Saturday, January 31, 2009

A Quiet Weekend

Hey, Y'all,
Well, here it is a beautiful sunny Saturday, and I am up early just puttering around, and seeing what the weekend will bring.

Gramps and I went into Knoxville yesterday to spend some time with Imazo, Mae, and David (Imazo's son from Arizona). We went to do one of our favorite family things, which is to eat. ha. We decided to go to Louis' Restaurant and put on the "feed-bag". They absolutely serve the best spaghetti and meat sauce you would ever want to wrap your tongue around. YUM! I can never eat the whole serving, and usually bring half of it home. Yesterday was no exception to that rule.

David is returning home today, and I know that Imazo is going to miss him terribly. He and Jeff (her younger son) have been helping her to go through bills and other paper work that she needs to get straight, since Hugh was the one who took care of all the business matters.

After we got back from the restaurant, we sat around talking and just enjoying visiting with one another.

Gramps and I stopped at the Food City Grocery on the way home and I purchased a few items that we needed.

This morning, I began clearing off my computer desk of items that need to be filed in my filing cabinet, and right now they are lying in the floor ready to be filed away. Just as I was beginning today's blog posting, my daughter, Teresa, sent me an IM and we have been chatting away for the past hour and a half. What fun! I so enjoy the time I can spend with her. We never run out of anything to say (mostly just inconsequential stuff, but still fun).

I hear Gramps playing the tv in our bedroom.

(a Few hours later)
Mark called and asked me to follow him to the auto mechanic's home to take his truck over for a small repair. He came over in a short time and I followed him and then brought him back to his house. We sat and chatted for awhile, then I came back home. I found Gramps sitting in the living room, dressed and waiting for me to make his morning coffee, which I did, then made myself a sandwich for lunch.

Not much else doing today, except to file the papers I have lying in the floor and to balance my bank account using my Quicken program. I guess I will do that sometime before bedtime. If I can work up the enthusiasm, I may even do so this afternoon. The other day while at Walmart, I purchased the cloth to make the squares for Will's quilt. I have that to cut into one yard lengths and launder, then press prior to cutting the block squares.

We have been invited to Mark and Allie's tomorrow for a Super Bowl party. If I can get the man to go with me, we can go. It all depends on what kind of mood he will be in at the time. I am hoping he will be able to get up for church in the morning. Who knows? Only time will tell, but for now, time is not talking. ha.

Well, this is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for now. Love to you all. Bye for now.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Time of Recovery

Hey, Y'all,

Over the past couple of days, I just stayed in my gown and housecoat, and didn't bother with dressing. I was in my blue funk mood, and was not considering doing anything except maybe a little housework, and sewing. That is exactly what I did.

This morning, I woke up ready to shower and get dressed. After taking stock of the contents of the pantry and refrigerator, I knew it was time to do a lot of things this day. No milk for breakfast, no bread for sandwiches, and there was trash to be bagged up and carried to the local dumpster. There happened to be just enough milk for Gramps' breakfast this morning, but not mine. I had collected the trash, took my Nexium for reflux, taken my shower, and gotten dressed by 9 a.m.

I was going to go ahead and do the chores I needed to do, but had not had any breakfast. I scrounged up an egg, a slice of cheese, a couple of slices of raisin bread, made some hot tea, and fixed my breakfast.

Scrambled the egg, added the cheese, toasted the bread, and sat down to eat. Then I really felt up to running out to do the errands needed to be done.

I left Gramps putting some shoe laces into a pair of shoes he wanted to wear, carried the trash out to the car, grabbed my purse, put on my coat and purple cap, and headed out to New Market. I stopped to visit with Judy at the church, went on to deposit the trash at the dump, stopped to pay our electric bill at the co-op, went on to the drug store to download some pictures into their machine, then went on to the Wal-mart for needed things, and groceries, then back to the drug store to pic up the pics. After I picked them up, I went on to the Library to get some books to read, and headed home. All that took me about two and a half hours, and I was truly worn out when I got home.

While at Wal-mart, I ran into a lady who had graduated from high school when I did. It was really great seeing her again, and we exchanged phone numbers. We stood there for awhile talking about people we both knew. I will definitely be calling her soon so we can get together and visit. It is so unsatisfactory to see someone and not be able to talk as long as you wish.

Close friends of mine and Gramps (Mark and Allie, Gene and Judy) sent flowers to the funeral of my brother, Hugh, and I am posting a picture of them. Imazo gave them to me, and I plan to set them outside in the spring. One of the flowers are azaleas, I believe.
Gramps and I are planning on going in to Knoxville tomorrow and having a late lunch with David, Imazo, and Mae. It will be good to spend some time with them.
Well, that is about it for today. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Love to you all. Bye for now.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A Rainy, Windy Day

Hey, Y'all,
Last night, I downloaded a new game (I belong to Real Arcade Games) and get a new game every month for $9.95. Last night's game is a solitaire card game, and is a lot of fun to play and waste time playing. I was up until 1 a.m. playing, and then dragged to bed. I slept until 5 a.m. and then was up for a few minutes to get a drink of water and make a pit stop.

Back to bed and then up at a little after 7 this morning. I will probably be ready to take a nap about the time that Gramps decides to get up. I had my breakfast and cleaned the kitchen, dried a load of laundry that I had washed last night. Yesterday, I did about three loads of laundry, and folded what had already been washed and dried.

Gramps and I watched some television together last night, until he changed the channel and started watching CNN. That is where I drew the line and moved into my work/craft room. I fired up my PC and started surfing and reading.

After breakfast this morning, I came in here and turned on my PC, my television, and checked my e-mail, did a crossword puzzle on the computer at the News-Sentinel webpage, checked the obituaries and didn't find my name or the name of anyone else that I might know.

I have the television on watching (or listening to) the favorite show of senior citizens - "The Price is Right". Gramps and I have always enjoyed seeing people win prizes. I love to watch how they are so enthused when they are on and win.

Imazo said this morning that Jeff and David are helping her to sort out business matters that must be paid and taken care of. Hugh did all the management of business for the two of them, except when she ordered something, and then she took care of paying that bill.

Teresa called me yesterday afternoon to see how we were doing, and while we were talking on my home phone, Carol called me on my cell phone. I had an idea, and thought maybe they could talk to each other, so I tried something. I turned the cell phone upside down and held it to the home phone, and they were able to talk to each other, and they talked loudly enough for me to hear and talk to them. Cool, huh? I thought so.

Well, it is supposed to rain and maybe snow this evening, but I don't think it will lay. I may make some vegetable beef soup for supper. I don't know yet. I will probably go take a nap in a few minutes. No reason to really stay up for right now. More later. Love to all of you.

