Monday, May 26, 2014

Settling Into Spring

With my Mom settling into her new place, my husband settling into his new position, and me, well, I'm just settling into Spring I guess. The Jacaranda trees are in full bloom, bougainvillaea are bursting, skies are blue and  birds are signing. It's also the tail end of a long weekend with no big plans, nowhere to be, nothing. So what should I do today? I could install that stair rail, but I have to cut, sand, and stain it first. I could get out into the garden and pull/cut all of those pesky saplings. I could rage through the house spring cleaning. I bet Ranger, sleeping on the floor next to me, would love to go for a big walk. So, we'll see. It's early still.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

When Your World is Turned Upside Down

My beautiful Mom's world has been turned upside down. Her car packed with everything she was taking with her, we hit the road in Mrytle Beach South Carolina on Monday 03/24/14, and arrived in Tory Montana on Saturday 03/29/14. The rest of her life as she had known it left behind in South Carolina. 
We traveled through areas that she had traveled with her late husband Lorne. The passing miles brimming with the memories of their life together. She was at times quiet and contemplative, Lorne naturally coming up in our conversations. We kept to ourselves throughout the trip, just the two of us, pioneer women, tearing up the road, monitoring the weather, stopping at small towns across America for our lunch breaks, seeing a lot of this country's beauty and making good time.
As we got closer to Montana, and her new life without him, it began to hit her harder. Our eyes and hearts brimming with love, life, death, ends and beginnings. I was just happy to be there for her when she needed me.