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Friday:) Gamma on Baby Watch

15 Dec

A new baby is like the beginning of all things—wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.     

Eda J. Le Shan


I’m sitting here anxiously waiting for grand-daughter #2 to arrive. #1 and I have been bonding and I think Gamma is finally is getting the hang of things. I even put on the diaper forwards instead of backwards this time. Yay!

It should be any time soon, but if you’re reading this now, prayers and good thoughts will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

I guess you’ll find out tomorrow on the next installment of “WHERE’S BABY?”

In the meantime, a little giggling from Gamma and her #1 girl.


Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni and What Day Is It?

13 Dec

“All cooking is a matter of time. In general, the more time the better.”

John Erskine


While I’m visiting my sister, I decided to to some major cooking, and healthy cooking, for that matter.

I love to cook and she hates to cook, so right there, that’s a great combination. We went to the store and bought tons of fresh fruit and vegetables,

My first big project was some vegetable soup. What kind you ask? I call it, “Everything but the kitchen sink soup.” First, I gathered all her vegetables that were neglected in the fridge, then added the fresh ones from the store, Because the contents of the one large pot started to get too full, a second big pot was employed.

At the very end, I added some small thin egg noodles. My poor sister has been eating this for a few days and still had enough to freeze a few containers.

There’s a new project in the oven now, as we speak, but I’ll save that for another day. It’s still roasting. Yum! I can smell the wonderful aroma from the kitchen.

NOW! FOR WHAT DAY IT IS… 12-12 is the Feast of Our Lady Of Guadalupe. It’s a good day.

About Our Lady of Guadalupe Day

It is believed that a man named Juan Diego encountered the Virgin Mary twice in Mexico City, on December 9 and December 12 in 1531. According to legend, Mary told Juan to ask the bishop to build a church on Tepeyac Hill. However, the bishop needed proof of Juan’s encounter and asked for a miracle. Juan returned to the hill to see roses in a spot where there were previously cacti. When Juan Diego returned, he showed the roses to the archbishop and also revealed an image on his cloak of the Lady of Guadalupe. The bishop was convinced of the miracle and built a church in honor of the event.

Did You Know?

According to the story of the Lady of Guadalupe, Mary spoke in the Nahuatl language when she appeared to Diego. It is said that millions of indigenous people in Mexico were converted to Catholicism as a result of her appearance and miracle.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

10 Dec

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.

~Brad Henry


This morning, I had the pleasure of attending Mass at St. Thomas More in Elgin. It’s a beautiful church with simple lines and unassuming statues, but the panoramic stained glass windows behind the modest altar are amazing when the sun bursts through the vibrant colorful glass.

It was a little difficult to wake up to the 7 a.m. alarm after getting to sleep after 2, but, I was looking forward to attending this service. It was my mom’s parish. It would bring me closer to my sweet Mom up in heaven. A few tears slipped down my face.

Father’s homily was a little amusing. He talked about the people who influence our lives. Jesus was the great teacher, but Father said he had a very influential teacher while in the seminary. He said that he didn’t remember much of the calculus, Greek, philosophy, or even some of the Latin that he was taught way back in the 60’s. What he really remembered was the kindness and compassion of many of the instructors. One priest in particular would bring burgers, fries and Cokes for his students when they were stressed studying or rehearsing late into the evening. So, father suggested that, “You may not remember all classes and concepts that you’ve learned in life, but you will always remember the people who showed you kindness.”

After Mass, I bumped into several of Mom’s old friends. Tom, Mary, and Ilene had all been Eucharistic ministers who went to The Greens of Elgin, where Mom lived, to officiate Sunday services. They all said how much they missed Trini and her beautiful smile. I knew they really meant it, too. Everyone who knew Mom will miss her very much. It was a good morning.

Later in the afternoon, my dear friend Debbie came over. We went shopping and to lunch. Pizza was on my bucket list. You can never have too much Chicago pizza. A beautiful sunset ended the day.

To add the frosting to my already great day, I received some pictures on my iCloud photo sharing of my grand-daughter that made me smile.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Saturday:) Settling In and Some Painting Projects

8 Dec

“I’d like to be settled into somewhat of a normal life. Somewhat. I know it’s never going to be completely normal.”

~Michael Jordan


I had a wonderful week visiting with my little grand-daughter, oh yes, and my son and his wife. Did I mention them? She’s just so darn cute that I forget to mention anyone else. Last night, we all went to dinner. My sister came to visit and pick me up so I could spend some time at her house.

Somebody loves French fries.

While I had some free time during the week, I spent some quiet time painting some of my ornaments for my Chicago friends and family. I’m very lucky that Auntie Debbie found me a few boxes of the frosted ornaments because hey aren’t making them or selling them anymore at Hobby Lobby…bummer. Because I wasn’t at home with all my supplies, I had to bring my blank white boxes and some paint in my suitcase, and made a last minute trip to Hobby Lobby for hooks and glue and glitter. So, the difficult part was trying to figure out a way to suspend each ornament while the paint was drying. I scoured the house and found some coat hangers and turned baby Belle’s little doll stroller upside down to hang things four at a time. Then, I hung them in the closet on the wire racks as they continued drying. “Inventions are the necessity of motherhood.”

I may be settling in, getting used to the cold and different surroundings, but I can’t settle. I’ll settle in, but never settle down. Life is too short.

Theme Song Thursday:) If I had a Hammer

7 Dec

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.”

― Coco Chanel


Spending time with my very active, rambunctious, talented little two year old grand-daughter has given me some hope for the future. She likes to play with her baby dolls, pretends to vacuum and clean, and has a play kitchen where she cooks. But, she also loves to read, color, type on the computer, take things apart and put them back together, and she loves all kinds of tools. She insisted on helping her daddy put together her new little car. She loves the hammer and proceeded to drive around with a small tool kit balanced on her new car.

Yes, I think this little girl will grow up to believe that she can do anything she puts her mind to. And, she will.


Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom~ Family

6 Dec

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”

~Michael J. Fox


Today’s words of wisdom is correct. Family is the most important thing in the world. It’s everything. Family isn’t always a relative or blood relation. Family consists of the people who love you unconditionally and you love them right back. People come into your life and people go. The ones who stay are real family.

I have been blessed with a wonderful family. How about you?

Sunday:) Second Birthday With Baby Belle

3 Dec

“Perfect love sometimes does not come till the first grandchild.”

~Welsh Proverb


Today, we celebrated baby Belle’s second birthday. She’s not a baby anymore. She’s getting to be such a big girl, and soon she’ll be a big sister. And the best part is, she giggles and says, “Hi Gamma.” I haven’t seen her in months, but we FaceTime every Sunday, so she knows my face and my voice.

The Welsh proverb is absolutely correct. You love your children unconditionally, but when you have grandchildren, that love is multiplied tenfold.

Belle loves pizza, just like Gamma. (Oh, I missed Chicago pizza) She shared her pizza with her Gamma.

After the party at Barnaby’s Pizza, we decorated the Christmas tree and opened birthday presents. She put on the first ornament.

Yep, this Gamma is very blessed.