Two years

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 by michael

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Here’s Shannon standing in front of Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium on September 9, 2012. We were on a leaf-peeping cruise out of Baltimore and had a wonderful time seeing new places and just being together. Part of my famous Cruise, Shannon, and Statue series.

That was our last cruise together. A little more than four months after this photo was taken, we received the news that Shannon had leukemia. It happened all of a sudden. Many people who lose loved ones to cancer can look back and see when it started. Not so for us. She was fine when this picture was taken, she was fine when she single-handedly moved our things from the house in Manteca to Las Vegas, she was fine when we left Pennsylvania, she was fine when we drove from Manteca to Las Vegas, and she was fine when we finally moved into the house. Those were very busy months and she was fine. A week or two after we got here, she started feeling sick and antibiotics didn’t help. Finally, on about February 20, 2013, we went to the emergency room to see why she was feeling so bad. She walked in. And she started dying.

Today, it’s been two years since her death. So much has happened that she has missed. Oh how we miss her.

Katy posted the above picture on Facebook this morning with this comment: “I miss you every day, Mom.”

Paul posted this picture and said: “Here’s one of my favorite pics of Mom. I think of her constantly and miss her desperately. I’m so happy to have such a great support system of family and friends to help me during times like this. The last few years are kind of a hazy blur, but it sure doesn’t feel like she’s been gone for two years. I love you!”

I think I’ve written thousands of words about her life and death. I could come up with several thousand more, but I’ll just say this today: For more than 35 years, she was the light of my life. When she was gone, the only wish of my heart was to go with her. Instead, I’ve spent time over the past two years reflecting on the things she taught me and the things she gave me. Now my only wish is to love and care for the people around me the way she did, and to be happy the way she was happy.

Thank you, Shannon. I love you still.

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Face Statue

Monday, January 11th, 2016 by michael

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Here’s a statue of a face. I have no idea who it is or what it’s there for. All I know is that it’s Great Art. Great Art courtesy of the exclusive iPhone 4s-cam, taken in Santa Clara, California quite some time ago, and part of my famous Statue series.

Not a lot new today. Joanne and I went to the Porsche Club’s after-holiday formal dinner last night and had a very nice time. The folks in the club are such nice people. They’ve been very welcoming and everybody seems like they’re glad we’re there.

We got everything from Christmas put away on Saturday. It was a bit of a long day, but it’s done and the house is back to normal. I love decorating for Christmas and I love getting the decorations put back away. Kind of odd, that.

We’ve decided to take a cruise in July. We’re going to Alaska! The ship sails from Seattle, so we need to fly up there either the morning of the cruise or the day before. Joanne will only have to take four days off of work for the seven-day cruise, which is pretty good. It goes Sunday to Sunday, and she has a holiday during the week we’re going.

We haven’t reserved flights yet. What’s currently available is pretty expensive at this point, so we’re waiting. I’m not sure if we should plan to fly up there on Saturday. That eliminates the worry of missing the ship if our flight is significantly delayed, but involves extra expense. It may be worth the extra time and money, though. What do you think, Loyal Readers?

Sadly, Mark will have to stay home. Sorry, Mark. Also, Baymax will have to stay home. Not sorry, Baymax.

And I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this highly unusual food rescue news: man douses house fire with miso soup!

See you tomorrow.

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Holiday pet

Thursday, December 31st, 2015 by michael

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Here’s the Loyal Pet standing guard over our Christmas tree this year. Great Art courtesy of the exclusive iPhone-cam, taken on December 30, 2015, and part of my famous Event, Las Vegas and Pet series.

Note my new famous Pet series. I think it was time.

Wonders of WordPress once again. After this post, I’ll be caught back up. Of course, I still need to post for January IN January. But that might happen.

First, a quick recap of our travels.

On December 9-10, I went by myself to Los Angeles to attend an Apple tech talk about the new Apple TV. There was lots of information on the device’s capabilities and how to access them programatically. I’m pretty enthusiastic about it and currently looking for a Killer Idea. I’ll let you know if/when something comes to mind.

