Thursday, March 22, 2007

Should a person be allowed to have this much fun?

Think of all the stuff you LOVE to do...the most rewarding stuff you can think of, m'kay?

Spending two days with little granddaughter was more wonderful than whatever you thought of, trust me. It was non-stop playing (lol), and watching her do all kinds of "big girl" stuff, like feeding herself, and letting me know what she did not want right now.

For whatever reason, her most-used "word" is geek with an sh instead of the k. It's an all-purpose word that means.................?

Her parents say we need to get used to calling her Big Girl 'cuz she won't be the baby after July, when we'll all realize just how MUCH she's grown after all. So, BG it is....but in this family, random nicknames can stick for the rest of your

Honest, she was leaning into me right then...but Da was taking another picture and NOT holding her!

Earlier in the day, she saw my camera on the end table and touched it with one tiny finger. I almost missed her saying "cam-ra", but she DID say's remarkable partly because cameras don't all look alike, yet she knows what they are...(and of course she wouldn't say it Cool, huh?

I'd post more pics, but everyone must be on-line tonight (same reason I quit trying Wednesday night)...I'll try to add a few more tomorrow, ok?

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Todays best pic

Little granddaughter and I had a GREAT time playing together She seemed more receptive to the camera after I showed her that it plays a little jingle when I turn it on....and also when I used the no-flash feature.
She completely refused to take a nap today, which made me remember that her dad quit that boring ritual early, When I mentioned it to him, he recalled being surprised that naps were a part of the Kindergarten day. By then, he didn't remember EVER needing a

For an hour or so this afternoon, she pretty much entertained herself...I was sitting on the couch and she was busy chattering and working on the toys. Back and forth to the deck windows, waving at the neighbor's dog out the front window, carrying whatever she had in her hand when the spirit moved her. She would 'check in' with me ocassionally, but it was perfectly ok that I wasn't involved.

She has about 15 words these days...none of which actually help her get me to understand....but when she runs to my knees and opens her arms, I know it means "Up!" and my Grandma heart does

It was around 40ยบ today, so we've started going out on the deck again. She's as fascinated as she was last spring...watching for birds, trying the wind chime, seeing the branches dance in the wind. We were playing at whispering out there, and her little pointer finger went to her nose and she said "S-s-s-s-ss"...took me a minute to realize she was meant "Shhhh" and dad beat me to that one!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

"Pie" and a Pic

I don't know about you, but I've always felt that recipes were really just suggestions for a fairly good combination of ingredients....that if it calls for 2 cups of something, well, 1 3/4 probably works too, just like 2 1/2 cups

That's why, when I found a recipe for Banana Bread that called for the zest of one lemon, I figured I'd use the rest of the lemon for THIS recipe.

Sure, it calls for THREE lemons and a pie crust...but how 'bout most of one lemon, less sugar, and 4 eggs baked in the brown casserole bowl? It's in the oven right now...we'll see!

(Frankly, this attitude is most likely why my family thinks I'm only an "adequate" they didn't starve, right?)


Here's little grand daughter, asleep on my shoulder this's tough to aim a camera at arm's length!

(I get to babysit again on Tuesday and Wednesday this week...I imagine we'll have MORE pictures then!)

Saturday, March 03, 2007

A one-year-old's birthday party :^)

Wanna see pictures?

The birthday girl!

You know everybody wanted her to DIG IN to that cake. Instead, she very nicely fed herself bits of frosting, without a mess to speak

When her dad asked her how old she was, she held up one finger (more or less) and said "One!", and these days, she'll give you a kiss and a hug...what a sweet lil' girl!

The big blue thing is a fabric tunnel. With her dad on the other end, she crawled right to him...and then, back through it to

(She's really into putting things over her shoulders. The green thing she's holding is a sleeper from another friend. It only ticked her off when she stepped on it and then couldn't

Friday, March 02, 2007

Snowy Day pics for Rainy

Here ya go, Rainy--the flock yesterday about noon....

...and just

I'm truly loving it...being laid-off has definite benefits. I only need to be plowed out by tomorrow afternoon, as that's lil' granddaughter's first birthday party--whoo-hoo!

BTW, here's my driveway this morning--it WAS shoveled (barely wide enough for the truck to get, but I think I'll call the plow today. A nice clear driveway is as pretty as this
I understand, according to MPR, that Winona got some 30 inches...Sis could send pictures for our edification if she wanted to. I'd publish 'em here, really!