Monday, February 25, 2008

Things good, and things sad

I seem to be pretty much back in form; I went in and did some light weight lifting and 30 minutes at 3.2 mph at an incline today without much trouble, so I should be back on track of losing weight soon. Thank you for all the encouragement and concern.

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You may remember I mentioned that I had to take my uncle in to the VA hospital; Saturday he went quietly in his sleep while taking an after-dinner nap.
I have been helping him for a couple of years now; he had a bad heart and lungs, and had to breathe pure oxygen 24 hours a day, so he couldn't get outside much or drive. I and my wife visited him every day, feeding his dogs, shopping, running errands, etc. Since he was family (my dad's younger brother), I felt a certain responsibility to help, that's what family does. He has some daughters, but they are all out of state. He had lived alone since his retirement from the Navy. He was a veteran of two wars; he did a hitch in the Air Force during Korea, and was over in southeast Asia during the Vietnam War while in the Navy.
Goodbye, Uncle George, you will be missed.

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Don't feel much like listening to lyrics today, so I have on my instrumental playlist, which is mainly jazz. I'd be surprised if anyone knew most of the artists, but some of the titles may be familiar.

"Over the Rainbow" by James Galway
"As Time Goes By" by Henry Mancini
"Bombay Calling" by It's a Beautiful Day
"It Just Happens That Way" by Mindi Abair
"Prabhati" by Ravi Shankar/Sir Yehudi Menuhin
"Farewell" by Patrick O'Hearn
"Words Unspoken" by Tim Weisberg
"Shenandoah" by Lorie Line
"For All We Know" by Dave Brubeck
"In a Stone Circle" by Ian Anderson

19 comments:

LeeAnn said...

My sympathy to you and yours for the loss of your uncle. You are what they mean when they say "family". Good on you, sir.

Kenny said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss

Erica said...

Condolences to you and your family...always sad to say goodbye to a Vet.

The Earth Bound Misfit said...

My condolences, Bob.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

I'm sorry to hear about your Uncle George. My heart goes out to you and your loved ones... (Hug)

terri said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Your uncle was very lucky to have such caring family.

Fire said...

I will be keeping you guys in my prayers. May God bring you peace during this difficult time. And...isn't it nice to have another angel watching out for you? God bless.

Breda said...

my thoughts will be with you during this hard time - take care, BobG.

meleah rebeccah said...

while I am happy to hear that you are on track....I am soooo sorry to hear about your uncle. My condolences to you and your family.

Dwayne said...

My hat is off to you and your uncle. To your uncle for his great service and sacrifice for his country, and to you for your humanitarian effort. May God be with you in this time of sorrow, but may your memories be full of laughter and happiness.

MauserMedic said...

Sorry to hear of your uncle's passing. He was fortunate in having you there to help.

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

Sad, Bob but not a bad way to go in the end.

Simon Clark said...

Good to hear you're feeling better.

My condolences for your uncle :(

DirtCrashr said...

Glad you're feeling better.

Nate said...

Bob, sorry to hear of your uncle's passing. Its always tough to loose family members. I'll bet, as a vet he had some great stories.

I'm glad you are doing better.

Ride Fast said...

Your Uncle George was fortunate to have a nephew that cared. My condolances for your loss.

Hammer said...

I'm sorry about your uncle. I'm glad you were there for him all this time.

H2o said...

I'm sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.

SpeakerTweaker said...

Good to see you getting back on your feet and back toward getting in shape.

And my condolences to your family on the passing of your uncle. Know that he is appreciated for his service.



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