Monday, January 24, 2011

New Year, New News!

I must have dozed off there for a couple of weeks. I had so many good ideas floating around in my head that I created some sort of Blog Jam. I wanted to talk about weight loss resolutions, weather conditions, bird feeding and the Chicago mayoral race and what happens? A new Grandkid arrives! I already have big Grandkid news from up Nord where Eddie is venturing out on his own two feet without parental aid and down here, Saffie learned to sing the ABC song (and sing the ABC song, and sign the ABC song and sing......) So, after a false alarm trip to the hospital Sunday night, Derek and Jeanna took off for the real thing Tuesday morning. In almost no time at all little Sebastian Byron showed up. my principle participation in the delivery was as head driver of Super G (Super Granny) to her appointed posts. When the call came, early Tuesday morn alerting us that mom-to-be was heading to the hospital, we grabbed our prepacked bags and set off to join Saffron to wait for news of the birth. Unfortunately I hadn't planed on the fine city of Fennimore plowing our street and piling snow across the foot of our driveway. It only took about a half hour before one of our neighbors with a husky pickup truck and a tow chain freed us from our snowy situation. The baby arrived at the hospital before we arrived at Saffie's side. Jeanna and Derek had the foresight of making arrangements with a friend who lives nearby to stay with Saffie until Super G got there. Mom, Dad, Big Sister, Super G and baby Sebastian are all home and doing well while Grandpa is trying to plow through the Blog Jam and post some sort of semi-entertaining blog.
Sebastian's birth is the big news as he puts the Grandkid number at nine but in June, Daughter Summer will provide number ten who will be, what I'm told, the last in my Grandkid collection. Not that I'm suggesting anything to my older Grandkids, but, I'm clear for "Greatgrandkids". Enough said.
In the weight loss area - I need to lose some weight. That's mainly because a lot of my favorite clothes don't fit anymore and Lands' End isn't doing too much in the way of stretch-and-wear outfits. My first thought was to merely try to grow taller. I checked with the Marquise Du Sade web site but the cost of a better quality rack is cost prohibitive. So, my new approach is to simply eat smaller portions. With a little research I found that many foods come in smaller sizes for fatties like me. As an example, I've found Mini M & Ms and those little candy bars are also very handy small portions. There's even a lot of mini cookies on the market and I've found some tasty little pies as well. We should be seeing results in no time.
I'm not going to give the weather the satisfaction of giving it space here and the birds are feeding fine on their own so I'm going to wrap this up with a picture of Sebastian and dinner.

Sebastian before a certain football game yesterday.

After the game!

An example of M & Ms lite. Notice how much smaller those babies are!