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Jan. 6th, 2016 12:46 pm
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The visitation for my niece's ex-husband took place this evening. [livejournal.com profile] jebra and I left work an hour early and drove to Ionia for the visitation. Besides offering our support and condolences to the family, I was hoping to get the full story on what killed him. The later part didn't happen and the short answer is "no one knows." My mom says the hospital ran a tox report and there were no traces of any drugs in his system at the time of his death. Some people seem to think he had an enlarged heart and that's what killed him, or that he suffered some sort of aneurysm. I hope there was an autopsy but my mom says his body was delivered to the funeral home very soon after his death and doubts there was enough time to have had one performed. So it may remain a mystery forever.

My niece is holding up better then I'd expect and far better than I would in the same circumstance. A ton of folks came out for the visitation, family, childhood friends, and friends from his service with the Marine Corps. Melanie did a great job creating photo displays for her ex-husband and it was easy to see he loved to laugh and that his friends and family were extremely important to him. And that he adored his little girl. One thing I didn't know is that Brandon also had artistic talent. Three of his works were displayed; two paintings and a poster-sized pencil drawing. I really wish I'd known him better.
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At her apartment. I don't know the details of his addiction, nor what he was taking, but I'm sad for his family and his friends and most of all his little daughter.

I can only remember meeting Brandon once, back when my mom still lived on the farm. So I didn't know him at all well, something I now regret. That and not asking him about his tattoos and what they represented to him.

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Jan. 29th, 2014 10:00 am
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Jan. 29th, 2014 10:00 am
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We're back from Ionia, safe & sound in our own home. Yay!

Christmas Dinner at the Chinese Restaurant was quite good. It was also interesting seeing parts of Ionia and Portland I've never seen before. (The restaurant was in Portland.) And it was great being there with my mom.

In family news, it appears at least two of my relatives are drug addicts. One is the ex-husband of my niece, the other is one of my cousins. I didn't see either one of these people and don't expect to ever set eyes upon the ex-husband again. The cousin is another story and I'm wondering if she will resurface in time for her father's funeral service.

And my half-brother is being evicted from his house. I'm not surprised that he's being evicted, what I'm surprised about is how long he was able to live there after he stopped making mortgage payments. We don't know where he's going to live next. He has a job but he has no money in the bank and no assets other than the antique furniture he's been collecting since he was a young man. I expect a few of the pieces are valuable but I doubt he'd be willing to sell it or that even if he did it would raise enough money to get him into a new house.
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We are back in Ringgold, Georgia for what remains of this morning. Said our goodbyes this morning, drove for a long time (actually, [livejournal.com profile] jebra drove; while I either snoozed or knit), had dinner with my brother in Atlanta, then climbed back into the car for a while. Tomorrow morning we press on toward home. I miss our kitties. I hope they won't be too mad us when we return.

12/12/12

Dec. 13th, 2012 12:39 am
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We spent pretty much the entire day with [livejournal.com profile] jebra's family. Other than an entirely wonderful dinner at Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, we didn't do much other hang out or go for a stroll around their neighborhood.

We plan to stop by tomorrow morning before we start the drive home.

I miss my kitties.
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We arrived safely earlier tonight and have visited [livejournal.com profile] jebra's parents along with his brother, sister & her husband. It is hot here in Florida and I neglected to pack shorts.
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This past weekend we were in Ionia visiting my mom and catching up with family. My nephew was in town with his wife and their baby, and with the exception of my sister (who lives in North Carolina), the entire family got together for dinner. I cannot recall the last time this happened but I'm certain it has been years.

My sister-in-law made a sort of lasagna (a sort because she somehow forgot to add ricotta/cottage cheese to the dish), and we had salad and garlic bread and pickles and a side dish that must have been quite forgettable as I'm pretty sure there was one but I can't think of what it could have been.

Earlier in the day [livejournal.com profile] jebra was called on a remark he left on facebook, that "there is nothing a techie won't try in someone else's kitchen" (which was in response to one of his friends posting this video)



I insisted we go shopping and buy ice cream sandwiches, two kinds, one the Great Value (Walmart) brand and the other Klondike so that we could experiment and see which made the better shakes. To my surprise, the Great Value brand was declared the winner. The Klondike version tasted more of vanilla than chocolate, which I suppose is why I myself preferred it. Just in case you want to try this at your house, we used a blender, not a food processor and halved the recipe -- 3.5 ice cream sandwiches, a half cup of milk, both well mushed into the base of the blender and then blended until liquid. Each batch thusly made was split between two people, which seemed to be exactly the right amount as no one complained about not getting enough and no one left their glass undrained. The drinks were also declared to be dangerously good, dangerous because they are so easy to make and so very tasty.

