Happy Bday Jeff

28 Jun 2009 – Voices from the past!


Sun: Happy 34th Bday to son in law, Jeff. Thank you for putting me up and for putting up with a mother in law like me! You are the perfect husband for Linn and the best father for my grandchildren. Also Bday greetings to John Wilson, my AT hiker buddy (MoFoMaN) who lives in Charleston, SC.

Sat: Had a pleasant visit from Kathryn Hawarah, May‘s classmate from elementary and high school in Florida. She lives in Greenville, about an hour drive from here. Hearing them talk made it seemed like it was so long ago but somehow it does not feel that way. Lunched at the Wings’ buffet and so impressed with how the grandchildren enjoyed all kinds of food.


Fri: Nancy left. Linn & May were at a Stamping evening but I was too tired to be creative. Sophie cared only for her feed and a clean diaper. Enjoyed snuggling & cuddling with her and watching Linn more or less back to her normal self, spending time with her sister.

Women with pasts interest men because men hope that history will repeat itself – Mae West

May to the Rescue!


26 Jun 2009 – Activities

May arrived Wed night… so glad to see her with full of energy and patience, not burnt out like her mother! Katy & Ellie‘s last day at the Vacation Bible School ended last Friday week celebrating with a cake big enough to feed an army! Took John to McD for his treat and to climb the tree-house… he calls it the McD Camp! He is too young for both the VBS and Summer Camp.

Thu: Katy & Ellie‘s last day of Summer Gymnastic Camp at Seven Oaks Park. Sophie had her first bath when she was 2 weeks young and seemed to enjoyed every minute of it. Katie commented… you bathe her in the kitchen sink! Happy Bdays to nephews John & Clement LAM, the 2 bankers in the family and to Huang YiYong from Hawaii. Sorry to miss him in SIN. Hope that he is enjoying his stay there.

Nancy will be flying back to Florida tonight, will miss her. Thank you for all the help which was much needed and appreciated. Friends like her are a gift from heaven.

Humor does not rescue us from unhappiness, but enables us to move back from it a little – Mason Cooley

12 Lines


24 Jun 2009 – A Picture & 12 Lines to make you smile

1. Some people are alive only because it’s illegal to kill them. 
2. I used to have a handle on life, but it broke. 
3. Don’t take life too seriously; no one gets out alive. 
4. You’re just jealous because the voices only talk to me 
5. I’m not a complete idiot – some parts are just missing. 
6. Consciousness: That annoying time between naps. 
7. Ever stop to think and forget to start again? 
8. Being ‘over the hill’ is much better than being under it! 
9. Stupidity is not a handicap. Park elsewhere! 
10. They call it PMS because Mad Cow Disease was already taken.
11. He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless DEAD. 
12. I smile because I don’t know what the hell is going on.

Needed those lines as the energy level (physical & mental) is at one of it’s lowest point…

Happy Father’s Day


21 Jun 2009  – Happy Father’s Day

Nancy and I found some used scraps of tissue paper to wrap Jeff’s gifts for Linn and the children. She just returned home, still in pain and needs to save her energy to nurse Sophie.

To my father LAM Tin Yue

You never said I’m leaving
You never said goodbye
You were gone before I knew it, 
And only God knew why
A million times I needed you, 
A million times I cried
If Love alone could have saved you, 
You never would have died
In Life I loved you dearly
In death I love you still
In my heart you hold a place, 
That no one could ever fill
It broke my heart to lose you, 
But you didn’t go alone
For part of me went with you, 
The day God took you home – Author Unknown

Septic Pelvic Thrombophlebitis


20 Jun 2009 – Money

Linn is still in the hospital and is on Heprin shots (blood thinner) and antibiotics. The doctors suspect that she may have a blood clot on her pelvis, SPT. Hope that she can be better and can be home by Father’s Day. It has been a week with much worries and anxieties but baby Sophie is adorable and perfect.

You can buy a House but not a Home
You can buy a Clock but not Time
You can buy a Bed but not Sleep
You can buy a Book but not Knowledge
You can buy a Doctor but not Good Health
You can buy a Position but not Respect
You can buy Blood but not Life
You can buy Sex but not Love –  Chinese proverb 



16 Jun 2009  –  Seniors at Walmart

Linn is back in the hospital due to pains. CAT scan did not show anything serious, just bloated with air which has caused her much discomfort. Probably has an infection but they are not sure where; received antibiotics last night and staying another night in the hospital.

