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“Here Froggie, Froggie, Froggie”

Well this week so far have been full of surprises.  Monday, Kris and I visited my sister Kathy. She is such a joy to all my family and we had a nice visit.  My mom has had some health issues so I spent the night Monday with her.  Tuesday, after making sure she was doing fine and picking up medicine for her, I went to Salem to take my baby girl, Bailey out to lunch for her birthday.  She turned 22. Then back to mom’s for a few hours.

This morning, got to Mom’s around 8:30 and she seems a bit better.  But right after I got there, my brother Dave drove in (he is off work all week) and said Sammy, his basset hound got out of the yard. So I get in my car and search half the town for Sammy, my sister Kris too.  I guess Sammy was waiting for him back at his house. Glad she didn’t take yet another drive around with the town police like she usually does. LOL  So I get back to my mom’s and help her fertilize, change sheets, etc.  Go home around 11:00, change clothes and then the phone rings.  David again. (how long is this week going to last with him off work? LOL) Get this, he calls me on my home phone and asks if I left Mt. Angel.  Well I could not quite keep the sarcasm from my voice when I said, “If you called me at home, chances are I am no longer in Mt. Angel”. Then of course he tells me his dilemma.  He sprayed the sides of his pool with a cleaner, but he sees two good size frogs in the little bit of water at the bottom.  And he doesn’t know what to do.  I am thinking *o.k. 1. why is this my problem and 2. what am I supposed to do about it.  Then after further conversation, I find he has tried to net them, make them jump out, etc. I then ask why he doesn’t just catch them and throw them out….and then it dawned on me.  My big brother won’t touch anything that is snake, lizard, frog etc.  REALLY?  So I get in the car and drive back to Mt. Angel.  After about 15 minutes, me laughing so hard I peed my pants, (sorry, but tis true). I caught not two, but three nice size frogs, put it in a bucket and hopefully he can manage to take it to a pond.

I feel St. Francis is looking down at me very pleased right now.  I don’t think he is pleased with David at all. LOL

Oh, lord… I am finishing up writing this, David called to let me know…and I quote. “One of the little bast@&$s escaped”.  Well he is own his own.  I told him I will include this on my blog.  I warned him that he doesn’t come out looking to good in this post.  He then asked, “Well did you at least included you peeing your pants?”  Of course I did.


Ahhhh….Now I Remember

Our weather is about to change.  A few showery days are predicted starting tomorrow.  We do need the rain, but I hope it is only a few days and we are back to the spectacular weather us Oregonians have been enjoying.  Monday, after dropping Toby off for grooming and visiting with my sister Kathy; Mom, Kris, Toby and I were able to go to Portland to visit my Uncle Marcel. He is doing so good.

Yesterday, I took lunch to Kathy and went to Costco.  It was during lunch time. Last time I ever do that again. I do not like shopping and I do not like crowds.  So shopping in crowds makes for a very unhappy Konnie.  I ate a light lunch when I got back and had “issues” all afternoon. But I was able to make it to my sister Karen’s Mary Kay party.

Back to the weather. I love summer. I am not a fan of weather over 87 degrees, but most of Oregon days are somewhere between 75 and 85. Perfect.  Last summer was my two kids weddings.  Kane’s was in June, Bailey’s in August.  For Bailey’s wedding, pretty much all my time that I did not have “issues” was taken up with planning, shopping, etc.  Because we wanted a nice wedding but with limited funds, it became a full-time job.  For great hostesses, this would not have been the case, but neither Bailey nor I have any natural talent for such things, so it was a chore.  So last summer, pretty much everything I associate with summer that I enjoy, did not happen….much. Camping only happened a handful of times. We have a lovely pool and  I never went swimming.

001The pool is full and in about a week, should be warm enough for me to swim in.

I did not garden last year.  Although we went light on vegetable and ornamental flowers, it feels good to have things planted and an excuse to go out early in the morning to water.  I need to get out there when I am done here to fertilize before the rain comes tomorrow.  Something else I did not do last summer that I really enjoy.  Ride my scooter.  Because I had to be out with the car to run to Salem several times a week for wedding stuff, I always did my local errands on my way home.  During the summer, unless I am getting a sack of dog food or some other big item, I ride my scooter.

