Monday, May 3, 2010

Yesterday's Happenings

Hey, Y'all,
Yesterday I more or less finished packing my suitcase to make my trip to Texas. ( You all are probably already sick of hearing about my upcoming flight, but here goes anyway, cause I hope not). I had a quiet morning, folding laundry, putting it away, packing, etc. Then lunch was a couple of chicken salad croissants that my neighbor had brought to me on Saturday evening, and a glass of water, which I sat on the front porch and ate while reading a paperback. I sat out side for awhile and just enjoyed the quiet 'being'. (You know how that is, I guess, just sitting there doing nothing but watching and listening to the birds, watching cars whiz by on the road).

About 3:30, I took off for the assisted living facility where Gramps is staying for a couple of weeks. When I got to his room, he was sitting there with his shirt and undershirt off, and when I asked why, he said he was thinking about taking a shower. I asked him when he had had one and he said yesterday. So I said, why don't you just put the clothes back on that you have laid out here on the bed, and take the shower tomorrow?

They have assigned days to take showers, and maybe he had on on Saturday, and maybe he didn't. Who knows? Anyway, he got dressed and then we sat and visited for awhile. He was sitting in the chair and watching tevee, so I stretched out on his bed and relaxed. Aaaaah!

He recognized me as his sweetie, and asked about his mama, if I had found out anything about where she is, and I reminded him again of how she had passed away from a stroke many years ago. I told him how he had told me that after she had the stroke she could only say one word, "Better, better, better". Then he remembered, and I told him that she was buried next to his dad at the West End Cemetery in Jefferson City and that we know she is in Heaven. So he was okay with that, again. Of course, when I next see him, he will probably ask me about her again.

We went down to the dining room and had supper with the other residents. The dining room is arranged in four person tables, and the residents always sit at the same table and in the same place. They have assigned seats, you see, so that makes it easier for the servers and for the residents. We had fried eggplant, with spaghetti sauce over it, along with steamed mixed veggies, garlic bread toast, and ice cream sundae for dessert. It was quite delicious. I think some of the residents did not care for it, but I told the cooks how good we thought it was, so that pleased them. The server said, "I'm glad somebody liked it!" Apparently some of the residents did not enjoy it like we did.

After supper I walked Gramps back down the hall to his room and kissed him goodbye and said I would come and get him after I get back. He thought I had already been in Texas, but I cleared that up for him. I headed back home and my neighbors came down to visit with me for awhile. After a few more hours of puttering around here, I went to bed, and now I gotta get breakfast and straighten up the house before my neighbors take me to the airport.

I just thought of something - related to blogging one's daily activities, etc. Many years ago, Ralph Edwards had a television show, called "This Is Your Life", and they would choose an ordinary person and, one by one, bring out people that had been in their lives and surprise that person whose life they were honoring. That is kind of what blogging seems to do. People revealing their own lives and speaking of those that are important in their lives. Neat, isn't it?
I really liked that show. Do any one of you remember that show? It must have been on in the 1960's. It may have begun in radio, I don't know for sure. I hadn't thought of it for years until just now.

CONGRATULATIONS! To those of you who have completed the A to Z challenge, and good wishes to each of you. Please stay in touch with me. I will be visiting blogs every day and reading them. I have a whole bunch that I follow and each day I plan to visit some so that by the end of the week, I will have visited all of them. I will also link up with those that I am not following and become a follower. I love to have that connection.

Thank you all too, for the awards. I treasure them and will eventually pass on to other bloggers. Best wishes to you all, and I will be seeing you tomorrow, I trust. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Oh yeah, I am posting a couple of pics of the quilt I just finished for one of my great grands and sent off on Friday. The quilt is reversible so that each side is colorful. Much love to each of you, my blogger friends. More later. Bye for now.


Barbara said...

Hope you have a safe trip,enjoy,and have deserve to get away for a few days.You will have to post some pictures later of the wedding.I hope you didn't get washed away last night in that rain.We got nearly 4 inches here in Cleveland,Tn.Have a great day.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Enjoy your trip and I hope Gramps doesn't miss you too much.
I will definitely stay in touch!


Have a safe trip Ruby , lovely quilt, It was gun doing the challenge and Imiss it already.
Take care and have a lovely time.

Bud Ezekiel H. said...

hi Ruby, i remember that show "This is your life." you probably remember Sky King and Car 54(Where are you?) as well, then. i think "To Tell the Truth" was on during the early 60's as well. of course, those were the B & W TV. days:) have a terriffic time and travel safe.

Raquel Byrnes said...

Hey Grammy,
So great that Gramps seems to be doing well. Hope your flight was uneventful. Beautiful quilts!

Lisa said...

The weather is beautiful here in Texas Grammy, although it's supposed to heat up as the week progresses.

Enjoy your time away -- the quilts are wonderful!

Beth said...

What a beautiful post! I'm praying that you will have a blessed time of wonderful visits and even better weather in Texas! And that Gramps will enjoy his stay where he is while you're away! Looking forward to a full report when you return! :)

arlee bird said...

Yes, I do remember This Is Your Life and I can appreciate that analogy in the case of some bloggers like you. Some of the others you never really get to know much about their real lives, but that's what they're doing I guess.
I like hearing about you and Gramps and everyone else. It's nice to have friends, even if they're cyberpals (guess penpals are out of fashion).

Have a good visit to your Texas family.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I like how you compare blogging to This is Your Life. I remember watching and enjoying that show. I hope you have a fantastic time in Texas.

Tanya said...

Have a safe trip!! I am excited to see you next month!!

Debra Harris-Johnson said...

It is hot here in Texas. I'm outside of Houston and this week we are in the 90's. Take care of your self. I remember the show and it was a good one. Be safe! The quilt is lovely actually a work of art!

Gregg said...

Congrats on being part of the challenge. Good job! TN said...

Have a safe trip Grammy. I wish I were going with you! I remember "This Is Your Life." Do you remember "Queen For A Day?" The quilts are lovely. I hope to do that some day.....probably in my next life...LOL Take care now. Keep us posted!

Anonymous said...

I hope you have a wonderful trip, and look forward to hearing all about it :o)) XX

Nf1andprek-whisper said...

I just read a difficult to get thru book about dementia and it must be hard to visit someone who does not always know it is you. I hope texas is great and you have a great time. LOve the quilt i always say I am going to learn to quilt some day.

Grammy said...

Hey, Y'all,
Yeah, I remember the Sky King, Car 54 (oooh, oooh - Toody and Muldoone), To Tell the Truth, What's My Line, The Garry Moore Show, etc., also Queen for a Day (I remember that one from radio, too). It's funny, when we watched tevee in black and white, we didn't mind it being in b/w (no gray areas in morals either).
Written from Texas, your friend, Ruby

Ellie said...

Have a wonderful time! I love the quilts, gorgeous!!! Congrats on finishing the challenge! Your writing is so authentic, I loved it!
Happy you were part of this wonderful event! Have a wonderful trip!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I remember 'This is Your Life," but I can't remember any of the guests he had on the show. I had lots of favorites back in the B&W days, but I think Ed Sullivan and Gunsmoke were tops.

I envy your quilting skills, Ruby. Our senior center has the arts and crafts show going on this month, and I went in to look at all the artwork and stuff -- found the whole lobby had quilts hanging around the walls. Beautiful work. I should go back over there and take some photos.