Going To Visit The Family

I awoke to gray drizzly weather in New Hampshire. Dreading the ride south to my sister’s in such conditions, I made coffee, showered, dressed and left home at 7:30 AM. I’m a “Granny Driver” and I estimated it would take me more than my usual 4 hours to get there.

No sooner hd I hit the highway then I was faced with snow! Great. The snow turned to ice and then to rain, heavy rain. I wasn’t a happy girl.

I’ve never really liked to drive. I hate traffic of any kind, but most especially tucks. So, I live in the country where I don’t see much in the way of heavy truck traffic, but I love my sister so I was determined to make the trek.

By the time I got to the New Hampshire/Massachusetts border, the precipitation had stopped and it was just cloudy. Cloudy I can deal with. I drove on, through endless “road work” areas, and eventually hit Connecticut. I drove by Pam’s mother’s town and I waved! (I did this for you Pam!)

Then I arrived at my sister’s house a mere 3 hours and 45 minutes after I left my home! This is a personal best, time wise.

We picked up my grandnephew, Luke from pre-school and took him out to a kids play place that also served really good pizza. My nearly 4 year old grandnephew snarfed down 4 slices of the pizza! Trust me, we were amazed! The kid is just not that big! We had a grand time with him though and I enjoyed every moment of it.


Then we were off to meet up with my old grandnephew as he got out of school. Taft is in first grade. He was so happy to see his Auntie Em, and brought me in to meet his teacher, show me his locker and his classroom.

My goodness how the kids have grown, and how fast the year has gone since I have seen them.

Happy Birthday Uschi

Today is my dearest friend & sister, Uschi’s birthday. So I want to salute her and wish her the happiest birthday, and many, many more!

Thank You For Being A Friend
( by: Andrew Gold )

Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down a road and back again
Your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidant
maribeth anda uschi
I’m not ashamed to say
I hope it always will stay this way
My hat is off, won’t you stand up and take a bow

And if you threw a party
Invited everyone you knew
You would see the biggest gift would be from me
And the card attached would say
Thank you for being a friend

If it’s a car you lack
I’d surely buy you a Cadillac
Whatever you need any time of the day or night
The One About Food

I’m not ashamed to say
I hope it always will stay this way
My hat is off, won’t you stand up and take a bow

And when we both get older
With walking canes and hair of gray
Have no fear even though it’s hard to hear
I will stand real close and say
Thank you for being a friend
And when we die
And float away
Into the night
The milky way
You’ll hear me call
As we ascend
I’ll say your name
Then once again

Thank you for being a friend

A New Life

As we bid Steve Irwin goodbye and felt the tears in our eyes and hearts, I received an email and pictures from my best friend, Uschi in Berlin. Her grandson arrive tonight , (September 5th) at 9:15 PM. This is her daughter’s first child and his name is Anton Paul.

Anton Nadine

You see, dear readers, life goes on. One life passes and another comes into the world. It gives me hope. Hope that even though there are times of great sadness, if we but wait a moment, great happiness will be ours again.

Welcome, sweet Anton! Congratulations to my dear Uschi!!!

The Kids Are Back

The children are back and have been down several times to play with the dogs. It’s so wonderful to see the dogs playing so happily with the kids. Matina especially, is so good with them. She would do well in a junior handlers program, showing dogs.

Hubby and I barbecued out on Friday night. We prepared the shish kebabs again, but this time we made up a few all vegetable skewars. Fresh summer squash and zuchini from my garden, red onion and a cut up eggplant. I had marinated the entire lot on the Kebab marinade, and I am here to report that it was extremely yummy! Especially the eggplant. In fact the eggplant was so good that I have decided to plant some in our garden next year.
The recipe for the kebab marinade can be found under my cooking section.

We sat out on the patio and ate our dinner. It was so quiet and peaceful and a pleasant way to spend a Friday night. Even the dogs were good little pups.
I had written an entire post about some of my pet peeves. In the blink of an eye Pfft! It was gone. I take this to mean that the Blogging Fairy didn’t approve of the subject matter.

So on this hot, humid and hazy Sunday I plan to do what all intelligent people do. Not a whole lot. I’ll read the Sunday newspaper, maybe go for a quick swim and most of all, enjoy the air conditioners, God Bless them!


