It's Been A SAD, Exhausting, Crazy Week!!

Posted by: cheryl

The week started out ok/normal enough I guess until Wednesday afternoon when I received a phone call from my son-in-law.  He was trying to call the daughter.  I told him she was probably taking a nap with the boys since it was around 3:00 in the afternoon.  He proceeded to tell me that he was at the hospital because his Step-dad Tony had been taken there with what appeared to be symptoms of a stroke.  I told Steven I would keep trying to contact Keri.  I finally contacted Keri and relayed Stevens message.  After talking we decided that the son and I would come after the boys so she could go be with her husband and  the family.  Her brother and sister-in-law were going to pick her up.   Keep in mind this was the day we were getting snow and the roads were covered.  So off we went to get the grandsons to spend the night because it was going to be a long one for Steven and Keri.  I kept in contact with her throughout the night and into the morning hours.  I didn't get any sleep either.  I was praying for the family, Tony, and the whole situation.  It was heavy on my mind.
I got a text about midnight saying they were having to make a decision to have emergency surgery and around 5 a.m. keri sent me a text saying nothing could be done.  SUCH SAD NEWS!!!!
Well, Ritzy and I decided the help we could give would be to take the boys and let Steven & Keri do whatever they needed to do to help Steven's Mom and family. 
Hence the crazy, hectic schedule up until yesterday.  Yesterday was the memorial service and I told Keri that P-pa and I would just get the boys after the service and go home and they could be free to do whatever needed to be done the rest of the day.  Keri sent a text telling me they would be here sometime around 8 in the evening.  We had already given the boys their baths, brushed their teeth and given them their milk by the time their parents arrived.  They boys were sure glad to see 'mama & daddy'....and I could finally take a breath and relax.
What is so sad is that the boys were told that Paw-paw was sick and they just don't realize what all this means yet. They have asked about him and where he is a few times.   I just told keri to keep showing them pictures of paw-paw and talk about him.  That way he always stays alive in their hearts and minds even tho they can't actually be with or see him and it's ok to miss him or want to see him or be sad because they can't see him.
Tony was a great guy and you could tell that by seeing all the people at his memorial service.  There was easily 400+ people  in attendance to attest to that fact.  He will be missed.  Anita is going to need our prayers in the coming days/months/years...I can't even imagine what she is going through but all we can do is keep reminding her of how much we love her and how much we care about what she is dealing with.  I just pray God's comfort and peace on her always......
With that Ritzywife is out..............................................

Achee Wawa........ino other words "OUCH"!

Posted by: cheryl

I was watching the grandsons here yesterday because their parents were taking advantage of this beautiful spring like weather and finishing up painting the woodwork on their home.
 We were having a blast outside and I got the bright idea to take them down to Ni-maw's fishing hole.  We actually drove on around to the boat ramp because it was less of an incline.  I really didn't want to fish one of them out of the water---haha!!
So we get out and walk down to the water and I tell them they can pick up "little" rocks and throw them into the water.  Well their interpretation of "little" and mine are NOT  the same.  ;-)
Before I could get them separated so they would not accidentally hit each other with a rock, i just happen to look Calvin's way and I saw it coming about a millisecond before it hit.  I heard my whole head have never experienced that sound or feeling before  in my life, nor do i ever want to again.  This is the aftermath:

Calvin saw the blood and started crying and assumed he was in big trouble.  I had to calm/comfort him to assure him that it was an accident all while my head was really hurting.......let's just say all was well after he gave it kisses and Ni-maw gave him kisses and an I love you hug. ( we really got to work on focusing on where we are throwing and making sure no one is in our line of fire.)
Well we got over all that and they proceeded to toss rocks into the water while I made sure no one caught one with their face.
After throwing rocks we went exploring.....we found spent shotgun shells, some really fine river sand that they loved playing in and this big piece of driftwood that they loved playing on:
After playing for a while I asked if they were ready to go get some ice cream at the store and they about beat me to the truck.  Earlier in the day the store's owner ( a good friend of ours)  told me to bring them over to get some ice cream and I was gonna take him  up on that.   He has been so nice to give these two boys ice cream since they were about 4 months old.  They call him "Uncle Ice Cream".  They ate their ice cream and we then went back to Ni-maw's to play some more till P-Pa got home.  When P-pa (Ritzy) arrived they dropped what they were doing and sprinted toward him.  I then informed Ritzy that if he wanted supper he better watch the boys while I went inside and cooked it......
Everyone came in to eat and those boys had worked up an awesome appetite.  After cleaning the kitchen i went in to join P-pa and them  while they were watching tv  til their parents arrived.  I don't know who was more "pooped" --  the parents after spending the day finishing up the painting or ni-maw spending the day keeping track of 2 energetic boys or the two boys themselves after spending the day running, playing, exploring and doing whatever else they could think get the picture.   Let's just say it was a wonderful day for ALL........ and a beautiful day in Oklahoma in the middle of winter  to boot!!
After kisses and hugs they left and Ni-maw took her shower, spent some much needed quiet time in my chair and then went to bed...I sure didn't have any trouble falling asleep after such a wonderful day.
Ritzywife out...................................................

