This past week had some super wonderful highs, some majors lows and lots of in-between.
As had been planned, one of my husband's close friends who works with motorcycles and has a bike trailer came and picked up my husband's 1984 Suzuki GR650 from where it's been languishing for the last year, and took it down to another friend whom Rod had bequeathed it to. I wasn't at all prepared for the emotions I'd experience seeing it go. I thought I'd been looking forward to not having to work around it in our partial garage. I didn't realise it'd hold so much sentimental value suddenly. And it did. Rod bought the bike when it was new and it's the only bike he's had since then. It was his pride and joy, as one mate told me. Rod had been anxious for it to be moved, but I don't think he would have been prepared to actually see it be taken away. We had a lot of great memories and rides on that bike. I haven't been on it in years (not since being diagnosed with osteoporosis) and his use had also dwindled, but all those good rides and good memories... it was hard.
Next was a surprise for me and I'm quite happy about it - I'll be able to attend my 40th class reunion in Michigan this 'summer' (over there). I'd been really hoping to be able to do this. So many of us from my class are on Facebook and I've come to know them as adults. I went to the same school district all my life so for many of these folks, it's a long history! It'll be great to meet in person again and really catch up. Plus... this means I get to MEET and HUG my two grandkids. They're 9 and 11 years old, so you know how long I've been wanting to finally see them in person and BE the Granny that I am! We talk online, but it'll be amazing to be with them finally. Plus I'll be seeing my siblings, my two sons and daughter. I'm so excited!
Friday night my phone rang around 10pm and no one ever calls me then. It was my sister and she usually asks online if it's a good time to call. She hadn't so I knew right away something was wrong. My stepmom had passed away. She was just weeks away from being 89 and had had a fall a few weeks ago and broke her hip. From reports from family, she was in a lot of pain and pretty miserable. I'm very sad she's no longer with us, but a large part of me is comforted that she's finally with my Dad (she has missed him dearly for the last 10yrs) and she's no longer in pain. Some kids argue with their parents. I never did. But goodness, Vera and I had so many disagreements and didn't see eye to eye on so many things when I was a teen. It was probably a typical relationship, probably more typical than what I had with my Mom or Dad, but wow was it tumultuous. We have long since made up and had a good relationship, but I still feel I was probably more than unfair to her in my teens. I'm just glad we got past that time and were able to have good times together. I have a good relationship with my ex-husband and in turn, my family always include him and his wife in family events. I feel so blessed for that. Anyway, my ex visited her not long after she broke her hip and I'm glad he was able to spend time with her. They always got along great (which makes me smile).
And today, being Sunday, I putzed around the house and tried to put together a drying rack for clothes I'd bought, not realising it was "some assembly required". It didn't go well but never fear, I have friends who can help me get it assembled. I've packed up the parts and the bit I did get together into the backroom for sometime later in the week when I have someone around to help me with it. I'm only a little annoyed at myself. I lost a screw! I don't lose things!!
Once I got that contraption out of my site and had tidied up a bit, I took myself to the beach for my walk along the esplanade. The temperature was perfect, there was a light breeze, and thanks to my rowing machine work during the week I was able to walk further and longer with shorter breaks in between. It was 45 minutes of great views, the sea air and a gorgeous sunset. Can you just hear me with a large sigh of absolute contentment? I needed that. I'm really pleased about being able to walk further and for longer between break stops. I'm going to need that for my travel to the USA.
I hope you've had a great week. Sometimes we have to have the down to really appreciate the ups.
My husband's bike, on its way to a new life.
Today's beautiful sunset
My stepmom, Vera, with my grandson when he was a little guy. He's partially named after my father, and she just really loved that.