Sunday, April 28, 2019

Introducing Gammi

When I heard for the first time that Brandon and Rachel were having a baby, my motherly instincts knew what he was about to say, and yet I was still in shock.  I knew someday I'd be a grandmother.  I wasn't prepared to be one at the age of 50. I don't feel like a grandmother.  But then again, what is it supposed to feel like?  When I was in my teens I thought 50 was old age, or even worse, senile.

Now I am embracing become a grandparent.  One way was choosing a name.  I decided to be called "Gammi".  It's kind of a cool way to combine my name, Tami with Grandma.  Also I believe that grandchildren are an anti-aging formula and motivate you to constantly be on the move to keep up.

However, separate issue I am dealing with is my friends not having grandchildren yet. Even the best of friends may tire about hearing me brag about the baby when they don't have any of their own.  My other concern is working full time.  I really would like to take extra time to spend with my grandson, but I'm grateful for the time I do see him.  Spending every minute studying his little face, hand and feet.

But when I got to hold the little guy in my arms, all my fears disappeared.


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

I want to wish a Happy New Year to all my old friends I've known for years. My new friends I just met in 2017. My blogger and facebook friends who I have never met but are friends nonetheless. I hope 2018 is a great year for all of you and all the world around you! 


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Ironstone Park

It was a cold winter day in March that Maggie and I took a walk at Ironstone Park.  
It's a local park in my area that is busy in the summer time with families having picnics and kids baseball team in full swing.  In the winter the park is empty and a scenic place to take a walk.

One of the cool things at the park is an old railroad trestle and metal bridge with Ironstone creek running underneath it.


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Swan Lake

My husband surprised me with a weekend trip to Cape May, NJ.  We stayed at a lovely Bed and Breakfast and spent the weekend relaxing.  On Saturday we took a walk along the coast and found a small lake.  There was the most beautiful swan swimming along with the ducks.
I was told there are three types of Swans in the northern part of the country where I live.  This particular swan is called a Mute Swan.  It won't make a lot of noise but will hiss if aggravated.  It was absolutely beautiful!


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sunflower Field

There's something about a sunflower field stretching for miles upon miles that makes you feel like you're chilling on cloud nine. People from across the region, including us, flocked to a field off of Main Street to see and photograph the gorgeous fields of yellow.
The beauty of the sunflower field put me in such a good mood.  All the way home I sang "You are My Sunshine".


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Easter Eggs

Every year, like so many other families, dying Easter eggs has been a tradition.  My sons are grown, so now the tradition continues with the nieces and nephew.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Washington DC

Friday, the 20th of January is Inauguration Day. Instead of focusing on the politics, I thought I'd share the trip we took this fall to Washington DC. 
 Students from Great Britain took a two week trip to visit our country.  Todd and I hosted one of the teachers who came along to chaperone.  My favorite day trip we took was to see our nations Capitol.  It was a gorgeous day and I enjoyed walking throughout DC to see all the monuments.

 Mr. Trump recently opened a hotel in DC.  We happened to pass by on our way to lunch.  It just looked like another hotel with flashy gold signs everywhere.  Honestly I wasn't that impressed.
With all the uproar during this years election, the British visitors were fascinated with our presidental  debates and learned a lot about our political process. 
In fact, I learned A LOT during this election too. It was inspiring to see all 3 of my boys get involved with politics and have civil conversations about it.  

 The most excitement we had was getting caught in the middle of a protest in front of the White House.  We got to see Secret Service men run across the White House lawn chasing someone down.  You could see the sharp shooters on top of the roof from where we stood.  It was difficult to get photos because of the extra security blocking tourists off from getting too close to the gate.
Whether we like it or not, Mr. Trump will become our 45th president and will take up residence in the White House for the next 4 years.
I just hope there won't be gold glitter and neon flashing signs in the lawn.