This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Bye for now.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Gathering of Family

Hey, Y'all,

Yeah, I know it is a different size type today, but I thought I would try a different font, and different size to see how it transposes into the post.

Yesterday, our family gathered to say a final goodbye to Hugh, until that time when we see him again. A few of us gathered at Hugh's and Imazo's home, and then proceeded to the cemetery and lined the cars in a procession to the graveside. We alighted from the cars and edged our way up to the chairs that had been placed beside the grave.

The grandsons and nephews of Hugh then carried his bier up to the grave and placed it on the stand above the empty grave. The wind blew in small gusts, making us feel the chill of the day. It was nothing compared to the chill we felt in our hearts for the temporary loss of Hugh in our lives.

The pastors who had conducted the services for Hugh the night before were there to say a few more words in our behalf. Then the flag that had draped Hugh's casket was handed to Imazo, hands were shaken by the pastors, and we were left to proceed to our cars after some of us stood around to talk. I took Dub and Carol and myself on down to the car, because I didn't want to stand around in the cold, when I knew we would be gathering at their church in a short time.
We headed on out of the cemetery and toward the church.

We arrived at the church to find the food ready to serve. They have a fine man who takes care of seeing that food is prepared and served for such occasions as this one. It was not long before we had taken off our coats and picked up a plate to serve ourselves at the bounteous table.
After we had filled our plates, we seated ourselves at one of several tables that had been set up for us, and spent a time eating and sharing stories, and enjoying time together. After we had finished chowing down, I got out my camera and handed it over to Carol, and she proceeded to taking group pictures so we would have a pictorial record of those who were there.
We all had a lovely time and I know Hugh would have thoroughly enjoyed the fact that we were there and would have been happy to see us remembering him in such a fashion. After the picture taking, we kind of all went our separate ways except for Jeff, David, Imazo, Carol, Andrea, Steven, Gramps, and me. We went back to Imazo's and sat around chatting, and enjoying the quiet time. This gave us a while to kind of relax and reflect on the last few days.
Too soon it was time to say goodbye to Steven and Carol. David and Andrea took them to the airport so they could head home to their separate destinations. Gramps, Imazo, Jeff and I sat a while longer and visited.
Top picture is of Middle Generation cousins: Carol (my daughter), Norma (Mae and Bill's daughter), David (Hugh and Imazo's son), Andrea (David's wife), Jeff (Hugh and Imazo's son), Peggy (Jeff's wife).
Next picture is of senior generation: Gramps, me, Imazo, Mae.
Next picture is the whole group of those who were gathered together. All are related to each other and Hugh and I in some way.
Last picture is of the youngest generation cousins, spouses, girl friends, and grandmother, Imazo.
Well, that is it for today. Gramps and I will be headed to Knoxville to have breakfast with Imazo, Jeff, David and Andrea before she heads back to Tucson to work. David is staying on through Saturday before heading back home. I will have a lot of catching up to do of housework when I get back this afternoon, but I have found that housework will wait. In fact, it goes nowhere until it is done. Ha.
This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for now. Breakfast waits for me, and my tummy says it is time to fill it. Love to you all. Bye for now.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy Birthday, Austin

Hey, Y'all,
Today is the birthday of our great grandson, Austin. He is six years old today. What a wonderful age to be! An age of exploring the world around us. An age of wonderment. An age of realization that there is so much one can learn to do and be.
Austin is the oldest son of our grandson, Daniel and wife, Whitney. We don't get to see them more than once a year, but we so much appreciate them all.
To learn more about Austin and his family, go to:
It is a joy to read about them and what they are all about.
Austin, Happy Birthday! We love you. Have a great day!
Grammy and Gramps.

A Coming Together

Hey, Y'all,
No pictures this morning, except for those I can make with words. We had a wonderful coming together of friends and families last evening, in memory of Hugh. Carol, our oldest daughter, was able to come in and be with us after all. She had thought that she wouldn't, but we were pleasantly surprised to get a call from her that she could come after all. Everyone was grateful for her presence and her physical support. I know that our daughter, Teresa, and her husband Tom were supporting us with prayers, and we were so grateful for them.

Yesterday morning, Gramps and I got ready and went to Knoxville around ten o'clock and joined with the other family members that were at Hugh's and Imazo's. When we arrived we found that Imazo's sisters, Barbara and Dorothy, from Monroe County were already there with some of their kin. Hugh's son, David, had arrived from Arizona with his wife, Andrea, and son, Steven very late the evening before. Jeff and his wife, Peggy, were there also. Jeff and Peggy live in Knoxville.

We sat around talking, reliving memories of the past, as one does when a loved one passes on. Then around 12:30, I left to go to the airport to pick up Carol, and soon after we got back, several of Imazo's nieces from Ohio came in. It was wonderful to see so many people there coming together in support of Imazo, Jeff, and David and their family.

The cousins always enjoy getting together and talking to one another. I really enjoy seeing them all together.

We left for the funeral home about 3:30, and soon we were seeing a lot of people, some of whom I knew and mostly didn't. Since Hugh was eighty when he died, there were a lot of senior citizens who came to remember and honor his memory. There were also a lot of children who came. A set of triplets who are about five years old came to the funeral. Imazo teaches a Sunday school class of preschoolers. It was so sweet to see her bending over and hugging all three of them at the same time, and them hugging her in return.

You know how it is when you stand for two hours greeting people and you look at their faces, and try to remember if you know them or not. Of course, if you are supposed to remember and don't, it can be a little overwhelming. However, they are very forgiving if you don't. The standing was quite a challenge, and it was really great to be able to sit down and relieve my aching back. It was wonderful to see the great number of people who stayed through the recieving of friends for the funeral service afterwards. The chapel seats were filled for the service.

The line of friends and relatives who came to pay their last respects to Hugh was almost unending. People were still coming through after the service was due to begin. What a wonderful tribute to Hugh and his faithfulness to the Lord, and his friendliness toward his fellow man, that so many came. It was a tribute also to their love for Imazo and their family.

Another thing about funerals is that you see relatives that you only most usually see when you attend a wedding or a funeral. It has been so many years since we have had a family reunion, and we really miss seeing family and "catching up" on what is going on in their lives. It is a thing one really misses doing. Every one stays so busy, and so out of touch that it is no wonder that we lose that closeness that we once had. When I was a young child, we lived close to a lot of my cousins and we played together. Now, many of them are gone on. I have watched them go, and now the society is so fluid, cousins rarely get to even know each other, much less grow up in the same neighborhood.

I was so pleased to see friends from mine and Gramps church come in support of us, and it was a blessing to see them there. It was wonderful to see my friends, Ina Ray, and Dot, there as well. Our neighbors, Scott and Laurie, came with their children. How fortunate we are to be so loved!

