Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

    Well as expected my birthday has been fairly quiet.  As my usual Sunday morning I got up early and watched some TV, got online, and then got ready for bingo.

    I have received many birthday wishes along with a few condolence messages mixed in.  I heard from Jim this morning and again this afternoon via email.  After I called Liz she called me back and we chatted and then made plans for dinner.  I picked Lassie’s. 

We also talked about some of the bills that came up for your hospitalization from the hip (specifically the ambulance) again all of this will be discussed with BB after the weekend.

I am not expecting anything bad from this but I hope BB doesn’t treat Liz rudely.  I know you had your reasons to pick him but he was obnoxious to her before you died.  She felt she was doing what needed to be done and if she submits bills to the estate I am afraid it may get ugly.   I guess I am saying I don’t know if I would do anything differently.

Right now though I threw the pillow cases and sheets that you probably used while in the hospital bed into the wash.  I split the pillows between the bedrooms and will probably wash them tomorrow.  I made your bed probably not the way you usually do it but its made with fresh sheets. 

Well I am leaving here around 4:30-five to be at Liz’s for dinner so I am getting dressed and just hang out some more. 

Love you

Kate


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

    Well its after lunch time and I had my all time (at least one of my all time) favorite and lazy lunches.  That would be open faced grilled cheese sandwich.  I did it in the microwave.  I sat down and watched the first of the LOTR trilogy. 

    I sent a few emails to Jim to let him know its on and to let him know there were prayer cards and the obituary here for him.  He doesn’t want it mailed to him yet.  That means he must be coming up again.

I also finished the laundry for now.  I can strip the bed sheets from your room tomorrow (yes I know I am putting off tomorrow what could be done today-sue me).  I should be doing other things too but also putting that off as well.

I did manage to get two new pen pals.  One is from Florida and the other is from the mid-west.

I received two lovely cards today one from Cousin Frank and his wife and Marsha and Skip Z from the DTC.  I will put those with the other cards as well.

Well it looks like our neighbor Susan was able to get an offer on her house and the closing is this coming Thursday.  Her kids are clearing out everything.  They apologized for making so much noise last week but what could I say? 

Well I am going to close out for now.  The movies are starting up again and I want to chill…

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

Today-actually this afternoon will be exactly one week since you had your final slumber.  I wasn’t sure if I would do the “one week” post and how I would do it.  I am not sure how it feels.  The sun is shining I can hear a car pulling out and driving away.  The birds are still chirping although they seemed unusually quiet earlier this morning.  I have been awake for quite sometime now.

I guess today I am going to do what I would do any other Saturday.  Do some laundry, watch TV, and stay in my pajamas at least until I have to go out if at all.  I don’t think I really need to get anything at the store today.  Maybe milk but I can get that in a day or two. 

I was relieved to discover that John and Heather got their wedding present.  I had mailed their gift just as they were taking off for their Road trip to Florida in July and it looks like it caught up with them .

Oh and I have put a search in for Pen pals.  I have already been writing one girl but as your health declined over the last few weeks I had told her I wouldn’t be responding quickly.  I put an introduction on the two lists I moderate.  Please don’t worry I will be careful.

I think I am going to write the emails that I need to and get a load of laundry in.  I am going to have to strip the bed that Jim slept in and get some clean sheets.  Then I am starting on the thank you notes.

Love Kate

Friday, August 29, 2014

Dear Mom

Dear Mom.

Well its now several hours after the last note.  I went over to Liz’s around two and went through the papers that were returned to us, the prayer cards that we can give out to people.  We went through the condolence cards and Liz made a call to the RRB.  I have huge list as well.  I have to see what the etiquette requirements are for regular condolence cards vs. Mass cards.   Well I just looked it up and Liz is right its if they give gifts or money. 

While I was over there I had some soup.  It was probably considered lunch.  We also got a call from Aunt Rosemary and while we were looking through the cards we talked.  You name it we talked.  You are right.  She laughs at everything.  Anyway she did pass along some sad news.  Cousin Greg lost his wife Terri.  She passed just about the same time you did.  So I am sure she is up there with you please tell her we are thinking of her.  I am going to send a sympathy card or as Liz suggested a Mass card.  I don’t know how to do it so I am going to look on line to see where I can do it.

