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[Sunday
November 27th, 2011 at 1:03pm ]
[ mood | cheerful ]

I'm going to take a cue from Kendra and post since I have no idea when I'm going to have time after this. We have a few busy days planned, starting with going over to my parents' house here shortly. Kendra's very excited about helping them, and we're going to go shopping for decorations for us as well so we can work on that afterwards. Mikel was kind enough to accept Kendra's invitation to help with some of the outside stuff, so he'll be over emptying our refrigerator later.

Thanksgiving was very nice, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the season. I have a few things planned that should make Kendra very happy, which is the best part of it all. I like to make sure that she enjoys the holidays as much as possible. Of course, her enthusiasm helps to infect everyone else, and it makes everything much cheerier. Kids during this season really are amazing.

I'm being urged to hurry, so I should do that. I'd hate to be late.

Paint -- Paintings

[Monday
November 14th, 2011 at 10:25pm ]
[ mood | content ]

It's getting to be the favorite time of year for the Dennys. In just a little over a week, Thanksgiving will be here, and everyone will be watching us to see who eats more. I suppose we can be quite the spectacle sometimes. That's all right, though. It's all in good fun and we get a great deal of very good food.

I took Kendra shopping for a new coat and other winter clothes the other day. I figured that with the snow falling already, it might as well get done. She's ready for pretty much anything now. I just have to get her to remember to put them on before she leaves for school. She has a tendency to do that.

Now I have to concentrate on Christmas shopping. I've done some throughout the year since there are so many people to buy for, but I still have quite a bit left. I try not to buy for the kids too early since tastes change and sometimes you find out something they really want later on. We also try to collaborate a little so there aren't any repeats. We're pretty good at it, at least.

I should get Kendra and have her do her post so she can go to bed. She just finished some math not too long ago, and it's time she try and get some sleep. It always takes her awhile to fall asleep, so the sooner she gets there, the better.

Paint -- Paintings

[Monday
October 31st, 2011 at 9:11pm ]
[ mood | bored ]

Kendra's at her Halloween party now, so I'm not doing much at the moment. We had a few trick or treaters, but not too many. So far, at least. I'm sure there will be at least a few teenagers coming a little later.

It's strange having it so quiet here on Halloween night. I'm sure Kendra's having a good time, though. I just have no idea what to do to entertain myself. Is that pathetic? Probably.

I suppose I could do some drawing, but I'm not really in the mood. I think I'll avoid the obvious choice of watching a Halloween themed movie. Kendra suggested it, and even left a couple of DVDs out for me, but I'm really not into that sort of thing.

All right, I think I'll try reading. Sorry for the dull entry. It's just not my night.

Paint -- Paintings

[Friday
October 14th, 2011 at 10:02pm ]
[ mood | okay ]

Trying to get Kendra to calm down and try and work toward going to bed just isn't working tonight. She's excited about the wedding tomorrow, and has tried on her new dress at least three times today. While she isn't big on dressing up too often, when she has a reason to do so, she really loves it. She loves modeling for people as well. She's growing up way too fast. I think I've said that before. Repetition is a good emphasis.

That said, Kendra's also been planning for Halloween. She's been plotting with Bridget about her costume, and won't tell anyone what it is. I have to admit to being quite curious. I'm sure it'll be a very good one, considering who she's got working with her. Kendra's gotten more into the idea of Halloween parties over "kid" things like trick or treating, which is another testament to her rapid approach toward adulthood. She still plans on going trick or treating, but she doesn't want to do it as long this year since she has a friend who invited her to a party. In fact, that friend is going with her to do the trick or treating. I'm a little nervous about letting her go out without adult supervision, but not because I don't think she can handle it. I keep worrying about possible encounters with people who enjoy such things against our group. I'm making sure she has a cell phone to take with her, just in case. However, I'm still going to be somewhat anxious until I find out she's at the party.

I hate having to worry about things like that. Nobody should ever have to.

