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The photo is my son and myself. Now days you can get a photo made to look old like this one. This photo was taken when this was the new look.

Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....
 

Nothing More Important

August 26, 2019

Our lives are delicate.  Much more delicate than many people realize. When we are traveling from here to eternity there are a lot of changes.

For the last several months I have had this feeling to get things in order, I am not about to tell you I am sick or leaving the blog or anything, I just feel the sensible thing is I need to do better at having the laundry done, folded, ironed and put away. I don't need to wait to finish a project, just finish it.

I feel like we should always be ready for change as it does constantly happen.  We watch our children grow, our grandchildren grow faster than weeds in our garden.

Just looking back on my blog or my picture file I see how many changes we have made. How many times our kitchen sink area changes.

There are loved ones that are no longer here now as we travel through time and we have to let them go because we cannot do anything about it. 

We are all a blend that comes together to make something complete. We make something of it while we have it, or them.

Without our generations before us we would not be here. We are all part of something bigger.

We worry too much, we put too much interest in things that have no importance at all such as scrolling through social media when we could be baking bread or cleaning our home. We could be volunteering or playing with our child or spending more time with a pet.

What if we missed an opportunity to talk with a friend or loved one or look out the window and noticing the things around us instead of looking at our phone or tablet. 

What is this post about? The last two weeks have been bad and good. Our son had a heart attack two weeks ago. Much of a shock to us as he is not overweight but does work a high stress job. The good news is they could repair what needed to be repaired and he is doing better.

Then this past weekend Charles was cutting the grass behind our house. We have a fence and a road on the other side.  He was cutting outside the fence next to the road.

It was early mid morning. A car drove up next to him as he was pushing the lawnmower on a area that was only about four feet from the road to our back fence. Two men, ski masks, the man in the passenger side next to him, cocked a 45 semi automatic pistol and thrusted his arm out the window pointing the gun at him.

He yelled, "give me your money". Charles held his hands up as he started falling backwards hitting the bushes and fence cutting his hand and shoulder blade and said, "I don't have any money". As he fell to the ground the man held the gun, finger on trigger. 

There was a pause and the man said, "Go". As they drove off.

A very very mean crime. Who robs a man mowing the grass? Who keeps a wallet in their pocket when they mow the grass? 

I was in the house and hear yelling, as I got to the back door I saw a black car driving off and did not see Charles. I yelled his name!   Nothing. I yelled again and as he got off the ground he looked over the fence pale as a sheet and said, "Donna! I was robbed at gun point!" I yelled hurry come back around as I grabbed my phone to call police.

I was not calm at all and could hardly breath as I tried to talk to 911 dispatcher. Charles was not walking back around quickly enough and I did not know that the shock made it where it was hard for his legs to walk back. 

These vicious men are still on the loose. They are out to rob or kill someone and I want them caught and put in prison. The police told us this was a felony if they are caught. Hard armed robbery is a serious thing no matter they did not get any money.

It has even affected our three little dogs as they are afraid. They are barking at most all noises outside right now.

We found out that afternoon that a convenience store down from us had been broken in to just the night before. So now we find ourselves in need of more change to keep ourselves safe. We are not sure how but we are going to go to the police department and talk to someone about our concerns and ask for suggestions.

Those men could have flippidly taken Charles away from me. I don't want to let him out of my sight but I have the last two days because he is not retired yet.  I love him so much and I know that we are getting older and there are already enough things that can end one of our lives. 

I don't like to post about stressful things but this is real life here on our blog.

I still did not sleep well last night but I know now that all of those prayers I have asked God to protect Charles have been answered several times now.

I am not going to let this change the things I do. I may do some things different as will Charles and in a smarter way. Our world is changing around us but there is still beauty and we cannot get to a point to where we do not see it anymore.

I love onion blooms as this is above.

It is beautiful and most people do not let them seed out but I always let a few bloom and go to seed.

I have been knitting dish cloths and wash cloths when I have time.  I need to be typing out the diaries but have not been able to do that as you can see why.

It has rained today which is always a good thing. I had planted a second crop of cucumbers and beans and both are starting to bloom and are running up the trellis's.

I am trying to get back on track with laundry and housework and see the need to always be on top of that so it is not so bad to get caught up when we have a bump in the road.

I will close now as the rain has turned into high winds and some lightening so I want to get this posted in case the power goes out as it did last time I did a post. 

Do consider keeping yourself safe. When you are pumping gas/petrol, walking in a parking lot, going to a ATM and at home. Have a home emergency plan. And please try and keep a pantry or some extra food in the house for those storms that could cause some problems.

Grandma Donna

 
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