Friday, July 28, 2006

Here I am

sitting in Marina del Rey, spending a full day in my own company. It doesn't happen very often and I am treasuring it. I haven't left the house b/c I'm waiting for the vet tech to arrive. I want to meet her and talk with her about the cats I'm catsitting.

I think I'd enjoy the house/cat sitting life. People who ask to have their cats cared for in their absence are always generally nice people. It's a joy to stay in their homes and play with their kitties.

This day is consisting of reading my Bible, doing my Bible study, blogging, writing thankyou notes, reading Down Range, a really good book about PTSD in military people returning from combat zones. Chaplain Dan gave it to me to read and pass on to Mia and to Tim.

Speaking of Chaplain Dan, he took his oath of office on Monday with John, me, Mia, Jennifer and Melissa as witnesses. Very moving and I'm so very proud. Then we spent 2 hours together discussing plans for Dan and Jennifer's future. Ahem--it's official. Dan and Jennifer are engaged and have set a wedding date, tentative and based on USArmy cooperation. May I say here that I am thrilled with Dan's choice, I already love Jennifer so much!

And speaking of Mia, she's off to SF tonight to enjoy a weekend with two anthro guild friends.

And speaking of Tim, the countdown to his departure from Iraq is under 20! We have prayed for his safety there for so long. And we'll continue until he touches down again on US soil.

Yesterday we spent four very hot hours sitting in the HOT socal sun on asphalt on Dodger Stadium hill to watch our nephew Bobby Price graduate from Los Angeles City Fire Department Academy! Congratulations to Fireman Bob! We wouldn't have missed it for anything, even the heat!

I was thinking yesterday about our nieces and nephews, 11 of them. Each one is talented and so special in his/her own individual way. We have IT techs beloved by customers, computer programmers, a fireman, a couple of college students, a mom, some office workers, a child care helper. All of them are in their twenties and thirties. (Mia is the last one to leave teenagehood and she will be 20 on Monday!) I love them all and love to hear of their accomplishments. I imagine that they don't much notice my enthusiasm, but that doesn't matter to me; I just enjoy celebrating their lives.

So to all the cousins, including my own children: JR, Dan, Thomas, Deb, Billy, Laura Jane, Matt, Steve, Mike, Bobby, Derin, Beth, Becky, Jesse and Mia--I love you all!

The rest of my day will consist of more reading, some swimming in the pool, a walk on the beach, a little knitting and maybe some movie watching...


Anonymous said...

Thanks for your comment and encouragement on my blog--its nice to hear from people and their experiences!
No knitting? Really? I can't stop even though its hot--I just knit socks (which are small and don't make me warm) and mason-dixon washrags (which are cotton and small). Its a good way to keep knitting and get a jump on
Christmas gifts!

Kiti said...

Mumsie, I'm just impressed that you remembered the names of ALL of your neices and nephews! I'd be hard-pressed to name of all of my cousins without forgetting a few, but fortunately, now all I have to do is look at your list...

Kiti said...

Oops, I meant nieces. I always misspell sieze, too.

Anyway, did you know that the American Heritage Dictionary defines "niece" as:
(1) The daughter of one's brother or sister or of the brother or sister of one's spouse.
(2) The illegitimate daughter of an ecclesiastic who has taken a vow of celibacy.

You might want to specify exactly what kind of nieces you have. *snicker*

Mama Mia said...

Not to be nit-picky, but you forgot a niece! Andra! :o)

Mama Mia said...

oh... I get it! Silly Mia, she didn't see that you were only listing biological ones, not married-in ones! *smack*

Los Angeles Fire Department said...

Congratulations on your nephew's remarkable accomplishment, which seems to follow a family tradition of excellence.

We appreciate your being at Firefighter Price's graduation, and warmly welcome you to our extended LAFD family.

We encourage you to monitor some of Bob's exploits via our LAFD News & Information blog (link below) which chronicles many of the significant incidents handled by our agency.

Again, welcome and congratulations!

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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