I have decided to catch you all up on the latest from New Hampshire. I feel like so much has happened in the last week that I have been somewhat remiss in sharing. So I will go back to Sunday and work forward.
I did mention that my childhood friend, Gail came for a visit. But because I didn’t have a picture of the event I had to wait until she got home and sent them to me. So here I am with Gail, whom I have known since I was 13 years old, and trust me, that is a very, very long time!

Monday, I had hoped for a little down time, but it was not to be. I had errands to run and groceries to get and cooking to do. Of course, it all made Tuesday such a success, that I can’t complain. I really enjoyed having everyone come for the Fourth of July, and grazing on all the delicious food, made the day a lazy, relaxed, and comfortable day.

Wednesday I was once again trying to catch up. There was cleaning to do, and then the usual stuff, like meals to cook, bills to pay and the garden to work in. In fact when my daughter called to firm up plans for Thursday, I was so out of it, I actually thought it was still Tuesday and I would have a day off before my drive down to her place. I had to laugh at myself, but holidays do that to me.
Thursday, not only did I spend time with my daughter, Amanda and my former mother in-law, but I got to spend time with my grand-kittys! I have three. Cleo, who is a bit shy, Maestro, her brother who is a big beautiful black and white boy, and Ortez who is gray and white and really loves his Grammy! Ortez is the baby and still full of wonderful wild energy!

Amanda & Maestro, me & Ortez

Friday we headed over to have Hubby’s knees examined. This was his first post operative appointment. I am happy to report that all went well. Hubby is released for the next three months, with promises that he will not do things like kneel for a while, (I have screamed at him about this already!) or should he simply have to kneel he must get some “Miss Lewinsky” knee pads to use!

Hubby’s latest x-rays.

Saturday I devoted to weeding the garden. I have not been very good about it and there was a lot to do. I spent about 2 hours simply pulling them out, and now the garden is looking great. I need to mention that we have now eaten our first two summer squash, fresh from the garden, tossed in a pan with butter and onions and basil, and today we picked our first cucumber! The joy that gardening brings is definitely when you serve it all up on a plate!

And to end this post I will make note that today Greta flushed out a Mama and baby ducky. She did not hurt them, but simply flushed them from the bushes. Still when I heard Hubby hollering at her I ran full speed up the hill and discovered I am not nearly as young and fit as I once was! Greta was carried home by me, and I let her know that she is not to scare Mummy like that again. A person could die of heart failure!
You may all stop giggling now!

Strong Women

Thursday I spent the day with two of my favorite people. My beautiful daughter, Amanda, and my former mother-in-law, Alice. We celebrated Alice’s birthday a little early and went out for lunch. We met before lunch at Amanda’s place and sat around drinking coffee and chatting up a storm. It felt so good and so comfortable, we three women with this familial connection. Of course legally Alice isn’t related to me at all, but in my heart she always will be. She was a wonderful mother-in-law to me and we have remained friends. Best of all, she has been an outstanding grandmother to my daughter. I couldn’t have asked for better.

I’ve always read those e-mail things that go around about wonderful, strong, women.
Thursday we all had lunch together.

Cook Out Day

Sunday was hot, humid and hazy.Typical summer weather. Usually, I could care less about the heat in the summer, now that Hubby has air-conditioners installed in every window through out the house. On a 90 degree day, we can keep the house nice and dry and comfortable. Somehow today, despite the air-conditioning, I remained hot. (menopause?)
Today my best friend from my childhood came with her family. I have known Gail since we attended a Christian Summer Camp when we were 13 years old. I’d been looking forward to this since the spring when she told me they were going to Nova Scotia for vacation. I knew that to get there, they had to either come through here going or coming!

On their way home they stopped and spent the afternoon. We had a great cookout, christening Hubby’s new grill,

and ate a wonderful feast of summertime foods. Hot-dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, stuffed eggs, vegetables with dip and yes, my world famous, (okay, my Hubby’s favorite!) Strawberry Rhubard pie.

We talked and joked around and had the best time. It felt so relaxing to just sit and enjoy the porch, the people and the meal.
All too soon they had to leave to head for home. I hope they come back soon.
Even Greta had a good time.