On December 18-22, we went to Windsor, California to visit Joanne’s kids and mine. Paul and Mark went with us, which was great! Sadly, Melissa had to work (WORK!), so she couldn’t come. Kristina spent most of that time with us, as did Katy and Cliff (Mia was away with her dad). We saw Ryan only briefly, but it was a very nice visit. All in all, a nice time was had by all.

Before we got home on the 22nd, Andy and JaNell arrived in Las Vegas for Christmas! Actually, Andy came alone; JaNell was supposed to go to southwestern Colorado to spend the holiday with her mom. However, the weather there got ugly and plans had to be canceled. We were able to get her a ticket and she flew to Vegas and spend the holiday weekend here. It was great!

In the meantime, Katy and Clifford left us in Windsor to go to Los Angeles for something (I can’t remember right now exactly what it was), and then they drove over to Las Vegas to spend Christmas with us! So we saw them twice in two locations in one week. Amazing!

We had a great Christmas with all of my kids and their partners. Then, to top it off, Mia’s other grandparents dropped her off here the day after Christmas. She was only with us for a couple hours, but we loved it. She gets more fun every time I see her.

I’m so, so glad everybody was here. Thank you, Loyal Family!

Andy and JaNell went home on the 27th and Christmas was over.

On December 31-January 3, we went to Ontario, California with members of the Porsche club. We had a great time! Because of an early morning departure on New Year’s Day (and possibly the average age of the group, of which I think we were some of the younger members), we celebrated the New Year on Eastern time and went to bed. That worked for me. Of course, this post only covers what happened through the 31st, but I can predict that we went on an amazingly fun drive in the Los Angeles canyons on New Year’s Day, another fun drive to Big Bear on the 2nd, and came home mid-day on Sunday the 3rd. I further predict that I got sick on Saturday afternoon with something that was going around the group all weekend and had a pretty miserable time of things for a few days. I’m glad not to have missed any of the group events, though. Feeling fine as this is written.

Now to a topic that has been much on my mind lately. To wit: has Facebook taken the place of the Morrowlife blog? I find myself posting less and less frequently here and more and more frequently there. I’ve been reading for quite some time that blogs are dead, particularly as the term refers to personal journal-style writing. I’ve resisted that trend, especially during the days when this space served a much-needed cathartic purpose during the days before and -especially- after Shannon’s death. But now I need to decide whether this should continue. So a few thoughts:

  • Will Facebook be a lasting journaling platform?
  • If not, will I want to follow the crowd to the next thing?
  • One of Facebook’s strengths is that it lends itself to immediate, short-form writing. I’ve been using it as kind of a travelogue and an outlet for humorous musings. Is that the direction I really want to take with my personal writing? In other words, does this blog serve a purpose that Facebook really doesn’t? Is Facebook good enough to keep a record of what I’m doing, where I’m going, and who I’m with? Are those the most important things to capture?
  • The Morrowlife blog demands that I sit down and think about what I want to say. That’s also a strength because I think it leads to higher-quality thoughts (stop laughing! You know who you are!). That has been worthwhile to me. But there’s definitely a valid place for quickly-written here-I-am things.
  • Do I have enough bandwidth to do both? Admittedly, Facebook doesn’t really take any effort, but my presence there seems to make posting here even more difficult.
  • Tell me what to do, Loyal Readers!

Brilliant thoughts, each one.

And I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this exciting Morrowlife Employment Agency job opportunity: dog-impersonating bear!

See you on Monday.

4 Responses to “Holiday pet”

  1. Katy Says:

    I wouldn’t rely on fb to keep your journal, and they also own your content. Additionally, I think fb is becoming more and more passé (but maybe that’s just me). I like this blog!

  2. Michael Says:

    It appears the voting is unanimous. The blog must stay!

  3. Joanne Says:

    I suggest you continue the blog! <3
    “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” —William Wordsworth

  4. Paul Says:

    I like getting both, but you’re the author. While you need to decide in the end, I read all of it when I have time!

