My uncle died January 17th, and we didn't find out until February 6th. It was a shock. We're all shocked and it doesn't seem quite real. He had a foot surgery, and I had called him on the 13th, leaving some silly, flippant, sing-song message teasing him for not answering his phone and ended it … Continue reading In Which I Ask for a Favor
My in-laws have an dog named Aasha. She’s sweet and borky, but she doesn’t like other dogs, violently so. We always kennel Tundra when we go to see them. She’s old and tired. She has some form of pituitary cancer, but they can’t do anything about it. She drinks and drinks and drinks but then … Continue reading Aasha Baasha
A friend of the family went into hospice this year and passed away. It was a whole debacle involving an estranged son and conflict and just, UGH. That's not the story though. The friend passed, and the son was supposed to clear out her apartment. He took his time about it, and when he finally … Continue reading Who Would Sink So Low?!?
My aunt passed after a three year battle with cancer. She had lung cancer, we thought it was beat, it returned and spread. They got to a point where further treatment was futile and a struggle for her, and she stopped treatment. We visited her a few times before Christmas, but then Covid came, and … Continue reading Goodbye to My Aunt
Mary has been a very sick dog with what we thought was a herniated disc, and we were struggling to get her to eat. Early last week she stopped eating, and she started not drinking. We got a syringe (NOT one for injections, one for feeding baby birds) and fed her water through it, rubbing … Continue reading Mary Didn’t Make It
I planted five little sticks of American Plum just last week, and they were starting to bud already. So exciting! There were four on the right side: And one tucked in the gap between the apricot trees where one of them had been eaten by deer: All was looking well, but when I went out … Continue reading Farewell, My American Plum
Today, my mom's service dog, who had been declining in health, was unable to get up at all, even with help. They had been assisting her with a sling we used to use to carry wood, but today she couldn't do it. Every time Mom left the room she was in she whined and chuffed … Continue reading Goodbye, Mariah. You are loved.
We went up to Minneapolis this last week to inter my Grandpa and Grandma Hanson. Because Grandpa was military, he was allowed a plot at Fort Snelling. It was immediate family only and really short - only 15 minutes before they had to move to the next funeral. The woman who got us all set … Continue reading Fort Snelling: Grandpa and Grandma Hanson
My family was in Minneapolis this week for the internment of my Grandpa and Grandma. Both were cremated, and they will be buried together in Fort Snelling. But! First we went to see my OTHER Grandpa, my mother's birth father. He died of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome complications when he was 32, leaving my grandmother and … Continue reading Fort Snelling – Grandpa Korpi
I've mentioned that my Grandpa was in hospice, and that we went up suddenly to see him and drop off my mother to help with care. We left Sunday, and on Thursday, Valentine's Day, the hospice nurse told my mother 72 hours or less. Late Thursday night, my dad called my husband while I was … Continue reading Goodbye to My Grandpa