On Halloween 1991 I agreed to hand out candy to trick or treaters at Connie’s house in town. Andy painted my face a sickly shade of green and put black putty between my teeth to make them look rotten. Little did we know what lay ahead.
Many of you will remember my sad summer last year. I wanted a Jack Russell Terrier before I died and I simply could not find a rescue in the Midwest who had one so we drove to Colorado to get Hazel from a friend of a friend. Many people told me I was too old to get a JRT puppy and many days I think they may have been right. Smile.
Yup – more winter prep – will it ever be completely done? Had my pre op physical yesterday – more of a formality than anything. But the good thing about seeing Dr. Diamond is my opportunity to congratulate her. They had the ground breaking for her new clinic in Garner a few days ago. She already moved to Garner but works in Clarion and Belmond until the new clinic opens. (Town references for local readers.)
The funeral is over, the music went fine and we saw many old friends and acquaintances from our hometown where Jim lived, Crystal Lake, Iowa, home of the world’s largest bullhead – ha!
Becky and I have never played together at a funeral but we were happy to have been able to do this for Jim’s family. I guess we chose Because He Lives, Barb requested How Great Thou Art and then asked us to include another of Jim’s favorite songs I’ll Fly Away. Becky has a warm alto voice and we got lots of compliments.
Today family began to go home and my great niece April, her husband Chuck and their daughter Bailey stopped here to see the cats, the goats and the chickens. It’s always fun for me to have a kid here who loves animals. Reed and I had been working outside, cutting down hydrangeas, putting away fences, etc.
April loved the Bad Hair Day girls.
But Bailey loved the cats.
Ernie loves attention of any kind!
Oh, it was such a fun visit! And today was Bailey’s 10th Birthday as well as her dad’s birthday.
Today was the first Sunday in a couple of years that I didn’t go visit Gayle after church. I am missing her already. Her celebration of life is scheduled for this Thursday from 4-7 pm. That is also the day of my cataract surgery and I’m not sure I’ll be able to attend. This question is addressed to those who have already had cataract surgery – what could you do that very first evening? Do you think I’ll be able to go? If somebody drives me?
I am ready tonight for a quilt EXPLOSION! Judy Linn wrote about hers in a comment about a quilt retreat and I am so ready to sit and sew. I’ll let you know what I decide to work on.
Tomorrow is the start of another week – I hope this week is better than last week!