Monday, September 25, 2017

Catching up on the CrAzInEsS !!


We moved! Well, technically our move isn't complete.  We moved out of our old house, but aren't in a new house yet.  All our stuff is in storage until we have a new place to move into.  So, where are we?  We are up at our cabin in West Virginia.  Not Virginia...West Virginia.  It drives me bonkers when people call it Virginia.  It's like calling South Carolina, North Carolina.  Different states people!  Sorry, I digressed.  This week, I'm up visiting in Indiana while Will and the pups are enjoying cabin life.

Things have been a whirlwind.  We started packing, then we had packers finish the rest and move our things to storage.  The good thing is that our cabin is just like being home.  I don't have all of my "stuff" but I have what I need - a kitchen, a bed, washer/dryer, tv, and internet (although its crappy).

Last week, I cooked 4 dinners in a row.  That's a record for me...haha!  Being 15-20 mins from town makes running out for a quick dinner not as easy.  So last week, I did good and planned our meals ahead.  I had to do a big shopping cause I only was going to town once.  At home in SC, I run to the grocery store most days just to grab a few things and whatever I may cook for dinner that day.  I know, not super efficient.

Stella managed to hurt her leg while we have been in WV.  So, she and I went to the vet on Friday.  Looks like a torn ACL (not sure if its full or partial).  She's on strict rest and has to be carried up and down the stairs  (much easier if we were in SC, as we only had about 5 to get off the back deck.  At the cabin, we have lots.  Poor Will!).  Hopefully she won't need surgery.  We will see how she does in a few weeks with some joint/ligament supplements and Rimadyl.

What else?  My vest reached its 200 hour mark! Wow!! I was shocked.  It gave me a notice that I needed a new filter.  I called the SmartVest number it said to and they had one in the mail.  Unfortunately I left for Indiana before it arrived, so I'll have to replace it when I get back this coming weekend.  

Speaking of the vest.  I changed up my settings a bit because I was feeling extra congestion in my lungs (I think due to all the dust while packing/moving).  So I'm now doing 20 Hz at 65% for 30 minutes.  I like it.  It's definitely shaking more stuff loose.  Two downsides to it: 1 - it's hot!  The more vigorous vibration must make the air warmer in the vest, so I sweat a bit while vesting.  2) it hurts my boobs.  So, got to make sure I'm wearing a good supportive bra.  Guys are lucky, they don't have to worry about their boobs getting beat up!

And you may be wondering when we will move to a new house.  And the answer is: I don't know!  Eek!!  We have a house back in SC that we are planning to buy when it's done getting a makeover, but we don't know when that will be yet.  Probably in November.  I'll be shouting it from the rooftops when I know when I have a new place to live!!  In the meantime, we are going to enjoy the fall in WV.  Couldn't ask for a better time of year to be "stuck" at our cabin!


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

My Pap

I've been a little quiet lately - sorry about that.  I'm sad to say, I lost my Pap.  And that made my world stop.  He was one of the most amazing, fun-loving, kind, funny and happy people, plus he was the greatest Pap in the entire world.  He had been battling with dementia and Alzheimer’s the last several years, and I could tell it was getting worse as I spoke with him in the last few weeks.  Then, his health took a sudden down turn.  I debated if I wanted to go up to Pittsburgh and see him, because in my mind, he’s always been this big, strong man.  I didn’t know if my heart could take seeing him in decline.  But, I woke up Sunday and was doing some things around the house and felt the urge to get up there.  So, I loaded up and made the 8 ½ hour drive to my Pap. 

I’m so glad I went.  I told him that I loved him and that it was OK to go.  I got to be by his side and prayed with him as he passed.  I will never be the same.

My Pap.  What a guy.  He was the kind of Pap that joked with his grandkids.  He loved us unconditionally. 

So, I wanted to share some of my fondest memories with one of my favorite people in the whole world.

1)  When we (my brother and I) would spend the night at Gram and Pap’s, we always wanted to go swimming with him in the morning, but we never wanted to get up that early (he liked to go around 7am).  A few times, we did though and the memories of swimming and laughing with Pap at the Marriott pool will be cherished.  I can't swim without thinking of my Pap.

2)  When I was younger, Gram and Pap usually got a real Christmas tree in their living room.  I remember going with them one year (I was probably 10 or 11) and they let me pick the tree.  We got home and got it set up, and it was soooo wide.  Pap teased me all the time that I pick out the fattest trees.  He would tell me that it kept getting fatter/wider every day!!  Then he said I wasn’t allowed to go pick out a tree again!  Oh, he was so funny!

3)  When all us grandkids were smaller, we would take turns sitting on Pap’s lap, and he’d bounce us and sing “Pony Boy, Pony Boy.  Won’t you be my Pony Boy? Giddy up, Giddy up, Giddy up! Whoa!! My pony boy!!”   And we’d slide down on "Whoa" and he’d pull us back up for “My Pony Boy”.  Loved that!  Don't know how we didn't blow out his knees. Now I continue the tradition with my nephew and niece.

4)   I don’t remember what time of year it was, but my Dad and stepmom lived up in Syracuse, NY.  One weekend, Pap and I drove up (from Pittsburgh) to visit them – I was probably 8 or 9.  I remember falling asleep and waking up to look over and see a Police Officer at the window.  He was giving Pap a speeding ticket!!  HAHAHA!!  He loved teasing me about sleeping in the car and it being my fault he got a ticket.  Gram told me it was my job to make sure he didn’t speed, and I failed on the job!! Perhaps I get my lead foot from Pap?!?! LOL

5)  Gram and Pap had a Grandfather clock in their living room.  The chime still rings in my mind and I can hum it in a heartbeat (so can my brother, cause we did!).  I remember watching Pap as he carefully put on the white gloves and would pull up the weights to keep it working.  For some reason, it always amazed me, and I liked watching him take care of it.  When Pap moved out of his house to the care center, I was able to get Pap's clock!  It makes me so happy when I see it and now I have a piece of Pap forever ticking in my home. 

6)  I tried to call Pap every week, but we all know life gets away from us, so sometimes it was a little longer in between calls.  But, I cherished our talks.  He always asked what was "new and exciting".  Usually I didn't have much to report, but he asked anyway.  And we talked about the weather!  LOL  How's the weather down there, kid?  I'll sure miss talking about the weather with my Pap.

Words can't describe how much I will miss him.  


Gram & Pap's wedding
Pap is the bad ass in the middle
Always having fun!
Being silly!




Pap with me & my brother (probably one of our 1st pictures)
My last picture with my Pap ❤


I love you, Pap!  I can't wait to see you again!

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