August 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Popo!

Today Popo would have been 75. Most of the family is in Florida this week and will be visiting his grave and then going out to eat. My boys are there. I sure do miss them. It's so hard to believe that Popo is gone. R and I were talking this morning about last year. She said she, RL and L were in Gatlinburg. She met some of Popo's family. She also remembered that Popo was going to beat lung cancer. If anybody had the will to do it, it would have been him. However, here we are a year later and lung cancer beat Popo. We've learned a whole lot about him since he died. I wish I had known all of those things while he was still alive. What a great man he was, but humble too. I miss him so much more than I thought I ever would. I'm just glad that his three sons are able to be with their Mom today and I hope they have a great time celebrating him instead of mourning him.
R and I are keeping ourselves busy while the boys are gone. Of course that doesn't involve much cleaning! I attempted to clean the closet, but the closet has whipped my butt! For some reason, when fabric and yarn are exposed to air, they somehow grow and refuse to be put back where they so nicely fit just an hour ago! We have enough flannel to make pajamas for half of the free world. Don't get me started on cotton fabric and yarn! We might be able to make something for every single person in the free world if we include that too! I managed to walk away from the closet - which is not as easy as it sounds! Things keep falling on me. I am so ashamed. Anyway, I manged to find my way out of the closet and did some knitting. I made the Lace Shopping Bag from one of the latest issues of Creative Knitting. I've got to get some pictures of it soon. I love to knit in the round, so it wasn't too traumatic to knit something besides socks. :) R has been in the kitchen, baking and baking. So far she has made some tea cakes from a recipe my Dad's Ma always made. I don't know why, but it just brings a smile to my mouth when I have one of these cookies. I guess because Ma always had them when we were in Tennessee visiting. Last night R made some absolutely wonderful spice cookie bars. I believe she found the recipe in an old Halloween issue of Martha Stewart's magazine. I think I could have sat there and finished them all off by myself! That's unusual for me! I normally know my limit - normally....... The sewing and wild creativity we always promise we will throw ourselves into while the boys are gone has once again passed us by. One day was spent watching old, old, old, old movies with Harold Lloyd on TCM. Did I mention they are old? We are talking silent movie old. But they are sooooo good, so it wasn't really a wasted day. We've read, cooked, knit, played video games, visited with Mom, ate too much fast food - I guess it's been a pretty good week after all. Just really miss our boys! Pray they will have a safe trip home this weekend. Thanks!


kelly said...

the only good thing about organizing is the incredible inspiration that springs from seeing all your stuff. Of course, inspiration means a trip to JoAnns, which gets back to that whole give a mouse a cookie problem.

Thimbleanna said...

How wonderful that your boys will be able to be with your MIL on Popo's birthday. It sounds like you and R are keeping busy too -- good luck with your organizing. And when you get done, could you come here please???