Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hospitalized/Memories/That "OTHER" Holiday

So I have been staying with my grandmother for the last month (with a VERY short break to go back home) and we have been desperately trying to figure out what is going on with her. She is currently in Hardin Memorial Hospital- Elizabethtown, Kentucky  having a bunch of tests ran on her. Several doctors have now thrown the "cancer" word out there which is not really what anyone wants to hear. My grandmother has been through a lot in her life and  I hate to see her in so much pain and agony.
You never want to see a loved one go through pain, even though there are probably a few relatives (at least in my family) that I would like to smack with a frying pan to get them to shut up, lol BUT you don't want to see them in any real pain.

My granny means the world to me. Besides my husband, I don't care about anyone else like I do this lady.

As you can see from the photo above, my grandma doesn't feel very well. She is usually very happy and all smiles and is up and about "people watching." She loves to watch people and say "Those people are crazy." Haha. Gotta love that lady.

My grandmother has taught me all kinds of things. Her and my mother are responsible for my crafting, artistic ability and creativity. My grandmother taught me how to cook, how to sew and crotchet and she was always entertaining as I was growing up. I wouldn't be where I am now without her.

My favorite memories of my grandmother are what she did for our family (her six children and their youngin's) on Christmas Eve. My grandmother used to spend 3 days cooking a HUGE feast for all of us for Christmas Eve where we would all get together at her house for a family reunion. The food was amazing and the festivities were just memorable. It was her way of giving back to her children because lets face it, buying Christmas presents for all of us would have been just WAY too expensive.
This was a tradition in our family for as long as I can remember up until she sold her house and moved into her tiny trailer in Hodgenville, Kentucky. The reunions stopped and I was sad. When I got married I started my own Christmas tradition mixed with a bit of my husbands' family traditions. We began a Christmas Eve Dinner for my brothers, my mother, my grandmother and my husband and I and then on Christmas morning we would make breakfast and open presents.

Now that I am purchasing my first home. I plan on starting a family reunion every year to cherish the memories that my grandmother worked so hard to create. I will post more on this later when I begin planning the event.

I can always get her to smile even when she feels bad. Makes me feel so special. I love her so much.
****Update 7/23/2011****

My grandmother was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic cancer yesterday. She refused chemotherapy and was sent home to live out the rest of her days in the comfort of her own home. They are giving her a 2 to 3 month time frame. MAJOR SAD FACE HERE.
As you all know I have tons of projects going on and I am now putting them all on hold to take care of my grandmother for the remainder of her days. My halloween bash is being cancelled as I won't have the time to finish this years projects. I will instead, push the theme off onto next years bash.

I hope to keep posting here on my blog but it may get a bit sad here and there so please stick around. I promise to throw in some good stuff here and there when I have the time to.

Happy Haunting everyone!

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