This weekend has been spent recuperating mostly from being in trials the last three weeks. Three trials that all ended with guilty verdicts, back to back, so I'm very pleased with that. I really love my job as hard as it can be sometimes. Last night was spent watching scary movies while I tried to breathe. I'm normally not bothered with allergies at all, but this extra dry weather has done me in--probably the cedar, but I haven't bothered even looking as I'm just superstitious enough to think that if I don't know what's making my nose run it will lose its power over me in the next allergy seasons to come. Retarded, I know, but that's how my nose and I roll.

Only a few weeks now until the wedding and I'm starting to get really excited. I'm a lot less nervous than I thought I would be. I was never nervous about marrying John, not at all. What I thought I would be more nervous about were all the logistics involved and getting everything ready. Thing is, he's been such a great partner in helping to get everything ready and in all the planning, that now we have almost everything done. He's the shit, this man of mine.

My latest obsession has rolled back around to genealogy again and I've been finding out all sorts of interesting things. For instance, my great-grandmother who died in San Antonio? I ordered a copy of her birth certificate and discovered that she died in Moody Sanitarium. Cause of death was listed as "manic depressive" and "psychosis." She was in there a month and then she died. Hmmmmm...yeah. She was 37 years old and I don't think that people ever actually die from psychosis, so the mystery of Dellie Irene deepens. I want to get a small grave marker for her too. She never had one. I've also volunteered to take cemetery photos for a site that does photo requests for grave markers. I love road trips and knocking around cemeteries, so I figure it's a win-win.

I dreamed of cemeteries last night, and a hairy bulldog who loved Altoids.

I love you all, friends. Happy hearts and flowers to everyone.

From: [identity profile] anoisblue.livejournal.com


Congratulations! Your husband-to-be is mighty fine to look at, too. And yes, no one dies of psychosis. There's an uncomfortable mystery there.

It's always good to see you write again, Cate.

From: [identity profile] dizietsma.livejournal.com


The story reminds me of the events in the film Changeling, which showed women being locked-up in an asylum on police order, on the pretext that they were crazy but really just because they were causing trouble for the police.
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From: [identity profile] catelin.livejournal.com


Oh, I haven't seen that yet, but I will. I am hoping to track down some records--somewhere. The sanitarium no longer exists, so who knows that I will be able to find.

From: [identity profile] tsarina.livejournal.com


That reminds me of Joi finding out about her grandmother!! Spooky.
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From: [identity profile] catelin.livejournal.com


Yes! I thought of that too the second I saw it on the death certificate! Seems this was more common than I thought. Wow!

From: [identity profile] lacyunderall.livejournal.com


smooches, baby. i wanna hear everything. call a sister! i just made your ringtone on the iphone...it's 'london calling' with the hoots...

From: [identity profile] driftwords.livejournal.com


Wow, the wedding has come around very quickly.

I'm utterly obsessed with genealogy at the moment. It's taking over the free time I don't actually have!

What a fascinating story you have to try and uncover for Dellie Irene.
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From: [identity profile] catelin.livejournal.com


It's amazing how many stories my small family holds! I am feeling the itch to write something, somehow, about all I am discovering.

From: [identity profile] meghainclouds.livejournal.com


I am really happy for you. :) I am sure you will have a beautiful wedding.
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From: [identity profile] catelin.livejournal.com


Thank you! I am very happy too and I can't wait! : )

From: [identity profile] fayzee.livejournal.com


Love and greetings right back at you, catelin; I haven't been keeping up with the live journal until the last few weeks, so also want to send you bests wishes to you and that handsome fellow in the photo.I will be watching for your posts again. I need to get back if I can concentrate long enough. Getting "old" is only in the mind, but I am finding it also hits in other places, too. The fun part of it is, I am still enjoying all of the time I have left whether it be a day, a year, two years, or whatever time...
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From: [identity profile] catelin.livejournal.com


I am always so glad to see you here, Fay! It's like they say, old age ain't for sissies! ; )

From: [identity profile] chachachana.livejournal.com


wedding! congratulations!!

so good to see you on here ~

my grandfather died in a sanitarium in south carolina with a diagnosis of schitzophrenia. he was there for the better part of 30 years, although in and out. from my mom's description of his behavior, it sounded like he was bipolar. we were able to get his medical records and had them assessed by a psychiatrist who confirmed that it was indeed, bipolar. they just didn't know what that was yet at the time. (he was born in 1882 and died around 1961-63.) i went on a pilgrimage to the sanitarium when i was in college in SC; it is no longer in operation but i was allowed in. it seemed more like a museum to me. it was creepy and sad with small cells and the electroshock room. very sad to think that someone that my mother loved so much was subjected to that experience. i wish i had known him. i also visited his grave.

i, too, love knocking around old cemeteries! the trail of tears cemetery outside of tahlequah is one of my favorites, and old choctaw cemeteries where they build a low, coffin size wall and leave the body above ground for the animals to eat like the farsis. (i went to their burial site in mumbai but it is still an active burial ground and is closed to the public.) we've also got some pioneer graves from the 1850s. i bet you've got those in your neck of the woods, too. you need to come up here (when the weather is nice) and we can to do some cemetery-knockin' together!

again, felicidades! when is the Big Day?

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