Play Ball!!

It is almost that time again where the players who have gone south for camp to practice baseball will soon begin playing.  It is no different for our local girls softball team.  They have been practicing for a while inside of a gym while the cold, snowy weather made it seem like the season would never begin.  You have been working on all your skills and honing your pitching.  You have become more confident, a team player and a good sport.  You keep a cool head when the playing gets heated.

Just think how it is going to feel in another week when you get to have that first outside game.  Today would have been warm enough but the wet muddy ground might have reeked havoc.  Keep building those guns and working on your accuracy.  Each year I see how much you have improved in skill and teamwork.  All of these qualities will prepare you for your future.  While the softball you play is a much more organized machine than when I was growing up, the lessons I learned have helped me in my career.

I for one am looking forward to coming and watching your games, my granddaughter.  Enjoy your season as you only have this year and next year before you fly out on your own.  Take the time to make as many memories as you can store for this time is fleeting.  I was looking at your pictures when you were little and I can’t believe how quickly this day has arrived.  Keep up the good work, we are so proud of the young lady you have become.  Meme



Time spent with grandchildren can be so much fun.  Mine are no different they get bored easily if you don’t plan a project with them.  I hate to see them so engrossed in hand held devices when they can be doing something constructive or outside playing.  One weekend my granddaughter and I decided we were going to make our own non melting snowman.  We found some old cheese lids and some paint and began to work our magic.

Sponge painting can make things look so different from just painting the surface a solid color.  My granddaughter chose to paint the whole lids she used.  Since we were getting low on the paint we had I decided to sponge paint.  We took old buttons for the lower lid and other than a little imagination and some help from Grandpap who used zip ties to hold the two lids together, we made our own version of the snow man.

They were a great hit for the entire winter in my big window and I smile each time I drive by and see the smiling face shining back at me.  Next time you are bored, see what you can make from old things around your house.  Fun comes in many shapes and sizes.

Spreading your wings

Watching as life flies by we never realize how quickly time really does go by.  This picture of my grandson racing go carts a couple years ago reminds me that my vantage point through the fence captures but a second in time and when I blink it is gone.  I remember when he was born the mixed emotions around what some might have said was a disadvantage that would hold him back.  Oh yea of little faith, you forgot to tell him as nothing has held him back as you can see.  We realize that the only thing that holds us back is our own minds that believe what we live.

This amazing young man is flying high on life as he finishes up what little is left of his schooling.  He will have to soon decide what he will be when he grows up.  Seeing him reach out and try so many things that interest him I see that his learning and curiosity is still high.  He loves the outdoors and while he can do anything he chooses, he makes sure he cultivates his learning as he goes.  His perception of his grandparents is one of wanting to preserve what generations have given to him.  He learns how to hunt, fish, cultivate nature so that there is something to be left for the next generation.

It has been a pleasure to see him as he becomes a young man.  Kudos to him as he has learned the gentleness of his grandfather and the wisdom to keep trying when others say it is impossible.