Monday, May 12, 2008

One Last Thing Before I Go...

I don't want to go.

I do want to see my Grandmother; I miss her.

But I want to stay here and work on the garden and ask your advice. I want to stay here and whine about my clothes to you. I wanted to re-read the library book I just read (I had to return it). I want to do some scrap pages and post them for you to ooh and aah. I want to stay here and try freezer cooking--and share the odd recipe with you. I want to stay here and get caught up with the kids' schoolwork. I want to stay here and implement a chore system for them and a schedule for the family which will include basic hygiene routines for me. I want to stay here and get serious about my weight and exercise and health issues. I want to finish the projects in the basement and show you pictures.

In short, I guess, I'm going to miss all of you. I'm feeling weepy. (I believe I'm entering that "time of life" which once its through with me in a few years, I'll be, as the Bible says, "too old" to have children. At least, I'm guessing that's what it is--otherwise I don't know where all this emotion is coming from. It's strange.)

It feels funny; unnatural, almost, to be connected with women I've never met--though I'm comforted by the thought that it really isn't that strange if I take the view that it's really just having an electronic system of great pen-pals who can talk to each other all at once (or something like that).

So, Lorijo, Wende, Beth, Anne, Mella, Colleen, Zooza...you have inspired me beyond all reasonability. Sometimes just knowing I could post the project and solicit your oohs and ahs spurred me on to finish when I felt like "leaving it for later" which, for me, is the same as quitting.

This whole projects was full of snags and fits and starts. But this particular project was especially like that.

The wall of shelves on April 26th:




And, finally, today:

(PS. The punching bag is still there--it's just trick photography.)

Thanks everyone.
We leave dark and early tomorrow morning and return at the end of May.

Take care. Keep bloggin'.

10 comments :

lorijo said...

Have a great time with your family. We'll all be here when you get back to hear your stories - take pictures!!!

zooza said...

Your basement is truly transformed. Have a great trip!

scb said...

Have a wonderful trip, enjoy your visit with your Grandmother, have fun showing the kids stuff, and take pictures for us!

We'll miss you, too!

(And yes, that weepy thing is tied to the of-a-certain-age thing, at least it is for me. It's an "interesting" time of life... ... ...)

Stay safe, enjoy, "see" you when you get back!

scb said...

Forgot to say, the "wall-o-shelves" is a wonderful transformation! yay, you!!!

Mella DP said...

You're an inspiration too! Have a great trip.

Erin said...

That's quite a transformation -- congratulations on it! Have a good trip!

drwende said...

*whimper*

I miss you already!

Have a wonderful time, and we'll collectively do all that other stuff when you get back.

Colleen (CQ in DC / quinncx) said...

have a great trip, but know that we'll miss you too!

oh, and the wall of shelves? UNBELIEVABLE transformation! Congrats!

Anne (in Reno) said...

You are amazing and inspiring. I am so glad you chose to share your journey with us. Have a good trip, we'll all be waiting when you get back!

Kim said...

I am well acquainted with all of these thoughts and emotions. There is something unsettling about leaving home for an extended period of time even though we want to go...

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