Thursday, September 26, 2019

9/26/19 after Michael

Just a few misc pictures. No explanations needed.

Having 2018 Thanksgiving dinner at Jason's house. Michael flew home from Tallahassee to spend the holiday with us. Angie, my "daughter", flew in from El Paso also. Michael and Angie ended up being on the same flight from Atlanta to Seattle and sat next to each other. They hadn't seen each other for a long time. I'm so glad that Michael came to visit as this would be the last time we seen him alive. (I'll talk about that later in this post). Michael also gave up going to the annual Million Mask March in DC also. He was an activist and involved with the Anonymous group. That group was his 3rd family. This picture is Dan, Angie, and sister Christine.

Michael, me, and Angie
Son Jason and Jenny. Jason the good cook.
November 2018 when son Michael and daughter Angie came to visit. Son Jason and "soon to be wife" Jenny are sitting on Rachel the pig at the Pike Place market. We sure had fun in Seattle that day.
Michael forever being the comedian, picking Rachel's nose. I'll admit that I told him to do that for a funny photo opt.
Michael and Angie. Not quite sure what they were laughing at. :-)
At the Seattle Aquarium
Mics pictures of our Seattle adventure

Love having them all together in my airspace. 
Michael loves clams. YUK! But I'm so glad we found him a bucket of clams. We didn't know it would be his last bucket ever.

Dan and Michael looking at our coin collection
And, so Christmas rolls around
Bella getting off the cold ground to bird hunt. LOL. Shes funny.

My world came to an abrupt halt very soon after Christmas. My oldest son Michael died on 1/3/19 in Tallahassee where he lives. He died in an ATV accident. Part of me died inside too. I had to fly to Florida with my ex, his dad, and his brother Jason so we could take care of things. It was AWFUL! The only thing good was that we met his second "family", his work family. They loved him so much that 1/2 of his ashes are with them to be scattered in places he loved to ride. Wonderful, wonderful people and I'm so grateful they were in his life for many years.

Came back home and started to try and live life again. HARD HARD HARD! January 24th I had my total knee replacement on my left knee. OMG! Between physical pain and mental pain and going to physical therapy twice a week, its really taken a toll on me. Eventually the knee pain got better but my right knee was hurting so bad that it was hard to concentrate on getting the left one better. Then on April 7th there was a celebration of life for Michael here in Bremerton at my mom's place, now my sister's place. Lots of people came, but it was pretty much a blur for me. Then along comes May 14th. Total knee replacement on my right knee. I knew what to expect for the surgery part, but the healing part on the right knee has been very slow and I'm still going to PT and working on this knee.

June 15th Jason and Jenny got married. It was a nice wedding. My sister, Chris, married them. That was cool.  I'm so happy for them and Jenny is such a great person.

And, life goes on. Living one day at a time. I turned the big 70. A new decade. Oh sigh. The pictures below aren't in order. My brain just can't think that good right now.

Michael's work crew family in Tallahassee. A VERY big part of his life! His 2nd family. Love them!
This is the picture board that my niece Tanya arranged for Michael's celebration of life
Me, Jason, and Jenny on their wedding day
Michael doing what he loved. Protesting and being an activist in Washington DC
Michael and his signs that he took with him to every time he was in DC for the Million Mask March
                               Out riding on an ATV having fun
Michael in the middle with the red ball can and some of his anonymous family, the third family
                           This is what was posted by John Anthony Fairhurst when Michael passed in his honor. His anonymous family has been most gracious with me.
Michael wrote this saying on Dec 2, 2018 on his FB page and I had it put on magnets for people. Below his obit from the Tallahassee newspaper.
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Man oh man. I sure do miss him!
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Sunday, October 07, 2018


