Lydia’s 18, take two …

Here’s what I wanted to do with the first post about Lydia turning 18 but thought about it too long and decided I should be a little more respectable. It’s a significant junction in the road for her, after all.

I was going to say …

Here was Lydia yesterday …

… then today, when we cleaned off the spaghetti, we found this …

I think she’s part butterfly …


Girl Scout Cookies & the “Today Show”

Today on the “Today Show” our very own Julia Vieira Reis was highlighted as one of the nation’s top Girl Scout Cookie sellers. She’s been doing that for years, selling lots and lots of cookies, and it’s fun to see that she’s getting recognition for her efforts. Seems like only yesterday she was bugging me, in a very nice way, to let her fiddle around with my iPad. It really wasn’t yesterday – it was 7 years ago. Just seems like yesterday.

If you missed the show, you can see it here. Julia is interviewed along with her Mom, Susan. Susan is my brother’s Granddaughter. To me, she’s my Niece-Niece because she’s my Niece’s daughter. So, I guess that makes Julia my Niece-Niece-Niece, or just Niece³. Having made that decision, and discovering that I could actually add the “²”, that would make Susan my Niece². Then, of course, Cheryl, Susan’s Mom, is Niece¹. What fun. All these people live in Connecticut.

All those superscript numbers work well as long as we’re dealing with the same-sex … like Carol Niece¹ (Alicia Niece²); Susan’s Sisters, Heather Niece² and Laura Niece² (Jeffrey Nephew³, Ariana Niece³)). Then we get to Cheryl’s son, Larry (Nephew¹), who has a daughter, Sarah (Niece²). This dilemma validates my newfound use of superscript numbers because I could never, with a clear conscience, call Sarah my Nephew-Niece. Well, I could, but it would be right. Maybe I should, however, since she only lives a short ways away from me and never calls. Ever. I’ve left some of the family out, so please forgive me for that. There are many new names, for some small people that I haven’t actually seen in person.

Anyway, I encourage you all to click the link and watch the presentation. Julia is a pretty special girl for many reasons, not just because she named her bass violin “Jerry”, even though she misspelled it. Actually, the whole fam damily is pretty special. Even the Grandma, Ruth.


2017 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament

Hey! Is anyone watching the ladies play, or are you dedicated to the men’s teams?

Well, in case you weren’t paying attention today, both the University of Oregon and Oregon State University lady’s basketball teams advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2017 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. I think the Beavers have been there before, but this is the first time ever for the Oregon Ducks.

The Ducks beat Duke on their home floor giving them their first home loss of the season. Making it even sweeter was the way the team responded after a Duke player intentionally ran down an Oregon player on her way to the huddle during a time out. Totally avoidable.

Now we get to see where it goes from here. In the end, if a team other than UCONN wins, it will be a surprise.

Oh, ya. The Oregon Ducks men’s team is also in the Sweet 16 of the male version of the tournament.



My Lawn Mower

Just letting you all know that it was spring in our neighborhood yesterday so I mowed the lawn. All of it. Diane timed me and said it took me an hour and ten minutes. The mulching blades were still on from last summer so I could run flat-out pretty much the entire time. I did that partly because I had no idea how much gas was in the tank because the last time I filled it was in August last year, I think. So, I just cranked it up and figured when it sputtered to a halt I might be able to get another 5-6 feet of lawn mowed as it coasted to a stop. Yes, I could have gone out and got more gas but that would have made it a lot less exciting. As it turned out, there was plenty of gas.

The real upper for this evolution was the fact that the mower cranked right up without hesitation after sitting outside all winter.

I love my mower.

March Madness

I have a question for all you sports nuts out there.

When you think, or hear about “March Madness,” what comes to mind?

I’m betting that the majority of anyone who followed NCAA sports will say it’s all about the NCAA men’s basketball playoffs. I do even though I know all about the other aspect of this craziness and the more I think about it the more I think how unfair it is. College and University women’s basketball teams are also competing for their championship at t his time but you don’t hear a lot about it in the media. It’s all about the guys. Always has been.

If I were King, I’d be working to make it a more even playing field because I find that watching the ladies play their sports is quite often more enjoyable than watching the boys play.

There. I’ve said it.