Paint -- Paintings

[Thursday
September 29th, 2011 at 10:00pm ]
[ mood | okay ]

I'm sitting here listening to Kendra sound like she's coughing her lungs out. She seems to have acquired whatever bug's hit a few people, and I think it's going to keep her home from school tomorrow. In fact, I'm sure it is. I'll be taking the day off from work, myself. I need to keep an eye on her, and I know she feels better if I'm around when she's sick. I don't see getting a lot of sleep tonight either, since every time she coughs, I feel the need to go check on her. I did give her some cough suppressant, so hopefully that'll work and give her some peace. It's never easy sleeping when you have a bad cough.

I'll have to find some things for us to do tomorrow to keep her from getting too bored. We can put in movies and maybe play some games. My father mentioned coming over to help keep her company if she stays home, so he can be involved in all of that as well. That should make her happy. There's very little that she likes more than spending time with him. I think the feeling is mutual as well. I'm sure she can convince Mikel to come over for at least a little while as well. I know he has roleplaying Friday nights, but that leaves the day open.

I suppose I should get to washing the dishes so they get done. She wasn't feeling up to it, and I wasn't going to make her do them, so I need to. I'm not very fond of doing the dishes, but I'm sure I'll survive the experience. Maybe I should invest in a dishwasher. That would make it easier for both of us. It's something to think about, anyway.

I really should consider an updated picture of Kendra for any icon. I'll have to think about it. I might even get around to it at some point.

Paint -- Paintings

[Wednesday
September 14th, 2011 at 11:44pm ]
[ mood | tired ]

I'm getting ready for bed, but I thought I might as well update now. It takes the pressure off for tomorrow. I suppose that's a good thing.

I spent a few minutes helping Kendra with a math problem, and we figured it out together. She was pretty close, and I helped her figure out where the problem was. She's sharp, so it didn't take too long. I'm glad she tries to work through this things for awhile before asking for help.

The family is going to the fair on Saturday, which should be fun. The kids look forward to it, and it's quite fun for us all, I think. Kendra and Penny wanted to make sure their grandmother is here for it, so we're waiting for her so we can do so. I'm sure she'll be thrilled to know she gets to walk around the fairgrounds, although at least it shouldn't be too hot. It will be crowded, however. I think Becky's idea to go on a weekday during school was a good one. We might have to make arrangements to do that next year. We'll see, though. Either way, it should be a lot of fun.

I think I'm going to head to bed now and try to sleep. I need as much as I can get before this weekend, since I get the feeling I'll somehow end up imbibing sugar. Caffeine is easier to avoid, at least.

Paint -- Paintings

[Wednesday
August 31st, 2011 at 9:09pm ]
[ mood | content ]

It's been rather a pleasant day today. We finally got cooler weather, and that led to a thunderstorm. It was refreshing after all of the heat. Kendra enjoyed watching out the window,and got a glimpse of a double rainbow. That made her happy.

I also got surprised by dinner made by my daughter when I got home. She's been wanting to do some cooking, and Penny's been helping her out when she can. It was a simple dinner, but Hamburger Helper with mashed potatoes and carrots on the side never tasted so good. She was very proud of herself. She wants to work up to more complicated dishes, and I'm sure she'll do very well.

Work has slowed down a little, but there's still plenty to do. It's a lot more enjoyable than my last job, and I'm very glad of that. I'm certainly never bored, nor am I overworked. That's a very nice change. I think Kendra enjoys the fact that I'm not nearly as stressed as I was before. It makes for far more pleasant evenings.

This weekend we're going to finish up school shopping, which will be a relief. We're almost done, but we always manage to forget something. Either that, or Kendra thinks of something else she needs/wants.

Time to go relax and do some drawing, I think. Kendra's busy with a computer game, so it's fairly quiet. That's the best atmosphere for getting some art done. We'll see how long it lasts.

