Hey, All

Sitting here in my living room just loving it that I can now use my computer here.  I don't know what happened but the last time the kids were here, Heather was able to upload a movie from my living room.  I decided I should try the computer in here again and voila! I am so happy!

Well, we (Jackie or I) didn't win the Powerball, dagnabit.  Guess we'll just have to keep getting by on what we have.

I am happy to say Steve started work again (Tuesday, I think), so we will have a few more hours to count towards our health insurance benefit.  It gets bad when you have to pay the thing yourself.  I know, most of you do that, but one of the benefits of the union he's in is the employer pays the benefit as long as you have enough hours in each month.

I am hoping Steve will get to work in January with the out of town company that hired him to work at Penneys.  They told him he'd work Jan thru Sept of 2013.  Let's see if they keep their word.  If so, he will almost be ready to retire after that.  Whoopee!

I've been working on my emails and now have them under 2,000 to read.  Hey, that's good for me.  For a while it was over 5,000.

Hope you have a great day!

Hobbling Around on Turkey Day

Last Saturday afternoon, I mentioned that I started limping around.  Sunday, my knee popped and I thought something broke.

Steve took me to the walk-in clinic and I was diagnosed as having hyper extended my knee (probable cartilage that popped).  Now I'm in a knee immobilizer and one crutch to get up and down steps and over rough ground.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and after we ate, Steve played some guitar for us.  I've mentioned before that we have three singers in our family.  I sang a lot Thursday evening.  I just love music.  As a matter of fact I just ordered a present for Steve (can't tell you what).  It's nonsense to shop in the crowds for things that pertain to music when you can do everything from your computer.

I'm so excited, I can't wait for Christmas.  Last Saturday, Steve gave Heather her old guitar which we gave her when she was young.  She didn't realize we still had it.  It just needs some new strings and it'll be ready to go.  She was very surprised to get it.  I guess she thought it was gone and didn't think about it any more.

It's always great to surprise family with music!

Taco Bell

My kids and I used to have a tradition that we would do every Saturday.  My girls and I had to get allergy shots each week (I get 3 shots every visit).  For giving them a reward for getting their shots with no hassle, I would take them to Taco Bell afterwards.

Years have gone by and that tradition went by the wayside.  Lately, Steve II and I started it up again, just the two of us.  He had Friday's off and we would go to eat and then get what groceries or whatever else is needed and then head home.  It's become a special time between us.

Today, Josh had the day off so I called him and asked if he could get away by himself for a short while.  I picked up Steve II, then swung by Josh's and got him.  My hubby, Steve, met us there and we all ate together at Taco Bell!  It was great!

Have you had your fill of Turkey yet?

Target Practicing

A week or two ago (isn't it terrible how time flies?) Heather and her kids, Josh and Tay, Abby, Justin, and the kidlets came out to practice shooting.  Steve brought his rifle out and Josh brought his, the rest of the rifles were brought by Abby and Justin (and most of the ammunition).

After swinging as long as they wanted, Heather's younger three out together a puzzle at the dining room table.  I walked Kayla and Aiden around the yard.  Aiden had picked up a big stick and pointed it at me and said, "baa baa".  His rendition of a gun, I think.  Kayla picked up a stick then and we headed to the horseshoe posts which had large plastic cups over them.  The two of them hit those for quite a while.

Finally, Kayla went in the house to color and play.  I watched Aiden play on the toys and finally took him into the house, also.  On the way in, something started hurting in my left knee.  I limped around the rest of the day and evening.

Once the shooting was over, the girls helped me make pigs in a blanket with Bisquick.  They were yummy.  We ended up making 18 of them and they were the long hotdogs so were very filling.  We ended up with only two left so I sent those home with Jay for his two kids.

Now we are getting ready to go to Abby's for Thanksgiving dinner.  Yum!  Cannot wait.  Steve is figuring out his yearly Christmas gift for the families which he will place checks in envelopes.  This year I remembered cheap envelope printing at zooprinting.com.  So the envelopes are ready!

Then the kids can shop for their families and we won't have to make lists or walk around.  Also, by giving it to them this early, they can shop the sales!  Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!