Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Doobie Brothers

Grandpa's Memorial turned out to be really nice. Most of my furniture has glass on top of it so I decided it would be nice to put a bunch of pictures from past and present underneath the glass, this way everybody could look at them but none of them would get ruined because a lot of them I borrowed from family. Of course we had a ton of food and everybody ate too much. We talked a lot about Grandpa and pretty much everybody had a story that nobody else had really heard. He had a great life and he was very funny and loving man that everybody that met him became a good friend.

My brother David and I had a concert to go to that evening so we left here about 6:00 p.m. The concert was the Doobie Brothers at the Saratoga Mountain Winery. Usually we eat dinner on the deck first at this time we didn't. The concert was AWESOME and we did not want it to end. It made it extra special because my brother remembers falling asleep listening to them play next-door when he was in 5th grade. Our neighbors were good friends with them. I remember them trading my horse for theirs because there's was so stubborn and mine was so calm. Our neighbors had a horse named doobie that they tied up to a tree one evening and in the morning found out that they had tied it next to a cliff and the horse fell off and hung itself. The cloud of marijuana came from behind us and up onto the stage, I could tell that because the keyboardist in front of us was making remarks about how strong it was... it was very strong. Of course they sang all of the great songs and we were sitting right in front of the stage. I thought it was going to be too loud but it was perfect. The last couple of times I went there there was a gentleman helping out what kind of took us under his wing and made sure that we've are comfortable, bringing us water and treats, making sure the intoxicated people did not spill their beers on us. There was one gentleman who was already very intoxicated when we got there. He had a license plate that he apparently took off his truck that said Doobie B. First thing he did was throw it up onto the stage and when they grabbed it to take it away he acted surprised and said that he needed it to drive home, they told him that if he through it again he would lose it for ever so he went and got two more beers. The guy sitting next to him was already falling asleep, passing out, but was so embarrassed by his loud mouth thathe moved down a couple of chairs. After the concert they came and got us in this golf cart that had a ramp for wheelchairs, it was pretty cool. The guy that was helping us out got me the playlist that was taped to the stage, the one that had the songs they were going to play. I also got a guitar pick that says the doobie brothers on one side and somebody had signed on the other. They threw one at my brother and he missed it but one of the security ladies saw where it landed and picked it out and gave it to him. A young lady behind me reached over and said there was one stuck in my shirt and she picked it up and handed it to me, since we already have one we gave that one to her and she was so excited, if you do something nice hopefully something nice always happens to you in return. My brother said it was better than Eric Clapton and I agree, not better than Don Henley but better than Eric Clapton. My older brother asked us if it was better than the Eagles and that was a hard one.

David had his eye surgery yesterday, they scraped his left eye and put a patch on it and told him to sleep all day yesterday and all night last night. He goes back today to see how it is doing and that he flies home, tomorrow is his anniversary and of course he wants to be sure to make it home.

My aunt Kathy and I are going to see the American idols tonight at the HP Pavilion and I am so excited. It has been a very busy last couple of weeks with family and everything and I'm looking forward to resting this weekend.

I got rid of a lot of the clutter in my house and it is looking so much better. Stanley put up my pot and pan holder in the skylight in the kitchen and it looks great, I love it. I'm going to have part of the wall from the kitchen into the dining room taken out to open it up and have the kitchen cabinets refaced, I never liked the looks of my kitchen cabinets.

Tomorrow I go and talk to Marie. She is the Spinal Cord Injury psychologist at Valley Medical. She was the psychologist there when I was injured and she knows me a little bit plus I see her a lot at the support groups and when I go to appointments at the hospital. I just feel like I need to talk to somebody professional for a while.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Uncle Frank

My mom is leaving today to go to Georgia and then to Albuquerque with my brother and Deziree to see Andy and Aubrey's new baby. My mom always gets a little nervous when she has to travel but she always definitely has a good time.  David is going to be here on the 26th for Gramps Memorial and were going to see the doobie brothers at the Saratoga Mountain Winery.

Grandpa's brother, Uncle Frank, passed away yesterday. It was expected but is still very hard. Stanley is coming down next week to help plan for the memorial on the 27th. He said that there is a Renaissance Fair at Casa De Fruita that him and his family are going to go and asked me if I would like to join them. I've always been curious about them and heard about them but I never have gone so I think I'm going to give it a try.

