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Onward and upward! something that you say in order to encourage someone to forget an unpleasant experience or failure and to think about the future instead and move forward.

My e-mail: jjmiller6213@comcast.net

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hey there. Hi there. Ho there.

I'm here!!!

Another year older and deeper in debt.  HAH

First:  thank you Chrissy.  I see food in my future. :-)

Sunday at Karen's for a cook-out with my favorites:  Hot dogs/hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans, Broccoli salad (you know that kind with nuts, raisins & bacon in it), potato chips and cake.  Let's not forget the cake.  Yellow cake with that made with Crisco and powdered sugar frosting.

My grand daughter from Oregon called me.  I could see her and she could see me on the phone!  Now, that is amazing.  She was in Alaska, hiking in the mountains!

3 more grand babes were there too--Helene, Marcus, Stephen, also Pammie and my Wee Sister and her hubs.  My son wasn't there and I wondered, I was sure he would show up.  I found out yesterday, Karen hadn't even invited him!  What's up with that?  Jennifer was invited, but didn't show.  That didn't surprise me.

When the 3 grandbabes walked in they came for hugs and kisses and a beautiful bouquet of the bluest Hydrangea's.  They apologized for being late as church had run over a bit.  I smiled, thinking to myself, that I was so proud that they all had gone to church!!  They go to church every weekend and sometimes during the week for Mass.

Stephen, Helene, Marcus

My Son-In-Law, Mark holding up a shield because the candles kept going out in the breeze!

Helene, Karen, Mark, Stephen, listening to my sister telling tales

My sister with a rapt audience of Pammie, Helene, Karen

and of course, my alter ego!
Yesterday it was so humid, I didn't go outside all day long.  Wee Sister stopped in after her dentist visit to calm down.  She was so hyper.  Neither one of us likes the dentist and both of us have problems with the Novacaine working to numb the work area.  She had to have 4 shots!!!

Then the storms came in!  There were tornadoes all over the state.  Most of them stayed up in the clouds, but half a dozen touched down.  I don't think it classifies as a tornado unless it does touch down, but the weather people like to inform you when one is going over--which to me is just "wind in the clouds."  I watched as they tracked one on radar that was going straight up the road that my cousin's farm and the church my Grandfather built are on.  I haven't heard yet if all is okay up there.

I stayed up until 2:00 watching my close-up radar on the computer screen.  I have my house pin-pointed exactly and can see what is coming.  As usual, the storm split and part went south and part went north.  Apparently we are in a "basin", lower elevation depression, and that ground configuration keeps the really bad stuff on either side of us.  Kewl Beans--right?

I have tied up the genealogy on my family--finally.  Didn't find the 4 & 5 great grandmother's maiden names, but that is just the way it will be.  I am now doing a search for Dar's sister-in-laws family.  And, would you believe it, for Dar's mother's family.

I can see already why Dar is as she is.  Her mother had a terrible childhood.  In and out of the orphanage, because Dar's grandfather kept leaving the family and her Grandmother had to work as a housekeeper and didn't have enough money to keep a house for the kids (Dar's mom and aunt).

Interesting searching it is.

I am nearing the end of the crocheted blanket I am "testing" for my "Like A Daughter".  It is turning out beautifully.  Not too many mistakes in my stitches.  Although there will be some.

Today the repair guy is coming to put a new drain pump in my dishwasher.  This makes me smile, big time!  The weather is so cool and breezy--no humidity and I have every window and front door open.  Tomorrow, back to the Chiropractor and Thursday the Cardiologist.
So all is well as I begin my 77th year.  OMGOSH!!

How did I get this old and still in one piece?  Well--not exactly all in one piece.  Parts of me have been broken, but it's all inside so no one can see.



  1. Sounds like you had a nice birthday! Glad to hear the humidity broke. It was still pretty humid this morning when I came in to work. Looking forward to opening the windows tonight!

  2. What a busy and wonderfully varied week you've had. Happy belated birthday!

    I'm shocked that you are doing research for Dar's family. LOL Seriously I am surprised. My mother's siblings were all split up when she was 8-9 when her mother died and my dad lost his mom when he was same age. Mom worked in a boarding house to earn her keep after her mother died and her father was a drunk she rarely saw growing up. She was in her twenties before she was reunited with her siblings. Hardship alone doesn't explain why Dar is the way she is. My parents both turned out great and they had every reason not to..

  3. Happy Birthday! Hope you had a wonderful day. VickieOkc

  4. I'm so glad you had such a great birthday with family. It doesn't get any better than that, Judy. :)


  5. Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a wonderful day. Great pictures, too. I guess at times we can't have all of our family around us 100% but some is better than none.

  6. Belated birthday wishes..... I love the idea of having the Maggie Smith/the Dowager Duchess as an alter-ego. It's got me thinking..........! Jx

  7. Judy, you are beautiful inside and out. Happy Birthday!!! ... and where is your crown, Dame Judith of 77 years?

  8. Ever forward is right. We just keep going, one step in front of the other, don't we? Happy, happy birthday to you, Judy. Seventy-seven is a lucky number. This will be a good year for you. I'm glad you had such a nice day on Sunday.

  9. Happy belated birthday. Margie AR

  10. Happy Belated Birthday!

    What a nice party you had!