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What a week

February 19th, 2013 2 comments

Last week was a tough week, and hardly one that I was inspired to write about.  When I last got a chance to sit down and bang out an blog post here, I talked about Traci’s grandparents, and how their end was nearing.  Last Tuesday, Dan Darling passed away quickly, and peacefully at the West Hills Hospital, just a few days after having been admitted from a fall he’d taken in his home.  He was hooked up to a breathing apparatus and being slowly weaned off of it, when his heart suddenly stopped, and it was decided not to revive him.  He was an outstanding man, who had an unbridled love for his family, his birds, and of course his wife Barbara. He is survived by his wife, their four children, Seven grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.  He had a fantastic life, and he’ll be greatly missed.

That was the beginning of the week, and while Dan will be missed, it was time to continue on at our house.  Things that are a major stressor at the moment is the sheer volume of work slugging through all of the Girl Scout Cookies has been.  It’s that time of year again where all four of our daughters, who are all active Girl Scouts, are selling their cookies in hopes that they will raise enough funds to help them reach their goals to offset the costs of their trips with their troops and other activities.  It’s a lot of fun for them, and a lot of work for us as we manage the cookie boothings, the pickup and drop off all the cookies, and their replenishment in a seemingly never ending cycle of cookie mayhem. We manage a small cookie distribution process that has immense popularity, and we do so with some real experience.  I believe that this is the 7th year that our kids have sold them, and it’s just as challenging each time.  Thankfully, we have only one month of the season left, and it’ll be another year before we see it again.  Read more…

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