Saturday, December 8, 2007
Good memories of the college set being here last year - wish you were here.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
YEA! Finally my sport arrives. Last week, I went with my friend to an all state traveling team called the Philly Belles practice. I scared me like never before. Probably because I had to practice with 14-15 year olds, and then this guy Mike Flinn that works for Nike gave me a motivational speech for 20 minutes out of the practice. After talking to that guy, truthfully, I was about to pass out . For some reason this guy was very intimidating. Ughh..well Thursday and Friday I'm off and Tuesday I was too. Good break right before bball. Tomorrow I'm going to this thing called Next Level Sports Academy to have an hour of basketball and an hour of strength training. Well, it's all good for me anyway I guess. I happy I'm finally getting into shape. Gotta Go, mom is saying something.... Good Luck Alex in school , and Carmen ofcourse .
LOve you all sooo mucho - bye
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Cold! This is how I describe Iowa. I definitely enjoyed baseball with this summer weather we had. It was awesome playing at night in Boise under the lights...and the bugs, or after fall ball when it was still warm outside and the sun would set over the hills...this is what I enjoy about the game. I must admit I love the fans too! But now that enjoyment is over, at least for now it is. But it is the off season. This isn't the time for enjoyment, its for detail. To better understand the precision and art of the game. Hitting is the hardest part of the game, let alone the biggest. Years of practice and dedication are required to master this skill. And only until you can reach perfection will you succeed at this game. Your swing and approach define who you are as an individual in the game. Each player has a very distinct character about them that tells a lot about a person. If the swing is slow, they might be lazy. If it looks nice but is slow, they might be noncompetitive. Or, if its hard, they might be too strong. If it is hard and nice, they might be assured. There is no measurement that can tell the truth, that is why it is up to the individual to determine this. For me, I can't tell you. Art is in the eyes of the beholder. I am just excited to put in some work and raise the curtain for next year. I want to start this next season right where I left off from in Boise, and climb another step up in my level of competition. In order to conquer a fear of heights, you must look up and climb away.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
I think this is Stewie's distant cousin (and maybe Rikki's nephew twice removed) Anyway I'm on a roll here today. Dearest Sister, have sent you some books to pour over and
enjoy. We're are still in mourning for Pavarotti but I can't watch Nessun Dorma anymore on youtube. Makes me tear up!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
I hope everybody understands why I have a 2nd team( the Titans won-thank you very much ).
And I see that dem Raiders didn't do so good either ( sign that russell kid and fast ).
Double header tonight so all you students out there can only watch one game. GO niners.
Also, I went to the dentist today to get my crown put in and they did not make it correctly. my dentist ( TED ) tried to custom fit it. he used a little hammer to try and hit it onto my tooth. it didn't work: he broke it ( the crown not my tooth-thank GOD ) gotta go back in a week for a new one. I need a shot and a beer now, so until next time, hittem straight . ( GO TIGER )
Love Ya All So Much,
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Well, the grands went with their parents to the NASCAR race in Richmond, I believe. I'm sure Bridget will tell you all about it. We are splitting dog-sitting chores with Robbie. Today it is @ 94 degrees here in Jersey. How is everyone today? Just wanted to check in. Nothing much is new here. I hope school is going well
lots of love to all
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
We are headed over to visit the girl child on Sunday. She is alone and we want cooler weather. So it works out.
As for a family reunion, I vote we rent a place at the shore. Maybe next summer? Carmen will be ready to transfer to a 4 year and Alex will be graduating. We could celebrate.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
now I'm watching the Eagles and jets (pre- season game ) .as usual they're smelling my TV up with they're level of play ( they really stink). i'm glad my other team is better than them( the Titans).(GO VINCE YOUNG).
gotta go, be well everybody.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Bridget, can't wait to hear what you have to say. I was told by my kids how wonderful you are and now I get a chance to get to know you. Yeah!! As for my two....Alex mentioned he may be graduating the end of the summer. We thought it might be sometime in 2008. He is petitioning to get some classes admitted to his coursework. He took similar classes here in Cali but Dubuque wouldn't accept them. If these classes can be used than a summer grad date looks good. His degree is in Health and Wellness. As he explained it to me, he can teach K-12 PE or similar classes and coach. I believe he had nutrition classes when he was here, so it's an all around health degree. He is gonna be great at this, it's right up his alley. Even though I know you're reading this Alex, I am serious. It suits you.
Carmen has many, many, many years to go. But don't tell her. :) She is a Biology major this semester, lots of science and math. I got a phone call from her earlier in the month and all she said was, "Momma, I love math!" It was hard to response to that without being a smart ass. That's our girl!!
I am the keeper of Carmen's rat, Stewie. She got him last year and now I have him. He is a blond guy with a sweet personality. She spoiled him when he was little. Well, he has a tumor on his leg and it is continually growing. He looks like he is on steroids but only on one leg. It doesn't seem to bother him yet. Does anyone know anything about this? The vet visit was $80 and not much happened.
Gotta go. love to all. P.S. Barb, I could use a good book.
We're down to two weeks of summer vacation left. Then off to Richmond for Nascar night race and then back to school (and our normally scheduled programming). Working on the house as usual (when don't you).
