Rest In Peace Aunt Birdie… She was 101 and 8 months old… (WI) “DAY 51” – 8/24/10

August 24, 2010 - 10:43 pm - (WI) “Day 51”

Ken - "Dad"

I woke up early this morning so I could write my post and after that, I’m headed to Minnesota.  I knew my post would take awhile today, I had over 200 pictures to upload and file alone.  That’s not even including the time it takes to write it.

But for some reason, I felt the urge to call my Dad first thing to check up on my Aunt Birdie.  She hasn’t been feeling well lately but... she is just shy of 102 years old (for real, she’s 101).

Matt, Dad, Sophia - Dogs, Tati, Max

Anyway, he answered but couldn’t talk because he was with his Grandkids (my nieces and nephew.)  He said he would call me back, so I started uploading pictures.

About 30 minutes went by and my Dad called.  Before I could ask how Aunt Birdie was doing... he told me she passed away in her sleep last night, peacefully. 🙁

I was thinking about her all night for some reason.  I’ve been hanging out with Riccio for a week now and haven’t said a word to him about her but last night I was telling him all about her.  It’s crazy how sometimes you just feel something I guess...???

Sitting in Middle - Aunt Birdie -

Rest In Peace Aunt Birdie - You Will Be Missed!

To my Aunt Birdie: You were one of kind and lived a life I would trade places with in a second.  Living to be 101 and 8 months old is a life to celebrate (as my Grandma put it :))

You never missed sending anybody a birthday present in the entire family ever (probably over 50 people total), you were so thoughtful.  Seriously, everybody got a check in the mail, on time, every year, even my Grandmother, who got a present this year (2010) on May 28.  And my Grandma is... well.. she is my grandmother.  (Won’t reveal your age Gram. :))

Grandma, Cousin Joan, Aunt Birdie, Cousin Georgie

To all the Statfelds and other relatives who miss her as well... I send my sincere condolences.

I love you and I will miss you!  Rest in Peace Aunt Birdie!

Diane and Riccio (John)

Like I said, I was getting things ready for my post when I got the call.  Now, I know she was 101- 8 months old (when you’re over a 100, months count :)), but it still was shocking.  I just always thought she would live forever...................

I was with Riccio and his Mom in the kitchen area when I got the call.  They were supportive and great to talk to.  Thank you.

But after hearing the news, I didn’t feel like writing or filing or driving or anything.

Diane, Tom, John

I just wanted to sit around and reflect on life and my family.  It was now almost noon and my mind was wandering... so I took a nap to try and wake up with a fresh brain.

The Kindness of Others

Thank you Diane!

I got up around 2 pm and started with my post.  It took me until 7 pm (central time) to finally get “DAY 50“ up.  It was getting dark when Riccio’s parents said I could stay the night again and get a good night’s sleep instead of leaving for Minnesota during the night with nowhere to go.

Not only that, but sometime in the afternoon Riccio’s Mom (Diane) even donated $20 to me for my trip.  (She took one picture and said that was enough so this one only has her hand and the $20 in it.)  🙂  Thank you!

Anyway, it was around 8 pm and I hadn’t eaten yet, so Riccio and I went to Burger King where I spent $1.06 on a buck double.  Ahhh, dollar menu!

Digital Camera
After getting some food (one burger), I went to Walmart to buy a digital camera.  I have been wasting so much time taking pictures with my phone, I had to get one.

Each picture I use has to be send via text message to my email, then I upload each one individually before I name and file them in my computer.  A very tedious and time consuming process....

So, I decided I would buy a camera today.  I don’t know if it’s blessing or a curse but I checked my email earlier and one of my credits cards extended my limit by $500, giving me $534 of credit available on that card now.  I’m using the card!

The camera I bought cost $135 total (with memory card) but it’s worth every penny I will never pay

Riccio

back! 😉  The pictures will be sharper plus I have a flash... so no more dark pictures and it will save me hours of my time!  A worth while purchase.

We got back to Riccio’s parents place and Riccio helped explain and set up my camera.  Much appreciated, I’m terrible with technology! 😉

Fitness
I haven’t been working out but I have been doing a lot of walking.  My eating has been good in the sense that I haven’t had much junk food at all.  But I still eat burgers and fries... I’m a meat and potatoes guy... what can I say.

I need to start training with weights, I want my muscles back! 🙂  I plan on stepping up my game now that I have lost some weight.  I haven’t weighed myself in weeks because there hasn’t been a scale anywhere I have stayed.

But... there is a scale upstairs here so I’m gonna take a break from writing and get the numbers.  Ok!!!  I weigh 195 lbs.  I have lost 28 pounds in 50 days!  Woo Hoo!  Now tighten it up softy! 🙂

Let’s see how I do over the next few weeks with the weights, wish me luck on my shoulder holding up, I’ll need it! 🙂

Traveling
When I get up in the morning, I’m getting in my car and heading to Minnesota.  I know nobody there and have nowhere to go.  If anybody reading had a friend in Minnesota who would like to lend a hand... let me know!

Thanks for reading!

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  1. Dad says:

    Nice words for Aunt Birdie. She will be missed.

  2. geri says:

    Dave,
    A beautiful tribute to your Aunt Berdie.
    Geri O

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