...the longest stretch in 6 months!!
I would not change the time time I've spent away from home since September...but I need this time.
I am trying to put my head in a good place.
My Dad was diagnosed last September with prostate and lung cancer.
Between his weakening body, numerous falls, 911 calls, hospital visits and treatments,
my younger sister from Minn. and I took two week turns as helper, chauffeur and caregivers.
Cowboy and I traded our Christmas with the kids and grandkids at the last minute to spend it with my parents, as Dad had taken another turn for the worse.
It's amazing how when the need is there, one can dig deep within themselves to find the strength, the stamina, the drive to do all that is necessary... and appreciated...in caring for a loved one
~ even at the expense of your own physical, mental and financial state.
The toll is not realized until the "job" is done. And it's huge!
All of my time spent with Mom and Dad since September, will be forever treasured in my heart.
I lost my Dad February 22...the day he and Mom had wed 63 years prior.
I miss him every moment of every day!
Even though we were as different as black and white in our lifestyles...
we were definetly two peas of the same pod in our ideals.
Mom gave me a gift a few years back, a wall plaque that states:
"Sometimes when I open my mouth, my Dad comes out"
I am proud of that fact!
Friday, April 29, 2011
...the longest stretch in 6 months!!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
of this blog....
...and I've been trying to find myself!
It's been a nasty two years, for sure! A few ups and wayyyy too many downs!
I'll fill in the gruesome realities briefly..
In April 09, we thought things were changing for the good.
The good turned out to be ONLY that I could have pizza any ol' time!
The man who owned the place basically used us! Our sweat and tears...and many dollars too!
He never came through with any of his promises, and then sold the place!
(his timing was good...for what was to come!)
And the job I took? Started out to be great!....went downhill too! (I will clarify later)
Each day seemed a step backwards.
~In Feb 2010, we did get to visit our son in Texas and see the San Antonio Stock show~that was an "Up" time.
Then in March 2010, the house we lived in, got broke into in the middle of the day.
They took all of our electronics from computer, camera, TV's etc. They rummaged through our belongings and took our 'safe box' which had titles, birth certificates etc.
Not only were our possessions taken, but so were our "identities". (and of course, we never bothered to get 'renters insurance!)
My post from Aug '09 sounded like it would be UP for sure...
but little did we know, we were on a fast track downhill there too!
Last July, we had to evict the gal and her two kids that we leased our home to.
She had given one too many excuses for not being able to pay and we'd already let her slide over 4 months, as we knew what it was like to have tough times.
So....when the power company called on a Friday to inquire on her status with our house because they were disconnecting her on Monday, we got
curious smarter and Cowboy paid her a visit.
OMG! NOT PRETTY!!!!
Starving horses (13 to be exact!), 22+ cats inside and out! Burned out well pump! Which we had to fork out $3000 to replace! (it just happened the day before and could have been prevented, as with our pressure tank, we'd explained the pressurizing that was essential every 5-6 months based on usage!).
He could not see our driveway through all the grown up weeds (she had her car repo'd in March...I discovered in left behind paperwork).
~The end of July, we were able to visit our daughter, her husband and our grandkids...
...that was our last Up time!
Aug 1, we retook possession. I pulled in here 30 minutes after she'd hightailed out of here, leaving a path of missed belonging in her wake. The stench was horrendous even as I drove the long driveway! I even had to call the sheriff out as she'd left 3 starving horses behind. Their hooves looked like skis and each and every bone was clearly visible!
To make this reallllllllly long story short..because it is still in the making~
it was an expensive venture we had gone on.
Replacing the well pump; the numerous trips to the dump, to the tune of 7,000# (yes 3.5 tons!) of garbage...raw (she never had garbage service I learned), cat sh**, and more cat sh**, and more cat sh**, soda cans, you name it! All left in the garages and house! We rented an ionizer to hopefully help remove odors! Hired young guys to help with garbage hauling, tearing up ALL the flooring, cleaning, painting...the process is still going on and on!
We will be spending the next several years trying to put this place back to the way it was!
Inside and Out!
Yes...we are living here again, as we decided we could not do all that was required on weekends only.
The horses destroyed my yard, my gardens, all of the fencing.
The many cats she left are still showing up!
The humans (if you can call them that!) ruined the interior!
...and more importantly, this journey we were on, took from us the one trait we took pride in....
Then....last weekend, I was trying to put some order back into our lives....
(The 6 months of our lives prior to this post, will be yet another post in itself,
as we were faced with a whole different set of emotional set backs.)
....I was able to unpack and clean out some things, and I came upon some of my most treasured gifts!
I got all weepy-eyed....
I am still amazed at just how blessed I am to have "met" the most amazing people in the world~
here in blogland!!
I've missed you and I love you all!