Saturday, January 21, 2017

Bucket List

I got to cross an item off my bucket list tonight. My son and I went to see a concert that has been way too long in the making for me. We went to see Ronnie Milsap at the Tennessee Theatre. Sure his opening act was not our taste and sure his voice has some wear and tear on it, but it was fabulous. I would go again tomorrow and the next day and the next. Such a talent with a wonderful sense of humor. The boy recognized several of the songs that I sing all the time. He was such a sport. We ate a lovely dinner at the Tomato Head, bought binoculars at Mast General and headed over to the historic Tennessee Theatre to find our seat and gaze at the architectural awesomeness that is that place. What a lovely evening with a lovely date and a childhood dream fulfilled.

Things are getting very close for my uncle tonight. Very close. Tonight, please pray for my Aunt L. Reality is a cruel thing and it is merciless right now. He is the love of her life and she is struggling.

Night all.









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Friday, January 20, 2017

So grateful

I saw one of my favorite people in the world at Kroger today. She is one of the three readers of this blog, bless her. She gave me a big and much needed hug this morning and I am so very grateful. Uncle D rallied slightly this morning...enough to tell my aunt he loved her and pucker his lips for a little kiss. What a sweet pair they are. A love story for the ages for sure. Sigh.

The hub and his girls are at Resurrection this weekend with a gajillion other Uniter Methodist youth, so the boy and I had a dinner date of his choice and my parents relaxed on the couch after a busy day. We went to Mr. Gatti's, the pizza and pinball and punctured eardrum wonderland for kids. The boy was thrilled and played about 30 games of Skeeball, ate some pizza and decided to stop off at Bruster's for ice cream we can share with Nana and Pops and eat in our pajamas. Our big date is tomorrow night. A date that I cannot begin to express how excited I am about. A concert that has been 36 years in the making for me. One that I have searched and searched for for years. But you will have to wait until tomorrow to find out. SOme people will thumb their noses, but there is nothing I love more than a gifted artist, born of humble means and differences that they have overcome to write beautiful and catchy and wonderful music. Squeeeeee!!!

Night all.


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tired day

It has been a busy and emotional day at the ranch. I have baked lots of meatloaf and mashed potatoes for delivery to the relatives. Uncle D has taken a turn for the worse and is getting closer to being relieved of his pain. We're certainly sad, but it has been a sweet day today. I got to talk to him and tell him I loved him and visit with my cousins and other friends and family. We've laughed and cried and hugged and cried and laughed some more. As my cousin said, what a wonderful thing to have someone you love so much that your heart breaks at the thought of their leaving.

On a completely unrelated and random note, I could eat the crud out of some peanut butter cup ice cream right now. That is all.

Night all.


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A quick one

It has been a fairly uneventful day. Just the usual activities. My parents came in today to bring my aunt and uncle's dog back to them. Blue has been a calming force in all of this and they were glad to have her back. Mom was grateful to spend some time with her brother...I know it must have been hard. He's eight years younger than her and she has always been so fiercely loyal to him and protective of him. Both sisters have. They will go and see him tomorrow again. I may see him too. Just at a loss as to what to say. I don't want to go in there and bawl. That won't help anything. Here's hoping for strength and composure.

I'm going to go watch a show and take a hot bath.

Night all.


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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Worried

My uncle traveled by ambulance home today from Nashville. He is very sick...running a high fever...he has been given no other options. But he is home. He will be able to see his beloved family and rest in his own bed with his sweet dog. God will provide him with a new body when the time is right. I just pray we don't have to think about that for a while. We are all very sad and angry and heartbroken and worried and everything else. I appreciate the prayers you have sent up for him up to now. It is a sobering thing to hear your mother sob for her brother...for your cousin to break down for his father. But through it all, God's plan is perfect.

Night all.


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Monday, January 16, 2017

Emotional day

Since we had a holiday today, the kids and I slept in for a bit this morning. FOr the boy, that meant he slept in until 6:22am...well, he stayed in his bed until that time. After we were all up and fed and restless, we decided to go to the movies and see "Hidden Figures". If you haven't yet seen this movie, rush on over to the theatre and get your ticket. It was wonderful! The children all enjoyed it and got to learn some things as well. It was a good movie to see on MLK Jr Day. I loved it.

Once again, I am asking for prayer for my uncle with AML(leukemia). The clinical trial he is involved with has had no effect on the bad cells in his blood. They felt there was no good reason to proceed with the second dose of chemo as the side effects may be too much to take. Discussion of palliative care has begun. We are all heartbroken. All I can ask is for prayers to keep him comfortable and pain free what ever happens. He is just one of the best men out there. Just so terribly sad.

As I was cleaning up my face after a good cry, my oldest and youngest approached me and said they had a question. "Would you go on a date with me, Mom?"...the boy asked in his most polite way as he handed me some papers. Two tickets to see one of my all time heroes, Ronnie Milsap. I cannot express how excited I am. I have loved him for decades. It was all my oldest's idea. God bless her.

Night all.


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Sunday, January 15, 2017

My show is back

I have too many shows...I realize that. Luckily, most of them I record so then I can watch them and be productive at the same time. I can't begin to count how many pairs of socks and underwear I must have sorted and folded while binge watching something. "Homeland" comes back on tonight. My closest college friend, ME, got me started on it when it was in its second season and I could catch up on the whole first season. I have never, with the exception of maybe The Walking Dead, held ny breath and been so enthralled with a story line before. Sure, it has had its lackluster seasons, but it is so expertly written. Two seasons ago was without a doubt the most compelling thing I have ever watched on television. Okay, fiction wise. I know, I sound like a TV addict and need to not watch so much. I honestly don't watch that much. Sunday is a work day for me and is often stressful, so when Homeland comes on, I can't relieve some of that stress.

Ok, friends, so today a little boy came into the nursery and I have to tell your he looked like a little miniature Ed Sheehan. The only reason I really know to say that name is that he is one of the artists my girls listen to a lot. This child had little hipster pants on, a hat, a plaid shirt and bow tie. I am not allowed to post his picture, and he was too busy for me to get one in focus anyway, but let me tell you he was a-DOR-able. And he knew he was. I may get stressed out at work with the grown ups, but the children are the tops. Just excellent.

I'm about to Cocke out here soon, so I'm going to get ready for bed.

Night all.


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