Saturday, June 16, 2012
Remembering our Fathers this Weekend!
My father is 75 yrs. old and not in the greatest health right now. I live in NC and he lives in northwestern NJ. I won't be visiting with my father in person this weekend, but I will call him and chat for a little while on the phone. While getting ready to type this post I was thinking of all the things I could say about my Dad. Here are a few things that come to mind:
Loves the Outdoors
The last one may seem a little harsh, but my Dad is of German-Dutch background and he can be very stubborn.
My Dad is a retired residential home builder. He retired about 7 yrs. ago due to his health, he has Lupus. Dad still builds things in his woodworking shop and never uses plans! He has all his knowledge stored in his head. Just amazing!!
Dad loves to garden and even though he isn't feeling very well right now, he is still gardening every day. The other day I called to see how everything was and my Mom told me Dad was in a lot of pain (in his back) but he was sitting in his favorite comfy chair shelling peas from his garden! He couldn't bend over when he needed to plant some seeds so he decided he would get some copper piping which was waist height and put the seed down the pipe and tamp the earth with his foot, that is how my Dad is!
I was thinking back to my earliest memories of being with my Dad and it brought to mind the time he took me to the cement block yard with him in his dump truck to pick up cement blocks for the house he would be starting. He got out of the truck to give the driver the slip for the block and he left me in the truck. The truck had an oval back window which I could look out and see my Dad talking to the worker. Something happened and the boom that was carrying the cement block slipped and the blocks crashed into the window and almost broke it. My Dad ran over to the truck all upset thinking I might have been hurt. I told him I was all right and he said to me, "we don't really need to tell you Mom about this, because she won't let you come with me anymore and that wouldn't be good".
My Dad is not a fancy man, he doesn't like his picture taken (but lately he has been letting people take it), he loves things from the "olden" days as he calls them, he doesn't like eating chicken of any kind, doesn't have and never will as he says have a computer, likes to read and likes to create.
Well that is about all I have to say about my Dad right now other than LOVE YOU DAD!! HAPPY FATHER"S DAY!!
My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!