Archive for June, 2008

Ten Favorite Sports to Play or Watch

Monday, June 30th, 2008

The prompt this week for Ten on Tuesday
is Ten Favorite Sports to Play or Watch.

I’ll start first with favorite sports to watch:

  • Our family enjoys cheering on our minor league basketball team, The Bellingham Slam. They are currently the Western Conference champs!
  • We enjoy going to our local high school basketball games. Both our boys’ and girls’ teams are fun to watch.
  • High school track meets are right on. One daughter wants to learn to pole vault. I can’t wait to see that. The other daughter likes to sprint and run in relays.
  • What about high school soccer? Two of our daughters are on the high school team, so those games are a must-see.
  • Our son in middle school is going to be our first child to play football, so I guess I’ll have to learn to like that sport, after having avoided it like the plague.
  • Some of the children have done figure and free style roller skating in prior years. That is one of my favorite things to watch.

Favorite sports in which to participate:

  • Volleyball
  • Basketball (in the day). Now I’ll shoot baskets with the kids occasionally.
  • Table tennis
  • Does hiking count as a sport? Backpacking was a favored activity, again, in the carefree days of youth.

Give Me Five Suggestions

Monday, June 30th, 2008

This week’s Give Me Five Monday
theme is – Give Me Five topics for future Give Me Five’s!

  • What are five things you want to get done today?
  • What are five things you tend to put off doing?
  • What are five of your hobbies?
  • What are five ways you fit exercise into your life?
  • What are five ways to show friends and family you love them?

Sing a Song of Fishies

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

The writing prompt this week at One Single Impression is MELODY, suggested by Barb at WillThink4Wine. The poetic form which Barb employed is called TANKA, and is written as follows:

  1. Line 1: 5 syllables
  2. Line 2: 7 syllables
  3. Line 3: 5 syllables
  4. Line 4: 7 syllables
  5. Line 5: 7 syllables

I’m going to give Tanka a try as well, using the prompt, MELODY:

We think it’s funny

How much Dad loves his fishpond.

Takes umpteen photos

Spring, summer, autumn, winter;

Our laughter, a melody.

Kitty ‘Kus

Friday, June 27th, 2008

My husband says the text doesn’t show up properly, so here it is, without the picture:

Happiness, cat-style:
Warm earth, shady spot to nap:
Life is good; relax!

Bonny Boy is the cat-equivalent of a lovable mutt. He is so affectionate and laid back. I have never observed him being rough with anyone, even our two-year old grandson. I wrote a sonnet about Bonny Boy here.

I’m not your kitten;
You are my human, my slave.
Do my will, or else!

Gigi, however, is another story. If I don’t immediately respond to his “Meouw!”, by following him upstairs to the particular food and water bowls which he desires to have refilled, he will bite my leg, or leap up the back of my chair to claw my neck. Being the well-trained cat owner that I am, I quickly do his bidding, or grab him quickly and place him outside before he can hurt me. 😛

For more Haiku, visit Jennifer over at Playgroups are No Place for Children and Christina at A Mommy Story.

Deeder and Lucy Cat

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

This big, old kitty, who weighs close to 25 pounds (about the same weight as our grandson, pictured here), is very choosy about who may pat her. For some reason, she is quite fond of Diederick, who has been here visiting us for a week. When she sees him outside, she comes strolling right up to him for some affection. The other cats, wisely, steer clear of the little boy.

I applied special effects to this photo at the picnik site. 🙂

Thursday 13 – Thoughts on a Visit

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

This is the last day of our son-in-law’s (and grandson’s) visit with us. Tonight they catch a flight back to Vermont. It has been a busy, special time, for which I am oh-so-thankful. For today’s Thursday 13, I’m choosing to list thirteen things about this visit:

