Tuesday, May 12, 2015


I hope the farmers have gotten as much rain as we've had here in town.  Happy to see the water standing in the field across the way...
...and the usual sloppy spring water in the yard.  We needed rain.   
But now moody Mother Nature has decided that we whined about it for so long that she's planning to keep this up for the foreseeable future--LOL!  Oh, and she dropped our summer temps back down into the 30s and 40s.  What can you do?  She's fickle.  But it is supposed to creep back up into the 60s again this week.
With all the recent upheaval, I missed a couple pics I took of Miss Karma when it was sunny.  (I usually post you pics right away.)  But that's okay--because imagine Miss Karma lying in front of a sliding glass door instead. 
Yup!  I am "unofficially" moving the end of July!  Leah and Ian brought me over to turn in all the paperwork and copies yesterday...and sign some more documents.  (They still have that darn cold that won't go away and Ian has now got the cough.)  Anyways, they still need to hear back from my bank, the company where I live now, and they're checking my (non-existent) criminal record so it's not technically "official" yet...but it looks like North Sky will be our new forever home!!  :)
I am thrilled and overwhelmed.  Seems like everything is a dichotomy lately.
McFamily sent me a dozen red roses for Mother's Day. 
They're beautiful... 
...and opening up nicely.  
Extra special this year. 
I swiped the following pictures from my sister's Facebook.  Yes, you heard that right.  I finally relented and joined Facebook again.  I was on briefly years ago but deleted my account (which is not easy, I tell you) because it just took up time and I didn't know hardly anyone who was using it back then.  Now I found out a lot of my family members are on Facebook...including even Dagan and Leah.  So, I am now back on Big Brother Facebook.  You can just look up Rita McGregor, I guess.  ;)  
Anyways, I love this picture of Dad.  
He was seldom ever without his hat.  
We miss you, Dad. 
Mom and Dad. 
And here's my folks in the front and from left to right in the back are Kathy (SIL), Blaine (brother), and Renee (sister). 
My Dad's leaving instantly was even more of a blessing than I knew.  Mom said the day before the accident the doctor wanted him back in the hospital (congestive heart failure, edema, etc) and Dad flat out absolutely refused.  (Told you he hated being in the hospital.)  Mom sure couldn't force him to go.  (It is neigh on impossible to move a stubborn swede once they have their mind made up, ya know.)  So it was truly a blessing in disguise.  Shocking, traumatic disguise...but a blessing nonetheless.
Mom has six (or seven?) broken ribs, a terrible seat belt bruise, and an ankle in a huge heavy boot that goes almost to her knee for her ankle injury.  She's sore as hell...but she's okay and knows how very lucky she is.  She was up and walking a little yesterday.  
Blaine and Renee will be down in Florida till the 17th.  When Mom is doing better the doctors will send her to rehab next.  She has a lot of friends, brother & wife, and caring neighbors down there.  Many are "snow birds" who go north for the summer, but there's a network of people around her. 
 Mom and Dad had already decided to sell their trailer in Minnesota before the car accident.  Blaine, Kathy, and Renee had already started to empty it out and clean it up to get it ready to put on the market.  So they are all dealing with so much.  Myself, I am permanently sidelined...can't travel, can't lift, can't even stand for all that long...so I am pretty useless.  But I am calling Mom every day...and sending lots of positive, healing energy.  :):)  
A heartfelt thanks from all of us to every single person who has been thinking of her.  She has months to go before she is healed. 
 I am also unbelievably grateful that my perfect North Sky apartment arrived out of the blue.  (There were a lot of prayers for me, too--you guys have powers you don't realize!)  Because it is something so positive and happy to focus on and will keep me very, very busy for the next several months.  Life is a paradox.  Blessings abound!  I was grateful to have Mom here this Mother's Day, that's for sure.  ;)
I have been so mentally elsewhere that I forgot to take any pictures for T-Stands For Tuesday, but I will try for next week to have a nice red cup or something else to post.  I mean, I have been so distracted that when I was filling out paperwork for the North Sky apartment instead of writing down that I lived in West Winds (apartments) I wrote down I lived in West Acres (the big shopping mall in town)--ROFL!  :)
Oh, and before I forget--I can't remember who it was who also has fibro and wondered which medication I was trying.  It's nabumetone.  Please remind me if it was you who asked.  Sorry to not remember.  Shame on me.  Sadly, the older I get the more that will happen, I assure you.
BTW--the consensus appears to be that the pretty pink flower was a camellia japonica.  (See--if I write things down then I remember...usually...well, if I can remember to look at the note--LOL!)
Purging has leapt to the top of my priority list.  I don't know if you noticed, but the empty, untouched, new sewing supplies storage containers are still sitting on the table behind the bouquet of roses...and have been since they arrived.  As soon as I am feeling up to more than the normal tasks (like laundry today)...I will have to continue to purge and go through everything I own (or as much as I can manage) before I move.  Good to be busy.
I will also be trying to learn how to navigate Facebook.  Looks different.  ;)
Have a really good week.
 "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched... but are felt in the heart." 
Helen Keller


Divers and Sundry said...