My house is looking pretty good, I got rid of a LOT of stuff and I feel really good about it. I have lived here for several years and since this is my first place I got way too much stuff and it feels good to not have my house so cluttered. I'm going to knock down part of the wall in the dining room to make it look a little bit bigger and so we can have more access to the kitchen and I'm going to get the cabinets redone, I have always hated the cabinets in my kitchen.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Tim Mcgraw & Faith Hill

WOW, what an awesome concert. I would have to say this was one of the best concerts I have EVER seen, they sure do know how to put on the show. We left early because we were going to get something to eat before the concert but by the time we got there Hershey had some fun stuff going on out front so we ended up just staying in watching that. They set up the stage in the center of the ice rink so we had really good seats and could see everything. They sang a duet and then Faith Hill sang a bunch of her songs and then Tim McGraw saying a bunch of his songs and then they sang a couple more together. I knew that we had good seats so I decided to leave Brodie with Lulu for the night, it would have been way too loud for her. While we were waiting to get in a lady walked back down the ramp and gave me a hat with the concert name on it, I'm not sure why she did but I really appreciated it, then she asked to she could take my picture with the hat on. Everybody is always so nice and helpful and I cannot wait to go back to see The American Idols at the end of the month. My brother and I are also going to The Saratoga Mountain Winery on the twenty seventh to see the Doobie Brothers.

I just about got my house uncluttered and organized like I always dreamed it could be. I am getting rid of a lot of stuff that I don't need and it's not as hard as I thought it would be. This was my first place living on my own so I went a little overboard... okay a lot but now I'm going through in getting rid of the bulk of it.

My Mom and David are going to Albuquerque next week to visit Andy, Aubrey and the baby and then David is going to stay here for awhile and Stanley and Janet and the kids are going to come also. The memorial for Gramps is going to be on the 27th. I'm going to work on making some collages of Gramps for anybody who wants to take home.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Spring cleaning

My Aunt Kathy and Vanessa came by yesterday and took my mom and I out to dinner. Lulu never showed up for work yesterday so I was still up in my chair and ready to go. My Aunt came over to help my mom rearrange her house and go through some of my grandpa's stuff.

They came down to my house today and moved some stuff around and make my house look like it is not so cluttered. My mom took Sweet Pea back down to her house so it is going to be a lot more quiet around here, I don't know if I'm going to like that and I will miss her. By Monday my house will be just like I always wanted it to be.

After my aunt left yesterday she went to Ellen's to have dinner and then they came back by to play a couple of games of Cribbage. After they left I slept really good and woke up when Madonna came in. Time to take a bath and get dressed and up again for another long day.

We are going to start going to the movies and out to eat every Tuesday, that will be really nice. When Kelly comes to stay here she will join us and it will give us all a good chance to really get to know each other like family should.

Saturday, August 5, 2006

It's a boy

Andy & Aubrey had there baby boy on the second of August. They thought they were going to have a problem at first because when he took his first press he got a little hole in his lung but David called me yesterday and told me that Mama and baby were home. They named him Stephen Anthony.

Yesterday I went to the Santa Clara County fair and I was really disappointed. It seemed like every year it gets hotter and hotter and smaller and smaller. I couldn't even find any calamari. I did find some really cool cookware that I ordered. I just got a hanging pot and pan rack and it will look really good on there. I decided to get really nice cookware since I finally found somebody to cook for me, Betty is a really good cook and said she is diabetic she doesn't use a lot of salt and everything she makes is delicious.

Today and tomorrow I'm just going to take it easy and watch movies on TV. Next week is going to be a really busy week.

Since David and I had to leave the reunion so early he had an idea to have a barbecue here while he is here at the end of the month because Stanley will be here also and I am really excited about that. I e-mailed some of the people that I know last night and I heard from two of them today and it looks like it's really going to happen.

Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Aunt Marlene's Memorial

Aunt Marlene's Memorial was really nice. There was a lot of people there because there was a lot of people that really loved her. It was nice to hear some of the stories that people told. I saw quite a few people that I haven't seen for a long time and that was also nice. The weather was perfect for Stockton, it was cooler today than it has been I was told.

When I got back home I got a call from David. Aubrey had her baby this morning at 7:00 a.m. She had a boy and he was 8.6 pounds. My mom and my brother are going to fly there in a couple of days. He did have a minor problem when he took his first breath he punctured a small hole in his lung. It is nothing serious but he will have to stay in the hospital for a couple of days.

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

New month

I just got an e-mail from my brother saying that his daughter, Aubrey, is in the hospital with labor pains. I hope she does not have a long deliver... they say it's all in the delivery.

The weather has been a lot cooler this week and I'm hoping this month is going to be a better month then last month. Tomorrow my mom and I are going to Stockton for my Aunt Marlene's memorial service, I hope it's not really hot there.

This weekend is the Santa Clara County fair and I'm really excited about going. I'm going to go Friday and if it looks like it is worth going back Ih will go back on Saturday and maybe even Sunday, it's not going to be here very long.

Also this month I'm going to see Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, the Doobie Brothers and the current American Idols.

At the end of this month David will be here for approximately six days and also Kelly will be here to stay for a while. I have been watching Trading Spaces and While You Were out on The Learning Channel a lot lately and I decided that my house needs some color and Kelly said that she would help me pick out some colors that would look good in each room, I'm really excited about that.  I have always hated the cupboards in my kitchen so I will finally be able to do something about it.