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Whirlwind Weekend

You might remember that first weekend of the month we all got together but Buck and family didn’t make it as the kids were sick.  They decided they wanted Grandma time so came up last weekend.

Karl has a list of stuff that needs doing at his house and Buck offered to help if I’d watch the kids.  Happily, Kalissa didn’t work so she and I managed the kids while the guys worked at Karl’s house.

Karl managed to get up super early on Saturday morning and drove to the best bakery in Elkader Iowa.  He brought back treats…lots of treats.  One of our favorite things ever is their deep-fried croissants.  They are to die for.  Here is Kalissa eating hers!  They are amazingly good and worth every penny…and every calorie.

Gannon who always gets mad if we take a picture agreed to a picture of him and me making cookies…but then he had this goofy look.  We were making the Ritz cracker, peanut butter, and almond bark cookies.  They are a grandma staple here.  I make them every time Buck’s kids come.

Here is a picture of Lilly and me… Continue reading

The Family Get Together

I kind of left you all hanging in my blog post from Saturday night.  Did we get together or didn’t we?  Did we get the snow or not??

I woke up to this…

That wasn’t the possible five inches of snow we could have gotten, but this can still make for slippery travel and not fun travel if a person is driving for two hours.

I ended up checking with the kids…we decided that the snow was melting and if they put off travel for a couple hours, it would be melting…and that’s exactly what happened.  That is, except for one exception.  Buck called a bit later and his girls had temps.  It was only 99.7 but we didn’t want anyone else getting sick so Buck and the kids stayed home.

We still managed to have some fun.  So much fun that I didn’t get many pictures taken.

Here is Georgie with some Minnie Mouse sunglasses on.

Being things were kind of “off” and Buck wasn’t coming, we decided to invite family friends over.  We were a crew of 15 and they were a crew of 10.  So we had 25 for supper.  That included lots of kids!

Craig helped with getting pork tenderloins fried up… Continue reading


As many of you know I have my grandson Gannon here at my house about three days a week and I do childcare for him.  He really makes my life interesting and he always has me laughing.  I thought I would share a few stories with you of what I call Gannonisms.

Gannon just turned three and has had a lot of struggles in his little life.  Speech is something that has been a challenge.  In fact, he met with a speech therapist for about six months to help him.  At about Christmas time of last year, he totally blossomed and is doing much better.  He still however has a few quirks.

One of his silliest quirks is how he talks about things in the negative.  After getting in trouble for running in my house he might say to me, “I run not Grandma Joey”.  That means he won’t run anymore.  It just cracks me other.

Whenever he wants to the say the negative form he says the positive form then adds the word not at the end.

The other day when he was here I made scrambled eggs and patty hashbrowns.  The hashbrowns had just come from the air fryer.  The hashbrown was hot and I told him it was hot.  I looked over and he was blowing on the hashbrown.  Then he said, “I blow it hot not.”

Bahahahhaa.  He’s so funny.

Another day I had him with for a trip to town to get groceries.  We stopped at Goodwill as I’m always looking for sheet to back quilts and picture frames for my cross stitch stuff.  He was in the cart and he saw this…

He said, “Look Grandma Jo.  It mindcraft”.

First of all, if you don’t have young kids or grandkids, you might not know about Mindcraft.  Its a video game and everything on it is pixilated or boxy.  See the photo below.

When Gannon looked at the napkin holder he thought it looked like Mindcraft and in a way, it does.

But…do any of you… Continue reading

Whirlwind Week

It’s been a whirlwind of a week around here.  You might remember that I told you I was changing gears and cutting back on childcare taking care of my grandkids only and two afterschool girls.  I did commit to doing backup care if needed for area families if it worked into my schedule.  That all left me thinking that I might actually accomplish a little more…NOPE.

I had to laugh when a blog reader left a comment asking why I hadn’t linked the stitch-along post into the Stitch Along page at the top of the blog.  It’s totally my intention of linking but sometimes life around here gets crazy and that’s exactly what happened this past week or so.

Kalissa has been busy with work so I’ve been helping with the boys a little more.  Karl was here for supper on Wednesday night.  Then Thursday I met Kelli because Eli had an eye appointment.  I took Emmett and Georgie home with me so they were here for the day.  In the evening, I took the kids, met up with Karl and we went over to Kelli and Jason’s to celebrate Georgie’s birthday.

On the way home I ended up following an ambulance who ended up going to a house a block away from my house.  It was a busy night with lots of lights.  I didn’t end up in bed until late.

Friday morning Kalissa called and asked if I have plans to go to town.  I really didn’t but she was having a terrible morning and had to work that night.  I ended up going to the pharmacy for her so she could get some meds to help with the morning (all day) sickness.

That evening Kayla and Jasper came for a visit.  They stayed overnight and we went garage saling and thrifting on Saturday.  I didn’t get too much at the garage sale but I found a few things thrifting.

After they left I tried to squeeze in some blog time but only got through the comment section and got two posts written.  I was pooped as I was up late Thursday and again Friday with Kayla.

Sunday morning I was up and working at the Fireman’s Breakfast.   I’ve taken tickets at the door for years.  I initially did it with Kramer but have continued the tradition of working -now with Craig, our daughter Kalissa’s husband.

I got home early afternoon but I didn’t have my clothes changed when Craig called.  He needed to go work at the farm.  They had some chores that needed to be done that required two people.  Craig was hoping I could watch the boys for an hour or two.  Kalissa had worked overnight so she was sleeping.

The boys and I tested out the games I got while thrifting…Candyland and Kerplunk.  As a kid, Kerplunk was a favorite of mine.  Can you believe that games are only 25 cents at my thrift store?

