Well, I have to say I'm not sorry to see the door closing on February. It has been a hellish month. It turned out that not only did my mom break her wrist, she also had pneumonia and several other medical complications that landed her in the hospital. On Valentine's Day I made the long journey south to Spokane, and the next week was spent much the way life in the military is described, with long stretches of boredom interspersed with moments of terror.
The good news is my mom is doing much better, and is now in a care facility while she recovers her strength and gets some physical therapy on her hand and wrist. I'll go down again in a couple weeks when she gets released from the care facility to help her transition back to independent living in her apartment.
I'm happy to help my mom, but honestly, I can hardly face the thought of doing that long drive again so soon. Thank heavens for Audible books, although they do have a downside to them. I was listening to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on the way down and was so caught up in the story I missed the exit off the Trans Canada to head south to the US. Then, on the way home, I started to listen to Career of Evil and started to feel a bit creeped out so quickly switched to another story instead. I'm such a wimp.
I have to say that for most of my stay I felt like Bill Bryson must have when he wrote I'm a Stranger Here Myself (this book is hilarious, and if you haven't read it you really should). Yes, I am an American, but sometimes I feel like I've landed on a different planet when I return to my homeland. Things like fried ice cream (yes, this was an actual flavour choice at the grocery store), election signs that say "vote for Jesus", and, dare I say it, Donald Trump, leave me shaking my head.
Hopefully my blogging will be back to more cheerful subjects next time. I think I just need to get caught up on my rest and get over this cold I managed to pick up and things will look brighter. I do have one picture to share with you. On the Saturday before I left Alexandra came down from Kamloops, and we went into Rebekah's for the day. We had such a great time together! Rebekah made a delicious salad for lunch, then we went to a chocolate shop for dessert. It was a perfect day!