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Thursday, February 21, 2008

9 TX 0208

The day dawned on our last full day in Texas – 2-19-2008. The day began for me when I awoke, which is the case most every morning. FSIL had gone to work; GM2 was at school and OD left shortly for an appointment. I was up and almost through with my morning beginning stuff when the little one arose, for the second time. The Spice had tricked him into lying back down the first time.

I got his clothes changed, brought him downstairs and got him interested in something so as to finish my morning rituals. He finally decided to have a bite of b’fast and then went back to his playing. OD returned from her appointment and she and the Spice were off for a bit of shopping. GM5 and I held down the fort. Lunchtime came and the little one ate ¾ of a 15oz can of Chef Boyardee mini bites with meatballs – unheated – he doesn’t like it heated. He has eaten a whole can at one sitting – growth spurt?

When the lady folk got back they continued the closet cleaning/rearrangement from yesterday. OD had several odd jobs for me – this was much to my liking. Two of these were to hang stuff on bedroom walls and the other was to adjust an upstairs commode that hangs up occasionally. The stuff was hung on the walls and the commode was fine-tuned so as to not hang up again – hopefully – time will tell.

The day was cloudy and a little chilly – of course chilly in south Texas is different from many places north of there – low 60s in this case. FSIL flew out in the early afternoon on a three-day business trip to Ohio. The highest temp during his trip was predicted to be 23F, plus snow was involved – quite a difference from Texas.

OD left with GM5 in the afternoon on a great adventure, to pick up GM2 from school and take both young ones to the dentist – GM5 for the first time. She told me that the little one did not do very well at first but finally got the hang of it and actually told her when it was over, “That was fun” – at least his version of those words.

When they got home we all loaded up and after running an errand we went to Fuddruckers for the evening meal. It was a good time together as well as decent food. On the way home they were doing nursery rhymes with the little one. The Spice had just recited “Little Boy Blue” to GM5 and asked him “who was under the haystack fast asleep?” She then told him that it was Little Boy Blue and he said “No it’s not, that was baby Jesus!” This was another of those grandparent moments that caused a mixture of hilarity and amazement.

Back at their home, we kicked back and watched American Idol, one of the very few network shows in which I allow myself to get involved. After the program went off we finished up some packing that we had begun that afternoon – all except the last minute items. We had packed as light as possible for the trip, depending on OD’s washing facilities to make up the difference and that worked out very well. This old man ran out of steam and finally crashed into my resting place for the night. The Spice and OD were still up talking into the wee hours.

Separations are sometimes necessary in our world but a day is coming when this will no longer be the case. I’m looking forward to being with loved ones forever but especially being with Christ for eternity – I hope you have made that Jesus choice as well. ec


Blogger Anvilcloud said...

We are AI watchers too. And as soon as it's over (in June?), we watches Canadian Idol which begins right after.

2/22/2008 09:01:00 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Not an Idol watcher here but my DIL never misses it.

Those grandchildren are surely going to miss you and Spice when you go home.

2/22/2008 07:31:00 PM  
Blogger ancient one said...

We're watching Idol too! Haven't got a favorite yet, but I will before it is over.

2/22/2008 10:57:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

AC - Other than American Idol my viewing is usually the History Channel, animals or sports - just don't care for most network shows.

brenda - They won't miss us any more than we miss those little grunts.

ancient one - I've got a couple picked out but the ones I like don't usually win in the end. We even vote for them. ec

2/22/2008 11:13:00 PM  

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