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“The Way You Smell”

My sweet cousin came to Redding to spend a day and evening with me. After catching up with the latest family news we took a little jaunt to downtown Redding.

First, we stopped for a fabulous late lunch at Woody’s Brewing Company.

Next, we popped over to the Oregon Street Antique Mall. 

Strolling the aisles upstairs and down we giggled and pointed to objects recalling favorite childhood memories triggered by all the wonderful vintage treasures in every booth.  

 

My kids had moved into their new home. I texted my daughter asking if I could bring my cousin to visit.

With a “sure, come on over” we headed to Palo Cedro and were greeted by my young grandson, daughter and son-in-law and their sweet little puppy, Oakley. 

 

Touring the house, my grandson, Hudson, happily trotted ahead giving us a running commentary on each room.

When we got to their guest room my grandson said, “This room smells like you, Nammer.”

I gasped.

Yikes. A room smelled like me.

I held my breath. Oh, no I thought. It’s happened.

Old people passed through my mind…faces flashed with their identifying smells. I remember my cousins joking about having to sleep in the same bed with their “stinky” grandma.

Egads…I was now part of the smelly generation.

My heart thumped frantically…my cousin had just heard my sweet darling grandson declare I carried a fragrance that lingered.

I had spent five days in their very lovely guest room after being evacuated from my neighborhood because of the Carr Fire.  But, that had been weeks ago. Wow, I must be an odorous old person, I lamented.

“It smells pretty, like you,” he said with a big grin.

Startled, I repeated his words. “Pretty, like me?”

My daughter smiled…”It smells like your perfume.”

My heart melted.

Whew.

I felt a twirl coming on! I wanted to shout and dance! I rejoiced!

A reprieve…a relief…a respite. Not yet. I’m not yet relegated to the dreaded stinky elderly category.

(All I could think about was…Thank goodness for Chanel Number 5.)

 

May your days be full of rejoicing…

Rejoice always… 1 Thessalonians 5:16

Kate

(Photos of the puppy and Hudson playing with Oakley in the house are my daughter’s…I borrowed them from her.)

Happy 1st Birthday Duke….Celebrate National Love Your Pet Day….

Do you have a favorite book with a dog as one of the minor characters? In my current manuscript, the heroine has a delightful bouncing Chiweenie named Duke….

 

I know, I know….for those of you who’ve met me, or follow my Facebook page or Twitter page…you know my choice of a “dog persona” isn’t very original…because….I have a Chiweenie named Duke…

 

This little guy has been adorable since the day we got him.

My grandson holding Duke the day we got him.

 

Our grandson is babysitting Duke.

 

 

Duke had been raised with children and other dogs and loved people from day one.

Our granddaughter giving Duke leash lessons with her own dog Spots…..

 

Because we have a pool in our backyard, we thought it best to teach Duke to swim….he loves the water….

Mischief is his middle name…

Adored at the Rehab Center…by everyone except…

Duke loves to entertain the residents at the Rehab Center

the Rehab Resident Cat…uh…trying to friend her was a no go…

Duke tries to “friend’ the resident Rehab Cat…

The babies in our family LOVE Duke…and he loves them!!

My little grandson and Duke…

Duke is especially fond of trying new cuisine…a restaurant in St. Helens, Oregon offers a special “Doggie Spaghetti and Meatballs” during the summertime…

A dish of “Doggie Spaghetti and Meatballs” from the Dockside in St. Helens, Oregon

He loves adventure…whether it’s exploring a garden….

Exploring a garden….

….watching a sporting event….

 

Watching a sporting event….

….or sneaking back under the fence…..

Sneakin’ back into the yard…ohhhhh….somebody’s in trouble!

 

Our Duke is always ready to load up and go….

Riding Shotgun…

 

Happy is the day this little bundle came into our lives. We celebrated his first birthday….

The Birthday Boy

…he licked his plate clean.

Eating his “birthday cake”…..

 

This next year there’s a new baby to meet…..

Newest grandson with a ‘stash….

 

In the meantime…Duke has his two Boxers…to keep him entertained!

Two Boxers and a Chiweenie…

 

Today, February 20th is NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY…..How will you celebrate?

Are You a Tech-Savvy Grandparent? Not…

 

<Hi nammer this is Mitch>

 

Be still my beating heart!

 

I read the message twice. Oh my goodness, my nine year old grandson just texted me from his mom’s phone. (That phrase “texted me” still “sounds” funny when I say it out loud. I’ll get used to it I’m sure!)

 

I touched letters on my phone trying to compose a readable answer. My fingers refused to cooperate. Why was I hurrying, making mistakes, backspace, backspace,….what should I say?

 

I’ve had unsuccessful, well, more like embarrassing, forays into the “texting” world in the past. One day a young employee of mine was late. I admonished him for not letting me know he wasn’t going to be on time. Sorrowful big brown eyes looked up at me, and he said, “But I did. I texted you.” Oh geez.

 

“Honey, I don’t text! You’re gonna have to call me.” I hated to admit I wasn’t savvy. I didn’t understand the latest technology. Now he knew….the truth….I didn’t even know how to retrieve a text from my phone, let alone send one.

 

Since then, I’ve learned a little and practiced a bit.

 

One, lingering, nagging problem begging for a solution, though, is, how do I remember to keep my phone with me every moment of the day? That silly phone seems quite content to stay buried in the deep dark recesses of my purse where it never makes a peep.

 

And then, when I do think to retrieve it and set it out on the counter, I find myself walking by it several times a day, glancing sideways…checking it….just in case I have a text. BTW (that’s text message code for “by the way”….in case you didn’t know), I learned the “walk by and glance” trick observing expert texters! You can learn a lot by watching people. Of course, some of what you see, you wouldn’t want to imitate.

 

Anyway…..

 

Now, once out in the open, the problem becomes, remembering to find the thing before I leave the house on an errand. My poor phone is like a neglected lover, habitually ignored!

 

I text back…….

<Hi Mitch. How are you? Did you have

basketball practice tonight.>

 

<Yes I had practice>

I’ve read articles warning grandparents if “you want to stay in touch with grandchildren these days, you have to become tech-literate: texting, ichatting, and of course, you must have a Facebook page.” Email is passé.

 

I assumed the article referred to junior high grandchildren, not fourth graders!

 

<Hi nammer Its hay. I love you>

 

And, certainly not first graders…..my seven year old granddaughter Hayley sent me a message! Oh joyous day! Instantly in touch with my grandchildren….even if it’s just a one-line text…. is pure pleasure, especially when we live three hours apart.

 

<Hi Hay. Grandpa and I love you too. What

did you do today>

 

Impressed with my recent texting conversations, I underestimated the shock, the fear that gripped my heart, when my mind wandered off into the land of “curiosity,” and I anticipated the next wave of technology.

 

Oh no, could I possibly successfully negotiate more than Skype, iChat, FaceTime, texting, Facebook, Twitter….is tele-transport on the horizon? Help…who’s gonna help me?

Are your parents or grandparents technologically challenged? How have you been able to help them?

 

I like these websites offering assistance:

 

http://www.teachparentstech.org/

 

(I sent myself a few of these helpful videos…. It’s really a clever format, I just wish they had a “large print” edition..LOL)

 

http://www.webopedia.com/quick_ref/textmessageabbreviations.asp

 

(Very helpful in translating text messages)

 

http://www.aarp.org/technology/social-media/

 

(This site has a section devoted to technology!)

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