Paint -- Paintings

[Thursday
July 14th, 2011 at 11:00pm ]
[ mood | thoughtful ]

Another two weeks nearly up. The summer's going too fast, I think. Kendra seems to be in agreement, at least in between the distractions of get-togethers and water fights and other fun things like that. It's so hard sometimes to watch her. She's no longer a little girl, and it's hard for me to keep that in mind sometimes. She's growing up, and before too long she'll be heading off to college.

I'm getting too far ahead of myself, however. I certainly don't want to think of that time quite yet. I just consider myself lucky that she's happy to spend as much time with me as she does. She could be doing any number of other things besides hanging out with me, but she voluntarily, and even happily, keeps me company frequently. I hope that lasts a good long time.

Of course, there's the inevitability of boys as well, but that's definitely not something I want to consider. I feel almost sorry for any potential boyfriends in her future, however. I'd like to think that I wouldn't be very threatening, although I won't know until it happens, but Mikel? That should be interesting. And from what I hear, my father can be more worrisome than he seems. It's something that might prove amusing to watch, at least.

I being beckoned to by my lovely daughter, and so I'm going to answer the summons. It's nice to feel wanted, after all.

Paint -- Paintings

[Monday
June 27th, 2011 at 9:55pm ]
[ mood | good ]

It's finally quiet. We'll see how long that lasts.

Kendra and I just got home from visiting my parents and having dinner there. Kendra is, I'm afraid, fairly hyper since yesterday, and she got another slice of cake tonight, so that made her all the more so. Then Amber and Rolin dropped by with their kids, and there went the noise level, shooting through the roof.

So yes, I'm very glad to be home. Just one more day for birthdays this month, and that's Thursday. Of course, there are more in July. This is a very busy, and very noisy, time of year.

It's been relatively peaceful otherwise, however. Work has been going well, and it's nice not to have other forms of trouble hitting us left and right. I've heard some odd noises coming from my car's engine however, so I need to get that looked at and dealt with. I'm sure Trey will give me his expert opinion.

All right, I'm far too distracted to do much more, so I won't torture you all with my distracted ramblings. I think I'll see if Kendra wants to do something before I go to bed.

Paint -- Paintings

[Wednesday
June 15th, 2011 at 10:48pm ]
[ mood | good ]

Look at the time. I'm lucky I did or I might well have forgotten this. I was busy helping Kendra with a project for one of her classes, and then I got involved with a drawing I was doing, and time got away from me. The drawing wasn't going quite how I wanted it to anyway, so I might have to start over again.

Since I started so late, I'm probably going to leave it at that. I need to make sure Kendra is actually sleeping, and then I'll probably try and get some sleep myself. Two more days left in the work week and I have a lot of things I need to get done. The more sleep for that, the better.

Paint -- Paintings

[Thursday
May 26th, 2011 at 12:40am ]
[ mood | discontent ]

I should be sleeping, but my phone rang a few minutes ago. The number calling wasn't available, and when I answered it, there was silence for ten or twelve seconds after that before whoever it was just hung up.

Chances are that it was just a wrong number, but it put me a little on edge for some reason. I doubt that I'm going to be able to get any sleep for awhile. I'm not usually jumpy, but it just disturbed me and I'm not sure why. Perhaps I was having some sort of dream that adds to the feeling. Or perhaps there's something to it. I have no idea.

I think I'm going to get a midnight snack and sit up for awhile. Hopefully this feeling will pass.

On the bright side, it gives me something to post about other than the same old thing all the time, right?

Paint -- Paintings

[Sunday
May 15th, 2011 at 12:29pm ]
[ mood | okay ]

It's already the middle of May. That's hard to believe. This year has gone by quite quickly, hasn't it? The next thing I know, it's going to be Christmas again. At least it's been a pretty decent year overall, although this thing about Kendra growing up so fast doesn't seem right. In four years she'll be an adult. That idea is entirely unfathomable to me. And high school next year? It hardly seems fair.

Well, to get away from that subject because it's best for my sanity, work is going well. I'm enjoying it all very much, and most days I find myself very grateful that I moved on from my last job. I can see myself at this one for many years, really. Hopefully it will work out that way.

