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Can you believe it is near the end of 2017?  It seems the older I get the faster time goes.  It’s been a busy last 6 months since I last posted.  Note to self:  I must get better at posting more often.

The Grandkids have grown so much over this year, as you can see from the above photos.  Our oldest grandson, Kai, who is 19 years old, has grown into a fine young man.  I’m sure the girls are swooning all over him.  We don’t get to see him much as he lives in Japan with his Dad.  We miss them a lot.

Emily and Jake had a lot of fun this past summer.  Emily found a huge slug in the backyard.  She was so enthralled with it.  It certainly was the biggest slug I ever saw! We both hate bugs but we also give exception to ladybugs.  Emily enjoyed them all summer long.  Emily also learned how to climb a tree in the fall and is up there every chance she gets.  Jake joined her in the tree with a little help from his Dad and Grandpa Al and boy, was it hard to get him down.  He loved it up there!

Emily started Kindergarten in September.  She loves school.  She was so excited to ride on a school bus on her field trip.  It was her first time riding on a school bus.  She just recently made “Student of the Month”.  We are so proud of her.

Al and I enjoyed having barbecues and backyard fun with Emily and Jake.  They are so full of energy.  We can’t keep up with them but boy, they leave so many smiles on our face.

For my birthday (61st) this year my son, LeRoy, brought me some beautiful flowers, took me out to lunch, and then the movie “It” which I’ve been wanting to see.  Al and LeRoy made it a beautiful day.  I loved the movie.  I do love scary movies and thrillers.

Life was pretty low key for the next couple of months.  Al and I stayed home for Thanksgiving.  Rachel’s Mom invited us over for dinner but we opted for a quiet evening at home.  Both of us ended up sick so never had the dinner but that’s okay.  We had each other.

Our 1st snow was on Nov 6th this year.

Emily had a sleepover here on December 9th and we had a blast those two days.  We went to McDonald’s for lunch so she could play inside.  It was very cold those days.  Grandpa took her to the park the next morning.  Grandma went for the warmer playground.

After McDonald’s Emily and I headed up the street to visit a couple of reindeer that arrived in Spokane the day before.  She loved them!

We headed home soon after.  Al set up our tree and I fluffed it out and added the lights.  Emily was now ready to decorate the tree.  She did the whole tree and it came out beautiful.  It’s our new family tradition, having Emily and Jake, when he gets older, decorate our tree.  We listened to Christmas music and love was in the air. Grandpa Al hit the sack early.  He usually goes to bed between 7 and 8 pm and gets up very early in the morning.  Emily always tucks him in, giving him a kiss goodnight and putting out the light.  It’s so sweet!

The next morning Grandpa took her to the park.  It was rather cold and there were no kids there so they came home early.  Emily and I spent the rest of the days making sugar cookies.  Emily liked playing in the dough and flour.  We made enough cookies for her to take some home.

Jake got to spend the day with Grandma recently.  He is such a joy to be around.  At two years old he is quite the smart little boy.  When I spend time in the kitchen doing dishes Jake always grabs his little stool and sets it in front of the sink.  He loves to play in the water.  He knocks on Grandpa’s study to get him to play foosball with him.  He is getting the hang of the game really fast.  He loves foosball, and Grandpa, of course.  He is just staring to enjoy doing some puzzles and he yells yahoo! when he gets the pieces in place.

Al and I are heading over to LeRoy’s for Christmas Day dinner.  It will be a low-key day with just them and us.  Rachel celebrates with her family on Christmas Eve.  I’ll be watching Jake for a bit today while LeRoy goes to a teacher conference with Emily.  Afterwards he’ll drop Emily off for some time with Grandma making goodies for Christmas Day.  Mom and Dad have to do some shopping at Costco so the kids being here will make it easier for them.

I hope all of you will be having a wonderful Christmas holiday with your friends and family.


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Our awesome grandchildren ~ Justin, Sarah, Jacob, Emily and Kai.  They fill our hearts.

Grandkids Dec 2015

WOW, I can’t believe how fast 2015 went by.  2016 has got to be a better year than 2015.

We were welcomed with a new grandson, Jacob Matthew Coon, on October 2, 2015.  He is just gorgeous and reminds me so much of LeRoy when he was a baby.  We have not been able to meet him yet but have done some Skypes.  Emily just loves her little brother.

Jacobs Arrival ~ Oct 2, 2015
Jacobs Arrival ~ Oct 2, 2015 ~ with Emily, Sarah, & LeRoy

2015 was a year of work injuries for me. Early in the year, in the Deli Dept, I hurt my back, which gave me discomfort for a month.  I showed up at work everyday and worked through it.  Next, on May 26th, I sliced the side tip of my right thumb on the slicer.  I couldn’t get it to stop bleeding so had to go into Urgent Care.  Luckily they did not have to cauterize it but it was close.   I stayed injury-free until August 22nd when my feet came out from under me and dropped me to the floor, pushing my left foot under a flatbed cart, twisting my calf.  I broke my left fibula just brokenlegcatbelow the knee.  I was out of work, then on light duty for a couple of months.  I transferred to the Seafood Dept.   On November 17th I slipped on a piece of ice and broke my right leg at the ankle (tibia) and the fibula just below the knee (same place as the left leg), pulling the ligament holding the fibula and tibia in place.    Yep, I did a good job this time.  The ambulance and fire department came and took me away to the hospital.  I had this accident just as I was closing out my broken left leg.  On November 18th I had my last appointment for my left leg.

This last accident on November 17th was so bad.  On November 20th, I had two screws put into my ankle to keep the bones together while the ligament heals. Three months of no stepping on the right leg.  I had a small wheelchair (4 small tires) that I use in the house.  We had to get a bigger one (with the big wheel and leg supports) for traveling outside the house.  Let me tell you, that is an adventure in itself, especially with all the rain we’ve been getting here. The electric carts are another adventure.  I’ve been

There is finally an end in sight.  I have an ortho appointment on February 10th to take the screws out.  I’ll then be able to step on my right leg again.  I’ve been doing flexing exercises at the ankle to help the healing process.  I’ve lost a lot of muscle in my calf; at least a fourth of it.  Plenty of work ahead of me but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  Once I can keep steady on my leg with just a cane, I’ll be getting back to light duty.  I’m thinking I’m going to have to use my walker until I get that calf muscle moving again.

The PT that I’m planning to use is attached to my gym building so that will be nice.  I put my gym membership on hold until February 1st, which works out nicely.  I’m anxious to get in the pool and start my water aerobics.  Heck, I’m just anxious to get moving again.

DotAlDec2015Al has been by my side through all of this.  He is a great caregiver and is always trying to cheer me up and making my life these last couple of months as nice as possible.  He is the best medicine of all.  He knows I’ve been  fightingdepression

Al and I really missed seeing all the Christmas lights and celebrating Christmas with our own decorations.  We spent a quiet Thanksgiving at home.  I’m not up to much cooking so we ate simply.  We had Christmas day dinner at my nieces house in Sandy, OR.  The prime rib was wonderful.  We got to see our great-niece, Sophie, who has grown so much.GirlsDinnerOut4

I’m looking forward to getting back to work at Fred Meyer.  I’ll be back in the Seafood Dept, which I love.  I miss everyone at work.  Some of my friends, from the Deli Dept, and I have been meeting once a month for dinner.  We’ve been trying different restaurants and the night out has been good for my spirits.

So, that has been my year in a nutshell.  I hope all of you have a wonderful, healthy, 2016.  I will make every effort to stay in touch more.


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