Happy T Tuesday! I love those roses :) What a sweet present!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I would say that car is totaled, I'm surprised your mother lived through it. What a horrible mess. So glad that you are OK with your dad's death, though. That will help through the pain and the loss.

So glad you will get the apartment, or at least I'm SURE you and Karma will. I fear she won't be able to go outside, though, unless you train her to be on a leash. There would be no way to keep her on the patio, otherwise.

thanks for sharing this update with us, even sans mug. But look at it this way. The roses are sitting in water, so they are getting the drink of the week!

TwinkleToes2day said...

OMGoodness gracious me! That car! It's a miracle anyone got out alive. I hope your mum heals quickly and is as comfortable as possible most of the time. Deary me.
Your roses are so beautiful, I hope they have a perfume to match.
Wishing you luck for the purging and for a speedy confirmation on the move. Happy T Day :o)))

Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, dear Rita! North Sky is a godsend. You are about to close a chapter that ended with a terrible tragedy and open an exciting new one at your new place. Kitty Kat Karma will be there with you. I am thrilled it turned out this way. Those are beautiful roses! I hope little Ian doesn't come down with a cold. My prayers will continue to be with you, your mother during her long recuperation, Ian and his family and KKK (not the Klan). God bless!

Linda Kunsman said...

Wow Rita- you sure do have much on your plate!! OMG, so sorry to hear about your Mom but it sounds like she is being very well cared for. What a horrifying experience and accident. I'm on FB -but actually hardly ever on it. I mostly am on for private art groups or online classes I take. Good you are able to connect with family there. Gorgeous roses!! And congrats on your forever home. Hope everything goes perfectly for you and Karma. Happy T day Rita!

TexWisGirl said...

oh, my. yes, with your father refusing to go to the hospital, it would have been terrible for your mother to watch him go downhill at home. still, i am sorry for her physical pain and rehabilitation she is having to go through with the accident.

wonderful that things are on track for you moving by end of july! certainly gives you much to accomplish in the next 2 months!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Sorry to hear about your parents' accident and the loss of your Dad. That car is really hard to look at and imagine anyone walked away from that accident. I am glad your Mom is on the mend.

I am so so happy that you will be moving into the apt you wanted! All those positive thoughts do help. Now the sorting and packing begins!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Thanks for the update. I am just thrilled that you will be moving to North Sky! July will be here before we know it! Good to hear your Mom is improving. That is some wrecked car...your Mom was very lucky to make it through the accident. Tell her she has many people wishing her well! Sending you a hug:)

Janie Junebug said...

Well, thank God for the apartment. What a blessing. It's good that you can call your mom. I'm glad she has a support network.


Anonymous said...

Amen to that!!

Janie Junebug said...

Rita, Facebook has more than one Rita McGregor. I looked at a few of them. None seem to be you. You can send a friend request to me, or tell me which Rita McGregor you are.

Love again,

Darla said...

Missed the previous post so had to go back and read that. Adorable picture of Ian napping on his Grandma.

I am so sorry to hear about the car accident and the death of your father. I'm relieved to know your Mother seems to be getting care and will no doubt recover in time.

Of course I'm still excited about your move. I'll be sending lots of positive thoughts to you and your family.


voodoo vixen said...

So much news and I am so sorry to read about your Dad's death, and so happy for you that your Mom is on the mend even if she has a long slow road to go. Good news for you and Karma on the apartment front, that will be wonderful! One day at a time... purge a little, pack a little, adjust a little... one day at a time... Annette

Desiree said...

A lovely, positive post...so much for which to be grateful and happy, despite your dear Dad's sudden and tragic end...yet, even that, you see as a blessing. It's miraculous your Mom survived the accident, judging from the wreckage of their car! She has a lot to deal with; her grief, physical injuries and mental trauma! My heart goes out to her, Rita, but how wonderful that she has such a supportive network in all of you and her friends! What a blessing.

Your red roses are perfect...such a beautiful reminder of all the love surrounding you! And the other lovely pictures you shared, of your Mom & Dad, brother, SIL and your sister, as well as Karma...all were so good to see!

