Good Evening Friends of My Janelle's Show and Tell Blog (i like the way that sounds)…Today is Sunday, July 15th.
Hot weather remains although not quite as stifling as reported last week.
I trust you all of have had a good week? All OK here, but still navigating the emotional waters quite a bit. Staying busy is a good thing; hanging out with fun people in small numbers is also a good thing. I am not too good in large settings where everybody is having fun, enjoying life unless they are all pretty close friends or family. It becomes a chore so…. I am going to stay away from those situations as best as I can for the current time. As the title suggests, I am certainly challenged these days. Late last week / early this week...very difficult, Thursday ish on things have been quite good although Saturday night I had another "feel sorry for myself" time. I am working hard on that aspect (not feeling sorry for myself)......
I jumped back into my first home improvement project (there are a few on the list). First priority is finishing bathroom #2, the one guest use when they stay overnight. I actually started this project last January, scraped the popcorn ceiling and made it smooth, re-tiled the bath tub, retiled the floor and painted most of the room. That took me to about the week before Thanksgiving (i work slow) and we were expecting large crowds. The vanity, we never quite got around to selecting it so after I ripped it out to tile the floor, I ended up putting the old one back just so the sink would be functional. Now it is out again, I had some drywall repair work to do, hope to get it all painted early next week and then it will be time to pick out the vanity / light / faucet / accessories. One of the things I have found during my cleaning is My Janelle’s “lets redecorate the house notebook”; it has dividers clearly marked for each room, stuffed full with pages ripped out of magazines with different ideas. I hate to shop, I would most likely purchase the first items I found so I am hiring some decorator help (a good friend from many years past) to look through the book & house and go shopping and tell me exactly what to buy. That is how Janelle and I operated (She shopped, She decided, We purchased, I delivered, I installed). We really were a great team….:-). Here is the project as of today….I will plan to show you a few of the finished project hopefully in the next couple of weeks.
Saturday, Roxy and I went to Bolton, NC. We took the truck on this trip vs. taking the seat out of the EOS again. This is where Kenneth’s parents (Jackie & Eddie) live. Britt & Kenneth were going for the weekend along with Kenneth’s sister Emily and children Jesse & “little” Rob (big Rob had to work…). Jackie's brother/wife/grandson (Jack/Susan/Tyler) joined us as well. The main attraction of the weekend other than just fun times with the family is the Riding Lawn Mower races. I decided I really needed to see this for myself. So Roxie and I headed down, had a great time with the extended Freeman family, experienced Lawn Mower racing (from the sidelines), good food and good times including a Fireworks show/display that Kenneth provided. Since it was late, we spent the night and then headed back to Charlotte this morning, made a stop at my favorite / peacelful location on the way home. Here are a few pictures from my trip. Top Row (left to right); Britt/Kenneth just hanging out on the 4 wheeler, Kenneth / Jackie and of course Roxy enjoying a little conversations and the 1st heat of the races..that is Kenneth on the left / Eddie on the right. Bottom Row (left to right); Me with Kenneth & Britt, Jackie / Emily / Britt, and my stop before making it home to deliver a flower to My Janelle.
OK, time for this week's installment of My Janelle pictures. Most of the pictures I am finding do not have dates on them so I can only guess. The one on the left I am assuming is Ian’s birthday in 1988 which would have made him two(2). I am pretty sure on that because we are in the current house and he does not look three(3) to me. I am pretty sure it is his birthday because the picture in the middle where he is wearing the same clothes….is most definitely Mother’s Day because both of my girls are wearing flowers selected for them from their favorite guy….:-). Finally on the right, I am sure you know the timeframe. This was one year ago this weekend, actually Saturday which was the 16th of July, Britt’s bridal shower. Shown with My Girls is Janelle’s mom Jessie and Britt’s 2nd Mom Jackie.
We are now unofficially into our one year timeframe that the journey began (July 12th), in a couple of weeks the Freemans of Raleigh, NC will no longer be Newlyweds and two days after that (Aug 1st) is when the Doctors informed us of the diagnosis and turned our simple life upside down. I can feel the emotions coming on; there are going to be so many "One Year Ago Today ......" moments in the months ahead. I am trying not to go there, but it is not working very well.
I believe that is it for this week. As always, I thank you for all of your comments & emails & cards & visits. It is a huge encouragement. Busy week coming up, dinner plans on the schedule for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday with a very good variety of people who have been a part of Janelle;s and my life.
Strength and Peace to You ….. Psalms 29:11