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This morning we got the call that my grandfather passed away. This was not a huge shock, he had been declining in health for about month now. His digestive and renal organs were slowly shutting down. The family got nearly a week's notice so we were able to contact people so they could come say goodby. He was still fully lucid up until the end (although he was sleeping a lot). He was 92 and had lived a full life. He was a printer and woodworker. He is survived by five children and their spouses, eleven grandchildren (of which I am the oldest), and four great-grandchildren.
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In case you didn't know, my grandfather (who I am currently living with) has sold his house, and is moving this weekend. (Yes I do have someplace to go, that is not the issue).

My grandfather has lived here for 25 years. Before 5 years ago my grandmother lived here also. For the past month we have been sorting through the accumulated contents of the house. (For those who have helped me move in the past, multiply that times five.) Last weekend we cleaned out the three outdoor storage sheds my grandfather has. We filled a dumpster with junk.

We have donated several boxes of "rummage" to charity. We had an antique dealer come in to see if she would take anything. We had an auction-house pick up a van full of furniture. I claimed a set of cast iron pans, and a couple of clay figurines painted by my great-grandmother. The major discussion has been:

We can't let that (item) leave the family.
Does anyone want it? No one speaks up.
Does anyone have room for it? No.
We can't let that (item) leave the family.

Some things are being stored for a yard sale this spring. My uncle suggested we take a bunch of stuff, rent a storage unit for one month, then leave it there and let the storage company claim it. I've been sneezing on dust most of the month.

It has been a month to remember, and I can't wait till October is over.
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My brother Bruce who is hitting the big 40 today

Also happy birthday to [ profile] tollers

(yes, I am aware that this is also "the Baggins" birthday, but they aren't on my flist.)


Jun. 6th, 2010 09:14 am
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I went to a wake for my great uncle Howard Lawton. He actually passed away several months ago in Florida, but they decided to hold the wake in June so that all the relatives could get together in Rhode Island were he lived most of his life.

It was a nice service, and a chance to see cousins I hadn't seen in 30 years.

I was way over my calories for the day.

I didn't do too bad at the buffet meal after the sevice, I was about 100 calories high on dinner and 100 calories high on desert, which is reasonable, if it weren't for the stop at Burger King on the drive down. Lunch was about 600 calories over what it should have been. My plan to deal with it is to cut my calories per day down to 1500 for the rest of the week to compensate.


May. 28th, 2010 01:15 pm
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The wake is this evening in Worcester. The funeral is tomorrow.

Goodby Flo

May. 21st, 2010 08:16 am
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My Mother-in-law passed away last-night/this morning.

Words cannot express...


Dec. 31st, 2008 06:41 pm
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Christmas Eve I picked up a rental car and did some errands to get ready for You-know-who )

The Loot

Dec. 27th, 2008 07:42 pm
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The gifts I gave this year were all well recieved (so far, some have not been delivered yet), but to thank those who gave to me, I was pleased to get...

My parents gave me
a Black&Decker Cordless Drill, with drill and screw bits
A new scetchbook and cra-pas

[ profile] chaoticgoodchic gave me
Season 2 of Heros
a Yoga bag, with yoga towel and yoga socks

[ profile] outlander a rice heat/cool pad

My brother the poet likes to give me unusual movies (ex: Eternal Sunshine on the Spotless Mind, or I <3 Huckabies )
This year he gave me The Darjeeling Limited

Flo gave me a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card

My Boss gave me a bottle of Maple Syrup

My Employeer gave me a $100 Citibank gift card
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I am not expecting gifts from my flist, I am putting this here to have a place to point my family. In no particular order:

  • Liner Socks

  • Liner Gloves

  • Thermal Underwear

  • Bike Panniers

  • Race for the Galaxy: The Coming Storm Expansion (game)

  • Cordless Drill

  • Mandoline Slicer (Adjustable)

  • Digital Camera

  • Digital Music Player

  • Slippers

  • Pillar or Jar Candles
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As I mentioned before My grandmother passed away last Friday )
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My grandmother (fathers's side) passed away yesterday morning (march 14th). She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's a little over 8 years ago, and I hadn't seen her in about 4 years. To be honest I had already accepted that she was "gone" so this isn't a big shock. My primary concern is for my father and mother. The Wake is on Tuesday and the Funeral is on Wednesday. I'll probablly be out of touch those two days.
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(I know this post is a little late, but work has been rather busy this week)

I had a very nice Thanksgiving Weekend as a matter of fact.

Wednesday night I picked up [ profile] chaoticgoodchic at Providence R.I. Airport and from there we headed for the cape. My father had recently made peace with his siblings, so decided that he would hold thanksgiving this year. This would be CGC’s first chance to meet some of my uncles, aunts, cousins, not to mention my youngest brother.

Meeting the relatives went well, CGC was a bit frustrated that rather than play games after dinner people just sat around and talked family stuff. When my middle brother called CGC spent some time talking to him on the phone. She has been a bit surprised at how consistently non-judgmental my family has been.

It looks to me like my cousin Meegan has the family curse (ADD) and her mother’s way of dealing with it, is to chastise her every time she fidgets (which I don’t agree with) or to tell her to go for a walk (which I do agree with). She is currently 14.

Friday morning we leave the cape to visit Boston. We started at the Isabella Stuart Gardener Museum; we had a lovely lunch there before exploring the museum. I enjoy the building itself as much as the artwork. We also visited Harvard Square and Faneuil Hall.

Saturday we had a quiet day in Worcester, around noon we did some cooking, she made a pizza (which we had for lunch) and I made a beef stew (which we had for dinner). Sunday afternoon I took her back too the airport.
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This morning started with me returing my mother-in-law's car (which I borrowed yesterday to drive down to Conn)and bringing my laundry over there to use her washer & drier. You may be thinking, "but his wife left him, why would he be going to his mother-in-law?" Let me tell you I only hope you have, or someday have, a mother-in-law half as nice as Flo. She has told me strait out that, no matter what happens between my wife and I, Flo is keeping me as a son-in-law.

Then in the afternoon, I helped my wife pick up a new air conditioner for her apartment. I'm not quite sure why I agreed to move the air conditioner for her. Although, she has a bad back & I don't (At least I didn't this morning before I moved the air conditioner. Now I'm not so sure.)
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This (past) week my youngest brother paid me a visit on Tuesday, and spent the night. I took the morning off wednesday so we could sit up late talking. It was good to see him.

I then took thursday off )

Friday was back to work, and seemed a normal day till )

A Poem

Jun. 30th, 2006 06:11 pm
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After reading some of the great writing of [ profile] chaoticgoodchic & [ profile] cadhla and others, I felt I had to include something of my own. Poetry is not my usual medium, but while visiting my brother who was competing in a Poetry Slam in Cambridge, these words came to me. (Yes, it was a recent event.)

The Reading )

(On a separate note; my brother won the Spring Slam championship at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, Ma. and is a member of their 2006 Poetry Slam team.)
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I went to visit my brother and his family in York Maine (sometimes called "York Beach").

Unfortunately the weather was cloudy, and not warm enough to swim, but after a nice breakfast at the "purple palace" I walked into the water till it was up to my knees, and I could feel the sand ebb out from under my toes.

In the afternoon they took me to Mount Agamenticus. It is only about 700 feet above sea level, but it allowed me to stand on granite, feel the wind in my hair, and look at Mount Washington in the distance.

I handled Water, Earth, and Air. No Fire, but that is a re-occurring issue.


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