So my sweet daughter-in-law wondered if there was something the matter with me because I hadn’t posted in so long. No, actually it is just because I’m lazy, have been reading some good books and hate typing on my iPad (didn’t bring my computer to Texas) No, life is good. But we were busy cleaning up after Irma and getting into the swing of fall activities. And, of course, packing for Texas.
My 70th birthday was back in April. My sister, Anne, planned an incredible present…a week on the beach on Padre Island for me with my brother and five sisters. And we all cleared our calendars, booked our flights and everyone but me started planning meals. (They said I didn’t have to cook because it was my party but honestly i think it was because they are all far better cooks than I could ever hope to be)
And then Mom died. And then we lost Dad. And then we postponed the trip until October. Then Harvey slammed into Padre Island and ripped off the roof of Anne’s condo. Then Anne got sick.
We figured maybe we should postpone the party until Eileen turned 70 in November of 2018. But Anne got better, found us a beach house, bought a ton of food and lots to drink and we all flew into Corpus Christi for almost a week of time altogether on Mustang Island.
We are so different in so many ways. The oldest was born in 1947 (me) and the youngest in 1964 (Karen). But we are also so amazingly alike. We like to read. We’re all readers. Raised kids who are readers who are raising kids who are readers.
We like to walk the beach. We like to sit and stare at the waves for hours. We like to cook and some of us ( not me) are fabulous cooks. We like to eat. We like to drink. (Some are big on craft beer, some love wine, some are gin and tonic fans—me, I drink anything anyone offers me.
We like to talk (some, like me, more than others) We’re all on the same page politically. That was nice. We don’t like having our picture taken(we booked a photographer and considered it something to be endured) I’ll post the picture of all of us jumping on the beach when I get the digital downloads. It’s hilarious. We like games…played several games of Oh Hell (I came in last both times but at least I wasn’t way behind the one who came on second to last.) I played Gin Rummy with Kim who killed me even though play every day with Jerry and she hasn’t played in ages. We did several thousand piece puzzles …well, some people did three puzzles. I put in a few pieces for each one. And Paula had a trivia game for us.
We said grace at dinner in honor of Mom and Dad. We always said grace when we were growing up. And we spent a lot of time on “Remember when…” and found out we all remembered very different things.
We didn’t go anywhere except to church (we’ll, some of us went to Mass) and John and Karen found a bar to watch the Patriots on Sunday. We didn’t need to go anywhere. We were content to just sit and relax and read and talk and nap and cook and eat and drink. It was a good week and everything was almost perfect except the mosquitoes and flies that attacked you on the way to and from the beach.
I don’t know when’s all seven of us will be back together again…hopefully at a wedding in the next few years. I do know it was just marvelous to be together and live together as a family again. We’re lucky we still have all of us. And we’re lucky Anne made this happen.
Still in Texas…in Flower Mound with the Littles….playing more cards, reading more books (Declan is reading a kids’ bio of Alexander Hamilton.). They have swim meets this weekend. Got up at 5 this morning and will do it again tomorrow. Can you imagine? And worked on Lana’s Halloween costume with her. If you need to know how to make tulle skirts, call me. I know how to do it.
We’re heading home on Thursday and won’t take off again until we meet up with Sean and Carly in Las Vegas for Thanksgiving. Can’t wait to see them…haven’t seen them since June.
I’ll post again soon I’ve read some good books lately and seen some good movies…
Happy Halloween, my friends. Love to all