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2013-08-02 London!!!

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We were met after Customs by our driver, Howard. Man, he loved to talk! I didn’t think it was possible to talk non-stop between London Heathrow and near St. Pancras train station but he did just that. Seemed like hours but he was a really nice Brit.

We checked in at Hilton London Euston. It was still too early for our room to be ready so we grabbed the Big Bus tour bus across the street; green line to the red line to the Tower of London. Ed was totally exhausted but I refused to let him sleep. I felt he needed to stay awake as long as he could so that we could get our body clocks on the same wave link as our current time zone. It kinda worked. I went and exchanged our vouchers for tickets and I got a hotdog (awful) and I got Ed fish and chips (worse). Fast food at the Tower of London, hmmm. It perked him up a little bit but he was not doing well. We got to see Traitors Gate and where Anne Boleyn was beheaded but missed the long line for the crown jewels. I got him an audio tour but it was just too much for him, as tired as he was. We took the Big Bus back to the hotel and FINLLY got there. It seemed forever for Ed, I’m sure.

You can’t tell easily but the wild animals in the pictures ares made up of wire mesh. Amazing!!!

Patti, daughter Margaret, and grandson James decided to make it very easy on us and they came to our hotel for tea. Ed quickly got a shower so he was refreshed when they showed up. We had tea, coffee, and scones and it was great just sitting and talking with Patti. Ed said she was much more vivacious than she usually is when she comes to visit Texas. Duh! I’m sure she says the same about us now!

Margaret had trouble enjoying the visit as she had to keep up with a very active two-year-old. I think she was concerned that Patti and we weren’t enjoying the visit but we did, thoroughly! They didn’t stay all that long but it was SO great to see Patti and to meet Margaret & James. Patti looked good but it was funny about Margaret. You could hear a little bit of London and a little bit of Texas in her voice. I didn’t hear much London in Patti’s voice though.

We ate dinner after they left, went back to the room and totally collapsed!

Just as I was starting to go to bed, Ed’s cell phone rang. What????? It was Drake, just checking to see if he could get us. How funny! I had forgotten to put Ed’s phone on Airplane Mode so that was quite an expensive call but it definitely was worth it. It was great to he
ar his voice. It’s amazing how much you miss home and the people you left behind, not to mention the dogs and goat and chickens and the garden and my massage therapist and my manicurist and … yeah, I was homesick a little. But it was good to know that we could get in touch with home if needed.

Tomorrow, the train from St. Pancras to Brusssels!

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My Summer of Discontent

This summer has been agonizing for me. I haven’t felt like writing. I haven’t felt like singing. I haven’t felt like moving. I haven’t felt like doing anything! I am waiting … waiting for so many things. I feel that … Continue reading

Waiting …

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Hopefully, Ed’s final surgery is scheduled for Wednesday, June 8th.  We will both be SO glad when this one is over and done.  The last time that Ed went to see Dr. John, he listened to Ed’s heart and said it sounded like his heart didn’t know whether to beat fast or slow or what.  When Ed went in Friday to have his blood checkup, the nurse explained to a trainee that Ed had atrial flutter and that his heart beat like this ALL of the time.  I sure hope that explains why he gets weak, out of breath, sleepy…

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We finally got the inventory list for Nonnie’s probate.  Now we are waiting on her final tax filing.  Why does this process take so long???

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Lee Scott now has his temporary crowns and is waiting up to 6 weeks for his permanent ones. (sigh)

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That’s just for his upper teeth.  He hasn’t even gotten the temps for his bottom teeth yet.  I know we are in waiting mode right now, but even the temp on his top teeth look great and we LOVE to see him smile!  J

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They have drilled our first well across the street from Nonnie’s property and have been pumping gas.  Now we are just waiting for the first check to see how that well is doing.  We should know by the end of June but we’ve been waiting since the beginning of April for this step.

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We keep waiting for Drake to come home and it has seemed like an eternity.  We really miss him!

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I’m so waiting to become a grandmother!  Kim and Bob are still trying to adopt and I just can’t wait to spoil that child relentlessly!!!

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Donnie’s hubby Curtis is having surgery on Tuesday.  I know what it’s like to wait for your spouse to feel good again.  The last few days are frustrating and never-ending.

