Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 21st....

These are the lights that hang in my kitchen over the bar counter.  I fell in love with the Edison light bulb.  I was very pleased to find these lights at Lowe's.  I didn't realize I had purchase two different types of bulbs.  I do like the swirly ones... but can't find them anywhere.  I guess the one I purchase was a fluke.

October 20th...

Today the leaves were so beautiful.  I snapped this photo at Greenville Park.  The tree was huge and as I stood under it, gazing up, this is what I saw.  Loved the contrast of the white bark and the color of the leaves.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

My Year So Far

October 12th - Where has the year gone?  This has been a dramatic year of changes for me; one of those years that can add a lot of stress in your life.

My job of 30 years at JP Morgan came to an end.  I was given 52 weeks of severance pay. I had plans of spending time this summer with my Grandma.  She always wanted to see the ocean and I had been talking to her about making the trip.  I explained I had lots of time available and we could drive 2 or 3 hours a day in case she couldn't sit in the car too long.  She said she would think about it.  She also said she wanted to come spend a week with me as she wanted to take a break from her home.  I was excited about that.

Just one month later my beloved Grandmother died as a result of a traffic accident.  Although she was 91; she was in excellent health for one her age.  I would say this has been one of the most shocking events that has ever happened to me.  And although the driver has been charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter; it doesn't bring my Grandma back.

We bought our first home, a condo, after 25 years of renting.  I finally convinced my husband that it made sense since we were heading towards a fixed income within 10 years, rates were low; and it was a buyer's market.

Of course home ownership is bringing lots of stress to me as I try to make everything perfect.  In the process of doing so, I purchased a toilet that has gotten some of the worse reviews a toilet can get; and will now need to be dismantled and taken back to the store.  I have two doors that will not shut (I didn't even think about closing doors when we toured the condo.  Oh and the refrigerator is too wide and upon inspection of my new counter tops there are two major mess ups with it (the counter top was just installed on Friday) and now they will need to come back and figure out how they will correct it.   I'm still waiting for my carpet to be laid.... and we are moving in 4 days.  I actually drove to the park the other day and cried and cried.... yes it has been emotional time for me.

Then I had another breakdown because Grandma's estate had an auction of her possessions.  It was extremely hard watching others touch her things.  I was very lucky to purchase her kitchen table and chairs, a dresser and vanity set that was in one of her bedrooms, and a quilt she had made.  It will be nice to have those things around me; but I would rather have my Grandma here instead.

And now her house will be auctioned off in November.  I spent a lot of time here when I was growing up.  Many weeks in the summer that were so magical to me because I had Grandma to myself.  I will miss coming here.

And now my back is messed up.  The doctor says my sacroiliac joint is tight.  I'm on a muscle relaxer and working on stretching it out.  The doctor also gave me a steroid shot.  However the only thing that works for the pain is Advil and since I'm on a blood thinner; I'm not suppose to take Advil.  In the meantime this pain is limiting my actions and with a move 4 days away I need to be active.

A bright note is an upcoming trip to New Orleans and a meet up with Kathryn, a dear friend from college.  I've never been to New Orleans but have always wanted to go.  Kathryn loves New Orleans and has been there many times and will be our tour guide.  I'm excited about the trip.   That's why I'm really working hard on stretching out my SI joint since I need to be able to walk and be pain-free for this trip.

And lastly - Gary and I will be celebrating 25 years of marriage on December 2nd.  First, I can't even imagine being married for 25 years.  The time has flown by and as my son said to me yesterday - "in 22 years Mom you will be 80".  Did I mention that children and their smart mouths can add stress to one's life.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Cold & Dreary

Autumn has arrived and has brought much rain and cold weather.  The skies have been gray; looking like the skies of November.  And of course the thought of snow flashes through your mind.

Today I did venture out in my front yard because the tree in our front yard has pretty leaves.

Of course walking outside barefoot when it's cold and wet is probably not a good idea as wet leaves followed me inside.

I had a mini breakdown yesterday.  The decorative edge for the counter tops is still not in.  Carpet is being installed on Monday; we are moving in on Wednesday and I have no idea if the counter tops will be there or not.  Unfortunately, I'm getting a new kitchen sink so until the counter tops go on, I won't have a kitchen sink.

It can get very frustrating when you have to relay on the word of others.

Hope you are having a good week.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Charges have been filed...

My uncle who was driving the car on May 27th and who failed to yield at a stop sign and pulled out into traffic causing the accident that killed my Grandma has had two charges brought against him:

M2903.06A3 VEHICULAR HOMICIDE (Misdemeanor 1st Degree)
M2903.06A4 VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER (Misdemeanor 2nd Degree)

Although I realize him being sentenced for either one of these charges will not bring Grandma back; it does bring me comfort that the Prosecutor valued my Grandma's life.

