The Forklift Will Come Today

I was astounded by the huge amount of donations at the Ohio State natatorium on Sunday afternoon where I attended the 2016 Thanks for Giving Fall Classic Swim Meet & Food Drive. 

Monday, a forklift will come to transport the huge containers to a truck for delivery. All the swimmers from competing teams brought food for the  Mid-Ohio Food Bank

Four of my grandkids swim for the hosting Ohio State Swim Club.

Seeing these overflowing containers was a reminder to not only be grateful for all I have but to remember people in need. The swim meet announcer read the statistics of who is hungry and it is painful to know.

Witnessing the swim families’ generosity and knowing people are hungry and rely on the donated food was a sight I wanted  to share.

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Officials Check for Two Hand Touch

IMG_3726Regional finals for Junior Olympics- Breast Stroke- checking for two hand touch. Hopefully no one gets DQed

Want to be a swim official?      Click Swimming Official Information here

 

IMG_3746Parting shot from afar, through the glass window of the Natatorium. Doesn’t look like 50 meter length from this angle. The pool was divided up into sections.

IMG_2683The McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Panorama Shot from earlier in the Day, Friday

Two events Saturday ,Three events Sunday.  GO ANNA!!!

Swimming with OSSC (Ohio State Swim Club)

 

 

 

First Cousins Meet for the First Time

Not even 24 hours old. My daughter Laura and her husband James have a new member of the family.

Charles Joseph.  7 pounds 15 ounces.  19 1/2 inches long.

He arrived Thursday night but Anna and Michael were home in bed resting up for the Peppe Meet at Ohio State Swim Club Friday afternoon.

Friday morning, we went to Riverside hospital on the way to the swim meet. It was on the way to OSU.

Anna and Charles

Anna meets baby Charles-

 

Michael and Charles

Michael gets a turn with Charles on the Boppy

 

Anna Michael hold and Charles

Anna waits for another turn to hold her new first cousin.

 

Anna Michael and Charles

Michael, Charles and Anna pose for Grandma

 

Their Dad Mark ( my son) is now an uncle

Uncle Mark and Charles

 

and we talked to Uncle Matty and Natalya in Croatia via SKYPE

talking to Croatia

 

 

Here are the two Grandmas

Anna took the photo, thanks Anna.two grandmas with Charles

and here is the new little family

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After Swimming, Maura Watches the Best Damn Band Tubas Practice

maura watches the band practice

The Ohio State University Marching Band- AKA (The Best Damn Band in the Land )

looked like the tuba section was watching a demo by a veteran.

ohio state tubas practiceEarly evening light made their shirts glow a bit.

Remember when the trombones played Hang on Sloopy? (click here for post)

After a Day of Football Watching

My son-in-law James and Penny the Golden Doodle, exhausted!  James was happy with the results of two games (Ohio State and Auburn winning)  and said he didn’t care much about the last one- USC and UCLA.  He gave me permission to blog the two of them resting on the couch.  Laura had already headed to bed.

I went down the street to photograph a crazy Christmasy house lit up full force but they’d flipped the  off switch early and gone to bed. Thought that would have been good for the Let There Be Light challenge part two.

The pink afghan covering James has a label in it from my father’s mother Mary Alta Hendricks, who knit it in 1976 at age 84.

Born in 1892.  That was a long time ago.

I’d been knitting all evening while the games were on. Earlier in the day,  my granddaughter Anna and my daughter Laura had been knitting as we all sat on the same couch.  Passed down four generations. There’s another afghan my grandmother knit from Bobbie, she sent it to Laura and James.

Tonight I am in the guest room at Laura and James’ sleeping under a quilt my grandmother stitched.

Thinking of family as the holiday weekend comes to a close.  Grateful for all the love passed down.

Thinking of those nearby and those no longer with us on earth, just in our hearts.

Penny and James

James and Penny are exhausted

QuiltQuilt stitched by my grandmother Mary Alta Hendricks

BUCKEYES Reflection- Guest Blog

My son Mark sent this to me  from his phone today.  He was with Anna at an Invitational Swim Meet, Ohio State University – The Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion to be exact.   The text he had written to me with the photo was:

Photo Challenge Reflection.

No matter that the Weekly Photo Challenge for Reflection was the beginning of December.  I thought it was fun to receive the photo he took with the accompanying words.  He saw that and thought of the Photo Challenge Reflection. And he thought of the blog.  It was nice to receive and so I’m sharing it you.

Thanks Mark. Continue reading