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Ah! My cold is gone. Pretty sure.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

It is so late. I didn't realize. I am rebuilding a disk drive and just got so wrapped up I didn't see that it was after 2:00 AM.

At least last night I went to bed fairly normally and I fell right asleep. No hacking cough was keeping me from falling asleep. Then I woke almost 8 hours later and I could breath. I'm still sniffling a little but I think I am done with my cold.

Colds last 3 - 10 days and Friday was day 10.

At least it wasn't ebola. (not terribly likely, I only went to Denver)

Or since it's something we can actually get as adults, pertussis. Whooping cough. I had it a few years ago and lemme tell you it's no picnic. We think of it as a childhood disease that we can vaccinate against (yes if you are one of those anti vaccination dummies ... wise up. That report in the Lancet was a complete lie. It was withdrawn and the doctor lost his license and may be going to jail. So vaccinate your kids.). But childhood vaccination may not last a lifetime. See your doctor about an adult pertussis vaccination.

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MSLZZY 10/25/2014 11:58AM

    Good thought. I need that and the flu shot and the shingles vaccine. Wonder if I can get them all at once or if that is asking for trouble. Yeah, well. I am used to that.

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GARDENCHRIS 10/25/2014 7:25AM

    glad your feeling better..... wouldn't want SHMBO to take matters into her own hands! emoticon

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MARGARITTM 10/25/2014 7:20AM

    Good advise!

Glad you are feeling better. ....Hate head colds

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It can now be told.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I lied to my beloved. She (WMBO).

I am not a terrible person. Really.

Here's what happened.

When I was in Colorado watching Colin, when the kids got home from Arizona, my Son Dave took Carolyn off to the side and whispered to her. "Ok. Dad, she says I can tell you."

"Carolyn's pregnant."

"But we aren't ready to announce yet. It's only five weeks."

"You can't tell Mom." I can't tell Mom?

Which seems only fair to me. With Colin, Carolyn told her parents and her sister days before they told us and Dave told his mother and His sister, Dr Dani OB/Gyn, days before I was told. At the end of the week we went out to dinner and they pretended to tell us both.

Well. When I found out I was the last to know by a week, I was more than a little hurt. But I nursed that hurt in silence except for with Herself when she told me she already knew.

Then last night, Dave and Colin called on FaceTime (who knew the video phone from the Jetsons and 2001: A Space Odessey would be real?) and he told his mother. She came to tell me. "Carolyn's pregnant!"

And I blurted, "I know!" Oops. I didn't want her to feel like Dave told me on purpose before her ... which he totally did. Like last time, in reverse. Because it made me feel bad and I didn't want here to feel like that.

"You know? Why didn't you tell me?"

"Well, the other day when we were talking I mentioned my cold and asked how Carolyn was doing and he let slip that she was having morning sickness." Which totally did happen. "And he asked me not to tell you yet." Which he did, just not in that context.

I left it at that.

For her feelings.

And that's my story and I am sticking to it.

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BIGPAWSUP 10/24/2014 8:42PM

    Best of luck digging out of that one. And CONGRATS to your family.

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MSLZZY 10/24/2014 10:04AM

    Ahh, these things happen. I am sure she forgave you already!

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DEBBYFROMMT 10/24/2014 9:30AM

    LOL!!! This is sooo not a big deal! But maybe to your family it is. No, YOU ARE NOT A BAD PERSON!!! emoticon

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MARGARITTM 10/24/2014 7:16AM

    I bet she will forgive you! Congrats so exciting.

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MELYROD18 10/24/2014 12:01AM

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Babysitting the grandbaby.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Back in August we had a family vacation in Colorado.

During that visit, apparently we were asked if we wold babysit Colin while the kids went to Tuscon AZ in October. I don't remember this, but starting in September, Dave was bugging me about my travel plans.

Then he started with FaceTime calls so Colin would feel more at home with PopPop. It seemed to work. He reached a point where he would bring the phone to Dave and ask to call PopPop. I was out in rural Baltimore County on my bike and I got a FaceTime call from Colin.

I went out and Colin was ready to see me. No shy hiding behind Mommy. He was ready. And when Dave and Carolyn left, no dramatics. It was great.

And the Orioles were in the American League Championship Series. So both Friday night and Saturday night we watched Baseball. On Saturday morning, when I went into dress Colin he was yammering very excitedly trying to tell me something. Pointing and talking. Of cours emost of what he says sounds like a lot of "L" sounds. When I opened his dresser, I picked up the first black shirt I put my hand on and flipped it right side out. (My son married a woman who does the laundry like he does.) This must have been what Colin was trying to tell me about because he started to hop around.

Then he said a sentence that was clear as a bell.

"I look like PopPop!"

Later he also told me that "I like baseball." What a cutie.

We had a grand time and only a couple of times did he tell me that he wanted Mommy. But He seemed satisfied when I told him that Mommy would be home after a few more nighty-nights. And when Mommy did come home, he screamed and ran in circles.

