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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hi, Gang!
It feels like forever since I've been online--my hard drive is down again, and I'm at the library using my BRAND NEW library card for the first time! LOL

I'm doing fairly well in spite of all the stress... two weeks after my dad died, my ex's fiancée lost her dad--and a few weeks after that, HIS dad was found on the bathroom floor, also deceased. Crazy. I don't know how to react any more...

There are all kinds of good things going on, though. I have really been enjoying working with the choir at my church, and there is a stake conference coming up so we're all participating in the choir for that...

My dear friend Helen has a green thumb, and she had a bumper crop of volunteer tomatoes that sprang up in her compost pile! LOL Guess who's been getting baskets full of them? MMmmm, good! And cucumbers too!

I don't have a lot of time, today, so I just want to say thanks for all of your support. I've got more messages and good wishes than I can read in one session, but I'll do my best to make it down to the library at least once a week until I can get my laptop fixed or replaced...

Thanks for not giving up on me!
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TREKPURRSON 10/19/2014 1:31PM

    emoticon for your troubles! Glad you are back with a positive attitude! Your library is definitely the emoticon !!!

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JUSTYNA7 10/17/2014 5:47PM

    I love the library. I sometimes get books on tape to listen to when I'm working on a project or doing a big road trip. Ah... there likely won't be many more big road trips now DD has moved home. That is wonderful. Sad about your hard drive. I am so lucky to have DH who can fix anything computer wise. Our cat never came back so I plan to put together a small "memorial" to have with the kids. Certainly the other two animals miss him and I was horrified to see a rat under the bird feeder yesterday. He was a ratter and a good one. On the good side I'm loving having the kids all living at home again. My new neighbour is awesome and we have so much in common. She is anxious to have a new friend and I was missing all my friends who have moved out of town... it could not have come at a better time. Take care K, glad to hear good things happening in your life. Justyna

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/15/2014 2:27PM

    I thought about going to the library the other day. It really appealed to me.

There has been so much loss of life so close to you. I hate to hear it and can relate. After Reekie died on August 23 Baxter unexpectedly died on October 9. We have been reeling.

I'm so glad you have some good news to report. We do too - hubby is back remodeling on the back porch. Got a roof on it so no more leaking.

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RDEE22 10/15/2014 7:44AM

    Take Care!
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WENDYJM4 10/15/2014 6:34AM

    so sorry Kathy to hear of all the losses. Hugs. Good to hear from you
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NASFKAB 10/15/2014 12:32AM

  sorry for the losses must be hard stay well never will give up on you hugs & great you got tomatoes & cucumbers lucky you

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/14/2014 10:03PM

    So sorry for the losses Kathy. Glad you are able to see the positives and counting your blessings too. Glad you can use the computer at the library and are making use of your new library card. WOOHOO on enjoying those tomatoes and cucumbers. Definitely a staple at our house during the harvest season especially!!!
CONGRATULATIONS on enjoying working with the choir at church and going to the conference! AWESOME and ENJOY!!!
Glad you took a little time to post this blog today and let us know how you are doing. I will NEVER give up on you...NEVER!!!
Prayers, blessings, love and hugs, dear friend,
Helen




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1CRAZYDOG 10/14/2014 8:10PM

    OH boy . . . lots of losses. So sorry!

Lucky you with volunteer tomatoes! Those are the best!

Take good care of you. Glad you could check in.

hUGS

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USMAWIFE 10/14/2014 4:57PM

    Sorry for all the loss's. they say things happen in 3s so this should be the end for a while

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P.S.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

My doctor needs to have her scale recalibrated. It shows that I've lost weight in the last 3 weeks. I put it on my tracker without thinking and looked at my start page--
TWENTY TWO POUNDS??