I think I really need to go take advantage of my time with Kendra now. I'll nudge her to write her post and then see if she wants to go do something.

Paint -- Paintings

[Saturday
April 30th, 2011 at 4:40pm ]
[ mood | content ]

It's my turn, it seems. It's been a rather hectic day, so I'm lucky I have Kendra to remind me of these things.

It's good to be able to get the entire family together again, and even better to see my mother able to relax. It's been awhile for that. She certainly deserves the break after all she's had to deal with. I know exactly how much of a relief it is to her when she's able to tie difficult cases up, and this has been one of the more difficult ones for her. I'd say that she deserves more than a week of for it.

However, I'm going to bow out of a long entry, like Kendra did, so I can enjoy the day. I think some of us are going to be talked into a game before dinner. Kendra's always very convincing.

Paint -- Paintings

[Thursday
April 14th, 2011 at 10:24pm ]
[ mood | sleepy ]

All I can say is, thank God tomorrow is Friday. This week has felt at least twice as long as it's been, and I'm ready for it to be over. Nothing has gone wrong or anything, but I've just had a lot of work to do and there never seems to be time enough to get it all done. This weekend, I'm just going to relax and have fun, hopefully not thinking about work at all.

Kendra suggested going on a drive on Sunday, so I think we're going to do that. We'll take a picnic lunch and find a nice spot to eat it and just forget about everything else. She has some great ideas. I think it's going to be a good weekend.

I'm sorry to cut this short, but I'm drifting off, and I need to see if Kendra wants to make a post before she goes to bed. I think I'm going to share her bedtime tonight. I could certainly use it.

Paint -- Paintings

[Tuesday
March 29th, 2011 at 10:16pm ]
[ mood | artistic ]

Now that Kendra is in bed, hopefully to remain there, it's as good a time as any to make my post. She was unusually tired tonight, which I hope isn't a sign that she's going to come down with what's been going around. I'd hate to see her get sick again, especially with as nasty as it's gotten. I suspect it's the flu, which is a very bad word around here.

As Kendra wrote in her post, I have two days off next week during her break from school. We have to decide what we want to do those days, although she has mentioned a picnic. She wants the entire family together for that, which means we'll have to make sure to pick up a lot of food. I'm sure it will expand beyond the immediate family and include more people as we go along. Maybe I'll just have to talk to everyone about having a day where we barbeque and just have a big gathering. That's something we can do in the evening so that everyone will be off work. I'll have to run that past Kendra and see what she thinks. I only hope everyone feels better by then.

I think I'm going to go relax and do a little drawing before I go to bed. I've been in an artistic mood lately, and I like to take advantage of that. I don't do that enough these days, and I should.

Paint -- Paintings

[Monday
March 14th, 2011 at 10:57pm ]
[ mood | tired ]

I need to go to bed soon, but I want to get this done first. Tomorrow is going to be a busy day for me, and I'll probably forget, if I even have the time to do it. I have some overtime I committed to, and it could go pretty late. I try not to do overtime too much, but it's necessary this time. It gives Kendra a reason to spend the night at my father's house tomorrow. I'm sure they'll both enjoy that.

Work has been going pretty well, and I'm grateful for that. I have more freedom at this job, and it's nice to be able to work with people who share at least some of my interests. I also don't randomly get crap thrown at me to do because my boss doesn't want to have to deal with it.

It's been nice to have more pleasant weather. Kendra has been talking about starting a garden this year, and we're going to discuss that. She wants both flowers and vegetables, but she needs to plan just what she wants to plant where. It should be a fun project for us. She's going to talk to Susan about what best to do, and I'm sure she'll get quite a lesson in gardening. I suppose I will as well.

I think it's a good time to call it a night. Kendra's now finally settled, and I have to get up far too early in the morning. I'm ready for the weekend already.

