Sunday, February 28, 2010

Psalm 23 (The Message)

A David Psalm

1-3 God, my shepherd! I don't need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.
4 Even when the way goes through
Death Valley, I'm not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd's crook makes me feel secure.
5 You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing.
6 Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life. I'm back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.

~ read by Faye at Dad's Memorial

Dear Dad in Heaven

I sit here and I ponder how very much
I'd like to talk to you today
There are so many things
That we didn't get to say
I know how much you care for me
And how much I care for you,
And each time that I think of you
I know you'll miss me too.
An angel came and called your name
And took you by the hand and said
Your place was ready in Heaven, far above . . .
And you had to leave behind, all those you dearly loved
You had so much to live for, you had so much to do . . .
It still seems impossible, that God was taking you.
And though your life on earth is past, in Heaven it starts anew
You'll live for all eternity, just as God has promised you.
And though you've walked through Heaven's gate
We are never far apart
For every time that I think of you,
You're right here, deep with-in my heart.
~read by Rachel at Dad's Memorial Service

Friday, February 26, 2010


This is a week I'm happy is behind me. I'm grateful for the family time spent with my Mom and siblings and would never trade those bittersweet days for anything, since because of them our hearts can continue the healing process, but it's good to move thru them and not just camp out there.
This aft I'm springing Mom from the hospital and taking her to get her hair cut and then come here to have tea and a nice time together. We already decided yesterday that she was going to get dressed in Jeans and t-shirt for this outing....yes, for the very first time in Mom's life she owns a pair of Jeans...all us girls were shocked to hear that she wanted a pair...and she looks so Stylin' in them too :)
Enjoy your weekend :)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Mom holding her new Great-Grandson

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

An Unending Love

My Sister took this picture. I could never express how I feel when I see this better than she did.
"My Dad hasn't worn his wedding ring for the entire time he was in the hospital so my Mom was wearing it on her middle finger, but upon his passing, she placed it on a chain to hang near to her heart. It's the ever lasting love .. even after death, my Mom's love for my Dad will be for eternity."

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Nine Strong!

I can't imagine going thru our loss with one less sibling. Mom kept saying how much it meant to her to have ALL her children surrounding her. We all agree that Mom is an amazing strong woman and has been a trooper thru the entire week of intense emotions. We love you Mom!!

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Family has started to Arrive.....

Moving through this weekend, plans are falling into place for preparation for Dad's Memorial Service and all the many details that comes along with that. The family from out-of-town have or are booking flights and my oldest Brother has already arrived.
One negative side of the Olympics is the difficulty of booking flights and in particular, booking a flight using Airmiles...bother!!
Today I spent time going thru and scanning old pics gleaned from the many photo albums I brought home from our parents home. I am VERY grateful that my Niece has volunteered to put together the Power Point presentation for the Memorial Service, as I see it's a huge job!! Never mind the fact that it would be a huge learning experience for that I am really not wanting to undertake this week :P

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Remembering Dad

Sidney Charles Miedema
March 4, 1930 - February 12, 2010
Dad, you will be greatly missed. Your battle with Alzheimer is finally over.
I will always remember you by your smiles and hugs.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

And here is the official website explaining this audacious day of the week.
"Wednesday is often referred to as "hump day" because of its position as the middle day of the work week. If the work week were a hill, then Wednesday would be the crest. It is all down hill from there. (Whether the down hill ride is a coast or a descent into a swamp is left to the individual.)"
Just an interesting fact :P

And here is yet another interpretation found in the Urban Dictionary :
"Wednesday, or the hump of the week ;
The absolute BEST day of the week, the day of maximum hope that maybe, you might make it out of this week alive. A particularly good hump day can last you the rest of the week, and by Doomday morning (Monday) you survive by anticipating hump day. Nothing goes wrong on hump day"

Monday, February 8, 2010

Heart of Winter Celebration

We had a Ladies Night Out tonight. The theme was Heart of Winter, so we decorated in silver and blue. And of course, food is a a must :) I love sampling the variety of dishes everyone brings...yummy!

We made the game prizes the centrepieces of a few tables.

