What a weekend. Normally I can not departmental my mind. But I was able on Friday, block a bit of my grief of losing Michael and go into wedding mode. Set up and rehearsal went great. The wedding, even though the weather was iffy, ended up just how Bailey wanted. We had so many friends and family help us make it a wonderful day…..and it was.
The next day, we had many people help us clean the venue up, and then meet and my house for an opening the gifts party. All went very well. Bailey and Rett left for their honeymoon this morning. LL and I planned to go camping for three days but frankly, we are too tired and have too many loose ends to tie up. I.E. Return rental items, return Ice chests and other items to family friends, go to the dump with all the garbage.
We got a little done today, but something more important came up……my daughter-in-law and grandson came and spent most the day with us. Which was wonderful. I have not spent much time lately with them. Maybe if we get everything done tomorrow morning, we will take Max to the beach for one night. I am hoping so.
I will have such lovely pictures to post soon of the wedding. But for the next few days, I am changing modes and letting myself, LL too, do some crying and grieving over the loss of my sweet nephew Michael. I think I am still in a bit of denial.
I am a bit rummy tonight. Michael’s rosary took place this evening. It was beautiful. So many showed up. So much love. I so want to do a beautiful post about Michael. A post with his beautiful obituary, with pictures that I have collected over the years, and with his eulogy that his uncle, my LL gave tonight and will give tomorrow. It was beautiful. But I have other things to take priority right now. Bailey’s wedding is two days after the funeral and we are doing most the deco and food ourselves so there is no time. But rest assured, when I get through all this, I will hopefully do a post that will leave people who read it knowing exactly how dear Michael was. After that, hopefully post beautiful pictures of my dear daughters wedding. It will all happen. Just a matter of time.
If yesterday was the longest day of my life, today is bound to be the second longest. I did not get much sleep, maybe three hours total. I don’t think I have cried this much in all my life. So I have a grand daddy of a head ache and my eyes are swollen.
No plans today. Just going to get ready, stop and pickup some donuts and head to my mom’s. Just going to go through all the motions.
So I am not sure what to write here. Haven’t blogged for a while because I have been so busy helping my daughter plan the best day for her wedding. Not it all seems very unimportant….even though it is. Today, about 6:00 am we got a call that I can not describe. We lost our sweet beloved nephew Michael. He was camping and had an accident and fell off a cliff. He was only 19 year old.I showed this picture of him and my mom last year after his graduation. Bailey and Michael were like peanut butter and Jelly. Grew up playing with each other non stop. Even as adults, they had so much joy making fun of each other. So this week, besides trying to finish the whole lot of wedding plans.,,,,we are mourning and needing to attend Michael’s rosary and funeral. Can’t describe the depth of our loss. Please pray for my brother Doug, his wife Carolyn, Jackie, my niece and Thomas and Michelle, Michael’s brother and sis in law. Thank you.
I love to blog….I love to get my feelings out. Talk about the goings on of my family, friends, community, etc. But the reality is that this summer is strange, stressful and an anomaly. The last few weeks have been busy. Kane’s wedding, planning Bailey’s wedding, camping, losing family members and friends, and my digestive “issues”…..well I was thinking I might not be in the best state of mind to be unloading my “feelings”. LOL.
Kane and Lisa’s wedding was lovely. Bailey’s wedding plans are coming along and although Bailey and I are not the best planners…I think we are doing a good job. We have camped a couple of times since I blogged last but LL and I do not plan to camp again till after Bailey’s wedding. Then we will spend as much time possible camping in August and I am sure to bore you with plenty of pictures after that.
Then there are my “issues”….Oh my ISSUES! Besides Kane’s wedding and events connected with it, I have attended 3 showers for Bailey, and many shopping excursions that require fasting and eating one meal…etc. My “issues” are in overdrive. I can not eat anything without a reaction that is somewhat violent. This last weekend I went to my daughters 3rd out of 4 bridal showers. Before it started, I had an accident. After it started..I had another accident. Then all the close family and friends got together for a bite to eat and cocktails at local restaurant after the shower. I had only water and within a half hour had to have LL come pick me up. I was so embarrassed.
The next day I was still having “issues” but managed to make it to my Aunt Linda’s to look at a recliner couch. I am so happy we got that from her, as with LL’s neck and arthritis, he has not been comfortable in our living room for a couple of years at least. What a blessing. But still I had “issues” at her place and on our way home, had to stop at my mom’s to use her bathroom. Stress is very hard on the bowels. When I have these problems, even when the subside, I am so exhausted, so the rest of Sunday I slept.
