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End of Year

December 26, 2010 - Janet DelTurco
Sitting at my computer, I can see a plus and a minus for the day. First the good. My paperwhite narcissus bloomed on Christmas day! So often as I write advice and suggestions to people in my column, it strikes me with great force that I should take my own advice, and this time I did. I planted the bulbs six weeks before Christmas, and they bloomed right on schedule. And now my daughter brought me a beautiful container and another set of bulbs, which should be blooming if my calculations are right, on Valentines Day.....a nice gift for my grandaughter. The not-so-nice sight is really an unseen. The miscanthus zebrinus, or zebra grass which grows outside my home office window and shields me somewhat from people walking by, blew down when that icy snow fell a few weeks ago, and bent the grass stems down to the ground. It usually springs up again when the heavy ice melts off the feathery plumes, but not this year. It has been down so long, and walked on so many times, that the stems are sharply bent, and will have to be cut back when hey finally do thaw. That is a job I usually do in early spring, and will be one less to do at that busy time. The end of this year has been wonderful! Thanks to the skill of Dr. Bremyer's attention to my ankle, I am now able to walk to church and to the grocery store, and to take the dog around the block. And it continues to improve every day. By spring I expect to be able to work in the garden, maybe a bit slower than before, but I think all the tasks I have will get done. The second blessing was the arrival of two of Santa's elves from Lowes in their sled disguised as a red van, from which they proceeded to pull out a new dishwasher! At first I did not let them in, not having bought such a thing to replace my old one that died a few months ago. My son-in-law Jeff intervened and convinced me that it really was for me. He had slipped away from my daughter Vicki as they were shopping, and bought me this wonderful gift! She called me from another store to tell me they would be late home as Jeff had disappeared, and he managed to keep the secret from her as well. And finally the biggest news of all. ( I feel the need for a drumroll here ***************************************************) My first grandaughter was born thirty years ago, and because of the extreme youth of her mother, and the deaths of my husband and mother, all happening at the same time, we felt it best for the baby to be adopted. We knew she would have a good home through Catholic Charities, and have never forgotten her through the years. Vicki tried to find her, and she tried to find her birth mother, and after thirty years Andrea found her uncle Patrick on Thanksgiving Day, through Facebook. She lives in Columbus, and right before Christmas we had a gathering with her parents and sisters and our family. What an incredible happening that was. They are wonderful people, and Andrea has had the best life anyone could wish for, and both families are blessed with a new circle of friends. It was especially extraordinary for Vicki who was here in Tiffin at just the right time, and to see her with Andrea was unforgettable. Andrea's parents are everything that one could wish for a precious baby, and we will all treasure the connection we share. Happy New Year!


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