Sometimes I Feel Like a Piece of Bologna

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Meeting Myself Coming!

Sorry I’ve been out of touch. Life seems to just fly by, with nary a moment to breathe. Our son and DIL were here last week for almost a week. We enjoyed them so and talked nonstop, as usual. Some wonderful friends loaned us their cabin, so we were able to enjoy a low-keyed, laid back few days of reconnecting. We sure love those kids!

We still go to Mom’s about once a month, and I try to call every day. I sure don’t like the way she sounds. Very short of breath and still coughing and losing her voice, even though the pulmonologist said she doesn’t have asthma. Next we see a rheumatologist to try to get a better handle on the PMR. I feel increasingly inept and smooshed as I try to manage her needs, and wish we were closer.

Meanwhile, we’ve decided to remodel my office. The living room project last year gave us some confidence, so once again, we have two months before school starts to do a huge task. But that seems to work for us. My office has been a MESS, filled with far more files and books than I can use. And every day more comes in than I can process, so these little piles seem to crop up everywhere. So, little by little, I’m going through everything, throwing what I can and packing up the rest. Of course, in order to make this work, we had to clean the garage, which was also full of 29 years’ worth of stuff. We unloaded a ton of stuff to thrift stores and garbage, so hopefully will have enough room to store my furniture and boxes. People really should move every few years, just to clean out the clutter! I’ve been amazed at how exhausted we get. We still think we can work like we did when we were 35. We can’t… I ache all over from the bending and lifting.

And speaking of aging, one of our good friends who isn’t even 60 is battling cancer. He was just treated for a new tumor on the brain, and now has one on his spine. We’re having a group here on Saturday and hoping he’ll feel well enough to come. There are about 15 or 20 of us who were friends when we were single and have stayed close through marriage and kids. We continue the 30+ year tradition of spending New Year’s Day together. This year, it just seemed right to get together mid-year, so we’ll have about 15 here for a potluck BBQ (and praying for good weather!). His battle is making all of us aware of the fragility of life and the preciousness of long-time friends.

So that’s life in this part of Gen Sandwich. What’s happening in your corner of the world?

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