Today I learned I am going to have a granddaughter. I feel overwhelmed with surprising emotion. I cannot wait to meet her. May of next year. Did I say I cannot wait to meet her?
My wonderful sister-friend Anita had a scare last week when her husband Dean went to the doc. There was found a lump or some type of growth in his throat. They’re concerned about his lymph nodes, too. He goes for a CT scan this week. Between her mom’s failing health and now Dean’s worrisome issues, she’s having a hard time coping, claiming she’s not too good at this “life stuff.” She worries all the time about what will become of her if her mom and husband both die and leave her alone. Thom and I have both assured her that we’d LOVE to have her live with us!
I pray Dean’s okay. How difficult it is to be so far away from my closest friends when they’re going through such hard times.
Went for a nice bike ride today. Couldn’t decide where to go then finally ended up north on A1A on a lovely paved trail that runs along the road, winding its way through the canopy of mossy trees. Tom took a bunch of videos and put them together in a great video for FB.
We’ve decided to try and count calories. I downloaded a calorie counter to my iPhone, so we’ll see how we do. I’m just too heavy to be comfortable: 156. That is NOT good. I MUST lose at least 10 pounds. And he should lose 20. It’s harder for him as he’s NEVER had to worry about what he eats, and even counting calories, he likes to ‘forget’ about the croutons or the chips or the fig newton bar. Can’t do it that way.
Our first Christmas in Florida…Bittersweet, I think. While I’m happy to be in a warmer climate, it’s times like these that make it hard. No family; no old friends. Nowhere to really ‘go,’ except for the same places we go every other day.
Talked with the kids this morning. Meg has it tough, also, as she is quite alone in her little place in Kansas City. Thankfully she has friends, though she didn’t say she would be seeing any of them today. But she does like it there, and she’s had a few holidays on her own now. It’s just hard when you come from such a large family to suddenly have NO family around for special occasions.
Thankfully we have a lovely place and we have each other.
esday evening and had a short but nice visit until they were picked up today by Molly and family who are now headi
ng down to Fort Lauderdale for their Christmas break.
After a VERY long ride home from the airport, we had pina coladas, then off to bed. Thursday started out a little cool with promises of warmer weather. We drove to Jungle Hut Beach only to be disappointed by a lot of people, plus a mess of a beach. It wasn’t conducive to shelling. We then drove A1A up to Flagler Beach to have a look around. We decided to go home and change into beach attire, have a lovely brunch at Oceanside Restaurant, and head across the street to the beach.
Thom and Lo headed into the water with a boogie board and an air mattress. Thom only had to show Lauren ONCE and she got it down! She was hootin’ and hollerin’ her way through the surf on the air mattress, laughing out loud at the sheer fun of it! We got great video of her numerous rides on the waves. Mom enjoyed shelling and watching the antics, and the sun mostly cooperated. We all had a really great time, and it was so fun to share it with them.
The day ended with pizza a daquari, the finale of the “X Factor” (horrible show), and an early bedtime. Molly and family arrived this morning around 11:15. We fed them lunch, passed out some gifts, and off they went like sardines in a can for the three+ hour trek to their final destination in the sun.
Five days until Christmas, 2011. I’m not even sure when my last post, but I know there have been some changes. Boy, have there been some changes.
Reader’s Digest version, and what brings me to where I am now:
- 2005 – I turn 50. I have a hysterectomy. I teach myself to knit. We buy a cottage. My dad has a stroke that puts him in a nursing home. He goes from work … to a nursing home.
- 2006 – Andrew gets married and moves far away. Kevin graduates from high school. I spend lots of time at The Cabbage … as much as possible.
- 2007 – I quit my career as a court reporter and open a yarn shop. Knitting becomes my life. On December 9th, my dad dies.
- 2008 – Meg moves away. Dennis files for divorce. Another surgery. I reconnect with Thom.
- 2009 – The divorce is final in May. Thom relocates to Michigan and we live in the cottage. My yarn shop is struggling through the spiraling economy while Thom and I struggle through our first winter in the cottage.
- 2010 – Thom undergoes back surgery. The shop continues it’s downward struggle. Crafty Glasses is born. Kevin gets married. Another miserable winter but beautiful springs and summers at the cottage.
- 2011 – I’m getting financially buried at my little yarn store. I finally cry “Uncle!” With the cottage property in a land dispute, I close my shop, file bankruptcy, leave my cottage to the bank and relocate to Florida. Crafty Glasses begins to slowly grow and expand.
- And my best friend Sarah struggles to understand why the man she loves is dying.
I need to start journaling again. This is my beginning, near the end of ’11.