Goodbye Christmas 2014.....Hello 2015!!

Posted by: cheryl

Well.... Christmas 2014 is just a memory, but oh what a great one it is.  The grandsons made this christmas season a blast.  We had so much fun singing, talking about, and preparing for Christmas.  I taught them some Christmas songs and it fills my heart with joy when I hear them singing those songs all by themselves. 
These boys are growing so fast....

Calvin & Braedy
I was going to wait til after the new year to take down the decorations, but "the mood" struck this morning so Ritzywife's "Christmas 2014"  is neatly tucked away til next year. 
I love to just sit and look at the Christmas tree so i put this picture on my phone  so I could enjoy it a little longer after the decorations were down...
Christmas 2014

Looking forward to  our New years dinner/snacks tomorrow.  I told everyone I would fix chicken wings and they all seemed to go for that....besides wings, the menu consists of chips, dips, tortilla pinwheels, meat, cheese, veggies, pickles, olives...I don't think anyone is gonna leave here hungry....
I think we are finally getting some cold weather around here.  It's only 26 degrees out now in the middle of the afternoon.  Could get some nasty weather over the next couple of days.....guess we will just wait and see what happens.  Here in Oklahoma - who knows what's gonna happen?!?
Ritzy and I are gonna go babysit the boys this evening while the daughter has a massage job to do.  Gee, I've got a neck and shoulders that could sure use her services, haha!!  The son-in-law is "on call"  this week so we are volunteering.  Doesn't take much twisting of the arm for us to make ourselves available to watch those two boys.  We love being around them and spending time with them.  Believe it or not Ritzy is teaching them things that are getting them in a little bit of trouble.  Imagine that!!  I get on to him and tell the daughter she needs to get on to her dad and not the boys, haha!!  I guess that maybe  P-Pa's do that to their grandkids just to irritate the kids, haha!?!
After the New year I start counting down to Spring, even tho Winter has officially just begun.  I start anticipating the longer daylight hours, the budding and blooming of the trees and plants and last but not least CRAPPIE fishing!!!
Well I need to go check on the fire, get clothes in the dryer and check out the roast in my new pressure cooker that mom & dad got me for Christmas.
With that Ritzywife is out.................... 



Posted by: cheryl

Yesterday I stayed home from church because I had been up since 2 a.m. not feeling well.  After trying Tums and Alka Seltzer, at 4 i went to the recliner.  Ritzy got up and came in the living room to restart the fire and was surprised to find me in there.  Told him I had been sick thru the night.  Well the poor guy was about ready to go to church and I knew it was coming and there was nothing I could do.  Yep, Ritzy ended up cleaning up my "throw-up".   Poor guy!  If only that were all I was doing....
I should have just camped out in the bathroom all day.  I didn't even feel well enough to get out of my pj's the whole day....and for Ritzywife that is rare. 
At 6 I decided to take a lukewarm shower to try to feel "clean" from all the stuff going on during the day.  After the shower i was finally able to drink some chicken broth and some ginger and mint hot tea. 
This morning I got out of bed, stripped it....and the sheets an pillowcases are now in the dryer.  I want all of those germs gone!!!
I have eaten some toast and am sipping on some hot mint green tea.  The unsettled stomach is not as bad but it's still  not gone and I still have the "other problem" too.  But at least I have my clothes on.;)
The daughter called yesterday afternoon and told me she took the boys to Reasors in Owasso and Santa was there.   They are almost 3 and are loving Christmas and all it means.  I have taught them some Christmas songs and we have us a sing-along quite often.  Braedy was on his belly looking under my tree the other night and had a big grin on his face when he turned around and said "I like it".....That made this Ni-maw's day!!!!
Here they are at Reasors and looking under Ni-maw's tree


Calvin had gone to get a pillow, his blanket and his tiger.  I could see that he was getting everything "situated" down there and I asked him what he was doing and he said he was going to sleep down there by the tree.  That was so sweet.  He was trying to talk Braedy into joining him.
This Christmas is going to be so much fun with those two little boys. 
Well I am still not at 100% so I am going to end with that.
Ritzywife out............................

FALL 2014

Posted by: cheryl

Ready or not - Fall has arrived.  For me it is both a sad and a happy time of the year.  It's sad to see the leaves fall from the trees, the plants turn colors and the garden  stop producing.  To me the saddest thing is knowing in a few weeks the trees will be bare and the daylight hours will be fewer.  
What I love about it is the many colors that start showing.  God's creation is beautiful in each season if we will only look for it!!
Ritzy and I have started enjoying  our pit fire each evening now that the weather is cooler.  I don't know what it is - but there is just something awesome about sitting outdoors by a quiet, warm relaxing fire  in the evening.  Kinda  gets rid of the stress of the day.