Hugh's pastor, Grant, and a former pastor, Earl Wilson, conducted the service for his memorial. The church's music minister, Gene, sang three songs that were beautifully rendered. Two of the songs were "I Can Only Imagine" and "It is Well". Unfortunately, I can't remember the third one, but they were all so fitting.

During the receiving of friends, a powerpoint presentation of pictures of Hugh and his family was being shown in the nave at the entrance to the chapel. It was put together by his grandson and his mother, of pictures supplied by family members. Pictures from my blog yesterday were a part of them.

Last night after the service was over, we were getting ready to go home, and Gramps said he wanted to eat, so we stopped at Shoney's to get some supper, then came on home for the night. Fortunately, we had a place for Carol to sleep and so, were able to bring her home with us. She had been planning to stay with Mae, but then I realized that we had a recently acquired a nice long couch that is very comfortable.

It is now early morning, and I have been sitting here at the computer for an hour, composing my posting for today. I love posting when memories are fresh in my mind. Again, I thank each of you for the wonderful support in words and prayers on our behalf. Today, we are going to the cemetary to place the body of my brother, Hugh, in the ground. It is only a shell, though. His spirit is with Our Heavenly Father. Please know, that if you, my reader, are not a Christian, I pray that you will find Him and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

Today will prove to be a long one for Imazo and her children and grandchildren. However, I know they will get through it. We plan to leave for Knoxville around 9 a.m. this morning. It will probably be tough to get Gramps up and fed and ready to go by 9 a.m.

Well, it is time for me to close this out. More later. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Love to all of you. Bye for now.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Hugh David

Hey, Y'all,

I had to wait until I had somewhat decided what I wanted to write before I sat down to do so. There is so very much to say, and my heart is so full of Thanksgiving for what wonderful families we have. We have so many kinds of families, don't we?

First, we have the family that we were born into. Mother, father, brothers, sisters, are all in that family. Then as we become adults, there are the family units that we compose for ourselves. Husband, or wife, children, grandchildren are in this unit. Then there is the larger family that contains aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws. There is beyond that the friends that we make during life, that contains best friends that we may keep until one of us passes on. Then there is the church family that may contain some or all of the ones mentioned already.

We meet people during our lives that come to mean so very much to us. They will sometimes be in various family groups that I mentioned. As I described each of these family groups, I envisioned people that I love that fit into each group.

During the past thirteen months, three of the people that I love dearly have gone on to be with the Lord. As each have passed on, I imagined them being greeted by family that had gone on before them. I figure that right now, Margaret, John, Hugh, Bill, Ralph, Thelma (Ralph's wife), and our Mom and our Dad are all having a wonderful get together, and saying "Wow! Isn't it wonderful to all be together? Wonder when the others are going to be here?" I know they must be singing praises to our Heavenly Father.

I am here to celebrate the life of my brother, Hugh David, and to say how very much he meant to so many people. Hugh was a very kind individual, and to him, family was primary in his life. He loved his family, and he loved his Lord.

Hugh knew people and was always seeing someone that he knew, wherever he went. We would be out somewhere, eating supper, and he would spot someone that he knew. He would nod to them as they passed our table and say something like "How are you? It has been a long time since I saw you. How is your family? etc." Then when they had gone on by, he would say something like, "I went to school with him, or he used to come in to the store, or I remember him from when we had a store on Douglas Street".

Hugh would have loved to have had a little girl, but he loved his boys with all his heart, and was extremely proud of them. He loved Imazo and cherished her always. He was a family man, through and through.

When Hugh was just a boy, there was a summer when Mom had cut Bill and Ralph's hair very short, and Hugh decided he wanted his hair cut in a burr as well. So, after Mom had agreed and cut his hair short, he looked into a mirror and didn't like what he saw. His head was kind of knotty looking and he grabbed up his toboggan that he wore in the winter time, and would not be seen without it until his hair grew out. It didn't matter that it was really hot weather, he just didn't want people to see him that way.

Psychologists say that middle children have a harder time adjusting and finding their place in society. Hugh was a middle child, but I don't think he had that problem. He was outgoing, friendly, and never met a stranger.

Hugh served in the military during the late forties, and early fifties. He was the third male in our family to serve in the United States Army and was proud of it. He served in the ROTC in high school and was then in the army during the Korean Conflict. He served that time in Germany as part of the occupation forces, and learned a lot about life during that time. He quite often talked about things that he experienced while in Germany. He met Imazo when he came home on furlough, and they corresponded by mail. He came back and courted her, and won her heart and hand. And, as they say, "the rest is history".
Hugh spent a lot of time with Dad during his years before serving in the army. Dad related a lot of stories to Hugh, and unfortunately, a lot of those stories are gone, because they were a part of Hugh. He loved talking about the time he spent with Dad during the times that our family owned two different stores in a poor section of Knoxville. We owned one, then sold it and bought another one. Because my dad could not refuse credit to anyone, the stores were not successful. We never did collect the money that was owed to us.

Yes, as is so often the case, when a person passes on, there are many stories that go with them. Hugh is no exception. He had a lot of stories and loved telling them. He and I would often talk during the last years of his life about things that happened as we were growing up. Ideas and happenings shared were important to us, and one of those things that families do.
We will be laying him to rest on Monday, but he will live on in our hearts and memories. Hugh is loved and cherished by those who knew him. There is so very much more that I could relate and will probably do so in the months and years to come. But for now, I will just say goodbye to my brother, Hugh David, until we meet again. I love you, Hugh David.
Pictures: Top: Hugh, Imazo, David and Jeff circa 1963
second: Family picture of Hugh, Dad, Bill, Mom, Ralph, Margaret,
In front row: me (holding Carol) and John. circa 1953
third: Hugh and Imazo 1952
fourth: Hugh as a school boy in Possum Valley, circa 1938
fifth: Hugh and Dad on farm in New Market, circa 1967
sixth: Baby Hugh circa 1929
This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. I'd like to thank my daughter, Carol for filling in for me on Thursday. Time for me to eat breakfast. There is much to do today and in the days ahead. God blesses each of us daily, doesn't he? Thank you all for all the prayers offered up on our behalf. Bye for now.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hugh has gone Home...

This is Carol, blogging for Mom.

Mom's brother, Hugh, has gone home to the Lord tonight. He was already in hospice care at home, and suffered a heart attack. Her heart is heavy tonight, and she's headed into Knoxville to be with Imazo and any of the other relatives who will be there, holding Imazo with both their arms and their hearts.

Hugh was the last of the "Campbell Boys" of his generation. In World War II, if my memory is right on this story, men who knew one of them would see one of the others, and say, "Hey, you're a Campbell, aren't you?" Campbell men were known for their strong resemblance, and their integrity and love for their families, and their unhurried nature. My Uncle Hugh was always good to us girls. If he wanted to impart some wisdom to us, he'd hug us, and say, "Now, Honey...."