  • Yesterday we had a very scary time of Diederick running a temperature of 102 degrees. The poor little guy was so uncomfortable. We called home to Laura, who called his pediatrician, who said a temp can be a sign not only of sickness, but of such things also as stress or the little one fighting off an impending asthma attack. We remain mystified as to the underlying cause of the fever, but this morning Deeder is chattering away, cool again, eating and drinking normally, so I’m happy about that.
  • Deeder has become fast friends with our dog Lassie. He is comfortable with her, loves stroking her fur, and enjoys putting her paws in his lap while sitting beside her. Here are some photos of the little guy in action.
  • Diederick would like to be friends with our cats, who wisely steer clear of him. The other day he grabbed Bonny Boy’s tail (tightly). Thankfully, the cat was able to make a quick escape, and didn’t try to scratch the little boy.
  • As a comfort when he was feeling poorly, Diederick requested to view pictures of cows on Google Images. He especially enjoyed a picture of a baby wearing a cow outfit. If you’re interested (I am.), the outfit is available here.
  • Diederick is also enamored with trucks. He has had the pleasure of watching various tractors drive by on our road. Life would be better for him if a parade of heavy equipment would proceed up our hill.
  • Darren had a lot of fun taking Diederick to Edaleen Dairy in Lynden, WA where Deeder admired the cows from a safe distance. Darren worked on his uncle’s farm in North Dakota at one time, so he also has quite a high opinion of that dairy animal.
  • Darren investigated the job market during this visit. We would be exceeding pleased, of course, if it is feasible for Darren, Laura and children to move closer to us.
  • Diederick became comfortable with his uncles and aunts. He is especially amused with Seth, who gives him Sethosaurus rides.
  • I read somewhere that a sense of humor is a sign of intelligence, so I am of the opinion that Deeder is an intelligent little guy. He’s not quite two years old, and finds many things, especially slap-stick situations, to be intensely amusing.
  • My daughter Laura is a much braver, flexible-minded person than I am. I would not have consented to be separated for one week from any of the children when they were two years old.
  • I have learned that Diederick is of a resilient personality. Though he spent a good deal of time looking for his mommy (Very sad; please do not cry when you read this, Laura.), he was still able to eat and drink and be amused with people and pets here. Thankfully, he gets to travel home to his mommy tonight.
  • I spent a lot less time on the computer with an active two-year old in the house.
  • I found that I still love holding and comforting a child. I also still display the annoying Momma Bear trait of growling at anyone who says, “Ah, there’s nothing wrong with that child!” Though I am of a gramma age, I still have a ways to go as far as maturity is concerned, I’m afraid.

Diederick and Us

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Lydia spent hours playing with Deeder this morning. She snapped this photo of the two of them. 🙂

I applied this “pencil sketch” effect over at picnik. 🙂

Wow! Cool Photo Effects

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

My daughter Laura told me about a cool site called picnik. I’ve been having so much fun this evening editing (at no charge) some photos of our grandson. Here are some of the results:

Which effect do you like the best?

Deeder Loves Animals

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

We’re still enjoying a visit from our son-in-law and our little grandson. Diederick “Deeder” is almost two years old, and has already decided that he’s an animal-lovin’ kind of guy. Here are some pics of the little dude in action:

Deeder plopped down by Lassie and pulled her paw into his lap. Lassie puts up with it, but sighs unhappily. She is so gentle with the little boy. 🙂

Lucy is a huge old crotchety cat who won’t let many people touch her, but she LOVES Deeder!

Diederick is acting totally nonchalant here, as if he doesn’t know that he deliberately sat down on Lassie. I wonder if that’s his way of trying to distract or fool her? In any event, she stayed very still while Deeder enjoyed sitting on her. 🙂

Yesterday, Darren took his young son to see some cows and enjoy some locally made ice cream at Edaleen Dairy in Lynden, Washington.

Ten Inventions That Have Made Life Easier

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

The prompt this week for Ten on Tuesday
is: Ten inventions that have made life easier:

  • Automatic clothes washers and dryers
  • Gas or electric cook tops and ovens
  • Good roads
  • Water purification and delivery systems
  • Indoor plumbing and sewage systems
  • Generation and harnessing of electric power
  • The printing press (more widespread dissemination of information, development of literature)
  • Machines to make large-scale farming possible
  • Irrigation methods
  • The drip coffee maker with an insulated carafe. (Yum! This makes the best coffee in the world, if you freshly grind some good coffee beans.)