Monday, November 20, 2023

Monday, Flying Out

 Leaving for Eldest daughter's house for Thanksgiving. Who knew when this picture was taken it would be the last Thanksgiving with Joel.  I am so happy we had it at his Mother's place.  She has that good memory to look back on.

I thought I was going to sale through the Holidays, but the grief is starting to come strong and fast.  i hope I can beat it back.

I will be in Twin Falls until the 29th and then home to get ready and decorate for Christmas.

I hope all of you have a wonderful Turkey Holiday. 


Thursday, November 16, 2023

Tuesday, Heat is on!

 I about cried last night when I turned on the kitchen sink and I had hot water.  After 6 days this is a real gift.

Both kids are here today, and I am going to work outside if the weather holds.

Heat glorious heat!  You never know how good you got it until you don't got it.

No kids tomorrow.  Stay tuned I might get some work done!


Monday, November 13, 2023

Monday, the no heat addition!

 Here she is smoking her bink.  I want to work outside a little today and this is how she dresses herself.  Notice the two different shoes and one is on backwards.

We have been without heat or natural gas here since last Wednesday. A major gas line was hit and 36,000 of us in this part of Idaho and Washington have been without heat.  Yes, that is the University Dorms and all.

The house gets down to about 61 at night and then I run a space heater I can get it up to 67.  I am hoping to get mine turned back on today.  Lil sis just txt. and she just got hers restored.

But they have to go home by home.  It is such a mess.  Businesses without the ability to cook or keep warm.  It has been a real adventure here.

Someone from our church went to Seattle with a trailer to buy as many space heaters as they could get.  Our small town was out in about an hour. I bought several Thursday when they got into town, and then went up to Braunwyn's at the U of I.  The 6 story dorms were without heat, and it is below freezing there at night. Since dorm rooms are small a space heater can heat them up in no time, plus if you run 30 heaters on a floor you blow fuses all over the place.  THE THINGS YOU FIND OUT, when you enter the twilight zone. The person in charge of the dorm floor was in charge of the heaters and they worked out a way to keep as many warm as possible.

B has electric heat, so I was able to bathe and then stayed the night and we did some work on her place, and I passed out heaters and blankets to very grateful recipients. Told the kids to heat up their room and then pass the heater to the next room and keep a round robin going so as many can get their rooms warmed up as possible. I think the University has been restored. 

People down here are fussing but you have to restore power where it is freezing first. We are not below freezing here. So suck it up. 

It is a beautiful day here today and I hope to get some yardwork done at least a little.  Also have plenty of housework, as I did nothing here this weekend.  B is bringing Oliver down to stay for a couple of days, and I am making a big dinner of buttered chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans as the babies love mashed potatoes and green beans.

I pulled all the pillows from the lawn furniture, and they are drying in the front room ready to be put away for the winter. After I get the house pulled together, I will get some sewing done hopefully during nap time.

Kelsa just brought me a wooden banana on a plate with a fork for a snack.  I am well cared for. I have to go make the bed in the master bedroom.

Stay warm!


Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Wednesday, The kill me now addition!


To all out-of-control wingnuts out there please join me in prayer.

Why, why, why does the sunshine beautifully on the day I have so much to do in the shop?  I mean the last 4 days were very rainy and dismal.  I had the kids, and we were stuck inside getting very little done. They would have loved to be outside working in the yard.  But no, now it is beautiful and sunny.  

Just saying I am a little disgusted with the weather man. He better not show up here to get his pants hemmed.


1. replace a zipper
2. hem two pairs of Levis
3. hand hem 4 pairs of dress pants
4. hem two pairs of jeans
5. hem 5 pairs of pants
6. hem a pair of jeans
7. hem 3 pairs of pants

I can't remember the rest and I really don't want to go looking as I am sure I will discover more work!

Here is to burying your head in the sand...


Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Tuesday, Chasing grand kids

 Where my mind is most of the time. I got my meatballs made and mashed potatoes and salad and the kids came for dinner last night.  I even did the dishes before I went to bed, that was a biggie for me with all the bad habits I have developed during this grieving thing.

The kids have destroyed the family room, but it will easily be picked up when they leave.

We played with sticker books and then I was much more fun to stick things on than the book.  Yes, I forgot and answered the door like this.  I might even go vote this way.

Isn't this the sweetest picture of William and Kelsa.  Just to show you they don't fight all the time.

I have plenty of small swing piles to keep me busy. I hope to be able to give a good report tomorrow that Kim got something done.

I tried yesterday but Kelsa was a bearcat. I wonder who spoiled her so bad? I will have to talk to them.

In the meantime, thanks for all the support, you have no idea how much I need it.


Monday, November 6, 2023

Monday, Where to begin

Hey, do you recognize anyone in the picture?  (Kim, Kay, Slugs, Anne to name a few) 

I think DC was good for me.  I had to go back to the place where Hubs passed and face that and then home again to an empty house.  Both were hard.  But I did it.

I will never have my old life back.  I can only move forward.  So, I want to move forward in a positive way. I will still grieve.  Heck I will grieve forever, but I don't want it to take over my life like it has been.  Not that I won't have days of relapse.

I am trying to get up and get dresses and put on some makeup to face the public.  I feel better when I do this, and I have been very slack.  I am trying to get things done on a daily basis, so I am not staring off into space doing nothing for hours.

There is so much yard work to do here and the rain this weekend is not helping me complete anything, but it has to stop sometime.

Nathan's schedule has changed so I will have Kelsa more and that is okay as it is a slower time of year for me.  I will also get Oliver tonight so two grandbabies that will keep me busy.

I took meat out for Swedish meatballs and my recipe makes 12 dozen.  We have had babies born in the church including a set of twins, so I want to get some things in the freezer for the new mothers. I will also send some home with the girls.

I have some sewing I want to get done today that is due out tomorrow.  I will do that before I make meat balls first and then while they cook, I will sew.

I will be flying to Jethelyn's on the 20th of the month and back on the 29th.  She has a trial on the Wednesday before and one on the Friday after. So, I will be cooking dinner.  I am excited to go and see the boys.

The piano piece I have for choir is very hard.  As in faster than I want to play it, and I will really need to practice but I have over a month.  Eee gads.

I am starting to realize I just need to begin again.  It is hard, but I have no choice.  The only place to begin is now, today.  Please help me.


Thursday, November 2, 2023

Thursday: November is here!


Home and Happy to be here.  Had a good time with Sissie and Aunty.  Really had fun when kids were there, and we did a lot of sites seeing in DC. Walked our feet off. Nate had not been to the area, so we did all the normal things. but you need to be able to put about 10 miles a day on your feet.

Lots of shopping, got a new suit for church and replaced a couple of pairs of shoes, also bought really good running shoes, as my knees were feeling a little loose in the joints.  Not sore but wonky.

Home to the grandkids and Kelsa has been my entertainment for the last two days.

I have a lot of yard work to do, but my goal today is bills, ironing and just catching up. I have two piano pieces I am working on, and I hate one of them.  Changes keys 4 times and timing and has me becoming the entire orchestra.  But that will soon be behind me.

All my plants are frozen as I did not get them in and that was disappointing but my own fault, as I dilly dallied and did not get them pulled.  So, I guess I start over in January. Lucky me.

My sister in laws cancer is back and spread all over so she is entering a drug trial in Texas.  I am hoping they can do something for her.  Joel's mom continues to have heart pain at night.  I don't think she will be with us much longer but then you never know. So those are two things I pray and worry about. I can do nothing.  Just hope and pray.

SO many things on my mind, that I need to dump.  Need to pay bills and take money to the bank to pay for the fun I had in DC. Lots of errands to run. Hoping daughter gets off early enough for me to hit the banks before they close.

I want to catch up with everyone as I feel so out of the loop.