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Monday, June 09, 2008

Liz took my car again and I laid on Gramps-guilt

Since Liz had borrowed my car again (cuz she dinged hers and needed 2 get the ding pulled out @ Gordo's Garage and Grill), I needed rides to/from Gramps's place 4 my recent visit. Dad had dropped me off, and Liz picked me up. This felt pretty lame, since I'd just finished bragging 2 Gramps abt having gotten my licence.

But anyway. Liz. As I was fastening my seatbelt, I was all, "Thanks 4picking me up, Liz." I figured if I didn't butter her up a bit, I'd NEVER get my car back. Liz went, "No problem!... How's Gramps?" I sed, "The truth? --He's not doing well. Every time I C him, he's more frail, more tired... It's scary. If U want him 2 B @ yr wedding, Sis--U'd better set a d8 soon. Seriously." Liz sed, "MayB U're rite. It's just that... I don't want 2 rush in2 anything! I want 2 take it a day @ a time!" I replied, "I know. But I don't think he has many days left."


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  • At 7:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Good work lighting a fire under her. If we left it up to her and Creepthony, they'd die of old age still not having set a date. Watching her fake concern for him should be lots of fun.

  • At 7:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    They've had plenty of time to prepare. They've had since Shawna-Marie's wedding last year to catch up, and to plan. It shouldn't take years to get married. If they don't want a big fancy wedding, which your mom does, they could just do a small one, even in Mike's own backyard (should be big enough), or near Farley's Tree.

    Hopefully they'll set a date within the next two weeks. That's about how long Grandpa Jim has from the looks of things, I'm afraid.

  • At 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Hopefully they'll set a date within the next two weeks. That's about how long Grandpa Jim has from the looks of things, I'm afraid.

    I wish you weren't dead on about that. I expect that when he does pass on, the family will stand around like jerks bellowing about how they never knew he was that sick. I've seen it happen often enough.

  • At 10:52 AM, Anonymous michael patterson said…


    Formerly little sis. Aren't you a clever girl? You painted a picture of Grandpa Jim practically at death's door for Elizabeth in order to get her to set a wedding date. And what's better, I think that little trick might just have been the little trick to get her to do it. Now, if Elizabeth was reading your Blog and saw how Grandpa Jim was walking now, and giving you a standing ovation, or even about his trip out with my family; then she would realize that you were lying to her. As a rule Pattersons don't like to lie, but if it gets Elizabeth married, then we are all for it. Mom is very proud of you. I think you can expect some congratulatory butter tarts with no raisins headed your way.

    Now that I think about these past weeks of your Blog, you are definitely showing all the signs of accepting, nay embracing, your Patterson position in life. Not only did you think mom's method of not letting you buy clothes with her credit card was a "credit" to her (good pun); but you espoused the "time and not gifts" Patterson philosophy to your girlfriend; you went to Grandpa Jim's apartment and talked about yourself, your desire for dessert and not one word about how tough Iris has it; and now you may have convinced Elizabeth to finally marry Anthony Caine and fulfill her destiny of being married to her childhood sweetheart in Milborough. No longer the rebellious, angst-ridden teenager, you are coming into your own as a Patterson. I have to say, as an older brother who has had the opportunity to observe you for all your life from a distance, I am proud too.

    Michael Patterson

  • At 11:24 AM, Anonymous jeremy jones said…

    april, i gotta say this biz of not lettin' u drive aftah u got ur licence, iz rilly a pain. i get used 2 ridin' w/u in ur car & then we hafta ride on the bus.

    altho ur bro thinks ur talk w/ur sis wuz 2 get her 2 set a d8 4 her weddin', i know u rilly wunt ur sis 2 think 'bout y it is that she rilly duzn't wanna marry anthony caine. if she thinks 'bout xxactly why she haz been w8in' 2 set a wedding d8, then mebbe she will realize that she duzn't rilly luv him. it's hard 2 say w/ur sis. neway u look @it, married or not married w/anthony caine iz bettah than b-ing in this weird limbo where u can't do nethin' cuz ur mom iz afraid ur sis mite get married ne weekend. we cudn't evn go campin' 2gethah, cuz ur mom wuz so paranoid ur sis mite pick this past weekend.

    neway, i think we did sum good work w/studyin' 4 xxamz & startin' work on ur basement space (cuz u know ur dad's nevah gonna do it) & of course, the study breaks. i luv u, april patterson.

  • At 11:33 AM, Blogger howard said…


    I don't know if I agree with your assessment of your grandfather's condition. However, my wife Beatrice has started to grow anxious for your sister's wedding too. Since your sister has adopted her "one day at a time" philosophy for wedding planning (or if it's fate, then there will be a wedding), what you may not know is that your mother has been checking on people setting up weddings to see if anyone has a last-minute cancellation, where your sister can possibly take over their reservations. In this fashion, she hopes to be able to say to your sister, "Look daughter. A cancellation, and you can take over the wedding reservations without planning anything. One day at a time can be this day."

    Of course, your mother doesn't actually check on these things herself, but has managed to convince Moira Kinney (and my wife Beatrice, reluctantly) to do it. So, every day when she comes in to talk with her Coffee Talk people at Lilliput's, she has to have an update on the current status on marriages in Milborough. So far, no one has cancelled their wedding. However, Beatrice is quite sick of keeping track of it. If your sister sets a specific wedding date, then that would make Beatrice's life a lot easier.

