Saturday, July 4, 2015
I have a new normal now. I ended up getting a divorce and relocating to a new town. I am still working at the same place just coming in from a different direction now.
Shortly after I moved, and before I could get totally settled, my mom passed away. It will be one year on Aug 2, 2015 since she passed away. I miss her every day. It took many months for me not to cry every single day. But now I'm down to maybe once a week that something hits me and I remember mom and have a pity party on my own.
Life is good. I'm OK and hanging in there. I have a lot of great friends to lean on when I feel down in the dumps.
I still like to scrapbook but am limiting it to the vacations that I take. I really don't have anyone that will want all these scrapbooks when I die...so limiting what I scrapbook at this point in time. But don't want to give it up completely.
Well, I am going to try to make a better effort to post more frequently going forward..but making no promises.
Looking forward to the fireworks tonight. We have been lucky and have had some great weather lately. Had quite a bit of rain earlier but that has slowed down and the temps have been great.
My friend Lori has a son, Devon. I enjoyed going to his baseball games this spring and early summer, but they are over now. I may try to find out when Boone or Perry play and go to a high school game. I enjoy my time at the ball park.
Well, that's it for today's edition. Hope everyone is doing well.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Mom, dad and I went down to Louisiana in April and went to the Albritton Reunion. There were about 90 relatives there! They thought that was one of the biggest turnouts ever. I'm so glad that we made the trip down. We always stay with Dan and have such a great time. The weather is always so nice and the trip down is fun to watch the shades of green perk up as we get farther south.
Dad had Alzheimer's for several years but in late September he started having back aches and by the first of October he had been in the ER several times...but it seemed that by the time the Dr got to him the back aches had gone away. But it turned out they were justified...he had bone cancer and several tumors in his back. He spent 2 weeks in the hospital before being transferred to a local nursing home in Perry. He only spent 4 days there before passing away. It's so hard losing a parent...even though he had Alzheimer's he still had a funny to tell and a sparkle in his eyes. I just know that he is in a better place and without pain and he has all his old memories back...
We lost one of our black labs in early October. I came home one evening and he was 'gone'. So sad for us. He was 14 years old but a good old boy. Russ and I loved him and enjoyed all the years we had with him.
I went on a vacation in late October after dad's funeral. It was bittersweet but the trip was preplanned and prepaid...so not really a viable option to not go. I went on a 9 day trip with a gal pal. We had a great time. Mornings were the hardest for me and they still are for some reason. When I think of dad and him not being around ever ever ever again...it really makes me sad.
I am going to start writing down as many 'dad' memories as I can. He was an awesome dad and I learned so many lessons from him....so I want that to be documented,
Well, I haven't posted for a long time and really would like to do a better job of keeping the blog up to date...but one just never knows.
I just hope everyone has a great 2013 and that there is more peace on earth this year and not so many tragic stories of death and violence.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Took my folks to Louisiana last fall
Took my folks to Louisiana this spring for the Albritton Reunion
Taking my folks to Louisiana this fall
My brother lives down there and we stay with him and always have such a great time. The weather is always very nice and we can take long walks each morning..so we all really enjoy it while we're there. We also have a cousin that loves to do a big family fish fry when we are there and that's always fun. The reunion is great but this year there were over 90 people there...so not a whole lot of close visiting time to be had. So the family fish fry is great to be able to sit one on one with cousins and sort of get caught up.
I have another trip planned for this fall. A friend and I (the one that I went to Washington DC with in 2010) and I are going to head west this time. We are going on a 9 day trip out to California. We will spend 3 nights in San Francisco, take a train down to Huntington Beach for 2 nights and then take a bus down to Los Angeles for 3 nights. I'm looking forward to this as I have never really been to California (only long enough one time to board a cruise ship). Lots of side excursions on the agenda as well. So that will make it a trip to remember. So I'm saving all my nickels and dimes (and quarters) to help pay for this great trip.
That's it for the normal update. Will post my Gas Leak story next.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
red headed woodpecker
- red bellied woodpecker
- baltimore orioles (these just showed up this weekend)
- gold finches - male and female
- ladder back woodpeckers
- rose-breasted grosbeak
- indigo buntings
- male and female cardinal
- downy woodpeckers
It's been so fun the past few weeks to watch the comings and goings of all the different birds. I really don't do anything super special. We have two hanging bird feeders and one suet feeder. I try to keep the bird bath full of water for them. But other than that...nothing fancy...just a good buffet I guess.
I will try to get some snapshots through the window if I can. It's been interesting to see which ones will be on the feeders at the same time. Some share much better than others.