Overall, it was a busy and somewhat draining week. We finally had a bit of snow - truly not much to write home about, but enough to look beautiful and shovel a little. The maintenance crew and plows were out in force in the community - they start about 4 am (I always joke it's because they know the old people like to get up and out early). Also, my elderly neighbor was happy to be out with his snowblower helping. Lady always gets a bit flummoxed in snow as she is not sure where she should take care of business. She was slipping and sliding a bit.
We loaded up the car and drove to Sterling yesterday. The car was full (brought many of Lady's comfort items and her food). Ok..I'll be honest, I brought a lot of my stuff as well as I had no idea what's in Sterling. Lady did great in the car. She was on her bed in a harness so she would not get knocked around. She barked for the first hour and then I think the Dramamine and CBD cookie kicked in. She only seemed to bark when we slowed down too much. My BFF helped share the driving. We purposely drove back on a Saturday to avoid the daily hassle of traffic. We had good weather until Baltimore and then rain the rest of the way. The beltway here was crazy as always. As we got closer to home I am amazed at the building (I know I'll be shocked when I get out and about). Even though we stopped three times, we made the drive in under 10 hours - not too bad.
To all of my friends in Sterling, I am hoping to catch up with all of you over the next few weeks. I have some long neglected appointments set up, but hope to see all of you one way or the other.
Last week I wrote about a wonderful woman I went to visit and I'm so glad I got to sit with her. She passed the next day surrounded by love. I won't be there for her service, but feel so blessed that I was able to hold her hand for a little while and see her smile.
Lady is a bit discombobulated, but found a blanket to sleep on last night. I set up her beds in two different places, but she found a blanket in the living room. She is not used to steps and we have step down living room that we have now Lady proofed to help. When we walked last night she would stumble off the curb. Hopefully, today she will become a bit more acclimated and we can get out and walk a bit.
Believe me when I say I'm running on numb, but I knew I needed to take steps to move forward. I am not sure at this moment where I belong, but I know it will all work out. I am blessed that I have the time and space to make decisions and grieve as I need. I have read horror stories about people that have no choices and must move on immediately.
My dad's Aunt Virginia passed away the other day. She was the last of my grandmother's sisters. She was blessed to be at home surrounded by her family. Oh the history she has seen. Her legacy will continue on through her large family. I'll remember her red hair, laughter and smile. My thoughts and prayers are with all of her family.
I finished reading: "BEFORE WE WERE YOURS" by Lisa Wingate. A novel surrounding the Tennessee Children's Home Society Orphanage in 1939 and how it impacts families today. It's a novel based on some true research. I shed a few tears in reading this novel.
The daily and wacky holidays for the week...provides something lighthearted to think about:
22 George Washington's Birthday
22 Be Humble Day
22 International World Thinking Day
22 National Margarita Day
22 Walking the Dog Day
23 International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
23 Open That Bottle Night - last Saturday of month
23 Tennis Day
24 National Tortilla Chip Day
24 Oscar Night - date varies
24 World Bartender Day
25 Pistol Patent Day
26 Carnival Day
26 National Pistachio Day - it's a nutty day!
26 Tell a Fairy Tale Day
27 Polar Bear Day
27 No Brainer Day - this day is for me!
28 Floral Design Day
28 Public Sleeping Day
28 National Tooth Fairy Day - and/or August 22
And here we go into the month of March!
- Irish American Month
- Music in Our Schools Month
- National Celery Month
- National Craft Month
- National Frozen Food Month
- National Irish American Heritage Month- designated by Congress in 1995.
- National Nutrition Month
- National Peanut Month
- National Women's History Month
- Red Cross Month
- Social Workers Month
- 2and Week National Bubble Week
- 2and Week Crochet Week
March, 2019 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:
1 Employee Appreciation Day first Friday in March
1 National Pig Day
1 National Salesperson Day - first Friday in the month
1 Peanut Butter Lovers' Day
1 World Day of Prayer - First Friday of the month
2 Old Stuff Day
I am leaving it here for today. Forgive me if there were typos that I did not catch...using a different keyboard than I'm used to. I hope you have a good week. Take care. Chat soon. Marie
“If I can see pain in your eyes, then share with me your tears. If I can see joy in your eyes, then share with me your smile.” – Santosh Kalwar
“There is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”- Winnie the Pooh