Sunday, August 23, 2009

Averted Tragedy

We were in Trophy Club overnight on Friday to attend a meeting on Friday and Saturday. Since our friends there love us so much, they allow us to bring the Queen whenever we spend the night. As Her Majesty seems to be losing the battle of the cataracts, it requires constant supervision when she takes her constitutionals. She has been at their home, and in their yard innumerable times, and up until yesterday was able to navigate quite well around the pool, particularly in the daytime.

Yesterday morning, the fear that I had feared came upon me. We were sitting with our friends on the patio, poolside. I realized that HM probably needed to come out, so I carried the Queen out to do her business, set her down on the pool apron, then, splish (a four pound dog doesn't make a splash)! The Queen had misjudged the distance and was now in the pool. I am so shocked that I just let out a wasn't that loud, I think. But our hostess, was johnny-on-the spot, reached in and grabbed the thoroughly frightened, ratty looking Queen out of the pool. This was a selfless act for my sweet friend...she really doesn't even like dogs, she tolerates them, plus she was down on her belly in her white jeans retrieving MY dog, while I stood there being shocked.

It took the Queen quite a while to calm down and quit shaking. She has recovered now and is back to her imperious self...barking and running in circles begging for whatever treat she can get. Redoubled efforts on her keeper's part to help her "see" her environment will ensue.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Another Baby!

Our friends in Morocco just sent us word that their daughter arrived on Saturday morning. She is beautiful, like her older sister and brother (and Mom and Dad, of course!) It will be a little harder for me to go and do my Nana thing this time for them. I will just have to redouble my prayers and believe that the Lord knows right where they are, and just what they need. I know that this little girl will be a blessing to her family, and I look forward to holding her as I have her siblings whenever that happens.

Our youngest grandson has been practicing playing on his floor mat, and his Mommy sent me pictures this morning of him focusing on the hanging toys! He is, of course, so very clever, since he is only 1 week old, and seems to be tracking, according to his parents. I do believe he is going to have his mother's beautiful dark eyes. It will be said of him, I am sure, that he is a brown-eyed handsome man! Can't wait to make the next trip to Oklahoma to see him (fourteen days but who's counting?)

Monday, August 17, 2009


Well, I wasn't even paying any attention and I realized that I had made it to 100 blogs. Huh, who'd a thunk I'd stick with it? I sure didn't. I appreciate anyone who has taken the time to read my ramblings, you are true friends-or gluttons for punishment.

Today I am resting up from a marathon of cleaning yesterday. I am not much of a housekeeper, which I have admitted freely in the past. When I left a couple of weeks ago for baby arrivals, I had to leave the house unvacuumed, undusted, unmopped, etc. due to a knee injury. Wonder of wonders, the housekeeping police did NOT arrive in my absence and cite me for nastiness.

TBO went to east Texas yesterday for a meeting and I decided that I would do all the above in one day. Now, I am generally opposed to doing that much manual labor on any given day, but I felt the opportunity had presented itself and I should avail myself of it. Also, I only had the unairconditioned Volvo at my disposal, which made leaving less of an option.

I also had a grand plan of action. I would do one set of "work", then I would watch one episode of "The West Wing". I had enough to do that I made it through 8 episodes yesterday. Now, that may surprise you, but I actually finished all of my list about episode 5! The rest of the day was spent recovering with ice on my knee, back and elbow. The old gray mare, she ain't what she used to be.

Anyway, it was lovely to go to bed with fresh sheets last night. And especially marvelous to awaken to clean floors and no giant dust bunnies peering at me from the night stand. If I recover from my frenzy, I'll try to get back on my schedule of cleaning so I don't have to do this again!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

New grandbabies

It has been an exciting few days in Oklahoma. My stepgranddaughter gave birth on Friday to a precious little boy, well, not so little, 8lb. 2 oz. for a little bitty 100 pound girl, but she delivered normally after a tough 20 hour labor. I wasn't present for the birth as I was tending to one of his uncles. The little guy is having a few minor health problems, so please pray for him.

Our youngest son and his wife had their first child today...another grandson. He was born this afternoon about 6:09 pm after about 12 of hours labor in the hospital. He weighed in at 7 lbs, 14 oz and was 20.5 inches long. He is mighty cute, and seems to be doing very well. Mom and Dad are, too! It was a long day for Nana Pam, but oh so worth it.

I think I shall call it a day and try to get some sleep. I'm glad I'm just the grandma and I don't have to get up with either one of the sweet darlings!