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Monday, November 11, 2019

Thank You to All Veteran's, Past and Present

I've always stressed to my kids the importance of the sacrifices of the men and women in the armed forces who fight to keep us safe. My father fought in the Army Air Force in the Pacific Theater during WWII, one of my brother-in-laws fought in Vietnam, both of my brothers joined the (Army and Marines), and another brother-in-law and one of my nephew's were in the Navy. My nephew spent eight months in Afghanistan, during which time his youngest daughter was born. We were fortunate in that they all came home ... but many others didn't.

It has always amazed me that there are people out there who willing take a job that could easily kill them ... and not just Veteran's, but police and firefighters as well. I don't possess the kind of bravery it takes to do such a job. I suppose I could summon the courage if necessary, but luckily, I don't have to ... there are men and women who willingly step up to protect us.

When I was going through some old drawings and things from my kids, I came across this letter Thing 2 "mailed" to Davy's room. It made my heart filled with pride that my children absorbed the words I told them and wished to silently honor our Veteran's.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Volunteer Phlox Flower ... in September!

While working in the yard Sunday, I noticed one lone Phlox flower, directly in front of Bird Girl. I'm sure it's happened to other's, but I have never had a Phlox flower outside of spring. What a sweet surprise!



Monday, September 9, 2019

Mission Accomplished

I planted the boxwoods last summer. This past June I laid landscape fabric and a brick edging ... and then it sat. I finally laid the mulch yesterday. It was a long, hot day, and I ended up filthy and exhausted ... but satisfied and happy that the chore was over.





Saturday, September 7, 2019

A VERY Nice Neighbor

My neighbor directly across from me has been cutting the grass on my hill by the driveway all summer because it's too hard for me to do it.

The blue arrow points to the neighbor's house.
He had a heart attack about a month ago and isn't supposed to do anything strenuous, so he hired someone to cut his grass ... AND my hill! I nearly cried. Isn't that one of the kindest things you've ever heard of?


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Paper Airplanes

Davy spent one summer making paper airplanes daily ... by the thousands. I didn't care that he made them and sailed them all over the house, I just got tired of picking them all up everyday! Eventually, he was banned from making paper airplanes.

So, for my birthday this year, my daughter-in-law gave me a necklace with a paper airplane, his initial, and his birthstone. She is so thoughtful and I treasure this necklace.


Saturday, August 3, 2019

The Meg


Thing 2 and Davy lived for shark week. They'd watch all those ridiculous shark movies and laugh their heads off. "The Meg" was scheduled to come out last summer, and Thing 2 was going to take Davy to see it at the movies. Sadly, he was killed before it was released. After spending thousands and thousands of hours of their childhood at Burdette, watching a silly shark movie there seemed like a great way to honor him ... to do one of the things he would have loved to do. I'm sure the movie was expected to be scary ... it wasn't!

Last night a group of us went to Burdette Park for "The Meg Float-In". You could either float around in the pool or lounge in one of the deck chairs while watching "The Meg" ... a cheesy sci-fi movie about scientists accidentally releasing prehistoric megalodons from deep withing the ocean. Wikipedia says megalodons reached a maximum length of 59 feet. However, the ones in the movie were 90 feet long. (Creative license, I suppose!)

The movie wasn't nearly as ridiculous and comical as a lot of shark movies shown during Shark Week, but it wasn't as "scary" as Jaws ... and it was definitely predictable!

My daughters opted to float in the pool most of the time, but us old ladies ... although we all wore swim suits ... opted to sit in deck chairs at the edge of the pool. And, since I'm notoriously early, we were able to grab front row seats. They had to keep the spotlights on so that the lifeguards (and parents) could see everyone, which made it a little difficult to watch the shockingly small screen, but it was still fun hanging out with my daughters and friends and making fun of the plot and dialogue.


There were a lot of people there, but Burdette's baby pull is huge, with plenty of room to accomodate everyone who wanted to float or lounge on the deck. All in all, it was a very pleasant evening, and I'm glad we went.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

I am Really Struggling

After Davy died, I read that sometimes the second year is worse than the first. I really hoped that wasn't going to be the case ... but it is. It's infinitely worse. I have also heard from someone that year three is much, MUCH better. I hate to wish my life away, but I sure wish I were in year three.

I am really struggling to come to terms with the fact that my son is gone ... that his sisters are mourning so deeply for him ... and that he did not get the pleasure of watching is little children grow up. He got just two birthdays with his son and only one with his daughter. To me, that is so sad.

Life isn't fair and it doesn't always make sense. I am working very hard at finding joy and happiness, but at this point in my story, it's eluding me.

One day I'll be whole again. One day I'll laugh and be happy. It's hard to conceive, but I know it's true. I just have to plow through the sludge a while longer to get there.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Fairy's

It seems as though another fairy family has taken up residence in my backyard!


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Cozy Coupes

My little family has a long history of driving Cozy Coupes!

Davy
  

Officer Super Why (who looks like he's getting car-jacked!)

Sweet Pea

And Hercules!





He'd rather push the cars around, but sometimes he gets in and drives.