Oh when I got home I ran into Don and Lilly playing with the newly delivered wood pile and he tells me that there was a letter to the editor in the Milford Orange Bulletin and I  found it in the Milford Mirror and it was a beautiful tribute to you.  I sent the link to both Liz and Jim.

Yes Jim made it home safely.  He called just a little after 4 this afternoon.  He says the cat was happy to see him as well.  I am not sure when he will be back up but I look forward to it when he does.

I am slowly putting the citations and awards back in the various places they were taken from.  There is one that I am having some difficulty with (because of the nail) but I will keep on trying before I ask Liz to fix it for me.

The Liberty Medical company to reschedule the pick up for the hospital bed.  They didn’t want to come at 11 pm at night (quite frankly neither do I) so they will be here some time Tuesday afternoon between 1-3.  I have asked Liz to come by and wait for them and she said she would after she finished her speaking engagement for a meeting.

Well its getting late and I need to close up the house for the night and get ready for bed. 

I love you.

Kate

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

Well it is now Friday afternoon.  Jim left to go back to Allentown about an hour and half ago.  I have classical Music playing in the background.  I was surfing the net and got your Obit from CTPOst and read the additional messages on the guestbook of the legacy.com that have come in the last day or so.  It was nice to see many names I recognized from Elinor R to Dave’s Friend Jim.  Jim K also sent a card as well.

This morning has been fairly quiet.  I got up early and started watching TV, put clothes in the dryer and then when Jim got up we went to have breakfast.  We spent time talking about grief and he seemed impressed that I managed to get a lot done.  I am not sure I have gotten a lot done.  He tells me most people who have suffered a loss take to their beds for extended periods of time but I just keep remembering how you would remind me about the True Grit award I got when I graduated from 8th grade.  I just try to keep going.

When we got back to the house I called Liz.  We chatted and she reminded me that I need to stop by later to pick up the rest of your citations and awards and the rest of the cards we all received during the wake.  I am not sure when I will start those thank you notes but I will get to them sometime. 

Right now though I am going to get some bills paid for now.  I don’t think there are that many as of yet but you never know.

Oh and I saw a bunny rabbit this morning.

Love Kate

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

    I can’t begin to tell you how the last two days have gone.  Last night was an amazing testament to you and your life and the impact you had on the lives you have touched.  There was close to 400 people that came through the greeting line.  Many from Mental Health services, your friends, family, the literary club, the knitwits.  Many of your children’s friends and peers came as well.  LT Governor Nancy Wyman paid her respects, and of course our dearest friends Senator Gayle Slossberg,  St Representatives James Maroney, and Kim Rose presented us with a memorial Citation from the CT General Assembly. 

The funeral today was just beautiful.  The weather was perfect.  There were at least 100 people at the funeral services.  The Pall bearers did an awesome job from start to finish.  Adam and  Cousin Don C  did wonderful job at the readings and Father C even managed a few appropriate Railroad related puns.  Jim did a wonderful job at the Eulogy.  Diane made me cry when she sang Ave Maria.

Lassie’s did a wonderful job catering the reception and there about 50 people who showed up.  The food was delicious.  Eggplant Rollatini,  Chicken, cheese tortellini w/spinach, and salad (potato and garden) and desserts (cookies and brownies) and coffee and  soft drinks.  It started breaking up around 2.  It was a good thing because I was starting to get something.  Roberta and Debi brought me home because I thought Jim was going to come back home before me.  He ended up coming 10 minutes after I did.

The rest of the afternoon Jim and I napped (and in my case) and watched TV.  Through out the afternoon I started to do odds and ends.  I took a part the fruit basket that Rosa sent to us.  I called Liz to see how she was doing and we chatted about stuff.

Liz has already picked up the citations and awards and the complementary video that was there and I will pick them up and go through all the cards we got during the wake.  I am going to bring over the cards we got here as a family and individually.  That we have received over the last several days.

Oh and I talked with Georgina today.  I told her how the services went and how I dealt with it and how I have been dealing with being in the house without Mom.  She is doing great and starts another job on Tuesday in Fairfield.  WE hung up with the promise that I would call her again sometime.  I am not sure why I didn’t do it sooner than today probably because of the minor details that needed to be done.

