Saturday, June 9, 2018

Some Good, Some Bad

Obviously, I've fallen off the radar a bit.  In September, Andy's brother was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, and in April we lost him.  He was 57.  Andy did get a chance to see him first, but it's still an overwhelming loss.

We've both been struggling a little with work:  Andy has been working on a huge project that is both frustrating and requires extra hours, and my company brought in a free-lance sales "trainer," who has been condescending, dictatorial, and demanding that we have things like paper "pitchbooks" that were unprofessional and out of date 20+ years ago.  Luckily, the plug is being pulled on that idiot, but it's hard when you have something to really dread first thing every Monday morning.

There have also been good things happening.  We are now finally and legally free of Andy's ex-wife, who has been spiteful and as nasty as possible every chance she's had.  There are lots of posts on my other blog about just a few of the things we've been through with her so I'm not polluting this space with anything about her, but if she ever contacts us in any way for any reason, she'll be slapped with a restraining order. We got to attend graduation without her ruining it or making a scene, which is certainly a first. 

The kittens are doing well
and when not snoozing, are loving watching the birds out of the window.  They're not allowed outside, much to their disappointment.

There's been a bit of sewing,
and in spite of all the stress, we still find the fun in life.  Months ago Andy had asked me if we needed a flag from my college to go with all the rival flags going up around the neighborhood, and apparently I told him the only sports team I might be willing to put up would be Griffendor.  So Thursday I came home to find this:
 Of COURSE we're keeping it up!  Or maybe moving it to the front of the house for greater visibility.  :)


Sandy said...

Lucky me, being the first to comment on your new post. So sorry to hear about your loss. It's never easy to work through that and then with both of you having it extra hard at work...double wammy. Hope things improve on all fronts soon. Had to laugh about your flag, sounds like something that could happen here, quite easily.

Glad you're sewing, probably helps you to relax and that's always needed. Enjoy the rest of the wkend.

Mereknits said...

I am in love with that flag. I actually have a Gryffindor coat of arms in my office. So sorry to hear about Andy's brother. That is so hard. I lost my brother just shy of 45, that was 27 years ago and I still miss him. Good news about the ex, I hope she contacts you just so you can alert the authorities!!! Sorry about work Toni, wishing you a wonderful week.

Mandy said...

So sorry to hear the news about Andy's brother. Not something which is easy to cope with at the best of times.
So glad the cats are enjoying themselves, even if they can't go outside.
The Gryffindor banner is so much fun.
I hope that the coming week will be a much more pleasant experience.

Sandy said...

Making blog rounds so popping into say hi, hope things are well.

handmade by amalia said...

What a terrible time you've been having. I'm so sorry for your loss. A big big hug.

RobinH said...

Wow, the kittens are so big! I'm suspecting that the reason snoozing cats appear so much is that they're much easier to photographs when they aren't bouncing around.

Much sympanthy on the loss of your brother-in-law. It's never easy.

Hopefully there will be less drama going forward. It's a pleasure seeing you back online.

Hugs to you both.

Sandy said...

Making blog rounds, and hoping each day get's a bit easier for you and your family.