Today I feel a bit better. Went berry picking with Mom and Kris, went shopping afterwards with Kris and then have been cleaning. So hopefully I am turning a corner and will have a few days of relief….A girl can dream.
I was waiting to post about Kane and Lisa’s wedding when I had some pictures. It might be awhile before rest of pictures come in. They were married on June 23rd. It was a great day. The wedding ended up indoors but the weather held up enough that lots of pictures were taken outside. Lisa looked lovely and my sweet Kane was a very happy groom.
I am so happy to have another daughter and a grandson….officially. Although he has been a grandson in my heart for quite a while.
I am really struggling with blogging in any regularity right now. For many reasons. Getting ready for my daughter’s wedding……and bad issues. (going on two weeks straight!) I will try to write one with more details of my health stuff, but I hope any regular readers will bear with me and know that in a little while…things will get “normal”.
I love the “greatest generation”. My parents generation. They grew up during the depression. Fought wars, worked hard, knew how to do without, played hard, etc. My dad was a perfect example of this generation. My mom too. Over the last few months, I have lost 4 aunts and uncles on my dad’s side of the family. Uncle Mel was the most recent just last month.
I have a couple good friends whose parents are from this generation. Yesterday I found out one of my friends mother had a massive stroke. I am waiting till it gets a little later this morning to call my friend for an update on her mom. I also need to call her will some sad news. Another of my friends called me early this morning to let me know her mother-in-law passed away. I have known this woman for about 16 years and like most women of this generation, she was feisty and strong so I am a little stunned that she is gone.
I really hate seeing the passing of all these people I have come to know and admire. But this is the reality of life. They had to say goodbye to their parents generation and so it goes.
Yikes! Did not mean to go so long without blogging. Oh you know me….sometimes I am just not in the mood. But not this time. Just busy doing a little bit of this and that. Camped over the last two weekends, have done a little wedding planning and a little wedding shopping. You know how I hate shopping but am trying to step up and be a good sport. LOL. Worked around here a bit, etc. etc. Nothing big, just a lot of this and that.
Today I am having “issues”. I can not find my debit card, so I do need to go to the bank. But beyond that, I don’t think I will get much done. I don’t have bad days like this too often so I am not really complaining, just explaining.
I need to read a little today. My book club has started reading Ernest Hemingway’s short stories so I need to finish the story I started. A little surprised. Don’t hold me to it, because it is a little early to say definitely. But I think I might actually like his writing.
Guess I better get dressed and be ready. When I think there is a good break in my bathroom runs, I am running to the bank. Have a great day.
I thought Tuesday was going to be a low-key type day. It ended up long and busy starting out taking LL to Salem for work at 6:00 am and ending coming home from book club after 8:00 pm. In between I took Bailey to Doctor appointment, went to pharmacy, had my mammogram, spent a couple hours at Mom’s, 2 banks, the library, and I am sure I am forgetting something.
LL will be gone until Friday. This means I usually have a different bed partner. Bailey. She works till 11:30 or so at night, then comes home, climbs into bed. I usually will not try to sleep till she gets home. I think we fell asleep after 12:30 and of course, I have been awake for a couple of hours already this morning. So I think I got 3.5 hrs of sleep last night. Dogs woke me up at 4:00 and I could not get back to sleep.
So I have been reading food blogs the last couple of hours. I want to make a huge healthy Greek salad that I can eat on for the next three days. You know the kind I mean. Fresh tomatoes, onion, Greek olives, extra-virgin olive oil, vinegar, basil….. then add feta cheese on top of each serving I spoon up. (feta breaks down if I put it all in and do not eat it all). I certainly don’t need a recipe for this, I just enjoyed looking at recipes for inspiration.
Well now it is after 6:00 and I am feeling really tired. I know I will not go back to sleep so I might as well get my work done before I totally lose steam.
Good Monday Morning!
This weekend, Bailey and I hosted a bridal shower for Lisa, Kane’s fiance. It was well attended, I think 22 or so people and I think everything went well.
Mother’s Day was nice although I did not spend it with my mom. Well this week I hope to be over at her house quite a bit. LL works his two jobs today so he will not get home till around 9:30 or so, and he will be out-of-town the rest of the week, till Friday.
I have a phone Doctor’s appointment first thing this morning. Tuesday evening is book club. Thursday, Bailey and I are meeting my niece about the flowers for the wedding. Friday, I will get ready to spend part of the weekend at our campsite. The rest of the time this week will be working on my To Do: list and spending a little time with Mom.
I hope you had a nice weekend and have a blessed week.