my name is sherry .. 'member me?
i'm a neglectful blogger.
but i've been busy.
and not busy.
or unable to formulate
words to create a sentence
much less a paragraph.
regardless, i'm here today.
we'll see about the morrow.
wink. for now i'll simply share
this post as if you're across the table
and we're sipping strong coffee
while enjoying the morning cool.
the dog is laying on my feet.
the hubs is at work.
i have whites to wash
and yet here i am...
spent a week in florida where ...
i'm sorry ... but where the temps
and humidity were of a range
most unpleasant! i don't know how
you floridians do it. seriously.
back home our temps were 110
but it's a much drier heat. and even
though i despise heat i can somehow
handle it a bit better than the florida
experience of late. but. it was a worthy
trip .. a necessary trip. working on dad's
house while he's in skilled nursing after
a series of falls .. the last fall at home
he was flipping his mattress. at 88 years old.
3 years ago he decided not to climb onto
the roof in the future. ya think?! oy!
oh. my. goodness.
here's that guy right here.
eating coconut cream pie from
a plastic container .. looking up only
briefly to acknowledge our existence
before delving back in to the sweet.
when food happens .. you are invisible.
cracks me up. he's cute.
plenty of tests, occupational and physical therapies,
rest, visits from family etc ..
and the plan to bring him west to live,
are all in the continued works.
these things take time.
red tape takes time.
bureaucracy bites into time.
big daddy and his youngest of 431 daughters.
that would be me. know the best thing about florida humidity? it's great for dry skin.
this is jasmine, dad's cna.
.. also known as "left hook."
left hook - floyd mayweather fame
dad calls her 'left hook' because she's so strong and every morning tells him to 'grab my arm' and easily lifts him up and tends to his practical and personal needs. she's a delight and a beauty, inside and out. so thankful she cares for dad.
this beautiful lady is my aunt and dad's youngest sister, janet. janet is a happy soul and so encouraging .. and a hard worker!
her husband, known as UncAl, says she's a dandy.
and she is! she's only 10 years older than me .. more like a sister than an aunt.
dad's house is taking shape quite nicely. my sister sandy has been in florida since dad went into the hospital .. she's been acting as contractor as well as seeing to fixing and transforming much of the home herself. she visits our dad most every day
and i know he looks forward to her company.
my niece sarah joined us as well but became ill a few days into our time in florida. poor thing. all four of us (janet, sandy, sarah, myself) worked hard and fast dealing with belongings and 'stuff' .. then in the afternoon we'd drive to the nursing home then go for dinner then back to the hotel to watch fixer upper or some other show like that then sleep then up and do it all over again. this was not a pleasure cruise .. but pleasure was found with whom we kept company. thankful.
i came home to this guy .. my love.
this sweet man took a week off work
to care for our pooch in my absence.
our pooch sitters were otherwise
spoken for that week so the hubs
chose to bless me by blessing our dog.
he loves me.
it was SO good to fall into his embrace once more and get back to normalcy .. if there is such a thing. erma bombeck said,
"normal is a setting on your hair dryer."
the pooch is over the moon
with me being home again ..
and she doesn't leave my side.
she's such a love .. ♥
had ribs and baked beans for the 4th.
and a mixed salad & homemade croutons
and i'm looking forward to eating
our one almost perfectly ripe tomato!
. . . . .
there's more. much more to share.
tomorrow's another day ..
whenever tomorrow happens.
p.s. . . downsizing my father's belongings has put my own desire to downsize to a capsule home and life on the front burner.
i've already pegged things to GO and soon!