Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Innovative Cat Walking

My Dad turns 73 today. While I'm not crazy about getting older. I really don't like it that my parents are getting older, although, we're thankful that for the most part he's in good health. My parents live on the west coast so we don't see them very often. My younger kids have only a few memories of their Grandpa.

In 2004 we met my parents and my brother's family for a week of camping in Yellowstone National Park as that was halfway for all of us. Grandpa was always the first up in the morning and he would build a fire and heat water. The grandkids all sat around the fire drinking hot chocolate. The kids enjoyed this time with their grandfather and us parents enjoyed sleeping in.

In 2006 my Mom was hospitalized for four months so we went out for a short visit. Grandpa loves to cook breakfast and specializes in eggs, pancakes and fried potatoes. In the next picture Amy is helping Grandpa cook pancakes.

When we were growing up, my Dad always cooked our eggs runny so that's how I thought I liked them. After I was married and couldn't figure out how to cook eggs without breaking a yolk, I started breaking the yolks on purpose and cooked them all the way. Hence my kids have grown up with non-runny eggs.

So when Grandpa served them runny eggs, one of my kids said, "But Grandpa, these eggs aren't cooked." My Dad looked at me, astonished that a descendant of his wouldn't like runny eggs.

When Mom was in the hospital we had to wear masks when we visited her. Kiah spent extra time at the hospital taking care of her Grandma.

2008 - As I live and breathe. I have never seen this done before. It's a little hard to see in this picture, but my Dad walks his cat on a leash at 12:00 and 6:00 every day. I made sure to get a picture since I might never run across this again.

Some day when I'm 73, my kids will blog about the quirky things I do. I wish they lived closer or we could see them more often. Maybe some year we can celebrate his birthday in person.
Happy Birthday, Grandpa.


  1. Well, happy birthday to your dad!

    Your blog looks perty!


  2. Thanks Janet. I can't decide if I like the new background or not. I've seen so many cute blogs decorated for Christmas that I wanted to try. I like this one, and blue is my favorite color, but this is a lot of blue. I'm going to keep it for a few days and see if it grows on me.

  3. Happy Birthday to your Dad!

    And I don't think it's odd to walk a cat on a leash. We have done it with Toni in the beginning and also with my parent's cat. Or maybe we're just weird like that lol

    I love the new layout aswell.

  4. ohhhh, wow. Sorry, distracted by your beautiful blog!! How people do this, I'll never know. It is magnificently pretty! God bless!

  5. i love this post!
    i also enjoy runny eggs, but always break the yolk too! any ideas?! :)