Long title to this post....but those are the immortal words that my Mom says to me every year on February 28th. She and Midge called this morning and serenaded me with a hearty rendition of "Happy Birthday". Too funny girls! But I feel very blessed to have my 88yr old Mom with us and ready to celebrate with me! I wish we could have been together this year but the weather is not cooperating. 8-10in. of snow is on the way from Chicago to the East with us in it's path. So the phone has been our connector and I'm thinking some Skype will have to follow. Jack celebrated with me by taking me out to lunch, giving me the perfect gift...a certificate to my favorite hair salon, and telling me that my Rueben sandwich and onion rings and the best dang fried mushrooms on earth have no calories on my birthday....thank goodness! I hoping that chocolate shake on Friday night is included in that pack! Ha! It's been a fun weekend of celebrating. My BFF Donna and her sweet almost daughter-in-law stopped by this afternoon. I got a lovely basket of goodies:
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Do you have an entourage? Someone or something that is always hanging around? Since I've been home, a few things have become my constant companions...
Thursday, February 19, 2015
My sister sent me an email today with something pretty cool. She had torn apart her home office at Mom's and in the redo she found a letter. It was from my Dad. Now you may remember his sweet letter to my Mom at Christmas that I posted here. The letter Midge found is a bit earlier in his life. It's a letter he wrote to his Mom when he was about 8yrs. old. It's very simple, very childlike in the handwriting with misspelled words and all. What struck me as amazing was the fact it was in such great condition. Yesterday would have been Dad's 95th birthday. He passed away in 1976 at age 56. To think that the letter is 80 plus years old and still together is really special. I couldn't get the letter to download here from my email so I took a pic of it from the computer. It just didn't turn out clear enough to print it here. I'll have to take a nice photo of it next time I'm home. Dad tells his "Momma" about his time spent with his Aunt Jo. He tells her he's having a good time and going down town with Aunt Jo lots of times. He asked how his mother is doing and then asks sweetly if he can stay until Sunday..."Can I Momma?" Then signs his name, Carlyle. Dad may be gone but I think of him everyday. I usually post about him on his birthday, but this year I think there was a reason I waited until today. The memories I have of Dad have held together like the paper that letter was written upon. They've become sweeter and more meaningful. I don't know why out of all the things Grandma had that this letter was kept. However, I'm grateful that a small piece of his childhood was preserved all these years. Happy Birthday Dad!
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Valentines Day 2015 came in like a lion and left like an Eskimo! Thankfully we celebrated on Friday with a lovely dinner with our good friends Gayle and Greg. The next morning after a load of wood was dropped off we headed into town to stop at Jack's office for a minute. While he was inside the weather was getting nastier and nastier. I snapped a few pics of course!
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
I have been a bit behind in my blogging. You would think that since I'm home until March I would have tons of time. Well time is one thing and blog material is another! However, I was a little excited about the idea that Jack and I were going to a barn dance last Friday. Finally something to blog about! Then I threw my back out. I had a few moves at physical therapy that did me in. (really, it wasn't the furniture moving!) Lucky for me I have a Chiropractor hubby who got me on my feet...but sitting in a car for a long ride and then trying to dance....no way. Dang it! Besides having some blog material, I wanted my blog buddy Rick (Life 101) to see that he was right. He's been saying I would be dancing by Valentines day...and I would have! Oh well. Here's a pic of a couple of cuties who did get to show some twinkle toes:
Monday, February 2, 2015
To get from my house to my Mom's in Chicago we have to go through Indiana...it's seems like it's the longest part of the journey....and we frequently encounter the worst weather. In Winter we come up on snow squalls in South Bend because of the lake effect. In Spring, Summer or Fall it could be anything from torrential rain to fog to road work. (you know, orange barrel season). February is a short month but boy it feels super long to get through to March and the beginning of Spring. Yesterday Chicago was hit with a blizzard and 19in. of snow. We had snow, rain, ice, and today more snow with wind that has blown drifts into the road. Welcome February! Yep, just like Indiana, you just have to get through this month to better climes, times and more sun. I used to love this month because it's my birthday month. Just to make it more interesting though, Mom had me on the last day. Again, torture for a kiddo who can't wait for their special day. Now however, I can wait for that "special" day....being a year older and all. So I hope this month calms down and the trip to March gets smoother, and hopefully warmer! Yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday. We didn't watch the game or even the commercials but I felt compelled to make some SB snacks: