Tuesday, August 29, 2017

25/August/2017 - Another Week Ends

Now that Grump is home all the time, there is no more desperate wait for Friday to roll around again. Except for increased traffic at the stores on the weekend, one day is pretty much like any other day.

We are just grateful that we have this time to spend together, even if eventually, (probably sooner rather than later!), the Old Grump will have to pack up his suitcase again and hit the road to earn some more money.  It takes an awful lot of loot to keep this circus running!

An example of ridiculous expenses are medical costs.  Besides stupid teeth, (which always seem to need some expensive and painful procedure performed on them), other body parts are constantly wearing out, such as Grump's gimpy ankle.

Grump's bad ankle
Believe it or not all that tape does help the ankle hurt a little less.  Now that Grump is exercising more, the ankle is giving him pain more often.

Sweetie continues to attempt to homeschool Kuya.  I don't know how she does it, because Kuya has the attention span of a gnat!

Looking down on Sweetie attempting to teach Kuya

The best part of Grump's retirement is the time we all get to spend with each other.

Happy Family!

Here is a selfie Sweetie tried to take of herself and Grump; Kuya managed to stick his thumb in the pic at just the right moment!

Sweetie, Grump, and Kuya's Thumb


24/August/2017 - Playing Catch with Dodong

Old Grump is settling into his "retirement" routine, which mostly consists of babysitting the kids.

Today's excitement was playing catch with Dodong upstairs in the computer room.

Dodong holding the "equipment" for the game of catch

It's your turn to throw!


Sunday, August 27, 2017

23/August/2017 - Quiet Hump Day

It was a quiet Hump Day.  Of course, now that Grump is retired, it didn't feel like a Hump Day, but more like a Sunday afternoon.

Kuya's school day always starts off with a prayer.

Kuya praying before school

In the late afternoon, Grump took Kuya to his second karate class of the week.

Kuya waiting for class to begin

Kicking Air


Saturday, August 26, 2017

22/August/2017 - Hanging Out

As Grump's "retirement" continues, it's becoming obvious that "retirement", at least in the mind of Sweetie, means "baby sitting".  Accordingly, Grump spent lots of time with Dodong today.

So when Grump went upstairs to work on the big computer, Dodong came along.

Relaxing in the computer room

Dodong lined the cars up quite nicely

Dodong and Grump ate their afternoon snack together.

An afternoon snack of pancakes, cooked by Sweetie

Grump also is responsible for taking Kuya to his after school activities, such as the karate class he attended today.

Kuya ready for some serious chopping!

The boys and the girls relaxing in the living room

We are continuing to get a nice harvest from Lola's gardens:

Cucumbers, Baby Eggplants, and Okra from Lola's gardens

And of course Sweetie is continuing to cook us all sorts of yummy things!


Lentils and Dried Fish

In the evening, Sweetie, Kuya, and Grump went for a walk around the neighborhood.

Sweetie, Kuya, and Grump out for an evening stroll


21/August/2017 - Interview!

The excitement of today was that Old Grump had a job interview!

What happened was that, unexpectedly, a company contacted him last Friday about interviewing for a job.  Of course Grump jumped at the opportunity, (now that he is "retired", funds are constantly running low), and an interview was schedule for today.

Grump played "dress up" for his interview.  (Like it or not, appearances are VERY important in life!)

Old Grump scrubbed up and dressed up, ready for his interview

Maybe he looks better with backlighting, since he is harder to see this way?

The interview seemed to go okay; Grump didn't get anyone angry or offended, so it is possible he may actually get a job offer.

Wouldn't that be something if, right after "retiring", Grump begins a new job?


20/August/2017 - Blue Barong

Today we all went to church to celebrate Pastor Jude's birthday.

After church service, we attended the fellowship meal held in his honor.

Sweetie, Dodong, Lola, and Kuya eating lunch at the church

It was also the first day Grump wore his brand new Blue Barong!

Grump proudly wearing his new Blue Barong

We all posed for pics with him!

Dodong, Kuya, Grump, and Sweetie


Sunday, August 20, 2017

19/August/2017 - Is It the Weekend Already?

One of the cool things about being "retired" is that, as my Uncle Tom used to say, "Every day feels like Sunday!"  The only thing that sets a Saturday apart from the rest of the week now is that it is the day we go to the bank to get spending money for the rest of the week.

Dodong and Sweetie, waiting to be driven to the bank

However, I don't want to give the impression that our lives are quiet, or uneventful.  Anyone who has kids knows that every moment brings with it the potential for lots of unwanted excitement, if not disaster!