And a door prize is always

We had a scarf/hat/mitts "Chinese gift exchange" which is such a fun way to leave with a great gift. These two Sisters (the one on the left is my Sis-in-law) scored with hats, while I came away with a pretty red scarf.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Perfect day for a Manicure :)

I had promised Mom to take her for a shower this morning. I had a
rough night and was up quite a bit so I didn't wake up until 10:00am,
much to my horror. I rushed off to the hospital. When I arrived the
nurse had prepped a bath for Mom so I joined them and got Mom all
dressed nice and her hair washed. After that I polished Mom's nails
and got the nurse to make sure the foot-doc comes to take care of
Mom's feet. She is suffering an ingrown toenail...again!!
It wasn't long until lunch arrived and I decided to leave, but Mom
wanted me to stay longer....poor Mom, she really does hate the
hospital some days.
Her two room mates LOVED Mom's nails. I think it would be special to
polish theirs as well.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

one word meme
Your Cell Phone? annoying
Your Hair? dyed
Your Mother? strong
Your Father? hugs
Your Favorite Food? dutch
Your Dream Last Night? didn't
Your Favorite Drink? coffee
Your Dream/Goal? travel
What Room Are You In? diningroom
Your Hobby? painting
Your Fear? Alzheimer
Where Do You See Yourself In Six Years? artist
Where Were You Last Night? home
Something That You Aren’t? stupid
Muffins? yummy
Wish List Item? ring
Where Did You Grow Up? Ontario
Last Thing You Did? baked
What Are You Wearing? pjs
Your TV? old
Your Pets? mitzi
Friends? many
Your Life? happy
Your Mood? content
Missing Someone? sisters
Vehicle? focus
Something You Aren’t Wearing? watch
Your Favorite Store? HomeSense
Your Favorite Color? pink
When Was The Last Time You Laughed? yesterday
Last Time You Cried? yesterday
Your Best Friend? Ruth
One Place You Go To Over And Over Again? Walmart
Facebook? addicted
Favorite Place To Eat? Tony Romas

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

How's This For Nostalgia?

All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?
It took three minutes for the TV to warm up?
Nobody owned a purebred dog?
When a quarter was a decent allowance?
You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?
Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?
You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time? And you didn't pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot?
Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?
It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?
They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . and they did it!
When a 57 Chevy was everyone's dream cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?
No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?
Lying on your back in the grass with your friends?
and saying things like, 'That cloud looks like a... '?
Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?
Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?

And with all our progress, don't you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace, and share it with the children of today.
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?
Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.
. .as well as summers filled with bike rides, Hula Hoops, and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.

Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, 'Yeah, I remember that'?

Can you still remember Howdy Doody and The Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, The Shadow knows, Nellie Bell, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.

How Many Of These Do You Remember?

Candy cigarettes
Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.
Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles.
Coffee shops with Table Side Jukeboxes.
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum.
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.
Newsreels before the movie.
Telephone numbers with a word prefix...( Yukon 2-601). Party lines.
Howdy Doody.
Hi-Fi's & 45 RPM records.
78 RPM records!
The Fort Apache Play Set.

Do You Remember a Time When..
Decisions were made by going 'eeny-meeny-miney-moe'?
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, 'Do Over!'?
'Race issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching The Fireflies Could Happily Occupy An Entire Evening?
It wasn't odd to have two or three 'Best Friends'?
Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a Slingshot?
Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for action figures?
'Oly-oly-oxen-free' made perfect sense?
Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?
The Worst Embarrassment was being picked last for a team?
War was a card game?
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
Taking drugs meant orange - flavored chewable aspirin?
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived!!!!!!!

Yes, it's the annual day when Canada focuses on the concept of a groundhog coming out of its home in mid-winter to “predict” if spring is on its way in the northern hemisphere.Groundhog Day has attracted media attention over the years and its popularity continues to grow in Canada. A festival is held in the town of Wiarton in Bruce County, Ontario, to honor Groundhog Day. The town has its own groundhog, Wiarton Willie, which it shares with the nation. Locals, fans and news reporters come out to “hear Willie’s prediction” early in the morning on February 2 each year. Other events at the festival include dances, contests, parades and pancake breakfasts. More about this annual event can be found here.
Wiarton Willie in Canada: Saw his Shadow so winter will be sticking around!!

Fireman's Uniform


A Fireman came to visit my grandson's classroom. Firemen are looked up to as heroes. Imagine the thrill for a little boy to try on the uniform and!

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Grandma Test

This was forwarded to me and I thought it was too cute not to share it with all my Grandma friends out there :)

I was out walking with my little Grandson. He picked up something off the ground and started to put it in his mouth. I took the item away from him and I asked him not to do that.

'Why?' my Grandson asked.

'Because it's been on the ground; you don't know where it's been, it's dirty, and probably has germs,' I replied.
At this point, my 4 year old Grandson looked at me with total admiration and asked,
' Grandma, how do you know all this stuff?? You are so smart.'
I was thinking quickly and said to him.. 'All Grandmas know this stuff. It's on the Grandma Test. You have to know it, or they don't let you be a Grandma."

We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but he was evidently pondering this new information.
'Oh.....I get it!' he beamed, 'So if you don't pass the test you have to be the Grandpa".

'Exactly,' I replied with a big smile on my face.