Long Day

Jan. 16th, 2010 11:49 pm
debboamerik: black-and-white cat (Mr. Miles)
I went to Aunt Rochelle's* funeral today. I didn't know her well, but it was pretty heartbreaking to see my family so badly hurt. She died quite young (cancer), and she was the first of Grandma Webster's children to die. The funeral service was Cathotist (Catholic service with Baptist preacher doing the eulogy and a Baptist choir singing a couple of songs). The oddest part was when they did the sign of peace (the priest says, "Let us offer each other a sign of peace") and I heard people behind me saying, "What do we do now?" Partly in reply, I said to one, "Peace of Christ," and hugged her. She went on to say, "Peace and grace," and hug the person behind her, which works well enough. (After that, she caught that what I had initially said was "Christ," though I think grace is also an awfully nice thing to wish someone.)

[livejournal.com profile] papertigers's brother S. came quite a long way by public transportation to give her some love and a massage. She had put away most of the Christmas ornaments. We finished undressing the tree and the house; it is all put away now.

Later, [livejournal.com profile] efbq and [livejournal.com profile] scooterbird and their younger daughter came over with games and cake and other amusements for the injured party. They bought us a few groceries and amused us over dinner and dessert, and for the remainder of the evening. They have just left. I was sternly admonished to look after [livejournal.com profile] papertigers. I'm glad there are so many other people who love her.

Tired now; [livejournal.com profile] papertigers has already gone to bed. Good night, all.

*of my DC family, not my birth family


Jul. 6th, 2009 09:53 pm
debboamerik: black-and-white cat (Default)
I am still tired, but not as tired or discouraged as I was last night. Napping helped. They messed up Denyce's biopsy, so she has to go in again. She's trying so hard to be herself - loving, kind, fun - but it's almost impossible for her with all the pain she's in. I'm going to try to bring her pie on Wednesday. Maybe it'll give her a few good moments.

This was a good weekend. [livejournal.com profile] dindin came over for dinner and a movie, always good fun and good company. We had a barbecue on Saturday, just us plus [livejournal.com profile] papertigers's brother and niece, and [livejournal.com profile] klaughingbrook and her two daughters, plus two of my nephews. The kids loved it and had a great time. The red wagon got a lot of use. The corn was really good. The homemade barbecue sauce is addictive. Afterwards, we went to Rockville for fireworks. The weather was perfect. Yesterday we went to a pool party in Dundalk. It was quieter than last year, mostly people I already know and like, so I felt less overwhelmed than last year - more relaxed. I had a better time. However, I was falling asleep on [livejournal.com profile] papertigers's arm by about seven, so we went home and saw [livejournal.com profile] singsomelyrical on the way. Her husband got some cake for me. I approve of him.

[livejournal.com profile] klaughingbrook says that the pie I made for July 4th was the highlight of her weekend. I can believe it; she spent most of the weekend helping Denyce and dealing with one schizophrenic and one bipolar relative, not to mention all the kids. I should make more pie. Pie for everyone!
debboamerik: black-and-white cat (Default)
Overheard on the Metro:

Guy 1: ... Skeletor.

Guy 2: Dude, he's awful! He's like the next Jeffrey Dahmer.

This gave me a much-needed laugh today. [livejournal.com profile] klaughingbrook's mother, and my adoptive mother, is in the hospital with what they think is cancer. She had a bone marrow biopsy yesterday. I saw her today, and she was apparently much better... but to my eyes, red and exhausted and a bit out of it. She was also in a great deal of pain.

For those who would like to put out a prayer for her, it would be much appreciated. Her name is Denyce.

I hate cancer.


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