And, of course, the news about YOUR apartment is truly wonderful! It seems the universe has conspired to sort everything out perfectly, in spite of your Dad's tragic accident...and, even in that, your Dad was saved from further suffering, so for him, his last wish was granted.

Thank you for sharing all of this with us!

DJan said...

There are plenty of Rita McGregors already on Facebook, Rita. I will keep trying, but I'm easy: just search for djanstewart and I'll come right on up. That car! I would not have believed anybody would have survived, so I'm glad your mom is doing as well as she is. Sending you lots of hugs and so glad North Sky is working out! :-)

fairyrocks said...

WOW you and your family have been through the wringer. Your lovely Father gone so suddenly. Having to worry about your Mom. I do know exactly what you mean by sudden rather than a long painful passing. These are hard times for you. I will keep you all in my thoughts. Thank You for popping by with kind comments. Take care of YOU and your little companion Karma

Intense Guy said...

This past month or so has seen your family go through a lot - from the exciting trip to Japan, the new housing, and the loss.

I would be sitting there rather stunned -- it will take some healing time - and the good memories will be a blessing. I will have some of your Dad's boating adventure to remember - he was a rock.

Victoria Zigler said...

It's great that your Mom is recovering well.

I'm so excited for you about the upcoming move. What a wonderful thing for you to have to focus on!

I'm glad you got some nice roses from Dagan and Leah for Mothers' Day.

Will look you up on Facebook, so you should get a friend request from me in a little while.

Carol said...

WOW! That is one tore up car and I can't believe your mom came out of it as well as she did. Not to diminish her serious injuries any at all. Glad that you are somewhat at peace with the passing of your father as I no from experience that Congestive Heart failure is a terrible way to go . Your MD roses are beautiful and I'm over here doing a happy dance for your new home ♥♥♥♥ Sending Prayers of Healing and Strength for all ♥

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Yeah I checked Facebook for you but too many Rita McGregor's to find you, oh well.
I like the red roses but I would prefer pink roses or in fact pink carnations they are my favourite flower always have been too.

Feral Turtle said...

I am so glad your mom is a fighter and is with you after seeing the state of that car. I guess the lord does work in mysterious ways. I am very excited for your upcoming move. Think of all the purging and organizing you can do. It almost makes me want to move....and then yep, the moment passed...Glad you got some rain too!

Anonymous said...

So great to hear you're moving! Nice shots of the rose.

ChicagoLady said...

Looking at that car, I'm amazed your mother survived. It was truly a blessing to have her for Mother's Day. Congratulations on the new place! I know you have a lot of work ahead of you, but it will be worth it to get all set up in your new place.

Deb said...

So happy to hear that you are going to get to move to a new place! Your Mother's Day roses are beautiful! Wow, your parents car was mangled - it was a blessing that your dad was taken quickly. Hope your mom continues to heal. I will look for you on Face Book.

Neesie said...

Oh my Rita... the photo of the accident is incredible. I hope your Mum continues to heal and have many happy years ahead. Mixed blessing over the Dad but I know you wouldn't have wanted him to suffer. Bless them both
But what a silver lining having your move planned. I hope it all goes really smoothly. No wonder you've been distracted and forgetful with so much happening.
Take care and I'll be thinking of you sending positive thoughts your way...
oh and looking you up on Facebook ;D

Karla B said...

I am glad your mother is well. What a horrible accident she faced.Love your flowers and it was good to know you have a place for you. Have an inspiring week Rita!

AliceKay said...

The car your parents were riding in certainly looks mangled. So glad your mom survived, and I hope she heals quickly. It sounds like she will have a lot of support around her.

Your new apartment looks very nice and very bright. I enjoyed seeing the pictures and video in the previous post.

Beautiful roses. :)

Friko said...

Congratulations and commiserations all in one go. So sorry to hear about your mum and dad. Death doming suddenly is a shock even when the people are old. My thoughts are with you.

On the other hand hearing for the first time since I’m back here in bogland that you are going to move soon is wonderful. May all your wishes come true. And Karma is coming too! Of course you need her. Whatever are they thinking?

May it all work out beautifully. I am glad you have help.

Eliza said...

With out realizing it you do have a T for Turesday it's a totally trashed car. You could also say you are in Transit with the move happening. I am so happy for you and Karma, the heavens have been shining on you.

I was the one who asked you about the medication as I have FM and have done for many many years at times it is real hell as you know.

Great for the update I always look forward to hearing what you report. Thank you for that.

Hugs Eliza & Yoda