Joe's home. I wonder, therefore, if this will make any sense when I'm done with it. He's just come dragging into the office muttering "It's hot out there. It's SO hot out there." The sad part of this is that Thursday is the first day of summer, meaning it's still "spring" here and already he's complaining. I can hardly wait to see how he baves come mid-July (NOT!). It is in the triple digits again, so, yes, it's hot. But, undoubtedly, we'll se it another 15 degrees hotter for quite a few days in the next 2.5 months.
Well, the hanger problem is solved. We did indeed get a tension-type shower curtain rod installed in my mini laundry area so now all the empty hangers have a home, and when I take clothes out of the dryer, once again, I can hang them up. I am still not thrilled with the performance of the new dryer, but it is what it is, so I'll use it and thank the Lord for it.
Yesterday was Father's Day. Joe had a speaking engagement for the Gideons, so he was gone to some Methodist church all morning. He raised more than $300 which will buy about 60 Bibles or 225 New Testaments. He is pretty happy about that since he estimates that there were only about 150 people in each service and he did two services. He says that a bit more money always comes in afterwards in the mail, so who knows what the total will be. After that I honored him for Father's Day by letting him take me out to breakfast! LOL. He watched the US Open golf tournament (partly slept through it, to be exact) while I got a grocery list and menu plan ready. Then he went off to gather food for the week. I grabbed a very short nap and when he got home we took off to meet Jen, Jason and the littles at Red Robin. It wasn't horribly expensive and gave Joe the opportunity to eat meat and Jason the opportunity to avoid anything that looked or smelled like meat so they were both happy. Jen gave Joe a sweet card thanking him for helping her out with the car and spending time with Will, just generally for being a "Dad" when he's not really related by blood at all. He clouded up.......
Today, his Father's Day gift from Jennifer and from me arrived. I found a nice Epson Printer on line which I think uses the same ink cartridges as mine. That's a good thing since I've found a place that sells the ink wholesale with no shipping charge. Printing three copies of every layout I do does tend to get expensive after a while, so I look for bargains where I can find them. I got paper from the same place as well and I'm very happy with the price.
I bought a pair of Crocs sandals last month and, while I find they don't give me enough support to keep the backache away, they are VERY comfortable. I found a 15% off coupon on Crocs clogs so Joe said I could order them. Well, even though they're supposed to be my size, I have to return them--they are WAY too big. So, I'm going to exchange them for a smaller pair.
Jen called this AM and we had a conversation about Jason. She says he's doing better, but it's SUCH a slow process. She's given me a bit more insight into it all. Certain parts of his brain just do not work yet. So, he does not process like we do. For example, he is very willing to "help", to go and fetch whatever is needed, but it doesn't seem to come out right. Atticus has been on solid foods (baby food and cereal) for more than a month now. While at the restaurant last night, he got hungry and Jen wanted to feed him some cereal. So the next problem became getting some room temperature tap water to mix with the cereal. Jason cheerfully went off the the men's room to get some water and came back with what looked almost as thick as library paste. Jen tried feeding it to Atticus but he didn't like it, so Jason dutifully went back to the bathroom to add a bit more water. The point here being that in a month of watching Jen feed Atty cereal, one would think he would have a pretty good idea of the appropriate consistency, but no. Will decided the perfect place for him to sit was next to Grandpa which was a special treat for Grandpa. But, just before we were getting ready to leave, he crawled under the table to the side where Jason and Jen were sitting. He managed to wiggle himself on to Jason's lap. Now, this thrilled Jason and he talked about it last night, about how great it was. But, the whole time Will was on his lap, he didn't touch Will. He actually was doing some arms-above-his-head thing. Jen finally took one of his arms down and put it around Will. When he was talking so happily about Will sitting on his lap, she pointed out to him that he should have put an arm around Will, rubbed his back, put a hand on his shoulder, or something. I asked her if he would remember that if it happened again and she said she doubted it. And, so, we struggle on.....
Well, Joe has now decided to get on the phone. That wasn't bad enough--he decided to use the speakerphone. So, whatever I had planned on saying has now fled my brain. I'll try to post some pages and see if I can concentrate enough for that.
When we were in CA in September, we stopped by DH's old office to meet with some of their staff. Debbie is just so gorgeous and I loved having a photo taken with her. I used Sunday Brunch from Bella Gypsy Designs (Tabatha Reed) for this page. I did it quite a while ago, so I can't remember where I got the "2". The swirl and the cardboard "Painted Twirls" are by Amanda Rockwell.
This photo of Jen and Atticus was taken by a family friend. My DD is such a good and loving Mom and I am so proud of her. All of the papers and the blue flower come from a kit called Baby Blue Eyes by Helena Jole at NDISB. All of the swirls are designed by Faith True. The stitched heart is by Amy Teets. The sequined heart is by Marcie Reckinger. This page was designed for this week's Lifts with a Twist challenge.
Okay, that's it. I can't hear myself think, so I've got to quit. Later..........