Hugh and Imazo were always inseparable. They were of single heart and mind, and loved one another deeply.

Mom's family has always been close. No matter what happened in our lives, there was always family. I'd say that's a heritage that would have pleased Grandma and Grandpa, to know they raised their children to cherish one another, to cherish family. And above all, to love the Lord their God. My Uncle Hugh is in heaven now, with his Lord. Our sorrow is his joy.

Please be in prayer for Mom and Dub and Imazo and Mae (another sister in law) and Darlene (yet another sister in law), and for Jeff and Peggy and David and Andrea, as well as all the grandkids. Hugh was a good Dad and Granddad.

Thanks for the way you all love my Mom. She's a fine lady, and is always loving others, and giving to them. Love you, Mom. Thanks for letting me do this blog.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Second Update today

Hey, Y'all,

It seems like a kind of long day today, but I wanted to let you know that Hugh is home and ensconced in the living room in a hospital bed. He is oh, so happy to be home. His bed is in front of the window, so he can look out and see what is going on in the world outside.

I left the house here at home at about noon and stopped at Mae's house and picked her up, and continued the few blocks on over to Hugh and Imazo's home. Imazo and one of their grandsons, Jon, were there arranging furniture so that the bed would have room to fit in with out a lot of feeling of being crowded.

The ambulance brought Hugh home about 1:30 or 2:00, and got him comfortably in bed. We visited awhile, and I volunteered to go get medications that he had prescriptions for and also to buy some sheets for the hospital bed. Mae went with me, and after we bought the medicines, and sheets, we decided to stop at Buddy's Bar-b-q and pick up some late lunches. I was thinking about leaving soon and going home, but when we got back, I discovered that one med was missing and we called and found they had one that was supposed to have been picked up the other day, so I brought in Imazo's lunch, and headed back for the other med.

I went to get the medicine and brought it back, and then Mae and I took off. I took her home, and then went home myself, and Dub and I had a late lunch/ early supper.

About Hugh: It seems that the other day when he was on his way to the doctor's office and kind of passed out, he was having a slight heart attack (if one can be considered slight). He has kidney disease, a weak heart, and a non functioning thryroid gland. I personally do not expect him to survive for a long time. Imazo is believing that he will get better. He is on Hospice care, which to me says he is dying, but I do not say any of this to her. Better to let her have all the hope she can, and let her eventually come to that realization on her own. He is on oxygen, and still has the catheter in his bladder.

Gramps and I intend to head back in tomorrow to visit and see if there is any way that we can help. Perhaps give her a chance to lie down for awhile without worrying about Hugh.

The weather here is stlll cold, but tomorrow it is supposed to be in the 50's. A regular heat wave, eh? It was 11 degrees this morning.

My eyes are feeling very heavy right now, I may take a little computer nap (that is where I sit in my computer chair and go to sleep with my hands folded on the keyboard) ha. I have already left a row of hhhhh's and had to delete them. ha ha.

This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for the time being. Good night. Ha.

Wednesday Morning Update

Hey, Y'all,
Not a lot new this morning. I did go down and walk twenty minutes in the basement at 7 a.m. and was rewarded with back pain, of course, but I did walk.

Gramps got up early and had his once a week ham, eggs, biscuits, and coffee. So we ate about 9 a.m. and now at 11:00 he is back in bed snoozing and making up for the sleep he didn't get last night.

I have had my morning shower and am dressed to go to Knoxville. I talked to Imazo and she was waiting for her grandson, Tom, to come and take her home to get the living room ready for Hugh. He is going to be discharged today. I don't yet know what the full prognosis is; I do know that one is not put into Hospice care with out being on the way out of this life into the next. I pray that his going will be peaceful and that everyone who wishes to will have a chance to say good bye to him. I know his heart is weak, and that his faith is strong.

Tomorrow, I plan on taking Gramps with me into Knoxville to visit. I know the weather is better today than yesterday, and it will be warmer tomorrow than today.

That is about all I have to report. I will post more later today. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for right now. Love to you all. Bye for now.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Second Update for Today

Hey, Y'all,
Just a small update on Hugh...As soon as Imazo can get home and move things around in her living room, then Hospice will come and set up the hospital bed for Hugh to be in. I am hoping to be able to go in tomorrow to give her opportunity to do that.

The temperatures here tonight are supposed to be in the teens but are due to get up to around 37 degrees before tomorrow evening. I could probably have gone to Knoxville today, but it was nice to be able to just lounge around here today, and I didn't know what kind of roads I would be traveling over if I did go. If they announce school for tomorrow, I will know it will be okay.

Please continue to pray for Hugh and Imazo and their family (and us). Your prayers will be much appreciated. More news as I get it.

This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for now. Love to you all, my readers. bye for now.

New Update and Life in General

Hey, Y'all,
This morning we are watching the historic events taking place today...Hundreds of thousands of people standing in the cold and freezing temperatures waiting to see the inauguration of the first Black American President of the United States.

In the meantime, we are concerned with weightier events happening in our own area. My brother, Hugh, has a heart that is growing weaker by the day. We know that his time here is drawing to a close. We have no way of knowing how close that time is. I talked with Imazo this morning. She related to me that he had a rough patch of it last night when he had difficulty breathing. The nurses came in and gave him something which helped him to breathe better, but she didn't know what it was.

His family doctor came in early this morning and told them that Hugh's heart is too weak to do a fibrilator pacemaker. He also told them that the Hospice people would come in and talk to them about health care at home when Hugh goes back home. Imazo told me that his hands are puffy this morning, and his swelling in his body has not gone down a whole lot, but some. She is still hoping that they would be sending him home tomorrow.

We could not travel to Knoxville today to visit him because of the weather. It snowed all day long here yesterday and it was beautiful. All area schools are closed today, and I think the temperatures are not due to go over 29 degrees today. It seems that some roads have ice and snow on them.

Last night was a lot of fun. Unfortunately, I didn't think of getting a picture, but next time I will. Our neighbors are delightful people and we had a good supper, then Laurie (the wife) had a Bible Study to go to (which is a Monday night regular event). Scott, (her husband) and the children, Mitchell, Olivia, and Gabe, helped clear the table and I loaded the dishwasher. (Yes, girls, I do use the dishwasher occasionally for something besides draining dishes that I wash and rinse in the sink.)

We played dominos and had a lot of fun doing it. Then we played a game that they had brought with them, called "Apples to Apples". That was a lot of fun, as well. It was about 9 p.m. when they left, and walked back to their home just to the east of our house. Our houses are close enough that we can look out and see theirs, and they can do likewise. The fact that they are so close makes me feel not so alone.

