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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Notes on a Thursday...

I woke up on this our 'baby's' 30th birthday thinking I was hearing lawn mowers; it was actually our sweet neighbor clearing our driveway.  When he finished ours, he did the other five driveways on the cul de sac.  It is a beautiful day -- the sun that gorgeous cerulean blue.  We shoveled the front walk, a path to the bird feeders, and around the heat pump.  We have the most beautiful and lethal looking icicles hanging from our roofs.  When I finished shoveling, my husband got me a lawn chair, and since I couldn't sit on my patio, I sat in the sun in the driveway for a few minutes.  It felt so good.

My husband met me at the door with a message that my mom had called and I was to call my brothers to tell them her younger sister had died during the night.  My aunt had been sick, but was really doing quite well.  Luckily, Mom had talked to her last night.  We're hoping the storm now being watched fizzles out so we can go up to Philadelphia on Tuesday.  This is my mom's fourth loss in as many weeks.  What a year this has been, and it's only February.

16 comments:

jane said...

i´m so sorry kathy. sending you a big hug.

Lena said...

So nice to have the sun back!!

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your aunt. Your poor mom and family having to go through this once again.

My condolences to you and yours.

And a hug for you.

Purple Flowers said...

My sympathy to you and your family. I feel extra bad for your Mom. Sibling loss must be a difficult one to deal with.

Jay said...

Very sorry about the loss of your aunt. Hope you are able to get up there for the funeral.

Happyone :-) said...

It was a beautiful day. Great to be outside. I know what you mean about the lethal icicles. I've posted one of them on my blog!

Happyone :-) said...

So sorry to hear that your aunt died. Prayers and thoughts with you and your family.

Gilly said...

Sorry to hear about your aunt. I hope your mother is coping with all the grief. Its not easy.

What nice neighbours you have!

beachgirl said...

Sorry for your loss.
I am glad your getting some sun. Maybe the snow will start to melt now. It is pretty.

fiwa said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Aunt. Your poor Mom. I hope you can get out to get to the funeral.

What a terrific neighbor to clear your driveways for you! I feel sure I can say no one in my neighborhood would do that. How neat for you.

Hope you get some more sun time and no more snow!

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Sorry for the loss of your aunt. Hugs to you and to your Mom.
You should have well toned arms after all the shoveling you've been doing.

Paula from Amen Corners said...

God never gives us more than we can handle and when it seems he has, he gives us the love and support of family, friends and even strangers. My sincere condolences to your family Kathy, especially your Mother. Safe travels to Philadelphia and may you know many are tagging along with you in spirit.

KiraAJ said...

*HUGS* Im so sorry for your families loss..Thanks for dropping by my blog luv! Crockpots r one of the best thngs invented!

Gilly said...

Love your new header!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Saying a prayer for you and your mom.

A Slice of My Life said...

I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. I'll keep you all in my thoughts...

Cheryl said...

I'm so sorry about your aunt. What a hard time for your mother. I've lost an aunt and an uncle recently. It's inevitable, but that doesn't make it easier. Were you able to make it up to Philly?