A new day, a new week. A year ending and a new one beginning within days. Change is in the air. Some good, some not so pleasant...
I was so tired last night, I don't even remember what all I posted. I'll probably go back and re-read it to see if there's any grammatical errors. I'm somewhat of a grammar Nazi; I hate it when the English language gets butchered. I want my blog to be as error free as possible. I know that doesn't always happen - I've gone back and seen things misspelled and kicked myself for it. But at least I try to do justice to my blog by writing properly.
One thing I didn't mention last night was my children's great-grandmother. Great-grandma Maria is my children's great grandmother on their father's mother's side. They have known her all their lives, and she babysat my two older kids when they were little tykes. Despite health issues in the past, including colon cancer, she has rallied and come off her sickbed multiple times. She is made of some sturdy material! About a year and a half ago, her eldest daughter experienced complications during open heart surgery, and unexpectedly passed away. She was in her mid 70's, not a young woman but to a mother she was still her child. Grandma Maria's health began to steadily decline after that. I think the heartache of losing her daughter was more devastating than any illness, including cancer. Since April we have watched her deteriorate from an active, alert woman to a bed-ridden shadow of who she was. I cannot express how sad it is to see her in this condition after knowing her for over 27 years as a strong, independent, caring human being. She has always put the needs of others before her own, and she's been a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and even great-great-grandmother. Grandma Maria lives with her daughter and granddaughter, the cousin who came over to visit last night. I asked how she was doing, and we were told that the priest had been called. Grandma Maria has been a devout Catholic all her life, but it wasn't about religion with her. She cares about people, and about serving. What an awesome example of Christ she has been to her entire family! At 94 years of age she is the family matriarch, having lost her husband 25 years ago. We know the Lord will be taking her home soon, and it will be a bittersweet time for us. She is so frail, so sick, that it pains everyone to see her suffer, but saying goodbye is a hard pill to swallow. My prayer is simply that the Lord would take her in her sleep so she and her loved ones caring for her don't have to suffer further. She has always tried to honor God with her life, and I know He will honor her integrity as well.
On to my day...I spent the morning cleaning the family room and dining room. Our dog Molly spends a lot of time in the family room on the rug, or at the back door waiting to be let out, so that area gets filled with dog hair and drool. I tried to get my Dyson vacuum cleaner fixed but I can't figure out what is wrong with it. I'm gonna end up having to take it to get repaired. I used our smaller vacuum but it takes longer because it isn't as powerful. After cleaning up I started cooking for today: baked ziti, french bread and a salad. I have plenty of lettuce in the yard, so once the baked ziti was out of the oven I went out and cut off some lettuce leaves. I brought them into the kitchen and threw them in the sink to wash. As I was pulling the leaves apart, what should hop out of the sink (almost on my hand) but a little frog. It was obviously hiding in the lettuce leaves looking for bugs. I let out a scream, not because I'm afraid of frogs but because it caught me by surprise! My boys jumped up to see what had caused the ruckus. They just laughed, then R got a glass and picked it up off the kitchen back splash and took it outside. I'm glad, because I didn't want it to stay inside the house. Poor little critter would have died.
After lunch I took my son E to the bank to cash out his coin bank that he got from his dad for his birthday. According to his dad there was about $180 that he had collected. My son had a few coins that he added to it, and I gave him a few as well. As we put them in the machine and watched the total go up, my son was getting more and more excited, hoping it would get up to $200. Actually, the total came up to $223.45. He said his face hurt from smiling so much. This will be the money he uses to get the longboard he's been wanting.
Another gift my son got for his birthday was a new Nerf gun. This one is a Zombie type, I guess for hunting them. My son has a collection of Nerf guns, which he forgets he has until he gets a new one. Then he and his brother start sneaking up on each other and everyone else, shooting them with Nerf guns. Which is proof that men are just boys in big bodies.
I got some more floor cleaning done before it was time for dinner. After I ate I proceeded to give myself a manicure with the new nail polishes my cousin gave me for my birthday. The package says they're nail lacquers so they should last longer than regular polish. We'll have to wait and see. They are a set, one mauve/taupe kind of color called May Flowers, one vibrant baby pink called Gorgeous Gerbera and one rose gold top coat with glitter. I used the mauve/taupe color on all but my ring fingers; on those I used the baby pink and put the glittery top coat on top. It looks really cute and girly, maybe a bit too youthful but who cares? They say you're as young as you feel, and I feel like I'm still in my 30's. Most days. Some of the time. Okay maybe closer to my 40's but still, that's younger than I am now.
Other than that it's been a slow kinda day. I watched a few videos on youtube, and I'm gonna take a shower now. Maybe I'll watch a movie afterwards, now that my son has let the television alone for a while. That poor TV is getting some usage now that there's a Wii U attached to it ;-). God bless and good night.
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