Well, I will probably spend some time today working on Will's quilt, and hopefully make some progress on it, since I finished Jessie's baby's quilt.

Gramps is watching the inauguration from his bed, while I watch from my computer chair and write this new posting. I have never seen so many people in one place ever in my life of 75 and 1/2 years. It is mind boggling.

It is time to close this out and get on with something else. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Love to you all. Bye for now.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Monday's Medical Update & other stuff

Hey, Y'all,
Not a great deal of time this afternoon. I have been preparing the house for visitors for supper (our neighbors, a family of five) and have been getting supper on the stove. I also have to put the extra leaf in our table, I usually keep it just large enough for 4 chairs.

I got the kitchen floor swept (a lot of cheerios where they escape from Gramps' spoon when he eats breakfast). Potato soup is on cooking, pork tenderloin is in the crockpot, already have made a dozen deviled eggs this morning and they are waiting in the fridge to be served. Baked (fried type pies) are in their container, ice cream is in the freeezer (no sugar added icecream). I reckon supper is all taken care of except for the cornbread muffins to be made just before 5 p.m.

I am hoping the kids will like to play dominos with me. I know Gramps probably will opt out (he ususally does).

When talking to Imazo this morning around noon, she told me that they had come in to remove the white stockings from Hugh, because they were too tight. They are going to be putting some of those pneumatic stockings on him that contract and expand. She also said that some of the swelling is going down but not a lot yet. They are going to begin giving him physical therapy of some kind, to kind of move him a little and get the blood flowing better through his body.

His blood pressure was good saturday when I was there, also his oxygen level measured good, but they put him on oxygen anyway, because of his difficulty in breathing. I think they did that on Saturday evening Imazo told me that they are still checking out several things concerning his health, but didn't actually tell me what. Perhaps she didn't know what all they were talking about, or she couldn't remember everything. Either is quite possible.

I will tell you more as I find it out. Hugh's color is not good, and I am thinking they may want to put him in rehab, and I am sure he won't be too enthusiastic about that.
Well, I need to go now and take my shower and get ready for our company. My back is just about to kill me, but that is nothing new. It would be that way regardless of what I do around here. Just one of those things I live with. Gramps did help me collect the trash today from the wastebaskets. I was thankful for any help I could get.

More tomorrow, (or tonight if I hear any more from Knoxville). We now have the extra leaf in the table, and I am off to take my shower, ( I know you wanted to hear that, ha.)

This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for now. Thank you for all the prayers on our behalf. God bless each of you (He does that always, doesn't He?) Bye for now.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

New Medical Update on Hugh

Hey, Y'all,
I just talked with Imazo and found out some new information on Hugh, and I knew there were those of you who would be wanting to know.

Hugh was having difficulty breathing last night, so they started giving him oxygen, and he continues to be on that. They have also been giving him anti-coagulant injections in his tummy to prevent blood clots from forming. He also has the white anti-blood clot elastic stockings on his feet and legs. (He had those yesterday, but I forgot to report that).

Imazo tells me that the kidney doctor came in this morning and told her that Hugh would be there at least till Wednesday till they could determine what is going on and what to do about it. I will not be going in tomorrow, but I will go back on Tuesday to visit, depending on the weather.

However, I will be calling a couple of times a day to keep a check on him tomorrow.

I have made my fried pies for tomorrow, (actually, they are baked, not fried), and will be cleaning the kitchen after while, after I rest a little. I used a larger circle this time than the biscuit cutter, and it took less time to make the pies. I baked them at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. I put them on a large pizza pan (on aluminum foil, sprayed the aluminum foil with buttery spray, then sprayed the top of each pie with the buttery spray) and then cooked baked them.

Gramps went back to bed for a while this afternoon. He had to catch up on the sleep he lost by getting up at 9:30 this morning. Ha.

Well, I reckon that is it for this evening. More tomorrow. This is Blabbn' Grammy signing off (again) for the day. Love to all of you, and may you each have a peaceful night's sleep. Bye for now.

A Quiet Sunday Morning

Hey, Y'all,
Another Sunday morning....quiet with the only noise a television set playing, and work waiting for me in the kitchen. Gramps actually got up this morning at about 9:30, surprise, surprise!

We went to bed early last night, about 8:30, and I thought the night would never end, but it did finally, at 7 a.m. for me. I had time to clean the kitchen before I had my breakfast. I have plans to make peach fried pies, and apple fried pies for dessert tomorrow evening. Our new neighbors are coming for supper and will be staying a while to visit.

I called Hugh this morning and he said he had a fairly good night, followed by another imitation breakfast (powdered eggs, oatmeal, orange juice, and coffee). Not a lot to hoot about, but passable. He said he doesn't really expect a doctor in today.

Well, not much else going on around here. I may not get into Knoxville tomorrow if the weather continues to be a problem. There are reports of wrecks in the east TN area (not in Knoxville) and promises of snow showers.

More later. Love to you all. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for now. Bye for now. Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

My Visit to the Hospital

Hey, Y'all,
I went to see Hugh today at the hospital and found my grand nephew and his wife, Andrew and Laura, along with Andrew's dad, Jeff, visiting Hugh. It was really wonderful to see them again. Of course, Jeff is Hugh's youngest son. Andrew and Laura were telling us about the skiing trip they had returned from a week ago. They had reservations at a condominium at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and could not get there when they wished to. There was so much snow in Jackson Hole that planes could not land there for several days, so they were stranded in Denver for 2 or 3 days. However, they did finally get there and had a wonderful time, and got to stay the full amount of time (a week).

I found Hugh hooked up to a couple of IV's. One was Lasix and the other potassium. His legs and abdomen are still quite swollen with fluid, but hopefully will soon be better. The doctor explained yesterday that the fluid leaking from his leg is protein in the tissues that is getting out the best way it can. It seems that there is so much collected in the tissues and arteries, it tries to find a way out. By the way, the fluid is still leaking out that little place in the lower leg.

He is rather uncomfortable, because of the difficulty breathing, and can't get to sit up the way he would like to. He also has a cough brought on by the congestive heart failure. They are measuring his intake and output of fluid since that is very important data that they need to track.

I visited with them for a couple of hours. Imazo had gone home to shower and get refreshed, so was not there when I arrived, but she did get back a little while before I had to leave. I did not want to stay too long because I didn't want to stay away from Gramps too long. I made us some egg sandwiches when I got home and we had a couple of cookies for dessert.

Well, that is about all for now. More when I know more. Love to all of you. I think I may make an early night of it tonight. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for now.
Bye till another time.

