Monday, April 14, 2014

And winter gets us by the balls again ...

Just going into spring - nature has truly left me in awe.
Indian paintbrush... bluebonnets...scattered fields of color
And spring greens out my front window are simply amazing because all tree and bush limbs were bare just 2 days ago!
A little rain and sun well...

and how awesome sun and warm temps feel on my lonely bones --> then winter jumps up and reminds us it's not dead yet! 

** Like a reawakened zombie...(yes thanks to rain on sunday we are all "walking dead" caught up)

And instantly my energy is gone and all I want to do is eat and my jeans feel tight... I am trapped in the house because I am not going out in the "cold" 40's again!!

So trapped in the house with a Texas breeze of 40 mph winds whipping the bird feeders around! A box of unmade brownies calling my name louder than the weight watchers weigh in tomorrow!  
My cellphone becomes my lifeline! I will talk to those I missed this weekend.
..these are my people! 

My role with each of these peps is different-- even with each of our children! Being the Jaja is most def my fav. Opal likes my funny noises, still thinks I am smart and creative (she is only 10 months old!) and I never mean to keep my daughter on FaceTime more than 10-15 mins but I do sometimes... All she has to do is say its nap time or I need to get ready for hubby to be home and I hang up quickly!

Same with our married oldest son... But he lives in the guest loft 400 ft away so he doesn't have to chat with me but if he did I know his wife is his priority...he will drink beer with me any where and anytime and we can chat or sit glad to have him in Texas with us...

Son #2 really doesn't need much either... No words really - I am ok sitting quietly and having a beer on the beach with him! He figured what he wanted in life at 18 - money! And he is doing just fine... And I live for sunset beach pics from him... And the occasional time to talk... Don't think he will miss us to badly when we die...he just makes his life the way he wants it without any parental help...and he has done an excellent job. He knows he is loved and well that's all he needs! Not even the birthday gifts I sent .. Still hasn't opened one of them and except for the hooters card he won't be too impressed but he knows we were thinking of him his birthday week!
The youngest, the the most beautiful, most stubborn, hardheaded, undecided, bi-polar, talented, creative, painfully-honest, optimist of them all!
 (Am I just getting to an age where I am less patient?)

She needs us but not in any role that her siblings needed us! We can only respond in a tone and with the exact words she already assumed we would say!  But she will call and chat endlessly about what an awesome weekend is coming up, how her kids parents (she's a Nanny and gym coach) rewarded her with praise and or financial tips!

My Einstein believes the youngest makes me laugh more than any of the kids... But she can make me the maddest, and hurt me the quickest... 

This afternoon something I said made her mad and in her style (painfully off the top of her head) 
"Ok, I gotta hang up you are making me mad!"  She has moved out of a friends apartment (male) into another friends (female) So the text I got from her this weekend to last thru the week with was her and her box homeless:

So I didn't get to laugh with her, or end on a good feeling and I wish I hadn't accept her call - And waited to talk to her when I would be less likely to say stupid stuff that aggravates her..

Well babies stay safe and warm and have a great week...think I will call opal or phyllis!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Wow! ChchachaChanges AGAIn!

Ok I am so disappointed it has been so long! Really!! But I can summarize quickly!
* September 2013 took a trip to Chicago to check on Opal the precious grandbaby!
    youngest daughter moved back to Gawga. I was so heart broken! Depressed

* found the local craft brewery - Revolver open with live music on Saturdays! This is way better than

* September we attended our first ever 4 day music festival in Stephenville, tx and celebrated 35     years of marriage with Larry Joe Taylor and several thousand close friends-- it was better than we could've ever imagined!! And fell head over hills in love with Texas Music!

*October flew to Atl and saw my youngest and oldest and drove on to Nashville to see cousins and sisters then back to Atl! ( note: Atl is always near and dear to my heart! But... I was ready to see my Texas! And have my dear husband!

*November 2013   All my babies came out for a week (grandbaby for ten!!) and it was great to have them all here but was a little tricky making sure they didn't get bored! And I stayed too busy being the airport shuttle the first 5 days! Plan that better next!
Thanksgiving was celebrated with two pups at ThreadGills in Austin! It was magical! Austin stole my heart immediately with its beautiful natural beauty- it's hippy soul and it it's music roots! Tried to impress this city on the kids as a fabulous option... Oh well....
~drove to see Tejas Brothers in a tiny bar in Stephensville OMG! They were awesome and during the break hung around the bar and talked ... Asked my favorite part of Texas? "The Texas Music for sure!"
~ drove to weatherford to hear Uncle Lucuis!! AGAIN -- freaking awesome band!! I would run off
with these guys no doubt! We feel certain they are going to explode into the scene and we will have just barely known them in the beginning!

*December was a strange and cold and wonderful month! - iced in for 5 days! Since we were not going to see son #2 I got to go spend 5 days in ft. Lauderdale with him! He had never been the only child before! And it was the most special 5 days for me! He is not a big talker (till after a couple drinks! And then the window of opportunity is limited in subject! It was the first time we had had a chance to just relax and talk since he was just a little boy.... Thank you Big Rusty!!
Traveled from Granbury to Atl to Nashville to Russellville, Arkansas! To Oklahoma City! For a 12 day tour! It was great and we will go back to Oklahoma City!

*January just cold and well bla as far as I recall except I went to the GYM every day and lost 4 lbs!!

*February two weeks with that amazingly wonderful grand-Opal! She laughed and hugged and made me the happiest frozen Jaja in Michigan history!  for recent updates on Opal please see daughters amazing blog and 2 days after getting back home we facetimed and I am certain she remembered me!! ;-) also sucked it up and joined Weight Watchers and was as sick as could be for about 3 weeks!! (as of 03/28/14 down 11lbs!!)

*March we met real Granbury friends! Dee and Billy! and Diania and Bobby all at the Brewery! LOL!! and this feels like home to me. I can not imagine going back to Marietta. THAT IS AMAZING!

But the best thing is.... our oldest son and wife are on their way out here to live!! they just picked up and went out on a desire to try something new and wild and different (and rent free in the guest house till they find work! LOL)  THEN the youngest daughter will be back and Texas truly feels like home... now if i can just get that GrandOpal out here!!!

I really hope to make time to use this blog more regularly. It helps clear my mind and reminds me how truly quickly time passes unrecognized if you dont note it!