Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A is for Augh, Angels and Advil

Well this is an Auspicious beginning!

I was sitting here with the heating pad on my shoulder and I can't even tell you what triggered it, but all of a sudden I remembered it's April 1 and I needed to post my A blog for the A to Z Challenge!

I've been looking forward to getting started on this month-long challenge that requires me to blog daily, except Sundays, for the month of April, using the alphabet to inspire posts.

So, here goes.

As the title says, A is for Augh!, Angels and Advil.

Augh? Well, obviously, that has to do with the sudden remembrance that I needed to pull out my laptop and tune in to the challenge!

Moving on...Angel. Well, today we celebrated the life of Mike (my husband's) Aunt Sonya. Oh, this lady -- she was a card. She had penciled eyebrows that would arch just so to let you know EXACTLY what she thought of whatever had just transpired. That lady could double you over with a wry turn of phrase that she delivered with perfect timing and without skipping a beat. She died suddenly last week, and the shock of her passing had a little to do with why I was caught off guard by April 1 -- the days have been a little muddled.

But today's celebration with Mike's cousins and other family was such a good one. Aside from the obvious sad reason for gathering, funerals can be the best get togethers. I think because unlike a reunion, a holiday or a wedding, funerals require you to drop everything, plan fast and just focus on reminiscing and buoying each other up. Today was such an occasion.

Mike reconnected with cousins he hasn't seen in well over 20 years, and it was great to hear them piece together the remnants of memory they each tugged from the corners of their minds. It was a great way to spend the afternoon, but I am sure going to miss Aunt Sonya.

And, Advil. Back to the heating pad -- I'm nursing a seriously sore shoulder that is seriously hampering my grand exercise plans. So, I've discovered Advil and osteopaths, and I should soon be on my way.

Again, this isn't the scintillating post I thought I'd kick off the challenge with, but I'm here and I'm excited to keep going. Don't give up on me -- come back. I promise it'll get better.

Love from the farm,


  1. I think it's a great start to kick-off the A to Z challenge. I'll be looking forward to your future posts.

    ...a fellow A to Zer

  2. Sad to hear about your Aunt, but glad to learn you celebrated her life with family and friends. I hope you recover from your injury soon and that you do not need to take too many pain killers.

    I hope you enjoy A-Z!


  3. Good luck with the challenge, Teri! I always enjoy reading your posts, so I'll be hanging in there with you this month. Of course, you'll be doing all the heavy lifting, but I'll be right there relaxing and watching you sweat!

  4. I'm sorry about your Aunt. And I hope your sore shoulder won't prevent you from continuing the A to Z. I love the way you write.

  5. Sad reunions. so sorry about your Aunt. I have my friendly heating pad on hand as well.

  6. I hope things get better for you, and you can post letter B and C tomorrow.

  7. Hi, Sorry about your aunt and your aches and pains. I enjoyed the post, though. Hope you will continue. Best regards to you. Ruby

  8. God bless you and your family at this sad time, Teri. Feel better and be good to yourself. :)

  9. And alas, we're looking for more from you!

  10. Hope you are feeling better!
    Happy A-Z April!

  11. I thought it was a great post, Teri. Easy to connect with you through your natural journaling style. My condolences for your loss, but I agree that the celebration at a funeral, though a sad reason to unit, can be the most wonderful reunions. I hope it provided a healing balm for your souls. It sounds like it did. Hope the shoulder heals quickly so you can get back to delighting in the simple life of country folk. And I hope you get back to the challenge. Enjoy. Maria

  12. Thanks for all the sweet comments -- I've enjoyed hopping over to your blogs and taking in all your talents and wit. :) I didn't expect to start the challenge off so dramatically, and am sure glad to get to settle into it now, even if it's a little late. Cheers! Teri