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Home & Garden > On Giving up and Giving In

On Giving up and Giving In

Well guys, I am no longer invincible. I have had to admit that I am not strong enough for all the yard work that has accumulated. I hired a lawn service to trim the holly and I hired my sweet twins to rake all the leaves and bag them. The front yard looks great and the twins will be back Monday to do the back yard. The twins will soon be seventeen and as of now they are engaged in getting their drivers licenses. Their dad is a doctor and their mother is an r.n. and they are determined to teach their children the value of work and saving for a goal. I expect to see these boys with new cars any day now. I did touch up the paint on the white kitchen cabinets myself. I wish I could find a house cleaner who really cleaned but that seems to be impossible. They want to charge 80 dollars for three hours of bath room cleaning and dusting and that does not seem worthwhile to me. I need curtains taken done and washed and a lot of hard stuff. I have a friend who retired from teaching and took up the profession of cleaning lady and said that she made a lot more money cleaning houses. That is really sad. Oklahoma politics are beyond awful as usual. Our new Governor is an anti vaxer and a right to lifer. It is hopeless trying to get some kind of Progressive Democrat in office. My family is flourishing. I am very proud of Adrienne who is a junior in chemical engineering at O.U. She has landed an internship with SamSung and will be going to Austen, Texas this summer for six weeks. She will be working with semi conductors. I may have told you about this. Bobby would have been so proud. His youngest daughter is thinking about medical school. She is a junior in highschool. Jose continues to delight us with his intelligence and his devotion. I sometimes feel that I am living on borrowed time. I will be ninety my next birthday. I have lost most of my life time friends but fortunately I have made younger ones. Life is still sweet.

posted on Jan 27, 2019 3:43 AM ()


You are invaluable to my "little" family as well! We really are going to stop by one of these days.
comment by jerms on Jan 29, 2019 12:41 PM ()
I hope so. Ted and I would love to see you.
reply by elderjane on Jan 30, 2019 4:19 AM ()
Hell, if I had the $$ to pay to get some of this stuff done I'd be out there watching! Not that I'd give up on stuff, but I put my time into things I want to do.
comment by jjoohhnn on Jan 27, 2019 2:38 PM ()
I have always done everything myself so I would have more dollars for fun. It really makes me angry to have hired someone and they do shoddy work. The guys from the lawn service did an excellent job on the holly and the kids are willing but need direction. Ted can no longer do anything at all and it is a bitter pill to swallow. He could always do everything and fix everything. He still tries to do the heavy stuff but it puts him back in bed so I do it sneakily. It gets overwhelming at times.
reply by elderjane on Jan 28, 2019 1:34 AM ()
Can you get a home health aide just to focus on the heavy cleaning? Maybe once a week to do some odd jobs that ya need to have done. I’m happy you are still with us, you are invaluable to me!
comment by kristilyn3 on Jan 27, 2019 5:39 AM ()
That is one of the sweetest things anyone has ever said to me! I love the thought of being valuable to someone like you. My words of wisdom are just this: Family is everything and community as well!
reply by elderjane on Jan 27, 2019 5:46 AM ()
Surrounding you and your family with loving good wishes, dear Jeri!
comment by marta on Jan 27, 2019 3:51 AM ()
Thank you Marta, I prize your friendship.
reply by elderjane on Jan 27, 2019 5:46 AM ()

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