Universal Studios

Heather had planned our trip so well but this was something she didn’t plan.  She didn’t know that her big brother, Jared, had connections to Universal Studios.  She had always wanted to go to see Harry Potter land.  Jared has an older gentleman that lives with him who is the father of his best friend, Justin.  Justin’s Mom, Karen, is a witch at the Squeaky Cauldron and she got us free tickets.  Justin is also one of my adopted sons, so I really wanted to meet Karen.

We were supposed to just hang out at the hotel by the pool for the day while Dan went to car museum he had been wanting to visit.  He dropped the rest of us off at Universal Studios where we met up with Karen.

Karen didn’t get to stay with us long because she had things to do and has a hard time wearing the mask.  To say the least she hasn’t been able to work because of this.  It was really nice to get to spend a little time with her.  Her family think so highly of my oldest son, Jared, which makes me very proud.

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Downtown York, PA

I just love showing off the downtown area of my new home, so before Jared left for home we had to take him there. There is so much history there.

I love all the old buildings. They remind me of the time I lived in England.

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Loving Son

I have 5 wonderful children who will do anything that they are capable of doing for their Mother, me. I am very lucky this way.

My oldest son, Jared, was in Florida working and visiting friends. I asked him if I bought his plane ticket home, for which I used miles so it was very cheap, and a train ticket from Florida would he come and level my floor upstairs. It was the only thing I didn’t know how to fix. Of course, he told me yes.

After he got here and looked at our attic conversion. He told us it wasn’t wired that just the power was brought upstairs. He also found that the plumbing wasn’t right either. This was done before we bought the house but it was never finished. It took him a lot longer than he thought but he got the upstairs plumbed, wired and the floor leveled. He also enlarged the area we plan to put our bed in.

He found that the downstairs bathroom was vented into the upstairs. It is now vented outside. Also, the upstairs bathroom vent is in now too. We can actually put a toilet in now. Yeah!

While on the roof installing the vents he noticed that he could see light around the chimney. He fixed that too.

He also put up a new mantel for the fireplace. We just need to finish it out.

Thank you so much, Jared! I am so lucky to have such wonderful children.

Stay safe out there!

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Backyard Granddaughters

Last weekend Heather wanted to see her brother, Jared, before he headed back home to Sterling, Alaska. We are still under lock down and social distancing. We know we can visit in our backyard with making sure to stay 6′ between us. It was hard to not touch the girls though.

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Yard Work and Covid-19

Staying home, social distancing and wearing mask is our new norm but you can work in the yard without worrying about any of the above.

Every nice day David and I are out in the yard doing something. I got the front flower beds taken care of. We even got some flowers because there is this tent in the parking lot near us that is selling plants. I was told they come down every spring from Lancaster.

I got the edging delivered from Aldi’s. I know it isn’t straight but it works.

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The First

The first can be many different things and we all have our first; like our first birthday. It was the twins first birthday on February 16th. The family had just come back from a vacation, so Grandma made a cake. It was also Dan’s birthday on February 13th so we celebrated Dad’s birthday too.

I found an old recipe for Angel Food Cake that I made. Everyone thought it was great. Of course, it was not Keto friendly but you have to have cheat sometimes. I also had strawberries and whip cream for it.

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Labor Day Camping

This is the last three day weekend before we have to take the camper off the truck for the year.  We will probably get another camping trip in for sure but not sure after that.

We had a great time with the kids and granddaughters.

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What We Do For Our Kids!

So, yesterday I am getting busy on my checklist and my son comes in the room. He says, “Hey Mom, the guy I’m working for needs someone to clean his condo. You want to do it for $20 an hour?” I said, “Sure why not.” My son tells me he just put new carpet in, so I didn’t have to worry about that.  He needs someone to clean the kitchen cabinets, bathrooms, clean the floors.  I thinking well that won’t be bad.  Boy, was I wrong!

 

Those rooms were horrible.  I started downstairs yesterday.  We only worked for a few hours because my son had to go to Home Depot. Today we were there from 8 to 5 but we had to leave for a while, so Dusty could go look at another job.  I still have at least another day or day and a half before I am done.  Even the washer and dryer were filthy.  I have to say though it has been fun working with my son again.  I haven’t done that since he was a kid. This time though he was the boss and not me.  I think I will be making a little more money than I thought I would make.

Well life is always good when you get to spend time with your loved ones whether it is working together or just visiting.

 

Looking at the Things Checked

I am really getting into this and learning to always look at the things you checked off and not the ones unchecked. Today that is just what I did.

