Day 279 – LSS Attitude of Gratitude – A day with Z2 – There is always something to be grateful for.

Today was our first full day with Z2. Happily, she woke up without any fuss at all. She is not a morning person, I was repeatedly forewarned. She was eager for a trip to IKEA and happily consumed her Swedish pancakes and lingonberries. Ever since they were little kids we have taken our grandkids to IKEA. Back then they had multiple play areas for kids. I am not sure if law suits ensued or if they had to do too much disinfecting of the ball pit. Now they have a drop off area where parents can leave their kids. I have never been a fan of that type of set up. We discussed what types of foods she likes for lunch and dinner. I knew we would need more supplies before going home.

 Anyway, we went to a thrift store next and Z2 found some shorts. I found an interesting movie and two bowling balls. I consider that a good morning. Then we traveled to Target. I found a movie for us to watch tonight. We bought some fruit and other supplies. We did have to go to the grocery store next. I had to pick up my meds and lunch and dinner foods. Z2 said she would be willing to try some veggies but no salad. I bought broccoli slaw and green peppers for her to try. 

Luckily, Z2 loves PB&J so it is an easy fix for lunch. Lots of fresh fruit just like Z1 makes for a tasty lunch. Z2 created and played with slime today. It is her favorite hobby. I bought her a kit to make slime candles. Who knew there was such a thing? Then she made more and more slime. It is an odd hobby to me but good messy fun to her. 

Z2 wanted  chore to earn money. She wants cornrows for back to school. I told her I admire her willingness to sit for hours and hours in the name of beauty. I offered a job she has started before but never finished. I have twelve shelves full of salt and pepper shakers. Typically, I would take down a shelf every month and dust them all off, clean the shelf, and return them. I don’t do that much anymore. She has done one or two shelves and stopped, in the past. Today she finished four shelves. She wants to go again tomorrow. She will be paid by the shelf. In the beginning she was counting all the sets. I think she lost count by the fourth shelf. LOL   

 I made dinner while she worked on the S&Ps. She ate seconds of my chicken. Score one for me.  I gave her the slaw with English cucumbers, green peppers, and tomatoes. I told her she didn’t have to eat anything she did not like. She decided the peppers were a no go, but ate everything else. I was a happy camper. After dinner we watched a movie. She informed me she NEEDED popcorn and I was happy to oblige. The movie ran late and she stalled going to bed.  The day was so easy and I tried to not get upset with the multiple stalling techniques. I am grateful we had a nice day. I want the rest to be fun without conflict. Note to self, no more late movie nights. 

Day 276 – LSS Attitude of Gratitude – Z1 and carrying on – There is always something to be grateful for.

I have not been feeling up to par for the last few days. I called my GP’s office yesterday. I was on hold for 37 minutes. I asked the woman if that was typical and she said yes it was. So much for their “new” system. It sucks. I explained my pain and she said the first appointment I could have was August 12. So she recommended that if I do not feel better I should go to urgent care. She further stated that I should take it easy and rest. Well that is easier said than done. 

I woke up at 3:30 and then fell asleep about 5 or so. Then I was up at 6:30. I knew today was going to be a scorcher so I went outside to get a little bit of cleanup done. Long story short I worked until 11:30 but at least I avoided lifting anything.

My spouse took Z1 to IKEA again. It is something they could do every day given the opportunity.  Their outing for today was to audition speakers to add to my Scion. Z1 has an ear for what he likes so it was a good chore. Then they were off to get some items from the store for me. Yummy sandwiches and tons more fruit made for an easy quick lunch. After Z1 worked on shining up my Scion. I advised that it was way too hot but he was a determined young man. 

After lunch I unsuccessfully attempted a nap. Oh well at least I tried. My spouse napped while I had my call with Kim. We had a great conversation as usual. We caught up with life and discussed the retreat in the fall. I am so excited for the adventure.   

Z1 and I had numerous conversations about things we have done. His impression that I am too old and infirmed was shattered by what I was able to do before fibro and my other ailments. He could hardly believe that I have been white water rapid boating twice. We went in New Zealand with middle school kids and in Niagara Falls. Water is my friend. He was in shock when I explained that I have gone parasailing twice. I have had the great experience of  taking a glass  bottom boat at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. I have fed wild dolphins in Australia also. I have been snorkeling in Hawaii in my younger years. His interest was peaked when I talked to him about the retreat in the fall. I tried to explain the float and he was in shock. Then I explained the other option of a Reiki massage. He had trouble comprehending that also. So I advised he used his phone for a good purpose and look up some of the things I have done. He laughed and said he might do that. 

We had salads with chicken for dinner. While we ate we played Sequence. It is an equal opportunity game. Z1 won by sneaking up and surprising us. He was overjoyed. He asked if he could finally make the smores we had previously purchased the supplies for. He did a great job and then ate all but one of the two plate fulls. We were all beat from a long day. Z1 was going to watch a podcast with my spouse. I am grateful for the time I am sharing with my grandson. We are so enjoying each other’s company.  

Day 31 – LSS Attitude of Gratitude – Blog/Grand kids – There is always something to be grateful for.

Today I am grateful for the ability to be there for a grandchild. A dear friend recently asked me what has made me weepy happy. My immediate answer was the birth of my two daughters. I then added the births of my four grandchildren. Oh the joys of being a grandparent. Just like giving birth, no one can adequately explain what is it like until it happens to you. It is life changing.

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.”    Rajneesh

baby 1I had the privilege of being there while my daughters labored with my grandchildren. I knew how their lives were going to change. I knew they too would experience the life altering joys and fears of motherhood. I witnessed the two births where an emergency C section was not required. I saw their strength and determination to do what was best for themselves and their babies. I was so proud to be included in the miracle of birth. My babies had babies and as soon as they became mommies, I became a “Nana.” 

There is nothing like a newborn baby to renew your spirit and to buttress your resolve to make the world a better place.” Virginia Kelley

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I have had the joy of watching little ones grow from helpless infants to responsible, wonderful, children. I was there when they learned to walk and talk. I was able to spoil them with hugs, tickles, and kisses. I was able to shower them with great books and story times. I was able to share my love of the beach, of movie night with popcorn, of having ice cream, and working in the garden with them. I had times when I was able to take them out of state so they could know their “GG,”  aka great-grandma. I have had so many opportunities to share my life with them. I am ever so grateful that I have been given this wonderful gift of time with the next generation, our future. 

 

The older two are now young teens embarking on more life altering experiences than toddler-hood ever presented. Their lives are busy, our time together is more limited. So when I have the chance, I enjoy spending time with them. I am grateful they still enjoy popcorn and movie nights, ice cream treats, and time spent at my house. 

A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it.”   Frank A. Clark

It matters not how old they get, they are still my grand-babies. I will always remember their births. I will always remember their hugs and cuddles. I will always remember their glee when they were tickled until they said the magic word to stop, and then asked for more. I will always remember when they first called me Nana.   I will always be there when they need me. That is my Nana job and I plan on holding the position until I leave this earthly body. I love my Z’s and my R to infinity and beyond. I am grateful they are in my life.