I had a lot of company today. Vera, Yonn and Tonisha came by this morning while out in service. It was so good to be with them for a little bit. We talked about them picking me up in the afternoon to make a few calls with them next week. I so hope we can start doing that.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
I wanted to share a few pictures I took of the moon last night from my chair. They aren't the best pictures but you get the idea of how pretty it was.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
My sweet brother-in-law John (married to my sister Faye) turned 73 years old today. He is a little over 3 months older than my sister Alice.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
It is so hard to believe that Melanie would have been 38 years old today if she had lived. I have recently scanned a few pictures of her that I found in some old pictures I had.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Not sure if this is truly an oops but since I chronicle events in other people's lives I guess I need to be fair and chronicle an event in my own life. Today is the anniversary of the day I was born - 66 years ago at the old Mariah-Parham hospital in Henderson, NC after which I went home with my Mom to my grandmother's house in Kittrell, NC where my sisters Barbara Ann, Alice Rose and Faye Ruth were waiting to meet me. Barbara Ann was almost 12, Alice was 6 going on 7, Faye was 2 going on 3, Mama was 29 going on 30 and Daddy had just turned 32 a few months before. My youngest sister Amy, was born in August of 1951. We also had a sister who was born in April of 1938 but she died in July of that year in South Carolina. My sister Alice has been down to where she was buried in SC. We offered to have her remains brought up here but Mama said she wanted it left as it was. When my Kelly got sick when she was around 9 months old and had to spend some time in the hospital, my Dad almost had an anxiety attack about it several times. He called me one time and suggested I fix Kelly a sugar tit to suck on. Mama told me later that he was having bad memories of their time with Judith's illness and death. As of today, I am now 66 years old. Sixty-six years which means I have now passed the mid-60's point. I am saying it over and over so I can get used to saying it. I am not unhappy to be 66 years old. Believe me, once you have had to face your own mortality eyeball to eyeball, each day becomes more and more precious to you. Every moment you spend with your family, friends, and loved ones becomes more meaningful on every level. Ever since I learned the Truth, I have been relieved that I don't have to keep up with people's birth dates or come up with money and an idea for what to buy someone. I honestly believe the fact that we don't celebrate anything except for the Memorial of Christ's death (which doesn't involve him having to go out and buy a present) has been one of the biggest positives Dwight has found about me being a Witness. When Ike and Ennis started having us spend the week of the Christmas holidays with them at the coast, he became one happy camper. He looked forward to and loved our time there with our family, the Terry family and at times, others from the congregation. Individual couples can decide if they want to celebrate their own personal wedding anniversary date but it isn't something we blow out of proportion. Kelly planned a surprise party for us on our 25th wedding anniversary with a few close friends joining us for it. On our 40th anniversary,
OH MY Goodness – Please accept my apology for the mess I made of my entry last night. I just opened my computer and read the gobbledy-gook I wrote and have decided I definitely don't need to write on my blog when I am that tired. I tried to fix as many of the mistakes as I could find. I still haven't unpacked but am in no hurry. Dwight is definitely not feeling well and I’m still definitely hoping and praying I don’t catch it. We have agreed that we do not like cold weather. My old bones start aching when I even think about it. I emailed Jennifer at Duke for a re-fill on my oxy and called the drug store for another one. Dwight is getting a shower and hoping it will make him feel better because he has a few things he has to do. Miya is asleep on my legs and I'm having a nice cup of coffee. I can’t say ALL is well because poor Dwight isn’t but we are glad our babies all got home safe and sound and are both happy to be home. We are also happy to have made some more good family memories with each other and with GG, Deborah, Pam, Leif, Greg, Stuart, Ava, Hobie and Lillie. We now have a wedding to look forward to that will take us back to this wonderful place.
I just went back and read a few of the previous entries and realized how often I repeat myself. Just blame it on the oxy, or my age, or whatever you want to blame it on. If it is boring - sorry. I refuse to go back and fix every entry.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Not much to offer today. I woke up about the time Kelly and Brian were getting ready to leave. They hugged us all good-bye and got on the road. We got away before check-out time and realized we had forgot the fish (and cooler) in the freezer and Page's blanket. I text messaged Pam and she is going to get them. Dwight told her to go ahead and eat the fish.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
The last full day of our vacation has come and almost gone. We have to be out of here by 10am tomorrow so basically it is our last day. Kelly was hoping we could get a family picture with GG today. She wanted GG to sit on the swing with me and Dwight on either side of her and all the kids behind us. If it turned out, she was going to have one framed for GG to have in her room. Pam and Leif were going to a shower this afternoon so they took GG back on their way while Kelly, Brian, Douglas and Jessica were out together so we missed that opportunity.
I did finally get a few good pictures of my babies together. I think they have enjoyed being with cousins they very seldom get to see and Page totally enjoyed her time with little Ava. She also got to play and fly a kite on the big sand dunes with Greg, Stuart and Ava. It has been so nice being in a gorgeous 4 bedroom condo AND to be in the same building as Pam and Leif's condo they are renting on the third floor is. We could definitely get used to this.....
Friday, November 23, 2012
Hard to believe our week is almost over. Kelly seems to feel a little better. I hope I feel better tomorrow than I have today. I'm not sure why but today just hasn't been a good day for me as far as the pain goes. After my shower today I realized I kind of like my new hair. Dr. Brizel told me my hair might come back a different color and texture but it never occurred to me that it would be this curly. I'm sure it is from the radiation because the top hasn't changed that much and most of the radiation was around the lower part of my face and head. I'm not sure if it will last but have decided to enjoy it while it does.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Wow - can't believe we have already been here five days. Now that the entire family is here, there has been lots going on.