Saturday, March 22, 2008


Tom, you have been so good about stopping by my blog from time to time to check up on me that I am breaking my vow to abstain from blogging till I get caught up with stuff in my life so that I can wish you and anyone else who might happen by Easter blessings.

I also want to very briefly update you and others regarding my grandson Nik. Actually he is doing quite well. He has adjusted nicely to his new school (alternative schooling). He is making good grades (A's and B's). His very best friend started attending this very same alternative school about a month ago and is in Nik's classroom. This makes Nik super happy. Things are looking up for Nik I believe.

I am always on the lookout for grandchildren who could use a little TLC from their Nana. Sure enough shortly after things improved with Nik, along came Sarah who is four and having a tough time adjusting to a new baby brother. From time to time I take her under my wing and relieve my daughter-in-law of the headaches Sarah can cause her. My son has aptly named me the patron saint of troubled grandchildren. It makes me feel needed.

Even though it is tempting to get back into blogging what with the politics the way they are right now so that I can express my political opinions along with the rest of you, I have to keep blogging on the back burner for a while longer. When I left blogging in order to have time to help my grandson Nik and his family, I discovered a multitude of other things that I had been letting go for months. These things have been calling out to me. I have to get them done before I return to the world of blogging. That is all there is to it.

In closing I have to tell you how I was more than pleasantly surprised recently. On March 9th I had an Open House for my husband to celebrate his 65th birthday. I put a lot of work into it and was appropriately exhausted when it was over. The house that day was full of family and friends including 25 children. We had a great time. But I decided that I could not manage another huge get-together for Easter on the heels of such a big event. So I told to my adult children that we would not get together at our house for Easter since we had been together for my husband's birthday so recently and, consequently, there would be no Easter egg hunt this year at our house for the grandchildren. I assumed this would be okay with the grandchildren. I thought for sure that the older ones anyway would be tired of the Easter egg hunt. We have had one at our house every year for the past 15 or so years. I could not have been more mistaken about how this news would be received. It was the older grandchildren in fact who were the most disappointed. Why? Because it turns out that the Easter egg hunt that I thought was of little importance to the older grandchildren was a family tradition that they cherish. We are having the Easter egg hunt this year after all except we are all gathering at my oldest daughter's house for it and a light meal. My husband and I made 30 sandwiches tonight for the meal. Plus, I am bringing along a few salads I put together today.

Many blessings to all of you and your families on this most wonderful of religious holidays.

SusieQ (Patron Saint of troubled grandchildren)


  1. You are making the right choices. As we all know, writing/blogging can become an obstacle to more important things. It can also be cathartic if kept in check--that's the trick.
    Thanks for the update. Have a great spring!

  2. Thank you so much for the update and so happy that Nik is doing well.
    Your grandchildren need you...much more important than blogging. : ) But we will all be happy to see you back when you can.
    I know how wonderful your husband's 65th party must have been.
    Hugs to you.

  3. Susie, I was thinking of you yesterday and was telling the ladies of the Chester County Victory Movement that there is a special lady from Illinois that is the "Rock of Gibraltar" when it comes to values.

    Just stopped by to say Hello and wondering how you are doing.

  4. I am glad I stopped by. I loved reading your update and finding out Nic is doing better.

    Have a great spring! Enjoy the grandchildren.

  5. I drifted in to see how you were doing. I am glad things are working out.
    Still blogging, or "blobbing" as an english gal once put it, I am.

  6. I stop by often to see if you are blogging again. Please know that I miss you and look forward to your return. Blessings,

  7. Susie, just to say hi and that I do think of you and wonder how you and your family are doing. Things much worse physically at this end, much more bedridden, trying to have book out by July, so have had to cut back on time I can blog -


  8. Paul and others, thanks for stopping by to say hello. it warms my heart to know that you care.

    With 15 grandchildren close by, something is always happening that is worrisome and someone is always in need of something from me. But for the most part, we are all okay at least for the time being.

    I am still curtailing my blogging activities. It is so easy to get involved in blogging to the point that it becomes your occupation. It is far too enjoyable. I do realize though that my little blog is in dire need of a post. I have one in mind about a birthday party I attended when I was a little girl. Maybe this summer I'll get it written.

  9. Looking forward to your summer post. You are right about blogging. It has been a blessing to me in a time I needed an outlet, but it can become an unjustifiable distraction when you consider the importance of face-to-face, real-time, flesh-and-blood relationships.