Today is a day of ups and downs. It is my birthday but am hardly in a celebratory mood as my maternal grandmother passed away today. My last surviving grandparent. She had lived a good long life to age 93 but it still makes me sad. It was expected--that fall and hip fracture last month did her no favors with existing health problems and ultimately it was too much to deal with. DJ and I had just left for my birthday lunch out when the call came in.
The funeral is Monday and I will be riding with my brother in TN and his family. It is about 4 hours or so to his house and about 8 1/2 hours to Springfield, MO from their house. I'll be taking a blogging break then from Saturday morning till about Wednesday leaving my husband behind to take care of the cat (He had told me he would not be going and I couldn't convince him that he had to)
This picture was taken in the summer of 54 and is one of my favorites of the two of us. I don't know if I was teasing her or her teasing me but we both look happy. I was two or close to it in this picture. I made her a grandma at 39--pretty young really.
I have to smile because she had to put pincurls in her hair to get it look mine did naturally. Actually my hair color (auburn) and the curls came from her dad skipping two generations. The family story was when they told my great granddad that I had hair just like his used to be, he replied that the last time he looked, it WAS red! He was blinded in a dynamite blast in a workplace accident when he was in his twenties so he never saw it turning gray or white.
I got a day's reprieve from walking till tomorrow even though I got dressed in my walking clothes. He didn't have to tell me twice that I didn't have to go. Birthday girls don't have to do anything they don't want to around here, slept in about an hour, finished up the binding on Betsy's quilt and one of the WTIL's, lunch out as mentioned, flowers yesterday, no cake but a lovely card from my husband--not too mushy this time so it didn't make me cry.
A day of ups and downs.............