By beckysdad on Oct 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM
It is sad about LeeAnn and yet she approaches it with such dignity and ease that spending time with her remains a joy. She has a different view on life and its cycles and when one looks at it through her eyes they feel differently about it. In her mind she's just moving on from this existence into another one. Her time in this body is finished and it's time to move on, much like a hermit crab outgrows its shell and periodically seeks out a new home. We've had some wild discussions. Some of them would seem horribly inappropriate to someone eavesdropping on them because of all the laughter with such a somber topic. That's just how life and times are with her. She's a rare individual. I remember Jim Hutton best from Green Berets and Hellfighters. I was a huge John Wayne fan. That's where I know Walter Brennan from as well. He appeared in Rio Bravo with the Duke. Uncle Miltie I knew more as a personality than from any particular roles. It's good to have a group of friends that you can go out and hang with. The emphasis is on comfort and enjoying each others company. DC and NYC have great public transit that works great there. San Jose is so sprawling that public transit just doesn't get the job done. Still, my mileage has plummeted since I retired. There are plenty of days that I don't even get in my car at all. This was my first attempt at french toast with this bread. I think the raisins throw it off. Weekend breakfasts are the best. Having time to prepare and enjoy is key. There are plenty of special breakfasts that are ideal for company and weekends that I just don't get to indulge. What were your favorite breakfasts to cook?
By beckysdad on Oct 1, 2012 at 7:51 AM
LeeAnn really is an amazing woman. As weak as her body is these days, you never think about that when you're with her. Her mind is as sharp as ever and she has an incredible spirit. There's not an ounce of self-pity as you speak with her. Her previous dogs retired from service but lived out their days with her. It was kinda tough on the older dogs to let the youngsters take on the heavy lifting duties and go to work with her but it all worked well. Jeannie is 12 now and is approaching the time when one would think of retiring her but with LeeAnn's weakness these days I think they'll be together to the end. LeeAnn is working with hospice and we don't know how long she'll be playing in this realm. "Playing" may sound flip but that's exactly what she's doing. She knows her time is limited and she's determined to extract every last bit of fun out of it that she can. She's doing a great job of it, too. We met 4-5 years ago while out with our dogs at a local park. We kept running into each other and enjoyed our talks so much that we started hanging out and I started taking Jeannie for an afternoon most weeks. It's nice to have a neighbor that you can do spur of the moment activities with. I used to have that with a neighbor but he and the wife divorced and he's up near the Oregon border now so we don't get to see each other. Do you think Millie was in her stroller the entire time you were gone or did she just hop back in when she heard you coming. I suppose settling in for a nap right there to wait for you is a distinct possibility. I'm glad you got to get out for a late stroll. I'm sure Millie loved it. I understand about having a cabin and going to the dining car for meals while on the train. I suppose one could rent a car to get to sites that aren't near the tracks as well. I'm just too much a Californian and addicted to my car. The convenience of just getting up and going is too attractive. If it makes you feel any better, the french toast wasn't spectacular. It wasn't bad but I thought I was really onto something special...no such luck. It is wonderful toasted though with a bit of butter. In fact that was breakfast this morning as I'll be rushing out the door soon to hang with the kids at school. What movie did you watch with your neighbor?
By elizabuff on Sep 30, 2012 at 8:11 PM
Haven't been feeling too well this last few days and have some hospital tests coming up on Tuesday morning. Please pass the words for me that Jerry is doing okay, bless him. I wish my best to all but am about to get back in bed where I'm supposed to be now.
By katkabob on Sep 30, 2012 at 10:09 AM
so sorry if i neglected to thank you for your earlier message...it means the world to me to be comforted by people like you who i know really do "understand" the pain...He was indeed a "trooper" and did not deserve to suffer. I am truly blessed with a vet who makes housecalls (I don't drive) and he was too ill to be moved. )Thank you for being there for me.
By alisaorrdaisy on Sep 29, 2012 at 8:27 PM
I'm trying to take good care of myself, I promise. :D Orr is my married name, and most of my husband's family are in California, but Oklahoma is the origin of the Orr grandfather that lent his name to the rest of the kin. Don't worry about the typos. I am known in some circles as 'the typo queen'!
By jennybookseller on Sep 29, 2012 at 8:07 PM
I think it's pretty standard for the title to get changed. It happens to me a lot. Sometimes the new title is better, sometimes just different, sometimes it changes the tone a lot. I"m usually so jazzed to FP that the title doesn't get much of my attention.
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