Paint -- Paintings

[Tuesday
February 15th, 2011 at 7:54pm ]
[ mood | content ]

Now that dinner is over, I'll get this done and then spend the rest of the night with Kendra. She wants to see "Despicable Me," which we have yet to sit down and watch. I heard from the others that it's a good movie, so it should be fun.

Valentine's Day was very enjoyable. Since I was ill last year, we didn't get to celebrate it in our usual way, so I wanted to make this one as special as possible. Kendra enjoyed it a great deal and so did I. I'm definitely going to miss it when we no longer share the day.

Other things have been going well, albeit mostly nothing of note has come up. Well, outside of the trouble with Rafiq and Ramon, but that's been discussed quite adequately. I'm glad that it tuned out as well as it did. Leave it to this family to find trouble when there's any possibility of it being found.

All right, I'm going to go gather some snacks so we can sit down and watch the movie. I hope you all have an enjoyable evening.

Paint -- Paintings

[Friday
December 31st, 2010 at 9:05pm ]
[ mood | content ]

I'm going to be predictable here and make a short post. Kendra and I are enjoying New Year's Eve together, and I'd rather spend my time with that then writing a post. I'm sure you all understand. Granted, I could have done this earlier, but I seem to be unable to remember to do so.

I hope that everyone who reads this has a happy and prosperous 2011. Take care.

Paint -- Paintings

[Friday
December 10th, 2010 at 9:50pm ]
[ mood | tired ]

Well, we prove again that if it isn't one thing, it's another. And it isn't even Mikel this time. Quite the shock, I know.

I got a call a little while ago that Jamie wouldn't be coming home for the night. He apparently decided to wait until the roads were clearer and the weather was warmer before he would have an accident and break himself. To his credit, the roads are rather icy after it's rained and snowed. He probably shouldn't have let Alyce talk him into going to the mall for Christmas shopping tonight.

I don't know all the details, mainly because understanding Alyce when she's talking a mile a minute is next to impossible, but apparently, when they were coming out of the mall, someone grabbed one of the many bags Alyce was carrying, and attempted to run off with it. That was a stupid move consider that Jamie, is a big man, was right beside her. Jamie darted after the thief, easily grabbing the guy by the hood of his jacket, but the ice sent Jamie's feet out from under him and he slid hip first into something rather hard, due in part to the ice and the momentum built up from the thief picking up speed to try and get away from the scary big guy chasing him. I'm not sure what. Of course, the thief got pulled down with him, and Jamie refused to let go of him, so I'm sure it was quite exciting. There were security officers just inside the mall, so they ran out and took charge of the thief and called an ambulance due to the fact that when Jamie stood up, he went right back down.

The verdict is a fractured hip, Alyce told me. Jamie will be staying in the hospital overnight for observation, but he should be back home tomorrow. I have no idea how bad the fracture is, but I'm sure I'll hear all about it when Alyce comes home with the girls. I can't promise to understand her completely, but we'll see.

A cheery entry, I know. But it gets mine done, at least. I'll have to thank Jamie for giving me something different to post about. I'll have to see if Kendra wants to write her post.

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[Tuesday
November 30th, 2010 at 8:06pm ]
[ mood | content ]

Now that I've been instructed by my very wise daughter to make a post, here I am.

As she said in her post, there's a lot of snow out there. It's very pretty, but not exactly fun to drive in. I don't mind so much, however. It can be enjoyable, at least when people are rational about driving. It won't be fun digging the car out tomorrow, however. I'm not going to think about that right now, though. I'd rather keep those thoughts pushed back for now so I don't have to dread the idea. Tonight is family time, and Kendra insists on Christmas movies. She's making popcorn and humming "Jingle Bells" right now. She's not a bit excited about Christmas.


We're going to be decorating this next weekend, although we did get some done last weekend as well. She wants to get the tree then, and we'll enjoy decorating it. I need to get some more ornaments and lights. They never seem to last more than one year around here. I wonder why.

I'm being bidden to go sit down on the couch now, so that signals the end of this entry. My apologies for the brevity. I seem to make short entries a lot.

Enjoy your evening.

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