While they were at my mom's, I gave my nephew and his wife the dress I made for their little girl. I started knitting it in April and went through much grief getting it started. I thought I was home free one I finished the skirt portion, but after kitting the top portion of the dress I realized I'd forgotten to switch to smaller needles and ended up frogging the top too. When I finished the dress wasn't made as perfectly as I hoped, but it is wearable and the parents seem to appreciate my efforts.

Also in knitting news, yesterday became an official member of the Black Sheep Knitting Guild. Is that not the perfect name for a guild I'd belong to?
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Last Thursday we drove to Port Huron after work, to see An Dro play at Lynch's Irish Tavern. The band was every bit as good as I expected, but I'm getting too old to stay out that late on a work night. Getting up and to work the next morning was exceedingly difficult.

After work on Friday we drove to Ionia to spend the weekend with my mom. I hadn't seen her since Christmas, so the visit was long overdue. On Saturday the three of went to Lansing to shop at Sticks and Strings, the yarn shop owned by one of my mom's friends. I picked out yarn for the dress I'm going to knit for my newly born niece, and my mom picked out some very nice bamboo yarn for a shawl. Elderly Instruments, one of [livejournal.com profile] jebra's favorite stores is located right across the street, so we went over there too. We found a handful of CDs and [livejournal.com profile] jebra) bought a bodhran to replace the cheap import he's been using. After that we had a very yummy lunch at the Embassy Grill, then went shopping for an eReader for my mom. She came home with a new Nook tablet and I'm still thinking about getting one myself.

We returned home on Sunday, stopping in Grand Ledge to have lunch with [livejournal.com profile] jebra's sister and her husband, then continued to work so that we could run billing.

Monday went by in a blur and I don't remember a thing about it. Yesterday, on the other hand, I was a sleepy mess. If I got anything done at work it was a miracle as I couldn't keep my eyes open. I didn't even go to Nia, instead I went home after work and went directly to bed.

Today I feel a whole lot better, and a lot more productive too. I finished the scarf I've been working on and I finally got around to taking photos of the clutch I made to hold my knitting & crochet accessories. I had the bad habit of putting the stitch holders and markers down wherever I was when it was time to remove them and then not recall where I'd put them.



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I don't yet know how many miles we traveled, but we spend Thanksgiving Day in Indiana and then had another Thanksgiving Dinner in mid-Michigan on Saturday. We returned home afterwards, getting in somewhere around 8 or 9 pm. I was up late again doing laundry and catching up on email, and then slept in until four this afternoon.

After I breakfast, I popped Hobson's Choice into the DVD player and sat down to watch with [livejournal.com profile] jebra. It's a fun movie and well worth watching.

Oh, and for the record, I'm a very mean wife. I made [livejournal.com profile] jebra take me to Walmart at the crack of Black Friday. Not because I wanted to shop for Christmas presents, but because I forgot to bring a yarn needle with me and I wanted to buy one. I've never seen a store as crowded with shoppers. I found my yarn needle and then spotted balls of hemp yarn/thread thin enough to string beads. I picked out two. I believe we were in line for the checkout for about a half hour, but it was worth it to me to be able to finish the Jayne Hats I was working on in the car. While we were gone I finished five hats and started a sixth.
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Yesterday I texted my mom after two attempts to talk to her on cell failed. (I blame stormy weather on both ends of the call.) Anyway, she texted me back and today I learned one of my brothers is about to lose his house. He and his wife have been living there for at least five years and he never missed a payment. Unfortunately he was buying the house through a land contract and the seller wasn't making his own mortgage payments to the bank. So the bank ends up with ownership of the house and my brother is SOL. I don't know if he can sue the seller. I expect so, but I also expect the seller has either spent or hidden away whatever money he got from my brother, and that's assuming my brother can prove he made payments. Me, I have enough sense to make payments in a traceable fashion, insist on receipts, or both. My brother, I'm not so sure.

