Wednesday, November 24, 2010

By chance...

Mom's surgery went well. It's been six days. So far so good. I saw her the day of her operation, but not since. Something tells me giving my parents space is best. In a round a bout way, my sister-in-law said so. I was a bit hurt, but she meant well.

I miss my parents. I miss Mom - and Dad too. I miss her calls every day. I miss her happy, energetic way. She'll be OK. It will just take time.....

I met an eighty five year old woman in Tim Hortons. Rarely do I sit in the shop, but I'm glad I did. The woman was South African. She sounded English. She told me her memory is starting to go. The woman repeated herself a few times. She was told to stay at the table while her daughter ran an errand. I didn't want to leave her. I enjoyed our chat. The woman's daughter said her mom is staying in a "hotel." I have a hunch it's more like a retirement home.

I shopped for lettuce, apples, sweetpotatoes and mini cans of tuna. I stopped by Macdonalds for a free coffee.

I was planning to see a movie with the Obverser. My return ride was too late, so I cancelled. I hope he understood. I miss the Observer. We had coffee and a quick supper last night. I'm glad. I feel torn sometimes. I want to go home, but feel guilty if I do. The Observer gets my thinking...

I went to the library to see if I could listen to Salman Rushdie, but there was no seating. Worth a try, right?

The sun was shining brightly this morning. I have moments, but they don't last. There is good all around. It's a bit like sunshine. Sometimes we have open our eyes wider to notice it.

- OCG

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Skylar...

Well, my neice is named Skylar Isabel Ladner Burgess. She gets more beutiful every day. After spending about a week with my Mom and Dad, the new family of three will head home today. My parents will be sad to see them go. Skylar will visit often. Mom's surgery is on Friday. There is so much going on at home.........

It's getting colder out. I'm dreading winter. I still need a proper winter coat. Things will be stressful for a bit with Mom out of commission. On rough days, I will remember that this too shall pass.

- OCG

Friday, November 12, 2010

I'm grateful for...

- The Observer

- My attendant Carolyn

- Sleeping in

- the song I'm Still Here by Johnny Resnik

- Red grapes

- The woman in the Second Cup line-up who gave 50 cents for my blueberry muffin this morning

- Dr. Mills

- Cory

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Quotes from Chris (on my Facebook)

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream."
- Mark Twain

"You could take this all away, and I would still have it all. For I have climbed the tree of life, and that is why I am no longer scared to fall."
- Tupac (I think)
...
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
- Douglas Adams

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years.
- Abraham Lincoln

For every mile of road, there’s two miles of ditch.

"Derive, I can't derive, I don't even have my license!"
- Lauren Kratz

Arguing on the internet is like running in the special Olympics. Even if you win you're still retarded.

If a girl makes you wear a condom, you probably didn't need it, and if she doesn't make you wear one you probably should have worn two. Life is full of irony.
-Tom Sunnergren

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Miss Ladner Burgess....


Welcome sweet niece!

My sister had a little girl! She was born on Friday, May 5th at 9:30 a.m and weighed 9.25 pounds. The baby was delivered via C-Section. I saw her for the first time on Friday night thanks to Dad who picked me up and took me to Oakville. I was sorry to miss my brother Shane who kept saying he "just wanted to see her naked." Too funny....

Yesterday I went to see the baby with the Observer. Transhelp took us straight to the hospital. My sister looked more like her self. She told us she brushed her hair in honour of our visit. My sister looks beautiful. Her baby is so sweet. We gave her a snow globe shaped as a snowflake that plays music. I feel so connected to that little person. She doesn't have a name. It's going to be Skylar, Isabelle or Maya. I have a hunch my niece will be named Skylar. While unique, I will tell her that her eyes are as blue and pretty as the sky. It's true.

-OCG

Monday, November 01, 2010

A bump....

Fall is almost finished. The leaves are off the trees. The air is crisp. Mornings are chilly. It's dark at night. Change is in the air.

Life is good. I'm an aunt again. My niece is so pretty. I love her so much. We have a boy and a girl now. Perfect.

Mom is having a hysterectomy in two weeks. She has stage one endometrial cancer. They say she won't need chemo or radiation. We're optimistic. The Observer was with me when Mom told me. What would I do without him?

We've had so many blessings in our family this year. This is a bump.

- OCG