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Family Transitions

The house where I grew up.

The house where I grew up.

My mom has only lived in two places since I was born … the house I was raised in, and the house she moved to after I left the nest.

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Stages

bwmaxMy head is spinning from the whirlwind that has been my life since the 4th of July. We still have about a dozen boxes to unpack in our new home, plus need to hang pictures and decorate. There will be more updating to the house as well, but at least the major fixes are done for a few years.

In the mean time, I find myself experiencing the stages of grief over losing my mother-in-law three weeks ago.

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Mom’s Visit

Well, Mom just called me from Chicago. She made it home safe and sound. Even though I wasn’t well the first week of her visit, we had a nice time. She was a big help on the days I didn’t feel well.

We finally got out to enjoy the weather on Sunday and went to the Ringling Museum. The sky looked like a shiny slate, clear of any defects, including clouds. What a day! A perfect breeze, comfortable in the sun and a tinge of cool under the shade. Here is a picture of the two of us with a touch of sky showing in the right corner.

We also ate … and ate, and ate! I made the meatballs that I talk about in my short story anthology. If you haven’t checked it out yet, go to my page on this blog with the story clips. I didn’t make the cavatelli that I talk about in the story, because we had cheese ravioli with the meatballs instead. Yum! I’m sure I gained back the few pounds I lost when I was sick. 

Anyone else have anything good to eat lately? Anyone have a meal even at a restaurant. We went to Bonefish with Mom one evening. They are well-known for their Bang Bang Shrimp.

Stop by and drop me a line with recipes or a good restaurant.

Here she comes …

Well, Mom’s coming to visit tomorrow. Should be interesting. 🙂 We will probably be in the kitchen together, like in my story Hope Lies in Meatballs. She’s been asking for my spinach lasagna. Don’t tell her, but I made it for her. Maybe we’ll have it with a ham on New Year’s Day! It’s beautiful weather for her here too. I didn’t get to spend Christmas with family this year because I was sick. I’m grateful to see Mom for this New Year’s weekend.

Many Blessings to everyone in the new year.