Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A Startling Fact...but is it really true?

My friend Lainer called me tonight to let me know a startling fact told to her by her dear retired husband... She said that He said that women speak an average of 20,000 words a day...while men speak an average of 7,000 words a day. Um? I guess it must be an unfortunate situation for men. See, we women - or the lucky ones - have wonderful groups of girlfriends to talk to. At least, that's my situation...and Lainers...but I still think 20,000 words a day is a stretch! (But if you're Lainer...and you're feeling "edgy", it might be an accurate number!)

Monday, November 27, 2006

Eskie is Thirsty

Eskie has a habit of drinking out of the toilet!

One can obviously see that Eskie, in his advanced age, also doesn't listen to any commands! I'm not sure what the charm of the toilet is...it's not like we don't have a water bowl for him. We even wash it and give him fresh water every day. But is that the one he wants? Why no...Eskie has decided he likes to get his drinks here!

Pink is the new Softball Color

Thanksgiving continues with this post...

Joshua and Erica let Thalia open one of her Christmas presents when we were there...only Josh selected the one to open. Pink bats, pink balls, pink mits...this was a first for me. Thalia loved it. We all went over to the park and let her hit and throw. She's good...she's really good...I'm sure anyone would say that...not just cause I'm a Mimi!

She had some instruction from Josh and her Papa...I was simply there to cheer and take pictures.

Thanksgiving, 2006

Besides playing softball, Thalia did a little skating. OF COURSE, her skates are PINK...She also has an absolutely extravagant headband that she "made all by myself!" - and can you guess what color that is? Yep, PINK!

Now you may notice her 'hair' looks a little different in this second photo. She wanted to wear her wig...and have me take a photo...and she REALLY likes this picture!

Thanksgiving Day was wonderful! We spent the day at Erica's parent's new home. How fun...how special to be with a new part of our family. Pedro and Lizbeth are Erica's parents...her nephew, Jake, who is 6 was also there.

Erica and Lizbeth............................................Pedro, Joshua, Ron

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Genetics...or God Threw the Mold Away When He Made Your Mom

I do believe in Genetics...I have kids...I see the resemblances. Of course, there are some I wonder about - "Well, that MUST have come from your Dad's side of the family!"

Which leads me to the topic of Bridge. I'm not sure how it leads to that topic, but it does.

My mom...understanding genetics, I know I have some of her qualities. (Like seeing that Emmitt is a smooooth dancer.) However, one we ABSOLUTELY DO NOT share is competitiveness...especially when it comes to games. Like Bridge.

Well, Bridge is the main one. But then there is competitiveness in baseball, football, hockey, dominoes, hand and foot (or is it foot and mouth???), canasta, bowling, geez, you name it, my mom is competitive with a capital C.

My mom LOVES to play Bridge. She told me it keeps your mind SHARP! Well, that's the truth. My mom has a SHARP mind.

She use to tell me I needed to learn how to play bridge. Nope...not for me. I don't care a thing for it. Not that I know how to play...but it's kind of like raw oysters - never tried it, never will...I KNOW I wouldn't like it.

Did I say that my mom LOVES to play Bridge? I don't think she plays 7 days a week anymore...but she use to. (may be a slight exaggeration) But she does play all day sometimes.

My mom now has "MASTER POINTS!" (remember, she's competitive) Now Master points are a BIG DEAL...seriously. Because she has master points, that means she's good...really good. But I already knew that.

So, since my mom loves bridge...and she has Master Points...it would make sense that she takes lessons in Bridge!

I've never met Darcy...but Darcy Day is the day and the person Mom takes lessons from. Mom has her 'partners' too. You have to really understand your partner. Mom mostly plays with June. There are others...but you have to understand - my mom LOVES bridge...so she may not have a lot of patience if you're not good...
This photo is of June and my mom...I'm sure they had been playing bridge, or were just taking a break from playing bridge...or maybe they were waiting for another game of bridge.

I'm sure that's why I never had the desire to play bridge.

So...to the title. I don't know anyone...not a soul in our family anyway, who is as competitive as my mom. So...as my favorite Aunt Jane always has said (although not necessarily related to bridge) "God threw away the mold when he made your mom!"
Mom and Ron riding in a golf cart at the farm. I don't think there was any competition going on...but who knows?

Monday, November 20, 2006

Family + Cooking = Happy times for Judy

I just love Thanksgiving! It's a family holiday without all the commercialism...plus, I love to cook...so family + cooking = Judy's happy!

Not that I'm usually not happy, I'm almost always happy, but I'm happier when I have my family around me.

When my kids got married, I asked each of them one major request...that they would work it out so that every other Christmas, I had them all together. It's worked out...and so with that, having them the other every other Thanksgiving has also worked out. For Christmas, we're all heading to Texas...then we'll have ALL our family together...that's even better!

This year, Ron and I have a double bonus...we get to be with Joshua, Erica, and Thalia for both holidays! They had planned all along to go to Erica's family's for Thanksgiving. We decided to come down and visit prior to them going...to hang out with them...and then head back Thursday. Erica's family invited us to their house...so that's what we're going to do. I'm VERY excited!

I've always been so thankful that my parents and Ron's parents got along so well. It's what I wish for my own kids - that they'll love their new families. For Ron and I to be friends with their in-laws...well, I guess I call it another bonus!

I'm taking photos...and video of Thalia hitting a softball...I'll post those when I get home.

I hope you all have a very blessed Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Ron's sort of like Emmitt Smith

Well, sort of...I think Emmitt and then I think FOOTBALL - not just any ole football, but DALLAS COWBOYS football. Well, when I think football, I think RON! Yep, Ron played for years...junior high, high school, and then even went to college on a full football scholarship. His nickname was 'LIGHTENING'.

