You didn’t even miss us, did you?
What a whirlwind these last few weeks have been!
It started the first week of July with our 4th of July cookout. Then we had visits with Darin’s Uncle Jack and his wife Darlene. Then Darin’s Mom Jeannie came for a visit and we had even more visits with Jack & Darlene along with several other members of Darin’s family, including a few we’d never even met before!
Then this past Wednesday (August 1), Missy and I hopped in the car for a road trip.
First stop (Wednesday): Good Sam Hospital in Cincinnati to see Maggie.
Second stop (Wednesday thru Thursday morning): St. Louis, to see some of the folks at SimuCon 2012. (Thanks again, to Nora, Vicki & Anna for sharing their room with us so we could stay & visit longer!)
Third stop (Thursday night thru Sunday afternoon): New Orleans, for my oldest grandson’s bar mitzvah. We also got to meet several people we’ve only ever heard about over the years — of course we’ve met part of Peter’s family, but there were a few new ones for us — and we got to meet several of Anna and Peter’s friends as well as the lovely Fiona and her family — my youngest grandson Adin insists that he is going to marry Fiona when they are all grown up, so I guess this is my future grand-daughter-in-law?! (And my goodness, I would be remiss to not mention the wonderful people at the Congregation Gates of Prayer where the celebrations took place. If you are looking for a spiritual home in the NOLA area, these are some absolutely awesome people. You can feel the welcoming love and fellowship the moment you cross the threshold.)
Fourth stop (wee hours Monday morning): home, to collapse & recover! Oh and get this! Despite being stuffed full of food all weekend long, I actually lost four pounds! Yay!
We had a lovely time all along the way, with only a couple of little irritations. It was an overwhelmingly wonderful trip and although I was terribly sad to leave them, I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed spending so much time with my grandsons (and their parents!). I also can’t tell you how much I enjoyed NOLA — what a beautiful city! And just about everyone was super nice and friendly. I’m sure they have their fair share of jerks (who doesn’t?) but we didn’t have to deal with ‘em, so not my problem.
And now, things really ramp up for my son-in-law (dad of the bar mitzvah boy) whose first young adult novel, Henry Franks, is being officially published in September. You should go buy it on pre-order and leave a review after you read it. Or buy it for your child/grandchild/nephew/niece/neighbor’s kid/whatever. It’s a REALLY good book. (I know this, because I got to read a copy before the final edits and it rocked then, so it’s going to be mega-awesome now!) It can already be pre-ordered on amazon (and for kindle!), b&n, and indiebound — there’s links on the bottom of the page. Seriously, you should go check it out.
And finally, now, for ME … the official launch of my new embroidery & sewing site Sew Gaelic, is about to happen! Embroidery commencing in 5 … 4 … 3 …
Had half-convinced myself I wasn’t gonna do it this year.
Hah! So this morning about 10:00 I had my annual July 10 meltdown. Interestingly — oddly? — I cried first for Mom and how much I missed her. It was while in the midst of crying for her, I realized the date and began crying as well for Sam. And interestingly as well, I began crying for my Grandma and my Great-Grandma (who died the year I was born, and I never laid eyes on her) too.
What a melancholy way to start the day!
Strangely though, instead of feeling drained and saddened, I feel rejuvenated and cleansed. Ready to tackle the world almost.
I’m okay. Despite it being 13 years to the day since Sam died. Despite it being 5 years and 7 months since Mom died. Despite having just quit my job after 13 years. Despite not having my health back entirely. Despite despite despite … because you know what? It’s a whole new world out there and I’m alive to see it!