003In fact, this morning I have already rode it to the store and post office.  Saves on gas and it is just plain fun. Another summer activity I love is summer cooking.  Oh I cooked last summer, but I just did quick, not creative food. I love trying new recipes during the summer.  Anything with basil, tomatoes, cheese, zucchini, cucumbers, grilling, etc….. I am all in.  So I am back to looking at my summer cookbooks and watching an occasional cooking show.

Now don’t get me wrong.  I would not trade last summer for the world.  The memory of the weddings, all the showers, the shopping trips with Bailey, (we always managed to fit in lunch out), is a once in a life time summer.  A beautiful memory.  But this morning as I was riding my scooter, I had that moment of just AHHHHHH……..Now I remember why I love summers.  So Happy Summer to you all.

Bailey’s Wedding

Better late than never.  Over the next few weeks, I am going to post pictures of my daughter Bailey’s wedding.  I failed to do that at the time of her wedding.  In fact, I stopped blogging for a few months because I guess I went into heavy mourning.  When Michael died, it was 7 days before the wedding.  I had to set my anger and sadness aside to get my daughter prepared.  She was so close to Michael and did not care about her wedding that last week.  So I was determined to make it memorable for her.  So after the wedding, I allowed myself to fall apart and did not want to blog about things that seemed so unimportant while I was hurting.  But I did not want to not post about her wedding……and it was fabulous.  Here are a few pictures.  I will not post more consecutively.  I will just most more when the mood hits me.  I will start with my very favorite picture of the bride.

bailey, my favorite pictureShe was stunning

all flowersMy nieces did the flowers.  Oh my, they were beautiful.

bride and groom

 The Happy Couple.

rings This is the one picture Bailey wanted taken.  It is of her hand and ring along with mine and my mother’s.

ceremonyNot only did LL give the bride away, he also officiated.  He did a fabulous job.

weddingThe whole wedding party looked lovely.  And the setting of the ceremony could not have been more beautiful.

victoryThe groom feeling victorious.  They are really a wonderful couple.  I am so proud of both of them.  What a wonderful day it was.

Changing Gears and Changing Back

What a weekend.  Normally I can not departmental my mind.  But I was able on Friday, block a bit of my grief of losing Michael and go into wedding mode.  Set up and rehearsal went great.  The wedding, even though the weather was iffy, ended up just how Bailey wanted.  We had so many friends and family help us make it a wonderful day…..and it was.

The next day, we had many people help us clean the venue up, and then meet and my house for an opening the gifts party.  All went very well.  Bailey and Rett left for their honeymoon this morning.  LL and I planned to go camping for three days but frankly, we are too tired and have too many loose ends to tie up. I.E. Return rental items, return Ice chests and other items to family friends, go to the dump with all the garbage.

We got a little done today, but something more important came up……my daughter-in-law and grandson came and spent most the day with us.  Which was wonderful.  I have not spent much time lately with them.  Maybe if we get everything done tomorrow morning, we will take Max to the beach for one night.  I am hoping so.

I will have such lovely pictures to post soon of the wedding.  But for the next few days, I am changing modes and letting myself, LL too, do some crying and grieving over the loss of my sweet nephew Michael.  I think I am still in a bit of denial.

Just a matter of time

I am a bit rummy tonight.  Michael’s rosary took place this evening.  It was beautiful.  So many showed up.  So much love.  I so want to do a beautiful post about Michael.  A post with his beautiful obituary, with pictures that I have collected over the years, and with his eulogy that his uncle, my LL gave tonight and will give tomorrow.  It was beautiful.  But I have other things to take priority right now.  Bailey’s wedding is two days after the funeral and we are doing most the deco and food ourselves so there is no time.  But rest assured, when I get through all this, I will hopefully do a post that will leave people who read it knowing exactly how dear Michael was.  After that, hopefully post beautiful pictures of my dear daughters wedding.  It will all happen.  Just a matter of time.

Going Greek

I thought Tuesday was going to be a low-key type day.  It ended up long and busy starting out taking LL to Salem for work at 6:00 am and ending coming home from book club after 8:00 pm.  In between I took Bailey to Doctor appointment, went to pharmacy, had my mammogram, spent a couple hours at Mom’s, 2 banks, the library, and I am sure I am forgetting something.

