Thursday, November 27, 2014

Turkey Day Attire

"Gramz, are you sure about about this turkey hat?" asks the Grandkid.  "I don't see anyone else wearing a turkey on their head."

Monday, November 24, 2014

Meal-time Competition

Because I'm trying to change the types of food I eat, I thought the little munchkin could learn to love healthy foods right away. I thought if you started early enough, you could train a person to LOVE healthy food over processed and frankenfood from the get-go.

I recently brought some home cooked vegies to feed the Bambino, and I must say, the vegies were rather divine! The meal included potatoes, carrots, celery, and KALE, cooked slowly in an exquisite clear and flavorful broth. I warmed up the vegies and then laid them out on his dinner tray. I waited and observed which ones he would adore.

He was OK with the potatoes and carrots, but then he took a bite of the cooked kale, scrunched his little face into a pucker frown, stuck out his tongue, and allowed that hearty goodness to drop on the dinner tray.  He continued to stick out his tongue as if it was now contaminated.  I was not only surprised, but devastated he didn't fall in love with this healthy food.

How could he have an opinion about kale at such a young age of life?

THEN I saw evidence he had been to a place which lairs little tykes with gimmicks, tricks, and silly hats. I now know what my competition is.

So now I need to find ways to make my nutritious meals more exciting and bring on tricks, gimmicks, and hats to my home cooked meals. So game on, 'In-N-Out Burger' - game on!

Thursday, November 20, 2014


"Gramz, pop says I need a haircut, what do YOU think?" says the Bambino.

"Keep the curls!" I say.  "Someday you may not have hair, so enjoy it and flaunt it while ya got it." 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Burnin' Daylight

"Come on, Gramz, let's go!" says the Grandkid.  "We're burnin' daylight!"

Problem Solver

"Gramz, do I ALWAYS have to show you how to put things together?" asks the Grandkid.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The wonder of round objects

Give the Bambina a ball, balloon, or bubbles and he is thrilled.

And also wheels.  

Friday, November 14, 2014

Dreaming of Wheels

"Gramz, look at this set of wheels!" exclaims the grandkid.
"I can see me driving one of these babies one day. "

Monday, November 10, 2014

Juniper Berries

I'm on a quest to learn to cook, which means I'm trying to stock my kitchen with gadgets and supplies a real cook would need to do her job. For example, I begged the kids to buy me a food processor 'cause there were so many recipes that called for a processor.  So they bought me one and I overused it, turning the cabbage into a new type of slurpee.

The kids also live near a Penzey Spice store, so when possible, I zoom over there to see what I don't have and continue building my spice inventory. I recently purchased Juniper Berries, in part, because they sounded exotic and I thought I may need them to graduate from slurpees to something more substantial. When I saw the little bottle of berries, I knew they needed to come home and be part of my spice rack. So, I bought them.
Later I learned juniper berries are primarily used to reduce the wild flavor of duck, venison, and sauerbraten - all the things I know I will never cook. However, they are also a prime ingredient of GIN, which is now something I am considering learning how to make.  

But, should this spice quest be considered yet "Another Q failure?"  No! I say!

We all know that the trial and error process is used like a stepping stone, including people like Thomas Edison, who got to his goal after crossing many stones that put him in a ditch.  So, who knows?  Maybe my failures in cooking, which then led to food processing, which then led me to juniper berries, and now distillery - well, maybe this is where I'm supposed to be.  

Or not.

But either way, I continue to forge ahead on this quest of discovery, one stepping stone at at a time.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Where did you get those pants?

"STOP! Where did you get those overalls? Those are the coolest looking pants I have ever seen in my WHOLE life!" says the Grandkid.

Grandmama, I believe I MUST get a pair!  Oh wait, I already HAVE a pair!"

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Trust Issues

"Gramz, I'm having some trust issues" the Grandkid say.

"This is what I was told one wears to play golf."

"But this is the photo Granddad showed me of his golf game at St. Andrews in Scotland".

"You will notice, there is NO plaid!"  "So I think I was hoodwinked."
"I hope I will soon get over my trust issues regarding golf attire."

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014

Halloween includes putting on your alter ego costume and then preparing to be scared out of your wits by starting with some scary stories.

Then, when the sun goes down and you hear that first gentle tapping at the door, you know 'fright time' has officially begun.  
"Is it a ghost? Is it a goblin?" asks Bambino's mom.
"No, It's probably our Halloween Tricker Treaters!" the kid declares, and he scampers away to check the door.

"WOW! It's Captain Jack Sparrow! We have been hoping you would come!" the Bambino says.

"Savvy?" asks Captain Jack.
"Very savvy!" says the Golfer.

"Let's go trick or treating and search for your Black Pearl while I hit the golf ball around the block and we pick up our loot. Halloween is definitely one of the best holidays, EVER!"

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014


"Come sit by me, Gramz, and let's read a story."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Playing Cops and Robbers

"Pops and I are playing cops and robbers" reports the Bambino. "I'm one of the tough guys and get to use my handy gun!"

"Pops is really just my ride."

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

California Drought is not Changing Everyone

"Gramz, ya know how some mean ol' task-masters make their underlings dig a hole and then have them fill it back up with dirt, just because they can?" asks the Grandkid.

"Well, look what my folks are making me do!  I have to mow the grass in the middle of a drought when there is clearly no lawn!"

"I just don't see how this is good for me, and to be honest, I'm tired of pops telling me about how much grass he had to cut when he was a kid."

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Shake that Bootie

"Mom, I like your dance moves much better than Gramz's dance moves.  She has me doing the tango and other dancing with the stars moves, but YOU let me just shake my bootie and feel the music!" says Bambino.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Calling His Shot

"Gramz, this looks like a good place for baseball!  Remember that movie, 'Major League?' asks the Grandkid.

"and Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger) invoked Babe Ruth and called his shot?"

"Well, I'm going to do that when I grow up."