Thursday, November 15, 2012

Serching for the On-ramp to Blog Return

To quote Mark Twain, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated”.  I am still around and looking back over the past year, I think it has been the most varied and busy one so far.

“All’yall” which is plural for “everyone”, if you live in the south, remember the tale of my Christmas night episode and the following several weeks.  The Boss had a full time “patient” to look after (me) for several weeks.  What you probably don’t know is that her dad, which was 92, became ill and was in and out of the hospital during this time frame.  Sadly, he passed away in June, but things were ok with him about his journey.  He had prepared for this situation which was a great part of his personality but it is not a short and easy process taking care of a person’s affairs.  The Boss had a large bundle to tote with all the legal and personal affairs of which needed tending.

 About three years ago my middle daughter adopted a one year old little boy from Russia. Then she, last year,  went through the process of adopting a newborn infant.   The mother changed her mind after the baby’s birth and the disappointment fueled the idea of another adoption.  She decided that an overseas adoption was less likely for the mother to “back-out”.  An adoption agency found a baby boy in The Republic of Congo and the process was started again.  A while into the adoption, the agency called my daughter and said, “We have access to another infant the same age but not the sister of the little boy”.  “Sure, why not”, my daughter’s instant reply.  Sooo, the two infants,  got here around middle summer.  The little girl, Adina, had a severe case of pneumonia.  We doubt that she was getting treatment in the Congo.  Pics to the left show "arrival" and then three months later.

My only “demand” was that she was not going to The Republic of Congo, having the other two to take care of.  Ye’uh , right, I have that much “say-so”, but as it turns out, her husband and his sister took the trip, was in the Congo for a week, several unexplained, to us, situations about getting out of there, the brave two young people got on a plane to Houston.  Immediately off the plane and directly to a hospital after the plane landed in Houston, then we could breathe a lot easier.   Treatment and a proper diet have allowed the little flowers to bloom.  I think that from this point forward I shall refer to them as my little “Menagerie of Mischief”.


Since my “episode”, I have felt soooo much better that I have accumulated a long list of things that needed tended around the old home place, re-roofing the barn, cleaning out the barn (6 pickup loads), general cleanup and trimming,,,oh and The Boss’s deck (added a storeroom to put left over stuff from her dad’s house, and ours)… guess what? Not much blogging or writing although I am still involved with The East Texas Writers Guild.  I hope to get back into “the stories” soon. 

I hope everyone is doing great, or at least OK.  I try to keep up with reading the posts, but have done a less that adequate job of commenting. 


  1. Glenn, I just love your "Menagerie of Mischief"! Welcome back--you have been missed...,,,

  2. It's good to see you back blogging Glenn..what a year you have many stories..but more importantly life lived..what a transformation your little granddaughter made from arrival to 3 months..those eyes sparkle..must help with the darker moments..waving hello back form over here..trying to think of Devonian phrases to equal your vernacular..all i can think is custard..scones..cows..rain..rude old people..(get off my land types)..and grim 99p shops full of very unhappy children and 'parents'..apart from that everything cheery in jae's head (a-hem)

  3. This is so fun to read Daddy, and the pics are wonderful!
    Love my Daddy!
    Rachelle (firstborn and favorite)
    ...I might have to get that in a tattoo!...hehehe... :O)

  4. Oh what adorable photos!!!! I'll bet those little ones will be blessed with lots of love! Nice of you to stop by my blog and comment every now and then, even when you've been so busy! hugs.

  5. I'm so glad that you've had a good recovery, and especially that the adoptions went well! There are few things as joyous as bringing a baby or child into your life, whether by natural birth or adoption, and it appears that these little ones have hit the jackpot with your family!

  6. Oh Glenn! This is the best post you've ever written! You are healthy and your family has grown. I am so happy for you! Blessings to your daughter and her two additions, and to you and your wife.

  7. glenn, my sympathy for the loss of your father in law. even at the ripe age of 92 it's still hard to lose a parent - my dad passed away this past april at the age of 87.

    your crew is the most precious bunch and the smile on adina's face lights up the world. so happy to hear you are faring well on all fronts - best wishes to you and yours for the most happiest of thanksgivings. xo

  8. Grandbabies must be AWESOME! I am happy for your health, prosperity, and growing healthy family. This is the good stuff, eh Glenn? Sunshine beams from those faces :)

  9. My babies are famous :) I, too, see much mischief headed our way....such great pictures to use on here! Love you, Daddy!

    - the mommy to the "menagerie"