Busy day for us. But a good day. Our day started out about 8:00 this morning, moving the first load of trucks filled with Kane and Lisa’s furniture and boxes.
LL and Jason, Lisa’s dad, along with Cody, Lisa’s brother and Vern, Lisa’s grand father. Four pick-ups, two trips. But as usual, the weather men were totally wrong about today’s weather. Oh the trials of living in Oregon. LOL
Kane and Lisa’s place is really awesome no matter which way you look. On a clear day, you can see four mountains. We are told that on the fourth of July, from their side yard you can watch the fireworks from Mt. Angel, Woodburn and St. Paul….all at the same time.
Brantley’s birthday is tomorrow, but because today was a special day for him and we had to keep him occupied, LL and I gave him his gift a day early. A trike. This is LL, my niece Kara and Brantley.
Tomorrow, LL, Max, Kris, Steve, and I have to make a trip up to Portland to pick up a few things at my Uncle Marcel’s house, then we are headed to my sweet grandboy’s birthday party in Salem at a pizza parlour.
Cancer Sucks! has become a common saying. I do not use the F word, but if I did, I would replace the S with an F. As a survivor, I know what it is like to “look over my shoulder”, “wait for the next shoe to drop” wondering if every ache, pain, bump or symptom could be cancer raising its ugly head again in my body. So far I am doing o.k. but cancer seems to have attached itself on my family, on all sides of my husband and my family tree.
Last evening, my cousin passed away. I have blogged about her before. Over the last couple years, she and I have had long discussions about treatments, surgeries, worries, family, and how much we both hate cancer. She was young, I think 37. And she had to leave her husband and two baby’s. I think ages 6 and 8. I am a bit numb this morning and tears fall without any warning.
I so look forward to blogging about less serious, even silly things I used to blog about. Since my husband and children always think I am Lucy Ball, I really never am lacking material. Someday, maybe someday life will be a little light-hearted again. I am praying and dreaming of that time of lightness and joy.
Today, LL has the day off and I think yard work and other chores are on the agenda. Have a blessed day and hug your loved ones.
Today is LL’s birthday. He is 52 years old. We have plans to take Max along with a few others to the casino later this afternoon and evening. That is the plan, but we are staying flexible. Right now, to be honest, I am struggling with my faith. Too much hurt and unfairness going on and hitting too close to home. Because I am struggling, in the past, I would almost divorce myself from God when feeling like He has left me. Because it is lent, I am going to try something different and hope it helps. Instead of giving up something for lent, I guess in my time of confusion, I am going to seek, even stalk God. Go to Mass when ever I can, even during the week. I have decided to get better on my daily devotionals. I pray every morning but don’t always open my bible. So I back to reading scriptures. I decided to start with Jesus’s words. I have been reading and digesting Matthew 25. Running from God when I am angry at him has not helped me at all……Maybe being like a little child, hounding him for answers is what I need to do. I may not get answers, but maybe I will get some comfort.
Better late than never. Over the next few weeks, I am going to post pictures of my daughter Bailey’s wedding. I failed to do that at the time of her wedding. In fact, I stopped blogging for a few months because I guess I went into heavy mourning. When Michael died, it was 7 days before the wedding. I had to set my anger and sadness aside to get my daughter prepared. She was so close to Michael and did not care about her wedding that last week. So I was determined to make it memorable for her. So after the wedding, I allowed myself to fall apart and did not want to blog about things that seemed so unimportant while I was hurting. But I did not want to not post about her wedding……and it was fabulous. Here are a few pictures. I will not post more consecutively. I will just most more when the mood hits me. I will start with my very favorite picture of the bride.
The Happy Couple.
Had a nice weekend. Babysat Saturday, Kane’s new house on Sunday. The kids came over Sunday night for our annual Oscar viewing party. Every year we eat, watch the Oscars and compete on who picks the most winners. Bailey won second year in a row. The prize was three packages of Uncle Leo’s Hamburger.
Yesterday, Kris and I did our annual Guardian Report for Kathy. Then Mom, Kris and I went to visit Kathy. She was in a great mood. Afterwards, we ran an errand and then stopped for lunch. So the rest of my afternoon was me running with “issues”. But it was a good day.
Matthias had a doctor appointment, that boy is growing fast. Lisa took this picture of the boys at the appointment.
