By beckysdad on Oct 3, 2012 at 6:42 AM
Excellent news on the forecasted sunshine. I hope you and Millie are able to get out and enjoy some of it. I was in DC just before the Cherry blossom festival officially started back in the spring of 07. It was befoer th crowds really start to arrive and yet the weather was very nice for my visit. I lucked out. They did have actual rail cars in the museum, though I doubt they were really from that time. They were authentic in their design, though. For those that are not terribly schooled in the events of that time, the top two floors would be both horrifying and fascinating. It's astounding just how brutal we can be as a race. Becky weighed 63 pounds at her last checkup which is right at the bottom end of the weight range fro a female Lab. She's stayed nice and trim because she gets the amount of activity that she does. We had a grand wrestle session last evening as dinner was cooking. I had some chicken on the grill and had some time to kill. She was laying on the grass grooming her paws so I decided to join her on the lawn. As soon as I lay down she came over to wrestle. One little game we've worked out is that she attacks my right fist. I ball it up and she gets it between her paws and started gnawing at it. She's very gentle about it but I move it about and she has to trap it again before she can resume her gnawing. One thing I love about the way we play that game is as soon as I say we're done...we're done. On those rare occasions that she becomes over-enthusiastic a simple "we're done" ends it. If that didn't work I'd be less inclined to engage in that sort of play with her. How much does Millie weigh? What sort of toys does she enjoy? I'm glad medicine has advanced enough that you have something that you can take at the onset of a migraine that is able to minimize the nasty effects to that extent. Still it would be nice if there was something that would make them go away and not return. I'm still getting to know the kids. The ones I'm teaching algebra to will make their personalities known pretty quickly. There's one boy, Ben, that stands out at the moment. He's not part of my algebra group but he was the first one the teacher sent to me to get set up on Khan Academy. He's a very bright kid but has zero patience. If he has a question, he breaks in immediately in whatever you're doing. I'll break him of that habit soon enough. Khan will be ideal for him as he can go at his own pace. End of space...see ya, bye!
By beckysdad on Oct 2, 2012 at 9:25 PM
Yeah, my memory isn't as good as it used to be either. Waddya gonna do, though. I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing that you and your sister can fill in the blanks for each other. After a while my memory seems to be pretty kind. The rough edges seem to fade away. Even once a year would be too much for a migraine...nasty stuff. I'm glad you've found something that is effective in sending them on their way. The sooner the better. I almost didn't visit the Holocaust Museum when I was in DC. I figured it would just be too depressing but I went anyway. It's in a four story building and the top two floors are like something right out of every History Channel documentary you've seen on the war and the camps. Being the WWII buff that I am there was nothing new in any of that and seeing the train cars and ovens and such didn't impact me much. I was very surprised at what it was that did hit me. I think it was down on the second floor and there was a transition area between two exhibit rooms. The corridor was probably 20 feet across with a walkway about eight feet wide. On either side were two sections of flooring recessed about five inches deep. Each of these recessed sections were probably six feet wide and fifteen feet long. The walls were bare. Nothing distracted me from those recessed sections of floor...that were filled with empty slippers... Just the thought of the countless poor souls had worn similar slippers on the way to their deaths and there they sit empty... That moved me more than anything else there. It still chokes me up when I think about it. On to happier things. Yes, the right equipment makes crepe making much easier. I bought a special pan for them but I also use it for omelettes. I knew that as a good southern girl you'd have an appreciation for biscuits and gravy. Did you get some Millie snuggles today? Very recently Becky has resumed curling up on my feet under my desk when I'm on the computer. It's very cute but it's still too hot to be truly appreciated. When the weather turns it will be great. I'm willing you some of my sunshine. I doubt it will help but I'll certainly try.
