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Last week, when I was at my daughter’s, I noticed that Maya was using her mom’s water bottle. Although Tina has a gazillion water bottles, I did wonder why Maya was using Tina’s 32 oz bottle, after all, she’s only 4! I didn’t say anything but it did catch my attention. Maya loves pink and the water bottle she had appropriated is pink and yellow. I figured it was because of the color.

On Mondays, I go to my daughter’s during the day every week because we share a Gleaners account so on Mondays we get a large food distribution that we split. This Monday when I was there, we were talking about how attached Maya is to me. Then Tina told me that Maya had asked if she could please have Tina’s water bottle because it’s pink and yellow and pink is her favorite color and yellow is Nana’s favorite color! So it’s because it connects me and her! I almost cried. Tina did tell me that she found the same water bottle in a smaller size and ordered it as a surprise for Maya!

That was my smile for the week. What made you smile? Tell us about it. Go visit Trent and leave a link to your smile!

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The weather, for the most part, has been dark and dreary around here. Last Friday, as I left home to run errands, the sun was shining and I got a good look at the route of red maples across the road. I live in a mobile home park with the main driveway off of a major state highway so it often takes a good trim minutes for traffic to clear to pull out off the driveway. During that time, I tried taking pictures of the trees with my phone but the angle was limited.

Blazing Red maple

It brought a big smile to my face as I remembered how my mom loved to visit during the fall so she could see these trees in all their blazing glory. She was like a child seeing something magical. Once, as we drive north from California to Portland, she started counting the trees but have up somewhere around Grants Pass because there were too many to count.

As some of you know, my mom passed away in August of 2020. I had not seen her for the years when she passed and because of COVID I was not able to travel to see her that last week when my sister called to let me know we had run out of time. These special memories of my time with her, pop up every so often and bring me smiles and happiness asking with a few tears.

This was my smile this week. Red mapkes will blaze like this for another week or so then their fire will go out. Memories of my mom will keep making me smile, specially when they pop up so unexpectedly.

What made you smile this week? Tell us about it. Visit Trent’s blog and drop a link to your blog post to share.

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My grandson got a very nice laptop after Christmas — one of those after Christmas/January inventory deals. He’s only 8 but thought he wanted to use the laptop to “do music” on it. Well, my daughter isn’t knowledgeable about mu: sic or programs about music and they really can’t afford to sign up for an expensive program that he might not follow through with. So, the laptop went unused for months. She finally issued an ultimatum: use the new laptop or we give it to Nana. Another couple of months went by and lo and behold, one day I walked into their house and Spencer handed me the laptop with a big smile on his face and said it was mine! I asked him if he was sure and he said yes.

Spencer

That means that I now have a nice new Windows laptop! I have used nothing but Chromebooks since they came out so now I have to get used to Windows all over again and used to having things online and not directly on the hardware! I actually don’t like that as much but it is the way of the [digital] world right now.

That’s my smile this week! A new laptop that I could not afford for myself, courtesy of my grandson who thought he would do something but eventually realized it wouldn’t.

Of course, I still don’t have internet at home so I will, for the time being, be using it just when I am at my daughter’s. I can set it up to use my phone as a hot spot but then T-Mobile gets mad at me and shuts off my hot spot data. They did that last month. One of these days I will put on my big girl pants and call Comcast. I qualify for the $10 a month plan for low income but they are so horrible to deal with that I haven’t called them. I only had to wait 3 months to be able to set it up after quitting the service and it has been almost a year now because I just hate dealing with them. They all seem to be incompetent robotic beings that keep me on hold for hours and transfer me to department after department after department. So I am putting it off but I need to do it soon. The weather is changing and I don’t like to drive across the Columbia River in the rain sS

In other news, the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 booster has been approved and I have my appointment for next Monday. Yay!

What made YOU smile this week? Tell us about it. Visit Trent’s Weekly Smile to find out how you can link up!

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The Weekly Smile 2-1-21

I know I am blessed with living so close to three of my four grandchildren and even more blessed that I have been able to keep seeing them during the pandemic (we’re in the same bubble). Sometimes I am a little insecure when the oldest stays up in his room or in the Lego Room (yeah, they have a whole room set up with Legos) the whole time I am there. I can be there from Saturday to Monday and not see him! I feel like he no longer cares about me. The middle one always comes to sit and talk to me, at least a couple of times a day when I’m there. But the little one…my Maya…is always all over me!

Last night, she woke up in the middle of the night and came to sleep with me. When I am there, I sleep on the recliner in the family room. So last night, Maya got up around one o’clock and came downstairs. I was still awake, reading. She made herself comfortable on my lap then she turned to face me with the sweetest smile and teary eyes. She put one hand on my cheek and I thought something was wrong. I asked her if something was wrong. She shook her head no and then she said, “I just love you so much, Nana.”

Talk about smiles! Every time I think of it I smile big and feel all that adoring love all over again. This is more than just a weekly smile. I think this will be one I remember forever.

