Sunday, April 25, 2010

Happy Birthday, Hannah

Hey, Y'all,
Tomorrow is our great grand-daughter, Hannah's, birthday. She is our oldest great grand and she will be nine years old. I don't have any really recent pictures of her alone and these came from her mom's blog. Isn't she beautiful? She is just as lovely on the inside as she is on the outside. She is at an Awana meeting in the close up picture.

Today has been a very quiet day, a lot of wind outside, and I have not even gotten dressed today, and have just kind of lounged around. I did make a dessert for tomorrow evening. I cooked some dried apricots, drained them, mashed them up with a shortening cutter (that you use to cut shortening into flour) and then added a bit of sugar, cinnamon, and cloves. One could use an artificial sweetener instead of sugar if they so chose. Then I used a couple of ready made pie crusts that you unroll, and using a rolling pin, I rolled them a little thinner and kind of squared them up. Then I spread margarine on the crust, followed by spreading the apricot mixture, followed by sprinkling some pecan pieces on top of that. I then rolled it all up into a long roll and sliced it into small sections. I placed the slices on parchment paper in a pizza pan, and baked them at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then turned them over and baked them for another 15 minutes. Removed them from oven and placed them on a plate to cool. Yum! Right now they are stored in a plastic container for tomorrow evening.

I sat on the couch with Gramps this afternoon and watched a movie with him. He asked me if I liked to swim, and I said, "Do you?" He said, "Oh, yeah. I wish Ruby liked to swim. She almost learned to swim when we were in Texas one time." He thought he was talking to someone else, and that he was child sitting. He asked me later this evening who that girl was that was here this afternoon that he was watching after. I said, "What was she wearing?" He said, "I don't know, I didn't look at her that close." I replied that I had been with him all day, and that it must have been me. He had nothing to say to that news. Bless his heart.

It is nearing 9 p.m. right now. Last night he went to bed right after supper, around 7:30 and I remained up until about 12:30, reading other people's blogs and writing comments. When I went into the bedroom, he was wearing his outer clothes again, and was ready to eat breakfast. I said, "honey, it is bedtime and I need to go to bed and get some sleep." So he got into his pajamas again, and we went back to bed. He said, "Don't disturb that person sleeping in that bed over there." I replied that I was the only one in the bed.

At 3:30 a.m. he was awake again, and I had to get up and put some bio-freeze on my cramping leg. Then when I went back to bed, he said, "are we going to get up?" I said, "Baby, I gotta get some more sleep." So he began to sing, "Rockabye baby," to me. I said, "Thank you honey, now lets' stop singing and go to sleep". So we did. Ha.

Well, just a few more letters to go, and frankly, I'll be somewhat sad to see the challenge end, won't you? Oops, our television satellite just went out. Hope it comes back on. It is awful inconvenient sometimes to live way out in the boonies and have to rely on satellite for television and internet, separately, even. Expensive, too.

I'll see you tomorrow with my "V" entry. Looking forward to it. This is Blabbin'Grammy signing off for tonight. Much love to each of you, my friends, and more later. Bye for now.


Lisa said...

Happy Birthday to your pretty red-headed granddaughter Ruby!

I enjoyed this post -- you make the simple things sound so interesting. :O)

Grammy said...

Hi, Lisa,
Thank you! Boy, that was fast! I had just finished posting. You are "Johnny on the spot!"

Niki said...

Everything about this post was beautiful.

I had to look up Piers Anthony as have not heard of him before. Very interesting reading about him. Thank you :o)XX

Wanda said...

Hope your granddaughter enjoys a happy birthday. Ruby, I love the way you seem to take Gramps dementia in stride. I would imagine that it's not always easy. I worked in Alzheimer's unit for a little while. Also my grandmother had it and it was hard seeing her that way.

Grammy said...

No, it isn't easy. He is always looking for things that he thinks have been stolen, but I find them for him. I do a lot of laughing with him, instead of crying. Crying does no good. Patience is sometimes difficult to come by, and I sometimes have to remind myself that he is not the person he used to be, at least in his mind. Thank you all for your birthday wishes.

LION GIRL said...

Hi Grammy, I wish I have someone singing to me and rock me to sleep too. You are so blessed having Gramps and he with you. Oh, so touching...


Happy birthday to Hannah,
you must be a very pround great gandmother,

Take care,

Grammy said...

Hey, Y'all,
Thanks for the well wishes. Catch you all later. I am indeed fortunate to have Gramps and I am a very proud Grammy to the grands and great grands.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Happy birthday to your great granddaughter!