MY scale says it's only eight...
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/6/2014 6:59PM

    CONGRATULATIONS on your weight loss. That does sound like a lot in three weeks! Hopefully you are eating healthy. I know you have been through an awful lot, but please take care of yourself, my dear friend!
Prayers, blessings, love and hugs,
Helen

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JUSTYNA7 9/18/2014 9:18PM

    Hey, I am so sorry about your Dad.

I'm not sure if I should congratulate you for the weight loss or be worried. I know you have had a lot of stress and medical problems lately (hahaha, OK I know it is most of the time... but you know what I mean. Grief can take your appetite away.) so I hope some of it is healthy weight loss.... And I hope the roller coaster is over with the BS swings. Emotions can certainly affect those too. I have closed the B&B while I wait for my knee replacement and it's kind of nice because friends can come visit now. Wish you were a few thousand miles closer for another cup of tea (or lemon water). Otherwise I think I'm pretty happy. I am the leader for the writing diet team and have learned a lot from another team for how to involve people and keep them interested. All my kids are home again. It's a process, moving them in and finding places for everything. House meeting coming up soon to discuss chores. They are all adults now so I'm hoping we can be housemates. We talked briefly of all doing our own food... but I do love family dinners together. I am using writing to deal with my own stresses... know that you have a gift with words too so am sure it would help writing about your father. Hugs, Justyna

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/7/2014 2:25PM

    Someone's scale is certainly off! I hope it's yours! LOL.

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I.M.MAGIC 9/7/2014 1:15PM

   
her scale can't be right--my clothes still fit!

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WENDYJM4 9/7/2014 7:39AM

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PATTIE2101 9/6/2014 10:21PM

    Way to go!!


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1CRAZYDOG 9/6/2014 10:16PM

    Wow! Well, at least you know your Drs. scale is your friend apparently!

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About My Dad.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

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My mom and dad were married for 18 years... He remarried first...

At his funeral, they played Bobby Vinton's "I Love How You Love Me." Cheesy? Nope. Just my dad all over. He came across sometimes as a bit of a tough guy, but had a streak of romantic about two miles wide. I believe it was from him to his wife after 42 years of marriage. There was a video/photo presentation, mostly his latest birthdays. A few stories were told...

The last thing they played was George Straight's "I Cross My Heart" ... Seemed like it was from her to him.

And then...

...I knew my dad was in the army when he met my mom, but it never dawned on me that he had enlisted and served during the Korean war. He was never (to my knowledge, lol) deployed outside of the continental U.S. but he was an artillery officer with the rank of lieutenant, and was a veteran of a foreign war and was given military honors at his funeral--21 gun salute, the playing of taps on a bugle, the folding of the flag and its presentation with thanks from a grateful nation.

I cried, of course.

Naturally, my brother and sister, and my brother's widow, as well as all of my stepbrothers and -sisters and my half sister were there with their partners, and most of my nieces came with their spouses and boyfriends, and my one nephew. (My niece that lives in Texas couldn't make it)... some old family friends...and a handful of people that I haven't seen since AT LEAST 1970, most notably Jimmy and Julie, the son and daughter of his best friend Bob. We played with them as children... They are old and gray now. Hm. LOL

I didn't take any pictures, unfortunately. But I do have a copy of the obituary and the program with his picture on front and back and the poetry my brother wrote for him.

As soon as I'm somewhere that I can scan it in, I'll post that. He was a handsome character... of course I'm prejudiced in his favor, but you'll see...

I'm going to really miss him.

Meanwhile, back at the post... I saw my primary care physician yesterday about that lingering cough. Some abnormalities showed up in the breathing tests, and I'm going in for a CT scan... some suspicion that there may be a lung disease? Sheesh. I sincerely doubt it, but I'll go. I'm tired of sore ribs! Can't deal with it unless we know what's causing it, right?

And I haven't had any pain meds for two days now--remarkably clear headed and HURTING...my pain meds prescription is messed up again.

And so is my van. It's guzzling coolant, but there's no visible leak?!

