Been A Long, Hot Mess

Oh wow. Where to start? Two weeks ago I went to Phoenix and helped my mom move here to CO. It was a long, hard week on us all. My family has been in that house close to 70 years and every square inch of it shows it. From the spices from Grandma that were never thrown away~she died in 1976 (GROSS!) to the handprints in the cement of me as a kid and my boys too as things were added on. That house was full of ghosts. Both my great uncle and aunt died in the living room in the same spot years apart. They were peaceful and watchful ghosts and it was hard to send them on their way. But is was time. We spent time visiting all the graves, even driving down to Ajo, AZ where I had my car checked and identity questioned by border patrol because seriously what is a good reason to give a border patrol guard for visiting Ajo?

I passed a digital sign at one point from my moms to my in laws that showed the temperature as 122 degrees. I only pray that was wrong. It felt it.

We attended a retirement party for my mom. Yes, at 81 she finally retired. I hope I have that kind of stamina at her age. I don’t think I will though. I think that comes from a generation that fought so hard for everything. Lets face it, our generation is kinda wimpy. I am OK with that. Shoot, get me a rocking chair now!

Carter had an awesome birthday party thrown by Grandma with his cousins. It was so so wonderful to spend time with our family.

Things are still buzzing with school starting and doctors appointments and the mountains and mountains of boxes from AZ. But we are good. I am exhausted, we all are, but happy and that is all that matters.

Miss everyone!


  1. It sounds like the trip was a big success, Barb, even if it wiped you out physically and emotionally! Is your mom living with you now, or someplace nearby? Best wishes to all of you as she gets settled. I hope this winter isn’t too hard for her. I’ll bet she’ll be missing that warm weather come January!

    REALLY hope to see you SOON!

    • Hey Laura—miss you too. We need a girls night out soon! My mom will be the first honorary Mile HIgh Grandma so you will get to meet her soon :)

      She is living about a mile away :)

  2. Nice to have you back! You have been SUPER busy with BIG things.

    I hope your mom acclimates quickly to the land of the cool.

  3. Hope things are finally starting to settle down again for you, Barb. You’ve had quite a summer! Had to laugh at the spice cabinet – I imagine my Mom has spices just as old in her kitchen! Glad you have your Mom close again, but sorry you had to say goodbye to your childhood home. Bittersweet, I’m sure.

  4. Barb – I’ve been thinking about you and hoping everything was okay. I know you’ve been through a lot. We’ve had to sell both of my grandparents homes in the past few years (the one in Chicago was their home for almost 70 years too. So hard to say goodbye to so many memories and lifetimes. Glad to hear your mom is a mile high and hopefully things will settle down for you soon. Hope to see you soon and catch up.

  5. I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.
    Mother Teresa

  6. Glad it is done with and you can breathe a sigh – if not exactly one of relief.
    Miss you hon. Let’s figure out something for this upcoming week? I could use a dose of your laughter and your awesomeness. :)