Sunday, December 28

US Mail, funerals and grandsons who eat a lot!


Aren't we glad that mail is no longer delivered and picked-up in this fashion? Probably the mail carriers are the ones most happy about it. Our mail carrier had to use her own car for years and just in time for her retirement (Feb.) the P.O. gave her a new truck!


Message to Arkansas Patti: I have tried and tried to leave a message for you, but the comments won't work. Will you please email me at kenju99@gmail.com?


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My friend's husband's funeral will be Tuesday; allowing far flung family time to get here. I have volunteered to stay at the house on Sunday for two hours, to greet all comers and answer the phones, so my friend can get some much-needed rest. On Tuesday, I will take chicken salad and a fruit compote, to help feed the family and out-of-town visitors. I am very glad that I can finally do something to help her. Our neighbors will take the reins, I know. They are a wonderful bunch of women (and men) and we are losing too many of them nowadays. The last two to die were doctors, and both were fine gentlemen in their private lives and thought the world of by their peers. We are diminished by their loss.


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Can you tell how much fun I am having coming up with new dividers for my posts? LOL

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Our daughter took her two nephews back to the DC area with her yesterday, and their plan is to go snow-tubing in PA for a day. They arrived early enough to do some sight-seeing and they went to several museums and the Lincoln Memorial. The last time they were there, they were too young to remember much of it and now (ages 15 and 12) they can process it all more easily. They said "it doesn't stink like NYC" so it is a good place to visit! (I think they were in NY during a garbage strike....LOL). She called last night after they got back to her apartment saying that she had taken them to a Japanese restaurant (their favorite) and they had eaten so much that the bill for the 3 of them was $100! (and no booze, mind you!) Calling back this morning, she had discovered that she only had 3 eggs. I said that will never feed two growing boys, so she should take them to the Silver Diner for breakfast. She lamented how much their food would cost her on this trip - and I said "You should have known!"

12 comments:

Kay Dennison said...

What a good friend you are!!!!

Star said...

Love the New Years header. Your neighborhood sound like a wonderful place to live. Ours was like that when I first moved in. So many people have left I no longer really know my neighbors.

Granny Annie said...

Isn't "You should have known" in the same category as "I told you so"? Such comments do not sit well with my daughter. LOL

Yes, your dividers are divine...

Glad you can help your neighbor get some rest. Isn't is a shame that we have to have house sitters for funerals so they won't be robbed!

That's the truck my postal carrier has now!

Evil Twin's Wife said...

That's great that your neighborhood is so nice. My 10 year old son is getting to the age where feeding him will be getting way more expensive!

Dianne said...

you are a good friend, and sounds like you are all surrounded by many wonderful people

Beverly said...

That first photo is great. I love it! We had a man in our church who was a mail carrier. He had a little Nash Rambler (I think) anyway, the tiny one that he used for delivering mail for many, many years before he became postmaster at one of the little P.O.'s in town.

That is neat your daughter took the boys to Washington. Im looking forward to going back for another visit.

I'll be thinking about your neighbor in these next days and weeks as she adjusts to being alone. It's hard.

Arkansas Patti said...

You are a good friend. It is so necessary to help when our friends are hurting and such a relief when we can fill a need. I agree with Beverly, the hard times are the weeks after when the quiet settles in.

sage said...

I'm glad there is a way for you to help your friend out--it'll be good for both of you. May 2009 be a great year for you.

Farrago said...

It is usually the offer of our time and presence that is the only thing that can help during one's bereavement. Cards and flowers are empty tributes. Someone who gives of themselves to help in the transition from married to widowed (or orphaned, or just left behind) demonstrates the true measure of caring.

And $100 for three people? She got off easy!

Grannymar said...

I wish I lived in a neighbourhood like yours. Caring neighbours are to be treasured.

Pagan Sphinx said...

I'm sorry for your recent loses of friends and neighbors.

Most of our neighbors are elderly. For a time WP was helping Mrs. H next door deal with Mr. H when his alzheimers got so bad, she couldn't stop him from walking out the door and god knows into what kind of trouble. Somehow, WP was able to get him back into the house and amuse him a couple of times. He passed on before Thanksgiving.

Losing one's mind has got to be the hardest thing for loved ones.

moon said...

Sorry to hear of the lose of another friend. It's nice of you to help.....
As for hungry boys...man, they can eat all the time lol, I am glad I had a daughter, although she has had her moments lol..but growing boys seems to have hollow legs!!