In the last two weeks

there hasn’t been a whole lot going on. I’ve been knitting and actually have completed several things that were in the last post. I just don’t have any pictures of the completed items. Either the weather has been too bad to take pictures outside, or we’ve been on the move more than allows for picture taking.

We were home the first week of March because my husband’s mother died and we needed to attend the viewing and the funeral. His brother had called about a week before she died and said that the doctor’s didn’t give her much time and so we made an effort to stay on the East Coast so that we could be around when she passed away and we actually were.

The viewing was interesting. I haven’t been to very many funerals and viewings (thank God) so I didn’t really know what to think. DH’s younger brother, wife and oldest son were at the funeral home when we got there. There were a few people that came through over the course of the evening and then everyone went home, or at least, back to the hotel room for us. DH’s two oldest sons had come up from Virginia Beach and met us at the hotel because they were too late for the viewing. We won’t ever do that again…DH’s middle son snores like a buzz saw and none of the rest of us got any sleep. Now I know that I snore, and DH snores, so does DH’s oldest son, but FPS his middle son put us all to shame in that department. My husband’s oldest was sleeping on the same bed with his brother and he said it was awful. Every time his brother started to snore, the whole bed shook and woke him up, so by about 0600 he was up and getting ready for the day. When I asked the middle one how his wife sleeps with him, he said she uses earplugs, and I believe it.

The funeral the next day was short and then there wasn’t a graveside service because the cemetery is so hilly that they have a place where they put the casket and chairs and everything and have an outdoor service and then when the family is gone, they bury the casket in the plot and then you come back a couple of weeks later and the stone is replaced and the grave is ready for visitors.

I will say, the cemetery in Rockville, MD, Park Lawn is gorgeous. It reminds me of the descriptions of places from the 19th century where people picnicked in the cemeteries, not out of disrespect, but because they were using the park like settings and visiting their dearly departed at the same time. It is a pretty cemetery and DH’s parents have a nice plot.

We were then invited back to the church that DH’s family had attended for years for lunch and we got to visit with DH’s older brother and nephew, who we haven’t seen in 6 or 7 years. His brother had come down for just the funeral because his wife had just had a double or triple bypass and he couldn’t leave her for long. DH has a bad memory, and because we don’t stay in close contact, he had forgotten that his nephew had two daughters that were older than our youngest. It was kind of funny to watch.

Anyway, I won’t say a good time was had by all, but it was nice to see some of the family that we hadn’t seen in a while.

After that was over, we went back to my sister’s house and did fun things like clean up the truck some, look for loads, and get ready for leaving. I found us a load that left out of PA and went to southern CA. It was supposed to be a 20,000 # load and ended up being 40,000# because they were trying to ship as much for as little as they could. Continue reading