Thursday, April 25, 2013

May May Be Better. Maybe.

Spring Tree Picture for Fb Share
I haven't blogged in so long I was almost afraid I'd forgotten how. To tell you the truth, I have kind of forgotten how some features work. Geez. Luckily, I'm a pretty quick study.

April's been a tough month. Tough is perhaps too mild a word. It's been like the freakin' Apocalypse. My precious puppy died on the 12th. She was a grand old dame at age 17 and I'm so glad that she lived a long, pampered, and happy life. Unfortunately, she had gotten senile and arthritic and fairly lethargic, and I know she wasn't enjoying life much any more. It comforts me -- somewhat -- to know that her sweet spirit is free and happy now over the Rainbow Bridge. Still, I miss her so, so much. My place feels so empty without her.

Six days after her death, my father died. He had recently been diagnosed with emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis. And no, he never smoked a cigarette in his life. My sister had come to Virginia and moved him to her home in North Carolina, never thinking for an instant that his time was coming so soon. He passed away on the 18th, not even two weeks after she moved him in with her. My sister and I had just met a cousin of ours on Dad's side who we never even knew existed 'til about three weeks ago -- my parents had some very peculiar tendencies, such as not telling us about Lord only knows how many relatives -- so I ended up traveling to North Carolina with him and his brother on the morning of the 19th. We all managed to get everything done that has to be done when these things happen, and we had the memorial service on Saturday evening after the cremation was done earlier Saturday.

Other personal calamities, albeit not of this magnitude, have occurred throughout the month of April, the sum total of which have led me to declare April 2013 positively Apocalyptic. And, of course, the whole country has been plagued with the horrible Boston bombing, the Midwest flooding, sinkholes, earthquakes, avalanches, ad infinitum.

The weather has been positively schizophrenic -- hot one day, cold the next. If I go to work sleeveless, it could be freezing by the time I get home. If I wear a sweater, chances are it'll be 80 by the time I get home.

April has been just crazy for practically everyone I know. Man, I hope May is better.


Skunkfeathers said...

Condolences to you, first.

Second, May gets me closer to storm chasing in this neck of the woods. I'll take on a tornado as opposed to an islamofascist bomber, any day; the tornado I can see coming.

A better May your way!

Lee said...

It's good to have you back, Serena.

I'm so sorry to hear about your beloved pet. So sad. Our pets are so precious to us. I'd be lost without my two furry mates in my life.

And then...I read on and learn about your father! Oh! Dear...I'm sorry for your loss, Serena. My best thoughts go out to you. Too much sadness for you. I'm sorry you're going through so much grief.

May May be a better month for you. After what you went through in April...and are still going through, May would have to be better, one would think and hope.

Keep your chin up, Serena...but don't feel you have to keep your emotions must cry...and it matters not how often.

Take good care. :)

Serena said...

Thank you, Skunk. I'm counting on a better May. Listen, I know how much you love chasing those storms, but please be careful! Tornados are darn scary.:)

Thanks so much for your kind words, Lee. Lots of sadness in April for sure, and lots of tears. Hopefully, things will be on more of an even keel in the weeks and months to come.:)

G-Man said...


You know how I feel... xxx

Marion said...

I'm so sorry for your losses, SJ. At least your father didn't spend years suffering, bless his heart... I know you'll really feel the absence of your sweet puppy. I still miss my cat, Ramone, who was 20 when he crossed the rainbow bridge. I still cry, too.

You're not the first person who's said that April has been a ball buster, to put it mildly!! That full moon last night kept me and all 6 of my cats awake all night. It was a wild one.

Sending your love and hugs, my princess friend. xo

Serena said...

Yes, thank you, Mr. G-man.;)

Thanks for the Princess love, Marion. I know how much you loved your Ramone. It's just so hard to lose these beloved furry little kids. That's wild that the moon kept the kitties up last night. Hopefully, you'll all get some sleep tonight.:)

quid said...

Oh, SJ, no.

So good to have you back, and such sad news. I am so sorry for your losses.

May will inevitably be better. Stay awhile. I'm only managing about 3 posts a month...but !!!!

Missed you.


Serena said...

Thanks, Quid. I'm counting on this month being better. And I may even manage a couple of posts in May.:)

rkfinnell said...

Thoughts and hugs. So sorry for your loss

We're getting ready to move soon. I had to fire my editor and get a new one. Long story. Well not that long but let me say my patience wore out. LOL

rkfinnell said...

Thoughts and hugs. So sorry for your loss

We're getting ready to move soon. I had to fire my editor and get a new one. Long story. Well not that long but let me say my patience wore out. LOL

Serena said...

Hey, Roxan, it's so good to see you! Sorry about your erstwhile editor. How's the new one working out? Good luck with your move! Take care.

quid said...

My April sucked, but you have me beat.

First let me say how sorry I am about your losses.

I can see you haven't come back for awhile. I haven't commented on that because I'm not blogging that much anymore, either! Hope you do catch this and know that I am thinking of you.


VE said...

Dang...never thought that you'd stop blogging. What the hell is wrong with the world?!

Mili said...


Serena said...

I meant to be back before now, Quid. I seem to have become Queen of the Procrastinator People.:)

I didn't mean to stop, VE. I just kinda got sidetracked. I'll get started again. Sooner or later.:)

Pink said...

I'm sorry for your losses.

How is August looking?

No matter how dark and bleak things seem, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Hang in there - I'll be thinking of you and keeping you in my prayerful thoughts


Serena said...

Hey, Pinks, thanks for your kind words. Mercifully, June and July have been much kinder, and August is looking great. Hope things are good for you as well.