By beckysdad on Oct 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM
You have some pretty vivid memories of just where and when you saw those films. I'm impressed. You're right about Hutton's death in Green Berets...and the little boy looking for him....so sad. I like your version of the breakfast burrito. I'll often whip up a nice omelette but if it's rainy out and know we're not going to do a second walk I like to make biscuits and gravy and then not move for much of the day. I can make pretty fair blueberry crepes when I'm feeling foofy. That's rare. I'd love to take your rain off your hands. We need it. Were you able to get rid of that headache? My mom used to have terrible migraines but it's been quite some time since one laid her low. They can sure be nasty. You're right about that photo. It is "the wall" at the Vietnam Memorial. I took that right after the sun came up and I loved the way the trees reflected on the wall. I thought it made for a nice effect. Did they have the FDR Memorial the last time you visited DC? I like the WWII Memorial. They did a nice job with that. I hope you got curled up with sweet Millie for the night. Of course she wants to be near you!
By beckysdad on Oct 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM
It is sad about LeeAnn and yet she approaches it with such dignity and ease that spending time with her remains a joy. She has a different view on life and its cycles and when one looks at it through her eyes they feel differently about it. In her mind she's just moving on from this existence into another one. Her time in this body is finished and it's time to move on, much like a hermit crab outgrows its shell and periodically seeks out a new home. We've had some wild discussions. Some of them would seem horribly inappropriate to someone eavesdropping on them because of all the laughter with such a somber topic. That's just how life and times are with her. She's a rare individual. I remember Jim Hutton best from Green Berets and Hellfighters. I was a huge John Wayne fan. That's where I know Walter Brennan from as well. He appeared in Rio Bravo with the Duke. Uncle Miltie I knew more as a personality than from any particular roles. It's good to have a group of friends that you can go out and hang with. The emphasis is on comfort and enjoying each others company. DC and NYC have great public transit that works great there. San Jose is so sprawling that public transit just doesn't get the job done. Still, my mileage has plummeted since I retired. There are plenty of days that I don't even get in my car at all. This was my first attempt at french toast with this bread. I think the raisins throw it off. Weekend breakfasts are the best. Having time to prepare and enjoy is key. There are plenty of special breakfasts that are ideal for company and weekends that I just don't get to indulge. What were your favorite breakfasts to cook?
By beckysdad on Oct 1, 2012 at 7:51 AM
LeeAnn really is an amazing woman. As weak as her body is these days, you never think about that when you're with her. Her mind is as sharp as ever and she has an incredible spirit. There's not an ounce of self-pity as you speak with her. Her previous dogs retired from service but lived out their days with her. It was kinda tough on the older dogs to let the youngsters take on the heavy lifting duties and go to work with her but it all worked well. Jeannie is 12 now and is approaching the time when one would think of retiring her but with LeeAnn's weakness these days I think they'll be together to the end. LeeAnn is working with hospice and we don't know how long she'll be playing in this realm. "Playing" may sound flip but that's exactly what she's doing. She knows her time is limited and she's determined to extract every last bit of fun out of it that she can. She's doing a great job of it, too. We met 4-5 years ago while out with our dogs at a local park. We kept running into each other and enjoyed our talks so much that we started hanging out and I started taking Jeannie for an afternoon most weeks. It's nice to have a neighbor that you can do spur of the moment activities with. I used to have that with a neighbor but he and the wife divorced and he's up near the Oregon border now so we don't get to see each other. Do you think Millie was in her stroller the entire time you were gone or did she just hop back in when she heard you coming. I suppose settling in for a nap right there to wait for you is a distinct possibility. I'm glad you got to get out for a late stroll. I'm sure Millie loved it. I understand about having a cabin and going to the dining car for meals while on the train. I suppose one could rent a car to get to sites that aren't near the tracks as well. I'm just too much a Californian and addicted to my car. The convenience of just getting up and going is too attractive. If it makes you feel any better, the french toast wasn't spectacular. It wasn't bad but I thought I was really onto something special...no such luck. It is wonderful toasted though with a bit of butter. In fact that was breakfast this morning as I'll be rushing out the door soon to hang with the kids at school. What movie did you watch with your neighbor?
By elizabuff on Sep 30, 2012 at 8:11 PM
Haven't been feeling too well this last few days and have some hospital tests coming up on Tuesday morning. Please pass the words for me that Jerry is doing okay, bless him. I wish my best to all but am about to get back in bed where I'm supposed to be now.
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