I thank those of you who shared Clint's "final journey" with us. I hope you found inspiration and encouragement as we shared the good and bad moments over the last months until Clint found his way home to Jesus on December 3, 2004. As we journey through the next season of our lives, perhaps something I share here will help others who are also making this painful journey.
You may have noticed that the last journal entry had some extra symbols amidst the words. I had no idea what was happening. I erased them and they popped right back up. I contacted support and was informed that they no longer support the blog and I need to create a new page on their site builder. It would have been nice to have been notified about that but… The new site is located HERE and click on Blog.It will be a work in progress as I see if this is going to work. I will publish the first post later tonight.
I called my sister at 2:15 am. She was eating and said to call her back in 15 minutes. I did and then we talked until 4am my time. She said she is sleeping up to 15 hours a day. Yikes! I am lucky if I get 6-7 hours in. Bill woke me today about 10:45 when he was ready to leave. He asked if I wanted him to turn on the burglar alarm. If he turned on the in the house alarm it would have gone off when he opened the front door. If he turned on the out of the house alarm, it would have gone off when I came out of the bedroom and the sensor in the hall picked up my movement. I was ready to get up so it was not a problem. I am almost a third of the way through the second repeat of the fifth color on the cowl. I am getting there. Today has been one of hearing differentÂ comments about eclipse experiences. Three years ago today, the adoptive parents of Joanna saw herÂ for the first time. The picture her mother shared of her in the hospital that day was truly a heart breaker. At three weeks of age, she already had her first shunt for the hydrocephaly. They were able to take her home with them a week later on her first month birthday. God had a plan for her life that has allowed her to far exceed what the doctors predicted and I thank Him for that.
I must have gotten more sleep than I thought Friday night because I never got the least bit sleepy on Saturday. In fact, I was still sitting here as 1am passed. Bad girl… I did, indeed, finish the sixth color section on the cowl and got almost halfway through the first repeat of color one before calling it a night. We had missionaries from Peru at church today. They shared a story about some folks that came out of the jungle from some tribe that hasn’t been out of the jungle in over ten years. They spoke no known language but it was determined something was wrong with the baby that was with them. The missionary wife is a physician’s assistant and had medicine that would help the baby. She handed it to one of the adults with the baby and that person downed the medicine, not understanding it was for the baby. I told her about the time Clint had a headache. I gave him a Tylenol and he put it on top of his head. 😊 I left church when it came time for the second sermon so Bill and I could meet his mother, sister and brother-in-law at Anthony’s, a waterfront restaurant in Gig Harbor. I (and brother-in-law Phil) ordered the Rainbow Trout which was very good. I had two big fillets with basmati rice and green beans. I brought enough trout home for another couple of meals since Phil gave me half of one of his fillets. Bill had the trout and eggs from the breakfast part of the menu so he only got one fillet but he came home with over half his meal, too. Mother Trudy had Peach Crepes off the breakfast menu. Anthony’s features seasonal fruits in a variety of dishes. This is peach season. Sister Janice had Roasted Garlic Prawns. We ordered two Peach Slumps with ice cream and shared those for dessert. After lunch, we walked down the street to a viewpoint where we sat and visited for awhile. We hadn’t been home long when Janice called to say they had forgotten to give Bill a briefcase that belonged to his father. There were going to visit Bill’s younger brother and his family for a bit before heading back to their hotel so they were going to call later so Bill could meet them and get the briefcase. We both got in a nap before they called. I stayed home and napped more when he was gone. Hopefully I can get to sleep tonight.
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. - James Baldwin
I was still knitting at 12:30am and was ready to start the fifth yarn color on the cowl. I don’t especially care for vertical stripes on a cowl but this is what Hula Hut wants so… It was a short night…..again. Ann told me about a show she has been watching called “The Durrell in Corfu” - “a series based on the autobiographical novel by Gerald Durrell, the naturalist, explorer, writer and conservationist, which tells the story of his family settling on Corfu island in 1933 after his father's untimely death. They lived there until 1939. His mother was rather eccentric and allowed the 8 to 14-year-old Gerald to keep wildlife as pets. He also made friends among the local humans.” It certainly has some beautiful photography! I watched some episodes while knitting on the Hula Hut cowl. By time I stopped to cook a steak for dinner, I had joined the sixth color. When I finish knitting that section, I will go back repeat all six colors. As 7:30 rolls past, Bill is expecting a guy who wants to look at the trailer. When he was out in the garage this afternoon, he spied a squirrel up in the rafters and at some point, it ran behind the sheetrock on the wall. I hope it doesn’t have a nest in there somewhere! Let’s see if I can finish the sixth color section on the cowl before bedtime.
The happiest of people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything. – Unknown
Â Â Â Â I was up and going by nine this morning. I have six colors of yarn to use on the cowl and there are 26 rows to each repeat. The pattern has 10 repeats but Cathei wants 12 repeats so I got through the first color plus four rows of the second color last night. I took a dinner break about 6pm tonight at which time I was ready to wind the fourth color into a ball and begin knitting it. I cooked a bag of Pasta and Peas with Parmesan Cream Sauce to which I added some corn and bits of chicken. I figured everything except the chicken would be soft. Wrong! Twice I bit down on something that sent a sharp shooting pain up my tooth. I hadnât taken any Ibuprofen since 9:30 this morning so I took a couple of those. Then I proceeded to wind the yarn into a ball and continue knitting. Tom came today, mowed the lawn and pressure washed the deck so it can be re-stained. I was quite to content to be home for the day after a busy week. Here is the newest Lacy Top.
What you see has limits. Imagination is boundless. - Folasade Fasoyiro
I got eight hours sleep last night for a change! The tooth felt better this morning although it still âfeelsâ if I bite on it except for soft foods. Before heading to the chiropractor this afternoon, I decided to eat an ice cream bar. Boy, was THAT the wrong thing to do! I had to rinse my mouth with warm water afterwards to calm things down again. Today was my sisterâs birthday, but with everything that has been going on, I neglected to get a birthday card mailed off to her. I called her this afternoon and we chatted for a while. The Hula Hut yarn was in todayâs mail so I got the first mini skein wound into a ball and cast on for the cowl and then it was time to head off to rehearsal. There were only 5 musicians tonight. Another one of the musicians also does the overhead and this was his week to do it. The other attendee was our sound man. Rehearsal was short and sweet. Bill wanted a couple of things from the grocery store so I stopped on my way home and took care of that. And that was my day. My schedule is clear now until Sunday morning. Yay!
Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven. - Henry Ward Beecher
There was no chewing on THE tooth once the numbness wore off. Yowser! It was hurting more as the evening wore on. I finally took 600 mg Ibuprofen and that helped. I headed to bed just past midnight. I managed to sleep until the alarm went off at 8:30. I hoped the tooth was going to be pain free today but that wasn’t the case so I ate soup for breakfast. Even the left side of my face hurt. There were nine Fiber Friends today. Yes, I told them the story about the dentist buying the baby top. I stopped on the way home and got a Swedish meatball frozen dinner so I’d have something soft to eat. This afternoon I took a Tylenol and napped for a little over an hour. My mouth seemed to feel better after that although the side of my face still hurt. Soon it was time to go knit with the gang. I worked on my Lacy Top and it is getting close to done. Yarn from Hula Hut for the cowl is on its way. Knitters love squishy mail.
The giving of love is an education in itself. - Eleanor Roosevelt