Category Archives: Family time

Homebody

I realized after two weeks of suitcase living, first on shipboard, then in son’s home that I am definitely a homebody.  Not pathologically so, not to the extent of not wanting to leave the house, but certainly becoming more uncomfortable about the absence from home each day.

Retirement is quiet, the daily routines have become so ingrained that each passing day away has increased the stress on my system.

It was fun going on a cruise with son and his family and being there for Halloween and our grandson’s birthday. This is the first birthday since our son adopted his stepson.
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This morning, hubby left to return to our home, to pick up our pups from the doggie camp where they have been for two weeks, to take over my chicken care for a few days. I left for Northern Virginia to help out with childcare as the eldest grandson is off of school for the next two days while his parents are not. On Wednesday morning, I too will get return to our quiet life for a while. While gone, there have been two nights of temperatures in the 20’s, so whatever was left in the garden is now gone. The garlic that was to be planted before the trip did not come prior to our leaving, hopefully it will have come while we were gone and there will be one last garden day to put it in the beds for the winter with a heavy mulch of straw to bed it down.

Kid in a candy store

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A couple of weeks ago, hubby took a motorcycle safety and driver test class while I went to play in two friends yarn shops and to take in the scenery along the Blue Ridge Parkway. He passed and really wanted his first bike to be a Harley. Wiser, more experienced rider friends urged him to get a lesser bike until he felt very comfortable on a bike and tonight he purchased his new toy, a 2005 Honda Rebel with low mileage. He is as happy as a kid in a candy store.

The Visit

Eldest son and our eldest grandson, his 8 year old arrived today for the long weekend. He came to slaughter the 15 stinking meat chickens that I have been raising for the past 9 weeks.
We all took a pleasant walk on our neighbor’s much larger farmland, through the woods and across his cattle pastures with a stop to chat with him, watching one of his cows who appeared maybe to be in labor, then home for a Mexican fiesta, a favorite of hubby and son.
I had been frustrated, not able to print a pdf knitting pattern that I had purchased online and his computer ability corrected that problem, finally made my printer wireless for both of our laptops and found and downloaded the driver for the laser printer, so that is also an option for my use on my Windows 8 laptop.
While he was being our computer technical guru, I wound a skein of yarn designated for a baby sweater, only to have it kink up and then sat and hand wound the same skein, unkinking all of the knots. Now I’m set to start knitting again and can print wirelessly from my recliner.

Best Laid Plans

This weekend we have house guests. They arrived last evening in time for dinner.  I like to cook, I especially like to cook for guests and had planned my menu with care, HA!

We had made a Wednesday trip to the Farmer’s Market for beef and pork, for corn, squash and beans with the two dinners in mind. I already had sausages from the Farmer’s Market in the freezer and local buckwheat for breakfast pancakes. 

The plan was for drunk beef kabobs with our, onions and peppers, and the purchased squash, grilled to perfection. A side of corn on the cob and a platter of our just picked sliced tomatoes and this years dill pickles.  For dessert I was making an apple pie.  The meat marinated all day. The first snafu came when I peeled and sliced the apples and they didn’t fill my smallest pie pan, hmmm…
That crisis was solved by making a large apple tart by folding the apple mix in one crust, sealing the edges and baking it on the pizza stone.  Veggies were cut in chunks and the corn shucked and washed. The skewers were threaded. Guests arrived and we sat around visiting a with crackers, cheese and a beer or glass of wine.  Finally time to grill thd kabobs and cook the corn. Hubby went out to light the old faithful gas grill and snafu number 2. 

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We had noticed that her inner working had gotton a bit rusty this summer with all the rain, but she worked fine a week or so ago. I guess moving her to mow jiggled some rusted part on the burner pipe, so instead of a burner of flame we had a fountain of flame.  Plan 2, turn on the broiler in the oven, but wait, this high end GE marvel didn’t come with a broiler pan.  A bit of improvising and dinner turned out quite delicious, enjoyed on the back deck, only the third time this summer because it was always raining or the cushions were wet every time we planned on eating there.

Kid time

A few weeks ago we had Florida kid and grandkid time.

This week, I have Northern Virginia kid and grandson time, helping out between kids starting school and grandson. Yesterday was Metro rides and two Smithsonian Museums.

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Today the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

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Tomorrow, I rest by the pool with a picnic and book and rest my feet, back, and budget. He is fun, but at 8, his energy level far exceeds Grandmom.

October brings a cruise with the Virginia Beach kids and grands.

Kid time

A few weeks ago we had Florida kid and grandkid time.

This week, I have Northern Virginia kid and grandon time, helping out between kids starting school and grandson. Yesterday was Meyro ride and two Smithsonian Museums.

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Today the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

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Tomorrow, I rest by the pool with a picnic and book and rest my feet, back, and budget. He is fun, but at 8, his energy level far exceeds Grandmom.

Too Quiet

The visitors are gone, they left around 7:30 pm last evening. As usual, I cried. It is hard having family you love a lot and not having them around. The mountains and our home are just what we wanted in retirement, the quiet is so peaceful, but today it is lonely. Hubby came down with a cold Saturday night and he is snoozing in his recliner. Even the dogs seem to miss the children running around and their Golden Retriever to play with. There has been a lot of grooming and tussling going on when the big dog isn’t lying by the front door awaiting their return.
They were here for 12 days, their longest visit and it was delightful. The children are 6 years and 20 months respectively and so much fun to be around. Both are curious and loving. Our grandson is very bright and loves to show off his reading and math skills. Our granddaughter, full of energy and words, both verbal and sign language. Though many of her words have multiple meanings at this point, they are enunciated clearly and emphatically.
There were many activities, from berry picking
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To jam making. Four batches made with our daughter
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Hiking to the Cascades
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Kayaking and target shooting for hubby and the adult kids.
A birthday party for my 90 year old Dad and two baptisms for the grandkids.
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Perhaps someday soon, our eldest and daughter by love will finish their education, find employment back in this area and return with our eldest grandson and our daughter, son in law and their two children will find their way closer to us and with our youngest son and his family 4 hours from here, we will be able to spend more time with them all.

Grand day

     Today is the day that “Mommom” got to spend with the grandbabies while their Mom and Dad got to go have some adult time.   This morning they went to the shooting range for some target practice with hubby and their friend who is travelling with them.  After a quick trip home for lunch, some kiddie time, hubby drove them and our three kayaks off for a couple of hours of drifting down the New River, just the big kids. Hubby will hang out until time to pick them back up and return them to our house.  That has given me some quality time with the little kiddos.   Today we took “walk, walks” but not in Daddy’s shoes

We tried taking walk, walks outside, but the little princess didn’t want to keep her shoes on and the big boy thought the gnats were too much of a bother, so we came in and tooks naps where they landed.

     Yesterday, we took a four mile family hike up to the Cascades, a beautiful waterfall near our house. Most of us shed shoes and socks and waded only to find the water much too cold to stay in for long.  The crazy young adult men braved the frigid water and went for a swim.     

     The past two days I have gone out to find 1 to 5 of the chickens outside of the pen, free ranging unsupervised.  I think I finally figured out where they are escaping and need to make that part of the pen more secure.  One of the girls must think she is a dinosaur as her eggs have been extra jumbo this week.