The quieter you become the more you can hear ~ Ram Dass

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2014 Blech!

So far, I'm not too keen on 2014.  Oh, there have been some good days, but there have been some really sucky bad ones too...

Less than 2 weeks before my mother passed, my dinner friend the one that had kidney cancer died.  She was the one that set up the whole cottage weekend.  The Tuesday after our weekend, she went into the hospital for pain management.  Then she went to a palliative/hospice place.  Then she went into just hospice. 

While we had a good time when we were at the cottage, there were a few times that were heartbreaking.  When we got there the first day she slept the whole time until Saturday morning.  Saturday, she was like a different person and then she was a little shaky in the evening.  Sunday the day we were going to leave, she decided we should go out to breakfast.  We all got dressed.  One friend went to get the vehicle.  I and another friend started helping our friend go to the steps.  She put one foot on the step and collapsed.  I had to run into the cottage and get a kitchen chair.  We put her on it and had to carry her back in.  We decided to not go out.  When it was time for us to go home, one of the gals called the main place and asked for a maintenance person to come in case we needed help.  Sure enough, when our friend got to the first step again she collapsed.  Luckily, the guy came and helped get her up the steps and into the vehicle.  It was so sad.

When I think of every  thing she went through over the months, I wonder which is better going quick like my mom or like her where you have a chance to say whatever needs to be said to the person.  And then I think probably neither. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014


My Mom passed away in March.  I'm still shocked.  It's not like I thought it was never going to happen, it was just there was no warning.

She wasn't sick or anything.  In fact it's been over a year since she's had to go to the hospital.   We saw her one day, she was her usual talking, laughing, singing self, then during the night a nurse called and said when they checked on Mom she was gone. 

It's been so strange not going to the nursing home and seeing her.  It's been a part of our routine for 4 1/2 years. I feel kind of lost.  Hippie says we'll have to get used to a new routine.   

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Dreaming of spring

We got quite the amount of snow overnight.  I'm hoping this is Mother Nature's last gasp of a lot of snow.

I know Spring is right around the corner.  Here's a picture I took in Las Vegas.  I'm going to look at this instead of the snow out my window and think about Spring.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Browsing and eating

Magellan, me and one of the dinner friends was out and about on Saturday.  We went to visit a friend and then went and and got something to eat (naturally!).  Since it's been so cold, I got a salad and chicken vegetable soup. Yum!

We also went to a store that I had never heard of before but Magellan's eyes lit up when she was telling us about it so we had to stop.  It's a store that sells accessories.  It pretty much was sensory overload for me when we went in.  Everything is separated by colors and the prices were very reasonable. 

I thought when I left home I was going to be gone for a couple of hours.  Turns out it was four.

Friday, February 7, 2014

I give

I'm so over winter.   I think we've had enough snow.

And freezing temps. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Weekend Getaway Part 2

The idea to go to the cottage came to us a few months ago.  Then two friends went up to scout out the cottages and put a deposit down.  The date was set.

The day came and we were about an hour and a half from leaving and Magellan called me asking "Did you know we were staying until Sunday?"

"Um, no I didn't."

We had originally talked about staying the weekend but somehow when it got planned through text messages her and I got the impression that it was only from Friday to Saturday.  It did seem quite expensive just for overnight but, what do we know. I had to scramble to pack more things.  Magellan worked and had to go for a blood test and then pack more too.  We took two vehicles and arranged to meet a little later at the designated spot so we could follow the other vehicle.

The weather was great the day we left but Saturday was terrible, wind  and snow.  (It was a good thing we weren't going home, ha!)  We stopped at an Amish Chocolate store along the way and bought a lot of chocolate.  (Well, I bought a lot of chocolate but I shared.)

They had a VCR.  I brought Chicago and You've Got Mail and we watched those.  We played a couple of dice games LRC and another one where you took a dollar bill and had to put the corners down if you lost (I don't remember the name of it.)

We drank Riesling, Mimosa's, and another wine (which was terrible, yucky.)  We had some leftover champagne so we put a little in which made the wine tolerable.  There was also beer and rum but I didn't drink any of that - not my thing.  We had hot chocolate and tons of junk food.  Not much healthy eating went on, I'm afraid to say.

We drove through the park Saturday night.  One of the gals and her husband go camping there, so she showed us where they camp.  It was pretty slippery.  On the lake, we saw a shanty.  We surmised someone was ice fishing.

 We made glo stick necklaces and halo's and danced in the dark to my ipad.  We were like the ya ya sisterhood but not as fancy.   Of course that was after we had the terrible wine with the champagne lol.