Last Wed. Jesse, my DIL, the GGs, and I went with Great Grandma to see Disney on Ice over in WF. All princesses had a grand time.
My vertigo problem of last week went away as quickly as it came. I really think it was an inner ear problema, but who knows. Since I have recently done some medical tests and my doctor pronounced me healthy as a horse, I doubt my dizziness was very serious. Just in case, I think I will dye my hair brown.
Saturday Jes and I had a shopping day in The City. You know how I love to get off with my girl – just the two of us. Sunday we just took it easy around here. Spring is here. The redbud trees are beautiful and things are greenin’ up. Toby had a tick on him last night – sure sign of spring. We switched out the winter clothes for summer clothes – a large undertaking. I still have more switching to do – similar to spring cleaning, but it sure feels good. It has been a cold winter.
I do have some sad news. My longtime, good friend, Janetta, passed away on Saturday. She had had some health issues in the past years and finally succumbed to them. Because Janetta was always about fun, I don’t want to think of her and be sad. I want to think of the million funny stories of her, the giving person that she was, and the smile that was always on her face - the Gill Grin. I worked for Janetta one winter at her property management company. She never had a harsh word toward aanyone as far as I know and went out of her way to make everyone happy. Often she would take things from her own house, like a pitcher, salt and pepper shakers, etc. to some ridiculous tourist who wanted to know why his condo did not have whatever. After one particular crazy day of trying to please tourists with all their needs and even starting a fire for one guy who could not figure out how to do it himself (I worried that he would burn down the condos. I believe he was a doctor from Midland, TX) I became irate and yelled at Janetta, "Good Grief! Do you turn back the covers and tuck these people in bed, too!" She just smiled and said, "Chill Lou."
Another time, we were sitting at our desks working and answering phones. Janetta had had several calls from local friends inviting her to play cards, or come to this party or that, or do whatever – all on the same day. Finally, I said, "Janetta do you realize that you have told at least four different people that you would be there, and there is no way you can be at all those places at the same time?!" She smiled the Gill smile and said, "But I want to do it all." And that was Janetta. She wanted to do fun things. She wanted to please people. She had that laid-back easy way about her that she could get away with anything - and did.
Janetta loved to shop. She bought things whether she needed them or not (my favorite Janetta story shares another shopping tale here). Her kitchen cabinets were full of all sorts of food. One time our friend, Kathy, who was 30-something and pregnant for the first time, was going through Janetta’s kitchen opening cabinets and searching for a snack. Janetta stood there and watched Kathy on her rampage for food – Kathy saying, "I know you have something I can eat…" Then Kathy grabbed a container of what looked like trail-mix. Janetta tried to tell Kathy not to eat it, but Kathy opened the container and tossed back a handful of the mix before asking why. Janetta started laughing, and then explained that the container was hamster food.
I have known Janetta since we were about ten years old, and I could tell even more tales. My dear Janetta, you brought much laughter and joy into our lives. I will miss you.