Rob was elected VP of his union so now he has a high falootin' (sp?) briefcase and fancy phone. But we're proud despite all the bling.
Boss Lady - I had a run in with some chocolate chip cookies last night - I was hanging my head over the toilet, it got so bad, but I was spared.
Road Warrior's quote about having the highest taxes this side of the Delaware is suspect...
Miss you all
Good luck in school youngins'
P.S. WE'RE GOING TO SEE VAH HALEN ON OCT 1ST
Sunday, August 26, 2007
This bloggie thing is great. It's like having your own room.I can say what I want,when I want and how I want. I can be like the "dancing frog ". If you have not seen the old cartoon, Aunt Barb (grandmom for you Bridget) will be more than glad to tell you about it.
Well, it's time to get the field ready for today's game ( might even be a double header but I'm sittin the second one out ) .
Hey, Boss Lady , ya better tell some of the young players about how important it is to know how strong the catcher"s arm is when you're inthe game.
Gotta go, one of the guest is up. Until next time.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Love to all,
have not heard from Ralph since @ Memorial Day wkend. I called him and invited them over. (declined)
His birthday is Sept. 29th. Matthew's is Sept 30, and RobParkers is Sept. 12th (I think) Mine is Sept 3rd (lots of Virgos) I am on a roll as far as books go. That was one of my New Yrs. resolutions: to read more and watch less TV.
Since you sent me "Reading Lolita etc", I have read another book about the immigrant experience. It is a challenge to read but really worth your time. The language is beautiful. (The Inheritance of Loss). I'll send it. Also read "The Memory Keepers Daughter" and a biography of Georgia Okkeefe (terrific read, I was surprised, Charlotte gave it to me) Now I'm reading "The Widow of the South", a novel of fiction about about a real character and a real battle in the Civil War era. We haven't been to the shore this year because of the high temps on the east coast. We are going to visit the in laws in Sea Isle this week. I really miss the beach etc.
Miss you all
new to this game but I hit the first pitch.
we got a new tv ( HDTV ) finally and it is quite a challange to set up.Thank the electronic gods for the" internets" because that's where i learned how to connect, calibrate, cable selection,call for help,cable box (stb), and calls to comcast for instruction. ( i"m taking a breath now).
So far Barb ( grandmom for you Bridget ) and I think that this purchase is worth the expense.
There is a lot of research that needs to be done on this product before you buy one. The picture quality with high definition is astounding ( really great for sports ).
I need to stop on this subject now because I do get carried away. Gotta eat my breakfast now.
Be well everybody.( there is always another "at bat" ).
Friday, August 24, 2007
Haven't talked to the eldest sister since the big move. But I have been trying to keep the phone bill down. The kids' phone bills so very high over the summer...to the tune of $400. I was thinking of calling her soon though. Hey you have a birthday coming up, don't you?? Our brother has one in September also. Heard from him lately?
Change o'subject: what types of books are you reading these days?
hugs to all
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The last concert Ed and I went to was Def Leppard with Bryan Adams. Go figure.... The funny thing was, we were the average age of people there and we knew all the songs! A few years ago we went to see Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. Dylan sounded worst than in the 60's (if that is possible). There were 60 something Hippies around us wearing tie dye and smoking weed. The ironic thing is now they can afford the weed and the bail money needed.
As for your question about whether things like neglect happen. I can answer yes, I see it weekly. But not neglect in the sense that the kids aren't eating or bathing but there is no parental interaction. The young people I deal with really have no clue when it comes to some basic things. When I explain things, the look on their faces is one of disbelief or astonishment. I have asked several "has anyone ever mentioned any of this to you" and inevitably the answer is no. It's scary to think the next generation is essentially raising themselves. Along these lines, have you read the book called "A boy called It" by David Peltzer? To think that that actually happened made my physically ill.
well on this cheery note....good nite :)
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
today we finally had some sun(very little). This is a wierd post today. I have been reading several memoirs and have a question. How do you know that all this stuff really happened in this person's life? I recently read "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls. It was a good story of her wierd childhood with neglectful parents on the move all the time. It was heartbreaking to think of these children not having the basics but she isn't asking for pity. I wonder if all this really happened. No one has questioned her book yet. Let me know what you think.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Well, let's see, here in Cali it's hot and it got hot just in time for the State Fair. This year the "deep fried favorite" is deep fried avocados. Last year, we had cookies, year before it was a candy bar. You have got to at least try it once in order to say you hate it.
The house hasn't sold which, depending on who you talk to in this family, may or may not be a good thing. The area is high in foreclosures, unfortunately. The construction boom is definitely over. The construction/home improvement ads have tripled in the last three months.
Carmen is back in Santa Rosa, enjoying the beginning of her sophomore year in college. She has decided to become a Biology major and medicine looks like a career path for her. Alex is in his senior year in Dubuque. He decided on coaching as a career choice, actually coaching baseball is where his heart is at.
See if Bridget wants to hop on this train, Sis. I would love to hear what she has to say. Hopefully, you and I will get the hang of the "hi tech" stuff... :)
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
If we include all family members, at least we can stay united as a family even though everyone is out and about the country.
Tell me what you think about the idea. The postings will probably get boring and strange but hey that's our life in a nutshell..... boring and strange.