Thursday, June 14, 2018

With a little encouragement......I'm back

You can thank Shelle Kennedy (Sunshineshelle) for my return. She made me cry a lot and feel empowered mucho, when she said that she enjoyed my posts which were a little like a day in the life kinda thingie. I guess I felt a little like Sally Fields, "you like me, you really like me". And I love you right back.

Some of my best days have been when I was writing posts about "one of everything", hosting an Oz kinda party or boring you all with my silly adventures with my darling grands. Some of my worst days were made better by just knowing you lovelies were out there rooting for each other and also me. I lost track of that feeling. Sorry, oops.

You have all seen me through the gambit of emotions, situations and moments in the past and I've missed sharing with all of you. I got lazy, depressed, ground down by life and just quit. Shame on my name! I still have so much to share and just figured that particular bit out lately.

So I shall, in small doses, catch you up on the craziness of Casa de Cuckoo. We cuckoos are all the same, only a year older, several life times smarter and have lived some interesting moments and experienced change. Change is the only constant in life and I should have that tattooed on the inside of my eyelids. Or maybe record it and let it play on a loop to remind me, all is well with my soul.

I'll start with the newest stuff and work my way backwards, forwards and 'whateverwards'.

Joe, my darling Sweet Man, is still working. Albeit a new/old job. He travels the state, comes home every night and is much happier than when he tried to retire last year. He got bored before the first week was over. Like all men, cough, cough, he then began to tell me how I could do things here at the Casa. Yep, that didn't workout so well and he joined the gym, had lunch with friends, sorta worked at cleaning up his area of the garage for another week and then announced that he had gotten another job, selling and traveling. What a guy. Gotta love him, and I do.

Shelley is still working in mortgage. But there's so much that has changed in her life. She had almost given up dating all together when last August 5th she had a date with a nice guy. Now that may not sound like much but it was beginning of the "greatest adventure of all" (using a quote from Up the movie because they are like Carl and Ellie). She found her soulmate Brian. They got engaged in February and are hoping to pull off a wedding as close to August 5th as possible. Whirlwind is an understatement.

Brian has two daughters, Sierra, 17 and Sydney 15. That means 4 teenagers in the new blended family. GereaKaye is 18, RyLeigh is 14. Brian and Shelley are in for a "very big adventure" with these craZy four younguns. The kids get along great. They even like each other (for reals). So much so, that overnights for the kids happen often, as do going to the movies, out to eat and just hanging out together without the adults. The noise level multiplies by a bazillion when they are all together. Never quiet, I'll tell ya.
Ry and Sydney top row. Sierra and GereaKaye bottom row. This photo was taken at Ry's and my birthday dinner.

Then "Brielley" (you know like blending Brian and Shelley?) went looking for a house in which to house said loudish family. They found a wonderful 4 bedroom in a gated community which had been on the market for only 10 days. They made an offer and bingo bango, they will move into said house in July, right after they get back from a vacation to TX and OKLA so Shelly and the grands can meet Brian's parents. Things just zip along at light speed.

Are you getting tired just reading about all the activity going on here?

Me too.

I am also having a issue with empty nest syndrome.  You remember 9 years ago when Shelley and the grands moved into our home for 6 months...............and have been here ever since? Me too and sometimes it seems like they have been here forever and now it's only a few weeks until they move.

It kinda scares me. Who knew I would be this attached to the 3 generation bundle of us?

More soon.

Smooches and Squoozes, Oma Linda


  1. It's so wonderful to have a post from you again, Oma Linda! I've missed you! But wow, so many momentous changes, especially in Shelly's life! Congrats to her and I wish everyone much happiness!

  2. It's so nice to see you here again. Wonderful changes for all, except for the part about your empty nest. Let's just see what happens next!

