Lots of change in the last few weeks, some for the good and some sad but we are dealing.
Marie was smart as a whip and what she lacked in size she gained in personality! She could back any of her over six foot tall boys up with a look and have a room enchanted and taken over with her laugh and charm! She will be missed and loved always....
On the evening of May 17th Marie kissed us all goodnight and took the puppies with her to bed with a smile. We found her in bed with puppies playing around her, but she had already gone the following morning. She went peacefully in her sleep, the doctors said her heart wasn't strong and it finally gave out. We had been trying to prepare ourselves for what this cancer was going to do by the end, so this was far better for everyone. So we have been back to the mid west for another life celebration and goodbye for now send off. Alex is coming to terms with losing his parents so quickly and is continuing his role of "ROCK" for his family.
Alex did ask me to quit my job and stay home, he felt like we only have a few years left with these kids and my presence at home was needed more now than ever. Plus he wants less stress in our lives and having two sources of income really isn't a need as he can support us just fine on his income.
Sooooooooo.. I am now retired!!
My last day at work was super emotional and I still have mixed emotions about not working outside the home. But being on my second week of my new stay home life, I am seeing some of those mixed emotions float right out the door. I am now grocery shopping during the week, so it is less busy and Alex doesn't have to come with me. (I tried to tell him that for months, but now it's more practical!! HA! Score one for me.)
My food hiding strategy (my teenage son has made this a real challenge) has taken on an entirely new level being here more and seeing his blind spots more easily. So we have food the entire week and if he does catch on to my hiding space I have plenty of time to run out and restock my stash. My daughter has also asked to try online school this next year and now that I am home we can give it a go. So she has been enrolled and I can help her along in the fall as she needs me. I cancelled my cleaning service and can now keep my house as clean as I want without driving anyone crazy... Or at least as crazy as before. (Always going to be a type A personality, retired or not..)
I spent my first week of retirement painting and finishing up the clean up effort on the laundry room I killed hanging the chore white board up. Sigh. But it is all finished and I like the new color and am thinking of adding a border too. HA!
Now that things are settling back down and I am finding a new normal, my blogging will start back up. I also have written a few short stories and am very serious about putting some time aside to write a book. Not sure what yet, but I have added writing a book to my bucket list! I don't even know if I will pursue publishing it, but I would love to at least say that I wrote a book and share it with those that would be interested in reading what ever it was.
So that has been the last month in a nut shell.. Lots of change, but Marie is now home with her Lord and reunited with her husband. My life is a new adventure everyday and these puppies keep me on my toes too. Can't wait to see what the rest of 2014 has in store for this family, as we have had a boat load of change so far and we are only half way in... :0)