LL will be gone until Friday.  This means I usually have a different bed partner.  Bailey.  She works till 11:30 or so at night, then comes home, climbs into bed.  I usually will not try to sleep till she gets home.  I think we fell asleep after 12:30 and of course, I have been awake for a couple of hours already this morning.  So I think I got 3.5 hrs of sleep last night. 😦  Dogs woke me up at 4:00 and I could not get back to sleep.

So I have been reading food blogs the last couple of hours.  I want to make a huge healthy Greek salad that I can eat on for the next three days.  You know the kind I mean.  Fresh tomatoes, onion, Greek olives, extra-virgin olive oil, vinegar, basil….. then add feta cheese on top of each serving I spoon up. (feta breaks down if I put it all in and do not eat it all).  I certainly don’t need a recipe for this, I just enjoyed looking at recipes for inspiration.

Well now it is after 6:00 and I am feeling really tired.  I know I will not go back to sleep so I might as well get my work done before I totally lose steam.

Drives Me Crazy

LL was up and out of the house shortly after 5:00 this morning.  Most of the State employees are on furlough today.  But he will take his furlough in a few days.  Since he oversees facilities, these days without employees in the office is the best time to get contractors in the building to do what ever work needs to be done.  So he is on his way to the Oregon coast.  Just for the day.

Good thing LL started his day early.  It forces me to get moving earlier.  Bailey and I need to leave at 6:45 to make it to her eye appointment at 7:20.  She has a doctor appointment at 1:30.  So in-between we are shopping for wedding and shower items.  Things like plates, cups, etc. for both.  I need to buy a table-cloth.  I would like a pretty one to use for the shower.  Something that I can use for most occasions.  I think Bailey wants to buy some decorations for the shower.  We will be all over the place.  Most places will not be open when she is done with eye appointment.  This means we will go from the most southern part of town, to the only place we are going that will be open which is on the most northern part of town.  Then back to the most southern part of town and work our way north.  I really hate that.

I almost never waste gas and money like that.  I always consolidate trips anywhere.  I rarely go to Salem unless I have several errands I can do on the same trip.  Same goes for Portland.  When I go to my doctor’s appointments, I take that opportunity to stop at Whole Foods.  My mom is like this.  When I pick her up on Fridays in Woodburn, we go to the store, doctor’s office…….what ever we can think of in that town so that we don’t waste gas going  back.  I even do this in our small town of Silverton.  If I can walk it, I will.  But if I have the car out, I do all my errands so to avoid wastefulness.

This is foreign to younger people.  Well at least my kids.  Sometimes Bailey will run to Salem, do what ever she needs to do, comes home and turns around and goes right back.  I don’t think she is unique.  I guess I am too frugel sometimes, but it’s not just the money, I worry about the environment so am mindful not to waste resources.  I think I sometimes drive Bailey crazy because of it.  Thinking that is only fair.  After all, her driving all around drives me crazy.

Diary Of Our Visitor….Mr. Virus!

Good Morning……well it is good.  Or at least better than it has been in quite a few days.

Saturday was my grandson Brantley’s first birthday.

brantley and me


He looks a little worn out here because he became very sick two or three days before and wasn’t totally himself for his party.  Lisa’s parents and brother flew in from Missouri for the occasion.  Not sure if it is related or food poisoning, but they and many other family members got sick the day before and the day of the party.  About a dozen people were not able to attend.  Still, it was a lovely party.  Besides Lisa’s family, Kane and Lisa’s friends, many of our family attended.  Including my mom.

Sunday, we did a little work around here.  Nothing special.  Although I did not feel great, I had no idea what was to happen.  Sunday evening I started feeling sick.  Really sick.  diarrhea, vomiting, chills, headache, fever, the whole shebang.  By morning, I had a bed partner.  Bailey.  She had the exact same thing.  We spent two days in my bed.  When one of us would get up to get some Sprite, we would get the other some too. But we could barely stand up.   LL had to work late Monday, so we actually called Lisa and asked her to bring some soup.  She also brought us some Gatorade.  Bless her. 🙂  LL stayed away from us for two days.  We thought he might get away with not catching this virus.  Must say, I do not remember ever being so sick.  Not with a virus, not with a cold, not with Chemo or Radiation, not with dehydration.  This is the humdinger of all viruses.

