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Sunday, June 22, 2008


The days of a week and a half ago including the weekend were filled with so many things that these time segments seem like a blur. The keeping of the young ones and cleaning up of the outside parts of Blueberry Hill have been mentioned but we also wanted to get the inside of the house spiffied up since we were having overnight guests come in for our reunion on Saturday the 14th.

We were getting things done but only had Friday in which to finish the rest when things started going awry. The Spice’s Mom was ailing and she took her to the doc – this evolved into a trip to the ER and this is almost always a marathon event. I had to go into high gear to finish cleaning and such alone.

Our guests were to arrive about 6pm and I didn’t finish the house prep until about 5pm. Then it was straight into supper prep and I was only about half through when our guests arrived. They unloaded their bags and we chatted while I finished up supper. As per the Spice’s wishes we went ahead and ate since she didn’t know how long she would be involved at the medical facility.

Though we thought they might keep MIL at the hospital, the tests were good and they let her go home. The Spice got back home just as we were finishing up our meal. As she ate her warmed-up vittles we sat around and chatted about our lives since last year’s family gathering.

Saturday morning came and we arose to start a fun, yet very busy day. We finished our dishes for the reunion and my cousin, her husband and I left to go to my bro’s place about 20 miles away – the location of the reunion. The Spice was feeling a bit leftover from the events of the preceding several days and decided to drive out a while later.

When we arrived some of the usual suspects were already there and more came in until we had the non-exact count of 30 plus in attendance. About half past the noon hour we were called to order, grace was said and we started the feasting event – of food and chatting. The young ones were a little taller and the adults might have had few more wrinkles but it was a fun time together with our kin.

For the first time in several years all of my siblings were present – there are six of us – three guys and three gals. As all good things must do, our time together came to an end and we started departing for home. Another cousin and his wife came home with us to stay the night – the brother of the wife part of our other guest couple. We enjoyed much conversing and finally crashed for the night.

Both couples went to church with us next morning and the services were very meaningful. The guy cousin and his wife left for their home near Atlanta right after church but the other couple came back for lunch before departing for their home around Knoxville. The reunion was great but the partings were mixed emotions – some day we will not have to be separated again – because of Jesus. ec


Blogger Captain Mary said...

Re-unions are the best, I miss so much my sisters and brother. Your post will lead me to making some phone calls today. Thanks

6/23/2008 08:07:00 AM  
Blogger CabinWriter-- said...

One of the saddest things in life is when reunions are impossible because of aging and the inability to travel. Let's hope you and yours have many more meetings before they are too old to travel.

6/24/2008 10:11:00 AM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Enjoy the time with your sibs! It’s precious time.

I hope the Spice’s mom continues to be OK.

6/25/2008 05:39:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

captain mary - We enjoyed seeing the family so much but the time was much too short. Thanks for dropping by the "patch".

cabinwriter - I do agree and we are approaching that time with several in the family. The six of us siblings range in age from 59 to 77 - but as you said we will enjoy them while we can. Good to hear from you again.

SSN - It's past history now but the reunion was a hoot! The Spice's Mom is doing somewhat better now and hasn't had another episode of major consequences. ec

6/25/2008 03:05:00 PM  

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