Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Get Away

Joe,today is five months that you have been gone. I still miss you more than all my words can tell you but I am beginning to adjust to the single life again. I do pretty good during the day but the nights are still tough and coming home to an empty house after I've been gone for a week isn't easy either. There are still lots of tears, but at least I'm not "bleeding" all over everyone now with those tears. It's more like a pressure cooker. The tears come, and when they quit I wipe my eyes, blow my nose and get on with living. I'm laughing and smiling more too. I'm still trying to figure out where I fit in, what I want to do with my life now. A couple of weeks ago I helped out in the nursery at church during a memorial service. I felt useful again. 

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Last Monday, I took the train to Tacoma 

Where I met up with my sister  and sister in law and we headed for Ocean Shores for a few days. 

We were greeted by deer in the parking lot.

They are definitely not shy. This one would have come in if I opened the door. 

Shopping for groceries .....well it looks more like snacks, because except for breakfast we ate out. 

The deer "own" Ocean Shores.... they are not in a hurry. You wait for them.

Regular as clock work they arrive in the morning for handouts and then again about 4 in the evening. We didn't feed them, but they sure knew who did. Sometimes they stood there looking up at the balcony waiting for the guests to appear on the deck with snacks for them.

It rained most of the time we were there but we were cozy and warm inside. The girls were able to walk on the beach a couple of times.

Yeah, I claim these goofy ladies, in fact I love them a lot. They are pulling down the Murphy bed, Bless their hearts.  They are both widows. My sisters husband died 18 years ago and my brother, my sis in laws husband, died in 2004 three months before I married Joe. They are full of compassion and understanding and are doing a great job of helping me become a widow with grace too. 

Unfortunately, in the wee hours of Wednesday morning I had severe IBS symptoms which sort of put a blanket on my having too much fun. But with all the windows it was beautiful to just sit and watch. I didn't know the Ocean had so many colors. From blue, to sea foam green, to blue/black when it was stormy. . By Thursday Morning I was feel much better but still weak in the knees. 

And this was the view out the window the morning we left.  Beautiful. It rained hard through Hoquiam and Aberdeen. When we got on I-5 traffic, according to the news, all lanes, were backed up twelve miles!!! Jan felt we needed to get off the freeway and get gas. Trying to get back on was a nightmare but eventually we made it home. Our sister in law though, was a different story. We put took her to the train station thinking she would only have an hour wait...WRONG.... The bus she had to take to Seattle was stuck in the traffic. When she finally boarded the bus, the driver took the wrong exit and  that delayed them even longer. She finally got to the train in Seattle and home a little after MIDNIGHT!!! 

A trip to my sisters isn't complete with out a visit to The Cannery and the Old Cannery Fudge Shop. This old couple "talks" when you walk by them and they are dressed for every occasion

Sister was enjoying the beautiful quilt there.

And as we do when I'm there, she took me for a nice ride again. Check out this tree trunk.

After Church Sunday, my nephew  and his family invited us to go to Sammamish, Wash. with them to watch their daughter play soccer. The game ended in a tie. Oh, did you figure out from the picture that it was REALLY cold? A nice day, but brrrrrr.

On the way to the train station Monday, we stopped at the store and bought some daffodils and then went to the Sumner Cemetery to place the flowers on our mom and brother's graves and on my son's grave. The above statue marks the place of Baby land. My son died 10 days before his first birthday 53 years ago. 

My mom is buried right across the driveway from my son. I know, the flowers look sparse, but there is actually nine daffodils in each vase. Six of them haven't opened yet. We planned it that way.

And our brother is buried in a different section but in the same cemetery. We both have numerous extended family members and friends  buried in this cemetery.

My train ride home was uneventful. Nice sunny day until about half way home when it started raining. Still the countryside was beautiful. Lots of standing water, you could see where the slides were that  stopped train travel for a few days, and beautiful green, green fields. I was so tired when I got home. I didn't unpack until this morning. I had a day of errands to run so stopped for lunch at Shari's in Milwaukie. The ducks and geese think they own the property. They are messy but fun to watch.

They park it too... where ever they want.

I walked by this one and he turned his head around, looked at me, and tucked his head right back in his wing.

If you don't already know, this Honda is MY car. I do have a back up camera but they didn't even move when I started the car.   No Fear...

Bye For Now
I'll love you for ever and for always
Your Betty Girl