Monday, January 30, 2012

Am I On Candid Camera?


Sunday morning I was at the local grocery store when it opened. Our pantry was like Old Mother Hubbard's Cupboard...and when she got there the cupboard was bare. I had run out of coffee earlier in the week and used the last of the tea on Saturday. A dribble of milk was left in the bottle and Mom Mom had no Cheerios for the D boy, who would be expecting them when he arrived here Monday. (Actually, I need to have some in a baggie when I pick him up for my Mom Mom and Dylan day. As soon as his feet hit the floor, he asks me for cheerios)

I decide to get the fixings for pot roast to cook in the crockpot as I needed to spend some time in the studio to get orders ready to ship out. I traveled up the fruit and vegetable aisle, picking up red skinned potatoes, carrots and onions to go in with the pot roast. Also grabbed some bananas and clementines (now called Smiles). Started along the meat section and parked my cart against a soda display in the center of the aisle so I could reach around an employee who was putting out new packages of beef. Found a nice roast, grabbed a little white plastic bag and tucked the meat into the bag, turned around and my cart is gone. My brain goes...maybe I didn't leave it by the soda display...maybe it was by the TastyCake display a bit farther down the row of center aisle setups. Nope, wasn't there either. I started to walk round and round, peeking down close by aisles, in case it just rolled maybe the floor went a little bit down hill.

And then, the idea pops into my head that either I'm losing what little is left of my mind, or that I'm being filmed running around like goof looking like, "Oh where, oh where can my grocery cart be?"

I got this idea from a website (found on Pinterest) where pictures are being posted of visitors who go to Walmart called which makes one know there are lurkers with cameras out there and you never know where you might be filmed or photographed. This website is full of photos of "what the heck were you thinking going out in public like that?" So I'm thanking my lucky stars that I actually put on a bit of makeup and calmed down the bed hair before running to the grocery store. If it happens at Walmart, it could happen at Mars. I quickly look around to see if anyone is watching me, hiding a camera under their coat. I am waiting for a person to walk up to me and say, "Smile..." you know, the Candid Camera line.
But all I see is an older man (yes older than me), pushing a cart towards me with a sheepish look on his face and saying, "I think I may have your cart! I had bananas in mine too."

And one more thing folks. Next time you go to Walmart, please remember to put on underwear 'cuz you never know who is sneaking up behind you ready to snap that money shot!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Granddaughter Count Down...

Mariah Josephine

We had a scare this week...Holly caught a stomach bug, from Dylan...another gift from daycare.
Holly was in a meeting at work when it hit her. Chad had to go and get her as she was so ill that there was no way she could drive home. I received a call from Holly, the baby wasn't moving as much as she should and they were headed to the hospital. Once there, it was determined baby's heartbeat was fine, but Holly was so dehydrated from being sick that also affected the amount of amniotic fluid. Our dear baby girl had no place to swim. After 3 bags of IV fluids and some medicine to keep Holly from being nauseated, the baby and mother are home and doing well.

So we have just over a month before we get to Welcome Mariah into the World.

Also heard more good news yesterday...
Meagan's husband, Erik, has a new job. He is an artist who works on designs for video games and before Christmas, the game company he was working for closed down the MD office quite suddenly. After an interview on Thursday, Erik received a call to inform him he got the job with another game studio.

Congratulations Erik!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Black and White and Technicolor

It's a gray, dreary day here in our little part of the world. It's bad enough that the ground is bare and the trees are leafless, but with a drizzle of rain and a bit of thunder rumbling, it's downright depressing. It reminds me of the book, The Secret Garden. Last week I watched the 1949 film based on the book. The MGM movie was filmed primarily in black-and-white.

But when the door opens to the restored garden the scenes were filmed filmed in Technicolor.

Looking forward to the return of Technicolor .

The Country Workshop

Saturday, January 21, 2012

White on the Ground...Purple in the Air

We had a bit of snow and ice overnight but it hasn't covered
the Purple Glow here in Maryland

Maryland is Ravens Country and the Baltimore and the rest of the state has its Purple on.

And here is my favorite Ravens Fan

Friday, January 20, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

It's raining today...

so we won't be going to the park, or playing outside like last week on our
Mom Mom and Dylan day.

After taking the boy to breakfast at Bob Evans, where he ate 5 pancakes, bacon, grapes and cantaloupe, we came home and read books and now are watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
Maybe we'll pull out the crayons and paper next.

Wish it was a nicer weather day so we could play outside. As my Grandmother use to tell us,
"Go outside and blow the stink off."

At least it's not snowing...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A 50 Year Marriage...

I saw this and thought, not only was this man handsome and a wonderful actor,
he was an insightful husband and partner in the marriage.

Paul Newman's letter to his wife, Joanne Woodward, on their wedding day: “ Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the Art of Marriage, the little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say ‘I love you’ at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon; it should continue through all the years. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have the wings of an angel. It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. It is finding rooms for things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner."

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Jury Duty

On Tuesday, I spent my day in this building. Yes, I had jury duty. My original date was to be in late November...a terrible time of year for someone who makes and sells handcrafted items for a living. I was able to reschedule for after Christmas thank goodness. Tuesday was the first time I was called that I made it farther than the jury pool room. Juror numbers were called, we were lined up and taken to the courtroom. We were told this was a criminal case and when 90 perspective jurors were needed, I knew this was probably a case I'd heard about on the news at some point. The judge explained the case, said it would be a 4-5 day trial. It was over a 3 hour process of the judge asking questions of the jurors. Jurors were then selected by the attorneys by the defense and the prosecution. I feel that I am fortunate that my number was high and I did not end up as a member of that jury. It was a violent crime against a child and as a mother of daughters, I really don't know that I could have been "fair and impartial" as much as I would have wanted to be. I'm sure there are people who can put their emotions aside, but I wear mine on my sleeve. But I did get to see the court room process up to the point when the jurors were seated. For me, it was a learning experience.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

On this First Day of The New Year...

Wishing for all our Family and Friends an Amazing 2012