While I was thrifting I came across this state quarter collector piece.  It was $2.  I really like it.  Carver is starting to learn about money so I thought we could look and sort through my quarters and see how many states we can find.  Carver loved it.  We got this far and then it was time to go home.

After they left I did a stalling thing I sometimes do.  I decided to let myself watch one episode of floss tube and stitch but as soon as that was done, I was making myself write a blog post.  Then I do that all over again.

Well in the middle of watching, Craig called me.  He was really upset.  He said Gannon woke up from sleeping and was having a full-blown asthma/croup episode.  He wanted me to come and take Carver.  He was going to the ER with Gannon.

I got there and things were terrible.  Kalissa was working so we didn’t have her nurse expertise.  Craig and I have dealt with both boys as both often have asthma/croup episodes.  We aren’t new to this at all but this was FULL-BLOWN and bad.  Gannon didn’t quit with the hard barky coughing.  It was so bad.  I was afraid that Craig might need help.  We live a half-hour from any hospital.

Gannon was COMPLETEly fine at my house only hours earlier.  No cough.  No runny nose.  NOTHING.  Where had this come from.  I started wondering if he got into something and this was an allergic reaction…but, he had the tell-tale barking cough.  I asked Craig if he wanted me to go with and he said he thought I should.

In the back of my mind, I just knew I needed to go.  So we directed Carver and he got going and buckled himself into the car…we had to take him with.  Gannon was coughing so hard and couldn’t catch his breath that he was gagging.  Craig and I both wondered if he was going to vomit as he was making those noises too.

To try to keep Carver from freaking out, I told him I needed him to help watch, and if he saw a deer to tell me.

We got about a mile out of town and Gannon stopped coughing…just like that.  That was really weird so we turned the inside car lights on.  About four miles down the road, Gannon quit responding to us.  He wouldn’t open his eyes.  No response.  I don’t know if I said it first or if Craig did but we both decided we needed to drive faster and get an ambulance coming towards us.

I was driving, Craig was calling for an ambulance.  Kalissa called in the middle of it all.  She wanted to know what was happening as neither Craig nor I had given her an update.  All I said was we are intercepting with an ambulance and he wasn’t good.  I hung up and Carver said to me, “You are doing a really good job, Jo.” Oh, he’s a sweet kid.

The ambulance and I were both racing to the spot they designated for us to meet.  Gannon still, despite Craig’s grabbing on his leg or rubbing his chest, wouldn’t respond.  We loudly talked to him and did all we could to get him to be alert.  Nothing.

We got close to a small town we needed to pass through and I told Carver he could start to look for the lights of the ambulance.  Just like that, Gannon snapped out of it and said, “I see lights!”

That shocked the heck out of me and Craig both.  Just like that, Gannon seemed better.  He was awake.  He interacted with us.

We got to the meet area with the ambulance and made the choice that we would continue on to the hospital but we would take Gannon.  We figured the ride would traumatize him and he’d been scared enough already.  He was doing okay and everyone was on board with us driving him ourselves.  The ambulance driver said they would follow us and pull over in case.

I dropped Craig and Gannon off.  I had Carver and decided to take him to Walmart figuring I’d buy a book or something and read to him in the waiting room.  We killed time in Walmart then finally came back to the waiting room.

I had bought a Lego set and Carver spent the time putting it together.

Gannon got his usual shots and meds he gets when he does this.  I swear this was the worst time ever…so disturbing.  I was sure Craig would be pulling Gannon out of his seat and doing CPR in the back while I raced us the hospital…it got bad so quick.

Just before they released Gannon the nurse came out and told me I could pull the car around and get it warmed up.  Carver and I pulled the car around and waited a couple of minutes.  Just then Craig and Gannon came out.  Craig put Gannon in his seat as Gannon announced to me, “Joey, I all better now.”  I could have just cried.  In a choked-up voice, I told him that I was so glad.  Then he said again, “Joey, I all better now!”  Ah…what a night.  Those were the happiest words I’ve heard in a LONG time.

By the time I got home and settled, it was midnight as I turned the lights out for the night.  WOW, what a day!! If you want to read Kalissa’s account of all of this check out THIS LINK to her blog.

The next morning Kelli came with her kids.  She had worked the overnight shift.  I was watching her kiddos.  Plus I had one of my old childcare families back with me providing back up care.  It was a fun day.  Georgie and I made macoroni salad.

Later I made baked beans along with sauerkraut and brats.  Kelli and kids along with Karl were all at my house for supper.

Kelli left Georgie here.  She stayed overnight with me as Kelli and Jason had to have the boys to the hospital the next morning so they could have tubes in their ears.

Georgie and I ended up falling asleep on the couch while watching her show.  I was pooped.

I spent Tuesday with Georgie.  She helped me pull the papers off my string pieced sashing.

Eli and Emmet DID get tubes in their ears today.  Poor Eli has been struggling with an ear infection since late September and Emmett since the end of October.  They were first scheduled for tubes in early December.  Colds, coughs and covid have kept them from getting them sooner.  They were never considered healthy enough to go under anesthesia and get them.  YAHOO!!

I met Kelli at the halfway point and delivered Georgie back to her getting back home about 6:30 pm.  I had supper and now I’m yawning my way through this writing this blog post.  This grandma is pooped….absolutely pooped.

So…if you’re wondering why I didn’t get that link up, answer an email or do much of anything except the very bare minimum to keep the blog going over this past week, that’s why.  Oh my…what a crazy life.

I am so thankful for all of the medical staff and EMS that have been a part of my life over this last week…from the local firemen at the breakfast who have always been so great to our family, to the EMS and ER staff who helped Gannon to the doctors and nurses that helped the boys get their tubes…what a whirlwind of a week.