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Friday, December 13, 2019

Even without weekday grandchild babysitting (after ten years of that joyful duty) I keep quite busy, thank you very much.
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Maybe it is the season...I do seem to be a bit ahead on my holiday preparations, shopping, etc.
But, thnx to my newly discovered CBD oil regime I am feeling so much better (hips and foot) and sleeping so much better and seem to be getting things done more efficiently.
I have been retired for 13 glorious years now and am a woman of leisure, for sure.
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My dear man gets up early and drives 25 minutes over to my son’s house to help him get his three littles fed, dressed and off to school. My amazing DIL leaves very early for her teaxh8 g job.
I sleep in, usually until 8:30ish, streeeeeetch well, tidy up the house and savor an entire little pot of tea. emoticon

We have been getting to the URI warm water pool 2-3 times a week (a two and a half hour commitment door to door) fairly religiously. emoticon
Seems like I have had more breakfasts, lunches, book groups, etc. this fall.
I looooove to see the rare blank calendar page, although we manage to fill it up.
My wonderful DIL sends us the family schedule for the week on Sunday eves and, though we don’t babysit anymore, there is usually some appointment or concert or something during the week they need our help with.


Miss Pearl turned SIX this week...she was sooooo excited!



After the celebration I gave the entire family Xmas pj’s and took a family photo.



My son is struggling with stage IV colon cancer (for 3 years now...we call it living with cancer, not battling or dying from cancer),still working, though not quite full time any more, has always experienced fatigue from his ongoing chemo (which he will be on for the rest of his life unless they come up for a cure for his cancer) but he seems to be reaching the point of exhaustion and is considering going out on permanent disability, for which he has been eligible for some time.
He is not happy at work, feels unappreciated and stressed out, which he does not need. He is agonizing over the decision as his employer (a small seafood company) has been pretty forgiving of his illness, especially that first year of multiple surgeries, and he knows that going to work is a normalizing part of their family life, plus it will be an adjustment to their family budget/lifestyle.
He goes to Boston every other month for CT scans now to meet with his oncology team and plan his care...that is an all day affair but luckily he can do his chemo locally, under Dana Farber’s supervision. His scan last week showed no new growths (yay!) but some growth of existing tumors in his lungs. emoticon

We will have the kiddies tomorrow (William for the afternoon after his basketball game, the girls are going to The Nutcracker with mommy in the afternoon, so they will join us later for an overnight, then Lucy will come back Sunday afternoon and we will be making our Christmas baskets (greenery, etc).

Btw, all three children’s teachers raved about my grands at the three teacher conferences mommy and daddy attended....academically, socially and emotionally...isn’t that wonderful to hear, for all they are going through?
I am so proud of all of them!
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So, off to the pool this morning, then going over to their house to ‘tidy up’, move laundry along, do some dishes, and do battle with the mess in their family room/play room...which they allow to get absolutely out of control.
Good thing I am one high energy Grammy!
Have a fantastic Friday!
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