Category Archives: FAMILY

SHE IS HERE!!

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 Our family have anxiously awaited the birth of this little bundle of joy. She is a doll and reports are she has blue eyes. Neither parent has blue eyes but her grandmother and great grandmother both have, had them.

LILY MARIE was born on MAY 8th at 7:55 AM…she weighed 7lbs and 2 oz. She was born on my late mother’s birthday and that made several of us very happy. Mom would have been thrilled to have another girl in the family.

 

Big Brother Theo (almost 6) first time meeting his new sister. .”wow, are we taking her home?”He wanted to hold her right away but they told him he would have to wait. I think he will be a great big brother. 

 

 

IN MEMORY OF BETH MARIE

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It was sunny out and I sat and watched the clouds drift by in the sky. You came into my mind. Oh how I would miss you. I will miss your wisdom and humor and advice. I prayed that soon you would not be in pain.

When I started my blogging 10 years ago, you helped me in so many ways. I had no idea what I was doing. I do know that we all got pretty close and became a sort of “Family” of bloggers. This was BEFORE Facebook, so mostly we kept in touch daily from our blogs. You were my close friend…. but more like a “Sis” to me. You sent me encouragement and support when life dealt me so many hard blows. Your phone calls and gifts were so very special. I will cherish them forever.

 

This morning you left us here in this place and we grieve for the loss but do know in our hearts.. as you always said…

 

 “When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe one of two things: there will be earth upon which to stand, or you will be given wings to fly.” 

FLY AWAY DEAR BETH MARIE…GOD HAS GIVEN YOU YOUR WINGS….

 

 

   

 

  UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN….

MAY FLOWERS

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DSCN8833Not sure what these are but they seem to be everywhere in our yard, I love the color of them. Trees are slowly blooming and tulips are up in some places. I can say I was surprised to see them having the winter we did. Last two nights frost warnings so many flowers have wilted some in the cold. I sure love to look at the trees but my allergies have other ideas. DSCN8864

Lots happening here trying to find a new place to live and move on is number one on my list these days. I guess when the right place comes along I will know it. Waiting is so hard though. I just don’t want to wait until fall or winter to move. Starting early and hoping it will get me someplace soon.

Good news is my latest tests at the eye doctor tell us the meds are working so my Glaucoma is being treated correctly. I am happy and hope it stays that way for a long time.

Here is the most darling photo of my niece’s boy at Easter.. he had a ball playing at our local park. We got to spend some time with him and he wore me out. Has so much energy I wish I could bottle that stuff and use it sometime. DSCN0022

Took flowers to the cemetery and fixed it up nicely for Memorial day. I added some of those solar lights in the pots of flowers. It seems that lots of people are doing that here. Lanterns, figurines of all kinds and even some hanging ones. Nice to drive by at night and see all the lights shining. They look great!

Not much more from here, hope you all have a wonderful, safe memorial-day

 

 

IN MEMORY OF DAVID…

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MY younger brother DAVID  has been gone  22 years now. It seems even longer to me  than that. It seems like only yesterday that  I was living in Ca. and had not been back to Michigan in 7 years.  Jobs and money always got in the way of coming back to visit. Life happens you get busy and you lose track of what is important. On that April morning I heard a knock on my door, it was very early in the morning.  I thought that it was odd so early in the day to be awakened. It was my aunt..she had come to deliver the bad news, that my brother had died in a car accident. It was a shock to my soul. I could hardly stand up. I sat on the couch and my body shook all over. I had known he was kinda unhappy in his life and wanted to change things. He never had the chance to do that. The next day I was in Michigan with the help of some relatives, I managed to catch a plane home. The whole thing was a blur to me. I remember seeing my aunt and uncle talking about something that was in the morning paper that day. It was a normal day for them but not for me. Simple things like packing a bag and calling my boss and arranging a ride to the airport seemed like monumental tasks. Everything was moving in what seemed like slow motion. The plane ride was smooth and uneventful I hardly knew when it was time to get off. My mind raced with thoughts of the past and growing up together.  Time had flown by. I was jarred back from my memories when the wheels hit the landing strip.
 It was cold, colder than Ca. for sure. It was April in Michigan..that can be pretty cool to a person who the day before was in 75 degree weather.  Such a shock to my system, to be so upset and see everyone around me the same way. When life gets taken so quickly a person just does go into shock I guess. I wore a heavy coat to the cemetery. The service was packed with people from all over who knew my parents or knew my brother. It was standing room only during the service and the director told my folks he had never seen such a crowd. It was then I knew that my brother had made an impact on people of all ages. He was likeable and left quite an impression on people. I was so sad that I had to catch up on his life like this..why had it taken me so long to get to know him better? He didn’t like to talk on the phone much and so we never chatted about this or that . I remembered the last time I saw him in the airport in Detroit when I had come home for a visit. I had the most awful feeling when I left that day inside me. Something I could not put into words or feelings. I cried on the plane going home, something I had never done before in my life after visiting home. I wonder now if I really deep down knew I would never see him again. I have had some ” vibes”  in my life, but none like I had that day.        David at 7 years old.I learned through my brother’s passing, that I  should really keep my family and friends as close as I can. I always try to do that now..no matter how busy I get or what else is going on. I think I have become a better person for that knowledge.