This morning I went to the hospital for the calcium CT scan. It was an easy enough thing -- the technicians attached four leads to my chest, had me lay down on a bed type table, and then the bed was slid in and out of the CAT scanner. The scan portion took maybe three, four minutes. Getting ready for the scan (checking in, finishing paperwork, changing into a hospital gown, etc., added another ten or fifteen minutes. When all was said and done, we arrived at work just about the time we normally do on a Thursday morning.

Yesterday I called the arthritis clinic where I've been a patient. Only to learn that I no longer qualify to see my doctor when I want -- it's been more than three years since I saw her, and after three years I'm considered to be a new patient. And she isn't seeing new patients until December. I decided seeing someone soon was more important than checking in with one of my very favorite doctor-type-people and agreed to see another partner in the practice. Even so, the soonest I can get in is Friday, October 7th. I'm glad I decided to call when I did, and very glad I wasn't making the appointment because I'm in severe pain or some other urgent reason.
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Friday after work we drove down to Pendleton, Indiana, for our nephew's high school graduation. His parents hosted his graduation party on Saturday while the actual commencement ceremony took place Sunday afternoon. I ate way too much cake and baklava on Saturday, then spent Sunday ruing how fat I've become. The high school gym is air conditioned, but it was no match for the number of people crowded in there combined with the excellent insulation my fat provides. I was miserably hot and spent the next two hours dwelling on how I wished I were thin and wearing something light and breezy.

During the drive to and from Indiana, as well as during our stay, I knit. To the point where I was on my fourth scarf on the drive way. I gave one of them away while we down there, but the other three will go to the National World War II Museum. I think I've sent them 26 scarves so far this year.

We didn't get home until nearly 11 p.m. on Sunday night and although I was dog tired I didn't sleep well. The cottonwoods are putting out allergens like its nobody's business and I'm so congested that my poor CPAP machine is no match. I've taken to getting up around one or two in the morning, taking more meds, and reading email or fanfic until I can't keep my eyes open a moment longer and then falling back into bed until the alarm goes off.

I spent most of yesterday in a daze and today isn't shaping up to be any better. On the other hand, at least I'm awake enough to recall that I forgot to post sandygood' birthday card on Saturday.

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I called my mom this morning and while we were talking it dawned on me that when we had breakfast with her the other day, it was the first time in the history of our family that my mom celebrated Mothers Day with both of her daughters.

Home again

May. 10th, 2011 02:06 pm
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We're back from our drive out to North Carolina for my nephew's wedding (and the drive from Greensboro to Indiana on Sunday, so that Jebra could wish his mom a happy mother's day in person).

Jebra (that wonderful man) did all the driving, which meant I could knit and crochet to my heart's content. I knit four scarves and crocheted a little bag for my cell phone charger while we were on the road.

In other news, my brother Rob is now officially engaged to his girlfriend.

I'm glad to be home and I know the cats feel the same way. They ran out of food while we were gone.
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I saw an episode of Hoarding: Buried Alive last night. One of the people featured was a woman who shopped in order to lessen feeling anxious. I know hoarding is often associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), but in this case I could actually see how the two fit together. I then realized knitting helps me squash feelings of anxiety, which explains why I can handle being in crowds and unfamiliar situations a heck of a lot better when I have my knitting with me. And why I'd much rather knit than deal with the piles of stuff filling my own home.

I haven't managed to identify what I've come to think of as the underlying sekret message in this week's L&O:SVU. For one thing, I'm still thinking about last week's episode. That one began with a guy stabbed outside of a sex club and, as the episode develops, we see that people who swing are bad people -- con-artists, murderers, and people so sick they will have sex with their own blood relatives. Naturally, the only culturally allowable sex should be vanilla sex with your legally wed spouse. Anything else is sick or will lead to disaster. Although the episode didn't have anything to do with homosexuality, I think it's safe to expand that to "legally wed opposite-sex spouse." *sigh*

One thing I do remember about this week's episode is Stabler remarking about how in the many years they (Benson and Stabler) have been SVU detectives there have been very few women rapists and therefore it was highly unlikely the current perp was a woman. This is true, that statistically women rapists are rare, but the comment reminded me that Stabler and Benson have been doing this work for far too long -- I think back to the very first season, in which the detectives are sent for psychological check-ups to make sure they were fit for the job, and think both Benson and Stabler would fail were they to be tested now.

