A few times in this blog I have mentioned my other daughter, Emily, who lives in Iowa with her family. She couldn’t wait to get away from me here in Missouri so she ran away to Iowa. No, I’m kidding. I don’t think she hates me at all.
Emily is a full-time student in nursing school, as well as holding down a full-time job in a pharmacy, as well as being an integral part of a family of four (whew, that makes ME tired!). She has a husband and two adorable children.
And we’re exactly alike. Well, maybe not exactly, but we have a lot of similarities. We’ve even got pneumonia at the same time and are both trying to shake it. Even though we’re miles apart, we share everything, lol.
Gianna is Emily and Jay’s four-year-old daughter. Ugly thing. She hates people and bites and spits. No, kidding again. Actually Gianna doesn’t seem to know a stranger, and she’s a pretty little girl. Like her grandma. No, kidding again — she’s pretty like her mother.
Last but not least, there is Brisbane, Emily and Jay’s two-year-old son. He doesn’t know a stranger, either. And he and Gianna can make a toy out of anything. Last time they were over at my house they entertained themselves for the longest time when they found Lucy and then found my kitchen towel. A fun time was had by all.
It’s a beautiful thing when your son-in-law is a photographer — that way you know you’re going to be seeing lots of great photographs of the family because photographers carry their cameras everywhere with them. Well, nearly everywhere. I am looking forward to sharing their happenings and photos on here in days to come.
Becca’s Precious Baby is still having trouble letting her mommy go when it comes time for Becca to go to work. Becca said it is so hard emotionally as well to put Precious Baby down when she has to go, and I can see why. Who could easily give up holding someone so precious, let alone when they just don’t want to let you go?
It’s easy to forget the days when our babies are little and helpless and sweet. They grow so fast, and those memories become harder and harder to bring to mind. Why is it that we can remember things that we’d rather forget like it was yesterday even though it happened years ago, but wonderful things tend to fade?
I can remember clutching tooth and nail to hang onto all the memories of my young ones — I took countless pictures, kept countless mementoes, and did everything I could to keep the sweet memories from fading. And yet, they did. But, I can remember every single time someone called me “dumb” as if they were standing there doing it right now. Why on earth is that?
Our minds are funny things. They are very fearfully and wonderfully made, except we just don’t seem to be grasping how to work them fully. If we did, the power to do marvelous things would be awesome.
Back to Precious Baby — it’s easy to see why Momma Becca dotes on her so much!
This evening right before dark City Boy let me take a picture of him. This is like, something that never happens, so I have to take advantage of it when it happens. So, he was in a good mood when he got home from work, and here he is. Tahdah!
And now, speaking of my significant other, it’s time for tonight’s reminder.
Don’t forget — there are only 7 days left before Valentine’s Day! Get your shopping and shipping taken care of because it’s zero hour!
Wouldn’t it be a hoot if, after all this reminding on here, Frank didn’t get me anything? I mean, I am pretty subtle, so maybe he won’t get the hints. The texts I’ve been sending, the notes on the bathroom mirror, the Valentine heart candy on his pillow every night. You think I’m TOO subtle?
Time will tell — we’ll see. I’m getting him a fabulous….well, I’d better not say — just in case he ever reads this blog (as if).
Folks, have the most fabulous last half of a week EVER, and be blessed!
Technology has gotten so advanced that we almost don’t need to even use our hands any more. Sometimes I use something called Dragon, a program which downloads onto your computer and then types everything you say. I just HAD to have it, and City Boy got it for me, so now I use it once-in-a-blue-moon. Every new technological advancement that comes along always looks great in the advertisement and like it will make life so much better. Then when we have it, well, it sometimes doesn’t turn out to be the manna from heaven it was made out to be.
Now the internet has programs in place that track your every move on the computer, and even your every move away from the computer if your cell phone is synced-in with it. They watch for trends in your life, and make sure to gear the advertisements they send your way to what they perceive you are interested in. Facebook also utilizes this feature, and I have a feeling most social networks do.
Perusing down the advertisements that have shown-up just today on my Facebook home page, I would say these tracking programs need a little work. According to the advertisements running down my Facebook home page, I am an overweight wrinkled gay man who smokes and plays computer games frequently. Maybe I need more hormones or something, because that is just not me. Well, the overweight wrinkled part may have a grain of truth.
Really, I try to understand that the advertisements pay the bills for the companies they represent, but I would like them to understand that they are annoying. Especially when the target audience is not even remotely interested in the advertiser’s product/service. What kind of advertisements SHOULD they be sending my way? Here are some of MY preferences:
- Purses – big ones with lots of pockets for minor disaster readiness
- Solar generators – you never know when you have to rough it
- Discount shoes – cute ones
- Hunky man calendars – I have a hunky man at home but he’s not always at home
- Support groups for old people with little dogs
- Any ready-made dessert – I love rich desserts — there may be a valid reason why the tracker thought I might be overweight
- Neat Desk – well, I have to get at least one technological gadget on this list, and I really NEED it, don’t ya’ know
So, if any advertising trackers are watching this blog, READ THE ABOVE LIST.
Okay, so another thing about technology — camera phones. Pictures sent by them are rarely good enough to, say, post on a blog. They are handy if you need to get a picture to somebody fast of something that is right in front of you that very instant. But come on, how often does that scenario become necessary? Again, for me it’s only once-in-a-blue-moon.
Frank’s daughter Becca’s camera phone does take pretty decent pictures, although not that good in low lighting. But we take what we can get as far as pictures of Precious Baby are concerned. We always like getting them.
Black is not a color I have ever felt is made for a baby girl to wear. But that’s only me, and I’m old. But apparently, Precious Baby does not care for it either.
Put her in some nice girly colors, and Precious Baby has a whole new outlook.
For those of you just now tuning in, I have been trying to give reminders of that special day for all people who love each other, or even like each other (and you know who you are).
- Facebook condemned for ‘exploiting’ users in adverts for friends (thetimes.co.uk)
- Go Ahead and Criticize Your Boss on Facebook (patspapers.com)
- Facebook to Launch ROI Tracking Tool for Ads (hubspot.com)
- Facebook mobile update raises serious privacy concerns (rt.com)
- Is All This Social Media Ruining Your Social Life? And Other Hot Topics (blogs.constantcontact.com)
- 12 Sneaky Ways That Big Retailers Track Your Every Move (businessinsider.com)
- The Dragon Roars Its Head Again: Dragon 12 Professional (realtechnews.com)
Just before I go to bed, I wanted to quickly post the latest picture of Frank’s 1-1/2 month old granddaughter. The picture was sent from Becca’s cell phone, and I just had to share it! I guess we just can’t help ourselves….
Looking at a precious baby sleeping peacefully is a great thing to look at right before going to bed — I hope you all have sweet dreams tonight as well!