2019 Life Logs, Day 134: Spring Cleaning

2019 Life Logs, Day 134: Spring Cleaning
Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Weather: Mixed Clouds AM, Beautiful Afternoon; High 68, Low 47 degrees F
Location: At Home with My Sister Patsy Kerwood, Mt. Juliet, TN

It’s late, I’m tired, and I have to get up early to catch a 10 am flight home. So this will be short. I started my day by choosing some photos to be enlarged for my brother-in-law’s Celebration of Life with the neighbors on Saturday. The photos were on my computer, so I sent them to Walgreen’s and picked them up this evening. My niece Janet and I spent the rest of the morning and all afternoon using a power washer to clean the back covered patio and windows. There was lots of stubborn green mod and mildew, so the job took longer than we anticipated. Not a fun job, but we had a beautiful, sunny afternoon for being outside. So no complaints. I had no old work clothes with them, so I ended up wearing a pair of Joe’s Cleveland Browns pajama bottoms and an old shirt Janet brought for me to wear.

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I was quite a sight, but I know my brother-in-law would have loved seeing me in those Cleveland Brown’s pajama bottoms—so I called it a bonding experience. After we finished, I took my sister to the grocery store to make sure she has lots of food choices. She knows she has to focus on gaining weight, so I also made two meatloaves that I know she will eat, sliced them, and put them in the freezer in meal-sized packets. There were so many other things that I wanted to do, but I just ran out of time. Next visit.

2019 Life Logs, Day 133: Catching Up

2019 Life Logs, Day 133: Catching Up
Date: Monday, May 13, 2019
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 70, Low 43 degrees F
Location: At Home with My Sister Patsy Kerwood, Mt. Juliet, TN

When I was here in late December, early January, I helped my sister begin putting away Christmas decorations. She has boxes and boxes and boxes of decorations that she puts out each year, and I thought we got most of it put away. But when I arrived this time, the den was still full of boxes that needed to be put on shelves in the garage. So today was the day of catching up–getting those boxes stored away and doing some other organizing and cleaning. When my niece Janet arrived in the early afternoon, she helped-out with the shuffling of boxes and then we took a load of cardboard to the recycling center and made a stop at Lowe’s for cleaning supplies for tomorrow’s jobs. At the end of the day of catching up, my sister and I had a nice dinner and then we watched two episodes of Downton Abbey. We watched episode one of season one last night, and I could see that my sister is hooked. I’ve put all six seasons on her Amazon Prime watchlist, so she’ll have something to keep her entertained for the next few weeks. Weather here is finally sunny, but the temperature has dropped from the 80’s to the 70’s and it feels chilly. But I got a text from Heather this evening saying there was show in western Massachusetts and rain with temps in the 40’s at home. She suggested I change my flight and stay a few more days. It will be back in the 80’s here by the weekend, so staying is certainly tempting!

2019 Life Logs, Day 132: Happy Mother’s Day

2019 Life Logs, Day 132: Happy Mother’s Day
Date: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Weather: Overcast; High 76, Low 48 degrees F
Location: At Home with My Sister Patsy Kerwood, Mt. Juliet, TN

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful mothers out there. . . especially to the mothers of my grandchildren, my daughter Heather and my daughter-in-law Jo. Being a good mother is the most important job on earth. And as all mothers know, it can also be the hardest. There are times of joy and times of sorrow, times of success and times of failure, times of elation and times of deflation. But all of the time, there is love. I heard from Heather and from Justin today and Patsy heard from Jennifer and her daughter Janet took us out to dinner. So we were happy mothers. Patsy and I spent our afternoon on a Costco buying spree and returned home just in time to go out to dinner. “Belly up to the bar” is not an expression I would associate with my sister, but Janet took us to Burger Republic for dinner and there was a wait. So, we bellied up to the bar and waited there for a table. And I actually had the best burger I have ever had there. It was a Black and Bleu Salad—a burger atop a fantastic and huge salad sprinkled generously with bleu cheese. They have an ahi tuna burger salad that looks equally as good. We might have to go back tomorrow night to try that. Tomorrow we might get a tad of sunshine—something I haven’t seen since I arrived. Looking forward to that.

2019 Life Logs, Day 131: Another Low-key Day

2019 Life Logs, Day 131: Another Low-key Day
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Weather: Overcast with Light Rain; High 80, Low 59 degrees F
Location: At Home with My Sister Patsy Kerwood, Mt. Juliet, TN

It was another low-key day here. Patsy and I both have the bad habit of going to bed too late and sleeping in until 8:00 or 8:30 in the morning. I was actually up first this morning and quietly came into the living room and worked on the jigsaw puzzle I was hoping to interest Patsy in working. But I think she prefers her crossword puzzles that she does every morning. We managed to talk away the morning, mostly searching the web for what foods are best to eat if you want to gain weight. Patsy has the opposite problem of most of the rest of us, needed to gain, not lose weight. In the afternoon, I had her take me to the Club House to sign me in as a guest in the guest in the Fitness Room so I could ride the stationary bike. She left me to do that and then I walked home in the mist. It is a seven-tenths of a mile, gently uphill walk, and it felt great to get the exercise in. We continued working on our puzzles and then it was time to go to a neighbor’s home for dinner. Her neighborhood has been so generous, providing her food for the past two weeks. The neighbors also invited Janet and Monica. This evening I have been going through photos of my brother-in that are on my computer and tomorrow will put together a portfolio of photos for a display at the first of three Celebration of Life memorials that will be held in his honor. The first one is next Saturday here in Dell-Web. I’ll be home by then, but I’m so glad that I can help prepare for the celebration. I did a Shutterfly book for Joe’s 80th birthday and therefore have the photos sent to me by friends and family members. Therefore, I have all the photos on my computer making it is easy to choose the ones to print. The weather has been consistently overcast, rainy, and hot since I have been here and tomorrow is forecast to be the same. On Monday and Tuesday we should see some sunshine here, but the high temp is going to go down into the 60’s. I wonder what the weather is like on Cape Cod?

2019 Life Logs, Day 130: Doing the ‘Necessaries’

2019 Life Logs, Day 130: Doing the ‘Necessaries’
Date: Friday, May 10, 2019
Weather: Mostly Overcast; High 82, Low 58 degrees F
Location: At Home with My Sister Patsy Kerwood, Mt. Juliet, TN

This day was spent doing the ‘necessaries’. My niece Janet asked me to send out an invitation to neighbors for a Celebration of Life event for Joe next weekend. While doing that, I experienced some difficulties using Joe’s computer, so time was spent trying to fix those issues. And I also started a couple of cooking projects. These things took all morning and then it was time for me to go to get a massage, compliments of Janet as an early Mother’s Day present. She does this every time I come visit, and this was the best massage to date. Thank you, Janet! Just after I got home from the massage and some grocery shopping, Janet arrived and we had a late lunch, worked on more computer issues, and I worked on more cooking projects. Actually I did some prep for Patsy so she could make her delicious spaghetti sauce. This was my request and it was delicious. I snuck in a walk around the neighborhood before dinner and Patsy and I started working on a 1,500-piece jigsaw puzzle. We discussed all sorts of things we might do tomorrow, but finally decided to just stay home and spend healing time together. We’ve been invited to a neighbor’s home for dinner tomorrow night, so at least no more cooking tomorrow.