Wednesday, February 8, 2023

February 8--Fine Art

The family is one of nature's masterpieces.  --George Santayana

    Just like any piece of art, there are infinite perspectives and opinions. That's why families so often avoid talking about politics or religion--opinions are so likely to differ. 
    My son, his wife, and our new grandson are so fun to watch together. On our recent visit, when we first held Luca and he would see his mom or dad, the pout appeared and the crying soon followed. But as we hung out around him, he soon got used to us, and he even let me hold and play with him for a half hour. Luca knows where the day-to-day love is--mom and dad. The three of them are a beautiful work of nature!
    My brother appears to be recovering from Covid, and I am so relieved. He and I are the last of the "masterpiece" that was our family of origin. It's a little freaky to ponder being the only one left of a family. 
    Right now, all is well,
My big bro and me

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

February 7--God's Big Helpers

God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.  --Jewish Saying

    I love it! This makes me smile. Actually, God is everywhere, but he still needs the help of us moms. Parenting can be a tough job, so it is a small victory when a teenager says, "How could you have known that!?!?!" We mothers have our ways!
    My first day of tax season 2023 went well. I believe I will enjoy working just 20 hours per week. The best thing is that I don't have to make copies. I spent probably a quarter of my tax work time in years past doing that. Plus I have a secluded office all to myself, and I don't have to answer phones. It's a fine gig.
Ready for spring!

Monday, February 6, 2023

February 6--The Mother of Us All

Mother is the home we come from. She is nature, soil, ocean.  --Erich Fromm

    We drove through miles and miles of Kansas wheat fields on our way home from Colorado. I love looking across those fields and seeing just the faintest hint of green popping through the rich soil of Mother Earth. 
    Though it is winter-time in Colorado, we had two lovely, sunny, warm days out there wherein we could sit outside at the local breweries in the afternoons and enjoy friends, family and beers. What a treat for February! 
    Here's another one in the "great business names" category: I saw a semi while driving home with the company name "Haulin' Assets." 😉😉
    Today I head back to tax work, but only 20 hours a week this year. My brother has Covid on top of several other serious health issues. My anxiety level is mounting by the minute, so I'm off to swim to calm myself down. 
    Happy Monday?!?!
Our Mother's beauty in Jamaica

Sunday, February 5, 2023

February 5--Back to KS

Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family. 
--Anthony Brandt

    Today we end with the family in Colorado and head home to Kansas. It has been a super visit. We had fabulous weather, warm enough to spend both afternoons outside. We finally exchanged Christmas 2022 gifts. My son gave us a great tour of New Belgium Brewery. Best of all, I held and played with Luca for quite a while without him crying. He's developing such a fun happy personality. I am thankful for such a great time with my family!

The pair that "started" me...
Madeline and Snapper

Saturday, February 4, 2023

February 4--A Little Craziness is Necessary

Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit.  --Bill Cosby

    It's a good thing that the human gestation period is approximately nine months to attempt to get some sort of grip on what those "two people in love" have done. The excitement of pregnancy turns into the realization of we-are-about-to-be-parents, and do we know how to do that?!?!? It is so fortunate that first time parents really have no idea what they are getting into, otherwise, I think the population would be a lot smaller. And we forget the challenges of pregnancy and childbirth, otherwise no one would have more than one kid. Having a child really is both totally organic and totally irrational. In the end, kids are fun and amazing, and we keep on having them. 
    I am totally enjoying my grandson Luca--he's a smiling little goober of love!

P.S. I must add this note of amusement in the "great names for a business" category. Seen in Fort Collins: 

The Screamin Peach, a Waxing Studio

Friday, February 3, 2023

February 3--BABY!!!

The soul is healed by being with children.  --Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    AMEN!!! I got to hold and play with my grandson last evening. Heaven!! I have agreed not to post photos of him, so you will just have to believe me when I say he is the most adorable baby in the universe.
    There is a lot of piled up snow out this way, though the streets and highways are clear. We have two whole days to adventure around town with the family. We have offered to Luca-sit so Mom and Dad can go on a date. We shall see if they deem us competent for such an event.
    Go find a child to giggle with today!!

Thursday, February 2, 2023

February 2--Growing More Love

Families are ecosystems. Each life grows in response to the lives around it. 
--Mary Schmich

    YIPPEE!!!!! I'm headed to Colorado to see my grandson! Oh yes, and my sons and daughter-in-law, too. Our family ecosystem has changed dramatically with the arrival of the little one, and I'm so excited to see how he's growing. At almost 20 pounds, I'll get my workout carrying him around. Smiles and giggles to come!
    Speaking of little ones, I feel like mentioning Barney, our dog. He has adapted to our ecosystem in a fabulous way. My husband has trained him to come and notify me when lunch or dinner is ready. He has grown into a brave defender of our home, and he's most relaxed when he has both of us herded into one room. He loves to romp with extended family dogs Dusty and Tilly when we visit Colorado. 
    On the road again...

Sweet Barney, enjoying our ecosystem...