Well, here I am again putting off writing in my blog. Life just seems to pass me right by lately. We have actually been doing things but I'm just too lazy to make a blog entry. Its actually been really dry outside all summer and the beginning of autumn, but now the weather is getting chilly and kind of wet. Pretty soon it will be too cold for Dan's hibiscus to live outside. We still have peppers to pick and the late blooming strawberries are very sweet. Today, 10/7, we are meeting up with Dan's grand Ryan and his dad John here in Bremerton for dinner. They are riding the ferry from Seattle. We haven't seen them in several months. Tomorrow, 10/8, I'll be heading to Tacoma going to an appointment with a knee surgeon. I'm getting closer to getting a new knee. First one then eventually the other. I'm so tried of my knees aching all the time. And that's about it for now.

I was in Grocery Outlet one day and was getting some veggies. I looked up and found this coconut smiling down at me. What a jolly looking coconut it was. I was cracking up and had to take this picture.
Of course a blog entry can't be posted without Bella being in it.
Dan has been busy doing maintenance on our rig. He was on the roof washing it and cleaning all 6 of our solar panels.

Dan's hibiscus, since "waking up", has really been blooming. We put them in an enclosure with the hot peppers so the squirrels couldn't get to them. They are so pretty.

We bought one of those crinkly hoses during the summer. I liked it cause it was so easy to take care of and it was lightweight. One day it built up pressure and burst. The hose was only about a month old. We sent these pictures to the place we bought it online and they reimbursed us.

This is my friend Irene and Sue. We try and get together at twice a year for a latte and chat. They are fun to talk with.
Son Jason and Jenny and 3 of her kids all came to the d-derby with us. It was during the Kitsap County Fair. I think they all had a good time. I love it when I can spend time with my son.

Bella and Tucker eating together in the same airspace. That doesn't happen often. Bella is so jealous of Tucker that when I give Tucker nummies, Bella has to be right there too. Its too funny!
With our friends Joanne and Dick. I've known Dick since I was about 5 or 6 years old.
Dan took the Harley out of our storage shed and took his daughter Audrey out for a ride. We have sold the bike to Audrey who will someday come take it away. But in the meantime Dan takes it out to make some noise in the neighborhood and rattle some windows.
I was in Costco in September and they were selling Christmas crap already. UGH!
Our local squirrels have been cleaning me out of peanuts and almonds. Especially the 4 "moms" we have around here. Some of their babies are starting to venture out and about.

LOL LOL LOL LOL...........Look at this funny person!
Bella found this bug. She thinks all small creatures are called bugs except for the word lizard. Never seen a praying mantis in the yard before.
Creepy. It was watching me as I was taking the picture. Bella sniffed him then didn't bother him again and he eventually just ventured on.
After Dan finished the roof, he started in with all the caulking. All the way around the 5th wheel he scraped of the old caulk, taped, and replaced old caulk with the new caulk. That took about 2 labor intensive work. Good thing it didn't rain.

Dan's youngest granddaughter, Annabelle, turned 1 and we went to her birthday party.
Auntie Audrey with Annabelle.

Happy, happy 1 year old!
Mom and Annabelle
LOL LOL.........Granddaughter Tiffany was under the box for quite awhile. I think she was eating cake and just being silly. She was watching us through the opening.
Second to the youngest granddaughter, Elowyn, just being silly.
Bella doing some tree climbing

The last major thing Dan did to our rig was to get it level again. It had been sitting in the same spot for 3 years now and had sunk into the ground. He pulled it forward off the old boards and replaced everything. You can can see how far we sunk.

People probably thought we were crazy pulling out towards the road with all the slides out and the satellite dish still up. LOL LOL.........

Well, oops. Shame on Dan. He backed into a mailbox. Sure glad it wasn't me!
Now that the 5th wheel is all leveled and on new boards, it sits a little higher. Dan made a step for the front door of our rig so the first step wasn't so high.

And here is our rig sitting on new boards and all level. Also shows the step Dan made.

All ready for Halloween. My flamingo with is ready and the bony guy is just hanging around. :-)