  3. Welcome back, my friend. Of course, we've kept up with each other on FB, but it's not the same. I've totally missed your Oz parties. I gave up blogging not for quite as long, a few months, since just before Christmas because when I came back to my blog, it was all decorated for the holidays. I've been feeling so good about being back because there are things I can write on my blog, that I don't want to put out there on FB. It's awesome to be here for your return.

  4. Welcome back, Linda!! I always enjoyed reading your stories. Always interesting with a dash of humor.
    I never stopped blogging, but my posts for the last year or so have just been pretty much duplicates of what I put on facebook. I have relatives and friends who are not on facebook and they enjoy reading my blog. I would like to get back to writing more, but life has been SO hectic this past year, my time has been limited.
    I look forward to reading more from you. Wishing the VERY best for Shelley, Brian, and all those kids. I hope they will be living not too far from you. You are going to miss all that activity in your home.
    Again, WELCOME BACK.

  5. Welcome back! I followed you here from comments you've made on another blog, maybe The 7 MSN. It's been so long ago that I'm not sure, but I am sure that I've always enjoyed reading about your adventures (and some misadventures). I don't have a blog, but enjoy learning about others' lives which I would never be able to do otherwise. I look forward to seeing what's going on with the Cuckoos. Good luck to Shelley and the rest of you as this new chapter starts. I wish much love to all.

  6. *crying happy and sad tears* it's wonderful to have you back :D I get worried for my online family when they stop reporting in lol. So happy for your cuckoos, finally flying free...but feeling your sadness too. BUT...allowing room for overnight visits...which room are you going to claim to art in? When my eldest left home I was in like flynn lol XXX

  7. well, yay for Shelley and the kids. it's gonna be awful quiet around your house. I imagine the grands will miss you as much as you will miss them.

  8. I see life has gone on for you and yours as it tends to do. Glad to see you back to blogging, I'm sure you have much more to say. You will have more time for writing after your house becomes quieter. Surely you will miss them all so much but at the same time, possibly enjoy a bit of quiet with less responsibilities. I'll be back to check on you!

  9. The empty nest part of this post pulled at me. In 3 years I will be an empty nester and leaving NJ for a place that doesn't suck 99% of my fucking paycheck.....Anywho, I am sincerely scared of my mentalness when I am no longer "mom" in-house. Oy vay.

    I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy for Shelley, it is such a blessing to find love when you put it on a shelf and decided you'd never look at it again. The heart wants what the heart wants and to find a man who loves your kids too, well that's just icing on the cake.

  10. Yay! You're back! Congrats to Shelley and Brian!

  11. Si nice to have you back. wow you guys have had a lot going on,,,I am so glad for all of you. a very exciting time.

  12. I shall thank Shelle until she dances. I, too, have missed your blog posts. So many wonderful people have stopped blogging. Facebook and Instagram and the rest are quite okay, but blogs feel like homes to me. I missed visiting you, seeing what your heart-hang is up to, reading about your ups and downs and telling you that we are right there with you... Yep, I missed it.

    Yay! for Brielley! I hope the transition is glorious.

    And don't worry too much about the nest you think empty, the cats and turtles and the occasional ghost will keep you company. So will we... there here and there.

  13. can't wait to read more about what is going on in your magical life!!
    so, so glad you're back!!

  14. Oma Linda! So good to hear from you! You have been missed! I am so happy for Shelley! Great pictures!! Big Hugs and Much Love to everyone!


  15. Hiya sweetheart!
    It's so good to see you back here :o)
    (I have been checking in every so often, just in case you returned).
    The empty nest thing...oh my...I am not even going to imagine as it will make me cry :o(
    At least if you are back here we can come and chat again and keep each other company?
    And put our arms around you and give you a big hug ()
    I forgot to tell you about a draft blog I was doing about you, (sort-of), which I have only just posted (I needed the photo's first) it's on my 'other blog'
    It's good to be back isn't it my lovely? :o)
    Shell looks so bloody happy! :o)
    Kisses to the new family xxx


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