Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Caution......days change without warning!!

In our little corner of the word it has basically rained all summer. I'm trying not to let it get me down and am truly thankful that our house isn't flooded as many are having terrible problems with flooding.  They dry out only to have more rain and flooding.  In today's newspaper there was a picture of a home where they have removed all the carpet and baseboards and just put an area rug down until the rainy season ends.  Pumping systems in parts of the city were hit by lightning, stopped and guessed it ....... more flooding.  

People are unhappy.  

Through all of it though, I have a picture in my mind of the towns that just are no more because of tornados or fires and I try to smile and be thankful.  

I'm sitting here waiting for my granddaughter to come finish her packing.  Her granddad will take her to the airport tomorrow to fly away home leaving us with happy memories.  It's been a busy, fun few weeks of visits and Monday, I'll drive down to help my DIL with getting the kids to daycare while our son is on a business fishing trip.  

Ashley got all packed and we said our goodbyes.  Her granddad picked her up for the night and will take her to the airport tomorrow to fly away home.  After she left, as I was stripping the bed I saw that she left her scarf.....California girls get cold in Florida....actually in our houses because they aren't used to air conditioning!  Looks like I'll need to be mailing it to her, hope her little neck stays warm on the plane!   Actually, I hope her flight can leave in the awful weather we've had lately. Monday is her first day of class for this college semester and she will be dropped if she's not in class!  Living on the edge!

She made it home!  I got a text sometime in the night that said.... In San Diego!  

With all my chicks safely in their own nests, I started out Monday to another son and DIL's to be there while our son is off on a business fishing trip to the Bahamas......   I thought I left the monsoon season at  home, but the rain trailed along with me on the interstate.......meeting me four or five times with blinding rain.  Thankfully, even with the rain, the trip was uneventful.  I even managed to drive the whole trip with only two rest stops.  During one stop I decided to get a snack from a machine.  There was a machine that made change and I put a $5 bill in and change came out but only five ( what I thought were quarters). While I'm standing fuming......with a little boy commiserating along with me that I had gotten ripped off.....a lady walks up and asked me if I could do her a favor and watch her car while she visited the restroom.  She was having ignition problems and was afraid to turn her car off.  I said yes and that I needed to find someone to help me with the change machine.  She looked at the coins and said "honey, those are dollars". Am I the only person in America who hasn't seen dollar coins???  Got my snack, watched her car and we both got back on the road and off to our respective destinations.  I said a little prayer that she got where she was going without having to turn her off ignition  

Got to my children's, got lots of hugs and kisses from the grands, had a really good meal and here I sit while children are being put down for the night....grateful for my own safe trip and looking forward to a week with another set of grands.  

Daddy gave me instructions and put his car seats in my car, gave me his garage door opener and we all went to bed.  When the alarm went off, I realized it was only 4 a.m. at my house and groaned as I reluctantly got up and started their day.  Tommy left early, Claudia got off to work and the grands and I started off to school.  My GPS......we lovingly call her Lola, which Charley loved, got us to school and everyone was safely deposited for the day.

Very early morning play

Ready for school, Nana

After school annnnnnnd right before Charley's big meltdown of the day, John is getting supper.  Bless their hearts, they were so exhausted.

Friday after dropping the boys off at their day care and giving them one last hug and kiss, I knew I needed to start for home.  But, First.......I had to figure out how to get the car seats out of my car.  Wow!  Who knew that cars now how some kind of anchors that the car seats are attached to for life?  I mean I worked and worked and worked and for a few minutes considered getting the scissors and cutting the things out and leaving some money and a note saying go buy new car seats.  But, I finally got them unhooked and deposited safely in the house, loaded up my car and headed for home!

I had an uneventful trip home, thank you Lord!

Back to regular life for a few days!


Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Since we're so close to DD, we've always had car seats in my van. But we cannot figure out how to install/uninstall them ... so DSIL always has to handle our car seats for us.

Sure hope you get some relief from all that rain - SOON!

Lea said...

Good heavens, I'm so tired after reading this. :o) And, those car seats!! Since one of ours lives nearby I keep one in my vehicle at all times and heaven help us when I need to remove it. Makes this gal want to cuss! Can't believe we ran around with ours just sitting or standing on the seat beside us. How very scary to think about.

Hoping that sunny skies are just around the corner. A lot of rain gets to me after a while.

Wishing you a great weekend!

Needled Mom said...

I can sooo relate!!! Those car seats are such buggers with those anchors, but they do make them stable. I always worry that I would not be able to unhook the harnesses if I needed to get the kiddoes out in a hurry.

I surely wish we could have some of your rains. Why does it have to come down in the same place instead of spreading it out a bit?

I know you had fun with your GD. Glad she got home in time for classes.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Whew! You've certainly been busy! Glad you are home safe and sound. Get rested up. Rainy weather is good for napping, I think. Wish you could send some of that rain our way. It's been so hot and humid and we are needing rain now.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

You have been so busy....OMG! When have you found time to breathe? Love the dollar coin story.

Juli said...

MAkes for a crazy day, but darn they are cute!!

Deb said...

I'm sorry about all your rain...we are so dry here in Texas...I know you have been enjoying your family...I thought the same thing the first time I got the coin dollars...

Cathy said...

Funny, as can always make me laugh!!

Mrs4444 said...

You are a wonderful grandma. I'm happy for all concerned. :)