you know what.
Love you,
Tia Gwammy TN said...

Hi Grammy, you have had an exciting day. I love days like that. I know exactly where Strawberry Plains exit is located. I can remember when there wasn't one building there. It has really expanded. I can understand why you couldn't find the way to get into Pubelo's. We used to exit there before my daughter moved to Blaine. She lived at Mascot then. I'm glad Gramps is well enough to graduate from Home Health. You really do get used to them coming and miss them when it's over. We still have one coming to give Bill his bath, but we pay her....she doesn't come through the company. that works out good for us. have a good restful night and I will "see" you again tomorrow.

Babs Banter/QUILTECH said...

Hi Ruby,
Top C is a very high note that sopranos try and reach in Beethoven's Ninth - choral work. I was being ironic when I said I was in recovery!!

However, am replying on your Blog rather than mine, as I don't want to broadcast to the world - the fact I am looking after a very old friend from college days who has cancer. Had non-hodgkins lymphoma for a few years which has spread to the other side of his face. Was diagnosed a month ago with 2 tumours in his liver - unrelated to the lymphoma. On Tuesday we were told they were secondary cancers that originate from the bowel. It has been a great shock and I am offering all my support. However, we are back and forth from the hospital and Cancercare and my time is taken up with looking after him - hence very little on my Blog. Frankly I don't feel very humorous at the moment and may withdraw for a while.


Grammy said...

Dear Babs,
You will certainly be in my prayers along with your friend. I am so sorry about what you are both going through. Thank you for responding and letting me know.

Serbian Mink said...

Tia Gwammee,

you know who has yet to get with his Captain to schedule a trip.

i have been nagging him to death daily to do so, what a putz!!!

i don't know if he's lazy or doesn't want to make the trip.
Love to all,
Mink Niece