RIP Mr. Bubbles

Unfortunately, Emily’s Russian Tortoise, Mr. Bubbles, died suddenly yesterday.

I got a text from Emily while at work yesterday asking for the phone number of a good friend that raises turtles so she could call for advice. It seemed Mr. Bubbles wasn’t moving or responding. After several phone calls to vets and friends, it was determined that Mr. Bubbles had indeed expired. It was very unexpected as he was very lively the previous day. In fact, we often called his high-speed strolls through his cage turtle olympics and he was crushing it two days ago.

Mr. Bubbles came to our home only about a month ago. Emily had posted on Facebook to Santa that all she wanted for Christmas was a turtle. A neighborhood friend then responded that she could have his because his mother had told him it was time to find a new home for Mr. Bubbles. What a great win-win situation for both parties. We drove 3 blocks over and picked up Mr. Bubbles and his cage and belongings and he settled in quite nicely in Emily’s bedroom.

He was a very spry turtle and was fun to watch as he would move quickly along the floor of his cage or along the floor of Emily’s bedroom. Emily loved that turtle immensely. She fed it, watered it, misted it with water, cuddled it, and just loved it. It was very good to see her take on the responsibility and knock it out of the park. So, the sudden death hit us even harder knowing the great care it had received.

Services are pending…

Saying goodbye to the last grandparent

Linda lost her last living grandparent earlier this week. She was 97 years old. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s Disease had taken her from us many years ago. For many years, we would visit, but it was disheartening knowing that she didn’t know who we were. However, she had a life-long love of music. So, for many years Linda and the girls would go to her place of residence and put on piano and violin recitals for her and all her fellow residents. She clearly enjoyed listening to the music.

She will be missed now that she is truly gone. However, the family has lots of good memories.

One of the memories most retold among our family is best described by Linda’s sister at her blog, Connor and Helen Grow Up:

My grandma didn’t say a lot, didn’t smile in photos, and should’ve stayed out of the kitchen. Her two kitchen legacies are the ability to turn tin-foil into gravy (how else to explain the similarity in taste?) and burning rolls.

Years ago, we were eating Thanksgiving dinner at my grandparents’ home. My brother-in-law put into action the tried-and-true practice of smothering the turkey and potatoes with gravy, because that? That would make everything taste good. My mom, sister, and I all stood there in shock, because we had spent so many years avoiding the gravy, that I think we had forgotten how powerful the stuff was. We have had more than one laugh reliving the look on my brother-in-law’s face when he took a bite.

That same dinner, my grandma had put a pan of rolls in the oven. Mind you, these are just the store bought rolls that come in packages that essentially need to be reheated or browned a little bit. The rolls were done, and my Aunt came into the kitchen and removed them from the oven – right on time. I observed the bold act, thinking that for the first time ever, the rolls would not be burnt. Only, before my aunt could set the pan down, my grandma put them right back into the oven and admonished my aunt that the turkey wasn’t done yet. And that pretty much sums up every cooking memory I have of my grandma

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The funeral was held yesterday at her home church in Salina, KS – University United Methodist Church.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her

K-State Football ends…

The Kansas State football team lost the Fiesta Bowl. In fact, they didn’t play very well at all. There were moments that were encouraging; I was pleased at halftime and really felt that we had a chance. Remembering back on the rest of the season, there were many games where we dominated the 3rd quarter and took control of the game during the second half. However, it was not to be this time. Collin Klein did not look like a Heisman candidate in this game.

We ended up losing 35-17 to a very, very good Oregon Ducks team.

I also think it would be important to point out that the other bowl games have all been played at this time. Something that I noticed is that Johnny Manziel showed that he truly deserved the Heisman trophy this year; he and the Texas A&M Aggies demolished Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl. Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o was also very ineffective against Alabama in the BCS Championship. Collin Klein did not look like a Heisman candidate in our bowl game. I guess the Heisman voters were right (as wrong as I thought they were at the time).

Before we close out our thoughts on the football season, it would be important to remember that this season was a HUGE success compared to what every expert said was going to happen. We were picked to end 6th in the Big XII, but we were the champions. We advanced to a BCS bowl and was able to give the program a lot more exposure and the guys a lot more practice. We should be very proud – KState Proud – of what we were able to accomplish this year. Here’s to continued success.

Here’s to enjoying the mens and women’s basketball teams this winter. Hope they can make it to the NCAA March Madness.

Time for Fiesta Bowl

The day has arrived for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl; #5 Kansas State is going to battle #4 Oregon. This should be a very big game.

We won’t be there in person, but we will be there in spirit while watching from the comfort of our own home with family and friends. Here’s to a big win! Go Cats.

EMAW.

For those that want a little fun, here’s The K-State Mask and his motivational video for this game:

Christmas in Heaven

As mentioned in my year end review, we lost my grandmother this past year. She was my last living grandparent. My father sent me a poem he found among her belongings after she died. I can hear her saying this in her own voice:

Christmas in Heaven

I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below
with tiny lights like Heaven’s stars reflecting on the snow.

The sight is so spectacular, please wipe away that tear
because I’m spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear,
but the sounds of music can’t compare with the Christmas choir up here.

I have no words to tell you of the joy their voices bring.
It’s so beyond description to hear the angels sing.

I know how much you miss me – I see the pain inside your heart
but it’s only for a little while that we will be apart.

I can’t tell you of the splendor or the peace here in this place.
but can you imagine Christmas with our Savior face to face?

Please let your hearts be joyful and let your spirits sing –
I’m spending Christmas in heaven and I’m walking with the King.