Monday, July 26, 2010

Jane Turrell Pattie Hall

To me she was just Gram who lived life with no apologizes. If she didn’t approve she told you; she didn’t hold back. If she was happy with you and proud of your choices she also showered you with praise. If you needed to talk she’d listen and give you her advice, which you may or may not like but she was honest in her own way.

If you needed a place to stay or live her place was always an open door. If your Mom didn’t understand you she always did, she was a fantastic grandma and tough dang was she tough.

It seems ironic that we remember what we want and remember it how we want. I have so many great memories but for some reason I keep thinking about the times I got in trouble. She had that affect on people.

EARLY MEMORIES: I’ve tried to recall my earliest memory and it’s a vague flash of beach moments at Cove Point with Gram in the kitchen at her table playing a game of solitaire with real cards. Or she’s out on the beach hands behind her back, shoes off, head down, walking in the tidal water with that slow back and forth pace of hers stopping from time to time to pick up a sharks tooth. She always found at least one if not ten during each time I went with her.

BEACH HOUSE: I remember learning to eat Maryland blue crabs with butter at that same kitchen table and how amazing it was to live so close to the water. I can recall photos with all of us in the kitchen with a steaming pot of water on the stove and basket full of crabs ready to be cooked on the floor, everyone cracking up over the latest joke or what the “kids” did this time at the beach. The backdoor would bang open and close all the time because the beach was a huge bustle of activity when a crab fest was in full swing. I also recall the conversation with Gram where she informed me that I could not live in my swimsuit and I would have to wash it at some point.

LESSONS: Once I was out driving with Gram and she was busy telling me a story while driving. Sometimes she’d get a bit animated and this particular time she drove off the road into a grassy ditch. She was so upset that I had to drive home after pulling the grass out of the wheel well so nobody would know. Later after her nerves settled we laughed about it. I am pretty sure I got to drive for the rest of my time with her that summer. I also recall that same summer driving over a concrete parking space divider and getting her car stuck on it. To say I was scared would be understatement. Gram was always prepared for a crisis and she figured out how to get us off of the concrete divider. We made it home and she kept it our secret but I had to spend extra time practicing with her on how to park correctly.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME: When you leave home to go to college in another state it helps to know you have a place you can go to whenever needed, that was Gram’s beach house. Anyone was welcomed, me and all my friends the more the merrier. She always enjoyed a good party and was always in the thick of the activities. When I moved in with her after college I didn’t know what to expect. As it turned out it was probably the best roommate situation I ever had. She had a way with letting the day unfold and enjoying what came along. She let me have freedom but also structure. It was a fine balance and she was good at helping anyone find their wings while having a safe place to rest each night.
I am sure as time passes I’ll remember and recall other memories but for now I am happy just knowing she is where she wants to be, with Pop-Pop probably walking down their beach and enjoying the day.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Left, Left, Left, Right, Left....

Anyone ever wonder what marching looks like on the ranch?
Okay it took them awhile to get organized...
A group huddle was needed. So the "avian whisper" put his mad skills to work and addressed his charges.
See I told you they could do it! Ducks bringing up the rear! I just think that's hilarious.
Now for my favorite shot. All the Rosters in a line following their leader. I wonder how he gets them to all stay in step, except for the one on the end. What is up with him??? Maybe he has big feet...I wonder

Does this remind anyone of C.A.P.?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Yep, I have let this blog slide… so this post is WAY overdue.

Life happens, boy does it happen. To update via various topics…

Remodeling: On going, still. I can not wait to write that we are done. I seriously doubt that will ever happen.

Happenings on the Ranch: We now have chickens and ducks. The chickens we got off of craigslist, who knew you could find farm animals that way. We picked out 7 chicks, we now have three hens and five roasters. I know the math doesn’t add up. That is because we picked out a Roaster prior to the chicks. His name is Eddie. I feel very sorry for Eddie that most of the chicks are males. It is entirely possible that we only have two hens.

This means we have to figure out what to do with some of the roasters. We have some VERY nice roasters! They are huge and crack me up strutting around my yard. We’ve been letting them free range a bit but of course they still want their grain. They actually think 007 is their mother and follow him all over the place.

One day, awhile back, I was left unsupervised at the farm store which is how we ended up with four ducks. They were just so freaking cute I just couldn’t help myself. Now they are all grown up and my goodness they are HUGE!!! Seriously I think I have mutant ducks. We have no idea on how many boys and girls we have. My guess is the loud one is a boy but that’s just because he bugs the hell out of me. Honk, Honk, Honk, Yea you get the picture. What’s even funnier is watching them waddle in a line after 007. You guessed it, they think he’s their Mother or at least a really good food source!

Work: It’s on going and crazy busy. I kind a like it and I kinda don’t. Still a better fit for me than big brother but I still don’t find it totally fulfilling, so I’m back at the job hunt. Yep, go figure. I seriously debate often if I will ever find a job I enjoy 100%.

I mean they call it work for a reason right?

See I don’t think like that I feel that I should enjoy it because one spends so much time doing it. I am tossing my hat into the ring for animal related positions. Maybe moving away from energy is the key. My interview was a behavior based one which was weird. They gave me situational essay type questions. My responses had to be in story form. Odd….

No it is not for some covert ops job! Now that would be kind a cool!

Other randomness: So 007 and I don’t have central air and if you noticed the crazy heat wave the Midwest has been under you’d take pity on our poor souls. To cope with the heat we have been going to the movies often. Therefore here is our movie review.

  • INCEPTION: We loved Inception, very cleaver, crazy, movie. Go see it! It’s a must, very awesome flick.

  • KNIGHT & DAY: We also liked this flick but its smart film that makes you wonder if your life is just on pause…so I can see why the critics have been hard on it. BTW Tom Cruise is awesome in it. What can I say I still adore the guy from Top Gun days and this one is just as good!

  • THE BOUNTY HUNTER: This seriously cracked us up. You gotta love Jennifer in this and it’s a good date movie.

  • DATE NIGHT: Ok this would be our luck and since then we have considered taking someone’s reservations, but alas most of the places we go don’t need reservations. I’m not a huge The Office fan but this was really good.

I have also tortured 007 with Lifetime TV Movies…nope none of those I’d recommend. Go figure!

Summer Beer: Okay this is our new favorite adult beverage and it is the perfect summer drink. Start with lemonade (we are using crystal light), add a shot or two of good vodka and top with just a wee bit of beer, to make it look like sun tea. Yum!!! Sip slowly and if you drink two many of these it's not my fault!

There. You are semi-up-to-date on the crazy life and times Southeast of Disorder.