    Howard Bunt

  • At 1:34 PM, Blogger April Patterson said…

    jeremy, i luv u, 2! i m so glad u understand y i sed that stuff 2 liz and that, unlike mike, u know i m not, like, embracing the patterson ways!


  • At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Liz Patterson said…


    It wasn't right of you to try and make me feel so guilty about Grandpa Jake. When has he ever been there for ME?

    Liz Patterson

  • At 1:42 PM, Blogger April Patterson said…

    jim, liz! it's grandpa JIM!


  • At 1:43 PM, Anonymous Liz Patterson said…

    April, you are such a Martian! Can't you tell I don't have time to worry about whether he's Jake or Jack or Jared or Jespath?


  • At 6:42 PM, Anonymous Laura Cruikshank said…


    Sorry to hear you are not coming to Manitoba to spend August with us this year. I was really getting used to you coming up every summer, like having a cool younger sister who likes to do the same things I do. We talked a lot last year about taking some time out to see the pre-vet program at University of Manitoba. I was really looking forward to showing you around my school. I guess the next time I will get to see you will be at cousin Elizabeth’s wedding.

    Auntie Elly sent mom a note back in March that said cousin Elizabeth was finally engaged. Mom figured since Elizabeth is a school teacher, she would probably pick the summer to get married, so she would have plenty of time off to plan a wedding and to have her honeymoon. If you could let your sister know, we haven’t got any official invitations, yet. Your mom’s note said something about being ready to travel at a moment’s notice back in March. Auntie Elly can be funny sometimes; but we do really need to know that dates and times in order to arrange affordable air travel. It’s so expensive to fly these days. I’m afraid if we don’t get tickets soon, all the cheap fares will be gone.

    Grandpa Will and Grandma Carrie are excited about going. They haven’t seen Elizabeth since Uncle John’s surprise 50th birthday party; but they still talk about how they used to be baby-sitters for Michael and Elizabeth while Uncle John and Auntie Elly took their holidays to Mexico. As you know, they are now almost 90 and they live in an Assisted Living Centre in a town thirty miles away from their old home in Aberdeen. It’s not easy for them to travel, so we would probably try to be there a few days before the wedding to get them settled and ready.

    I can’t wait to see where you live, and of course, to meet your boyfriend, Gerald. You’ve talked about him so much over the last 3 summers, I feel like I know him. My boyfriend says he might come to the wedding, depending on when it is. Maybe we can have a night out on the town, just us young, single kids. Maybe even with Elizabeth, if we can pull her away for a moment from her wedding preparations. I know she has probably been really busy with it, ever since her engagement. There is so much to do. It must be really exciting for you too, to see your sister so much in love, and taking this big step, and helping her with the bridesmaids’ dresses, and I know she has called on you to help her pick out the music.

    I think weddings are so romantic. I would really like to marry my boyfriend, and for Grandma Carrie and Grandpa Will to be there, like they will be for Elizabeth’s wedding; but as we all know, you don’t plan life choices based on whether relatives will be able to be present at ceremonies, but on whether the life choice is a good one. If my boyfriend is not ready to propose yet, then I can wait until he is. But after that proposal, watch out! I have enough wedding plans as if I were really 3 girls.

    Looking forward to seeing you again,
    Cousin Laura

  • At 8:04 PM, Blogger April Patterson said…

    laura, u can prolly tell from 2day's blog entry that liz had not yet set a d8 when we had that convo. sorry.

    gerald's not my bf nemore. jeremy jones is my bf. i luv him! <3 <3 <3

    liz has dun NO planning and consulted me abt nuthing. if u want, tho, i'll give u music suggestions whenev u r ready 2 plan yr own wedding.


  • At 8:41 PM, Anonymous laura cruikshank said…


    I checked your Blog entry as you suggested. I don’t know what to think of it. Auntie Elly made it sound like the wedding was definitely going to happen. I will tell mom and dad, that cousin Elizabeth still hasn’t set a date. If she does, I hope she gives us enough lead time to get airfare so we can be there. However, it sounds like she is having second thoughts and doesn’t know how to break it off. It may be better if she doesn’t get married if she’s not sure.

    Sorry about Gerald. You seemed to like him a lot last summer. I hope he didn’t break your heart. But I am sure Jeremy is a nice guy. If your sister ever does decide to get married, then maybe I will get to meet him.

    If my boyfriend ever decides to propose, I will definitely ask you for music suggestions.

    Cousin Laura

  • At 9:32 PM, Anonymous Liz Patterson said…

    Laura, how DARE you hint that I shouldn't marry Anthony! I love him with the kind of love you don't have to think about!

    No wonder Dad ignores your part of the family. So pushy about wanting to know the wedding date! I can't be rushed with this kind of thing. You all will just have to stand by, like Mom said. You should listen to my mom. She's wise.

    Liz Patterson (future Liz Caine)

  • At 9:34 PM, Blogger April Patterson said…

    liz, that was pretty rude of u. laura xxplained that they hafta have a d8 so they can book flites and make plans!

    laura, i don't really wanna talk abt ger. he didn't break my heart, but we realized we r not rite 4 ea other. and jeremy is rite 4 me!


  • At 9:36 PM, Anonymous Liz Patterson said…

    April, you're such a Martian. Do you think I can't read? I saw what Laura wrote. She's still being pushy.



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