Thursday, June 18, 2009

Saying Goodbye

Last Friday, June 12th, I went to visit my Grandmother who was in the hospital. She was having surgery for her hip after a fall and was not doing very well. She was receiving a Bi Pap procedure that forced oxygen into her lungs and had a large mask covering half of her face. The hip surgery was risky as her breathing was labored and her heart rate could possibly drop yet without surgery she would be in constant pain.  I told her I loved her as the nurse removed the mask for a few brief seconds. All of my family walked behind her bed while she was being wheeled into the operating room like a parade that had seen better times. I think that image will be forever in my mind.  That image is the last I have of my Grandma Garlock. Her hate rate dropped and her lungs filled with fluid after the surgery and by Saturday morning she had passed. 

It still seems unreal that she is gone. 

Saturday, June 6, 2009


Remembering fun times with my cousin Christy and her boys this past winter. Christy and I were born three months apart and were close growing up. As a teen Christy lived in Coronado CA. Now she is in Iowa City where her husband is in medical school and she is raising two handsome boys Quint and Russell.  Christy will be staying with her parents on Canandiagua lake for a few months this summer with the boys.  I am excited to spend time with her lounging in the sun, chasing our toddlers, swimming, and maybe being rescued by her in the water. A little side story: Christy played and coached water polo in high school and college and is an excellent swimmer. Anyway, when she was six months pregnant with her first, Quint, she was staying with her parents by the lake and I would go to hang out and swim.  At one point we decided to swim out into the lake and Christy nearly had to rescue me being six months pregnant and still a great swimmer and myself very out of shape!!!!! This is the strong and assertive cousin who pulled me by my hair off my bike as a toddler.

So Christy introduced me to blogging and can be found at