Jim went out to Pops for a bite to eat.  I really wasn’t up to eating much as my stomach was “yuck” but I did eat a little bit later on in the evening.  When Jim got home we watched Jurassic Park.  Part of AMC’s Throwback Thursday.

 He also told me he apologized to Liz for his behavior recently.  He tells me he said it during mass (the sign of peace moments).  We talked about it.  Earlier before the funeral procession he was joking to move our car ahead of Liz and Nelson’s.  He joked with Selfik and then told Liz and she just sort of smiled.  I had prayed he was joking and I even said it to him.  He said of course he was and hasn’t he caused enough trouble?  It just relieved me so much.    I don’t know if Liz will accept it or not because she has indicated that she would not.

Oh and I got a call from Rosa tonight.  The  phone was in the back and I didn’t feel like answering it.  I wish I had now.  She said she would call me over the weekend. 

Anyway we are done for now he is drifting off to sleep and I am going there myself. 


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

    Well this is the day.  The final goodbye begin.  I have been up a couple of hours but I  haven’t done anything productive except have coffee.  I had a restless sleep again.  My knee was hurting and the bruised rib from before you left has been a constant reminder of my less than graceful fall outside.  I haven’t been feeling well other ways too.  I hope it isn’t going to be happening all day.  I can’t keep running to the bathroom especially during the wake.

    As I said I have been procrastinating on many things.  I have yet to iron the dresses I will be wearing the next two days, and I look around and see that I need to vacuum the rooms before anyone gets here.  In a few months I will get the rug cleaning done because there are spots again in the living room.

    Jim called a couple of times this morning the first to say good morning and to ask  why we need to be at the funeral home by 3.  I explained to him for private time but the way things are between Liz and him I don’t think that’s going to happen.  As Liz said we don’t have to be there at 3 we could show up at 4 with the mourners.  Yes I know we are mourning too.  He called back just around 10:30 to say he is on the road and he would be here between 2 and three. 

I am going to update my list because I am feeling as though I am not getting much done.  The washer is still going with the sheets in it and the dresses have been moved from one place to another and I will get those ironed soon. 

I was on the lap-top for a bit.  It was giving me grief but it seems to be working right now. 

Well I need to get going…have stuff to do to get ready for this evening…

Dear Mom August 26, 2014

Dear Mom,

Today is going to be tough.  I had gotten a text from Liz that she also sent to Jim regarding some details for the funeral.  It came around 3 this morning and I was unable to get back to sleep.    I decided to get up and put the clothes in the dryer, empty the dishwasher and move some of the dishes back to their original cabinets.  Apparently Georgina moved dishes around while she was here.  She also left a glass of hers here too.  Not complaining here.

I know this isn’t something you want to know you may already but there have been moments of disagreements on some aspects of your funeral.  I know you wanted a program for the service and I know you made arrangements with JM but the church doesn’t want them.  We originally all said that we wouldn’t do it out of respect for the priest.  It looks like we may not  do it.  Its basically between your two eldest children and I am stuck in the middle.  Although DB has said don’t let myself be in the middle.

We have almost have all the medical equipment out of the house (not the commode or walkers those are our purchases) but the Oxygen and the mattress and wheelchair.  The bed frame itself will be removed on Friday.  It would be too hectic in the next couple of days.

We received some more lovely cards today.  One was a mass card.  We received a lovely fruit basket from Rosa. 

I brought the citations and awards and your glasses to the funeral home today.  I spoke to Mrs. Smith and she was very nice.  After that I headed to the car wash and got the car so cleaned you would be amazed.  After that I went to the store and got a quick lunch.  I probably should have skipped it because I had dinner over Liz and Nelson’s house.

We had pork chops and pasta and salad and cannolies brought by a friend of theirs I haven’t seen in quite some time.  I stayed until about 7:30 I was getting tired and I wanted to come home to see tonight’s episode of NCIS (it was Honor thy Father).

Well I am going to bed now.  I have to get up early tomorrow and iron the dresses I will be wearing for the services and pick up a case of water for the wake.  I also need to vacuum the house before anyone arrives.

Be well Mom,

Kate

Monday, August 25, 2014

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

Well another day has come and gone.  This morning Liz and I ran around and did some errands and last minute details for your services on Wednesday and Thursday.  We brought you the suit you will be wearing and tomorrow I will be bringing your glasses along with some of your citations and awards you have gotten over the years.  We went and ordered the flowers that will be surrounding your casket and I think you will like the one I have for you that will be probably be laid by your head.  WE went to the caterer’s to discuss the bereavement meal and had lunch by the time that was all done I got back to the house by quarter of three.

