Monday, June 9, 2008

Summer is finally here!

Well I'm back. It's been a tough 6 weeks for me. With my Dad's accident, and now his death. Didn't think I would take it all so hard. But it has completely ROCKED MY WORLD!!! Life here is getting pretty much back to normal. I think about my Daddy so much. What he would be doing now. I went back to his old house - the one they left to move to PA. It was so sad going there, seeing the chair he use to sit in...the house still smells like Dad's aftershave. I have never lost anyone so close to me....and this has been very hard on me. My mom seems to be doing well. She's keeping herself very busy at the new house in PA, gardening, and decorating the house. I asked her if she likes living there, and she said she "loves living here!" I was relieved! She is going to my sister's church, and doing stuff with them. She needs that. Olivia, my sister's 14 year old daughter mows Mom's lawn, and then goes into Mom's house for snacks...Mom loves that!!!!

So, anyway, getting back to normal has been good. We opened our pool last week. What a problem it was this year! I took the cover off, couldn't wait for my hubby this year, and 1/4 of the water was gone. We didn't have a leak, but the skimmer was cracked, so a lot of the water leaked through that. Then we had this terrible algae problem. It took me so many shock treatments, not to mention ALOT OF MONEY, to finally get a chlorine reading! I put my heart and soul into this pool, we love our pool, we got it 2 years ago - and we spend all our time in there when it's hot, like it is today. But I tell you, last week I wanted to burn that pool down!!! Well the pool is beautiful now. We had our friends over yesterday for a bar-b-que - and the kids swam, and had such a great time. I prayed about the pool, asked the Lord for wisdom, and of course my Lord even cares about the "little stuff" and answered my prayer - all is well. So, today is hot and we'll swim in the afternoon.

I just came in from gardening. I love to garden, and I do think I'm good at it, I take after my father, he was a good gardener too! So, all the flowers are in, and the baskets are hanging, and the pots are full with blooming, beautiful flowers. My deck is loaded with pots, and looks so pretty. We planted a veggie garden this year too, lettuce, cucs, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, and peppers. We have those terrible gypsy moths this year. They are eating at our trees in the back, munching on all the leaves, and the chewed up leaves are falling on my deck. I hate it cause then I have to sweep all the time...hate any kind of debris on my deck. And of course they fall into the pool too, so more cleaning for me! But I'm ready for Summer...we love summer. The kids will be out of school in 2 weeks....Becca will be going into 7th grade, and Davey will be promoted to his second year in preschool..they are growing so fast, and I do get sad about that. So, happy Summer, just wish my Dad was here, sitting on the deck swing, petting my dog Perdie, and annoying me...oh how I wish my Dad was here annoying me today!


Walking on Sunshine... said...

FYI...your niece is 15 years old! Glad to hear your pool is up and running. We all went shopping today...had to get Olivia new summer clothes. For some reason the pants and shorts from last year are swimming on her! Mom took us all out to Friendly's for lunch...YUM! Glad you finally updated your blog! Lois

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Oh, forgot to tell you that my garage is now beautiful! I will post before and after pics sometime soon. I have tons of transcribing to do! Will take mom tomorrow to get her driver's license and then to Lowes to get her a grill finally! It took her over an hour to grill her steak on Saturday on that little thing she has. I told her she should have come over here to do it! Later...

Colarusso Family said...

Hey! Can I come over and swim? I'll annoy you if you want! Ha ha!
I'm glad you are feeling so much better. It's so nice to see your smiling face!! Enjoy that pool! It's going to be hot for the next few days!!
Love ya!

Jen said...

Liz ((((HUGS))))). I pray for you often. You're post is such a wonderful reminder of how precious life truly is. Thankfully you KNOW where your Daddy is, praise be to God!

Enjoy your kiddos and your pool today ;) Its unbearably hot here too - thank the Lord we live 2 seconds from the town pool. Although we didn't today, we've practically been living there as much as possible!

When you get a chance, you should post pictures of your gardens - they sound so wonderful! Every year I say "maybe this year I'll do more if I don't have a newborn or am pregnant" - well that scratches out this year and next!