John, youngest driver with Ms Nancy, a senior instructor with an injured foot! Was carded for buying beer at Walmart… compliment but more likely cashier with poor eye sight 🙂

Amy & Nancy, two senior divorcee, are talking.  

Nancy: That nice John Johnson asked me out for a date.  I know you went out with him last week, and I wanted to talk with you about him before I give him my answer. 

Amy: Well, I’ll tell you. He shows up at my apartment  punctually at 1900hrs, dressed like such a gentleman in a fine  suit and he brings me such beautiful flowers! Then he takes me downstairs and what’s there but a luxury car… a  limousine, uniformed chauffeur and all. Then he takes me out  for dinner… a marvelous dinner… lobster, champagne,  dessert and after-dinner drinks. Then we go see a show. Let me tell you, Nancy, I enjoyed it so much!  

So then we are coming back to my apartment and he turns into an ANIMAL. Completely crazy, he tears off my expensive new dress and has his way with me two times!  

Nancy: Goodness gracious! So you are telling me I  shouldn’t go out with him? 

Amy: No, no, no…I’m just saying, do not wear an expensive new dress!

My father would have turned 98 yesterday. Some humour helps when one has responsibilities to 4 kids, 1 concerned son-in-law, a senior with an injured foot, 1 senior dog, cooking & cleaning up etc… 

Let Sleeping Dog Lie!


13 Jun 2009 – Quiet Moments

What a hectic week! Certainly feeling that the energy level is not as it was. Driving and picking Katy & Ellie from Vacation Bible School from 0900- 1200hrs Mon thru’ Fri; John is too young for VBS. For his age of 2 and a half, my favourite grandson speaks in full sentences and is very intelligent… observations from the an objective grandmother 🙂

Last night Linn & Jeff attended the Residents’ Graduation dinner and Sophie (3 days young) was the youngest guest who slept thru’ the whole ceremony. Katy Ellie & John stayed home with Nancy & I to watch a movie and had pizza with crazy bread & ice cream with brownies. Katie & Ellie claimed that the crazy bread made them crazy… and they do not need that bread to be so! John and I have similar food taste. He also likes his ice-cream on the side and not together with the brownie and has good taste in food… likes my cooking 🙂

What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child? – Lin Yutang

A Birth & A Death


10 Jun 2009 – 4th Grandchild

Appreciation to Nancy Bowman who flew from Florida to help me.  

Sophie Victoria Hall was born Tue 9 Jun 0336hrs in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. Another blond daughter to Linn & Jeff, the proud parents and a sister to Katy, Ellie & John.

Condolences to cousins LAM Kwok Lock & family, LAM Kah Yun and LAM Kwok Chai for the lost of their mother, 5th aunt who died in Toronto, Canada Tue 9 Jun 2215hrs.

Like all of us in this storm between birth and death, I can wreak no great changes on the world, only small changes for the better, I hope, in the lives of those I love – Dean Koontz

School is Out


8 Jun 2009 – Garage Sale

Fri was Katys last day in school as a 1st grader. Had lunch with her class. Next school year she will move to another school into a gifted program in 2nd Grade. Good luck with the new school and location.

Was at Linn & Jeff‘s ex neighbourhood for a garage sale.  Amy, Mike and their only daughter Rachel (Katy‘s best friend) will be moving to Belgium and just sold their house (the same model as Linn & Jeff‘s old house). The lemonade/cookie stand was a success for the kids. Jeff bought some books, Christmas tree stand, toaster oven, set of drawers for Sophie‘s room, a wooden lamp & rocking chair and I bought a brand new Reader’s Digest Beading Set for $2… incase I get bored 🙂

Q: Do you know why grandchildren are always so full of energy?  A: They suck it out of their grandparents! Watching Linn & Jeff with their children makes me feel proud being her mother, they are doing such a good job. Playing and cuddling with them is the best I can do. Considering that my mother had 7 and grandmother had 15 children, 4 will be no sweat for Linn! 

My grandkids believe I’m the oldest thing in the world. And after two or three hours with them, I believe it too. – Gene Perret