If my ready pen - or keyboard - seems a bit silent over the next week, it's because I'm away from home, visiting the Aged P's in my old stomping grounds of Southern California.
Although the trip was planned and the ticket bought months ago, the timing has turned out to be very ... interesting. My mom, who has been quietly sick for a long time, has recently taken a drastic turn for the worse and is currently in a nursing home after spending the last 5 days in hospital. Although both my parents really want her to be able to come home, I don't see how she can - in addition to cancer and other serious health problems, she is slipping into dementia and needs more care, on many levels, than my dad is able to give her. My parents have been married for 62 years. I can't begin to imagine how hard it must be for them to be separated.
I wish it could be a happier trip. At least I'll be able to give my dad a hand around the house - he's been run ragged trying to do everything himself. I'll see a few old friends while I'm here. And I'm determined to spend a bit of time at the beach, lying on the sand and listening to the waves come in - a truly simple pleasure, and one of the most soothing.
I"ll be back next week, with a more cheerful post - and a new crochet pattern.
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