Good morning friends, I had many plans and posts to share this week but they are all sitting half finished in my drafts folder. Over the last few weeks life has been busy and crazy. The kitchen renovation is a daily process of people in and out all day long, dogs barking and things happening. The floors are finished, the last of the grout was done on Tuesday. Yesterday they installed my new ovens! I cannot wait to bake something, maybe this weekend. Today, fingers crossed the counters and sinks will be installed.
My husband has been traveling a lot over the last month, home to celebrate his moms 96th birthday but also to her move her to an assisted living facility. In December she bent over to put her sock on and got an compression fracture in her back, sine then she has been living between her house, the hospital for various pains and ailments and my sister-in-laws house. There are a lot of emotions to deal when you are sorting through a lifetime of photos, papers, and personal items.
Then this past week, Bill went solo on our annual trip with 5 couples to Texas. My husband grew up with 7 of people attending, in fact some of the people have known each other since they were 5 years old, others only became friends in high school. For the last 10 years we have met for a long weekend in various parts of the country and it is always fun hear the stories of their antics as kids and to create new memories as well. This year was different, over the last year 3 of the women were diagnosed with cancer, and one was just told it is now in her brain as well. An air of sadness and uncertainty hovered over the laughs and memories and the goodbye…tearful, emotional.
Meanwhile I was home with the contractors and my niece Audrey. I have been spending every Thursday this summer with my niece, this week I have her 3 days. Audrey is 16 and has Rhett syndrome, a rare neurological genetic condition. Our days are spent shopping, taking long walks around the village, baking and basking in the sun at the pool. We also talk about her hopes and dreams and frustration that at 16 she should be at drivers educations this summer and not her 15 year old brother.
All of this is to say, life is exciting, busy, fun and I am a little tired this week. I will see you back here tomorrow for Friday Favorites! I hope that you are enjoying a wonderful August!