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Way Overdue

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Okay, it's time. It's been time all summer. Time to get the life back into some semblance of order. Get my act together. Change around the eating and exercising. And the house...organize, re-arrange, etc. How long will it take? Can I keep up the motivation? Yes, I can do this! I am giving myself to Halloween to do this. It should be more than enough time, but not so long that I will put things off. Hmmmm.....the possibilities!

Okay, fellow Sparkies....keep me on my toes....ask what I have accomplished. I will post weekly to keep myself honest, motivated, etc. I can do this!

  
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MSLZZY 9/16/2014 9:58AM

    Keep me posted. Sometimes, we need a mental shake up to get us back on the right track. shake it up today! HUGS!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 9/16/2014 7:33AM

    Sounds good! emoticon

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9/15/2014 Review

Monday, September 15, 2014

As I suspected, the numbers from my tracker for the last two weeks were way down. I admit, it was more important to spend the time with Sherry and Helena than to get my steps in. It did surprise me that I somehow managed to get more miles in last week than I did the week before. Sunday-Tuesday of that week were normal days for me. Go figure.

So I am back. I am slowly tackling the piled mail, the housework that didn't get done, etc. Leaving my girls really zapped me and I am trying very hard to pick up the pace. I felt like this when they left in July. So I know I can get motivated again.

Now that Helena has more of a personality, it's easier for me to envision what clothes will look good on her. I am determined to get better at knitting and crocheting as there are many things I want to make for her. A scarf, mittens, and a hat are things I want to do ASAP. I also want to figure out how to make some blanket sacks for her to sleep in during the winter. She is such a wiggle worm that I know there will have to be plenty of room in the leg area. Oh, to have the energy she has.....

Maybe now I can get a schedule that I am comfortable with. Maybe.....

  
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MSLZZY 9/15/2014 10:11PM

    Once you get started, you'll get back to a routine that suits you. Have fun with all the projects for Helena.

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NPA4LOSS 9/15/2014 6:16PM

    You have so many exciting plans. Be sure to include some time in your schedules for those things as almost anything else will wait but children grow to fast to put off until tomorrow what you wished you had done today. emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/15/2014 3:21PM

    I'm so glad you had a wonderful visit with your precious granddaughter and daughter! That sounds wonderful that you're going to start knitting and crocheting Helena's blanket! I hope you have a terrific day!
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AUNTALICE2 9/15/2014 1:39PM

    So glad you were able to stay on track!! I know you miss that beautiful child but you already have plans to see her and your daughter again.....as well as making some hand made goodies for her. Good for you! emoticon

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CATTUTT 9/15/2014 12:46PM

    Enjoying your time with Sherry and Helena was definitely more important than getting in steps, so you surely made the right decision!

I'm sure you're feeling down about having to leave them. I hope the clouds lift soon and you feel better. And good luck with the knitting!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 9/15/2014 9:43AM

    People are the absolute most important things in our lives, do not hesitate to spend time with family, friends and loved ones!

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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How Do I Do It?

Sunday, September 14, 2014



I was a bit MIA yesterday. I had a 6 hour layover in Philadelphia and no matter where I went in the airport, I couldn't get online. I did get my walking in, however. I sat for awhile and looked at all the pictures and videos we took. It didn't take me too long to figure out that I didn't need to be doing that. It made me want to turn right back around and head back to Halifax.

Sherry said that Helena didn't want to be put down. She had gotten use to me picking her up and playing with her. I am so amazed at how she's grown and how responsive she is to her surroundings now. I know my baby is 32 and my memory is fuzzy, but I don't remember my girls being quite like that at almost three months. Helena never stops, even in her sleep. She ends up turning all over the place when in her crib.

It took me close to an hour just to get the stuff upstairs and open the piled up mail last night. Now to start going through everything: bills to pay, clothes to put away, luggage to return, etc. Yes, it's back to the real world time. I don't want it right now. I want to be back with my girls, playing with, talking to, and loving them. Time to plan, to set those goals!

It will take a few days for my spirits to spring back. I know this from being away from my girls before. I am at the point in my life that I don't want to do that too much any more. Just trying to figure out how to change the situation is a bit challenging, especially with one being in Alabama and two in Nova Scotia. Ideas anyone?

  
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ACRAIG921 9/14/2014 10:46PM

    Helena is beautiful. You must be so proud!!



