Memorial Day (Krissie)

I am so freaking tired! I was out visiting Sally, and we were on the go every day, it seems. Friday we went out for lunch, wandered around downtown Ann Arbor (me in a rented wheelchair), visited with my god-daughter’s very energetic young sons (and we’ve spent every day with them).

The next morning I got up at seven, packed, went to the airport, got on one plane, flew, got on the second plane, arrived in NH to have Richie drive me back (3 1/2 hours) to Vermont, fell into bed after midnight.

Woke up this morning at 8:00, rushed off to have breakfast with my babies (grandchildren), then we all came back to the house where I gave her the doll I got for her, then we brought all the AG dolls down and had a tea party, and generally chased around after them, having the best time in the world. (While I had tea, Richie and Alex made castles in the sand and then had a battle, until Ali went out and stomped on everything like Godzilla. By that point I was pretty exhausted, but I soldiered on and went down down to the other grandparents’ house while Alex rode his go-kart and Ali splashed in the wading pool with her cousin. She was so tired she kept falling asleep and then waking up again, and I followed (hobbling) her into the house where she played for a while, then when we went out again she asked me to pick her up.

Well, my replaced shoulder is killing me, my knees are getting worse, everything hurt from yesterday crammed into an airplane, but if my granddaughter wants me to carry her I will walk across hot coals for the chance. So I carried her back outside, took her to one bench, and then brought her back to the glider where I wrapped her in a blanket and proceeded to tell her a story of Princess Ali of Nepalistan and her magic bunny, Percival. (No false modesty – I am brilliant at making up long, involved, world-building stories for kids). She fell sound asleep, was down for the count at that point, but I stayed for dinner and then came home, exhausted.

But I’m helping someone put on a lunch today, and I promised to bring bread, and I doubted I’d find good, fresh bread at the store, so I threw the stuff for a Honey-Wheat bread into the bread machine and went to bed.  Woke up at midnight, took the loaf out, put the ingredients in for a buttermilk cornmeal bread, and went back to sleep.

Woke up this morning (far too early), started another loaf (whole wheat potato bread), then drove back down to the farm (the other grandparents) for breakfast. Ali wanted more of the princess Ali story, I gathered a new follower (Leila, Ali’s and Alex’s first cousin), so I sat and talked with all of them (and the grown-ups). I’d given Ali Kate’s old copy of The Paperbag Princess (fabulous book) and it was now her favorite book. She had to hear it every night. Yeah!
(For those who’ve never read it, the Paper Bag Princess ends up wearing a paper bag due to some misfortune, the prince comes to rescue her and says she’s smelly and dirty, and she says “I’ll rescue myself. Who needs a poopy old prince?” or words to that effect.)
Now I’m back home, the third loaf is done, and in ten minutes I go over to BJ’s house to help with a lunch for 20 people, and when that’s done I can come home and crash crash crash.

And that’s absolutely all I am going to do this week. I’m tired!!!!

So, what’s on your agenda? A nice cookout where the men do all the work? Time with grandchildren? I can’t even think about doing another thing – I’m barely hanging on as it is.

But tell me what’s going on. Anyone have any special plans for summer?

12 thoughts on “Memorial Day (Krissie)

  1. Kathleen Gilles Seidel says:

    Getting rid of stuff! 25 (yes) purses, unknown number of earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. I could do books next except that that is physically taxing. CLothes . . . that will be the challenge. I might start small, black tops, for example. I can’t imagine attacking the whole mountain.

  2. Lynda says:

    Wow! No wonder you’re exhausted – I get tired just reading about your week. But it makes me very happy that you’re spending so much time with friends and with your grandchildren. Thank you for sharing your joy.

  3. Eileen AW says:

    That picture of you and the grands is precious!! I can totally understand why you are exhausted, even though I bet it was worth every minute of it!!

    We have three trips planned for the summer, one for June, one for July, & one for August. We are visiting my mom’s siblings in Chicago, my brother on Long Island, and our sister-in-law in Oregon. Should be fun. Then in October we are spending 11 or 12 days in Amsterdam and Paris. Not a bad way to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary and keep in touch with family.

  4. A lovely photo of you and your grandchildren. Off to California this week to see my youngest niece graduate HS and celebrate her 18th BD. Her sister is coming for the weekend, so looking forward to seeing them both, plus their parents. My niece’s graduation falls on the 1-year anniversary of my mother’s death. I’ve been mentally preparing myself for this date for several weeks. However, I didn’t take into account how I would feel in the few days beforehand. More than a few bouts of crying today and expect there will be more as the week proceeds. Grief is a process.

  5. Jessie says:

    Nope. No plans. Just staying around the house working like crazy on the kitchen to do my part of it, waiting on my husband hand and foot – literally – while he recovers from his third foot rebuild surgery of 2017. He is very active usually and the idea that he can not put one foot down and has to hop everywhere is not going over well.

  6. Jill says:

    Krissie, you exhaust me just reading about your week. It does sound like a good one.

    Tomorrow I have surgery on my right wrist. A cyst or tumor growing out of the scaphoid bone. 2 incisions, scrape the cyst out of the bone, possible bone graft. On my RIGHT wrist. Ack ! No guarantee that this will not happen again. I will out of the office for a while.
    In July we are riding down to Nogales, AZ. From there to Banff. Border to border. 5406 miles round trip. Nothing in August-yet. September a 3 nighter to AR.

  7. JenniferNennifer says:

    Back to work after lovely vacation. Boss traveling as of Thursday, so I have a 3 day week to ease back into things!

  8. Carol says:

    Had a lazy Memorial Day weekend, saw a so-so movie (Paris Can Wait) that had gorgeous scenery, which didn’t quite make up for the lousy dialogue and non-existent character arcs. We compounded our error by going to what was according to Yelp the best French restaurant in LA (it wasn’t) and had disappointing escargot. So yesterday we went in search of good escargot and found it (win!). This week, we celebrate 27 years of wedded bliss. 🙂

  9. Sharon S. says:

    I know this is a little late, but I had my 65th birthday on May 28th. My ex-husband took me to Disneyland and we had a great time. I took extra time off work, because…well because I could and celebrated my birthday from Thursday to Sunday. Probably gained 5 lbs, but, hey! I’m officially and old person…even got my Medicare card to prove it. LOL

  10. Kelly S. says:

    Memorial Day was hard as we buried my kitty. I still miss him and will always.

    Other than that the week has been very relaxing. I got one of my quilts quilted and started a new game, which I’m now addicted to, Seeker’s note. I also got out every morning for a walk around the lake, about 2 miles.

    I tried to shift my rise time to be earlier. I don’t think I succeeded.

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