Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Wed. Nov.7 7:45am

We are back in Goochland from our stay in New Jersey for the viewing and funeral. We stayed at Staybridge Suites in Somerset for 2 nights. We stayed there back in March for 2 nights as well. This past year we've had at least 5 different hotel stays in both NJ and PA and this hotel is the best. The value is incredible. I certainly recommend them highly.
Fortunately, both our 6 hour trip up on Sunday morning and 6 hours back Tuesday afternoon were quick and eneventful. It's about 330 miles each way.

Amanda and Eddie were very happy to see their cousins, aunts, uncles, grandma and grandpa as I'm sure were to see them.
Here is Amanda with Cousin Nate.
We ate at the Firehouse Eatery and Pub on St. Georges Avenue in Rahway after the final prayer service at Saint Gertrude Cemetery / Good Shepherd Mausoleum on Inman Ave in Colonia. That is where Grandma and Grandpa are buried.

We also got to spend alot of time with my sister, Aunt Debbie.
This is a shot of them in the kitchen at Grandma & Grandpa's house after eating some pizza hut delivery.
That's it for now. We need to reschedule a Parent Teacher Conference with Mrs. Kelli Clough at Salem Christian school that we missed on Monday to see how Amanda is going in preschool.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Thursday, November 1, 2007 All Saints Day

Halloween was "the best night" of Amanda's life. Or so she said last night as we were walking through the neighborhood trick or treating. Eddie was a muscle bound Spiderman midget and she Ariel the mermaid princess. Eddie did his best trying to say trick or treat and thank you to each neighbor answering the door. He's talking alot now but not everyione can understand his language.

They are eating their treats for breakfast right now so I'm debating whether or not it is worthwhile to suggest a banana and a bowl of cheerios.

Grandpa McCormack died overnight at John F Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey.
Edward McCormack was born August 14, 1924 in Scotland. Glasgow most likely. He was brought to this country when he was 5 by his mother Harriet. He is my mother's father and our Eddie is his namesake.

Grandma (Theresa Sonntag) Mc Cormack died this past March.

So I am a little sad right now and am writing this to keep occupied for a few minutes while deciding what I should do today.

Inez is coming up today to visit and play with the kids so I'll have some time to myself if I want.
The obit from Asbury Park Press
Edward J. McCormack died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison. He was 83.
He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and moved to Elizabeth at age 5 and has lived in Edison for the last 55 years. He was a pipefitter for 40 years, retiring in 1987. He worked at Budweiser in Newark for 19 years. He was a member of Steamfitters Union Local 475. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus 4885 in Edison; and he was a member of the Edison Elks Lodge 2487 where he worked with the handicapped children. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.
He was predeceased by his wife, Theresa Sonntag McCormack; his parents, John and Harriet McCormack, and a great-granddaughter, Maxine Runiak.
He is survived by his daughters, Kathleen McCormack of Edison, Theresa Farsaris of Piscataway and Maryellen Douches of Scotch Plains; five grandchildren, Chris Greenberg, Colleen Williams, Debbie Brown, Andy Farsaris and Steven Douches, and great-grandchildren, Amanda and Eddie Williams, Nate and Sandy Greenberg, Elena and Ava Farsaris.
Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at Boylan Funeral Home, 10 Wooding Ave., Edison, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Matthew's R.C. Church in Edison. Entombment will be at Good Shepherd Mausoleum at St. Gertrude's Cemetery in Colonia. Family and friends are invited to visit from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. and 7 p.m.-9 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice in Edward's name.

I'd like to post some of my garden pictures and archive my garden diary and blogging it seems to be the best method today so... Wish me luck!
This is a plumeria that we brought back from Maui 6 years ago. We over winter them in the garage and house. This year I successfully rooted the main plant into 6 other plants!!