Hello Beautiful Day*

The day of my husband’s funeral the sun was shining.

The sky was blue with little wisps of clouds.

The air was crisp.

It was a beautiful day.

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The last of 2017

With apologies to Charles Dickens.

In many ways, 2017 was the best of times for me.

Then in the last eight months, it was the worst of times bringing terrible grief.

Now on the last day of 2017, I am looking forward with guarded optimism to 2018.

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Peace at the last

It’s been a long, busy, emotional week.

It’s time for rest.

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Pay Attention

I was never  guaranteed anything in this world.

I did not realize that until life taught me otherwise.

My life has gone in directions I never dreamed possible.

Directions I wanted and some I never wanted.

Some  were so wonderful.

Some were so painful.

All of them made me a better and sometimes sadder person.

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A Special Hell

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Sign posted on the wall in the hospital.

My daughter in law has been in the hospital for several days enduring tests and procedures to determine the cause of her illness.

In the meantime, I have been taking care of eight-month old Mabel and walking and praying.

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Mabel enjoying a stroll before bedtime. 

Strangers always stop to comment on how cute Mabel is.

Now strangers stop to comfort her Grandmother (me).

This is so hard.

It is hell all over again for my son and me.

It is hell for all of our family.

Waiting.  Anxious. Hoping for the best.

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My Top Ten: Living Alone

Enjoy my top ten indulgences for living alone.  Feel free to add your favorites!

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Aiden’s Grandfather

What can one say…

I was floored by my son’s request this morning.
It has been on my mind ever since. A heaviness in my heart.
I shared it with a couple of friends who were sympathetic.

These are the kinds of things that stop me in my tracks.

 

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Monday, Monday**

Monday mornings can be either wonderful or dreadful. Continue reading “Monday, Monday**”

Deer in the Headlights

 

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Here we are in December!

These are my last “free” days before the fluster and flurry of the holidays begin. Continue reading “Deer in the Headlights”

Finding Grace in a Grilled Ham & Cheese

“But when from a long distant past, nothing subsists, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, still, alone, more fragile, but with more vitality, more unsubstantial, more persistent, more faithful, the smell and taste of things remained poised a long time, like souls, ready to remind us, waiting and hoping for their moment, amid the ruins of all the rest; and bear unfaltering , in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence, the vast structure of recollection.”   excerpt from Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust. Continue reading “Finding Grace in a Grilled Ham & Cheese”