Posts Tagged “Long Overdue”

Earlier this year I had to write about losing a grandparent, and now I’m having to do it all over again. I’ve lived 26 years and had all my grandparents alive and healthy the whole time, and was lucky enough to forge strong memories and emotional ties to all of them. I even have a step-mom who became part of the family when I was young, so that added an additional two grandparents for me to know and love all these years.  I lost my paternal grandfather in March and was rocked by how sudden it came, but I lost my maternal grandmother last night and even the knowledge that it was going to be coming soon doesn’t help ease the pain of knowing she’s gone now.  The hardest and most confusing part of it all is that I feel like I lost my grandmother a long time ago to Alzheimer’s.  It started slowly, but over the past few years became more aggressive and I just became another face of a friendly visitor that said hello to her, and I hate that the last years of her life were lived in confusion.

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A little over six months ago Keith and I started looking for a new place to live.  Our apartment lease was set to end in April of this year and we were considered buying a house instead of renting again.  We spent some time looking at houses online, never really finding any that caught our eye.  If we found one that looked nice, it either wasn’t anywhere near us or was way out of our price range.  I finally found a builder that was a little outside the area we had been looking at, but was a great house for an affordable price, so we went to take a look at what would be involved to build a house instead of just buying one.  Little did we know that this would start the most stressful, frustrating, and expensive 6 months of our lives.

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