My day started off like a normal day. I had planned to go over to my friend’s, Judie, house and we were going to paint some pots.  We have a lot of starts that we took off some of the plants at church.  We thought if we rooted them and planted them in cute pots we could sell them after church to make money for the church or a charity. Anyway there I go again getting side tracked.  I had just got over there and my son called to say they had forgotten their brushes and could I run them over to them.  Judie and I say fine but before we leave she gets a call from her daughter and she is in the ER.  She has been sick for a while and finally went in.  So we tell her we are going to go take the brushes to the boys and then we will come see her.  We get to my house and I am looking for brushes, so I call the kid.  He says, “Oh, never mind we have a roller working now.” Not sure what that meant. I guess I will ask when they get home.  Anyway we say great. Jump back in the car and head to hospital.  We go find Trevor. She is waiting to get test results. We are waiting with her, but we are both thinking they are going to admit her. Sure enough test results come back and she has a low white count. She is put on IV antibiotics and told she is being admitted. She asks for how long and he replies at least 3 days.  She is starting to stress,  we tell her not to worry about anything that we will take care of it.  We tell her she needs to just worry about herself.  We said tell us what you need us to do. She was worried about her dogs. We said we will take them over to Judie’s house.  She was going to send her daughter $100.  We said we can take care of that. She was worried about picking Jesse up on Monday. Mom, Judie, said she will pick him up. She was worried about getting some baby blankets finished. I told her I would do that. I better put that on my checklist! Then she was worried they would make her stay more than 3 days and she was supposed to fly to Vegas to see her daughter and meet her new grandson. We told her that she needs not to worry about that because if she has to change her date it is for a medical reason so it would be no problem. We repeat to her just take care of you and we will take care of everything else. Off we go to the car again.

Once in car we decided our plan of attack. First was off to Wells Fargo Bank with a nice crisp $100 dollar bill in our little hands. We get to the bank and go in. Judie tells the lady at the desk that she wants to put $100 in her granddaughter’s checking account.  The lady asked if it was cash. Judie says yes and she replies we don’t accent cash.  Judie stood there with her mouth open for a split second before she replied you’re a bank and you don’t accept cash.  The lady then explained that they weren’t allowed because of money laundering. So this 75 year old woman had to write a check off of her account to deposit into her granddaughter’s checking account so she was not accused of money laundering.  I am sorry but I had to laugh.

Our next stop was to Trevor’s to get the dogs and to get the blankets I need to finish for her. We drive up and park in the driveway. All of a sudden my door is open and there is the little boy saying, “Hi, you’re my neighbor. You have two dogs because I have seen them in you backyard. You have two cats because I have seen them through our upstairs windows and I can see right into your windows.” I guess he knows all about Trevor except for what she looks like, considering that Judie is 75 and I am 63 and Trevor is 40.  Also, Trevor’s skin is a little darker than ours and she is a lot skinnier than us two old ladies. So we manage to get inside the house. The dogs are no problem. We let them out to go pee. We find the blankets and thread, so I can take care of them. The dogs are back in. We collect their bowls and food.  Now we have to find the leashes.  They are supposed to be in a hall closet.  We look and look and can’t find them. Trevor calls and tells us they have her in a room now. We say great and where are the leashes.  She tells us that they are just where we were looking. Finally, after Judie drops a big weight on her foot we see something behind this big black bag. Judie reaches for it and SCORE we found one. Then there was the other one. Now we got the dogs, food, bowls and blankets loaded in the car. We then decide that I should go over to the store to pick up my groceries I ordered. I love this new thing that Fred Meyer’s is doing. You go on-line and order your groceries and pick a time to pick it up. Then you just drive to the pickup area and they load it in the car. If I could get them to come home and unload that would be good. Well look I need gas, so let’s go to their gas station. WOW! was that a great idea. I scanned my rewards card and got 40 cents a gallon off of the gas. Too bad I wasn’t driving the truck but I had to use the points before the end of August.  OH shit, I have keto ice cream in my groceries.  Ok, so we will stop at my house on the way to Judie’s, it is on the way. She sits in the car with the dogs while I run up the back stairs to put my freezer stuff away. Then off to Judie’s to let the dogs in her house. We set up the kennel, sort out food and water for them.  They had stayed at grandma’s before, so it was all ok.  I then say well do you want to go to the cannabis store with me. I think this will be fun because Judie is just an old hippie too. We check on google to see where the closest one was to us and off we go again.  Judie loves that she is carded at the door. They told her they had to make sure she didn’t have a fake ID. Then the door opened and that wonderful smell hits you, yes we made it. Judie is just in awe. Her eyes get big and she is looking everywhere. Checking every corner out with the eyes of amazement. She turns to me and says, “I never thought I would see this in my lifetime.”

Well as I come home I think I didn’t get too many checks today but think the ones that I did get with all the other things that happened in my day were well-earned and I am proud of me.

 

 

Flat Ole Hippies Go to the Kenai Peninsula

We went on another road trip with our friends to Sterling and Soldotna with our friends. DSC_0708

We went to visit their son Jared in Sterling.  Boy does he look like a real mountain man living in the woods with his wife.  They even live in a log cabin.

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We got to go to the Kenai River too.  There were people fishing but we didn’t see any fish.

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Then we met Brodie who is one of their granddaughters.  She was visiting from Washington with her mom, Tiffany.

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Brodie even shared her cotton candy with us.

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It was a lot of fun visiting Soldotna and Sterling.  Can’t wait to see where we go next.