For example, as Grump was peeing in one of our bathrooms, Dodong rushed in and quick-as-can-be threw a washcloth into the toilet!

The peed on washcloth.  (Yes, that's Grump foot!)

Later, he decided a clever thing to do was to build a "fortress" out of our sofa cushions:

Dodong in his fortress.  (That's Kuya's leg to the left.)

"Fort Dodong"

The final excitement occurred just as we were winding down, and getting ready to climb into bed for the night.  Dodong had a coughing fit, choked, and .....

Kuya and Dodong in the bedroom - the calm before the storm!

..... vomited on our bed, twice!!

Both Sweetie and Grump were already very tired, so they snarled at each other as the pulled off the soiled bedsheets and put on new ones.  It was an unpleasant ending to the day, and not the best way to start a good night's sleep.


18/August/2017 - Medical Fun

Even though he doesn't seem particularly sick, (just choking on phlegm, again!), Dodong vomited four times in the last 12 hours, including two times in bed.  (The second time he "seasoned" the bed was just this morning.)  Because of this, we decided he need to go on a visit to the doctor.

Dodong in the backseat, on his way to visit the doctor

Sweetie and Grump took him there; Grump drove, which was probably a good thing, as a wreck on I-75 caused a nasty traffic jam, forcing Grump to exit the interstate via an on-ramp.

Sweetie and Grump in the front seat

Eventually we made it to the doctor's office, and proceeded to wait, and wait, and wait, and wait some more!  The doctor was very late because he had to treat a very sick child.  (Once we learned this, of course we didn't mind having to wait!)

Waiting at the doctor's office

The doctor eventually was able to see Dodong, and after a quick examination agreed with us, that there was nothing seriously wrong with him.  He is just producing a lot of phlegm, ("snot", in the vernacular), which is causing him to choke and vomit.

Dodong being examined by the doctor
We received a few prescriptions for sinus medicine and anti nausea medicine, and were on our way.

Oh ..... I guess I need to mention that this visit was NOT covered by any health insurance, so we had to pay the cost of an office visit, ($86.00), out of our own money.  (More about this below ....)

Back home, Grump took a few pics of the some of the plants around our house.

Grump's "wild-type" dahlias

Sweetie's rose bushes outside our bedroom window

Spanish Mission fig foreground; Brown Turkey fig background

Brown Turkey fig foreground; Celeste fig behind it to the left.  (Grump's car is parked on the road.)

The Celeste fig is the one that two years ago died back to the ground in the spring, and didn't reappear again until just before Thanksgiving.  It's a mixed up little plant, but it's still alive!

In the late afternoon, to give Sweetie a break, Grump took Dodong out to our outdoor mall, where they walked around a bit, doing a little "window shopping".

Dodong at the mall

We finally got our "Obamacare" health insurance cards in the mail.  Grump is still leery about it, (how can such a system be fiscally sound?), but it does appear that we will be getting a very large monthly subsidy on our health insurance.  He still has to sign up for "primary providers" I believe, (maybe that is where the "gotcha" takes effect?), but if that goes smoothly, then we'll be getting major medical health insurance for Grump, Sweetie, and both boys for less than $400.00 a month.  Beats the heck out of paying $1,200.00 for COBRA!

Our health insurance cards and information


17/August/2017 - Finger Family Fruits

Dodong loves to eat finger family fruits!

What this consists of is some raspberries, which Sweetie puts on his fingers.  He then eats them off his fingers, one by one.

Kuya watches as Sweetie prepares "finger family fruits" for Dodong

Finger Family Fruits fully loaded

Thumb fruit - eaten!

Pinky finger fruit - eaten!

Yum! Yum! 

Kuya got a kick out of watching Dodong eat the finger family fruits too!

Kuya eating his lemon popsicle


16/August/2017 - Lola's Teeth

Today was the day Lola was to have some teeth pulled.  Since that would obviously make her unable to watch the boys, Sweetie and Grump would have to fill in for her today.

Kuya and Dodong, planning for the day's craziness!

Since Sweetie would be homeschooling Kuya, poor Dodong got stuck with Grump.  Grump decided to take him to the playground at Amerson River Park.

"Why do I get stuck with Grump?", Dodong wonders.

The Amerson River Park playground is really cool!

Dodong at the playground

Meanwhile, Lola had some excitement of her own at the dentist's office!

Lola preparing to have a tooth pulled

As it turns out, Lola only had one tooth pulled, as the dental surgeon believes that if Lola has some intense gum cleaning done, (scheduled for late September, I believe), the other two will be okay.  Which was fine; having one tooth pulled was bad enough, as Lola was in pain for the rest of the day.