Tuesday, March 30, 2010

When do Easter Egg Hunts End ?

Well, I did the Easter egg baskets and Easter egg hunts when my kids were little. And I actually thought they were over. Little did I know they are a never ending holiday. I think I weened my last child off Easter baskets when she was 18. I said enough is enough and reluctantly she agreed. Well imagine my surprise when my grand kids came over yesterday to swim and asked "Gram will you do an Easter egg hunt for us?"What could I say, of course I said yes. So today after work I spent an hour and a half at Target fighting the crowds in the Easter section. I wanted to get some plain eggs and put one dollar bills in them. Then I hunted for small toys to put in the other eggs. I came up with some Polly pockets for three year old Natalie. Some transformers for seven year old Jacob, and a couple of cars for 1 year old Dylan. Dylan loves anything that has wheels. I hope the weather stays the way it has been for the last week, that way the kids can swim and then have their "hunt". I am also planning on a ham dinner and a delish dessert. Thank goodness for grand kids, they keep me young.

P.S. To my oldest grandchild, Chloe who lives 5 hours away in Arizona, grandma is sending you out a gift card to target tomorrow. Maybe you can buy a new bathing suit. You will need it when you come out for the summer. I can't wait :). Grandma loves you.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Favorite Cleaning Tips

Kelly, over at Kelly's Korner has a show us your life Fridays.  Every Friday she has a theme, such as things you collect, or room makeovers.  I want to participate, but being a newbe to blogging, I don't know if I know how to link my blog to hers.  So I am going to try.  When we bought a house in Lake Elsinore 25 years ago, the ad read Mrs. Clean lives here and then it went on to describe the clean, lovely house.  When we bought it I told my girlfriend what the ad said.  She replied,"little does she know Mrs. Clean is moving in"  Yes, I like to clean, or maybe I don't like to clean, I am not sure.  What I am sure about is that I like a clean house.  I believe that the only way to achieve that is to clean.  I know the hubby and daughter won't clean, so that leaves me.  The problem I have had with hubby is that if the house looks nice, he doesn't see any reason to clean.  When I ask him to vacuum, he will reply "why it looks fine to me".  So instead of bickering about it, I just do it.  When the kids were younger they caught on real fast.  If I asked them to do something, they would do a lousy job and I would usually do it over and never ask them again to do that particular chore. I enjoyed  reading the cleaning tips on Kelly's Korner.  One of the tips was to buy a bounce fabic softener bar.  You stick it in the dryer and it lasts for about two months.  Well, after I read the tips, I went to target and what did I have to buy, you got it, a bounce bar.  She was right, the smell of the clothes out of the dryer was so much nicer that the fabric sheets.  My best tip is "Spot Shot".  Any time I see a spot on the carpet, I clean it with Spot Shot and it really does the job of getting the spot out for good.  I also have my carpets cleaned twice a year by a professional.  But between the professional cleanings, I alway have a can of spot shot handy.

Friday, March 26, 2010

So Glad it is Friday.  Only bummer is I have a meeting at the church tomorrow at 8 a.m.  I need to get there early and set up a table with fruit, yogurt, granola, blueberry bread, orange juice and coffee.  So no sleeping in for me.  It has just been beautiful weather here.  Spring has sprung.  Hopefully after the meeting I can spend some time in my backyard relaxing by the pool.  I took a picture of my cute flowers and my grandma's swing.  I hope I can post the pictures without a problem.  I am still so new to this blogging thing.  I am not yet comfortable composing a blog and posting a picture.  I am just going to go for it and we shall see if they go where I want them to go. 

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Wake up call

I received the news that my uncle Bill had passed away last week.  Our relationship had become what many relationships become......................a Christmas card, a phone call every couple of years.  That is pretty normal when you don't live close and everyone has busy lives.  But then you get the call and your head starts spinning.  Why didn't I keep in closer touch.  Why didn't I jot him an email when I was thinking of him.  He was my God father.  When I was growing up my parents moved us from San Jose to Anaheim California.  The drive was a good 8 hours.  To this day hate driving and I think  that was passed down from my dad.  My grandma Rozak and my aunts and uncles on my mom's side lived 8 hours away.  Dad hated the drive and I always got car sick.  The night before we were to leave to come home, I would not be able to sleep because I was dreading the car ride home.  The upside to living 8 hours away was that during summer vacation, my mom and dad would drive me up to San Jose, and after a couple of days my parents would leave and I would have the whole summer with my grandma and pap pap.  I am the oldest of their grandchildren.  They would spoil me and love me and that was the best times of my growing up.  I was safe, I was cared for, I was happy.  I had cousins to play with and I had my aunts and uncles who were so, so good to me.  I have the best memories of grandma's house.  The smell of peaches simmering on the stove, homemade bread, homemade danish.  Grandma would buy me my school clothes for the following year.  Pap pap would bring me in fresh raspberries from his back yard.  They also had peach and plum trees.  They also had a back yard swing that I have to this day, some 33 years after grandma died.  Oh, life was simple back then.  My uncle Bill had a car that the lights had covers, so when he started the car the covers lifted and the light came on.  Back then, that was so cool.  Uncle Bill also had a swimming pool at his house and we would go over to swim.  He had a big house with white pillars inside.  Uncle Bill's first marriage didn't last and grandma cut his wife out of all the family and wedding photos.  Grandma loved everyone, but after Barbara and Bill divorced, she was done with Barbara.  Uncle Bill's second marriage didn't last either but he did have a son he adored from that marriage.  Finally he met and married Diane, he was finally happy and had a good marriage.  My mom visited them before her death and she felt so comfortable with Diane and she had such a fun trip.  Whenever you lose someone, especially a family member, your mind just starts spinning with memories.  You get hit square in the face that life is precious and we have the past, we don't know about the future.  All we are sure of is the present.  Everyday we are on this earth is a present to be celebrated.  Tell your loved ones you care.  Email that person you haven't kept in contact with in awhile.  Pick up that phone and call the person you are thinking of.  Don't put it off, because you never know what tomorrow may bring.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Blog Makeover

I'm so excited and I just can't hide it....................................I love my new blog design.  Thank you designer blogs.  It's me, it's cozy and country.  I now feel like a full fledged blogger.  I plan on sharing recipes, craft ideas and stories about my life.  I will include pictures of my family, but won't show the faces of my grand babies.  I want to keep them internet safe.  I love to decorate and make treasures from yard sale finds and I can't wait to share and to read other blogs and to join in on all the fun everyone seems to be having.  I am fixing up my patio and planting plants.  The weather here in Southern California is wonderful.  I will be posting pictures of my backyard soon.
Have a wonderful day.....................