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Packing pet

Monday, November 30th, 2015 by michael

  
Here’s the Loyal Pet helping me get ready for a recent trip. I’m not sure exactly which one I was packing for, but he’s reliably helpful. Great Art courtesy of the exclusive iPhone-cam, taken in my room prior to a recent trip, and part of my famous Las Vegas and Vacation series.

Wonders of WordPress. I’m quite sure I’ve never let so much time go by before. Hopefully, never again. So let’s see what I was up to in November, shall we?

First, of course, we spent Halloween quietly at home. Several adorable little tykes came by begging for candy. We have it to them, lest some terrible misfortune overtake us.

I went solo to see Katy and Cliff on November 3-4. There was a threefold purpose to the trip: to see my Loyal Family, to celebrate Mia’s birthday, and to get enough flights for A-list status on Southwest Airlines. All missions accomplished. It was a nice visit. Katy and Cliff are always such fun hosts.

November 6-9, Kristina came here. She stayed with her mom at the condo. They had a very nice visit and I was glad to see her too. I don’t remember exactly what we did, but it was enjoyable.

We went to Allen, Texas to visit Desi and his family on November 13-15. Another great visit! I was delighted to meet Andrea’s family. Plus, Desi, Andrea, and Riley are so much fun. I really like them.

Joanne and I went to San Diego on November 21-22. Objective: get enough flights for A-list status on Southwest Airlines. Also to have fun and relax. All missions accomplished.

We had a great Thanksgiving! Andy and JaNell were here. It was great to see them and we had a great few days. Joanne went to the Bay Area for a few days right after the holiday and had another excellent  is it with Ryan and Kristina.

And that’s about all the travel for November. Hopefully, that’s enough for my Loyal Readers. It was certainly enough for us. I don’t really remember what else happened during the month. So it’s time to quit.

And I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this combination exciting Morrowlife Employment Agency job opportunity and shocking food violence news: pie-stealing bear!

See you tomorrow.

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Captive mermaid

Friday, October 16th, 2015 by michael

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Here’s a rare mermaid sighting, taken about this time last year. Note the pumpkins in the background. She seems relatively friendly, but those things can turn on you. Great Art courtesy of the exclusive iPhone-cam, taken at the Silverton Casino, and part of my famous Las Vegas series.

Let’s have a look at what’s been going on since the end of September, the post for which was written last night.

We’ve been on two trips this month. On October 2-4, we went to New Mexico for the annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. It was amazing! Lots of fun. You can stand right there next to the balloons as they’re filling them up and flying away. It’s was everything they say and more. Highly recommended. More than highly recommended. Go there next year!

We went to the fiesta on the first morning it was open for the year. Then we moved to a cute little Worldmark in Santa Fe. We were scheduled to take a balloon ride ourselves on Sunday morning, but it was sadly canceled due to rain. Maybe next time. Or maybe next time we’re in Napa/Sonoma. It’s beautiful up there – might be nice to see it from a gondola.

Anyway. On October 8-11, we went to Angels Camp, California and stayed at the very nice Worldmark there. On Friday, Joanne and I drove over to Yosemite and have a wonderful visit there. The skies were sunny, the temperature was warm, and the crowds were small. Perfect! Friday night, Katy, Clifford, and Mia came over and stayed with us until Sunday morning. We spent Saturday morning in Murphys, California doing some wine tasting. It was another perfect day. Murphys is a cute little town and it was truly relaxing.

Kristina arrived on Saturday afternoon and stayed until we left mid-day on Sunday. We visited with Ryan and Kristina over lunch and a walk in an oceanfront park Sunday afternoon, after which we ran to the airport for our flight. It was a great weekend!

And that brings us up to today.

Oh, not quite. I’ve been on quite a vehicular shopping spree lately. Just before the Angels Camp trip, I bought a 1976 BMW R60/6 motorcycle. It’s in beautiful shape for a nearly 40-year-old. Here’s a picture:

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Nice, huh?

And I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this exciting Morrowlife Employment Agency job opportunity: rampaging elephant!

See you on Monday.

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