|My beautiful 90 year old mom|
It's hard to be so far from home, and especially so far from my parents during their last years. My dad is not doing well, and it was difficult to see him so uncomfortable and in pain. My mom, on the other hand, is now doing terrifically - look at that good looking woman! We went out a couple of times for lunch, shared a PF Chang dinner in her room, and talked about everything, including current affairs. I treasured every moment I got to spend with her!
Then on to SoCal for a great time with Sherry. She owns an antiques and collectibles store that is such a slice of life. I love going down there just to hang out and laugh, and laugh we always do. The most precious moment was when one of her customers brought in his daughter and a friend of his. He'd traded some work with Sherry and arranged to surprise them there with their Christmas presents. He sat them down on two old rocking chairs and had Sherry bring out their wrapped gifts. Watching their eyes light up as they unwrapped the treasures he'd picked out was a privilege and a joy - he'd done a wonderful job! Every moment there was special - Ubaldo and his mom spoiled me, Jed and I had political discussions, and I was included in the movie clubs discussion of the movies and party!
|Matt, Kacy, Udi and I inspecting the lobsters|
Yes, the Wiggums gathered: On Christmas Day Matt flew down from Everett and Kacy and Udi came out from NYC for the annual Wiggum Ski Fest up in Tahoe. We did forget to inform Tahoe that it was a ski fest - the weather up there was in the balmy 50's. But enough resorts had been able to make snow and everyone sans moi had a great time boarding/skiing. I had a great time walking, cooking, reading and relaxing. And as a surprise, Santa Claws brought us a Maine Lobster dinner by express mail! We feasted on lobster, crab cakes, clam chowder, salad and lava cake one night, and Dungeness crab, lobster, and fresh salmon the next. Life is hard......It was so much fun hanging out with the family (my sis and partner came up one night), and as an added bonus I even came out ahead on poker!!!!! Thanks, everyone for their contribution!