December 11, 2018 § Leave a comment
I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted. 2018 has been one hell of a roller coaster ride. So much has happened that I get overwhelmed when I sit down to write about it and I end up just walking away from my keyboard and pouring myself a glass of wine. Believe me, there’s been a lot of wine…
In February Hubby’s stepfather had a stroke while he was on a sailboat in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. His distance from medical attention did not bode well for his recovery as it took days to get him to a hospital. Since their arrival back in Canada, it has been a whirlwind of hospitals, doctors and rehab appointments in between caring for Hubby’s mother who is significantly older than her husband. Essentially, he was taking care of her and now Hubby being an only child, is taking care of both of them.
Then, on September 13 of this year, just when things seemed to be settling into a manageable routine, our neighbourhood was devastated by the onslaught of six…yes, not one, not two, not even three…but six tornadoes. We personally had damage to our roof, our pool, a fence, a couple of windows and we lost a 150 year old maple tree that blessed our front lawn. We were VERY lucky. People on our street lost their entire roofs, sides of houses blown completely off and in a tiny hamlet not far from us, an entire neighbourhood was decimated. Most of the city was without power for days. It was so surreal and if not for the completely altered landscape and patchwork roofs, you wouldn’t have even known it happened.
Those are just two of the major events that have happened this year. On a brighter note, the other significant event is that Son, 30, is engaged. No date yet but with three boys to raise, it’s not surprising. Yep, along with a daughter, I’m gaining three beautiful grandsons. The boys are 12, 8 and 6 so though it has been an adjustment, it’s been a joyful one…
The unconditional love I get from and have for these kids gives me strength and perspective. Bad times come and go, blessings are forever. Wishing everyone a very happy holiday season. And for Hubby, MERRY CHRISTMAS!! (He hates the pc bullshit that sucks the joy out of being festive.)
Oh, and Shady…you better still be at the same address, your holiday greeting card is in the mail. 😀