Life Changes…

My life continues to change…

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I’ve decided to stay in my house

I might have had no choice but, to move…

But, the Lord has blessed me and I am able to stay…

The comfort that gives me blesses me more than I knew…

Familiarity is nice…

I’ve made a few necessary home improvements

and will continue to work on others…

Ceiling in kitchen… needed fixing… leading to taking down old wallpaper… then will wallpaper the walls with something new…

colors will be different…

and decorative pieces will change…

I hear “change” is good…

some yes!… some no!…

Neighbors / family and friends still complete me…

giving help, talking and listening…

They want the best for me…

Isn’t that wonderful…

My oldest son continues to spend the night a couple times each week…

My youngest calls to check on me and gives me his time with projects when needed…

My sister  and I went on a trip… Visiting a favorite cousin

who lives in Tennessee on the way to Georgia…

where Bobby’s sisters awaited our visiting also…

We were treated with such love and care at my cousins…

Good food, lots of laughter/talking, gifts of special Bundt Cakes /Body Lotion products  and trying a special “Pineapple Upside Down Martini”…

We felt like “Princesses”… or “Prince Ass” as we joked…

Had to have been there!...

We tried to see who we could talk to on way down…

“our specialty“…

talking and finding out so much in a few minutes about perfect strangers…

We were told we needed to keep an album…

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What a GREAT idea!…

since leaving Louisville… we met a guy at a McDonalds…

who was washing windows

of course he played along with us on our “meeting strangers” adventure…

He said, “You all made my day!”… 

another guy took our photos for us at the restaurant where we had our Martinis…

and obliged us with a photo this time…

Next day headed to Georgia…

Sister-in-law time...

Hosted by Sarah… Bobby’s oldest sister…

Food awaited us with a nephew, his wife and their daughter…

Sarah makes us feel so comfortable… feels like home…

Before we got there… we had made a pit stop after driving through Atlanta…

Maybe…

not the best place to stop…

but, we were treated respectively…

and that’s where a gentleman asked ME for directions…

As I said I was from Louisville…

He said, “Not going to be much help!”… and laughed…

I referred him to the place we had just used the bathroom at…

another one for our album…

Then sister decides to buy smokes there as I waited in car…

She was soooo long coming out…

I thought she had probably gotten kidnapped and taken out the back door…

when…

she appeared at the car…

ONLY Menthol Cigarettes…

but, beggars  can’t be choosy as they say…

and she was probably afraid NOT to buy something!…

Spent the night and next day Sarah took us to see her husband’s resting place since he had passed away in January…

Beautiful place…

and then to visit other two sisters…

brother-in-law, 2 nieces, and  2 nephews 

Had been awhile since I laughed so hard!…

“Cherry Moonshine “ might have encouraged the laughter…

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The sweetest people on Earth!…

love them so much…

Best SHORT visit I’ve ever had!…

Lorene having open heart surgery the 27th…

so glad we were able to see her before this…

Next day was a girl’s day of shopping and having lunch out…

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New clothes (dresses) were bought… including shoes for my sis and me…

and jewelry and a cute jacket for Sarah… We went to Cheddar’s  to eat… and after ordering … we decided on the TOWER of Onion Rings…

They were so delicious… as we dipped them into yummy sauces…

we didn’t have room for our lunch… so we boxed them up and took home for supper…

So good!…

watching an old movie and talking more of course…

and coffee/ice cream finished our day…

We decided to try to get up early… to get through Atlanta…

ALWAYS a headache!…

Since this driving such distances was new…

I actually can say I did pretty good…

Before we got home we made a pit stop to refresh ourselves and pick up some pastries… small Bundt Cakes… at our cousins’ again…

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she was gracious enough to order and pick them up for us to have for small gifts for a few neighbors/family…

As we drove home through Nashville… and onward to Kentucky…

we met one more guy…

another McDonalds…

looked 90 but, was only 63...

He had been stationed at Fort Know in the 1960’s…

for a short while…

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He told us about finding arrow heads on top of a Tennessee Mountain…

and smiled as if we were the friends he would have liked to have had…

Safe journey mentioned and smiled again…

Home was sounding so good then…

grabbed a burger and coke…

and arrived before daylight was gone…

My neighbors were there to see how our trip went as soon as we arrived…

and that’s why I will be OK…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This entry was posted on August 17, 2018. 4 Comments

The Best of Times on a Hot Summer Day

 

 

Have been smiling a little more…

even laughing…

3 months has passed since my Bobby went to Heaven…

the feeling of knowing WHERE is so awesome…

The Lord continues to bless me every day…

pretty days…

hearing the birds…

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watching the squirrels…

geese in school yards…

blue skies…

flowers in bloom…

green grass still in need of mowing…

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calls and visits from friends/family…

I am not forgotten…

neighbors who check on me…

offering help…

bringing me small gestures of love…

a hug…

a kiss on the cheek…

WE gathered in my front yard this past weekend…

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a mixture of the very young and older…

just a hodge-podge of good neighborly friends…

grass had been cut…

children had played in yard sprinkler…

talking and sharing of trips…

ideas…

everyday happenings…

sweating from working and playing…

pizza was ordered…

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napkins/paper plates brought out…

drinks for all…

from soft drinks… for the youngsters

to beer… for adults…

even drinks of Dream Sickle and Apple Pie Moonshine passed around from a jar…

new friends even made…

bites of pizza offered from the little ones…

showing they accept us…

color, age, gender not even thought of…

drinks spilt…

birds happy for crumbs sprinkled on the yard…

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my glider swung as feet pushed back and forth…

chairs and steps on front porch became seating…

We laughed…

Remembered who was missing…

and smiled…

The best of times on a hot summer day in my neighborhood…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This entry was posted on August 6, 2018. 7 Comments