I'm thinking of Emmitt because I watched the last two episodes of Dancing with the Stars. My mom had been telling me that "EVERYBODY...Well, EVERYBODY I KNOW" watches Dancing with Stars and EVERYBODY is talking about Emmitt. She said he was SOOO good and 'Oh honey, his smile...um-uh, it is just so sweet!'

Well, I didn't know ANYONE watching Dancing with Stars. I certainly hadn't seen it and hadn't heard ONE SINGLE SOUL say a word about it.

I decided I wanted to connect with my mom on a TV show...so I watched Dancing with Stars on the 2nd to the last week - when there were 3 couples...only I just watched the episode when they got rid of the 3rd couple.

Well, my mom was right...Emmitt DOES have a sweet smile. Mom said he "was so smooth" when he danced. Um? Well, I guess so. This is NOT how Ron is like Emmitt. Ron is NOT a smooth dancer AT ALL. Nope. We took lessons a few years ago - Ron almost broke my fingers from squeezing my hand so tight as he concentrated on how he was suppose to move. Plus...I said OUCH a bunch of times when he stepped on my FEET!

That was the end of our dancing career together.

Now, Emmitt, if I remember right, use to take ballet...guess that's why he is so SMOOTH when he dances. Ron, well, forget it.

Ron has a new injury...I don't think this would happen to Emmitt. Ron's own quad ran into his leg. Yep, you read that one right. He wanted me to take a picture of it so he could show Josh. Josh graciously sent us a picture of his INJURY....but it's not for the faint of heart, so I can't post it here. But here's Ron's..

Monday, November 13, 2006


Mimi was my grandmother. Her name was Jewel but most people called her Judy - if they didn't call her Mimi. I was her first grandchild...the one who gave her the name Mimi. I loved her more than life itself. I told my own kids that when they had their children, I wanted to be called Mimi. Thalia, bless her heart, calls me Mimi and says it in THE sweetest way.

Today, November 13th, is Mimi's birthday...she would have been 103 years old.
Mimi was born in 1903. I look at this photo of her with her family (Mimi is the one with the headband on) and wonder...she definitely looks like she is going to do her own thing. No one else is wearing a headband! Was her mom happy with the way she was dressed? Was Mimi happy having to take the picture? I know her as the sweetest, kindest, most lovable woman on the planet...the person who loved me so much.

In the summer, she would come up to see my last day of school. Then I would go home with her - about 3 1/2 hours south of where we lived - and I'd spend the summer with her. She worked at Sears in the little girls department...therefore, Mom tells me, I was the best dressed little girl there was...Mimi made sure of it.

Mimi's younger sister was named Bonnie...which is who my mom is named after. I have always loved this little photo of the two of them...Jewel and Bonnie.

My own children loved Mimi. I'm so thankful they all remember her.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Marvin turns 93!

Marvin won't actually turn 93 years old until tomorrow - November 13th. Last night we had his birthday dinner so Camilla and Rema could be here. (Rema and Camilla left this morning to head back to Memphis for Camilla's 2-week checkup.)

We started off with Marvin's birthday dinner - Chicken Marbella, mashed potatoes, broccoli, and hot rolls. It was definitely enjoyed by all. We enjoyed being together and visiting. After awhile...out came Apples to Apples. This was played by the fireplace...Camilla's favorite place to be.

Red Velvet Cake was Marvin's birthday cake. Ron wanted me to put 93 candles on it...instead I think I used about 20 and just formed a 93. There was enough smoke from those twenty...the fire alarm probably would have gone off it I had used 93...plus, it might have been tough for Marvin to blow them all out!
Marvin blowing out his candles...notice the smoke!
Marvin and Camilla

Happy Birthday, Marvin!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


My baby boy had minor surgery today...

I thought all day about being a mom...Joshua is 30 years old, but he's still my 'baby boy.' I hurt when he hurts...I cry when he's hurting...I'm happy when he's happy...I'm excited for him when he's excited...Today he was hurting and I couldn't stand it! My stomach was in a knot...the 'worst case scenario' was building up in my mind. I wanted to be right there with him...but instead I was in my classroom with 30 sweetheart students, 600 miles away.

Joshua called me this morning about 9:30 to tell me he had been back to the doctor, and was now on his way to the surgeon. Some of my students apparently saw me on the phone...came up to me, giving me hugs, asking if everything was ok. They were so sweet, so concerned.

He called back about 10 to say he was going into surgery...I asked him to PLEASE call...he assured me Erica would. It wasn't until 2 p.m. that I heard anything. The doctors think it is an infection...an infection that created a huge knot...that was so incredibly painful. Now he's home, and thankfully has a sweetheart wife to take care of him. I'm SO thankful for Erica...I love her, and I hope she knows what it means to me to have her be so wonderful to Joshua....my baby boy!

The top photo was taken in May, 1982. Joshua was 6 and Gabe was 3 1/2 years old. My boys!

Joshua, Erica, and Thalia. At their wedding (left) .... on a visit to Fern Canyon (right)

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Camilla comes home!

November 1st was a great day...Camilla came home! Her plane landed at 6 and there were quite a few friends out to greet her. She has been looking so forward to this day...and she said it was 'perfect'.

From the airport, everyone came to Camilla's. We had a toast of Martinelli's Sparkling Cider to welcome her home...and we had cake and cookies. How wonderful it was to hear her laughing, smiling, and just being so extremely happy.

As the night went on...the crowd started thinning out. Dick was worn out...but Camilla was going strong. She was happy. Two of her friends I was taking home, so we stayed a bit longer. Cody and Dana, two of Camilla's friends!

Camilla, we're all so glad you're home!