For the last several days I’ve been on the road. A rush trip was necessary to deliver our first granddaughter’s eighth birthday present, a cedar hope chest I made in my “spare time” over the last year. I call her PPG for Pater’s Precious Girl. Her real name is Sara Riley. In true Southern Belle style, we call her by both names.
Mama always said, “You’ve got to treat your children equally.” With that in mind I didn’t want to show up with a present for PPG and not have something for our only grandson, so I made this box for Snag. Now, don’t ask me where “Snag” comes from, because even he doesn’t know. One day he just said there were too many kids named “Charlie,” so he wanted a unique name. A really funny story goes with this present. Inside the box is a tray and under the tray is a hidden compartment. I told Charlie that he shouldn’t tell anybody about the hidden compartment so it would remain a secret. Not two seconds after Sara Riley walked into the room Charlie said, “Sister, look! It’s a secret compartment! Don’t tell anybody!”
Itty Bitty (who is now known as Pater’s China Doll) would have had a present but her parents can’t decide about dimensions and style for a toy box/bookcase they want for her room. I gave them an incentive Friday night: get the information to me before I start on mine and Brenda’s new bedside tables and I can still get it done before Audrey’s first birthday in August. They promised I’d have an e-mail in my Inbox by the time I get home.
I got to visit all of my grand-pets on this trip, too. Edie lives with Sara Riley and Charlie and was son Jeremy’s cat before he married daughter (in-law) Regina. Edie will be 14 in November. She is not only beautiful but also incredibly affectionate. And talkative.
Edie is also very tolerant of her “brother,” Bovine. He is an adorable Shih Tzu who gets his name from his Holstein markings. He is also very affectionate and wants to be in someone’s lap all the time.
At Audrey’s house is Bogie, a Lhasa Apso who belonged to daughter (in-law) Nan before she married our son Andy. I was so proud of Nan and Andy for getting excess weight off Bogie, who sometimes suffers with disk problems in his back. Bogie recently started a new diet after surgery to remove urinary tract stones and Nan credits that for his weight loss. Bogie is about the most laid-back dog you will ever meet. He still hasn’t gotten used to the way his world changed in
August, 2009, but he is very tolerant of Audrey. When he senses she’s getting too close he just ambles over to another sleeping spot and plops down. Infinitely patient, when he wants attention he just comes and stands by his intended target until that person is ready to pet him.
See you tomorrow, Dr. Randolph.