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FORZACHANDMATT 9/14/2014 8:05PM

    Aww - I'm sorry! Helena is so gorgeous

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BERGBA7 9/14/2014 3:13PM

    hm... I have no ideas but I feel for you!
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AUNTALICE2 9/14/2014 2:37PM

    I have no answers for you. One of my daughters that live here is moving away. She is the one I quilt with. My heart misses her already!! You have my heart for the loneliness. emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/14/2014 1:43PM

    I'm so glad you had a wonderful visit with your precious granddaughter and daughter! I think you should move to Halifax so you can be closer to Helena... so you'll be able to watch her grow up! I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!
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CATTUTT 9/14/2014 12:49PM

    I'm sure you are crazy missing Helena. She's such a little cutie pie. I hope time flies until you get to see her again!

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NPA4LOSS 9/14/2014 12:23PM

    If you figure it out let me know. emoticon

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 9/14/2014 11:16AM

    Cherish those special moments you had with Helena!

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YELLOW09RED 9/14/2014 9:26AM

    emoticon emoticon I know you are missing Helena and your daughters. God bless your Sunday.
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MISSMUFFETT101 9/14/2014 8:56AM

    Skype daily - and to the extreme...pack your bags and move to Halifax (it's a great city) :-)

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Some Things Are Too Hard

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I used to think the hardest thing to do was to say goodby to Sarah and Sherry. Well, at the time, it was. I learned to stay busy the first week we were apart.

Then came Helena. I was a basket case when she left at 3 weeks to come to Nova Scotia. Now matter how I tried to psych myself up, I couldn't "be strong". Now that I have been with her again, knowing I just have today and tomorrow, I have that "basket case" feeling again in the pit of my stomach.

People always have said that being a grandparent is amazing. They are 110% right. I must have done something right in my lifetime to get such a gift from God. The way Helena looks at Sherry gives me goosebumps. The stories she has told me are ones that I will cherish forever. I don't care that they were spoken in "baby talk". They were beautiful.

I can't not see her until December. I should start taking donations right now for the "Get Patty Back to Helena" fund. Maybe have a telethon, hit up the newspapers, the magazines, the local sports teams.... hmmmm....lots to think about.

I did try the Baby Einstein mat again. No luck getting any better yet. But pushing a stroller up these hills and then holding it on the way down so I wouldn't have to run after it was challenging. I may not have gotten all my steps in, but I know I got in some decent upper body workouts.

Sunday is just going to have to do to get back into my routine. It gets boring fast anyway.

  
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MSLZZY 9/13/2014 11:15PM

    The time will go faster than you think. HUGS!

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STRONGERLEANER 9/12/2014 8:13PM

    So glad you are getting this beautiful time with them. December is really just around the corner.
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STEVEN2GO2 9/11/2014 8:42PM

    Hey, a belated Happy Grandparent's Day last Sunday the 7th!

Great idea about the, " Get Patty Back to Helena " fund! emoticon emoticon

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AUNTALICE2 9/11/2014 5:32PM

    Beautiful photo of you and yours! Those babies are so precious. But even when they grow up they fill your heart with love!! I am so very glad you were able to visit when she is so small. She will grow a lot before you see her next. emoticon

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FITMARY 9/11/2014 5:27PM

    Blessings! Blessings!
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BERGBA7 9/11/2014 2:41PM

    emoticon Yes, everytime you help somebody you ask for a dollar to go back and see your grandchild - with all the work for other you do you will have the money in a jiffy!
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CATTUTT 9/11/2014 1:58PM

    That's a very lovely picture! I'm so sorry you have to leave Helena again soon, I'm sure it must be breaking your heart. I hope the time you are away from her goes quickly!

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/11/2014 1:46PM

    Awww..... What a beautiful picture of you, your daughter, and your precious granddaughter!
I'm so glad you had a wonderful visit! Sending you lots of hugs today!
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NPA4LOSS 9/11/2014 1:40PM

    Beautiful picture of three generations! Wishing you the strength you need to come home. emoticon

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Mental Vacation

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

This time away from the hustle and bustle and all the responsibilities that I have put on myself has been just what I needed. Thank you, Miss Helena, for making me slow down and remember the little, wonderful blessings that I have in my life.

  
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NPA4LOSS 9/10/2014 4:12PM

    emoticon Just what you needed!

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MSLZZY 9/10/2014 9:46AM

    Grandchildren can calm us more than we realize. Enjoy your time together.

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AUNTALICE2 9/9/2014 11:09PM

    So glad you found what you were missing! Especially when it is wrapped in those precious arms!! emoticon

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STEVEN2GO2 9/9/2014 8:24PM

    emoticon , emoticon Helena!!

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CATTUTT 9/9/2014 2:28PM

    So glad she's helping you relax and that you're enjoying your trip!

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/9/2014 1:22PM

    I'm so glad you're having a wonderful time with your precious granddaughter Helena! Loving your positive attitude! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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USMAWIFE 9/9/2014 12:54PM

    It is good to stop and smell the roses at times

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