Friday Funnies

January 25th, 2013

funnies I do not work as fast as I used to.  For instance, I'm very happy writing blogs instead of putting away the Christmas decorations.  Oops, did I just admit that publicly?  Sometimes all I can do is laugh about my situation: (These are jokes I've been collecting and I can't take any credit for them!)

This is one of those controversial statements but I fully stand behind it. Women should not have children after 35! Some say, "Of course women can have children after 35!" They don't know what they are talking about and I can guarantee they have had very little experience in the matter. I don't care what the doctor or your friends or your pastor say, Women should not have… [more]

And . . . I’m Back

January 17th, 2013

2013I sure can't multi-task like I used to.  Have any of you noticed that?   And in between parents visiting for 6 ways, holidays, birthdays and a computer that was broken, fixed, broken, fixed, hopelessly broken and then finally replaced, this blog fell off my radar.  Sorry about that folks! We flew through Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year holiday.  It was our 3rd set of winter holidays with the little ones, and things are finally starting to smooth out.  They understood what was going on, they knew that we'd all be together and that when all the excitement was over, we'd go back to "normal" life.  This was big progress for our little crew. I think what helped the most though, was me… [more]

Those Inquiries

August 9th, 2012
Categories: Cranky Old Broad

369924_675227058_1029322284_nYesterday I might a new friend at the YMCA to exercise.  I don't know what has happened to me (maybe 3 additional kids?) but I think I am starting to look my age.  I am not particularly fond of this phenomenon. So as New Friend and I ascended the stairs to cardio theater, she said "how many kids do you have?"  Oh, I hate that question.  I love having 5 kid-- it seems perfectly natural to me-- but I hate answering that question. It apparently does not seem natural to very many other people.  New Friend looked completely shocked when I responded.  And she did not hide her shock at all when I told her their ages.  Because I apparently look my age… [more]

Disappointing grandparents

November 28th, 2007
Categories: Parenting Older

For a bit of a giggle for older adoptive parents who have grown kids as well, this story may provoke a chuckle or two. All about young-ish moms hoping for grandma to help out, and how many grandma's are too busy doing their own thing ... raising children in our case ... to pitch in as some of our kids think we should. Starting off with a "general image of what a good granny is: apple-cheeked with a bursting biscuit tin and oodles of time to spend with her precious grandchildren", it's a tale of disappointment for some that follows. Sadie Woods realised this within weeks of her first son being born. "I was having a hideous time. Fred just didn't sleep and I was absolutely on my knees. I… [more]

Is it because I’m old … ?

November 28th, 2007

Is it because I'm old, or because it's deplorable? You make the call ... This story bugs the heck out of me, makes me squirm and want to throttle someone at the same time, and scares the padooky out of me just thinking of the ramifications. Here's the open: At the recently opened Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Cinderella's castle in Walt Disney World, hordes of young girls in ball gowns jostle every day to get their hair coiffed, their nails painted and their faces plastered with make-up to imitate their favorite princess. Really? Parents are taking their daughters to this place and paying big bucks to get them "Princess makeovers"? Yikes. And do da name "Britney Spears" ring no bells at all? At the same time, this story out of the UK

Love Thursday: Thanksgiving

November 22nd, 2007
Categories: Special Occasions

Always the grandest of Love Thursdays, Thanksgiving is the American holiday I miss the most. Although we have a local version of most of the others ... 4th of July being a notable exception ... there is still always an "American version" that I miss while others celebrate in the fashion they're accustomed to. Thanksgiving, though, goes right over the heads of the Seychellois and Brits that I live my life with and around these days, and by missing the point completely I think they really are missing out. This will be my 14th consecutive non-Thanksgiving, and like most when they finally roll around this one has me wondering why the heck Mark and the kids and I didn't pack up about a week ago and head for California. I so want… [more]

New resourse for those caring for aged parents

November 20th, 2007

There is a new resource for those 'sandwich generation' people, so many of whom seem to be older adoptive parents; you know the ones -- little kids on one side, aging parents on the other, you in the middle trying to see to it that both are cared for properly, have all the attention they need, their medical issues attended to, their futures as bright and healthy as possible. is a brand new online facility that's been in the works for some time now. It's been $6 million in the making, tested by thousands and is aimed at the 34 million Americans taking care of their older parents. The brain child of the child of a dependent parent who looked for something like… [more]

Birthdays and mothers

November 12th, 2007
Categories: Special Occasions

Three out of four of my children have birthdays on the 10th of a month. This month, the 10th was on Saturday and the birthday was Sam's. Yes, my baby boy is now a five-year old kid, and although in one direction that sounds young, it seems darned grown up in a whole bunch of ways, and a baby he most certainly is not. Home at just 13 weeks, I still miss every one of those days, and although he was certainly well treated, cuddled, fed and loved, almost every one was spent in an orphanage. That is reality, and nothing ever can or should change his path ... the one that led to us to him and him to us. Judy over on Just Enjoy Him

Money: Will there be enough?

October 30th, 2007

Not as it is needed, or will be appreciated, but for everyone living the life of a Boomer, and those poor souls that have to follow our act, here's something to add to your list of worries ... inflation. In this article in the Washington Post, you can read all about how your well-considered plans for financial comfort in your old age can be way out of whack. Great. When calculating how much you'll need to continue to see to your own support, did you base at least some of your decisions on how long-lived your parents are/were? Good for you! But ... the advice now is to tack at least another five years on to your total for medical advances that are expected to… [more]

Older Parents: Less time, more strikes

October 22nd, 2007
Categories: Parenting Older

With me not all tongue-in-cheekily contemplating the likelihood of having my son in bed with my husband and me until past the point that he's driving and shaving, the headline in this article, "Still Sleeping with Mom and Dad", and the accompanying photo showing a 23-year-old and his 21-year-old sister huddling under the covers between mattress-hugging parents caught my eye. Little did I realize, however, that a complete read of the story and the comments it inspired would end up giving me one more reason to treasure the fact that I'm an older parent and to bang the drum for others who may be contemplating adopting children while approaching the later stages of the blooming of the rose ... or even once the… [more]