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CIPHER1971 10/22/2014 11:23AM

    How lovely - a definite chip off the block.

Have a great day

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DEBBYFROMMT 10/22/2014 9:24AM

    How fun PopPop!!! That is a handsome young man! (must take after you, right?)

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GARDENCHRIS 10/22/2014 7:05AM

    what a cutie!

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Wow! It's been a while.

Monday, October 20, 2014

I know I have been away for a while. I just didn't realize that it has been that long! That's ... let's see ... September 7 to October 20 ... that's ... carry the two and borrow ten ... the sine of the cosecant is ... Wow! Six weeks.

I basically took some time to dial back my social media stuff. I was getting other stuff done. I was trying to readjust my sleep patterns. And I was watching too much TV.

Let's see.

Well, Mom is still kicking it. Her ability to communicate is severely limited, but she does enjoy visitors. So that's good. When anyone asks me I tell them it's day to day. If I get The Call tomorrow or I get it three months from now, I think I am ready.

It's cool. She has had a great life. The mother of 13, grandmother to 17 and great grandmother to 5. When th etime comes, it will be a well deserved rest.

We have a brother-in-law who is a disc jockey. I told my sister that we should have Jerry stand by and bring his gear to the post funeral reception. (We were discussing "arrangements" and Mom was present for the discussion.)

"Because there should be dancing. We should celebrate Mom's life, not mourn her death." Mom nodded her head.
"But Mommy doesn't dance."
"Ah," I responded, "But she won't have to." Mom chuckled at that. "And we should have cake!"
Here Mom put in her two cents, "Chocolate!"
"See? She wants us to have Chocolate cake!"
Then she said something and my sister laughed, "She said, 'And McDonald's ice cream.' Mom, I think that can be arranged."

She is dying. She knows she is dying and is pretty much in a waiting mode. But she can participate in the party planning.

This is a picture from Sunday with two of her Great Grandaughters and their new dogs. She said she wanted a dog like them.

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CIPHER1971 10/21/2014 3:12PM

    I have missed you, your mum seems to be an amazing person, inspirational - you are going to have a great shin-dig I can see.

Have a great day

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BIGPAWSUP 10/21/2014 11:48AM

    I can see where you get your awesome attitude from. Plan away mom!

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DEBBYFROMMT 10/21/2014 9:38AM

    Your Mom sounds like a wonderful lady!

I have missed your blogs! So neither one of our teams made the World Series, but it was a great year! (I was rooting for the Orioles even though I'm from Missouri. Always a Cardinal fan though).

Take care of yourself!

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GARDENCHRIS 10/21/2014 7:29AM

    glad to hear you are still enjoying your Mom..... and we missed you! emoticon

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Mom threw me out! (And I am not hurt about it)

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Sorry I haven't been writing here lately. I just have been ...

Oh, let's not beat around the bush ...

I've been letting a lot of good habits slip.


I went up to see my mother this week. My sisters have arranged for home hospice for her. She herself told my sisters that she was tired of running to the hospital for everything. She had pneumonia and didn't want to the hospital for even that.

She knows what's going on. And she wants the end to come for her at home. This tim eshe was in the hospital and was most displeased about that.

I was sitting in her room and after about 45 minutes of visiting, with her nodding in and out of sleep, she woke and looked at me and asked "What are you doing here? Go home." I kissed her on the head and said good bye. My feelings were not hurt. I understand.

We are all being kept in the loop as to what is going on with Mom. And all of us are pretty much of an age where we absolutely understand that death, especially for a 93 year old mother of 13, is a natural part of her wonderful life.

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BIGPAWSUP 9/13/2014 3:25PM

    Love and prayer for you and your family.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 9/8/2014 4:11PM

    Thanks for sharing. But at 93 you have been blessed to have your mother in your life for so long. Both my parents got to pass away in their own home, and while it was hard for us it was nice for them to be in the surroundings they loved and felt most comfortable in.

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MSLZZY 9/8/2014 9:09AM

    So emoticon to read this. At least she knows what is going on and can make her own choices. emoticon

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BOILHAM 9/8/2014 7:54AM

  Thanks for sharing, Tim. Sorry for the sad time for you.

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GARDENCHRIS 9/8/2014 7:09AM

    hoping she gets to go home, where she wants to be..... you are a good son. thoughts and prayers for your mom and family.

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MARGARITTM 9/8/2014 6:42AM

    I am pretty sure I really like your Mom..... pretty spunky.

No matter what age it is always hard. My heart aches for you and your family.

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CIPHER1971 9/8/2014 6:24AM

    I hope your mum gets to go home, you display a wonderful relationship.

Have a great day

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    Wow, God bless you all. She sounds like she is ready. (((Hugs))) Take care.

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_CYNDY55_ 9/7/2014 11:38PM


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    Aww - I'm sorry you're going through this

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DEBBYFROMMT 9/7/2014 10:12PM

    emoticon Having to say goodbye to your mother at any age is still tough. Thoughts and prayers are with you, your sisters, and your mother.

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