Nothing New Yet

Hey, Y'all,
Here is the promised picture of Kyah's quilt, Kyah being the name of Jessie's baby who is due to be born next week.
This kind of quilt is called a "six-hour love quilt", but believe me, it takes me more than six hours to make one. They are called love quilts because they are made quite often as lap quilts to be given to people in nursing homes and women who go to battered wives safe houses who have babies or small children. They make wonderful lap quilts to keep people warm when they are watching television or sitting for a long time where they might get chilled. I love making them because they are so simple to make and are quilted as you stitch them.
As of now, I have no update on my brother. I will be calling Imazo around 10 a.m. I do need to go into Jefferson City today to get my medication precriptions that I called in a couple of days ago, also to get some groceries to replenish what we have been using over the last couple of weeks. It is still very cold outside, and I have yet to eat breakfast. I tried my twenty minute walk this morning but had to give it up after ten minutes because my lower back just wouldn't let me do it, but I will go back down tomorrow morning and try again.
My plans are to go into Knoxville in the early afternoon to visit for a couple of hours and then I will post again after I get home from there. I heard something this morning as I was walking about snow showers tomorrow. (I listen to the radio as I walk. I unplug it each time I stop walking, then turn it on again when I begin, so the digital time blinks beginning with 12:00 and I can keep track of how many minutes I walk).
Well, on to breakfast and then a shower. Then out into the cold to go to Jeff City. BRRRRRRRRRRRR. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for right now. Love to you all. Bye for now.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Update on Hugh

Hey, Y'all,
Well, we spent several hours in Knoxville this afternoon. We went to the front entrance of the St. Mary's Hospital, and discovered that Hugh was still in the emergency room. The problem then was "what to do with Gramps" because he could not walk a long distance, so I kind of acted helpless when talking to the information desk people, and one of them went to get a wheelchair for me to put him into so that we could go to the emergency room which is some distance from the front entrance.

Believe me, I am pretty good with the helpless routine, so they were really anxious to help us. (Besides which, it really was a problem of what to do. I didn't want to leave him there and it was too far for him to walk).

So with the wheelchair, we proceeded to the central elevators and went to the LL2 level and I walked some good distance pushing the wheelchair till we got to the emergency room waiting area. I left him in the wheelchair and went over to the desk and got a pass to go back to see Hugh. They had not done a lot with him at that time, although he had been in there for several hours. I know they had checked his vital signs and he was resting comfortably, but had not had anything to eat. It was about 1 p.m. when we got there.

Jeff's wife, Peggy, was with them, and Jeff was having tests at another hospital concerning his vertigo which he has had problems with for some time. Not long after we got there, Mae came in. She had been dropped off by her son, Fred. Mae is our sister-in-law who is the widow of our oldest brother, Bill. She has been in our family ever since I was four years old, and is a dear friend.

Imazo was right there by Hugh, of course, and I am sure was very tired, but holding up very well. I visited with them for awhile and then came out, and let Mae go back and visit with them for awhile. Not long after that, Mae, Imazo and I decided to get a sandwich out of one of the machines that they keep in waiting areas. The sandwiches were then heated in a microwave. They weren't too bad, actually. Just a little pricey.

We saw a lot of different people waiting in the emergency area, and a great number of them were there with back problems. Very interesting.

About 4 o'clock we were told they would be taking Hugh up to a room on 3rd floor. Well, we went up and waited for over 30 minutes. We being Gramps and Mae and me. Then they finally brought him up and then someone said, "Oh, we need to take him down to 173 instead. This room was assigned to someone else". Sooooooooooooooo, back to the elevators and down two floors.

We visited with them for awhile and then we left. He was resting comfortably, and I will be going back to visit with him tomorrow. More posting after I find out more about his condition. He did not look well, but then, he is in the hospital. He is in room 173 central at St. Mary's.

More tomorrow evening. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for tonight. Love to all of you. Bye for now.

Five Degrees Outside

Hey, Y'all,
Well, they say everybody talks about the weather, but today, we are feeling it. I don't think our heat/airconditioning unit has stopped running all night, and I checked it during the early night, and saw it was running on auxillary heat. No wonder, because it really got down into the single digits during the night. There was also a beautiful heavy frost on the ground this morning.

The heavy frost this morning reminded me of something I was reflecting on the other morning when I went out to get the mail down at the road. Walking on the frosty ground, feeling the crunch under my shoes, made me remember how it was when my brother, John, and I were young people going to school in the winter time. We would walk through the yard to the road (the very road that Gramps and I live on now), on our way to walking to catch the schoolbus. We walked a mile to catch the bus in the mornings (rain, snow, or sunshine), and yes, it was uphill but only in the afternoon when we walked back.

If one has never walked on frosty ground, feeling and hearing the crunch of the frost under the feet, they have really missed one of the great pleasures in life.

This morning, I began my regimen of walking again. I put on my walking shoes by New Balance that I purchased when Teresa came to visit at Thanksgiving. I went to the basement (and it was quite cool down there, since there is no heat, but not too bad at all) and walked for twenty minutes at a constant pace. I walked until my back hurt too bad to continue, but it was a beginning, and I hope to be able to continue it. Also, I ususally go in my stocking feet in the house, but I think I will try wearing my walking shoes and maybe that will help my back to not hurt so much.

Yesterday, I finished making a baby quilt for Mark and Allie's daughter, Jessica's, baby. Her baby is due to be born next week. I have yet to make a label for the quilt, and am going to do that very soon. I took pictures of the quilt yesterday, and am posting them today. I love making baby quilts, and imagine how sweet the babies look sleeping under the quilts, and how they point to the different pictures on the quilts and name the animals or objects on them, when the children get old enough to do so.

UPdate on Hugh: I just got a call from my sister-in=law, Imazo. She was taking him to the dr's appointment, and the driver was there to take them and had helped Hugh out to the car while Imazo was locking the door. When the driver got him into the car, he became nonresponsive, with his head turned over toward the driver. Imazo got to the car and saw his condition. She kept talking to him, tellling him to say something, and he looked up at her and said, "What do you want me to say?". Anyway, they took him on to the emergency room, where they are checking him over even as I write this.

I have just told Gramps he needs to get up so that we can go into Knoxville in a couple of hours so we can see how Hugh is doing at that time. In the meantime, I need to get ready myself for the trip into K-town. Yep, Gramps is just toddling into the restroom and we will be getting him ready to go out, too, after breakfast.

