Navy and Sara\’s tree
I figured it was time to post something –
Navy and my husband had a fun time looking for a tree. It was starting to get dark and after a while, they all pretty much look the same, so he cut down a cedar tree. Now cedars, are usually not Christmas Tree-like. Their feathery branches don\’t hold the ornaments or the lights very well. The main thing is he liked his tree. I drove over to their place and watched them haul it into the house and place it in the stand. I could tell Sara had mixed emotions about the tree. I think she expected it to look like an artificial tree – I tried to convince her, to pop some popcorn and string it on the tree. It was a no-go. I will say, Ed, the cat loves it!
Monday I had a setback when it came to Nina\’s death. A really good friend of hers that lives in Florida and who just had her 4th baby the day before just found out and called me. It was upsetting to have to go through it again with someone who just found out – that raw grief. So I was sick to my stomach for a couple of days.
I haven\’t heard a thing – she\’s been cremated – that\’s it. I haven\’t heard from CPS, no one. As for her belongings and my sisters – I really don\’t want any of it. I\’m perfectly content with what I have. If they call me I will arrange to pick up the boxes but if they never call – I\’m fine with that, too. That also included war medals from my dad and my mom\’s wedding rings. It\’s just stuff. I have plenty of old photographs and old bibles. I just don\’t want to be rushed into anything. I just wish it would all go away.
California is on another lockdown and a curfew. Only the metro areas are locked down and following the Governors mandates. You get outside those counties and most of California is doing their own thing, according to each individual county. I am ANGRY about it all – and the inconsistency of these mandates and what it has done to vulnerable people, like my niece. I never thought about it before, but when you are an addict and you are in a court-ordered recovery program – it all was canceled. They tried to do Zoom recovery but that doesn\’t really work. Plus her son was using the computer for his school work. She had no accountability, which is major when you are trying to stay clean. She had no communication with others. She had no support. So yeah, I am angry about it and I partly blame all these freaking shutdowns for her death. Public health is all over the place – they say one thing and then a week or two later, they say something else. I mean who can follow that, let along someone who is dealing with drug addiction, homeschooling her child who has behavior issues – working from midnight to the mornings and getting very little sleep.
My brother\’s mother, passed away the other night. She was 85. They are in Tennessee to bury her tomorrow. No lockdown and no curfew. My brother is not taking it well – mostly it is due to his dementia. My poor sister-in-law is concerned for her own safety. He\’s just not himself and I don\’t know if he ever will be. He had about a week, where the meds were helping a little; he was at least getting some sleep, but now, he\’s back to not sleeping – up all night. I hate to say it, but I think they may have to put him in a home in 2021 if he continues to be mean. He is just mean to everybody. Wants to fight everyone, too. This is NOT MY BROTHER. He\’s always been such a sweetie – has a gentle soul and loves the Lord. He used to be a Pastor of a church there in Alabama. They closed down their little country church about 10 years ago.
We did put up our Christmas Tree on Saturday and today is my husband\’s birthday.
UPDATE ON SOCIAL SECURITY
We keep dodging the bullet – We hadn\’t heard a thing from them and the state representative who had to work with Cal Vet on the breakdown of the overtime pay. They were scheduled to start withholding our pay starting December 1. Finally Monday, my husband received the message on the SSA website that, on the 3rd, we would get paid. It\’s a month to month thing until it is all settled – but at least we can eat and not have to break into our savings account.
I hope you all are enjoying the month of December the way you like. We\’re having beautiful spring weather – my aroma tomatoes are still producing. I\’ve got about 10 of them on the vine.
Oh, and one more thing – Navy and Sara are looking to buy their first home. They are a little apart in what they want. She wants a \”dream home\” and he wants a nice starter home. Hopefully, they can settle somewhere in the middle. They went and got pre-approved so they can jump at the house they want. I showed them one with a swimming pool (I love to swim) but it was sold after 4 days on the market. I just want them to be happy. Doesn\’t matter to me, but between you and me, a pool would be awesome!
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