Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Graduations Galore, The Pomp and The Circumstance

One host daughter from Pakistan/Saudi Arabia graduated this year. I attended her Honor's Graduation ceremony, her Blue Chip ceremony, her TCCC ceremony and finally her McKale Stadium graduation ceremony. My camera heated up from all of the photo ops and my old legs gave out on the stadium stairs and Student Union stairs and up and down the campus sidewalks, and I ate and ate and ate my way through the receptions. Then, she had to move from her Resident Assistant apartment in Kaibab dormitory... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Babysitting twelve kids each Tuesday and growing dirt.

My DIL is getting her real estate license and is taking classes to do so. I know, not the best time for this career choice, but, hey, it might just work for her. She has classes and testing on Tuesdays, so I take over her home daycare center with a few toddlers and lots of after school big sisters and brothers from the same families. I am Tata, Ita, Abuelita and Hey, hey, hey, and I arrive with watermelons or ice cream, cake or some other junk to make them love me. I paint faces or read them... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 28, 2008

And the Miami Dolphins are???

Funny story from my daughter, who used to be a space cadet, but she's older now, so.....she's a space astronaut? One minute my daughter is teaching math to fifth graders and the next she can't remember the capital of her home state, Arizona....That's just her and the family accepts and is entertained by her lapses. "What was I doing in school, Mom?" she asks. "Your hair and nails, as I recall," is my answer. She just moved to Weston, Florida. She was at an Easter egg hunt at a Mormon Church,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Teaching foreign students about Easter, both secular and Christian.

I called my host son from Mumbai, my host daughter from Zambia and my host daughter from Pakistan and invited them to Mom's house for an Easter lunch. I told them about Jesus dying and then coming back three days later and then told them about how that meant eggs and bunnies and baskets and jelly beans now. They said that we seem to celebrate most of our holidays with foods and candies. I picked up Rajeesh, I shall call him (getting a Master's in computer science) and Kaliani, her new name here... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Face painting my DIL's home daycare kids...

I promised to babysit the six children that my daughter-in-law watches in her home. She had a college exam to go take.... I took my paints and brushes and other fun stuff, but with naps and all, there was barely time to paint everyone's face before my DIL returned home. My grandson, who is two years old, began to cry the minute his mom stepped out the door. I went over to pat his back and to try to talk to him. He just made the 'push you away' movement with his hand and said, "UHN!" at me as I... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Doctor referrals arrived. I thought that the doctor had written me off.

I walked out of my new doctor's office crying and had given up even trying to fight for my health, once again. But, she finally, it appears, read my old reports from the other doctors and referred me to two specialists. I shall make appointments with them and pray for salvation. I don't hate my new doctor quite as much as I did last week. Today, I am living on Imodium and am in serious intestinal agony. Bummer. But, I finally feel good enough, with the Imodium, to get to my work table, as I am... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Pray for us procrastinators, now and in the hour of our beginning.

I asked for prayers. I got comments. I created laughter and amused people and got not one prayer and you know HOW I know that I didn't get one prayer??!?!? I have NOT begun. I am still avoiding doing what absolutely, without fail, must begin today. I am writing here, I am painting a large canvas, I am answering email, anything to NOT begin. So, all amusing comments aside, please, begin to pray for this idiot procrastinator who can do anything in this house, in this life, but begin what must be... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Today, I must work in clay again, without a psychologist there to aid me.

I have not done this work in so long, that I lack faith in my ability to do it. Opening the first box of extruded clay is the most difficult thing of all. I must spend a few hours preparing my work table and work area to do this. It is a ritual. The clay worshipping place must be cleansed and laid out and purified in a funny, normal prep way. It is a step that I cannot skip or I will not be able to start. I feel like Monk, preparing to get my hands dirty and to keep them that way for the next... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Got a letter from the IRS about my 2006 return. I owe them almost

$2,000, they say!!! I went to the inexpensive medical clinic yesterday. I found that the doctor had not read any of the medical records that she made me sign a request for and who wouldn't see me until they had arrived. I waited way over a month to return, in pain, for her to have time to read and to look them over. I said that I thought that it was my kidneys mostly, lately and she hit my kidneys and nada. My horrendous back pain (side really) and debilitating side pain in front, which makes me... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Some of my paintings in a slideshow

including majroj's cat!! Abuelita’s Paintings and drawings Click here to go to my webshots album and see the paintings full sized by clicking on view as a slideshow there....and my other silly photos.... Sign in to see full entry.

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