Friday, February 20, 2015


There's only one word to sum up my feelings today.  Grateful.  Grateful.  Grateful. 

My Dad has begun packing for his month long stay at the nice respite home, even though it's two weeks off.  My brother is asking people to drop in on him while he's there.  Most of Dad's kids are in the doghouse for abandoning him, but luckily the one who's not lives close by.

My brother's wife bears the brunt of Dad's ire, and she is entering her reward today. Flying off to sunny California to be wrapped in the arms of her son and bride to be.  Only five weeks to W day, the reason for this tempest in the teapot!  Oh!   The bruises....

Yesterday was wonderful.  I installed a second cable box for the TV in front of my treadmill.  I've been staring at that blank screen for years.  Sure, I can watch DVDs, but I cannot wrap my head around a plot line and huff at the same time.  Give me CNN!  The weather channel!  My little project took two trips to the cable store, one telephone call with tech, and four hours to set up.  I'm looking forward to running today!

Off I go now to breakfast and errands.  My brother is visiting tonight, after he drops his wife off at JFK.  Hooray!  Hooray!  Hooray!

   Good morning sunshine! 
 Those of us in minus temps  
  heart  warming day  
     And the rest of you -      


  1. I just hate the direction TVs have gone. No more just plugging them in and you get a picture.

    That's wonderful the your sister-in-law is getting a long respite. With any luck your dad will like it so well at the home that he'll want to stay there. It could easily happen if they keep him busy or he finds people in his peer age that he likes.

    1. Technology certainly keeps us on our toes. I might take the plunge and get a smart phone. Repeat. Might.

  2. I was thinking the same thing. Wouldn't it be nice if Dad decides to stay? At the end of his month's "vacation" your brother should ask him if he like to live there or just stay for a few more weeks. It takes about six weeks for a person to get used to the whole nursing home thingie and then, they love it. Fred;s Mom went through it. Three months later, we took her for a drive and went by her house that she had lived in for 30 years and she said, "Boy--glad I don't have that worry anymore." Who know, it could happen.

    1. I will suggest that to my brother. How interesting that it takes people about six weeks to get used to their new home. I can FEEL the relief your mother-in-law must have felt to not have the responsibilities of home maintenance! My solution was to get a new husband - quick! Now on to Plan B...

      P.s. Wouldn't it be nice if it only took six weeks to adjust to widowhood?