Time Flies

I can’t believe how quickly time is passing until the wedding. So many things to do and so little time. It seems you start planning months in advance and there are still so many “last minute” details. I think we’re getting there, but it’s been nights of tossing and turning wondering how many things we forgot. I try and keep a calm outward appearance for my daughter’s sake, but am in total turmoil inside.

Part of the trouble is the daugher who is getting married is such a fixture in my life. I know people shouldn’t have favorites among their children. I love all of my children in their own unique way and think they are beautiful, wonderful creatures. This particular one, however, has always been recognized as my “clone”. She and I look very much alike, act alike, like the same things… you get the picture. We do many things together and really enjoy each other’s company. It is going to be difficult to see her move to another state… in a week.

She is so special to my heart. She has lived away from us while she went to college – even though it was in the same town, we didn’t see much of her. Then a few months ago when we moved into the new house she moved in with us. We became closer than ever. Now we will see her go off to have her own home and family and it’s hard. Seems it was such a short time ago that this little red-headed sweetie came into our life. She’s spent time being obstinate and opinionated, but that’s the way we liked it. She had a brain and used it. She had opinions and weren’t afraid to express them – or to clam up and not speak for a week, if that was the point she was making. She has grown into a beautiful young woman with the same brilliant mind and the same quirky sense of humor and yes, sometimes the same obstinance. We love her so.

As a little girl of about 3, if she wasn’t having me read her “bookies”, she was watching the movie “The Wizard of Oz” over and over again. She loved the movie and sang songs from it all around the house. For her father-daughter dance at the wedding, she’s having them play “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. If that doesn’t get her father choked up (he doesn’t know it’s coming) I don’t know what will. I’m afraid I’m going to have to pack a box of kleenex, too!

The joy we have in seeing her married is the good feeling we have that she has chosen well in her spouse-to-be. He’s the sweetest guy you ever could meet and is very capable of “going with the flow” when it comes to various mood swings and random bursts of energy. He’s going to have his hands full, but seems well-equiped for the job. We’re very excited about welcoming him into the family.

How the days fly by…

STOLEN!

I’m in shock. My husbands’ truck was stolen during the night! First off, to understand we live in a small community and we live in the country about 4 miles outside of town. We live off the road on a long, winding driveway and you can’t even see our house from the road! You almost have to know it’s there to find it. Then, we don’t have any security light to “spotlight” our house, either.

We have always lived in a community where you never had to lock your doors, and it was acceptable to leave your keys in your vehicles because no one would ever think to take it!

My husband has been driving his work truck – a 3/4 ton pickup with a topper that he’s got fixed up for a repair vehicle when he’s in the field. He had the back end full of tools, a portable welder, an air pressure tank, a fuel tank, parts, etc. Anything and everything you can think of for what you would need for quick repairs when you are farming and you break something or need to fuel up a tractor. He came out to go to work this morning – and it was GONE!

He’s upset – not only at the loss, but at the situation. If my parents weren’t staying here, and if he hadn’t given up his parking spot in the garage to them, his truck never would have been out there to be taken. Also, it’s almost time to be getting in the field and the insurance company says we have to wait at least a week to see if it turns up (hubby figures it’s all beat to hell now, anyway, if it hasn’t all been parted out). The sheriff came out and made a report and they have a suspect. Someone from an neighboring town that just got out of jail, proceeded to steal an SUV in that town, and it was found out of gas a mile from our place. They think the guy may have just been cutting across the fields to get back to town when he spotted our truck and took advantage of the situation – probably not even realizing until the next morning what he had in the back end, as it is an older truck and doesn’t look the fanciest from the outside.

What’s worse is my mother heard it drive off last night between 12 and 1, but didn’t think to tell anyone!

This just makes us so mad. We’ve not had to deal with this EVER and it’s really ticking me off that now I feel so unsecure – we’re going to start locking up everything and taking out the keys… another bit of innocence lost.

Day by Day

Mom and Dad did get the house. They’ve started shopping for things to put into it, and have actually made some purchases. I’m glad they’re getting on with things. They are still trying to figure out what they lost for the insurance and that is a huge pain. Since they lost everything, you’d think they could just get the amount of their policy, but noooooo… they have to itemize everything. Think about that. Think about every little thing you have in your house and when you purchased it, what you paid for it, and how much it would cost to replace it. Not to mention the things that can’t be replaced like photos and memorabilia. What a huge job it is. Mom had some antiques, too, that can vary in price due to condition and age, and if you don’t have the exact item to take to an appraiser, how do you figure out what it was worth? It makes me value my own things much more… and start wondering if I should be writing down lists and lists, too!

The wedding is just over a week away. The bride-t0-be is sick. Hope it goes away by then and doesn’t pass on to other family members!

Spring peeked around the corner on Sunday – getting to a high temp of 71!!! It was windy, but a beautiful day. Of course, Monday was a high of 35… it is Iowa, after all.

Everyone please keep your fingers crossed that wedding plans go off without a hitch and sickness is all gone. I’ve been having weird wedding dreams and it’s not even MY wedding! Be soooo glad when this month is over!

Dear Internet Provider

I’m a little late addressing this. Appropriately it should have been posted on Valentine’s day, as all expressions of love are. I wanted to thank you for the beauty that is you. After contacting not one or two internet providers and getting blown off, but THREE, you have come to my rescue. To think, you were only a mouse-click away. In two days you came to my house, installed my high-speed internet and left with barely a ripple in the pond that is my life. After months of struggling with dial-up connections (yes, pity me) and poor service, I am finally in the land of the click-click-click express. Lovin’ it!

Hurrah!

I’m so tickled… My folks put an offer down on a house yesterday afternoon. Yippee! If accepted, (which I’m sure it will be) they can take possession April 1! It is where they wanted to be, and it’s a nice house – if a little pricier than they wanted. Now my mom wants me to start shopping for furnishings. It’ll be fun…

Annoyance of the day – why is it when you send out wedding invites and you sent an RSVP card and even STAMP the ENVELOPE people can’t manage to return them? Don’t they realize you are trying to figure out food and beverage needs as well as seating? I wish some of them would get off their lazy behinds and SEND IT BACK. Grrrr… Just getting a bit stressed here – less than three weeks left.