Saturday, April 5, 2014

Day 5: Whispers

My sister-in-law, Sherrie, gave me three words and I picked Whispers for today...or, rather, it picked me.

I kind of wrote this in my head yesterday about a half hour before Bob died.


Somehow, for a little while yesterday,
I ended up alone with my father-in-law.

I moved to a chair near his head
and held his hand still warm and soft.

His breaths were coming rapidly
and his cheeks were pink and healthy.

I talked about heaven and the big nap
waiting for him. Gary had already told him

it was okay to let go. He tried to open his eyes
but couldn't so I know he was listening.

He squeezed my hand then continued his journey,
each breath a whisper of goodbye and thanks.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


I'm still liking this monthly format.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

This, That, and the Other Thing

The sun was sparkling on the canal one morning so I just had to click a few pictures to catch bokeh.

And, introducing.......

Emilyn Jane Ryan. My brother's son and his wife had a baby last Thursday.

Here is Dustin holding his daughter with my brother, Tim, and sister-in-law, Sherrie.

Two days later...all dolled up ready to go home.

Last Wednesday we took a ride up to Tampa to meet with Nathan and Danielle. We stayed at the Marriott Waterside overnight.

Here they are sitting with Gary in the sunset. We had such a good time!

Yesterday, Gary and I took a ride in the Thing to Bokeelia at the northern tip of Pine Island.

It was such a beautiful day!

And, when we got home, Erin sent this picture of Kylie and her with their friend, Bodie, riding a chair lift.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

February and a Peek at March

I'm enjoying keeping track of my life in this calendar format. It doesn't mean I can't do regular pages, though.

When we got back from this ride, Michelle wanted to do a page so I was happy to let her. It all fits in just fine.

Last weekend Sally, Mike, and Michelle invited me to go to Universal with them. We had a blast! Michelle took me on all the roller coasters and I loved them!

The only ride we didn't go on was the new Harry Potter one because the line was 75 minutes long and they don't honor Express Passes. Since we stayed in a Universal hotel, we got Expresses Passes so the longest we waited for any ride was maybe five minutes. We got spoiled and couldn't imagine standing in line for over an hour.

Alissa posted this cutie on Facebook yesterday.

And, I got to visit another baby yesterday. My cousin, Donna, and her family are renting a house about 45 minutes away from us for the month of March. We drove up and so enjoyed chatting and playing with this little guy whose name is Courtland.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Day at the Beach and Eden

We invited our neighbors to go to Cayo Costa with us today.

We got a kick out of how the guys all dressed alike. l-r: Michel, Gary, and Roger.

Gary's fishing hat.

Willa's sun hat.

She's almost seven months old, now!

With big brother, James

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Some Journaling Pages

It's sporadic but I have been journaling.

Michelle did the background for this spread. I only added the mustard Washi tape (and butterflies) to balance that color.

Michelle did the painting on this one and added a few things then I added some more.

This one is all me with help from my friend, Anne, with the quotes and the maple leaf and the stamps she cuts off envelopes and sends to me.

I love Michelle's school picture! Can't believe she's a junior, already! Every once in a while, Gary cuts something out for me to use in my journal. I got a kick out of how he wrote, "TO: Gary FROM: Gary."

Well, this idea wasn't that great! All those lines and arrows pointing to dates are just so confusing. Oh, well, win some, lose some.

I like a black background. Anne sent the "Family Rules" that I love!

Then, I tried something different. I had seen this in a magazine about a year ago and had it in the back of my mind all that time. Finally, I got around to doing it. I cut the numbers out of magazines then decorated them throughout the month. Kind of fun and an easier way to keep track of what's happening.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Long Overdue Post...Or So My Son Tells Me!

So, what have we been up to lately? Honestly, not much but here are some pictures, anyway.

Eden is getting so big. This was the night she tried real food for the first time.

Erin sent this of Kylie the night they decorated their tree.

Michelle on the night we all met to give her her Christmas gifts.

This is my BIL, Bill, who plays guitar and sings every Saturday evening at the Rolling Stone Libation Company. This is where we all met for Michelle's Christmas. She spent her vacation skiing with friends at Sugarloaf Mt. in Maine.

Eden and her brothers, River on the left and James (named for my dad).

Michelle and Tori put this collage together. This is who she went skiing with. They've known each other since they were babies but only saw each other once or twice a year. But, every time, they just clicked. So happy to see they are still friends.

We took these three girls, granddaughters of my FIL's caretaker, out for a day of boating and fun on Cayo Costa.


This is my little word for 2014. And, it's working! I've written quite a bit and hope it continues.

Our hibiscus is doing well.

And here is my FIL, Bob, and his new ukulele. He's 88 and getting fragile but we're so lucky to still have him with us.