That’s when I listened to messages from our friends, family and peers including one of your dearest friends Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.  She is currently out of the country but just for her to take time out to do that was awesome.

I reviewed my lists and made a few more calls that ended up not being needed after all.  I also kept a running list and notes for the funeral preparations and post funeral activities.  I am not sure if that was a waste of time or not because other than taking care of a few things around the house there isn’t much that I have to do now. 

We received our first two floral arrangements today as well.  Ones I know you would be pleased to know.  Carla H and her husband sent a beautiful bouquet and of course your darling boy Dave sent yellow tulips.  As I mentioned to the florist today you really do love all kinds of flowers.

I think you will love the obituary and the memorial page on the funeral home website.  They have done an awesome job and I am glad you went to them when you first began your preparations for this event.  You will also like the one Diane did as well.

Well I am going to get some sleep and prepare for anything else that needs to be done.  My hope is to hear from the medical equipment people so they can take it out of the dining room.  Hey you know I had to gripe about something!!!

Sleep well Mom give my love to Dad and Bob and all of our family..

Kate

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dear Mom

Dear Mom::

It has been over 18 hours since we said goodbye to you.  We made requisite calls to family and friends (I have a few more to make yet).  Our friend Seny posted a wonderful memorial to you on the Blog.  I am trying to find the meticulous preparations for your funeral you had made months ago so I can find the pall bearers list.  I haven’t found them yet  and that’s frustrating.  I nearly woke Jim up with my anguish.  He says he may have them at home.  Not really  helpful for the obituary to be submitted for this afternoon.  That’s just an observation.

I am trying to keep busy this morning.  Doing some laundry, surfing the net.  In my usual fashion I posted messages to my lists and forums that you had passed away.  I have been getting wonderful messages from them and those of our friends and family.

Oh and just to let you after several days of not seeing any rabbits they all came by last night to say good bye.

I have to go now not sure what else to do.  Its early morning yet.  Jim did want to leave about now for home but he is still sleeping.  He didn’t have  a great night last night.

Love always,

Me.


   

RIP Mom



On Saturday August 23, 2014 mother ended her battle with Pancreatic Cancer.  She is no longer in Pain. She was surrounded by her family and care givers.  She was 87 years old.  Services will be Wednesday and Thursday.  God Bless you Mom.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Went back to work today

After a week long absence I returned to work albeit it was a short day for me as My boss urged me to be home with Mom as the end draws near.  Mom’s system starting shutting down over the weekend and the ICC hospice care has begun.  It started Sunday night after several visits from the agency over the weekend. 

I have spent a lot of time with Mom as well as giving space for everyone else.  We have had many visits and we received floral arrangements and cards.

Managed to get the land line cancelled and got an upgrade ($ off) my cellphone





Right now though I am going to bed.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Definitely Feeling Better 8142014

I was splitting my time between relaxing, spending a lot of time with Mom and clearing out the room.  I am heading to bed shortly but I was working on a set of desk drawers that had old pen pal papers that I am struggling to decide if I should just toss them or what.  I explained it at my Pen pal Blog earlier today.

Liz stopped by just around lunch time followed by Cousin Donna.  It was pretty good.  After they left I went back to splitting my time relaxing and working on the room. 

Late in the afternoon a new air mattress was delivered to the house.  We had to make sure Mom wasn’t in the bed when he arrived so we moved Mom to a chair in the living room and while Georgina cooked I stayed by her side and made sure she didn’t amble out of the chair.

After dinner did some more paper tossing and some of it is stuff from work, health,  and other things from 2005 and earlier.  I don’t think I really need it but I may try to keep most of it.

Tomorrow will be more of the same thing and so will the rest of the weekend.  I have to cancel bingo again for one more week.  Sigh.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Day four of quarantine-sort of

It is nearly midnight and I am heading to bed.  I would like to say I was in full quarantine mode for the fourth day in a row but I wasn’t.  I did some visiting with family members and friends who came to visit today but standing far away enough to give them safety.  Eventually I went back upstairs to watch TV.

