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Disappointments and Delights

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

There aren't many disappointments here - but I can't use my DD's stationary bike. The distance from seat to pedal is closer and not within my range of motion. If we were to raise the seat, it would be even harder for me to mount. When I saw its brand, G8SP Racer, I thought at first it said GASP and had a chuckle - but given my exertions trying to mount it, GASP would have been very fitting!
Also, since DD drifted from her childhood faith and her DH isn't a church-goer, I didn't get to any church service. Still, I brought my little Gideon's NT, and I also use, so I'm in the Word, and in prayer. I am aware of the Lord's presence with me!
To my great delight, Rory has warmed enough to me to cast smiles my way and hand his toys to me. Best of all, yesterday when I flopped over on the couch and asked him for a kiss, he came over and gave me his open-mouthed baby kisses!
And I also see the scale creeping down!

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ONECALMMOM 4/15/2014 3:35AM

  Good things come from making the best of situations. Glad things are going well?

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Nina Meets Nana

Monday, April 14, 2014

This morning I woke to the happy noises from my grandson and the smell of fresh coffee. My DSIL Paddy prepared us a big fried up breakfast of what we'd call sausage but is called pudding, one white and one blood; a sausage-y kind of thing that tasted a bit like vienna sausage; "rashers" (think HAM) and an egg. I also split a scone with my DD. QUITE filling. On the agenda was a trip to Conga, where much of the movie The Quiet Man, starring Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne, was filmed. I know my late DH would have enjoyed that - it was one of his favorite movies. Before looking around the town, though, we dropped in on my DSIL's Nana, his maternal grandmother. She's a TALL woman (and DSIL says his own mother was even taller, so I can see where he gets the height and we anticipate my grandson will tower even more!) A charming woman, she welcomed us and served us tea and scones. It was a delightful visit. Then the "kids" took me to an ancient Abby, and I got some VERY nice pix, which I will eventually post. I am hoping DD or DSIL will help me load them to a file on this computer. Anyway, I had some nice walking - the weather has been quite lvely, just a bit cool with occasional light showers, but definitely springy. Lamb sausage is on tonight's menu!

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PATRICIAAK 4/14/2014 4:36PM


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JSTETSER 4/14/2014 11:10AM

    Buenisimo !

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Scones and Scenes

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I had a wonderful sleep last night (of course, with usual trips to the potty). Before getting up, I heard my grandson Rory chattering - "Da-da-da-da..." My DD explained he was talking to his toy elephant (I forget its name - perhaps I'll reveal it in a later post ). So cute! I came down to enjoy a breakfast of a cup of coffee and a huge home-made cinnamon brown sugar scone. A bit later, while Rory napped with Daddy, DD and I went for a walk - there's a lovelt little park nearby, with bridges and historic stuff, and a babbly little river. Being early Sunday morning, I was able to hear the singing and chatter of different birds (interspersed with the occasional less musical squawks and croaks of crows and ravens.)
I'll post pix at a later date...for now, time to break for lunch! Leftover lamb stew! Yum!

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 4/14/2014 7:39AM

    I am so glad you have made it to Ireland and that you are able to see your daughter, son-in-law and grandson! What a blessing!


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/13/2014 10:15PM

    What a wonderful start to your day!!! Hope you were able to find a church to attend. ENJOY every moment of your time with your family in Ireland!
Can hardly wait to see your pix and hear more about your trip.
Blessings and hugs,

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JANETELIZABETH1 4/13/2014 5:20PM

    Sounds lovely...but no church to visit?

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PATRICIAAK 4/13/2014 7:39AM

    cont to enjoy your Ireland experience

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JSTETSER 4/13/2014 6:50AM

    What a way to start the day!

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Safe in Ireland!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The most nerve-wracking part of the trip was between Rochester and Newark - Newark was having some construction/repair done, so ALL flights in/out were delayed. I always schedule to allow for delays, but this was close. But I was scuttled to the connecting flight to London. I didn't have to spend the night in Newark and take a later flight Saturday morning - leaving my poor son-in-law dangling at Dublin.
Irish countryside is lovely - and so GREEN, and THEY already have FLOWERS! Definitely worth coming here for spring break!
Of course, I am also seeing THE most handsomest baby boy. Pix to come eventually.

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 4/13/2014 6:10AM

    How exciting to see your grand!

I understand the green isles are beautiful and very green.

Glad the airline helped you make the flight.


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/12/2014 11:56PM

    emoticon So glad your trip was a safe one...even with the delay. Glad you didn't have to lay over anywhere and are already enjoying the GREEN and flowers.
ENJOY every moment you have with y our precious grandson and all your family...especially your DD!!!
Can't wait to see pictures of your trip and family.
Prayers, blessings and hugs,

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PATRICIAAK 4/12/2014 9:25PM


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JUSGETTENBY42 4/12/2014 1:45PM

    Enjoy, love Ireland

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Pre-Travel Dreams

Friday, April 11, 2014

It always happens. Actually, not just travel - could be a special event, like the annual Clothesline Art Festival. I would dream that I was late to the site; or I forgot the TABLES, or certain boxes of my ceramic animals...
So last night, it was that I woke up late, at 7:30 - I have to be at WORK at 6:40! - so I called my supervisor to let her know. But when I go there I explained I needed to shower because I was leaving for Ireland that afternoon. So I'm looking around for a shower to use (at school!) But the teacher I work with wasn't going to be able to teach in her class, so she needed ME to take over. But I needed to shower!
Well, the good news is, I got up on time, had my shower, got the last minute stuff I washed out of the dryer and packed them, have EVERYTHING READY.
My Scrabble buddy Vikki is going to take me to the airport. But first we're going to stop for lunch and just chat, since I didn't get in on our last Scrabble game due to a tummy issue.
I'm left front, Vikki right front.

My son-in-law Paddy will pick me up in Dublin - that's him on the LEFT with the beard!

Tomorrow night I'll see my 27 year old daughter Cass whom I haven't seen since Dec 2011

I'll renew my acquaintance with the Boston terriers, Cobb and Hoban

(Hoban and Rory are best friends!)

and meet my newest grandson Rory, now a very photogenic yearling.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/12/2014 11:57PM

Love your great and beautiful pictures. Rory is a beautiful little man. ENJOY!!!
Prayers for safe travels and a wonderful reunion with your family.
Prayers, blessings and hugs,

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PATRICIAAK 4/11/2014 9:47PM


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    Loved the pictures!!

Have a wonderful, awesome trip.

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JSTETSER 4/11/2014 9:20AM

    Have an awesome trip! emoticon

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COLLEENROSTE 4/11/2014 8:26AM

    Praying that your travel connections go without any snags and that time will 'stand still' for you while you are away. Enjoy every precious moment with your family in Ireland. Rory needs to know his Gran.

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ZOSBOS 4/11/2014 6:39AM

    It must be terrible being so far away from loved ones, but it will make the visit all the more treasured.
Have a fabulous time with your beautiful family!

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DMEYER4 4/11/2014 6:35AM

  I hope you have a great time with your family. Your grandson is beautiful. have a safe trip

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