We are BS… Betty & Sheryl, that is, that is us! We are biological sisters as well as partners in crime! We have been inseparable since July of 2012 when I, Sheryl, moved back to Alaska. So here is a little bit about each one of us.
I am the B half of BS.
Divorced after a 30 year relationship, I found myself living in Anchorage, Alaska. I was actually enjoying my freedom and although I had always feared it, was quite comfortable living alone. But that was not to be for long.
Ultimately my mother came up from Arizona to live with me. We enjoyed a couple of years of love and laughter before my mom developed Alzheimer’s disease and her health started to fail. I still worked full-time but needed help with her during the day. Hence, the S half of BS…Sheryl.
We spent a couple of years taking care of our mom. I worked, Sheryl took care of mother during the day, and we shared fun, laughter, love, pain, and agony nights and weekends.
Mother has been gone for two years now, but I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to spend those last years with her.
Now it is time for me to retire and begin the next adventure. Woohoo!
Tag, you’re it…..
I’m the S part of BS… not sure I like the sound of that, but it is what it is. I digress… S is for Sheryl.
Before coercing Betty to start this adventure, I had led a rather simple and ordinary life. In a nutshell, I married (twice), had my children, divorced (twice), went to college (not necessarily in that order), made some huge mistakes, had some great successes, and got old. You win some, you lose some.
After leaving my teaching career in 2012, I moved back to Alaska, and in with Betty and our mother. I was Mom’s daytime caregiver until she passed in April 2015. Alzheimer’s is an awful disease! It is something I would never wish on anyone. I pray for all of the families who are dealing with this thief that comes and steals away every part of our loved ones, leaving sadness and emptiness. I never had any idea what families experienced until I went through this with my mom.
Always looking for a new challenge, I persuaded Betty that we should open a food truck… Oh My Goodness! Sammies & Pies was born. As of July 2015 I have become a gourmet grilled cheese connoisseur.
I run the truck and Betty continues to work her full-time job at the Corps of Engineers.
Now my children are all grown and on their own, well almost on their own, nothing is holding me in one place, so it is the perfect time to hit the road. I’ve always loved to travel, just couldn’t do it as much as I would have liked, so this is right up my alley!
So, now the countdown to retirement begins…
3 cats and a dog own us, without a doubt. Massimo is a 13 yr. old handsome gray gentleman, perfect temperament (excluding encounters with the dog!), perfect weight, perfect in every way.
Winston Charles is a ‘big-boned, buff red’ 6 yr. old boy, weighing in at about 18 lbs., currently on a strict weight loss plan.
Sophie Bella is the complete diametric of Winston, she is a tiny, delicate flower, lucky to hit 7 lbs on a good day.
Then there is MacKenzie Rae, our 2 yr. old black lab. She may be the death of me or both of us! There are days that we wonder what we were thinking when we allowed Winston to get a dog (yes, she is Winston’s dog).
So, there you have it, our crazy, mixed up family in a nutshell. This adventure may either kill us or make us stronger.