Trip for the 4th

This summer has been so bumpy, it’s not even funny. Between a few more deaths (RIP great-uncle Knute and my ferret Smore), a new family member (baby ferret Whisper), and family tension from almost all sides, it’s been a mess. I’ve been meaning to get back to this for weeks now but haven’t gotten around to it until now.

I meant to start yesterday, to try for a semi-daily blog, but we went bowling last night and got back late. I got two strikes! And I was second place in score. Mom beat me but we both beat Jo, so yay!

But anyway, guess I’m starting today for this. Hopefully it’ll last…

Leaving at noon today for a two-and-a-half-day trip for the Fourth of July. Haven’t really gone on any trips since Aunt Terry’s funeral back in October. Obviously, that wasn’t a trip for fun. But this one is, even if we aren’t leaving the state this time!

But yeah, just wanted to brush the dust from this place and try to revive it. Hoping to update most days, if not daily, starting today. Just with mundane things that happen around the house. Such as:

  • Yesterday the biggest pumpkin flower ever bloomed in the garden. Mom is in love and snapped so many pictures of it.
  • We have a giant raccoon climbing onto the porch now. Saw him three days ago. He trampled mom’s flowers by the fire pit. He’s now known as “mom’s striped dog” since our dogs died two summers back.

Stuff like that. Hoping it’ll be fun.

See you next time!

End of Semester Update Junk

Lots of things have been happening since my first IRL post.

For one thing, Jo returned from his getaway to Florida. A lot of awful things happened while he was away, plenty of drama, but we hope it’s fixed now. We being mom and I. But plans are being made in case things go south again. This summer will be 50% play, 50% work for both mom and I, which is a drastic difference from our usual summers since I hit high school.

The end of spring semester at my school is coming. I just got done with the last few exams (three in a row!) before finals begin next Friday. Got three finals and one final paper to do once finals week hits. After that, I’m free.

On Thursday, Jo took mom on vacation, something that was LONG OVERDUE before he decided to runaway to Florida in February. It was last second and he had to deal with passport issues because he let his expire while he was away. Keeping Skype updates with mom currently because phones won’t work between here and Mexico where she is, but the vacation looks to be going good so far. Yay for mom!

Apparently this morning, my brother’s hamster had babies. The hamster he got (I think) a few weeks ago. Hoping he can keep those little babies alive. The closest he came to baby care was puppies and kittens. I cared for our baby pet rats back in elementary school because he was scared of hurting them. Wishing him the best with the hamsters.

Hoping to get back to writing in this soon beyond just gaming posts. Not that those aren’t fun. I just want to do more than that.

My Glasses Were On A Dead Person!!

So today was the family viewing of my great-grandma’s casket to make sure everything looked right. Adjusted her jewelry, fixed her hair, etc. She still looked a bit strange because her eyes were closed, she wasn’t smiling, her cheeks looked sunken, and all the life was gone. It was very spooky.

Her glasses didn’t look right on her either. It was her newest pair that nobody liked. Nana had packed away her other glasses, which I think they’ll try and unpack tonight once they find the box they’re in. Uncle Del bought a few glasses from the dollar store to see if he could replicate the pair we’re used to her wearing.

Unfortunately, the closest pair we had…are the pair I wear.

So my glasses got to be on great-grandma to check and see if my style was best, since it is the closest to her original pair. Yep, my glasses were on a dead person. For several minutes.

Yes, I’m wearing those exact same glasses right now. It’s creepy. Mom wanted me to burn my glasses (she was joking).

The funeral is tomorrow. Hopefully they’ll find a good pair of glasses for her. If not…might have to pop the lenses out of mine and bury GG with my frames. LOL


At 5:40AM this morning, my grandmother called us. GG had passed away.

At 6AM, mom and I were at my grandparents to help them. We ended up doing very little because mom was crying and ill and I was barely functioning due to sleep. We stayed until about fifteen minutes ago, 8AM, when the funeral home came to get GG.

Preparations are being made for the funeral. What a wonderful spring break this will be.

At least I’ll get to see my uncles and aunts again. I last saw them in October when my aunt died.

Goodbye, GG?

My great-grandmother, called GG by mom and I, was recently transferred from a nursing home to my grandparents’ house due to increased costs. GG had a caretaker to help my grandparents since they’re all old and GG has been having violent fits lately.

Today, I got a call from my grandfather saying that GG’s blood pressure dropped and she became unresponsive after becoming very sick a few days ago. She is under heavy medical care but the doctors say she may only have a few days left. A minister is coming to the house tomorrow.

At 4:30PM today, despite the stormy winter conditions, contacted work and my classes to inform them that I would not be present on campus at all tomorrow. I needed to go home and make sure my mother, who was extremely attached to GG, was okay. That’s where I am now.

Tomorrow we head to my grandparents’ with my brother (and probably his girlfriend) to see GG for what may be the last time.

Gone again, huh?

So, last year around this time, Jo left for Florida during his midlife crisis episode for roughly a month.

He’s done it again this year, only it’s due to his family rather than a midlife crisis. They’re taking a three-week-long vacation and Jo decided to go with them. He and mom fought a bunch before mom finally told him to just go on Sunday.

As of Monday, he headed for Florida. I’ve heard nothing from him except what mom has passed along.

Apparently a tornado tore through a place they stayed overnight. It ripped the roof off of their hotel. They were fine, of course. That was on Tuesday, I believe.

I’m currently juggling school and helping mom. She’s been stressed but we’re keeping ourselves busy. Watched a few movies and completed a giant puzzle that we’ve been working on on-and-off for two weeks now.

Hoping things stay positive here.