Well, the pictures are refusing to upload, and so I will post them later. I need to get dressed and get the show on the road and get to Knoxville. More later. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for this morning. Please pray for Hugh and Imazo that he will be able to be home soon. She said he would probably be in the hospital overnight. Love to you all, my readers. bye for now.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Cold Today - Colder Tomorrow - BRRRRR

Hey, Y'all,
My day started at 2:30 a.m. when I heard Gramps get out of bed. I thought he was headed into the bathroom, so after a few minutes, I sat up and looked to see if he was still in the bathroom. I called out to him and no answer. I got up and looked in the bathroom and he wasn't there. I went into the living room and saw the kitchen light was on. I went on in to the kitchen and saw that he had the bottle of milk on the table along with the Cheerios. He was sitting there eating a bowl of cereal. I asked him if he knew what time it was and said, "Who told you it was time for breakfast?"

He just smiled and rubbed his tummy. So I put the milk back into the fridge and said for him to come back to bed when he was through, but there would be no coffee that early in the morning. I continued on to the bathroom and then crawled back into bed and waited for him to return. He did so in few minutes.

We finished the morning by sleeping a few more hours. It was just too funny. I never know what he is going to do.

I have determined that I actually have a great place to walk and had not really thought about it. My basement will be a great place to walk and it is so handy. Mark has just had it painted a couple of weeks ago, and it is nice and clean. So in the morning, that is what I plan to do. I actually do better walking before breakfast.

ON THE Medical front: It is supposed to be in the single digits in cold temperatures outside in the morning. I didn't want to take Gramps out into that cold. I decided to call my eye surgeon and postpone my appintment. I have called and changed my eye surgery appt. to March. After I called them, Hugh called me to tell me about his appointment on tomorrow.

About Hugh: His son, Jeff, stopped by last night at Hugh's house, and apparently saw that Hugh has a leak on his lower leg near his ankle, and wanted him to see his Nephrologist, Dr, Holmes. It was supposed to be March before he was due to see Dr.Holmes. This morning, Imazo called Dr. Cox (Cardiologist), and asked if they could make an appointment for Hugh to see Dr. Holmes soon. So, they called and were able to make an appointment for Hugh to see Dr. Holmes tomorrow.

I have only been out of the house one time since Saturday evening, and that was to get the mail yesterday morning. Fortunately, we have one of those rural mail boxes, so it will hold a pretty good amount. Sometimes, I get my neighbor to bring it up for me. If that sounds lazy, too bad.

For supper this evening, I put some chicken drumettes in heavy foil, added some barbeque sauce, and put them into my crockpot. I have been smellling them all afternoon. We'll have some leftover mac and cheese, plus a small lettuce salad. Easy to make and oh, so good!

Mark brought over a plumber today to redo the pipes in the house. He will be replacing all the pipes with polyethelene (I think that is what he called it) pipes, which are made of the same material that the tubes used in dialysis machines are made of. They do not freeze or leak, and have no threaded pipes or glue.

The plumbers name is Jerry, and he will be doing the work in February. We may be spending our days when he does that, over at Mark and Allie's house. Sounds like fun, doesn't it?

Well, I must go and see to supper. Gramps has already come through looking hungry. Ha ha. I have almost finished Jessica's baby quilt. I will post pictures tomorrow, probably. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for the day. Love to you all. Bye for now.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Mid-week In Mid-January

Hey, Y'all,
Didja ever think about how people can work outdoors in the coldest weather? Didja ever drive along and look out your car window, and see guys huddled around a car, looking at its innards, and quite often they would all be in shirt sleeves, looking macho? Then you would wonder how in the world they could stand being out there in the cold and not be cold? I have often wondered how they could do that.
Anyway, all that being said, my neighbor and his 13 year old son, have been working today in very cold temperatures closing in the back of my carport, thus turning it from a wind tunnel into a warmer place. It was about 19 or so degrees this morning when they began their work. Of course, they are warmly dressed, but in my book, it would be tooooooooo cooooooooooooold for me to even try to work in those temperatures.
Isn't that a beautiful ramp that they built to my back door. My husband has no trouble at all now, getting in and out the back door. We feel truly blest for having it. I don't know why I hadn't thought of it before I did. But anyway, we have it now, and are thankful for it.
I did manage to get down to the mailbox on the road this morning. I dressed warmly and took the hundred and twenty or so steps down to the box and then back up.
My brother went to see his cardiologist today and the dr. increased his lasix from 60 mg once a day to 80 mg. twice a day. He also had an echocardiogram, but won't get the results from that until next week when he goes back. Hugh had not been out since January 2nd and it was quite difficult for him, but he made it okay. No doubt, he probably had a nap this afternoon. I know I did, but it was in my computer chair. Ha.
I will be going to see my eye specialist on Friday (weather permitting) and get the right eye zapped with a laser to break up a membrane that developed following the cataract surgery that I had nearly eight years ago. Hopefully, it will improve my eyesight in my right eye.
Isn't it amazing how quickly this year has gotten off to a start? We are close to mid January and the days just seem to roll by. I was telling Gramps this morning that we get up, eat, do a few things during the day, and before we know it, time for bed again. The days seem to be quite similar day after day. I'm not complaining, you understand, because some days are quite delightful, and we quite often talk about happenings of the past and remember fun things that we have done.
Sometimes, we sit at my computer and see pictures that come up on it when it is sitting idle. I have it set up so that when it sits idle for about 10 minutes, it performs a slide show, and I have all kinds of pictures from years past on it. It helps keep his memory alert of things past.
Speaking of that, when I got up this morning, about 7 a.m. he stirred and said, "Are you leaving the station? How did you get out of the hamburger place?" I just said, "It was easy. I just went out the door, and now I'm going to have breakfast". I straightened his covers and he went back to sleep. Then he got up about noontime, and had his breakfast.
I think for supper I will probably open a can of white beans, make some mac and cheese, and have a lettuce salad or open a can of greens. Bread will probably be hot biscuits.
Well, I need to stop this and work on the baby quilt. I want to get it finished by tomorrow afternoon, and I can if I get with it. (Pictures later). Tanya, Brian, Kevin, and Adam left today to go back to California - Sarah and Josh headed back to California on Sunday - Rachael and Jason are on their honeymoon cruise - Jessica is waiting in Sevierville for the birth of her baby. Allie is back at work and Mark is working at home.
This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. May each of you have a great evening and good night. Love to all of you. Bye for now.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

American Idol is Back!

Hey, Y'all,
Yeah, I know...You are probably not fans of American Idol...But I love watching the tryouts. All that energy...All that enthusiasm...All that youthful belief...It is wonderful to behold. Yes, I enjoy watching them sing. Some of them are really talented. The yearning is there to succeed. I am sometimes embarrassed for those who do poorly, and yes,; sometimes I laugh. One cannot help him or herself.

Well, today Gramps decided he needed a shower (thank goodness) and we got him one. Then I took one whether I needed it or not. Ha. Fortunately, it had not been but a day since I had taken one. Then Mark and Brian (his son-in-law) and little Kevin came over. Brian is an architect out in California and was measuring our basement in preparation for drawing up plans for finishing up the basement and putting in a bathroom, bedroom and family room down there.

