The last week in January, Dad finally got to leave the hospital. The day I was supposed to pick him up, we had an 8" snowfall that pushed his homecoming back to that afternoon. Since I had taken the day off work, and had already shoveled a path to my car, and de-snowed my car, I had some time on my hands.
I could have used it getting caught up on laundry. I know, how can one person get behind on laundry. It happens.
I could have used the time cleaning out the refrigerator, but oh darn, I was fresh out of hazmat suits.
OR -- I could use the time cleaning out the blog closet. *ding!* We have a winner!!
This past December, my parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
During Dad's 4 week hospitalization, he experienced some ICU psychosis and generalized loopiness. To help him get oriented to space, time and location, I showed him some photos on my iPhone. When he saw picture of Mom taken over Christmas, he smiled softly and said, "If ever there was a love story, that's the one."
Here's the happy couple about 40 years ago on a family vacation on Galveston Beach.
The party was held at The Village and attended by family and Village Friends. (we call them the Village People)
I don't recall that there was dancing, but it sure looks like Dad and one of his friends are doing a fox trot.
Janice was reluctant to go back for seconds, being shy about people seeing her returning to the buffet table. Carol and I urged her to go right ahead and assured her that no one would notice. And then I got out my camera.
Stacey with her grandparents
The sisters: Moi, Carol The Golden Child, Janice
After the party, we went back to Mom and Dad's Apartment-Turned-Sauna. Honestly, could it have BEEN any hotter? It also appears that it was standing room only. Carol, The Golden Child, is behaving as Carol The Special Child
There are other "special" family members.
Rapper Notorious B.E.N.
OK, back to the party. During the event, I dashed out to run an errand for Meghan (that I had told her I would do early in the week, but time got away from me). While I was gone, they took a family photo and said they would photo shop me in. Seriously! They couldn't wait?!?!
So we re-shot the family photo in the Living Room Turned Sauna. (95 degrees, am I right?) It took awhile to get everyone in place.
And then we had to rearrange everyone.
I'd show you the final photo -- but my camera didn't get the shot and NO ONE HAS E-MAILED ME A COPY ALTHOUGH A ROOMFUL OF PEOPLE PROMISED THEY WOULD HINT HINT.
Tim hypnotized Huckleberry
Annarae latched onto her Papa Joe
Next up was a friendly family game of liar's poker. See Jesse over there on the right with the laptop? Cheater!! She had turned on the laptop's camera so she could see the card on her forehead.
Later, after several of us expired due to heat stroke, we went in search of cooler climes and found ourselves in The Lobby Bar at the Ritz.
The next day, Meghan and Ben had to return to Buffalo, after playing a game of "How Heavy is this Luggage?" This is a common event whenever Meghan travels.
I wanted to get a picture of Dad in his ugly hairy hat 'cause he looked so cute in it. But this was the only picture I was able to get on homecoming day.
But trust me, he could really rock that hat.
A few days after Dad came home, Jenni, Meghan, Carol, Stacey and Annarae came for a visit.
Oh, yeah. Huckleberry came for a visit, too.
By "HOME", we mean that Dad is in the health center at the retirement village. He's still needs some rehab to help him build up his strength before he can go home..... which is going down two hallways to his and Mom's apartment. But he can visit there quite often. Here he is enjoying being outside.
Someone gave Annarae some Valentine Day peeps and this was the result. Talk about bouncing off the walls!
When not busy with the family and work, I did get in some time hanging with my friends.....
....catching the Orchid Show at the Botanical Garden......
This is the Chihuly Chandelier at the entrance to the Botanical Garden
I had forgetten my "real camera" and had to take these pictures with my iPhone.... not too shabby.
During one of our snowstorms, I was able to get a few pictures.
oops. Someone forgot to close the umbrella. And I have no idea why that luggage cart is on the table. I think I used it to lug around some bags of soil...so I guess I forgot to put it away. You know, around the same time I forgot to close the umbrella.
Ok Ok, so the snow looks pretty in the trees. But I'm soooooo ready for spring!