Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Grandpa has to Brag on Granddaughter

First, I want to thank everyone who is following my food blog whether on a regular basis or occasionally.  On Monday the blog broke the 10,000 hits mark.  Each week the number of hits is slowly increasing.  I'm picking up more hits from many different countries around this amazing world of ours.  The biggest increase seems to continue to be from Russia.  Thank you followers from Russia and please continue to spread this link to friends and family.
Cabana Boy & New Assistant

Today I'm not going to talk about food, cooking or recipes.  As a proud grandfather for the first time, I have to brag up my granddaughter.  Her name is Eleanor Ruth and they call her Nora.  The Eleanor Ruth part is after two of her great-grandmothers.

Nora will be 4 months old next week.  She is already rolling over from stomach to back and back to stomach.  She loves to stand on her own two legs but needs us to help her balance.  I'm sure it will be awhile (months) before she is holding herself up against a table or chair of some kind.  But like every grandparent, our granddaughter can do things no other child can do (at least in our minds).

The great part for me is taking care of her a couple days a week while her parents work.  She has become my new assistant helping me with this blog.  I'm sure she will contribute more as each month goes forward.
Deep in Thought

As I mentioned above, she is ahead of her age and is already giving me feedback on a regular basis.  I'm going to need her help as Google has updated their blog screen. I'll have to figure out what changes (much less why the changes) they have done to screw up everyone.  The screen is already flashing messages that I am having problems.

Hopefully, I figure it out and am able to show a few photos of Nora.  By the way, she loves to jabber but you have to listen close to figure out what she is saying.  Fortunately only a grandparent can understand her language and we don't tell her parents.  That's for them to figure out someday.

One of the great parts of being a grandparent is watching personalities develop.  She is a very happy baby and I can see some family traits.  The only bad one so far is from her grandfather.  She doesn't like to go to bed either.  You can always sleep some time in the future as far as the two of us think.
Play Time

Enough on Nora today.  Tomorrow is a recipe for "Pepper Jelly" which has a bite to it.  The recipe covers a mild version and a hotter one.  This jelly is great to put over room temperature cream cheese and serve with crackers.  I happen to like it on toast, pancakes and waffles too.  Then Friday's recipe is for "Apple Butter" and if I do say so myself, it's damn good (pardon the French).  Be sure to check them out and try them too.  They are not hard to make and it is well worth it.  Have a great week and thanks again for your support.


  1. Nora is beautiful, and you are such a proud grandpa, Barry! I can't wait to meet her!


  2. So true, Betsy!
    And Barry, you are hilarious with this baby! However, because she is of your stock, I believe she is far above any other child's intellectual and personal development!

    I have to tag on Betsy's comment because "it" won't let me leave my own, I've tried often in the past, even though I have a google account.