I had a lot of fun playing with Kevin, feeding him animal cookies, talking to him, and letting him watch cartoons. He is a delightful little boy, and so very smart.

Gramps was up very early this morning, having slept most of the day yesterday, and so by 8 p.m. he was back in bed. I've worked a good part of today on Jessie's baby quilt. I hope to get it mostly finished tomorrow. She is due to deliver this next week.

Well, I need to stop for now. Time for rest this evening. More tomorrow. May each of you feel God's love and peace in your hearts. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Bye for now.

Monday, January 12, 2009

More Wedding Pictures

Hey, Y'all,

As promised, here are some more of the wedding pictures. I will identify as soon as I can post this and then edit it. Top left is:Immediate wedding party during ceremony.

Top right is complete family of bride

Next one is Jennifer and Tanya (bridesmaid and Matron of honor)

Next left is of the 4 sisters: Tanya, Rachael, Sarah, Jessica

Next right is: Mother of Groom (Drama), Father of Groom (Lucky) and best man with groomsman (I don't know names);

Next pic is of Sarah, Jon B. (singer in ceremony), Allie, and Jessica

Last pic is of the flower girl (Cassidy, daughter of groom); ring bearer (Connor, son of groom)

Well, folks that is all the pictures I am going to post of the wedding. I hope you enjoy looking at them. If you wish to see the pictures a normal large size, just click on the picture with left click and you will be able to actually see the faces and other details. Then click on blue arrow at top of browser (left blue arrow) and it will take you back to the blog.

Gramps stayed in bed yesterday until about 4:30 in the afternoon. I finally got him up and made breakfast for our supper (biscuits, eggs, ham, coffee). Then he went to bed at 8:30, so consequently, he was up at 6:30 this morning. I reckon he finally got enough rest for awhile.

I am working on Jessica's baby quilt in between uploading pictures for the blog. I am finally through with the uploading of pictures (praise God!) and will go back to the quilt when I am finished posting. We had a heavy, heavy frost last night that looked like a baby snow. We are supposed to have snow showers today.

I did get my laundry almost finished yesterday. Yesterday was one of those "in my nightgown and housecoat all day" days. It has begun the same way this morning, but I reckon I will shower and dress a little later today. (If I think it's worth it). Do you ever have one of those days when you just feel (it ain't worth doing nuthin'?)? It seems that when I know I won't be going out it just isn't worth getting dressed.

Well, I reckon I will close this one out for the day and see you tomorrow. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for now. Love to all of you, my readers, my friends.

Bye for now.

Wedding Pictures

Hey, Y'all,

It was a beautiful are some pictures to illustrate that fact. I was so pleased to be given the place of honor of "grandmother" for Rachael in the wedding party. I have been rather filling that place in their lives since about fourteen years ago, when I became their "Aunt Ruby". When they moved to New Market, and we discovered that Mark and my son-in-law, Daryl, are first cousins, we became "family" and I consider Allie as a daughter, and she calls me her "Mom". Her mother and Mark's mother have passed on, and so I am probably the closest thing their children have as a grandmother.

Hence, I was escorted in and seated, then Allie was escorted in and seated next to me, just before the wedding attendants came in. It was so sweet, and I appreciated it so very much. Their family means so very much to Gramps and me.
Well, I have posted all the pictures that the site will do right now. Maybe I can do some more tomorrow morning.
My brother, Hugh, has a doctor's appointment on Wednesday, but I don't know which doctor yet, since he has three that he sees regularly.
top left: Mark and Rachael going toward groom,
top right: Bride and groom after ceremony
center: Mark and Allie (parents of the bride)
lower left: Mark and me
lower right: Rachaels two uncles and Mark. ( Uncle Phil, Uncle James)
As I said earlier, I have many more pictures but am having a little problem with some of them uploading. Will try more later.
This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for the present. I am working on a baby quilt for Jessie's baby due this month. More later. Love to you all. Bye for now.

More Rehearsal Pictures

Hey, Y'all,

Had a pretty good night's sleep (well, as good as one can expect, I guess), and I thank God for it. I may have to take a nap today, though. I don't really feel fully awake, but it will be okay for now. If I want to upload pictures to my blog, early morning is best.

Weather is going to be cold this week, down into the teens at night. I have an appointment to have my right eye zapped with a laser on Friday and I hear it is going to be really cold that morning. The weather man is predicting snow showers tomorrow and Thursday. I reckon it is going to do whatever it is going to do. I also reckon I won't be going out anywhere until Friday morning.

I have laundry to finish today, and the vegetable beef soup we had last night was really good. I have enough left over for later in the week. We have enough food stocked back so that I won't have to go out for groceries all week anyway.

Here are a couple of more rehearsal pictures. The top one is Tanya and Brian's youngest child, Adam, who is only a little more than a year old. Tanya is Allie's oldest daughter and sister of the bride, Rachael. The lower one is the daughter of Bob and Julie, who are youth minister and wife. Bob conducted the wedding ceremony. Unfortunately, I can't remember the baby's name. Aren't they adorable? The wedding was held in our church, New Market Baptist.
Well, it is time for my breakfast, and who knows, I may go back to bed later this morning, or maybe I won't. Right now, I just don't know. However, I will be back later this morning and post some wedding pictures. I have a bunch of them and the difficult thing will be deciding which to put on my post.
This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for now. More later. Love to you all. Bye for now.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Rehearsal Pictures

Hey, Y'all,
As promised here are some pics of the rehearsal on Friday evening and the rehearsal dinner which followed. Tomorrow, I'll try to post some of the wedding pictures.
I had a wonderful time at both events, and am glad I didn't have to miss either.
I will have to post the rest of the rehearsal pics tomorrow because the internet is so busy now they will not upload.
Supper tonight (Sunday evening) is vegetable beef soup, which has been making all afternoon. I have been working this afternoon on a baby quilt for Jessie, who is expecting her baby girl to be born in January.
Pictures today are : (top) bride and groom (Rachael and Jason) at rehearsal dinner buffet, (2) tables set for dinner (3) Jason waiting for bride at front of church (4) Mark walking with Rachael to front.
I had a really nice time chatting with Teresa online today. That is such a pleasure for me. I really miss close contact with my daughters and families when it is not happening.
Gramps did very well last evening while I was gone. I just had to trust that he would be fine. He was munching on a left over cornbread muffin when I came in and happy as a lark. I am sure part of the reason he was happy was to see me at home.
Well, it is time for us to eat supper, so I will leave this for now. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for the day. Love to all of you, my dear readers. Bye for now. More tomorrow.