And, we’re home.
I can’t believe it has been THREE WEEKS since my last post. We have had so much to do and so many places to be that I don’t really know where to start. And the photos. I don’t know if I have the energy to deal with them. We shall see if I get a second wind by the time I am done writing.
I guess I will start with my embarrassment of a misspelled word. The title of a recent post (if you can still call it recent…) had the word helicopter spelled with two “L’s”. I didn’t notice it, and a new person who had never commented before commented, but ONLY about the misspelled word and the irony that it followed the word literacy. There haven’t been many people who comment here, very few that I don’t know. Today I had two. One of which was a reprimand. I am so embarrassed, and I feel so stupid. I know I have told you before how spelling and I are not great friends. I try hard to get along, but spelling is just mean. There are many words that look fine to me, but are wrong. Thank goodness Spell-check is a good friend. There is no spell-check in the title area. I have re-read the title for this post several times to make sure it is all spick and span. I hope that it is. So, my apologies.
So, let’s see where did my life leave off….Black Raspberries. Wow. That was a while ago. Here is what has been happening around here:
1. Sarah turned TEN. Double digits. She had a party at the lake with all of her friends. It was so fun, and easy. I recommend it.
2. We went to a cabin up north with my sister and her family and three of my niece’s friends. The kids had a blast swimming in the lake, riding on the back of a jet ski, jumping on the water trampoline, and paddle-boating. (Oh, and eating s’mores by the fire pit). The cabin was really a luxury home that is owned by my brother-in-law’s boss. It was bigger than two of my house. I read the second and third books in the Hunger Games series and enjoyed them. I also began knitting a kitchen towel that I love.
3. My uncle died of Alzheimer’s Disease. It was time, but geez. It still seems like he should still be here. We went back to Walnut Grove to go through the museum. We stayed over night and the kids were fishes. My uncle was such a kind man. He always was in a good mood and had a smile on his face. I am still kind of in denial. He was 75. My grandmother was out of it. She didn’t appear to be grieving at all. My aunt suffers from schizophrenia, and was deeply troubled by my uncle’s death. She is in a wheel chair and has a lot of mobility issues. Jeff and my sister’s husband and I were assigned to help her in and out of the car and drive her to the luncheon and back. Holy moly. This was a job. The service was held at the cemetery at my grandfather’s grave site. It was a perfectly beautiful day. Not too hot, not chilly, but very sunshiny. The cemetery had very uneven grounds with little hills and holes all over. The wheel chairs were not the four-wheeling type. Trying to get them to the site was hard enough, but trying to get my 200+ pound aunt back into the car was almost impossible. She would get scared and scream, and then go limp like a toddler, screaming, “I’m going to FALLLLLL!!!” Jeff and my brother-in-law worked at getting her in and pushing and I was in the car pulling. We did it, but it was SO HARD. And she was so upset, understandably. We all felt awful for her and were sympathetic and loving, but good god. PLUS, she couldn’t lift her feet while we pushed her chair…so I had to bend down and hold her feet up while someone else had to push/pull her around. I really felt like we were on candid camera. You can picture it can’t you? It did bring some comic relief, but holy hannah…never again.
4. We went up north to Brainerd this past week. Sunday to Thursday. We stayed in the hotel part of a resort called Cragun’s. It was such a fun trip. All three kids and my niece water-skied for the first time, and went tubing. They, again, were fishes in the indoor pool on Monday and Tuesday when the weather didn’t cooperate, and at the beach and at the outdoor pool the last two days. I played cards with my mom, and went swimming in the pools. We ate out all meals except for breakfast, which ROCKED. We took this trip to celebrate my parent’s upcoming 50th Wedding Anniversary. FIFTY YEARS. WOW. Jeff fished and golfed, as did Sarah. A fun time was had by all, but I am glad to be home and have some down time. We only have one more road-trip, and it is just for the day. My grandmother is turning 1oo in a week. Can you believe THAT? So we shall be partying with her!
5. I am tired. I WANT to do pictures, but I am going to bed instead. Bad. Blogger.
6. What have you been up to?