Speaking of time passing.....can ya believe this ?!?
 Those two grandsons are riding those bikes that our friends bought them when they were only a few months old.  They found them at a garage sale and could not pass them up..  The daughter and I were talking about the bikes the other day before I left and I told her they should be about ready to ride them.  They were on their tricycles at the time ( and apparently listening to our conversation)..  Well I left and stopped at Sonic to get me a tea to drink and she calls and says "Mom, you are not gonna believe this"....she goes on to say that after I left....Calvin parks his tricycle and goes and gets on one of the bikes and just starts riding.  Braedy, seeing his brother...of course follows suit.  I told her that I was gonna have to come back and see "this".  Well here they are and they know they are doing something special.  They were having a ball.  so....I guess the next items on Ni-maw's list of  'Things to get the grandsons'  are --  knee pads, elbow pads and helmets, hahaha!!!
I sure hope they wait a while before they start popping wheelies!!!
That's about it for now, Ritzywife out..............................................................................




Posted by: cheryl

28 years ago on 09/09 at 9:04pm Ritzy and I were blessed with our 2nd child.  A baby girl.  Our son was a little over 2 1/2 yrs old.  I decided before this child was born that I was only going to have 2 children.  I knew that was my "limit" - haha!    We were so happy when we saw that this one was a little girl.  I could have known the sex of  the baby  before hand but decided to be "surprised".  The son looked so much like his dad that I thought that no one would ever believe this child had "indian blood" in his veins.  He was a towhead and light skinned and very handsome.   But.......when the daughter was born, she showed the indian side of the family.  I thought ok, I have at least one child that looks a little like me, haha!!   Years ago,  I knew that if I ever had a little girl that I was going to name her "KERI".  A friend of my parent's named their daughter that when I was about 15 or so and I fell in love with the name.  It was just spelled different.  I thought it was such a pretty name.  Well I got the chance when this little bundle came along...I just wasn't sure about her middle name.  Right up until the moment she was born she was gonna get my middle name "Ann"  but when they asked for her name I decided to give her my dad's middle name "Joe" without the "e".  I knew I had made the right choice - it just felt right....
I just can't believe that it has been 28 years ago.....WOW!!!!
In our mother/daughter relationship there have been great years, good years and not so good years but right now we are in a great place.  I try to tell her to enjoy these years while her boys are growing up because you blink and the time is gone......
All I have to say is "Happy Birthday Keri Jo, I love you!!!"....Mom
Ritzywife out............................................................


Posted by: cheryl

That is how I feel my summer has been.  Heck, that's how the past few years seem to have been.
Maybe it's because of my slowing down as I get older ...... that time seems to have sped up... Who knows??  Here is a picture of the grandsons.  They sure are growing and learning.  It is amazing and such a joy  to watch them learn new words and things to do.
Calvin & Braedy

Braedy & Calvin

Fall is about here.  Outside everything is starting to transition from the vibrant summer colors to the  warm fall colors.  Can't complain too much about the heat this summer.  It was not that bad.  But I have been hearing that according to the almanac and other sources that this winter could be a "dandy".  Colder and wetter than normal, whatever "normal" is here in Oklahoma, haha!!
The garden produced "ok" I guess.  We had onions, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, green beans, & squash.  I love eating the fresh veggies from the garden.  Not enough to can/preserve , but plenty to keep us fed.  
I have already been Christmas shopping.....the UPS guy was delivering the other day and I told him that a lot of what he was delivering was Christmas gifts....he told me that he wished everyone would do this cause it sure gets rough the few weeks leading up to Christmas ;-)
I  have the most important gifts bought - the ones for the grandkids, haha!
They are discovering Tonka trucks, John Deere tractors, power tools, a person can only imagine what this ni-maw got the them ;-)
It is so fun to watch them play.  They get a truck or toy that would make a motor sound and they start their "motor".  The daughter asked how in the world they knew how and when to make those noises and I told her that all boys do it.  I think it is in their genes, hehe!
My younger brother would sit in his room and play with his hot wheels cars and make all sorts of noises, so one of my sisters and I decided to "tape" him doing it one day.  We played it back and he was not amused, haha!!
I got the boys a Hot Wheels track to play with here.  They have played some, but it will see more action when the weather turns colder.  For now.....we spend all our time outside when they are here.  We all love being outdoors.  They have toy lawn mowers that they love pushing around the yard.  Ritzy has an old John Deere tractor that he had as a boy and they love getting on that thing.  They are just about big enough to pedal it.   They also have a sandbox under the big maple tree.  We just have to check for snakes each time we open it....ewwww.....  We have also hung 2 swings  (that they love swinging in)  from that old tree.  That tree has been here ever since I remember living in this house and it was big back then.
 This Friday is their night to spend the night with us. 
Sooo...I guess I better get rested up....guess that means Ritzywife out!!