Well yesterday around 1:00 in the afternoon, LL comes barely walking in the door, went straight to bed with a bowl in hand.  He is home today.  He seems to be getting away with slightly lighter version of this sickness.  Or it might be that he had watched Bailey and I suffer and when he felt it coming on, he quit eating sooner and stayed hydrated.  But he is still one sick man.

Today, I am feeling a bit stronger, going to try to disinfect the kitchen and bathrooms, and I am hoping and praying Max does not get this.  Bailey is certain that it is the norovirus.  The lab she works in has seen several cases come through and we seem to have all the symptoms.  The thing about that virus is that it is more contagious than normal viruses and the germs seem to live a long time.  So even if I am doing much better tomorrow, I will not be spending anytime with my mom like I normally do on Friday morning.

So now that I have bored you with a play by play analysis of our sickness.  I am thinking of going back to bed for a couple of hours.  Stay healthy out there…..and stay away from the Miller household. 😦

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Happy Friday!

Boy, I have been busy.  Well busy for me.  Good things, not so good things.  I managed to go off on my poor nephew.  When he clearly didn’t deserve it.  Not so good thing.  I did apologize.  Good thing.  I had to go to my Uncle Carl’s funeral, not so good thing.  But I got to see other family I don’t often see.  Good thing.  I am not talented at planning events.  Not so good thing.  But after two weeks of Bailey’s engagement, we have picked a venue, I dropped off the deposit for it yesterday, we have a tentative caterer, the date has been set, and Bailey and I picked up a few things to try out for table decor and it looks like that might even work.  Oh and I went with Bailey for her to sign up for Bed, Bath and Beyond registry.  So for me, all this is very good.  Well at least very good for me.

Tomorrow, a few of us will be meeting at a bridal shop to watch Bailey try on dresses and for the bridesmaids to try on different styles of their dresses.  This should be fun.

Now this is not the only wedding for us.  Kane and Lisa’s wedding is even sooner.  Bailey is hoping to put on a bridal shower for Lisa, with my help.  We are needing to set the date for that, as Lisa has some family visiting this area from Missouri in March and she might like her mom to attend the shower.

As I said a couple of weeks earlier.  I am so scatterbrained and disorganized lately but I really don’t want to drop the ball for either one of these brides.  So far so good.


Day Planner

Feeling a bit more positive today after my memory meltdown yesterday. 🙂  As I said before, my focus and memory gets me down.  Probably more so than even my digestive issues.  But I am so excited about my kids lives.  Last year, there were five of us in our little family.  LL, the kids and I are very close.  But three additions with Lisa, Brantley and now Rett is very exciting for our family.  So next year there will officially be eight of us.

Bailey and I have a couple of ideas for venues for her wedding.  They can’t really set the date till they know where and what dates are available.  So I think Saturday morning, Bailey and I will be dragging Rett and LL to at least one of the places.  Bailey and I both agree that the venue is one decision both Rett and LL need to be in on.

Since this will be a big year with 2 weddings, I don’t want to flake out on any of the planning.  And this is a good time of year to buy a planner.  I used to have a nice large one that fit in my purse when I was working.  It had everything from calendar, phone numbers and addresses, business cards, a place for notes etc.  I have a household organizer, but I really need to have something that is small enough to fit in my purse, but large enough to hold everything.  Since I am cheap, umm, I mean frugal, I will see if I can find one of my old ones and buy new inserts like a calendar to put in.

Because of being a hermit and not having much of a social life, the things I forget are usually not that important, but that won’t do this year.  I do not want to drop the ball for Bailey or Kane.  Their nuptials are too important.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not good at wedding planning.  Not even my wedding.  I really had very little definite opinions for my own wedding.  So what ever the kids plan will pretty much be fine with me.  But if they need help with anything, I want their Mom to be dependable.

So wish me luck on this upcoming crazy year. 🙂