Friday, May 2, 2008


I notice from the date of my last entry that I missed the entire month of April. Well, we didn't really miss it, but I got nothing written. Grandpa is doing well and can walk around again and wear shoes to church, etc. - I mean regular shoes. He was wearing his sandals for awhile. I can't remember what we did in the month of April but I'm sure it was exciting and important and I'm sorry I missed getting it down in writing. The last week of April was repair month. We had to have the furnace repaired. Now usually I would figure it was getting warm and we wouldn't be needing it, but as you all know, the country has refused to warm up, so we had to spend for that. Then when it warmed up a little bit we could not get the mowers started and had to have both of them repaired. So Grandpa finally got the front and back lawns mowed, I spread the fertilizer on them and have set the water. The raspberry plants are planted and I have to get the water to them so I can quit watering them by hand. The gardener on TV said not to put any veggies in until May 15th and that is fine by me

We are hosting the Empty Nesters Family Home Evening on Monday night. We have a lot of fun, and much much good food. I am fixing barbecued pork tenderloin, shredded up with the barbecue and teryaki sauce in it. It is delicious and I just have to decide whether or not to make rolls or buy them. Everyone that comes will bring a salad or a dessert and we will drink ice water. So that's our dinner. We will play a game - sometimes we play pictionary, or charades, or a trivia game and once we played "Are you smarter than a fifth grader?" We talk a lot and enjoy one another's company, pay no baby sitters and have no special time we are needed at home, so there are compensations to having an empty nest.

My sister, Alice, has been ill and has had a stroke. She is not physically affected but her mind is kind of confused and her thinking is slow. The doctor assures everyone that she will be just fine with a little time. I talk to her on the phone but her voice doesn't sound the same. My sister, Wilma, is coming for another visit this summer during the month of June. We hope she does not fall and break a leg again and will do all in our power in ensure her safety.

May all of you mothers have a wonderful Mother's Day. Enjoy your families and the babies especially. They don't stay that way for very long.


Stephanie said...

You have me already looking forward to being an empty nester! But don't worry, I'll enjoy my life in the meantime.

That's too bad that you had to get so many things fixed all at the same time, but it's nice that now they all work!

Melinda said...

That FHE group sounds so great! I'm glad, for now, that I'm on this end of the nest, but you make it sound pretty fun. I'm so glad to hear that Grandpa's doing better, but sorry to hear about Aunt Alice. That's probably tough. Enjoy your visit this summer with Aunt Wilma!

Farrell Family said...

It sounds like you've been busy. I'm glad Grandpa's doing better. Your home evening dinner sounds delicious. I hope you guys have fun.

Calista said...

Hmmmm, an evening with other adults, no babysitting fees, and no expected time home? Sounds great! It's good to know that Grandpa is feeling better, and I hope that Alice is able to bounce back soon. I know what you mean about feeling like everything needs fixing; we still need to get our mower up and running again :)

Kathy said...

Your dinner sounds delicious! Wish we could join you - I won't be an empty nester for awhile though, another 12 years. :)

Karen said...

mfqtprI am thinking of asking the Bishop about starting an "Empty Nester" home evening group, I'll have to get more info on that from you. I was sorry to hear about Aunt Alice. Hope she's doing better soon.