Another birthday for Granny. 97 today, as she was born in 1916, and while I’m glad that she is still here to celebrate, for her sake, I kind of hope I’ll be writing something different a year from now.
I went to see her today and it was a bit shocking. I knew that she wasn’t going to look great as my mom has shared with me that it might be a little strange to see her this way, but it was still very, very good to see her and get to sit and hold her hand for a while.
We had a good conversation and I’m very happy she is starting to allow people to help her a bit. Before I headed over, I asked my mom if there was any little treat, I could bring her to brighten her day and I was surprised to find out that Granny wanted some Neapolitan ice cream. I was very happy to run to the store on my way over and grab some for her.
Who would have thought that Neapolitan ice cream could make a 97-year-old so happy, but it certainly did. I’m guessing she will be enjoying some pretty soon as it is about 5:30pm as I am writing this. I wish I could see her face when she has the first bite.
She did ask me to bring the kids by before I leave for Maine, so I will get to see her again if she is feeling up to it, before we go. I hope, for my sake, I will get to see her again when I return, but for her sake, I hope she gets another wish she shared with me today. While I was there, she told me that she hopes that one of these upcoming mornings when she wakes up, it will be to the sound of angels singing. I told her I thought that would be beautiful and that seemed to please her.
I got some errands done this morning before taking Bailey to the vet for her checkup. I really like Dr. Jenkins at AltaVista Animal Hospital on 7th Avenue. He’s just a kind person and he takes the time to listen, which is a really good thing if you’re a doctor. I’ve had too many experiences with people and animal doctors who had forgotten what the ears are for to count, so finding Dr. J was a treat.
I am happy to report that Bailey is doing great, health-wise, and he enjoyed hearing about how she started her life with us. It’s amazing how far she has come and how comfortable she was at AltaVista today. Rhondi really deserves a lot of credit for Bailey becoming the fine beast that she is now. Those of you who met Bailey early on can testify to that.
We played a fun round of golf at Palo Verde yesterday. It made me think of a story/book title: Teachers Play Golf in the Summer. Maybe it is a song title, too, I don’t know. Seems like a good title for a punk rock song about how teachers are underpaid.
My dad, Rick, and I traversed the 9 holes and had a fun time. I had a few rough experiences while attempting to hit a drive, but once I got my brain under control, I had some good shots. Playing a lot helps my game become more consistent (Go figure!) and I feel like I might be able to improve my game quite a bit if I can keep it up. I’ll definitely play a couple times in Maine and those courses are fun, so I’ll keep my mojo going.
After golf, I had some dinner and passed out watching crack TV. I slept hard, too, and had some wild dreams. Could have been the pasta I had for dinner or just the day itself. Summer school was fun yesterday and I’m going to miss seeing the kids while I am gone. I hope a few of them come visit me next year.
I feel like there was something else I wanted to write about today. Who knows, though?
See you tomorrow.
Today at the vet. She looks excited, doesn't she?