When I wasn’t watching TV I did do laundry.  I stripped the bed but haven’t made it.  I managed to organize a few dresser drawers and throw out some stuff.  I made some progress on the desk and top of the dresser but to look at them now you would never know it.  I also did some word search puzzles from a book I had when I was in the hospital a couple of years back.  I managed to do three or 4 of them tonight.

I made a to-do list for the rest of the room and hopefully it will be tackled.  I still have papers to sort through and put in the various notebooks I have up there.  I am considering typing up notes for the Woman’s club minutes that I have been writing for the past year before I hand it over to Dr. T when this finishes.

I also want to set up a new pen pal file as I have another potential pen pal who wrote me this week.  That can be found in my pen pal blog later.

We are supposed to get some rain in the overnight and early to mid morning tomorrow.  It had been cloudy for most of today and a touch humid so I hope tomorrow is happening.  The grass is beginning to need it in some spots.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Haven't been feeling Well

I haven’t been feeling that great over the last few days.  I was achy or stiff and Thursday  I felt cold I had my blanket on at the office.  Happily by 10 I felt a little warmer but the stiffness was still there.   I was waking up what seemed like every two hours for the last coup of nights to go to the bathroom.  I feel like I am getting headaches.  They are not full on headaches but just the edge.  I had to wear my flannel pajamas to bed for the last few nights as well.  On Friday Liz looked at my leg and the blister and she had the idea it was Shingles.  On saturday it was confirmed by the doctor I saw.  So after I did some shopping and checked in with Liz I headed home and quarantined myself to the bedroom.  I haven’t eaten much but have had fluids and taking this huge horse pill for this.  I cancelled the rest of my weekend activities and in about 4 hours will be calling in sick.

The Girls night out was very fun despite my being cold.  we went to a sweet shop called Grandma Josie’s.  She was a former teacher in Milford and retired last year and opened a candy shop.   she had a fashion show from Cabi Fashion and she had models she worked with or from her church.  One of the models was my second grade teacher!  It was so cool to see her. I friended her on facebook and I was supposed to tell people (classmates mostly) that I met up with her but because I haven’t been all that enthused about getting out of bed I haven’t.

Yesterday was the 2 year anniversary of my brother Bob’s passing.  Mom mentioned it in retrospect.  I know that Diane posted a pic and Ethel posted something about the anniversary as well.  I just acknowledged quietly and thought about him.

So now that you have been duly updated I am going to bed...

Thursday, August 07, 2014

What happened to the rain?

I was expecting it to be raining all day Sunday  It was overcast and a few showers in the morning but the rest of the day was beautiful.  It wasn’t too hot but it wasn’t too cold for some of us.

We did lose power for no more than five or six minutes when( we later would find out) that a car hit a telephone pole somewhere along the border of Woodmont and West Haven.   I was worried that it was in house but when I saw Sean walking around the neighborhood I was relieved to find out it wasn’t us.  It messed up the computer (Mom’s desk top) and now I have to contact TM or MVB to get some info.  

Bingo was a full house and Marny was there.  There were a few moments she contradicted me when I  was giving some instructions which I didn’t appreciate but she is an employee and I guess I answer to her.  We had a full crowd like 26 players.  After bingo I went to church and then came home.

IN the afternoon Mom went back on Hospice.  We will have Hospice aids three days a week for an hour and half or so.  Mary the Nurse returned on Monday and so did the Social Worker.  The aid started yesterday.  It went well.

Jim is here for a visit.  He got in around 6 in time for dinner and had interesting conversations with Mom.  He will be here probably until Wednesday.  

Tonight is the Woman’s Club Ice Cream social at Dr. d’s and I have no idea what to bring.  I will just get anything.  We have a “Girl’s Night out tomorrow night too.  We are going to Monroe for a fashion show/Open house and then dinner.  We try and have a Girl’s Night out a few times a year and its been awhile.  Dr. T did issue an invitation for Hawaiian party...in a couple of weeks.  It should be fun.

Well I better get going have work to do...

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Had a Great time

As always I had a great time at the Mexican Train game with the everyone.  we even got to see a couple we haven’t seen in some time.  Anyway the conversations ranged from health to politics and even moving and relocating.  We had a lot of food.  I tried (probably unsuccessfully) to watch what I ate that could have an adverse affect on me but as usual when I get around food I tend to forget about it.

