Leesa’s Life

Archive for August 2007


Posted on: August 31, 2007

Yesterday was my grandma’s funeral. It was a beautiful service, but a very long day. The visitation was beforehand so we were at the funeral home from 11am until 3pm. But, I got to see a lot of family and friends who I’ve not seen in a long time and we caught up on each other lives. Just wish we hadn’t waited until grandma’s death to do it.

Afterwards, at the cemetery, I was chatting with my mom and aunt when my daughter put her head on my mom’s shoulder. I thought she was just leaning on my mom for comfort, but the next thing we knew she was on the ground! My daughter passed out! Everyone scrambled to help her up, get water, cover her legs with a jacket (she had a dress on so didn’t want her flashing anybody), etc. She ended up on the ground for about five minutes. She wasn’t out for long, but had to get her bearings. My cousin, who is a nurse, was checking her out and we think that she passed out due to the stress of the day, the heat (we were standing in the sun) and lack of food and drink. She’d not eaten much that morning. She’s fine now thankfully, but talk about giving her poor mom more gray hairs! Geez!


Today was the first day back to school for my two kids. Neither was really ready to go back, but I think they were both happy to see their friends again.

My daughter is a Junior this year. Wow, do I feel old! It was bad enough at the end of last school year when she got her driver’s license, but to now send her off to school WITHOUT my having to drive her, well, that was almost too much to handle. I hate to even think how her Senior year is going to feel. I might not want to send her back to school then!

My son started Jr. High today so this was a whole new experience for him. New school, new teachers, etc. He’s not the big man on campus anymore, but a lowly little 7th grader. He seems to have done well for his first day though. He didn’t get lost and said he found all of his classes just fine. He did have a bit of trouble with his gym lock, but I think he’ll do fine once he gets some practice using it. He said tomorrow will be the real test because it will be a full day with a full class schedule. He’s looking forward to it though.

Both came home with another list of school supplies so will try to get those things picked up tomorrow for them. I thought I was finished with my back to school shopping, but I guess not. Not a problem though because most things are being marked down now so they’re super cheap. lol

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Posted on: August 24, 2007

This has been one looooonnnnnnggggg week. I’m exhausted and really hoping this weekend is calm and quiet to give me a chance to recuperate.

Funeral arrangments have been made for my grandma. It will take place next Thursday. I took the kids with me today to get some nice clothes to wear. I had absolutely nothing, same with my son. My daughter just wanted something new:) Anyway, that seemed to take forever. You’d think black dress pants and a nice black dressy top would be fairly easy to find…..nope. I did finally find something that would work though. My son found a nice pair of khaki jeans and a nice polo shirt to wear and he’ll be able to wear them other places so at least they won’t just sit in his closet. My daughter found a really nice dress too. Also bought some nice shoes for my daugher and myself and the best part of that was that both pair were on clearance and had been marked way down in price. Mine were only $3.00!!! I figure I can handle that since I’ll probably never wear them again. I’m just not a dressy person. I live in blue jeans and tee shirts.

After clothes shopping, I met my mom and aunt at the flower shop and we picked out the funeral spray for grandma’s casket and I also ordered a bunch to be just from me, hubby and my kids. I ordered all lavender flowers since that was grandma’s favorite color. I think she’d like that:)

At some point this weekend, I need to get my son’s hair cut and also need to get mine colored. I know grandma wouldn’t have cared if we were a bit scraggly, but I want to look nice anyway.

School starts Monday so at least that will give the kids something to help take their minds off what is going on. They will have to miss school on Thursday for the funeral, but both have said they want to go. I’m not going to say no.

Work is still working. I wish I wasn’t self-employed now because if I worked for someone else I could at least take a day off. Here I can’t seem to do that. The phone is still ringing and even though I haven’t been answering every call, I am still pretty busy. It’s helped keep me from breaking down though so guess, in a way, that is good.

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Goldie L. Shotts passed away this morning at 3:55 a.m. She was with her two daughters, son inlaw and grandson when she went to be with God. She was very loved and will be sorely missed.

Grandma is still hanging on. We think she is waiting on two of her sons to come see her, but I don’t know if that will happen. The one son is in New Hampshire. He says he’ll be here, but it’s taking time to get plans arranged. The other son lives in Washington DC and his wife is very ill so he’s not able to just drop everything and come either.

I’ve been at the nursing home every day. Today when I was sitting by grandma’s bedside, I held her hand and she squeezed so hard I thought she was going to cut off the circulation! It felt good though, knowing that she knew I was there. She does look at you now and will follow you with her eyes as you walk around the room, but there’s still no speech and she can’t move her right side.

Her body wasn’t processing the fluids that she was getting via IV so they took her off of that. The doctor said that it was actually making her worse because the fluids had nowhere to go. Her hands are very swollen because of this, but that will eventually be reabsorbed back into her body. She was also very congested, but is now breathing much easier. She still coughs, but nothing like she.

The Hospice nurses have talked to the family and gave us information on what to expect. It was hard to read, but it does answer some of our questions. Everyone knows that grandma won’t be with us much longer so we’re all trying to spend as much time with her as possible. I think grandma knows this and appreciates not being alone.

Grandma gazes at the ceiling a lot during the day when she is awake and mom said today that she wished she knew what grandma was seeing. I told mom that grandma is watching all of her angels and that right in the middle of the group is my grandpa, waiting patiently with open arms. Of course, mom cried, but she said that was the most beautiful and peaceful image for her to imagine and it was something that made her feel good to think about. I told her that is how I get through the day, by knowing that there are so many people waiting to have grandma with them again.