Monthly Archives: February 2008

Just checking in

I have been bad about not posting. I was offline the week after the funeral for the most part and then this week at work has kicked my a**. I think I’m finally getting caught up, but OSHA probably has a warning out about my office area.

I had my first really hard mom moment the day before yesterday. I was buying valentine cards and I realized I wasn’t buying one for mom. Or candy or flowers. I always made a big deal of valentines day with her because dad didn’t. It was our little holiday together. And we all know how much mom loved chocolate candy – so I always made it my mission to find the biggest heart of chocolate I could.

Most of the cleaning out is done. If you are a family member or friend of the family reading this and you have not heard from me about a little something from mother, please email me. I have many things set aside for family and mom’s close friends but have not had time to deliver or get with everyone about sending things.

I think the greatest thing I have from mom is Nana’s bracelet. I wear it every day and think of her. It was mom’s favorite – kind of stretchy and very pretty. There was a place for it to be engraved, but it never was. Knowing the history of so many of the family things means so much. Mom wrote everything down. Everything.

For example, in the box for the necklace I have on today – “This has been in my family for many years. It was Aunt Annie’s then mothers and mother gave it to me long before she died.” It’s a beautiful piece – silver and gold with a large gold stone in the middle. I think it was once gold plated but in most parts the plating has worn off. The little earrings with it are adorable, but unfortunately I can only last about an hour in earrings at work due to the phone.

On Sunday I will do my ancestor ceremony and add mom to my ancestor shrine on my mantle. Currently, the shrine resides on top of the TV but I am moving it to the hearth as the center of our home and adding mother and some other members of the family that I now have pictures of (My grandmother’s parents & Aunt Mary Letson).

Guess that’s all for now – back to mailing out the bills at work.


Bogey came home

Our baby bird – a 6 month old double yellow head Amazon. His name is Bogart – Bogey for short.

He liked baked beans a lot. Also coleslaw, and some of my husband’s corn on the cob, and some smoked turkey.

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Service Information


Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Peebles West Chapel in Oakland. If you take Stage/Hwy 64 toward Somerville, go through Oakland and it is on the right side after you go through Oakland. Kind of in the country.

Memorial Service:

Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Highland Heights Presbyterian Church on Highway 64 past Wolfchase.

Memorials to Highland Heights Building Fund or to the charity of your choice (my charity of choice is Heifer International if you care).

Love to all, I’m still doing ok.

Mom has gone home to God

Mother passed away at around 11 last night.

I went to see her yesterday morning and she was not breathing well. After my conversation with the doctor on Wednesday afternoon, I had thought things were going well and she would be going home on Friday. The nurses called respiratory and they gave her a breathing treatment and said she had an anxiety attack.They gave her some xanex. Dad called and said he was there and she was resting comfortably.

A few minutes later, the nurse called and said I needed to come. She slipped into a coma and was unresponsive. She fought hard, but her lungs were too damaged and her heart was too weak. She went very quietly in her sleep with her friends and family at her bedside.

No word on arrangements yet.