What has you smiling this week? Please do tell! The Weekly Smile is hosted by Trent at Trent’s World The Blog . Come join us with your own weekly smile!

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The past three weeks have been different as we get used to a new routine. With the kids in full time daycare, I’m not needed as much. However, we haven’t gotten into a routine because things keep popping up. The kids now live in Vancouver, Washington. You may have heard that there is an outbreak of measles in Clark County. That’s the county that covers Vancouver. Over half of the exposure sites are within a couple of miles of where they live. The daycare classes that the kids are in have kids that attend one of the elementary schools with confirmed cases of measles. The boys have been vaccinated but Maya had not been. My daughter does not like to vaccinate with the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)until after age three. Maya turned two over the weekend. So it became a challenge to keep her from possible exposure. She stayed home from daycare and I stayed with her. She finally was able to get an appointment to get vaccinated against the measles. Then we were told she would be considered “safe” after ten days. My daughter was between jobs so she stayed home for her for a week then she had to start her new job so I stayed with her. She’s finally safe, or as safe as can be with the first of the two vaccines. [There are two vaccines. The first is given between 9 and 15 months and the second between 15 months and 6 years. The first vaccine is 93% effective and the second bumps the immunity up to 97%.]

Then the weather changed just in time for me to go up there for Maya’s birthday and get snowed-in! So I was up there again for a couple of days. I’m home. I’m a little sad (depressed, actually) because I miss them.

So where’s the smile? Well, after not seeing me for a week and a half, I went up there for Maya’s birthday and got up there early so I went to get the kids from daycare. They weren’t expecting me. When the boys saw me, they did a double take. Then we walked over to get Maya. I didn’t even have to call her name. She heard the door open and looked in that direction. She saw me and she tore off running toward me faster than you would guess a 2 year old could run. With outstretched arms, she jumped into my arms and grabbed a hold of me around my neck with a death grip! She put her little head on my shoulder and just held on tight. THAT was my smile. She missed me that much.

As I sit here typing this, although I’ve been depressed these couple of days since I last saw her, this memory is bringing back more smiles and I’m pretty sure that when I see her again next Sunday, she’ll be just as happy to see me. I’ll be staying with the kids while their mom works and the school and daycare are both closed for Presidents’ Day. I’m looking forward to that.

What made YOU smile this week? Tell us about it in your own #WeeklySmile post and head over to Trent’s Blog to check out more smiles.

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I got a text from my daughter on Wednesday evening. Maya was sick. It didn’t surprise me because Anderson and Spencer had been sick. In fact, my daughter stayed home with them on Monday but couldn’t miss a second day of work so I went over early Tuesday and stayed with the boys (and Maya). I came home that evening and the boys went to school on Wednesday. So I figured Maya would be getting sick but was hoping it would be on the weekend. That didn’t happen. I drove over super early on Thursday (I had to leave at 5:15 am) and stayed with Maya. She was so sick she didn’t wake up until after ten that morning. But she was sick. Fever, runny nose, watery eyes, the whole thing. And while she could actually have gone to day care sick, we didn’t think that was a good idea. There is a measles epidemic where they live and she has not been vaccinated so we didn’t want her to be more susceptible to it or to spread it if in fact it turned out to be measles. She was happy to see me and she cuddled with me all day, except during her four naps! She usually takes only one but that was another sign that she wasn’t well. I stayed with her again on Friday and she was much better. Still sick but much better.

So where’s the smile? I smiled because I was in a position to go take care of her so she would be more comfortable at home and so my daughter would not have to stay home from work a second day in the same week. That’s a pretty neat position to be in. I’m close enough to them and able to help out. And the bonus is that Maya is so attached to me that she cuddles with me when she’s sick but not with anyone else, not even with her mom. She loves her Nana and feels comfortable and loved and special so that’s a pretty neat thing to smile about!

I won’t tell you who is home with a fever and sniffles and sore throat now! But that’s okay. The Maya Snuggles were worth it!

What made you smile this week? Head over to Trent’s blog for his weekly blog hop feature, The #Weekly Smile!

 

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Yup, that’s right! This week’s smile is going to make YOU smile, too. As many of you are aware, I have been babysitting three of my grandchildren since they moved thirtyish miles away in early September because my daughter had not been able to set up daycare. The babysitting had me driving back and forth between the two cities several times a day then around November it became easier (and cheaper) to go over on Sunday evening and stay until Friday evening, unless I had an appointment back near me. It was exhausting, physically and mentally. Several times she said she was setting up daycare so I would only need to watch the kids for her a couple of days a week. I was looking forward to that then she announced that the woman that was going to watch the kids had decided to go back to work instead so I lost hope!

Then, last week, out of the blue she said she had found a place that might have openings for all three of the kids and she was going to go visit to see what it was like. I had heard it before so I sort of ignored it. That afternoon I got a text message saying all three of the kids were starting day care at the same center on Monday and it would be full time, five days a week. Wow!