I love my two baby boys, they are so sweet. But I have another baby who is somewhat jealous of these two boys. Rufus is very patient with Brantley and Matthias, but he thinks he is my one and only baby. When Bailey and I were going home from Kane’s on Sunday, Rufus got into the car and sat in Brantley’s car seat. He would not move. So he rode in it half-way back to Silverton. Then I guess he decided he was not comfortable and moved. Rufus should know I have more than enough love to go around.
It has been a nice week. Perfect mix of visiting family, getting things done around our home and splurging while LL is away. Yesterday, I was fortunate to babysit my grandson Brantley for a little while. Then Bailey and I ate dinner together while watching a chick flick favorite, Miss Congeniality. Bailey also made hand dipped strawberries and bananas in dark chocolate. Brantley, movie, and chocolate……a day really can not get better. LOL
Today I will pick up my mom as usual at the hair salon in Woodburn, take her shopping. I have some banking to do. LL does not get home until around 7:00 this evening. Mom and I have another movie we would like to watch before the Oscars on Sunday. So maybe later today we will watch Dallas Buyers Club.
Saturday, my daughter-in-law Lisa’s grandma’s service takes place. Instead of LL and I attending the service, Lisa has asked us to watch the boys, well for sure Brantley, at their apartment and then bring the boys to the church for the reception. That makes sense. Frees up Kane and Lisa during the emotional time of the service.
Sunday, I hope to help Kane and Lisa at their new home. Not sure doing what, there is cleaning, painting, and watching the boys. It would be nice if we all can get a lot done. Lisa will be moving things over all next week and they are hoping to move the rest next Saturday. What a wonderful birthday present for Brantley. He turns 2 on Sunday. So a spacious home to live in will be wonderful for him.
Last evening, Max and I went over to my mom’s to watch the movie Nebraska.
I thought the movie was wonderful. It starts out in Butte, Montana and ends up in Nebraska. The movie is shot in black and white. Any other place in the country, I would have mourned the lack of vibrant color. But black and white really works for this movie. Lack of color somehow makes the characters more believable, like any of them could be your next door neighbor. The scenery of the prairie along with the various salt-box homes, barns and sheds, small towns, all seem to be enhanced by the removal of color.
The story is a little more difficult to talk about. Bruce Dern is masterful playing the main character. Not very likeable, his wife also, but I found myself having more sympathy as the story unfolds, for both of them. Will Forte was a very happy surprise in this movie. I have just seen him in Saturday Night Live as a sketch comedian. So to my surprise, he was incredible as the son who sometimes loses his patience but always tries to do the right thing. The story is bittersweet. Not a feel-good movie, but not a total downer either. Just a quiet movie with bits of humor, bits of sadness, and a perfect ending once you get to know the characters. So I am giving this movie a thumbs up.
As I said earlier, when LL is out-of-town, I like to eat differently. I made Bacon, Fire Roasted Tomato Pasta. Actually, LL likes this dish very much, but not the way I make it when he is out of town……I double the onions and garlic. LOL
LL’s stomach does not tolerate tons of garlic and I can not get enough of it. So when he is home, I go light on it. When he is gone….well I get my garlic fix.
Glad to have a day home today. My house looks like a bomb went off. In each and every room. Mounds of laundry to fold, some to wash. Kitchen that really needs a scrubbing, and I don’t even want to describe my bathrooms. Rufus hair accumulating in the corners. So today is house cleaning day. But this evening should be fun. Max and I will head over to moms to rent a movie she and I both have been wanting to see…..Nebraska. LL is out-of-town for three days. When he is out-of-town, I usually spend one long day cleaning so I don’t feel guilty being lazy, reading, watching shows LL doesn’t like, and eating food that he wont touch. Like sushi.
Yesterday was a long day for Mom and I. I picked her up about 9:00. We went to Portland to visit my Uncle Marcel who has been convalescing in a rehab facility. Unfortunately I did not call before and when we arrived, he was at a doctor appointment. So we went to a diner next door and ate breakfast. BIG MISTAKE! I will tell you why in a minute. Anyway, my uncle returned at about 11:45 and we had a nice visit with him. We brought his dog for the visit. (Toby is staying at my mom’s). So I think our visit brightened his day. But remember I ate breakfast. WHAT WAS I THINKING! I guess I wasn’t thinking. All the way home I was in distress with impending “issues”. Even stopped at a Starbucks to use the restroom and put on a diaper. Well I got as far as Marcum and……lets just say it wasn’t pretty. While we were contained in the car, my mom took my accident in stride, but poor Toby, he may be scarred for life and perhaps he will never look at me so adoring in the future. LOL
Oh well, lesson learned. Never eat at a diner when I am over an hour away from home.