We played until 10 when I hippity hopped home.   The next time we will get together is on September 20th.  That’s because  of holidays and prior commitments.

When I got home Georgina had just gone upstairs but not to sleep yet.  We chatted about the evening and things in general.  She told me LIz came over shortly after I left.  I later discovered that Liz brought over several things for Mom and Georgina.  I seem to be missing her a lot lately.

My sleep was interrupted again so I have been since 4 or 5.  I have spent a lot of time online and surfing the net.  I have already had coffee and now I Have to get ready for Bingo.  

I did manage to put another small load of laundry in the wash and hope it will be done soon.

I have so many thoughts in my head that I am starting to ramble.....Its going to be a long day.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Slept in

The whole house slept in today.  I couldn’t sleep because I had some things on my mind but I finally fell asleep and didn’t get up until 8.  I was all dressed and ready to go by 9.  Mom had just gotten up and ready for her day as well.  We went over the banking stuff.  We went over the grocery list and by quarter of ten I was out the door for my hair appointment.

I got to the salon just  before 10. Jamie was still with another client and while she was finishing up I had my much needed cup of coffee and a piece of birthday cake.  It was one of the other stylists birthday.  I was there almost 45 minutes to an hour.  We talked about our activities and plans for the weekend.  My next appointment will be late September as Jamie is going on vacation the week before.

Once i left the salon my first place was heading to the store.  The rain was continuing from early morning.  I decided that I would take the highway from one point in Orange to get to SR in milford.  My time was running short as I still had to get to the bank before it closed.  I managed to get everything on the list including one thing that wasn’t.  I was out of there before noon and made it to the bank in fairly good time.

The bank errand didn’t take long but apparently I miscalculated the amount of money I was putting in.  Happily it was more than I had written down.  I had told Mom if she needed Money we could get some during the week but Georgina advised not to.  

When I got home from the errand I found Mom at the table all dressed and hoping I would help get on the computer with her.  The mouse wasn’t working (battery not cooperating).  After a few moments (I don’t know exactly what I did but made sure I was not getting frustrated) we got it working and checked emails, websites and a few other of her favorites.  We didn’t some financial stuff and (am letting LIz do the math figuring).,  We did that for about an hour then we had lunch.

Georgina made Mom an egg and ham w/tomato sandwich on toast and I had coffee and a bowl of cereal.  We chatted about everything.  Potential buyers for a neighbors house, stories that grew from that.  After we ate Mom sat in her chair and she began to doze.  Occasionally she would wake up and we would talk about the birds outside in the yard.

I have a load of laundry going and so when that's done I probably will get ready for my Mexican train game  In about an hour.  I will finish the other two tomorrow.  

In the meantime I am going to go....see you tomorrow.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Sleeping

For the last couple of nights I have had a slight battle with sleep again.  I am not exactly sure what kept me up the first night  but I got online to figure out how to fix Mom’s problem with her email..  I printed the instructions out but I don’t think it will work.  I am going to suggest that she go to her web based mail.  Last night I had some trouble with the aches and pains but managed to get sleep around 4.  I stayed in bed a long time again.  I did all that I could do and managed to say good morning to Mom.

Mom was so tired yesterday she had visitors and the Nurse came for the final home visit.  He recommended that she not wear the slippers as they are contributing to her swollen feet and so now she can wear those socks with grippers.  Maureen came for the final time with a promise to come back and visit.  

After dinner I did some laundry and Mom eventually went to bed.  Since there wasn’t any thing on TV I wanted to see I got online and surfed until about 9.    I probably should have stayed up to finish laundry but I was falling asleep too then of course my hands started hurting.

Jim called yesterday he is planning to come up by the beginning of next week.  I will make sure that Mom’s room is ready for him to be in.  That will include a couple of pillows and put up the ironing board.   I am hoping that at least Emily or James comes up with him.  Although don’t know where they will sleep.

Work is going well.  Made headway on the readdress mail and the daily mail even though it seemed light in volume.  A number of people are celebrating birthdays this weekend.  I have already sort of serenaded them (okay gave a hug).  

This weekend is semi quiet.  I am getting my hair done tomorrow and then in the afternoon is Mexican Train game.  It probably will run semi late.  Sunday is bingo and getting ready for next week.

Not doing very much this morning