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Jennifer’s hubby Roger is having surgery sometime in June.  While waiting is hard, not knowing the outcome is frightening.  That tends to tie your stomach up in knots.

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Jennifer’s daughter Peb is waiting to have her MRI. Jennifer is waiting to get rid of her infection so she can start radiation. Jennifer is waiting to have more genetic testing, which will also help Peb know what to expect in the future.

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I can’t wait until the next Good Ol’ Girls Club meeting!!!  Miss you, ladies!

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I can’t wait until our vacation in August!!!  We’re driving to South Carolina to spend a few days at the beach with family.  Woo-hoo!!!

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Later in the year, we will be taking the trip that Nonnie couldn’t make last year: a river barge trip on the Danube and Rhine.  I am looking forward to seeing some of her old barge mates and drinking a toast to Nonnie.  We miss you, Mom!

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I’m still waiting for all politicians to do what’s right for our country, our state, our county, our cities, and our communities.  Can’t people just work together and get things done?  Do politics and re-election have to be front and center in politician’s minds?  What ever happened to trust?

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We are all waiting for the economy to get better and, for some, that may be the hardest wait of all!

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We all seem to be just waiting…

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Beautiful Music

Chloë Agnew.  Lisa Kelly.  Lisa Lambe.  Máiréad Nesbitt.  Not household names, by any stretch of the imagination.  Yet they have the most combination of beautiful voices, talents, looks, and personalities I have seen in quite a long time.  Ed, Kim and I saw them last night at the Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie. 

Celtic Woman began as a single show in Dublin in 2004 and was very well-received.  Since then, they have traveled the world together, becoming sisters in the love of music and performing.  It definitely shows onstage.  Their voices meld together beautifully.  Their movements seem to naturally complement each other, sometimes scripted, sometimes not. 

I love them all but I think my favorite is Lisa Kelly.  Not only is her vocal range closest to my own but she was working in a 9 to 5 job in the computer industry before taking some time off to perform in a Christmas show in Dublin.  From there, she was cast as a lead vocalist in Riverdance, finally coming to Celtic Woman in 2004 for the original performance.  She has three children (yes, 3!  How can she still have THAT figure!) and she travels with them.  In fact, she has been on the road since 2005 for about 80% of the time, she says.  Can you see why I am thoroughly intrigued with this woman?  She went from the computer industry to something for which she has a great passion.  What an absolutely joyous way to live your life.

No, this obviously is not country music, pop, jazz, blues, Big Band, or classical, all of which I adore.  Their repertoire consists of old Irish songs, songs composed just for them, and contemporary songs, performed in their very unique style and energy.  This particular show, “Songs from the Heart,” is about the love, hope, joy, and loss that your heart could feel and they definitely put their hearts in every song.  Their rendition of Amazing Grace received a standing ovation from this large Texas audience.  Sometimes you may tear up, sometimes you will clap and stamp your feet, and sometimes you will just sit in wonder, watching them enjoy their craft and the audience’s response to them.

If you have not seen a Celtic Woman live performance, find one and go!

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Uncoming Surgery

Yes, Ed’s surgery is scheduled for next Thursday at 8 am and it should only take a few hours.  They will “zap” some of the receptors in his heart so the flutter will stop.  They’ve done this surgery, called ablation, … Continue reading

Happy Mother’s Day!

To every mother out there: Happy Mother’s Day! 

Kay and Nonnie

This is my first Mother’s Day without my mom and I’m feeling a little down.  I sure do miss her.  She was opinionated and, sometimes, a royal pain in the a$$, but I loved her.  She demanded a lot from everyone around her but it wasn’t any more than she demanded of herself.  She was stubborn and really pushy when she wanted something but she usually got her way, right or not.  Our politics were almost exactly opposite of each other and we learned not to discuss them unless we were just looking for an argument, which we sometimes did just for the fun of it.  I miss those times. 

I miss the trips we took together, just the two of us.  If you really want to get to know someone, spend three weeks with them non-stop, in a single car, staying in the same tiny room with a miniscule bathroom, constantly together.  We did just that in the UK, driving through England, Wales, and Scotland, taking ferries and trains to and from Dublin.  We met the Duke of Argyll.  We sang as we drove around Loch Lomond.  We teased each other about seeing the Loch Ness Monster and told Drake that we thought we did see one. 

