Sunday, July 22, 2018

AVR Weekly News ~ 252nd Edition

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by 
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. 
~ Recap the past week ~ 
~ Show what's upcoming ~ 
~ Share news ~ 
~ Display book hauls ~

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  • Sunday 7/1 ~ Meme ~ AVR Weekly News ~ 251st Edition
  • Wednesday 7/4 ~ Meme ~ Wicked Wednesday
  • Friday 7/6 Review ~ A Life Removed by Jason Parent
  • Tuesday 7/17 ~ Kindle Review ~ Grave Mistake by Izzy Shows
  • Thursday 7/19 ~ Kindle Review ~ Black Rain by Matthew B.J. Delaney
  • Saturday 7/21 ~ Review ~ Brief Cases by Jim Butcher

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  • Monday ~ Review ~ A Shot in the Texas Dark by Russ Hall
  • Wednesday ~ Meme ~ Wicked Wednesday
  • Friday ~ Meme ~ Friday Featured Spotlight ~ Juniper Court
  • Sunday ~ MemeAVR Weekly News ~ 253rd Edition

--- AVR News Update ---

Dad and his restored 560.

On the Home Front:
Ok, so I've been absent for quite awhile. If you remember I went to Ohio to visit my parents June 18-24th. I left Anna and Trip there to visit while I came home to get things done and ready for our (me, hubby, Kyle, and Anna's boyfriend Alex) trip up on July 9th. But on July 3rd my dad took a turn for the worse and by the end of the night he was on life support (I did not know this until I got to my parents farm). Since my night vision sucks I was stuck in NC until the morning of July 4th when I took off for Ohio. For years now my dad has fought 
COPD, congestive heart failure, diabetes, edema, and recently, ulcers from the aspirin he was taking for years as a blood thinner. So many things and once one system went (his kidneys because of the drugs to drain the edema) then everything else cascaded. His heart was too badly damaged for CPR so he was put on life support, but that's not how he wanted to live. Long story short, we made the decision to remove support and let Nature take its course. Surrounded by family, he was gone by 6:30pm. As my brother said, our dad celebrated his Independence Day. No more health problems, no more struggle to breathe. But it's hard. He turned 82 in May, mom and dad celebrated their 62nd anniversary in March. I can't believe he's gone. And now my mom is alone in a quiet house. My oldest brother lives 3 hrs away from her, but my other brother and his wife live next door (their son lives 2 hrs away and their daughter is in Africa with the Peace Corps), my oldest son lives nearby, and she has neighbors and friends watching out for her. My mom's a tough cookie. I know she'll get through this as she's gotten through so many hard times in her life. I'm going back up next month (Anna and Trip are probably going back with me) and I'm hoping to persuade her to come back with us for a short visit. Since she has macular degeneration in her eyes (one wet, one dry) she has to go to a specialist about once a month, so hopefully we can schedule around her appts. We'll see what she wants to do.

We left the farm (driving 2 vehicles since hubby, Kyle, and Alex followed me to Ohio on 7/9 like we'd originally planned) on Fri 7/13 and headed to Urbana, OH to see hubby's dad and his long time girlfriend then we headed home the 15th. We were beat. I've spent this past week trying to get caught up and I think I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Touching Nature: It was hot and then nice in Ohio. Back home it's been hot, but not so bad the last couple days. We need rain bad. So does Ohio.

Book News: Not much to report here. I had some posts scheduled that went up while I was doing other things, but I still need to go back and post those reviews on Goodreads. I've read very little. I have listened to a few audiobooks, but three were rereads for me and one was new. I listened while I was driving. It helped pass the time since it's an 8 hr trip to Ohio for me. According to Goodreads I'm 31 books behind, but that's ok. I can always lower my number closer to the end of the year if I need to.

Don't Touch That Dial!: A few CSI. That's it.

At the Flicks: While in Ohio we saw Incredibles 2. Pretty good movie.

Cyberspace Playground: Nothing

Randomness: Every. Damn. Time.
Euchre sadness or rage?

Carol's Nuggets of Wisdom:
Make the time to visit loved ones. You never know when you won't ever see them again.

That's it for me. AVR News Update signing off. May all your books enthrall you.
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  1. I am so sorry for you loss. He sounds like was a wonderful man and father. You and youre family will be in my thoughts.

  2. I'm very sorry for the loss of your dad. I know how difficult it is to lose our close family members. Prayers for you and your family.

  3. ((( hugs))) I am glad you all got to be there with him at the end. It's hard no matter how prepared you think you are.

  4. So sorry about your dad and glad you were able to be there with your family. It sounds like your mother will have plenty of support to get through a difficult time.

  5. So sorry to hear about your dad. That is so tough. Hopefully you are able to get your mom to NC for a visit. Yes, it was HOT here in Ohio for awhile. We did get rain this weekend so at least thats better. My husband's family lives in Urbana as well. Small world!
    Have a good week!

  6. I'm sorry for your loss but glad you were able to be there. I live in NC and went to OH for the last 3 days. I also listened to audiobooks on the way there and back, so now I need to write the reviews. It rained all the time I was in OH and it's supposed to rain here off/on all week. Anne - Books of My Heart

  7. Carol, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. Thankfully you were there to help support your family and make decisions. I know it is probably the hardest thing to do. I'm sure a trip for your mom would be a great thing for her. WOuld you consider moving her closer by?