He will be arraigned on October 21st.

ARCANUM, Ohio (WDTN) – A victim injured in a car crash in Darke County Tuesday died.
Sheriff’s deputies say Olive Custer, 91, of Arcanum, died Thursday morning at Miami Valley Hospital.
Investigators say she was the passenger in the car driven by Michael Custer, 67. They say Custer failed to yield for a stop sign and drove into the path of an oncoming car at Arcanum Bears Mill Road and State Route 571.
The younger Custer and the driver from the other car, Timothy Cox, 23, were treated for minor injuries.
The crash was the third fatal crash this year in Darke County.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Grandma's Auction

It was so sad to see my Grandma's possession in an auction warehouse with non family peeps rummaging through her stuff.  It was very emotional for me to watch.

But I plucked through and actually went to the auction.  I wanted her kitchen table and chairs.  And I was very determined to get them.  I placed my paddle 27 high in the air and never brought it down.  I guess the other person bidding realized I wasn't budging and finally dropped out.

I also had the winning bid for a dresser and vanity set.

And I also won a quilt she made.

I will post updated pics when I get the items into our new home.  I am happy with all my purchases and although the items can't replace my Grandma it's comforting to have them around me.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Moving Date - October 15th

The painting is completed.  Lights, curtain rods, vertical blinds will be installed on Sunday the 28th.

The flooring goes in on Tuesday.  Frig and Stove will be delivered at the end of the week.

Carpet hopefully will be installed by the end of the week.

Movers will arrive at 9:00 am on October 15th.  I hope we are ready.

On Saturday the 27th; going to my Grandma's Estate Auction.  I'm hoping to get her kitchen table and chairs and a vanity for my bedroom.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Missing you...

Last week, Gary and I came across a traffic accident.  An elderly woman had struck a motorcycle.  The motorcycle was probably 100 feet ahead of the motorcyclist who was sitting up on the road, holding his head and appearing to be in a state of shock.  A woman was standing with the elderly woman, rubbing her back, trying to calm her down.

Other motorists were stopping, trying to offer assistance.  I began crying.  The image of my Grandma came flooding into my view.  I wondered if others came to her aid when she was struck by an automobile.  Did someone get out of their car to help her?  Did she know she was about to get hit by an oncoming car or did it happen so quickly she didn't even see the car?  Did she feel any pain?  All those thoughts came to me and I was so sad and upset.  Upset that I would never know those answers.  Frustrated that the person with her (the driver of the vehicle) could probably answer those questions but knew he wouldn't really know since he tried to give her cranberry juice when she was laying in the hospital unconscious.

I've been really sad and depressed since seeing that accident.  It's weird that seeing those people opened up so much emotion in me.  I just cry at odd times.  It's very unlike me.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Becky Gets Married

A big congratulations to my sister Becky who married Margaret on Friday September 5th.  This date celebrated their love and the 17 years they have been together.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Alex and his Aversion to Light

Every time the camera flashes; Alex has to close his eyes.  Every freaking picture his eyes look like this.  It cracks me up.

These photos were taken on Alex's 22nd birthday.  I can't believe I'm a Mom to an adult.  When did that happen?

Seriously under normal lighting conditions Alex's eyes do not look this way.  But it cracks me up and also frustrates me when trying to get a "good" picture.

As a side note; this picture was taken at the Tilted Kilt.  The room was dark; and the flash was used but somehow Alex's eyes remained open.  Hmmmmmmm.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Grandma as a little girl

We are packing up my Grandmother's house in preparation of an auction at the end of the month.  Above is a photo of my Grandma when she was a little girl.  She is on the left, with the blonde hair.  It's amazing to see her at that age.  She was a pretty little girl and she was a beautiful woman.  I miss her so much.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Alex Turns 22

We took Alex to dinner at Tilted Kilt in Columbus as part of his birthday weekend celebration.

Friday, August 29, 2014

My New Hair Color

I wanted my hair to be pink, all over.  But the blue bangs would not bleach out so Sara (my hairdresser) covered the blue with the purple.  Hopefully the next time my hair gets bleached, the blue will be gone.

Dream Job - Food Truck

I ran across this picture and fell in love.  What a quaint idea.  Wouldn't this be fun to set up at weddings and parties.  This one is called "The Cocktail Caravan".

The interior is so cute and they do all sort of things.  This company is located in the United Kingdom

I really, really like this idea.

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