Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A little behind in my blogging ...

As you can see, I've been otherwise occupied and haven't kept my calendar pages turned each day. Today is the 18th, but the picture isn't nearly as cute as this one! Maybe the calendar artwork by Mary Engelbreit will make you smile and forgive my negligence about blogging.

A lot of things have happened since I last wrote -- one being I've learned to drive hubby's yard tractor to mow the lawn and orchard. He's been working 12-hour shifts and then trying to work some on his new shop, so I volunteered to do the yard last Thursday.

At first he hesitated, because he didn't want me getting my back out of whack with the bumps and occasional jolts (and jerky stops and starts every newbie has). I did okay, though, and the yard looks ... almost okay.

Boy, a lawn mower tells no lies! It leaves a clear trail behind to show where you've weaved and wobbled your way around the yard. No clear-cut lines like hubby's, but I'll learn. He bragged on me and said I'd done a fine job.

Now for the latest news on the home front. First, it's rained, so the grass has grown 2-3 inches since I mowed! More importantly, our daughter-in-law is officially 7 weeks away from her due date. Grandson #2 is nearly ready to make his grand entrance, and we are getting excited!

We bought tickets to fly up after his birth, allowing a couple weeks extra just in case she goes way past her due date. We also decided, on the spur of the moment, to drive up at the end of this month for her baby shower. It will be our first time to see them since they've been expecting, and our first time in their new home.

It also happened to fall on the weekend of our wedding anniversary ... so the trip will be a combination getaway of sorts. We will visit with the kiddos over the weekend and then start home on Monday, spending a day and night along the way to relax and reminisce about 35 years together. Sure am glad I married this man. :-)

Oh yes, since I last wrote, our other grandson --Ethan -- has cut his first two teeth. He will be five months old a week from today and is growing up so fast! Melissa said he loves turning from back to tummy and back again and strains to scoot around. The doctor says he's a big boy for his age -- 24.6 inches and 16.8 pounds. Sure do miss that lil' guy!

Well, I'd better go turn a few more calendar pages and catch up on some things before I head off to bed!


  1. I like your calendar, Nan. I would mind turning the pages if I had one like it. So, another grandbaby ... I can imagine your excitement. Ethan's two teeth are also a celebration. There'll be no stopping him with the fillet steak soon. Kidding, of course... smiles. Watch what you're doing on that mower. Hugs.

  2. Wow, Ethan's 5 months already!?

    What an exciting time for you and yours. Also, I hope you have a wonderful trip and enjoy the time with your loved ones.

    The lawn will still be there upon your return and waiting for your next adventure ; )

  3. Wonderful news....a blog full of great news!
    Congratulations on your anniversary...
    I also can't wait to see photos of the new little one..
    I remember when my grandson's first tooth came in!!! A momentous day.
    Have a safe and happy trip!!!!
    I'm so glad to see your post, Nan. I've missed you.

  4. Thanks, dear friends! Melissa called me this morning, and hearing Ethan coo nearly undid my Nana reserve. I almost boo-hooed right into the phone. He squealed right then, so I laughed instead. :-D

    Valerie, I will be careful mowing, and as Leigh commented, the grass will be here when I get back. Jackie, I will take lots of photos in Oct. when we fly back up to see our little Pooh. (Don't know his name yet, but the nursery is decorated with the classic Pooh theme.)

  5. Your blog will be here when you get back too! :-) I think Summertime is hit and miss for every blogger. :-) Have a great time, congrats on your anniversary... :-)

  6. Stopping by to say hello again....
    It's been a while since I've heard from you...and I wanted to make sure all is well.
    Hugs and smiles to you from Jackie!!!


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