On an unrelated note, one of my half-brothers is on the verge of losing his house. He signed the purchase agreement two years ago and since then has made exactly one house-payment. This irks me to no end -- my truck-driver brother sees himself as a devout Christian and yet there he stays, making excuses rather than payments. Excuses include "I had to quit my job because my employer was making me drive for longer periods of time than is allowable by law," "I spent so much on gas money commuting to my job that there wasn't any money left over to pay the mortgage," and "I spent that paycheck moving my daughter home to Michigan/providing a nice Christmas for my grandkids/paying for car repair/paying my son's bail." My brother is currently interviewing for a new job, but the new place is 72 miles from his home, so once again he'll be spending a huge percentage of his income on fuel. And his live-in girlfriend is on the verge of losing her house -- she had renters, put it up for sale, thought she found a buyer and evicted the renters, only to have the sale fall through. So now she has no renters and no income with which to make the mortgage payments. I feel worse for her than I do my brother -- probably because her actions do not scream hypocrite.
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My mom and I stopped in to see her first husband's mother twice last weekend. Saturday's visit was spur-of-the-moment; Sunday's was to bring her 7 1/2 ounces of navy yarn and the photos we'd talked about the day before. Although she's complaining about feeling weak, she's as sharp as a tack and keeping busy. In addition to making a pair of slippers for her son-in-law, she's trying to figure out what to make for each of the 32 people in her bible study group this year. Everything I thought of (dish cloths, Christmas tree ornaments, pot holders) she's already done once and doesn't want to repeat. Considering she's 102 and has been doing this for many, many years, coming up with ideas that are novel but not overly complex isn't easy.

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Jun. 4th, 2010 10:59 pm
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I heard back from my nephew regarding his facebook announcement regarding his marital status. He wrote that his girlfriend made the post and that they aren't married. I'm relieved; he's way too immature for matrimony.
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Jebra's extended family used to celebrate Thanksgiving together, but the tradition went on hiatus a few years ago. Happily, one of the cousins feels strongly that the youngest generation should know their aunts and uncles and decided to pick up the reigns reins. And thus, the family gathered last Saturday to celebrate Thanksgiving.

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For those who know how to find me on facebook, I just finished uploading pics from my nephew's GF's baby shower.
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Called my mom to get the latest and learned that, contrary to what I thought, my nephew did not graduate from high school this past June. He dropped out of school back in January. This also means he can't join the Army as he needs either a HS diploma or a GED to qualify. Mom says he's waffling between going to alternative High School this fall or studying for his GED. She also says that as it now stands, his math skills are so poor he wouldn't pass the math section of the GED, let along the military's entrance exam.

Mom also revealed that his baby's mother is taking him to court for child support.

Next I called my sister-in-law to congratulate her on her grandmahood and to RSVP for the baby shower for the pregnant GF. She told me that she knew the other girl was pregnant and was telling folks my nephew was the baby's father, so the baby's existence wasn't a complete surprise. But they hadn't been told anything directly and weren't convinced he really was the father. DNA analysis was performed and they found out last Friday that he is the baby's father.

I can hardly wait for the next thrilling installment. (rolls eyes)
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I just got off the phone with my mother, to ask about my nephew's girl-friend's baby shower. And learned that my nephew has not just gotten his girlfriend pregnant, no, he actually has actually had a baby with another girl. That baby is a boy, about four months old. The not-yet-here baby is a girl, due in late August (I think). Oh, and my niece and her husband are expecting their first child at the end of November.
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Last night, [info]jebra told me that he wanted to start bringing big pans of baked beans to the family's Memorial Day potluck before the tradition dies out. Today there was a pan of beans, but there was also a big sign saying this would be the very last family potluck. We're hoping someone else in the family (in the area) will step up and take over hosting duties. We live too far away to do it ourselves.
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Last night, [profile] jebra told me that he wanted to start bringing big pans of baked beans to the family's Memorial Day potluck before the tradition dies out. Today there was a pan of beans, but there was also a big sign saying this would be the very last family potluck. We're hoping someone else in the family (in the area) will step up and take over hosting duties. We live too far away to do it ourselves.
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