What I’ve Been Doing

My sister, a friend and I had a nice trip to North Carolina… to Cherokee…

 

The ride seemed forever because we took a straight route to Cherokee… not going through Pidgeon Forge or Gatlinburg, TN… and over the Smoky Mountains…

The scenery was awesome as usual…

WE had a free room that accommodated all 3 of us nicely…

WE talked a lot…

about Nothing and Everything…

Very peaceful… and easy…

We went to Gatlinburg over the mountain one day…

We shopped a few stores getting small gifts for a few people…

Getting our favorite donuts at the Donut Friar…

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A pillow looking light pastry full of cream for my sister…

and my favorite…

A Sugared Cinnamon Cake one which I think is the best!…

WE had tried to go to their lovely pool where we were staying…

but, rain would come in at inopportune times…

Another time I guess…

The Pigeon River runs through the hills…

even through the grounds at the Hotel we stayed at…

“Peter’s Pancakes” is the best for breakfast…

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and we ate there two days in a row…

This was the first time I drove all the way there and back…

I was quite proud of myself…

I am learning to do a variety of things…

Changing oil, filter, checking brakes and getting tire fixed that found a screw in my drive-way…

I’ve painted several things…

the shed door being my proud moment…

My flowers have come on so pretty…

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I have an enormous plant/tree in my front yard by my shrubs…

the came up on its own last year…

and even after cutting down to ground…

came up in a vengeance this year…

Now taller that my house…with the biggest leaves I’ve ever seen…

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My neighbors and I visit every day…

So thankful for them…

we swap goodies… grass cutting… flowers…

whatever each other might want or need…

My grass continues to be cut by a neighbor we really got to know when my Bobby got sick with his cancer…

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He continues to help me now with anything I have a problem with…

A Super Friend!…

My kitty Jill has become almost glued to me…

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laying on my chest whenever I try to take a nap or go to bed…

She continues to take care of me as well as my friends and family…

Licking my chin with her sandpaper tongue…

touching my face with her paw…

My boys are still here when I need them…

The best!…

Decided on not going on vacation…

Our Family Vacation to the beach…

My daughter-in-law’s Mother wasn’t going…

My oldest Granddaughter couldn’t find a dog sitter…

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and I actually think my mind wasn’t in it with out my Bobby…

I am doing fine…

but, some things continue to bring a few tears…

That’s OK!…

good memories running down my cheeks…

 

 

 

 

 

 

This entry was posted on July 27, 2018. 4 Comments

Trying to put on that REAL SMILE!

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I do pretty good when around others…

but, when alone…

sometimes its most unbearable…

the thoughts…

the memories…

the missing…

seems so unreal…

Is he really gone…?…

How can a person just seem to disappear…

one day here…

next day gone…

just vanishes…

Death is definitely final…

but, you can’t fathom it until the ones that are closest to you…

are gone…

the emptiness is awful…

the desire to touch them is terrible…

because you can never do this again…

you want to hear their voice…

you want to talk to them… tell them something…

you just want them beside you… sharing with you…

so…

you pretend…

you smile…

you stay busy…

you go places…

you read…

you watch TV…

but…

really…

You are so lost yourself…

lost to this world…

wanting the old world back…

you imagine what each day will bring…

what does God have in store for you…

what do I need to do…

do opportunities lie around the corner…?…

will happiness return..?…

will the smile on my face become real again…?…

I pray for this…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This entry was posted on July 21, 2018. 9 Comments

Heavenly Birthday Celebration

k7875735Today would have been my Bobby’s 75th Birthday…

I have cried off and on as I go about my duties of…

laundry…

( just my things and a few from Doug when he spends the night)

dishes…

(I could wait two days if I decided… so few… washing them by hand)

bed making…

(only one side now)

Picking up…

(not much… althoughonly MY MESSES now)

We usually didn’t buy gifts for each other anymore… we would pick a special place for a night away trip…

Just ourselves…

I miss that so much today!…

My sister and I will visit and eat at one of his favorite places later…

and I will probably have tears running down my face…

but, that’s OK…

I feel his presence today …

from the moment I got up…

 

I hear this is the way…

FIRSTS of all of the things we did together…

and we had many…

We made our time here on Earth…

a sharing time…

a loving time…

a worshipping time…

ALWAYS a TOGETHER TIME!…

and YES!… My heart breaks…

but, a wonderful Heavenly Birthday Celebration is going on today…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This entry was posted on July 9, 2018. 8 Comments

Never TOO Old To Learn

Just when I think I am unable to do like I use to…

God proves me different…

I had asked several people to connect my printer… but, to no avail…

I imagined it seemed trivial to them…

but, I like having it for various reasons…

and had bought a new one…

to go with my new lap top…

YES!… finally did away with old PC… and bought a refurbished laptop from my favorite computer guy that has a small shop near me…

He is handicapped…

wheelchair bound…

and does excellent computer repair…

This morning I wanted to print a coupon to a restaurant where I was meeting two special friends I had worked with for over 30 years…

I was determined to connect this printer…

and my persistence paid off…

My coupon is printed…

along with my vacation reservation confirmation…

so… lesson learned…

keep the negative thoughts at bay…

and keep trying…

NEVER too old to learn…

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This entry was posted on June 25, 2018. 2 Comments