phone call from mom!!

Mom and Dad were camping this week with my aunt and uncle.  I have gotten a few updates via pictures and text over the last few days as usual.  this morning as i am driving home from dropping the husband off at work my cell rings, it is mom.  i grab it and put her on speaker phone.  they are curious why the barge traffic has stopped on the Mississippi and why a bridge/ferry are closed since sometime yesterday.  i let her know i am driving but will check when i get home.

i get home and start digging on the old interwebs and discover that about 10 miles upriver from them two barges/tugboats collided and there has been an oil spill on the river. so i call to tell them perhaps they should refrain from fishing and get off the water just in case.  i say that the spill occurred ‘last night’  but she is insistent that the barge traffic was stopped yesterday as well so that can’t be it.  after digging some more and reading another news post on it, i realize that the spill was Wed night not Thur night so i text her back to let her know that probably has been the problem all along, i just don’t know what day it is.

my phone help may not be in as big of demand now since i can’t get my news report days/dates right.. we will have to see.

HOWEVER, the big question in my mind since i hung up from that initial call was … why didn’t she ask my aunt who has a smartphone to look this up hahahaha

Book Review – Whistling Women by Kelly Romo

 

Addie Bates has an opportunity to return to San Diego where her life changed abruptly 15 years ago.  As part of the 1935 Worlds Fair, she has the chance to reconnect with family and find forgiveness for something she has never even really forgiven herself for.

The story is told through Addie and her 15 year old niece, Rumor, who didn’t know of each others existence until Addie’s return. The story follows Addie as she tries to reconnect with her estranged sister and overcome obstacles both new and old to rebuild their relationship.

I really enjoyed getting to know the characters as their stories were slowly revealed throughout the course of the book.  The switches from present to past were very smooth and I never found myself wondering which time period we were in.

 

I definitely stayed up until 1am to finish this book) it gets a 4 out of 5 from me

4-5

A new category – Strange phone calls from mom.

so the other day, my cell phone rings, and it isn’t a number programmed in my phone which isn’t a big surprise because i am terrible about keeping my contacts updated. i answer it and it is my mom, i have a moment of concern because i know she was with my dad at a dr. appointment this morning.

Now, she has a cell phone, it can take pictures and texts but it isn’t a smart phone. so here is how it goes…  (mind you she is in Missouri, and I am in California)

Mom: I need directions to <something> farms in Campbell from Poplar Bluff

Me: you need what?!

Mom: directions to bader/vader (I couldn’t tell which she was saying) farms from Poplar Bluff, I need to know the best way.

Me: Umm OK… (opens google maps) what is it again?  vader farms?

Mom: no, Bader… Bob – andy-dog- edgar- roger

Me 🙁 googling)

Me: ahh OK, well the best way is to take blah blah highway

Mom: OK that is what I told your dad but he didn’t believe me

Me: WHY are we going to this farm?

Mom:  oh, I need some peaches.

Apparently Bader Farms has peaches worth driving MILES for

Bader Peach Farms Inc. Campbell, MO. – where every day is just peachy!

 

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Bike the Bay again

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Well, we did it again, we rode over the Coronado bridge at the start of a 25+ mile Bike the Bay bike ride.  I was actually able to enjoy the view a little this year as I wasn’t stuck against the inside barrier sucking wind the whole time.   it was much more fun and relaxing than last year.  I have been riding back and forth to a friends house and either walking or biking for quite a few local errands recently.  Today i rode to the post office to start the process for a passport ( so we can go to Whistler at some point in the future )and then grabbed some lunch before heading home.

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on another note, I have started a gofundme for my little sister, she needs a little financial boost to get a car on the road after some unexpected setbacks.  donate, or at least share if you have a mind to. and thank you very much for either one. http://www.gofundme.com/6y2ygntg