The Lady Gray

A household chronicle

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Time Marches On

Well, I did it! I finished my 8 days of Real Estate (which was really 12 days, counting weekends.)  At the beginning it seemed like the end would never come, but time keeps on going whether we like it or not! In this case, the end of my class was a welcome sight.  I passed my general exam with an A and my law exam with a B.  Go me! Now I have to set up a time to take my state licensing exam.  It’s a good thing, but it means more studying, which I’m not all that thrilled about.  

Unfortunately the day before my class ended I got word that my Grandma was very ill, so right after class ended I drove the 5.5 hours back home. The next day I drove the 4.5 hours to my Grandmother’s house to be with her.  I’m lucky in that I was able to spend a solid 6 hours with her that evening into night.  She passed about 5 hours later, very early in the morning.  I don’t feel that sad in her death – not because I won’t miss her – but because she was sick for a very long time and was in a lot of pain especially the week beforehand.  I’ve been helping my stepdad and uncle arrange her memorial service in the meantime.  I honestly had no idea how expensive death was!  There are many costs that come with trying to provide a nice send-off to comfort your relatives and friends.  Even more than ever, I’ve come to the realization that any sort of memorial/funeral really isn’t for the person who has died.  It is most definitely for the loved ones left behind.  

Her memorial will be on Monday and I’m convinced that it will be a beautiful event.  A beautiful event for a beautiful person, which I think is sort of fitting.

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Cat Update

While husband was doing some training for 4 months last year, Archer and I stayed with my Mom in NC and our lovely kitties Twinkie and Lily went to stay with my FIL in IN.  Unfortunately, Lily passed away suddenly while she was staying there.  It was somewhat shocking, and very sad.  When Twinkie finally joined us at the end of last year, she had no idea who we were or where she was.  She hid a lot, she stayed upstairs, and she wasn’t very affectionate.  I was a little scared that our sweet little fluff of a ball wouldn’t ever get back to her old self. I am glad to say that not only is she back to her cheerful affectionate self, she is actually happier than I’ve ever seen her.  Twinkie and Lily never got along.  There was a lot of tension between them that never seemed to be resolved.  In Lily’s absence, Twinkie has blossomed.  Every time my lap is available, she wants to snuggle down and get some love.  She wants to be in the same space with us, all the time.  There’s so much purring, napping, and chatting coming from her.  I’ve never seen her so happy! For the first time, she and the dog are starting to get along.  They cuddled on our bed the other night and it was the most darling thing I’d ever seen!  Although I’m still sad that Lily is gone, I’m happy that Twinkie seems happier.  (My problem now is that I’m always covered in cat hair because she always wants to be on top of me!)

They are finally snuggling! It only took 2 years...

They are finally snuggling! It only took 2 years…

Lily in an afternoon nap

Lily in an afternoon nap