Monday, December 8, 2014

Shorts, t-shirts and crocs!

Driving from northern winter storms and cold nights to southern skies filled with sunshine instead of snow has been quite a relief for this snowbird!  Let me backtrack!

We spent a lovely fall in Maine through October. However, in November the weather started to get serious about winter. 

We wanted to stay but the cold was really becoming uncomfortable although the furnace in the van worked well.  One final thing we were able to do was to help Torrey transform her bedroom from a dark brown to a lovely dusty rose. It is fun being her Nanny and helping her learn to tackle any project she dares. Here with friend Cammmi!

Eventually, after almost two months on Chemo Pond, and a happy time with Katrina and Mike, we headed to Carrie's for an early celebration of Thanksgiving and Latona's birthday. Sari and Lyla love making a party for their Meme. Carrie and Jay really get into the party mode also. It was a wonderful happy time! They are so thoughtful!

I was able to get our blog printed and presented a hard-backed copy to Latona.


     After our great week in New Hampshire with the family, we started south!

   Time with my long time friends Janet(and son Damien) and Harriet was our first stop in Pennsylvania.

    We spent a few days with them before catching up with my siblings! Always nourishing to be with them. We love husband Nick too!

Because of our long trip last year, it had been twelve months since I had seen my sisters Dotty, Sherry and brother Joe, so I really looked forward to our time together.  My sisters and brother spoil us on these visits.  The first stop was with my youngest sister and her husband. 

We had our actual Thanksgiving Day with them and Forry's family in their Early American farmhouse.

They also treated us to a day in New York City. We visited Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Bryant Park, St Patrick's Cathedral, and a visit to Broadway to see the live performance of Kinky Boots. 
What a great day!  What a great experience to see and feel the energy of live theatre! What a thoughtful gift!


Inside the Al Hirshfield Theater...

The visit wrapped up with a get-together with my other sister and her partner, her son and his family.

Although we had several more days planned with my siblings, we found out we needed to get going to Florida right away. We had talked to my mom that afternoon who asked us to come immediately. She just needed us. So it meant that we had a quick overnight with my brother and his family on our way through Harrisburg and then spent the next two and half days getting to central Florida.  Although still living independently, she just needed our help for several things. Her eyesight had been failing due to glaucoma and she will have surgery in a few days.

So here we are in Wildwood, Florida until after the New Year. I am cooking and doing some maintenance and Latona is doing dishes and helping mom with her hair. We will see the doctor tomorrow and make plans for my mom's surgery.  It is a privilege to be in my seventies and to have had my mother all of my life to this point!

We have no network here, so I am not sure how often I may be able to post on the blog.  So I want to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday Season! God Bless Us Everyone!