Trying to Catch Up Slice of Life

I thought life would get back to normal a bit. Trying to catch up…but this slice of life is not quite there yet :)

The funeral & wake were all in one day.

The next morning ( late ) my oldest and his GF came by for a last goodbye prior to traveling back to St. Louis. By that time I had the grandkids back from who had been babysitting them for the latter part of the wake,  and there was some cuddling time between Brent and his Uncle Shawn:

The situation is there was no will, no one on his checking or deeds or titles…I will be the executrix …I was joking with my oldest that executor sounds quite normal but Executrix sounds like a super heroine wearing a suit of armor with bat-wings or something :)

It’s okay; on the first day of wading through paperwork Kanga offered to help.

The estate attorney is a friend of my middle son and when you go to visit an attorney and she has two huge friendly Labradoodles in her office you know that you are in good hands:)

Speaking of dogs, the youngest had been living with his dad for the last two months and at the moment he can’t handle being there. So he and Koopa are here with me for awhile.

The cat is not happy and this is what goes on outside. ( Koopa is a young pit bull and they love to jump )

I have two dogs here, and now Koopa for awhile and in the above photo Merle, my middle sons’ dog was visiting too.

Then it is Easter break for the kids and they were all down here for awhile as well on Wednesday and when they took off on their scooters, Kate fell and fractured her arm.  This is not a good month for us!

Meanwhile, Stars and Spools sits awaiting me to finish the binding but every time that I pick it up or the Scrappy Granny quilt, something else happens …I just think that life is going to be messy and family-focused for awhile and if I can even get a few stitches in here and there I will be happy.

The leg wound is not fully healed, either. It was the size of my palm or larger. Skin ripped off stretched back over and stitched. My DIL took the stitches out a day or two after the funeral but the middle is not great ( looks so gross, lol! :)  and so I still want it covered and bandaged as it is so tender. If I do too much I get swelling.  “WHY?” I ask her. “Well you are old” she honestly says.

Meanwhile while it was just awful when Kate fell off of the scooter and was in so much pain by the next day she was happily having me sign her purple cast. An in-between photo that my DIL took :

Well I think no more posts until I am actually able to get back to some sewing :) Have a nice Easter, everyone. We are going to a big get-together that my DILs’  family has at a hall with a playground next to it for the children. More food than one could imagine and it looks as if our weather will be great.

I hope to get back soon to visiting everyone…

Early April Slice of Life

The neighborhood is coming in to bloom this early April. I was down the road on Friday to greet the kids after school as their parents were visiting someone right after work. I bought a little soft toy for Merle at the Dollar Store ( much appreciated ) and was charmed when one of the twins brought home that cute little leprechaun full of grass that the children had planted earlier in the month.  Later on we were considering the menu from a local Catholic church. I am not sure if it is this way everywhere but in our area, many Catholic churches and also this and that firehall or club have Lenten fish fries on Friday to raise money for their organization.

Ongoing saga here…

“Nice Kitty, Nice Kitty, please stay where you are. I have just come for my peanuts and then I’ll be off”

My DIL’s church ( and one that I took my children to for several years when they were young ) is holding a First Responders’ Appreciation Banquet this Monday for our local community and she had volunteered to help with greeting people as they came in the door.

I picked up Brent and Kate after school since the scheduling was pretty tight …rush in the door, wolf down a bit of food, change school clothes for dressier ones and off to the hotel ballroom. She posted a photo on Facebook of the greeters with their friend in the middle.

While the church has done this for a number of years, due to the tragedy of a local policeman losing his life while responding to a domestic violence call, the awareness and appreciation of these people has increased in our community and their response was wonderful. Over 400 will be served and loved this Monday evening.

That story is HERE.

The speaker at the banquet had spoken at the church on Sunday. A pastor who had held a First Responder service at his own church a few years ago. That afternoon he and his wife of 20-some years took off on their motorcycle for a leisurely ride. They had lunch and talked of their eager anticipation in regards to their first grandson who was due to arrive soon. On the way back they were hit by a drunk driver. She was killed instantly. He had 19 surgeries and lost a leg. This church live streams and I watched him tell his story and I cried the entire way through. Some of the first responders who had been at his church earlier were there to try to help save him later on in the day…

On Monday morning I was sitting down with my Stars and Spools quilt, finishing up the 3rd section of binding. I saw the play of light on the quilting stitches and grabbed the camera…oftentimes the back of the quilt tells a story as much as the front :)

Every little thing and moment is precious, isn’t it.

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