Family

Changes

I sort of fell off the face of the blog almost a year ago. NRAAM got interrupted by…life, of all things (not mine, but the bf’s), which caused us to cut the weekend short and return home for a family emergency. I was busy helping him try to deal with things until I went out to Washington to see my brother and his family (so much fun!!!), but at the airport on the way back, my dad fell and hurt himself pretty bad. He even ended up having surgery on his “fake knee” (as my nephew calls it) to drain the hematoma from the fall, and I’m still not sure that he doesn’t have some residual pain from the broken sternum when he sneezes too hard. My mom started to get sick shortly thereafter, and we’ve spent months trying to track down exactly what was going on with her, because rheumatology nonsense never gives up the answer easily, but at one point, she could barely even walk for a couple of weeks.

In the midst of all of this, what was supposed to be a fun-filled last summer up north with the bf and my other friends turned into an “all hands on deck” 6 months of putting out fires everywhere I could, never having enough time in any one place to get much accomplished.

Oh, and I was building my new house at the same time.

So I’m finally in my new house (only a few weeks late). LOVE IT. Mom and Dad are slowly doing better. Nephew is absolutely over the moon that I’ve moved to town, because I know how to play Pokemon, and because I have a spare bedroom for him to come have “sleepovers at auntie’s”. Still surrounded by boxes, but the kitchen and dining rooms are all unpacked. Get my new closets put in tomorrow, so I can start hanging clothes (and quit wearing the same clothes I’ve had on for two months…thank you, baby brother, for noticing THAT fact). And I can start dragging all of the firearms and ammo out of all the nooks and crannies that they’ve been stored in and go shooting.

There are some nice ranges down here that I’m looking forward to trying out, to see which one seems the best fit for me. My brother and nephew go to one that’s a little further away for me, but on paper, it seems to be the nicest one around. Oh, and the least expensive as far as a membership goes. I have high hopes for that.

The other neat thing about where my house is is that it’s really right in the middle of everything, yet it’s not on a busy street. The big road right behind my house runs parallel to the main drag where all the shopping is located, and there are supposedly 50 restaurants within 2 miles of my house. I think I’m going to start going to one new one a week and putting up some pics and reviews here. (Of course, that 50 includes places like McD’s and such, but hey…one a week for a year.)

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Gun Gurus

At this time, all that I am allowed to say is a “minor non-derogatory remark that acknowledges my appearance” on Gun Gurus.

*SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!*

Ok. There. That’s minor and definitely non-derogatory.

Oh. And both Mr. Schreier and Mr. Supica are very cool.

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In Which Hyperventilation Occurs

And in which I find out that I’m no better than any other fan-girl out there…

I just got a call from NRA HQ in Virginia. My submission to the Gun Gurus, to bring a firearm for them to oogle the Thursday of NRAAM in Louisville got chosen! I get to dig my daddy’s shotgun, given to him when he was just a tyke, to take with me to show off to them.

I am seriously dancing around the house and *squeeeeeeeee*ing!

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Happy Christmas to All!

Matthew 1: 18-25

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill
what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,
which means “God is with us.”
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.
He had no relations with her until she bore a son,
and he named him Jesus.

May you all have a happy and blessed Christmas and a joyous and rewarding new year!

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Kids These Days

Since my dad got his new knee, he’s been stuck over in nursing care at the big house. It’s not much fun, and he’s realized there’s a limit to how many books can be read and how much daytime TV can be watched (the upper limit of that being about zero).

So today, we imported my youngest nephew for a short time after he got out of school. Fun was had by all. Card games were played. (Grandpa came in last many times.) Nephew even beat g’pa at rock-paper-scissors a few times! Ice cream got gobbled (and got on the school sweatshirt…oh noes!), and then it was time to go home.

When mom and I were taking him home, the nephew asked, “Can we please have some music in the car?” Now, my parents never play the radio when he’s in the car, because you never quite know what you’re going to hear, but mom has a new van with a CD player and a hard drive. We’d spent earlier drive time uploading some CDs onto the hard drive, so I figured why not…

I go to turn the stereo on, and the nephew pipes up again, “Do you have any Vivaldi?”

“Excuse me, what?”

“Do you have any Vivaldi to listen to?”

“Ummm… *blink* *blink* I don’t think so, but let me look.” I started frantically searching the hard drive to see what we might have uploaded. No Vivaldi. “I’m sorry. No Vivaldi, but here, let’s try this.” I put on a strings orchestra version of “Stars and Stripes Forever”.

“I guess this is ok, but I think I would like ‘Blue Sunset’ better.” That was the song listed two higher in the list.

“You what?!? You’re killing me here, kid! But ok… ‘Blue Sunset’ it is.” And the rest of the drive, we listened to various strings orchestra versions of American composers.

Kids these days!

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