Thursday, September 28, 2023
Saturday, May 22, 2021
It's too late, I'm sleepy, but I wanted to say Congratulations to my Hubby for receiving the awesome raise! It's about time they paid him a fair wage. They took the time to tell him the value his hard work and they want him to continue working for the company. Not everyone stuck it out through the pandemic, and the company is thanking those who did.
Next month Hubby is flying back to Kosovo to visit his family and I am staying with my daughter in Indiana. Right now I have been preparing my plants for my time away.
I have pictures, but not posting tonight
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Spring changed forever when my daughter stepped out of my life forever. I am happy for all the "spring things" that make everyone happy. I am grateful for the longer days and the sunshine on my plants. I look forward to more walks with my husband, and this year I am staying with my daughter in Indiana for the whole time my husband will be overseas visiting his parents.
But yet I feel shell-shocked, like there is some dark cloud over my head, like something bad happened. Well, it did. It takes my breath away that she was born in May and died in May. I didn't find her until the morning of June 1st, so that's the official date. I still have her final text, May 31, 2017 at 9:06 pm: "Won't the real estate agent be with you?"
It wasn't unusual for her to leave a conversation dangling. I thought nothing of it until she never answered my texts the following day when I thought she was at work.
I think a lot about my mom, too. My mom saved my life, even though she had been gone 10 years. I think I might not have survived the grief if she had not told me "don't be so sad because my daughter is safe with her". She spoke that, out loud, telepathically, in my head.
I hope this year, when I spend a month with my daughter in Indiana, that it will be a time for healing, for both of us.
In other news, the neighbor hung bird feeders in the tree. I've been scattering bird seed on the ground. We've had a good assortment of birds, which makes everyone feel better. There is a pair of House Finches nesting in the tree next to the building.
Friday, February 12, 2021
I was browsing through my California blog, "Stories from the Mist" and I came across something I wrote:
"I mark my days by the sunsets I've seen and the rocks I've gathered."
I would like to add, forests I've walked in and autumn leaves I've admired.
That was a draft from October 2020. I thought I should publish it, since it's me in a nutshell.
I haven't written in a long time. I spend a lot of time on Facebook connecting with people. I've learned that probably many of us are crying a lot. The pandemic caused a separation from friends and family, a long one. And then there was the insurrection.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. I'm getting my second Covid-19 vaccination this coming Thursday. Other family members are still waiting.
Some very good news....my husband had his citizenship interview and he passed! The last step is the Oath Ceremony, scheduled in less than 2 weeks.
We went out to eat with our neighbors to celebrate. It felt good to laugh and and talk and laugh some more. It was zero that night. We are in a crazy long cold snap, like a polar vortex.
I putter around with my plants a lot. I belong to a succulent facebook group. I really should try to get all my succulent photos and advice all in one place.
I am so thankful for my husband. He is good company. In spite of the pandemic, we travel a lot, but carefully, masks, distancing, clean hands, don't touch one's face. Last summer we took many walks in the woods.
Looking forward to getting together with family once we all have our shots.
Saturday, October 10, 2020
The last time I wrote I was in despair over the thought of moving. I'm happy to report we are still here and my husband's work has swung into overdrive.
This spring we bought a truck. My 2010 Hyundai was having repetitive suspension problems. It wasn't safe to drive down a highway. One of my husband's dreams was to buy a big American truck. A blue one. And there it was. With the lockdown in full swing, the prices were down, a lot, and we had savings.
Saturday, May 2, 2020
Ok, I was just trying to delay talking about the Other Stuff.
The company my husband works for has been spiraling down the drain since before the virus crap. Now that it's even worse, my hubby has been able to claim unemployment because he is considered partially employed. So, that's good. They even tacked on the $600.
Now he's looking for work. So I'm sure we will end up moving AGAIN. I am tired of moving. I like the view, even if I can't hang a bird feeder or plant in the ground. The job he's interviewing for pays a lot more that where he works now.
That's all I feel like saying right now.
Sunday, April 5, 2020
My hubby has never been the stay at home type, but even he is better at it now. The good thing is we are allowed to walk in nature, as long as we do the social distancing. My hubby's job is deemed essential, but all overtime is gone and his regular hours are cut. No compensation for that, either. So we take advantage of his extra time off and go for walks, when the weather cooperates.
I'm handling it fairly well. I am stressed, though. Try not to be. Concerned for family and friends and hubby and myself. Thankfully hubby's work sent all office people home (work from home) and spaced the workers on the floor far apart, so when hubby works he isn't around anyone else.
The speed at which this world has changed is mind blowing. There is a dizzying amount of compassion, advancement and also stupidity and poor-ass leadership.
I spend a lot of time with my plants. I text my daughter. I miss her. Haven't seen her in over a year. On a good note, their new house is almost ready for inspection. I nibble too much. Didn't I mention stress....
It's a sunny day, but hubby is sleeping. We did sit on the patio in the sun for a hour. The breeze was cold, though. That's about all I have to say right now. Take care and stay healthy.