Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Lake Day...


Our family has a lake home on Lake Martin. The water at our home goes down every fall and rises again in the spring. (This is because it is an electric utility lake with a dam.) So every fall we get the pontoon boat and the SeaDoo off their hydraulic lifts, drive them to a boat ramp, and pull them out of the water on their trailers. Then we can park them behind the home and winterize them.

This fall is no different, HOWEVER, it is different. Hubby's been in Birmingham for almost 2 months with his dying father. Together he and I can get the boats out, but I can't do it by myself. The water has already dropped enough that our SeaDoo is stranding on its lift for the winter. UGH! And we felt we only had days left to get the pontoon boat out.

So yesterday I went up to the lake and went through the house gathering the necessary keys.

Trailer key.
Lift mechanism.
SeaDoo key. (To winterize it on the lift)
Boat ramp key.
Boat key.

The keys are in a couple of different locations. Some are labeled well. Some are not. I kept sending Hubby picture like this until I had the correct combination.


Once I had the correct keys, I took them to our favorite boat maintenance guy at the local marina. He's taking care of the rest for us! Yay! He went at lunch time with a buddy and got pontoon out of the water. He'll come back later to winterize the SeaDoo. This was such a big load off of us!


Last night's dinner. Have you tried these? I love that they are protein packed. And they are much more filling and yummy than other low calorie frozen meals. Lately I'm living on salads, egg whites and toast, and an occasional frozen dinner. (And also fruit and spinach smoothies!)

Sorry, no sewing to report. The lake trip took up my time yesterday. Maybe today? We are all on pins and needles, knowing that my FIL will die soon. He's been unconscious for more than a week. He's not in any pain due to morphine. We are praying he will go soon. It's time. We have all begun the grieving process during his 3 week stay at the Hospice facility. Don't mean to get negative here - I try to keep the blog upbeat. But this is life for us at the moment.

9 comments:

  1. We had a similar situation with my FIL last year. After a stroke he continued to decline, and was sent to a Hospice facility. But he kind of got a little better. The family decided to bring him home, and he lingered for several weeks. It was a hard process, but we think he was happier being in his own home, and it was much easier on his kids. Hospice did come in for the medical care. We are grateful his passing was easy. The family was tired but his five children knew it was time. He was 95 when he died.

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  2. Sorry to hear about your FIL. We lost my FIL just a year ago... tough times. Prayers for you and your family.

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  3. It is so hard to see our parents go through this...we don't want to lose them but we know they are already gone....so sorry for you and your hubby. I don't usually buy frozen dinners (sodium and other 'stuff') but I am hooked on PF Chang's Sweet and sour chicken and their mongolian chicken. I/we don't eat much beef at all but I will ck out the Stouffer's dinners! Your movie recommendation was good! HA So I expect so will your frozen dinner be good! HA

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  4. It is not negative, Julia. It's the transition and it is good to share so we can offer support. Prayers for you all but especially for your FIL.

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  5. Sorry for this transition period for your family. We have just done this for my husband's parents and it is truly difficult. One of my favorite phrases has always been, "Thiss, too, shall pass". Unfortunately, it doesn't always pass as fast as we would like. My prayers are with you and your family.

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  6. Sorry for this transition period for your family. We have just done this for my husband's parents and it is truly difficult. One of my favorite phrases has always been, "Thiss, too, shall pass". Unfortunately, it doesn't always pass as fast as we would like. My prayers are with you and your family.

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  7. I am sorry for your grieving. I'm glad your HH is with his father. It's a hard time, I know, I went through it as my dear Mama. I miss her so! I will say a prayer for all of you!

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  8. I'm so sorry for what you and your family are going through. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself and your dear hubby!

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  9. It's not negative...as my father said (who has been gone 22 years), it's the cycle of life. Your FIL is not suffering any more so that's a great thing and soon you'll have grandchildren to tell about their wonderful great-grandfather! So glad you have a supportive family through this time...it's never easy.

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