I therefore pass that on to anyone reading this..Time is SHORT…live it to the fullest that you can..and keep your heart and mind open to every experience that you can hold on to. Keep your loved ones close as you can and never take anything or anyone for granted.

You are missed dear brother…

THIS OLE HOUSE..

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THIS ole house is over 125 years old. Our family owned it for over 60 of those years. When Mom died the house was way to much for me to upkeep so it went back to the bank to sell to someone else. WE heard a nice young fella wanted the house and was going to buy it BUT..he found out that there was major things that needed to be fixed. So we thought the guy backed out of the sale.  I was sad in a way that the house would just sit there and be a loss, maybe even be torn down. NOT SO!! This is the ole house as of this week..   The bushes and trees have been taken down and the same fella has been working around the house. He has talked to neighbors about roof repair and perhaps some paint and siding. All things greatly needed.It looks similar to when my folks first bought it, without the bushes and trees.  Perhaps this ole house may get some new life after all.  SO why enter a post about an old house?  In the picture above this paragraph you will see the porch area. As I drove by I almost ran into the curb. I stopped  the car and just stared. There sitting on the porch was a shiny black lawn chair. Not just any lawn chair.. a black shell-back one.

(examples here)  We had one that I painted many times over. Mom and Dad’s first set of chairs for that porch were metal shell-back chairs exactly like that. They still had them when we had our sale. I sold them both. Seeing that very color and kind of chair on the porch made me breathless.  Was it a sign that things will be well with the ole house? I am thinking it was. BEYOND that.. was another chair a plastic white one. Many people have those chairs. WHITE is the color of the chairs we had also and they looked just like the one on the porch. I asked my sister if we left those chairs in the basement and she assured me that we sold them..she was there when I sold them. Sis drove by the house herself and was shocked to see the chairs on the porch. What are the  odds that those two kinds of chairs are on that porch again?? A million to one?? Who know? Now before you ask..NO the fella did not buy the chairs. We KNOW who we sold them to and they still have them. So..we now wonder what other neat things will occur. Will the fella paint or side the house the same color as it was? Will the roof that needs replacing be the same too? Will wonders never cease. I like to think that Mom and Dad are influencing that fella to restore it back to the way it was a long time ago. THAT truly would be amazing!!

THE OLE HOUSE is gonna get a makeover I am thinking and I can’t wait to see the results. Will let you all know how it looks as it progresses.

HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!

FOR DAVID…

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 MY younger brother DAVID  would have been 56 today.  He has been gone over 20 years now. It seems even longer to me now than that. I often wonder what he would think about things that have happened along the way. .I was living in Ca. at the time and had not been back to Michigan in 7 years. Jobs and money always got in the way of coming back to visit. Life happens you get busy and you lose track of what is important.On that April morning I heard a knock on my door, it was very early in the morning. It was my aunt..she had come to deliver the bad news, that my brother had died in a car accident. It was a shock to my soul. I had known he was kinda unhappy in his life and wanted to change things. He never had the chance to do that. The next day I was in Michigan with the help of some relatives, I managed to catch a plane home. The whole thing was a blur to me. I remember seeing my aunt and uncle talking about something that was in the morning paper that day. It was a normal day for them but not for me. Simple things like packing a bag and calling my boss and arranging a ride to the airport seemed like monumental tasks. Everything was moving in what seemed like slow motion. The plane ride was smooth and uneventful I hardly knew when it was time to get off. My mind raced with thoughts of the past and growing up together. It all seemed like a blur.

It was cold, colder than Ca. for sure. It was April in Michigan..that can be pretty cool to a person who the day before was in 75 degree weather.  Such a shock to my system, to be so upset and see everyone around me the same way. When life gets taken so quickly a person just does go into shock I guess. I wore a heavy coat to the cemetery. The service was packed with people from all over who knew my parents or knew my brother. It was standing room only during the service and the director told my folks he had never seen such a crowd. It was then I knew that my brother had made an impact on people of all ages. He was likeable and left quite an impression on people. I was so sad that I had to catch up on his life like this..why had it taken me so long to get to know him better? He didn’t like to talk on the phone much and so we never chatted about this or that . I remembered the last time I saw him in the airport in Detroit when I had come home for a visit the last time. I had the most awful feeling when I left that day inside me. Something I could not put into words or feelings. I cried on the plane going home, something I had never done before in my life after visiting home. I wonder now if I really deep down knew I would never see him again. I have had some ” vibes”  in my life, but none like I had that day.

                                                                                                              David  at 7 years old

I learned though my brother’s passing, that I  should really keep my family and friends as close as I can. I always try to do that now..no matter how busy I get or what else is going on. I think I have become a better person for that knowledge.

I therefore pass that on to anyone reading this..Time is SHORT…live it to the fullest that you can..and keep your heart and mind open to every experience that you can hold on to. Keep your loved ones close as you can and never take anything or anyone for granted.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVE!!!

YOU ARE MISSED!!

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I HOPE YOU ALL WILL HAVE A WONDERFUL FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!!

LOST

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Again..in what seems like only a short time, I have lost another “parent”. He sort of adopted me and included me in his family outings and daily life.I gained so much including another sister and brother.  It seems like he was always there. He had been ill for a while now, but I always had hope that he would again beat it and rise to good health. He will be missed in more ways than I can count.              

                                                                           REST IN PEACE “DAD”