LIFE GOES ON


Just what we didn’t need, a hurricane in the middle of a pandemic. Hurricane Hanna chose not to keep her distance or stay at home. Instead she chose to waltz into the Gulf of Mexico and make landfall on the Texas coast as a category 1 hurricane without much warning. The eye of the storm came in just south of Corpus Christi with some wind damage and flooding caused by rising water but no loss of lives. We were fortunate but hurricane season is just beginning.

My plumbago blooms; the cactus blooms.

President Trump tweets daily and plays golf on the weekends.

We order groceries online and do curbside pickup. A sister dies.

And life goes on. I am grateful for every day.

45 thoughts on “LIFE GOES ON

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about your sister’s passing. I hope she didn’t suffer. What a time to lose someone you love. I also hope you were able to connect with her before she passed away.

    I was thinking about you when I heard about the storm heading in your direction. I trust from what you’ve said, that you’ve managed to weather what it brought.

    What a beautiful cactus flower! Yes, I am grateful for every day as well, Jo. These gifts from Nature can be healing to some degree.

    As for Trump’s tweets, I don’t understand how your magnificent country has allowed such an incapable, unfeeling, and crooked president to remain in office. I guess, your system hasn’t been challenged in this way before. When he has the senate, some of the lackeys in his administration, and the attorney general behind him, it seems nothing can stand in his way. Hopefully, your election will happen without a hitch, and he will be replaced by someone with heart and reason. I also hope, that new laws will be enacted which will prevent his kind of presidency from happening again.

    Meanwhile, stay safe and healthy. Sending love your way.

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    • Thankfully, she went peacefully at home and apparently went to rest in her bedroom and passed. I had not seen her since December but I talked to her a few days before and she was doing well and sounded good and was making plans for when we could be together. She was 84.

      I don’t understand how the 2016 election turned out. Maybe 2020 will turn around in November. I could go on but I won’t. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  2. I’m so thankful for you, cousin. We will really miss Barbara’s sweet smiling face. You are such an inspiration to all that know you. I really love your positive blogs, during such a difficult time.

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    • And I am thankful for you too! We have to stick together in these times. She had been doing well. I had talked to her the Wednesday before and she sounded so good and was looking forward to the time we could be together. But my heart breaks to lose another sister. I saw her last in December. Hugs and TGIF to you, Cousin Kim!

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    • Thanks, Dor. It is hard not seeing our families as often and isolating ourselves. I am grateful for what I have around me. A cactus bloom after rain is a cause for celebration! I know you miss your family too. Stay safe and sane in your beautiful Virginia countryside.

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    • Thank you, Janis. She was my last sibling but we were close and have good memories. She was doing well and lived at home alone at 84 with a little assistance. We don’t get out much and will be voting my mail-in ballot in November! Stay well! Thanks for the visit.

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  3. I am so sorry for the loss of your sister. Loosing a loved one during these difficult times makes it even harder than it already is. Take good care of yourself and let’s hope for better days.

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    • Yes, it complicates everything and it affects us all one way or another. There will be just a small family gathering at the cemetery but even the service will be delayed. I have to believe things will get better if we all do our part. You stay safe there in California! Nice to hear from you.

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  4. Sorry for your loss… The current situation has taken away so much from all of us, some more than others. Only way is keep our spirits up and hope these terrible days will soon be behind us. Youu write very well.

    I will be grateful if you could visit my blog at https://anisrumination.blogspot.com/ and ‘Follow’ me.

    Thanks in advance.

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  5. Losing a family member in these odd and trying times is even more difficult; I’m sorry for your loss. I don’t have any siblings, but I imagine it’s no less painful than the loss of a parent. I am glad that your area was mostly spared by the storm. Damage is damage, and no one wants it, but it could have been much worse. We’ll hope for an easy rest of the season.

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    • Yes, it makes things more complicated and slows the process down because of Covid-19. She lived in Victoria and they have been hit hard with cases and deaths. We will have just a gathering of family at the graveside but it may be two weeks as she wanted to be cremated. She was my last sibling.

      All calm in the gulf right now but we will keep a watch. We are on a bluff, but some beaches were damaged by erosion and some piers were damaged. May we stay safe from storms and Covid-19!

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  6. Cousin, it saddens me to hear of another death in our family. But you know they are rejoicing in heaven and having that big family reunion. Glad the hurricane damage was minimal at your place. Love and miss you.

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    • Thanks, Cousin Anita! Yes, they must be welcoming here. All ok here so far but we keep an eye on the gulf, have a solar generation and have plenty of supplies. With Covid we don’t get out unless we have to. Hope all is well with you and yours. So nice to hear from you! Hugs & love!

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    • Thank you, Judith. We were very close and were best friends. My other older sister died about 1 1/2 years ago so I am the only one left. I feel those hugs! I know you treasure your sisters. Sisters are special. Grateful I had two great ones.

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  7. I’m so very sorry to hear about your sister. It’s never easy to lose a loved one, but during the middle of a pandemic makes things even worse. I’m glad you escaped damage from the hurricane, and wishing you peace…..

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    • Thank you, Al. Glad it was not too bad for your either but 30 hours without power is no fun either. We were lucky not to have lost power in our area. All we can do is watch the weather and be prepared. We never evacuate and just weather them out as we are on a bluff. Stay safe from storms and virus!

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    • Thank you so much, Andrea. We were close and I have wonderful memories of the ups and downs of life we shared but laughed together whenever we could. All clear skies right now but we watch the Gulf of Mexico for activity. Sending good thoughts your way!

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    • We will only have high tides and rough surf because of Hurricane Laura. Son lives in Houston so we are hoping for no damage or loss of power for him. It could be us next time. Crazy times!

      Thank you for remembering our loss. She had been doing well at home and went in her sleep. Take care!

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  8. JoNell. I don’t know how else to contact you and have been looking for a post from you for several days. Since I heard of Hurricane Laura’s approach I have been worrying about you, my friend. As if a pandemic isn’t enough to handle, now this. Remember apart from your family and close friends, you have an army of us in the blogosphere who care about you. Hugs from the other side of the world.

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    • Thank you for thinking about me! We were fortunate this time as we are farther south on the coast from where it hit, so we were spared this time. Son lives in Houston closer to where it hit but no damage where he lives. Other areas were badly hit. It is difficult for those who have to evacuate during this pandemic as many have to go to shelters. Oh, it is a comfort to have blogger friends who watch out for each other. Hugs back to you! I may have your email address, if so I will email also.

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