I hadn’t expected that. It gave me just one more day of watching them before the weekend and then the Monday they started at the center. I cried. It kind of made me feel like I was no longer wanted or needed. I know it was silly but it just threw me! After the first couple of days, I realized I was being silly. Here I was feeling upset about finally getting a change in the situation that had been exhausting to me for months. So I not only smiled at myself, I laughed at myself.

They started daycare this past Monday and aside from a bit of a rough time getting used to a new schedule (they have to get up about two hours earlier than when I watched them) all three of the kids like it. Right now the boys are only there in the morning until the school bus picks them up because my daughter picks them up about ten minutes after they are dropped off after school but when she begins her new job in three weeks, she will be picking them up later than now because of different work hours and a longer commute. All is fine. This week I’ve actually been over there twice anyway; once because she had an after work appointment and once because it was my daughter’s birthday so we went out to dinner. So I’m still seeing them and still needed (in fact, I am babysitting them tonight so she can go out to celebrate her birthday with friends). Silly me to think I wasn’t needed anymore!

Trent over at Trent’s World hosts a weekly blog hop called The Weekly Smile where he asks us to write about one thing that made us smile during the week. Go check it out!

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The end of last year was good in a lot of ways and brought many smiles. There were new friends as I met some of my daughter’s friends for an evening of making tamales, a Christmas tradition in my family. I was the one that taught the new people how to spread the masa on the corn husk and fill it and roll it. They turned out tasty; a bit different from the usual but still fine. Next year I think I will take over the cooking of the meat again but maybe not. I won’t be around forever so the ones after me have to learn so maybe I should just make sure I am here to supervise when the meat is put on the stove (or in this case the Instant Pot).

I also managed to carve out a little bit of time for me. I had a day of doctors’ appointments the Thursday before Christmas so I went home on Wednesday night. After the appointments, I stayed home so that I could attend a pizza night across town at some friends’ home. It was a lot of fun. We had pizza, birthday cake (for me and for three other women who were there and had December birthdays), yummy drinks, and then a very fun game and a white elephant gift exchange. Those are always fun because the gift you choose can be “stolen” from you!

The BIG smile came on the Friday before Christmas. I think I have mentioned Lularoe clothing in the past. Well, I follow one consultant on Facebook. They are a local husband and wife team (they are actually the ones who hosted the pizza night) and they are very generous. They’ve become friends with their 8800 members, and in a lot of ways the group is more like a family. This year they did a Twelve Days Of Christmas giveaway. Each day there was a question asked and those who participated were entered in a drawing for a shopping spree. The shopping spree time length corresponded to the “day of Christmas” it happened to be. Friday was the ninth day of Christmas so the shopping spree was nine minutes long. The winner had to be online when the name was announced at six in the evening then their time began immediately. Well, I won the ninth day of Christmas and was standing by with my list of items I wanted to claim (there was a specific phrase that had to be typed as a comment to each item claimed). I scored big! I was able to claim nineteen free items! If I totaled the sale price of the items I claimed, it would be well over five hundred dollars! Some of the items I used as gifts and some I kept for myself. It was the icing on the cake that was December.

Christmas was good. It started very low key as I woke up with three of the grandkids and enjoyed watching them open their gifts. My two daughters were there. Then I drove the three hours to Seattle to spend the rest of the day with my son and grandson and daughter-in-law. So for the first time in about five years, I got to see all three of my kids and all four of my grandchildren on Christmas!

These were my many smiles for the last couple of weeks. What did you smile about last week? Check out Trent’s Weekly Smile post and tell us about your smiles!

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The Old Ball Game

Some of you know that I am a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and that this year, for the second consecutive year, they made it to the World Series. And yes, for the second consecutive year, they lost. Some of you may think that isn’t smile worthy but it is indeed the topic of my Weekly Smile.

Why would I smile about such a great loss? It was A record setting game, the longest post-season game at seven hours and twenty minutes and eighteen innings! It was a well fought game by both teams. As soon as one team got ahead, the other would tie! The two teams went through a combined eighteen pitchers! To say that the players showed stamina would be an understatement! Ultimately, the Dodgers did win! Yay Dodgers! It was the only game they won, unfortunately!And so I smile when I think about it!

What made you smile this week? Tell us about it! Take A look at the above link and join in this week’s smile!

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I See

It has taken me awhile to get around to this week’s Weekly Smile but here I am. The reason for the Weekly Smile delay is actually this week’s smile.

On Monday afternoon I finally had the first of my cataract surgeries! It’s amazing to be able to see without glasses. I still need reading glasses but I can now walk around without bumping into things! I haven’t tried driving yet but I’ll do that this afternoon. I can also watch TV without glasses now! I’ll have the second eye done, probably in December or January, then I’ll be able to have the full effect of the surgery! I’m excited!

I spent a few days at my daughter’s after surgery because I couldn’t focus but I’m home now and starting to get back to some reading.

My big smile came last night, Friday, but I’ll save that for a few days! Hint: 💙⚾💙!!!

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