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It’s been a long day. The sky was dreary all day until a few minutes ago (around 6:30) so maybe that contributed to my doldrums…..but it doesn’t usually. Since moving here we have never been bothered by the cold or cloudy days like some folks are.
Sometimes there are just situations in life, or families, that you cannot do anything about. It is just not in your power to affect any changes. This is when I learn on my prayers to get me through and that is a comfort. I’ve not got any fantabulous photos to post tonight (notice I did not say awesome) so I’ll just stick some cheerful ones in to hopefully pick up my spirits.
We started our day at 5:30 am. We were able to read the newspaper and drink that first cup of coffee while Zoey and Mackenzie were still upstairs snoozing. Darin asked Bruce if he could look at the new faucet for the kitchen sink and maybe install it since he had no clue how to go about it. Bruce said he would. The girls got up, we ate breakfast and I made sure they got dressed in something suitable for the weather, and then the 3 of us took off for the motorhome. We left Bruce behind to check out that faucet.
Today was another planned activity to work on the summer photo albums the girls are making. They were so good about everything and really enjoyed the work. It is back-breaking for me as I stand at the table bending over to help them get everything cut, organized and decorated. We worked for about 3 hours. Then we drove back to the kids house to see if Bruce got the new faucet installed.
He couldn’t get the old faucet out as he needed to get a longer socket (I think that’s what it was) and then our son, Dennis, came over to look at it with him and explained about the better faucets they have at Home Depot. He suggested Stephanie return the one she bought and spend just a few $$$ more and get a washer-less one that should last longer without leaking. We’ll run that by her and see if it flys.
We took the Grands to McDonald’s for lunch and an ice cream. When we got back to their house, Bruce sat with Mackenzie to work on her multiplication flash cards. That did not go well at all. Tears galore. No, not Bruce. Mackenzie has really fallen behind on these multiplication cards. We have worked with her several times this summer….but…hello!!! she needs a lot more work on these things people!!! Did they work on it during the 2-week vacation period? I’m sure not. Maybe a 20-minute session every afternoon, even on the weekends, would be a good idea. Turn off the dang TV and pay attention!!! Part of the problem with my mood today, I guess.
Our babysitting day ended at 2:00 and we made a quick trip home to walk Annie before heading over to our church. Yesterday I had made a commitment to go over this afternoon and help decorate and do some work to prepare for next week’s Vacation Bible School (VBS). I enlisted Bruce’s help and the 2 of us stayed until 4:30 setting up and decorating. There is a whole lot more to do, but I did not commit to another day. I helped out 2 years ago for the whole week of VBS. I was one of the cooks and we fixed dinner for 45 people every night. It was a lot of fun. This year I would have liked to do the same thing, but frankly, I am just too tired. I donated some money for the food budget but I still feel guilty about not doing more. But guess what? There is only so much a person can do. Right now I feel over my head sometimes with stuff, so the guilt will just have to be there. God will understand.
Our weather is supposed to be gloomy again tomorrow, so we’ll just have another photo album workshop with the Grands. Later this week things are supposed to get sunny and warm up again. We’ll get outdoors then.
Another bummer: I got an e-mail from my cousin, John, in Portland, Oregon. His mom is the aunt we just visited in Soda Springs. Aunt Anne is back in the hospital, again, with more infection in the leg that had the knee replacement surgery. The surgery was done last spring and this is the 3rd time she’s ended up back in the hospital. John called his former wife, who is a doctor down in San Francisco, and talked to her about this situation. Her advice was clear: get her out of that town and down to Salt Lake City to an infectious disease specialist. John and his current wife, Diana, are heading over to Soda Springs on Thursday. Hopefully they will be able to convince Aunt Anne and Uncle Lyle that this would be the best course of action. Sometimes when folks get up into their late 80’s they get a bit stubborn and aren’t willing to listen to reason. We’ll see what happens.
Guess that is all for tonight. My energy is waning. But, heck, I feel better already just having written this post! See what you all do for me!!!
Until next time…..so long for now!