Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Update Before Company
I'm happy to report that things are improving, but there was pretty much only one way they could go. The other mother has left town and now I only have to deal with my real mother! I've spoken with a lady (Carole) who can stay with her from time to time (and during our trip to Charleston). She came over on Monday and she and Mama got along great. She's a very personable, hardworking lady from Jamaica (wonderful accent!) and I'm pleased to have found her (through Pamela, whose mother she stays with also). Anyway, one small step for womankind! Keep your fingers crossed!
My spirits were boosted by a care package from Eileen and Tom....a tee shirt and purse mirror from the recent reunion in Wales.....and a cute kitty card. It was so nice to be remembered and it couldn't have come at a better/more needed time. The next day I received my Aramco Expat email and the first photo I saw was of Martin. I clicked on it and enjoyed this video clip, with lots of familiar faces.
I've watched it so many times, each time recognizing more people I remember......loved it! If you Aramcons are feeling sentimental about those days, you can see a tour of Dhahran compound here. All of that really does bring back good memories.
I've also applied (10 pages!) for benefits due widows of veterans who served in a war. If she were in a care facility, they would apply for us; but, since that isn't the case, I went ahead and applied. That would make it more feasible to have someone like Carole on a regular basis.....again, keep your fingers crossed.
My greatest diversion continues to be the iPad. I've discovered podcasts, which I love, and Cheryl recommended Flipbook, which is almost sensory overload. It works so well and there is so much that can be done with it. It makes waiting for appointments, etc. easy and entertaining......it's just amazing. And I'm sure I've only scratched the surface.
Don't know if I've shared Margaret and Helen with you....but can't imagine that I haven't. Anyway, Helen (from Texas) is in her 80s and is usually writing to Margaret (in Maine) about political issues, and they are my heroes!! I want to be that crusty when I'm in my 80s, which is much closer than I like to think. Helen does most of the writing and her grandson maintains the website, which I think is sweet.....and Helen has a way with words. She lost her husband last year and was silent for a long time, but the election has brought her out again and her fans are happy to hear from her. For those politically inclined, have a read of Two Wrongs Make A Right Wing Republican Ticket. They're a riot....and the comments are, too.