Category Archives: Bubba


Ryan comes home tomorrow and we can’t wait!

We all just want him home. Decky, especially, misses him so much.

Dad is kind enough to bring him and Denys home, and then Dad will be staying for a little while. Decky wants to take him to the museum, and Dad will also get to see one of Decky’s football games and go to a picnic at Decky’s school. We should have a lot of fun together. We always do.

Since I was waylaid by the blue funk today, the house is not as clean as I want it to be. But I’ll be cleaning all week for the shower Saturday anyway, so why bother doing it all twice? Luckily Dad is flexible and forgiving.

At least I cleaned the bird cage.

Come home soon Dad and Ryan and Denys! Be safe!

Boys love drums

Koby hooked us up with a friend who had a drum set he never used. We bought it, Koby dissembled it, brought it down five flights of stairs, drove it to our house, brought it all upstairs, and reassembled it.

It’s beautiful and brand new.

The boys love it.

Decky, of course, is in love with it. He is the happiest boy on the planet right now. He will be dreaming of drumming, talking about it every waking moment.

And Koby loves it too. It’s his dream set – one that he has access to any time he wants it. He is very talented musically, and can really keep a good beat. He’s a natural.

But that brings us to Owen. Our twenty-six-month-old Owen.

The boy can drum.

He is not afraid, uses each drum and cymbal and cowbell (yes, it has a cowbell) appropriately.

And he makes the face. The face musicians make when they’re one with their instrument. When he sits on Koby’s lap and holds the sticks while Koby drums, his little face lights up. When he’s on his own, he stands so he can reach each drum, but plays ever-so-gently on the cowbell.

The boys are in heaven.

List of things we need in the Drum Room:
– towels
– deodorizer
– headphones or earplugs
– music stand
– water bottle.

If I let him, Decky will be up there drumming every waking minute. Unless Koby or Owen wants a turn.
God help us.


I was telling Decky all about 9/11 this morning. I walked him through it all step by step. I wanted him to know what happened, since he was in my belly at the time.

His eyes got big. He had a lot of questions (What’s new.). You could tell he was sick about it.
And I choked up during the telling. It felt so fresh and new. And the perspective of nine years brought into light how awful it really was.

Of course I remember. Don’t even bother to ask – we all do. And we all remember how we felt – and still feel – about it.
But life goes on. Lessons are learned. And we are grateful for what we have and who we love.

And it’s a beautiful day.

The up side

The fourth painter guy that came out today got the job. His bid was way low, he came with wonderful reliable references, and I’ve seen his work. Yay!
Now to call the other painter guys and tell them they didn’t get the job. Boo.

My iphone case arrived in the mail, along with all the prescriptions I had been waiting on.

Bill brought home ice cream treats.

I made a wonderful dinner of roast beef, mashed potatoes, homemade gravy and green beans. The boys gobbled it up!

Ryan went to the doctor for his cough and chest pain and came home with antibiotics and an inhaler. So glad he consented to go and to take the meds.

Owen and Caitlyn came for lunch and Owen gave me many many big smooches and hugs. I’m so lucky!

Decky and I had our dental checkups and cleanings and got good reports.

Decky had a wonderful drum lesson in which he was taught a trick that involved twirling the sticks.

It was a very good but hectic day. I am looking forward to work tomorrow so I can get some ‘rest.’

Nature family

Yesterday, Bill, Decky and I went on a hike through some woods in Missouri.

There were limestone rock formations, dry creeks beds, hills and valleys, and a clear rocky creek. We explored the limestone canyons and navigated sticks down the creek. Decky jumped over crevasses, over trees, down hills. We found some acorns, saw a caterpillar and a snake, and just enjoyed the perfect sunny weather.

It was a beautiful perfect hike. We’re doing the arboretum trails today. Hopefully, we’ll have just a good a time.