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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

How Did This Happen?

Some anonymous person has nominated rocrebelgranny for a Blogger's Choice Award for Best Parenting Blog. Wow!! At the moment I have 2 votes, one of which is probably the person who nominated me. I don't know who the other one is. Not I - I'm not sure if it's ethical to vote for oneself. Besides, at least a couple of my friends are there.

Update. Thanks, Eden for this direct link.

While you're over there, you might take a look for Wandering Dave's blog. He's my friend here in Merced. I've asked him to send me the categories; otherwise that's a lot of nominations to sift through.

I recognized several names on the list and had thought about publishing them here. It's not possible now but I'll go back when I have more time and see how many of you I recognize. I wouldn't have known about it if a blogging friend hadn't mentioned my name on her own blog. There are at least 20 or so categories and over 1400 nominations altogether. Anyway, since I presume the nominator reads this blog, thanks. It's an honor.

I wouldn't dream of asking for votes but I wouldn't be insulted either.

Our Easter went quite well. The girls had a great time with the egg coloring and the hunt. WE had 8 for dinner; not bad considering the number I've fed some years. On Monday, a neighbor girl turned up with her own basket of eggs - unboiled. I sent them all outside and explained to her that boiling them first probably made sense and asked her to please not egg anything.

She, Rebecca, and Rochelle had a second egg hunt with the raw eggs. Later that day Tim asked me to help him take a couple of small tables from Barnes & Noble to his place. I was finishing my coffee while he took the tables to the van. He came in laughing. As he and his co-worker were standing by the van and dropping the tailgate, an egg came out of nowhere and went splat on the pavement. I knew exactly where it came from of course. When I asked Rebecca, she said "Oops- sorry". They'd lost count and she'd forgotten it was there tucked under the license plate. I still haven't figured out how that egg made it all the way across town unbroken.

Why does spellcheck know how to spell Rochelle but not Rebecca? And why can't it spell spellcheck? Does it need a hyphen? Is it two words?

Carol is out of the hospital and back in the care facility. Tim, Rebecca, and I went to see her today. She knew all of us and was able to stay awake for a few minutes before drifting off. She fell twice yesterday so now has assistance for the little walking she's still able to do. Her speech is impaired from the medication and her short term memory has been affected. She'd called me early in the morning to make sure we were coming and by the time we arrived, she was surprised to see us.

Rebecca was a trooper throughout although I know she was sad. She came back to the car, laid down in the back (with her seatbelt on), and put my jacket over her head. We let her stay that way until she decided to rejoin us. The other girls haven't wanted to go and I certainly won't insist.

She was subdued but otherwise okay by the time we came back to town and was ready for lunch. We ate Chinese buffet, stopped for a cold drink at Barnes & Noble (Tim got to be a customer for a change) and then she and her Uncle Tim took a quick walk around the Mall.

Elcie's spent a lot of time reading the new books we bought her. Rochelle and Rebecca went with friends to shoot pool on Saturday. Rebecca learned nine ball of all things and won a game. I used to play nine ball many years ago. I might go with them one of these evenings and make a fool out of myself.

Ray's doing quite well. This is his longest stretch at home (without a hospital stay) in some time. I'm almost afraid to mention it. It's like talking about a no-hitter during the baseball game - just not done.

Our spring has left to be replaced by chilly rain and some wind. Hope it doesn't last long.

Blogger is sending that nasty little note saying "publishing may fail".

Thanks to all for the comments, the thoughts, and the prayers. Take care everyone.


zzop357 said...

Hi Ann,I'm glad Carol is doing a little better.I understand how the girls feel about visiting her too.
I'd like to know why the girls parents didn't know to boil the eggs?
Or did she do them herself? LOL.
That sounds like some thing I'd do at that age..HeHe. I'll never forget my first time to cook chicken, never.
It almost turned me against chicken.LOL
I'm glad ya'll had a good Easter,and wish the weather was better.
Have a good week Miss Ann,and I'm glad your Hubby is better.

Lavender said...

I think it is more than ethical to vote for yourself!!!

mreddie said...

Don't think I have played a game of pool since the early 60s in the military. Glad Ray is having a run of better health. We had a bad glitch in our spring also with a freeze last week and my berries may be massively affected. ec

Susie said...

Too funny about the raw egg making its way across town. Glad Ray is doing well..
Carol has many of the same memory symptoms that my Grandpa has. I'm sure much of it is medication, but then one never knows with this disease.
Prayers are continuing..

Anvilcloud said...

I nominate you for best blogging grandparent of the millennium.

Emma Sometimes said...

You totally deserve the nomination!

