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That was Monday through Wednesday. On Thursday I had lunch with a friend, whom I hadn't seen in a while, so we had a good catch-up. On Friday my mother went to Bingo at Indigo Pines. Once she was settled at the Bingo table, I took my book and found a nice reading spot. It was there that I encountered the Kissing Bandit!! He was a 95 year old man who approached and asked if he could kiss me!! After some insistence, I allowed him to kiss me on the cheek, thinking that would be the end of it, but no!! Finally I just said, "No, you sit there and I'll sit here!" He talked about his farm in Kentucky, his wife passing away, his mother dying in childbirth, and his daughter who lives in town but doesn't visit as often as he'd like - a really sweet, sad, heart-wrenching experience (except for the kissing part). I kept wondering whether, in his earlier life, he was a warm, caring, sensitive man or just a letch......but whichever, there is a sadness about him now.
Bingo went well and she/we met more nice people. We're meeting with Jennifer on Monday to discuss cost, availability, etc........and I'm hoping it will not be totally prohibitive. Lest things become too easy, she mentioned today that she'd like to check out the assisted living facility in NC!! At least one part of that is good.....the assisted living part. IP is independent living and I'm not sure my mother is able to participate as much as she thinks she can/will. Twice recently we've gone out and had to cut it short because she was not feeling well enough to go on. It's a fine balance between someplace that will keep her stimulated and interested when she's feeling up to it, but will look after her in those times when she isn't......without being too depressing. Think good thoughts for us.
"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." --Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Other than that, I've re-done the finish on my kitchen table top. Rather than putting a polyurethane finish on it, I sanded the spots that needed it and used Restorit, an oil based product. I think it needs a second coat, but I'm pleased with the results thus far. I've also looked high and low for a bathroom carpet (which needs to be long and narrow) - bringing them home and taking them back!! Finally I went to Home Depot and had a 12 foot wide carpet cut to the width of the bathroom. In a stroke of luck, the guy who helped me was a personable, helpful kind of person. He happened to mentioned that "of course" I knew that it was easier to cut the carpet from the back than the front. Well, I didn't know that, but it turned out to be the single bit of information that made the whole process fast and easy. I rolled the carpet from the door to the end of the bathroom, folded it over and cut it to shape to the doorway and vanity at the other end. I had thought of that option as the last resort because I didn't think I could cut it and have it look nice - and I probably could not have had I not run into the right person at the right time. Many thanks for small blessings!