Monday, May 3, 2010
Yesterday I more or less finished packing my suitcase to make my trip to Texas. ( You all are probably already sick of hearing about my upcoming flight, but here goes anyway, cause I hope not). I had a quiet morning, folding laundry, putting it away, packing, etc. Then lunch was a couple of chicken salad croissants that my neighbor had brought to me on Saturday evening, and a glass of water, which I sat on the front porch and ate while reading a paperback. I sat out side for awhile and just enjoyed the quiet 'being'. (You know how that is, I guess, just sitting there doing nothing but watching and listening to the birds, watching cars whiz by on the road).
About 3:30, I took off for the assisted living facility where Gramps is staying for a couple of weeks. When I got to his room, he was sitting there with his shirt and undershirt off, and when I asked why, he said he was thinking about taking a shower. I asked him when he had had one and he said yesterday. So I said, why don't you just put the clothes back on that you have laid out here on the bed, and take the shower tomorrow?
They have assigned days to take showers, and maybe he had on on Saturday, and maybe he didn't. Who knows? Anyway, he got dressed and then we sat and visited for awhile. He was sitting in the chair and watching tevee, so I stretched out on his bed and relaxed. Aaaaah!
He recognized me as his sweetie, and asked about his mama, if I had found out anything about where she is, and I reminded him again of how she had passed away from a stroke many years ago. I told him how he had told me that after she had the stroke she could only say one word, "Better, better, better". Then he remembered, and I told him that she was buried next to his dad at the West End Cemetery in Jefferson City and that we know she is in Heaven. So he was okay with that, again. Of course, when I next see him, he will probably ask me about her again.
We went down to the dining room and had supper with the other residents. The dining room is arranged in four person tables, and the residents always sit at the same table and in the same place. They have assigned seats, you see, so that makes it easier for the servers and for the residents. We had fried eggplant, with spaghetti sauce over it, along with steamed mixed veggies, garlic bread toast, and ice cream sundae for dessert. It was quite delicious. I think some of the residents did not care for it, but I told the cooks how good we thought it was, so that pleased them. The server said, "I'm glad somebody liked it!" Apparently some of the residents did not enjoy it like we did.
After supper I walked Gramps back down the hall to his room and kissed him goodbye and said I would come and get him after I get back. He thought I had already been in Texas, but I cleared that up for him. I headed back home and my neighbors came down to visit with me for awhile. After a few more hours of puttering around here, I went to bed, and now I gotta get breakfast and straighten up the house before my neighbors take me to the airport.
I just thought of something - related to blogging one's daily activities, etc. Many years ago, Ralph Edwards had a television show, called "This Is Your Life", and they would choose an ordinary person and, one by one, bring out people that had been in their lives and surprise that person whose life they were honoring. That is kind of what blogging seems to do. People revealing their own lives and speaking of those that are important in their lives. Neat, isn't it?
I really liked that show. Do any one of you remember that show? It must have been on in the 1960's. It may have begun in radio, I don't know for sure. I hadn't thought of it for years until just now.
CONGRATULATIONS! To those of you who have completed the A to Z challenge, and good wishes to each of you. Please stay in touch with me. I will be visiting blogs every day and reading them. I have a whole bunch that I follow and each day I plan to visit some so that by the end of the week, I will have visited all of them. I will also link up with those that I am not following and become a follower. I love to have that connection.
Thank you all too, for the awards. I treasure them and will eventually pass on to other bloggers. Best wishes to you all, and I will be seeing you tomorrow, I trust. This is Blabbin' Grammy signing off for today. Oh yeah, I am posting a couple of pics of the quilt I just finished for one of my great grands and sent off on Friday. The quilt is reversible so that each side is colorful. Much love to each of you, my blogger friends. More later. Bye for now.