That was funny the egg made it that

Angel said...

I've missed reading your blog! Hoping to not be so MIA.

Your girls are growing into such lovely ladies! And you deserve a blogging award, congrats on the nomination!!

Of course I'm sending lots of hugs and prayers for you and yours (((((Granny))))))

Janice said...

Hi Ann,

I'm so glad that Ray is doing better, at any rate staying out of the hospital.

and Carol in back in the Hospace is it? I'm sorry Rebecca isn't taking this well, but you know it's hard on grown people too.

I'm still keeping you and your family in my nightly prayers.

Hang in there,

Anonymous said...

I will vote for you!

Sounds like things are going as well as they could be for now. Hang in there!

CaliGirl said...

a well deserved vote went your way from me Ann. hugs to you and the family.

peppylady said...

wow there a lot of blog awards out there for different categories.
I just spent a little bit of time over at Blogger's Choice Award

Wandering Dave said...

Alright, listen up you RocRebEl Granny fans.
This is me, Wandering Dave, talking; and I'm trying to climb on Ann's shirttails and get some of you dyed-in-the-wool nice people to vote for my web site while you're over at the Bloggers Choice site.
I know I'm not worthy -- I don't have any grandchildren, let alone great-grandchildren; but if I did, I'm sure I wouldn't have the strength of character (or strength of body) to raise them.
(I probably wouldn't care for a sick husband, either, but we won't go there...)
Anyway, she's a saint and I want some of that to rub off on me.
So, while you're voting for her (use search term "Rocrebel" and you'll get right to her), toss a pity vote my way -- in three categories, no less. You can find me by searching with "Wandering".
I know I don't deserve it; but any friend of Ann's is a friend of yours, right?
Wandering Dave of
P.S. Sorry, Ann, but I figure this is about the only way to become slightly famous -- I'll always be in your shadow, though... DB

Eden said...

You deserve it. Here's a direct link to your nomination, if you want to change your coding:

Granny said...

Hi Dave. I hope it steers a few readers your way at least.

Anybody here from Walla-Walla? That's where Dave is that the moment before heading up to the prairie provinces.

The Mama said...

How funny about that egg making it accross town, the thought made me smile!

I'm glad everyone is doing as well as can be expected, especially Ray, staying out of the hospital is a very good thing!

Take care!

J at said...

Sounds like a lovely Easter. :) Blogger doesn't know how to spell blog sometimes either, which is pretty funny.

Congrats on your nomination!

clairesgarden said...

you have my vote!

lindsaylobe said...

Hi Ann,

A belated blessings to you and your family for Easter. Sorry to hear that Carol is losing her short term memory. I do trust she will be comfortable. On the other hand, it is encouraging to hear that Ray is keeping away from hospital. The Easter eggs are always fun and we celebrated over here by hiding some in our back yard among the trees for the grandchildren to discover. Best wishes.

Nvisiblewmn said...

Well, you'll have my vote! If ever anyone was succeeding at parenting under the most extreme circumstances, it's you.

wolfbaby said...

im sorry bout the girls mom.. that has got to be hard on them.. i am glad that ray is doing better though!!! Sorry haven't been around as much things have been crazy busy in my world;P

Peter said...

The vote is there Ann, and yes you certainly were the Ann in the photo collage, I think you said you had thunderbird and IE installed? I guess you have tried both browers to view photos.
Strange things happen, I am getting the comments through OK but not getting the email notification, don't know whether it's a blogger or my ISP problem??
Have you added Rebecca (and spellcheck) as "add a word" in spellcheck?

Kendra Lynn said...

I'm glad your Easter was a nice one.
Carol is still in my prayers.


Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Congratulations on your nomination.

Margaret said...

Hi Ann could not think of anyone who deserves the award more.
Have tried to vote without success. I will keep trying.
I am glad that things are a little more settled foryou at present.
Cheers and Hugs Margaret

kittenpie said...

Ha! The egg story cracked me up! (sorry, that was not intended...)

Nice to see you in comments - I had lost track of you too! It's my own fault, because after the Bitacle Episode, I turned off feeds for quite some time. I'm trying it again, since it's been some time now and I feel less jittery. Time heals all, hey?!

Lavender said...

I voted for you!

Jenny said...

Thinking of you.

PS. With my vote you just moved up to 24 votes. :)

Anonymous said...

I want to vote for you but I don't want to have to create an account

Ginny said...

Hey Ann,
Just checking in. I voted for you too. First I had to register and then I had to wait a day for the confirmation email to come so I could finally vote. It was a huge pain in the hiney...BUT YOU ARE WORTH IT!

Good luck!