Thursday, August 17, 2006

a day with the grandkids

Yesterday, I showed up at Marley and Hunter's house before 8:00am. We were to spend the day together while their Mom worked. Marley was still in bed so Hunter and I watched Sesame Street until she got up around 9:30. After everyone was dressed and all shoes were tied we set out for the bakery/coffee shop where Dorothy works. We had a nice breakfast of chocolate muffins, chocolate chip cookies and chocolate milk. I just had coffee. While we were sitting there visiting with one another I couldn't help but be thankful for the opportunity to spend time with these kids. That's the best part of retirement. We decided to go on an adventure. By that time we were hungry so we went to McDonald's for lunch, then we were off to the Natural Falls State Park. It was another 100 degree day and the hiking trails were steep but it was nice to sit on a bench at the bottom of the falls.

It was shady and felt almost air conditioned. Hunter spent his time throwing rocks into the water and Marley kept busy collecting rocks. She has an extensive collection that she has brought home from places she has been around the country.

By the time we hiked back up to my truck we were overheated and dry, so that called for a trip to the ice cream store for rootbeer floats. That's just what we needed.

I had a close call with employment the other day. I saw an ad in the paper for a job close to home. I thought it would be good to augment my pension with some spending money. I applied and was hired. I was to start next Monday, but after spending time with Marley and Hunter I decided that the extra money wouldn't be worth giving up the freedom to do the things I love to do. So I dropped by the employment office and gave them the news. I really don't have time to work. I have so much to do , in fact I need to go out right now and check on the pumpkin.


Anonymous said...

Your the best Pops, Thank you. Kelly

Maya's Granny said...

When Maya was 3 1/2 she came with her mother to visit me in Juneau. There is a lot of water here -- a channel, creeks, lakes, streams, glacial pools. You name it, Maya threw rocks in it. Except at the hatchery, where she told me she couldn't throw rocks because she would hit a fish.