Friday, January 14, 2022

Dealing With Life




Since the loss of my dear wife I have sat down many a time to write something, anything. But each time I would sit and look at my screen and then close it up. Marjie's death has left me at the edge of a black hole if you will. I try to keep myself busy so that I don't spend my entire day crying for my loss. God bless our little dog Roxy, when she feels I am going toward that black hole again she will grab one of her many toys, come bounding in growling and daring me to try and give chase. We play keep away for a good while and she loves to go for walks.


 My good neighbors have been keeping a very watchful eye on me, if I forget to open the heavy drapes in the morning I will usually get an inquiring phone call or knock at the door to make sure this old gardener is well. I have so many frozen dinners in the deep freeze that I certainly will never starve. 
Deep sadness held onto me for quite a while but I have my family to think about, I am never short of something to do. 
Our youngest son Ian and his family came over and helped demolish and haul away the old chicken house making way for the new garden shed that will be delivered on February 3rd. 




A couple of days ago I had a cement pad pored for a good solid base for the new shed which is 8 feet by 14 feet. 

The boys and I are planning a Celebration of Life for Marjie / MeMa, in July so that all of her roses and dahlias will be in bloom. She so loved her flowers and I am sure my "Flower Lady" will love that we planned it around her flowers.
MeMa and our granddaughters Taeya and Lucy delivering flowers to all of the neighbors



Sunday, November 7, 2021


 Marjie Chambers passed away Wednesday, Oct. 27, after battling cancer for over a year. She was surrounded by her loving family at home.

Between trips to the Oregon Coast, Hawaii and Disneyland, her most precious destination was that of her home in Southeast Portland.

From befriending her grade school librarian in Clatskanie, Ore., to working in several Portland Public High School libraries, reading was a passion for Marjie.

She and her husband Ron raised two sons in which ultimately led to five grandchildren between the two families.

A menagerie of animals were also a major part of the Chambers family throughout the years.

May she rest peacefully now.

We love you, MeMa

Monday, July 19, 2021

Making The Best Of A Situation



As the saying goes “When you are served lemons, you make lemonade.” So that’s exactly what we did. Last year the city of Portland notified us that they would be removing a large portion of our front walk and installing a wheelchair ramp. I asked if that was a wise expense since there are driveway approaches on either end. The response was “They are not ADA approved.”

As the work began the first lemon rolled our way....they needed to cut into my neatly trimmed ground cover, “Just a little bit” because the walkway was not wide enough to accommodate large wheelchairs.

That’s not “a little bit”.


They were very apologetic as they removed more and then a little more.


The work was finished but the problem remaining was the portion of the ground cover that was left quickly started dying, not to mention was very unsightly.


So with the help of our son Nathan it was removed.


And we now have lemonade.







 

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Fix It



Up early this morning we busied ourselves getting Miss Roxy fed and then outside to do her business and then loaded her into the car for a thirty minute drive to Hillsboro were MeMa checked into the Hospital to have her third stent replacement which help protect her kidneys while the chemotherapy continues.  As usual I was able to go in with her while all the paper work was completed but  because of Covid restrictions we said our goodbye's and then I joined Miss Roxy in the car. Try as I might I just can't get comfortable in this car......not our car. Yesterday a pesky little warning light appeared on the reader board of our car so we stopped at the dealer to have it checked out. We were given a rental and the nice lady told us they would let us know. It was a combination of MeMa's successful surgery this morning and having to drive this god awful rental, that when the nice lady called back and said the problem will disappear when we approve the 12 hundred dollar bandaid. I said, "Fix it, I hate this rental, I want my heated seats, sunroof and all those electric buttons and gizmos that this rental doesn't have ." And I promise I won't complain about the fact that it is dark grey instead of red, even when I can't find it the next time leave it in a parking lot filled with dark grey cars. 

       

This car was parked in front of me at the Hospital. I was a bit slow when I looked at the jumble of letters but then I put the type of car, an Infinity with the plate NBYND. The Toy Story hero Buzz Lightyears famous saying "To Infinity and Beyond" 

A first timer Peony bloom in the garden - Duchess de Nemours
 

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Photo Op

 

While my wife was having chemotherapy our eldest son did a great job of keeping me distracted. I was showing him what I had planted in the kitchen garden when this little Anna's Hummingbird fed on the pendulous flowers of this clump of Cerinth growing along the fence of the old chicken yard.  She was completely unafraid of us standing less than a foot away and didn't mind us snapping photo after photo.