Category Archives: Cubbies

Exciting times we live in

So many important things are going on right now, good and not-so-good, that keep me busy and thinking all the time.

My brother Greg survived a significant heart attack and subsequent double bypass open heart surgery.  Getting the call from my Mom was the biggest shock of my life.  But he’s a few weeks out now, the cardiac surgeon has released him from his care, and the cardiologist has set him up with cardiac rehab in a week.  Greg’s physical and emotional worlds have been rocked and he’s struggling to reconcile his old activities with his new limitations.  He’s doing so well.  I’m so proud of him.

Mom’s been his rock all this time.  She’s been busting her hump, trying to give him the support he needs, encouraging him to do more each day.  She’s on the front lines in this war recovery effort.  She’s a saint and we have to get her a really big gift this year.

Bill’s company was bought out and he started with his new employer last week.  So much frustration and uncertainty over small and big things.  I worry that he’s too stressed out.  I do what I can to keep things calm and comfortable around here, giving him loving support and meals that he likes.  He works so hard.

I’ve started to give my grandboys some learning opportunities while I watch them.  We have a Letter of the Week, with activities and hands-on projects, and I’m working on coordinating a weekly field trip.  It’s really hard to go out with three little men, but even if it’s to the playground, that’s something.  Doing preschool stuff makes me feel like I’m not just sitting on my butt watching them do stuff.  I’m actually working to prepare them for school!  And it brings me great joy when the ‘light bulb’ goes on and I can see that they’ve actually learned something.  They’re so proud when they succeed!

The Cubs have had their best year in so so long.  It’s been so wonderful to watch this season.  They seem so relaxed and happy, like they’re having a great time.  The Wild Card game is Wednesday, and I can’t wait!  Maybe I’ll make a poster…

Ryan and Michela are finally married!  It was a wonderful wedding, thrown by her wonderful family, and we were all so happy.  We danced every dance.  New moves were invented, toasts were given, babies were exhausted.

Stefanie and Kevin and Elliott are moving into a rental house in less than two weeks.  It’s a big step, and they’re so ready.  I can’t wait to see Elliott playing in his own yard with the dogs, Stef cooking in her kitchen, Kevin mowing the lawn.  And they’ll be so close by, too.  Yay!

Caitie has been dealing with so much crap, but still has manage to mostly keep her shit together.  She is currently looking for a new job, since the first one was not right for her.  I have faith that she will find something that will fit her needs and allow her to grow, build a clientele, and earn lots of money to support her boys.

Declan is so tall now, and he’s still growing.  His voice is low, he shaves, he wears the same size clothes and shoes as his brother and dad.  And he’s becoming more mature in other ways, too.  I know he could take care of any baby or kid in the world, and keep him/her safe and happy.  It’s in him and it’s wonderful.

The grandboys are my joy.  Owen is in second grade and has long blonde hair.  He can catch any ball you throw to him and run like the wind.  He is a wonderful boy with a strong love for his mom.  And he has no teeth in front.

Ollie is our sensitive one.  He wears his emotions on the outside, so he is joyful and goofy one minute, sulking and quiet the next.  He’s bright as they come and loves to learn.  I also heard him mediating a babyfight between the younger two the other day.  He was so calm and patient.

Elliott is his own man.  He is slightly smaller in stature than Theo the giant baby, but he holds his own.  He is smart and sweet and is excellent at all sports.  He’s not afraid to catch any ball!  I can tell he thinks a lot, and he’s got a great sense of humor.

Theo is a tornado.  He runs through the room, hair all bushy and disheveled, destroys whatever he sees someone playing with, then turns to you with a brilliant smile and reaches up for a hug.  He pushes the other boys’ buttons and laughs to see their reactions.  He snuggles hard and is a joy to be with.

Sure, not-so-good things happen.  Some days are diamonds, some days are stones.  But life is good.  With this wonderful family of mine, it’s certainly never dull.

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Here we go again…

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Today’s the Chicago Cubs home opener!

If the weather allows, I guess. In the meantime, I’ll watch the awesome Wrigley Field ground crew unfurl and furl the tarp, listen to Pat and Ron, and watch replays of old historic games with Harry Caray calling the plays.

Hopefully, six months is enough time to heal the pain of last year’s season. Bring it on, Cubbies.
Next year is here.

In which my love for Bonnie Hunt increases exponentially

You may know that I love Bonnie Hunt. You know her – she has a talk show, she was in a couple of movies, one with Steve Martin. She’s a funny lady.

And she’s a former nurse (!) and she comes from Chicago (!). Like me (!).

Anyway, I watch her talk show whenever I can. Mostly to listen to her Chicago accent, which makes me feel like I’m home again. Last week, Bonnie had her mom on via videophone, which she does regularly. Her mom still lives in the old neighborhood in Chicago.

Bonnie asked her mom about the project she’d been working on. Her mom held it up to the camera:
It was a Cubbies poster.

Her mom was very proud of it, because it was done mostly freehand, except of course where she used a paper plate to make the circle for the logo in the middle.

A Cubbies poster, for those who don’t know already, is just a plain piece of posterboard that usually has a Cubs logo in the middle, and contains lots of encouraging words for the Chicago Cubs. Mostly short slogans. And it’s always homemade. With markers or maybe even paint. Quality varies.

If you don’t know, I have been making Cubbies posters sporadically for the past many years. I also use paper plates to make the logo. I also make up slogans to cheer on my team. I use up many magic markers. And I hang my posters in the front window.

Who knew I was so cool?

And all those years my kids thought I was a dork.