I wanted to see Hadrian’s Wall but I found out that, even in mid-July, it’s darned cold in Scotland and especially at Hadrian’s Wall.  When we arrived there, I told Nonnie that we really didn’t have to make that stop but she wouldn’t let me back out of it.  We dressed up in every sweater, coat, gloves, hat and socks that we had and STILL froze our butts off walking through those ruins!  We laughed about that for years and I’m so glad she made me stop and get out of that car!  Someday I will make Drake take that trip with me so he can see where his ancestors came from.  Ok, ok, I want to make him freeze his butt off to see those ruins also.

Drake will not be here for this Mother’s Day either so it will just be Ed and me this year.  I can sleep late if I want to.  In fact, I don’t have to get up at all, if I don’t want to.  What I wouldn’t give, a few years ago, to be able to do that and not feel guilty about it!  Most years, I usually spent Mother’s Day traveling to some project somewhere.  This year, I just miss my mom and my youngest son. 

If you still have her, never take your mom for granted or feel that she will always be there for you.  Give her big hugs and spend some alone time with her.  Take a trip, just the two of you, and really get to know her.  Tell her just how much you love her and depend on her having your back.  Tell her how much you are proud of the woman she is and the person she helped you become.  Tell her one thing that you’ve never told her before.  Laugh a lot and enjoy that closeness with her.  There are so many people in the world that can’t do that, for many reasons, so count yourself lucky if you can and have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Lunch in Southlake

Yesterday, there was a Good Old Girls Club lunch meeting in Southlake at Rockfish.  The food was wonderful and the company was even better.  We talked so much; I’m really surprised we tasted the food.  One of us had the lunch salmon; one had the fish ‘n chips; and one had the crab cakes appetizer with a side of coleslaw.  Each one of us commented on how good the food was.  I bragged so much to Ed that he wanted to go for lunch today.  I wasn’t hot to make that drive yet again but the food really sounded good.  In fact, I started drooling when he just brought Rockfish up.

I have to tell you that spending a Sunday afternoon sitting outside on the sidewalk, talking, nibbling on great seafood, and people-watching was fun and oh, so peaceful.  It reminded me of working in Chicago, when I would stop on the way to the corporate apartment after work, sit outside and eat dinner, watching the Chicago crowd pass by.  A nice breeze was blowing today.  There were lots of families walking by but no screaming kids.  People were all ages and all ethnicities, usually toting a shopping bag from some store or a to-go container of food. 

There was even one man with a 9-month-old Newfoundland, a HUGE dog, and a young son.  “Please tell your dog that I’m a friend, ok?” Ed said to the man.  “The dog is very friendly but you’d better watch out for the boy,” he replied.  He was smiling when he said it but no, he wasn’t kidding.  I can’t remember when I’ve seen a more active little boy.  Even Drake wasn’t THAT hyper!  He climbed on the restaurant metal fence and crawled along the top of it to one end.  THEN he turned around and crawled back the way he came and crawled on top of his dad, almost knocking his dad’s cap to the ground.

Son would pound on the dog and the dog just kept looking around at people walking by.  It never seemed to bother her at all.  The only time I heard her bark was when Mom, who had met them in front of Jamba Juice, walked a few feet away with her son so that she could try to get him under control.  One bark, that’s it.  It didn’t startle the Mom or make her move any faster but the dog kept watch until she and her son got back to the table.  

Meanwhile the dog was a magnet for people just walking by, especially children.  They ALL had to stop and pet this huge, brown gentle giant.  No, I didn’t pet the dog but I sure wanted to.  She was beautiful and fluffy.  I did notice that Ed reached out and petted her back while she was sauntering by our table.  I was jealous.  Did I mention that she was absolutely beautiful and fluffy? 

If you are in the Southlake Town Center area, there are a few restaurants with outdoor seating.  Enjoy the peaceful setting now while the weather here in Texas is not too hot and not too cold, but just right.  It won’t last long, believe me, and it’s SO worth it.