My sister is taking her daughters to celebrate July 4th in our nation's capital,
which means a few days of dog-sitting at her lovely home deep in the OC.
Little did I know that during this visit I would finally have my long-awaited,
in-person, up close and personal Real Housewives of Orange County
encounter! But I'm getting ahead of myself...
This was the first sight that greeted us through the back slider.
OK, OK Riley, we'll play. But give us a few minutes to bond with
the humans here on this side of the glass!
Me and the nieces sat down for a quick game of Rummy with Nana.
Nana is a demon with those cards.
Look how she grabs them up with such competitive vigor.
Niece Courtney gets a bit miffed at Nana's latest calculated move.
Know this about Nana: just because you are her beloved grandchild,
she will never, EVER play easy on you. She's out for blood!
Racking up the points
Nana: "I win again. Who's in for another round?"
Me and the nieces: "No thanks.
We've had enough abuse for one day."
Chris smartly skipped the game and began bonding with Riley
My Nana (actually, she's my Mom) is quite the marvel. I won't betray her age here. I'll just say she was born somewhere between Roosevelt and Truman. Anyway, she's amazing. She still works at several jobs. She volunteers. She speaks three languages!
My Nana even knows how to tie a tie.
A MEN'S tie, as she adeptly displays in this photo.
She whipped this thing out in like 3 seconds. No problem!
Riley: "Are we going outside to play yet?"
Me: "OK, OK, Riley, but first I need to put my bag upstairs."
My niece tells me this message on her mirror is from the
movie Mean Girls. My nieces are not mean.
They are the sweetest girls on the planet. :-)
My nieces showed me this tiny hummingbird nest in their yard.
Only yesterday it had three tiny hummingbird eggs in it.
But then a hungry crow caught sight of it, and he ate them all.
That's sad. We went back inside where Paige had a reminder for me:
Paige: "Don't forget, you have to play with Chloe too while we're gone!"
Me: "Sheesh, yeah, I know. Dog-sitting can be alot of work!" :-)