Thursday, February 25, 2010

It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times...

I haven't lost my mind; I have a tape back-up somewhere. ~Author Unknown

Weird, weird day yesterday all around. It snowed for half the day a dumped at least 4 - 5" on us, but then... the pouring (POURING) rain came, and melted it all. Had that been snow? We would have easily gotten a foot or two.

For today and tomorrow, they're predicting winds strong enough to break power poles (yet another reason I wish there would ONLY be underground utilities), and we're out of wood to burn, so if we lose power we freeze ... or move to a pet-friendly motel (I vote for the motel).

I whacked my head on my car hatchback and still have the "third eye" to prove it (which bothers me far more than the pain).

DD tried to set the house on fire (she was cooking stew on her own ... she's cooked it with me watching about a dozen times. Clearly it should have been at least 13 -- though I doubt she'll forget how this time). She put a small amount of oil in a pot, turned it on HIGH (this still amazes me) for a few minutes, and then added a liberal amount of cold water to it. All of sudden all I hear is crackling and spattering ... oil is spitting EVERYWHERE including on the red hot burner which is smoking and DD doesn't know what to do. I grabbed a lid and smacked in on the pot then tossed it into the sink, turned off the burner, on the fan ... and then spent the next 20 minutes cleaning pretty much every flat surface in the kitchen. Amazing how far hot oil can spit when given the opportunity.

But in the "good news" category, I became a great aunt one more time. Interestingly, it only just this morning occurred to me that my great-nephew was born on the birthday of one of my other nephews (who has two of my great-nephews -- confused? I come from a large family). DD was struggling to understand how she can have so many cousins old enough to be having families of their own (in fact, one of my great nephews is DD's age -- and THAT nephew got married before I did). My oldest brothers are quite a lot older than I am, and got married young. I'm the baby, and I got married late. It all works out...

So, Mom... that's your eighth great-grandbaby (and one more in the oven!).

And last night during agility, our new baby came with his mama (and auntie) -- One of the ladies who attends had a baby six weeks ago. We assured her that he'd be safe, dumb and happy at class with her so YAY! He was there last night. So cute!! So tiny. So good (didn't really fuss at all, even with being held by half a dozen different people and sniffed by dogs -- some REALLY big). He looked like a baby doll with his smooth skin and full head of dark hair. Just adorable. There is one other lady due in a month or so ... so hopefully, we'll have another baby to hold soon!

In any case, I'm hoping today is far, far quieter than yesterday.


You Have Your Friends to Smile About

You are truly blessed to have good people in your life. Your friends get you through the good times and the bad times.

You can't help but smile whenever you're around your friends. Even thinking about them brings a grin to your face.

You feel like everything will be okay in your life, as long as you have a support network.

And you get a lot of happiness from supporting your friends in return. You believe that people truly do need each other.

Hmmm.... not that I don't love the friends I have, but I've never been a tremendously social person.



groovyoldlady said...

I wish Girly-Girl liked to cook, but she'd much rather arrange and decorate the table. Silly-Head LOVES to cook, but she's only just started moving from prep work to actually using heat. I guess it's time for a larger fire extinguisher!

Dru said...

I'm glad everything worked out. At least she's helping with the cooking.

re quiz: same as yours

When I left for work this morning it was raining, now it's snowing. Up north is getting the worst of it.

Have a good Thursday.

MomJane said...

You Have Your Attitude to Smile About
Things may or may not be going well in your life, but you always take time to smile a little.
You know it's important to keep looking up and looking toward the future. Optimism always wins out.

You're the one person always eager to see a silver lining in dark clouds. It's important that you feel hopeful.
No matter whether you're having a good day or bad day, you keep smiling. A smile makes everything better!

Hmmm. Partly right. I never let other people see me not smiling.

Diane Craver said...

Congrats, Great-Aunt again! :) That's awesome.

Sorry about your poor eye. Hope you can stay warm and don't lose your electricity.

took quiz - same as your mom's
You Have Your Attitude to Smile About

my son says I smile too much though. LOL

J.A. Saare said...

I hope today is a better day too! ;)

Melissa McClone said...

Congrats on being a great aunt again. Hugs on the eye. Ouch. That must have hurt.

I hear you on your daughter cooking. I guess it's just part of the learning curve. Mine made pancakes this morning. Of course, she could have used the mix that just requires water but thought it was flour so did the Bisquick ones instead. I couldn't eat them since I'm trying gluten free, but hubby was impressed. She does all the breakfasts now, including scrambled eggs! It's so nice.

Hope your power stays on!

Brandy said...

Hope your "third eye" heals soon. Look at it this way, at least you know HOW you got the bruise. Congratulations on being a Great Aunt, Again!
There is nothing like the smell and softness of a baby.....
Ah, the quiz, same as yours.
As for the kitchen accident? Well, at least your Daughter helps out, right? Mine will "stir". *G*

I hope you have a terrific day!

Maria Zannini said...

Sorry about your bo-bo.

Ref: DD
Think how exciting that stew story will be when she tells it twenty years from now.

Take care.

Tori Lennox said...

Wow! You did have a crazy day, didn't you? Hugs! I hope today is better.

Ceri Hebert said...

I got drenched from head to foot walking the dog on Thursday afternoon. Still spitting chilly nuggets of icy snow.

I have a daughter cooking something she should've known how to cook story.

My step daughter decided to make hot chocolate in the microwave-something she's done a million times. This time, though, she decided to use one of those metallic travel mugs. Oh the smoke and the smell were horrendous. Melted the handle right off the mug. Luckily it didn't ruin the microwave, but even after much scrubbing, it's still gray inside.

Glad a more serious fire didn't start. I'm sure your DD will be watching you more often. :)