Hey, Ho, just another day in the life... LOL emoticon

It's SO good to be home!
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/6/2014 6:54PM

    Kathy, I am so sorry about your dad and that I missed this until now. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Just remember when you think of your dad he is right there with you...always in your heart and memories...watching over you. Sounds like he was a very special man!! Wish I could thank him for his service to our country!
I hope the CT Scan shows out that you don't have anything seriously wrong with your lungs. Prayers for you that the cough is soon gone and everything is better with you.
Prayers, blessings, love and hugs,
Helen

Hope I don't lose track of you again. If you don't hear from me, just give me a kick to wake me up and get back on the ball.

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STEPHLOKI 9/29/2014 8:12AM

    Hugs, thanks for sharing. Somehow I no longer get email notifications, so I lost track of your blogs.
Just came back from Europe from a funeral as well. My stepdad passed on.

Hugs to you
Love

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/7/2014 2:32PM

    I think my mom and dad were married for 17 or 18 years too. Mom remarried twice and divorced twice. I'm not sure how long my dad was married to my step mom but it was longer than my mom and dad. She was a wonderful person.

The funeral for your dad sounded really special. I hope memories of this special man will comfort you.

I certainly hope you do not have any lung disease! I hope nothing is seriously wrong with the van and that you get the pain med straightened out.

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WENDYJM4 9/7/2014 7:39AM

    I so sorry Kathy that I missed this. Hugs.

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NASFKAB 9/7/2014 12:46AM

  that was such a touching post showed how wonderful your DAD was hope the CAT SCAN is OK healing thoughts your way again

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1CRAZYDOG 9/6/2014 9:51PM

    ((((HUGS)))) Thanks for sharing this. Your Dad is your angel now.

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SO tired...

Friday, September 05, 2014

I am exhausted, a 380 mile trip, and coming home to a pile of unpaid bills... one of which is my internet service. There are a number of more crucial ones, so it's going to take me a bit to get that one paid (Brian promised to help but can't do much until after Halloween!...) so I may be AWOL for a bit again--but I promise I'll try not to get sick so I can make it to the library now and again. Without my WiFi, I don't even have access on my android!...LOL

When I am not so tired, I'll fill you in on the "family reunion" too... It was sad, true, but nice to see so many of my family members in one place!...
Love all you guys.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/6/2014 3:03PM

    You must be totally wrung out with all you have been through. I wish I could be there and give you a hug. Times like this are draining at best with all the loss but then add in the long drives and everything else and it ends up usually making me sick.

I wish Brian could help you sooner. Everything is too expensive. We are trying to save some money and every time we get a few dollars they raise our taxes or insurance or something.

I'm glad you got to see family at least. I have very few of those left.

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NASFKAB 9/6/2014 12:17AM

  sorry you are in financial trouble again quitesure the family reunion great meeting so many relatines in one go

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1CRAZYDOG 9/5/2014 9:46PM

    OH boy. Sorry it's been so rough for you! ((((HUGS))))

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

It's the sabbath, and as usual, I have a lot of preparation to do today...

It's not going to be easy...

My dad passed away last night.

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 8/25/2014 10:44PM

    So sorry to hear that. I didn't know he was that ill that he would go so fast. I thought he just had balance problems.

Take care of yourself, and don't over do it, ok.

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NASFKAB 8/25/2014 12:57AM

  so sorry its hard to lose a parent may he rest in peace prayers heading your way for him, your family & you HUGS

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/24/2014 12:57PM

    I am so sorry, GF. I knew he was having major problems but had no idea he would go this fast. My prayers are with you. y

Our pet Rico Suave (Reekie) died yesterday at 5 P.M. so we are grieving too.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/24/2014 12:19PM

    So very sorry, Kathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you today and always.
Prayers, blessings, love and hugs,
Helen

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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2014 11:23AM

    OH I am so very sorry! ((((HUGS))))

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NATNOEL 8/24/2014 10:35AM

    Oh no I am so sorry.
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