Megan and I had a good time on her birthday evening. We ended up talking and listening to music instead of watching the movie. She loved her present, a garden bench/kneeler:

Having repeated knee surgeries makes groveling around to weed and garden pretty painful, and when you have an 80 foot by 80 foot garden, that can be a problem. I still owe you a post about the garden on the property, but in the meantime, here’s what it looked like after a neighbor and his big machine tore up the existing scrubby huckleberry bushes:

And here it is after months more of hard work:

It turns out that Rob gave her a pair of Felco pruners for her birthday before he left, and they will fit nicely in the pockets of the bench, along with things like sunscreen (for Megan and Star) and her sun hat when she’s not wearing it.

Rob’s mother is not expected to survive much longer. She is in palliative care, so we all hope she is comfortable. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem to be able to communicate and is sleeping a lot. I hope that she knows her children are with her, even if she can’t express it. They say that people often hear and experience more than they can say in these kinds of circumstances.

If there is a bright side, it’s that Rob is with his siblings and they are supportive of each other and glad to be together. We are all lucky to have our families, both in good times and bad.

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5 thoughts on “Updates

  1. What a job on the garden, looking real nice. I’m happy Rob is with his siblings and near his mom, you can be assured that she knows very well her children are close, the body is shutting down but the soul remains very active, especially when we are near the end, the soul is the last thing to leave.

  2. The garden looks incredible!

    I believe that they do know you are there, too. My sister and I read to our father in his last days, he was in a drug-induced coma. When he died I left feeling like he knew that I had come to be with him before he left.

  3. PS Very impressed with the progress that has been made with the garden. Love the gated entrance…


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