Monday, February 29, 2016

Goodbye February

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!



24 comments:

  1. Glad you Mom is on the mend. Fried Ice Cream? How would that even be a thing?

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  2. I'm glad to hear that things have turned around for your mom -- so hard, being away from home and dealing with all of that. And this country is becoming increasingly unrecognizable even to those of us who have lived here continuously. I just don't understand it at all, in any way. When, how, why? But what a beautiful picture of the three generations of you, I just love that.

    Feel better soon -- xoxox

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  3. I guessed something must have been up as your blog was unusually quiet, so pleased your mum is on the mend. Loving your photo, Ella is growing fast. Take care on your long drives

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  4. I am glad to hear your mum is on the mend. I am not surprised you are glad to see the back of February, it sounds all so stressful. Take a rest and enjoy the early spring. I am surprised though to hear that Scotland is not the Queen of fried ice cream :-) everything is fried. Sam once ordered pizza from a chip shop and was shocked to see if folded in half, fried, then filled with chips and doused in salt and vinegar.... Your girls are beautiful! x

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  5. Yikes, your poor mom! It's hard enough to deal with one malady at a time. Glad she's doing better and getting physical therapy. I used to love fried ice cream, but haven't had it in years. Chain (fake) Mexican restaurants used to carry it. But I never knew if it was a real thing from Mexico, or another one of those "authentic" US creations. Ella just keeps getting cuter.

    PS - I'm casting a write-in vote for Nixon. I think he might have been more honest than any of our current choices. And certainly more capable.

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  6. Hey Kristie,
    So glad to hear that your Mum is on the road to recovery. I know what you mean about those long drives; when Dad was poorly I used to loathe the journey up and down from ST Ives to Bristol. The Prisoner Of Azkaban is my favourite Harry Potter book. Hopefully the cold will be a thing of the past very soon.
    Leanne xx

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  7. So sorry to hear about your Mum, but glad to know she is recovering albeit slowly. Take care.

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  8. I'm glad your mom is doing better now, Kristie. It sounds like you've both been through a lot lately. Yes, America is a very special place. That's what I keep telling myself, anyway. :)

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  9. It's a good thing you have that adorable grandbaby to put a smile on your face or else you would have had a pretty horrible month. Our parents have all passed on, but we had long-distance care issues, too, so I understand what you're dealing with besides your concern for your mom. I'm glad your mom is doing better. Thanks for the book suggestion. Will have to check it out.

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  10. What a lovely girly picture of you all, and what a happy day it would have been. So sorry to hear about your Mum, and those long tedious drives. There is nothing worse than missing your turn-off: I've done that a few times too. I am glad to see the end of February which has been the hottest ever, or something like that. Phew! All the best for a superior March.

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  11. Hope your Mom is better soon, that's so scary. Love the picture. I'm an American and I feel like I live in a foreign country. This is not the country I grew up in.

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  12. So sorry to hear about your mom, Kristie. It's scary and exhausting when our elderly parents fall ill. My dad's had some ups and downs too, lately, but things seem to be on the mend. I'm glad your mom is getting better.

    Yes, life is decidedly weird here in the States. Canada sounds much more sane and civilised.

    Lovely photo, and what a cute sweater on the (even cuter) baby. "Chocolate shop" - magic words! :)

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  13. I don't know what it was about February this year, but I agree, good to close the door on that month. (My mother had a stroke last month, and is also doing fine, I'm happy to say.)

    I also found Career of Evil creepy, the creepiest of those three Galbraith books, but I will say that the relationship between Strike and Robin made it worth putting my fingers in my ears for a couple of passages. I really like what she's doing with those books.

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  14. I just read Bryson's "Road To Little Dribbling".
    I live in Oregon and I resonated with his insightful commentary, especially towards the end of the book, regarding people getting stupider.
    Glad to hear your mother is on the mend. It's rough to be so far away. My older parents are only 45 minutes away. Hopefully you can come up with a sewing project to take with you when you head south again.

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  15. Glad you're back home safe. I'm sorry to hear about your mother's health challenges, but it sounds like she's getting good help. Lovely picture of you and the girls.

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  16. So sorry to hear of your recent troubles, I'm glad your Mum is now getting better. That journey must be so long! I had to smile at your observations of America! That's a lovely picture of you all, Ella has grown so much again. I hope you find time for yourself before you have to do that long journey again. Sarah x

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  17. I'm glad that your mother is recovering...but I don't envy you that drive.
    Odd sometimes to go back to a society in which you lived...I see it when I visit my mother in England

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  18. Rest up for the next long journey!
    Glad the girls can provide cheer and fun in the meantime.
    As others have said above, it's a lovely family photo.
    take care of yourself
    LisaRR

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  19. Life in the US during this election cycle is nearly unbearable. Unbridled hatred, fear, racism and anger are rampant. Very little of it makes any sense to me. The mere idea that so many hate and disrespect Obama simply because of the color of his skin makes me want to run for the hills. The country that I love has changed. Glad that you are tucked in in Canada where common decency and logic seems to be the order of the day.

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  20. I'm very glad to hear your mother's healing is underway and that she is under good care. Your family is just beautiful and Ella seems to be following suit! Get some rest.

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  21. Bless your heart and your Mom's too! What a month! I feel for you as I was always on high alert with my parents. I lived close, but spent many a night in the ER with them, it was horrible. As for the US of A, it is a disaster here. The election cycle has taken an all time low, it makes me cringe to think of what other countries think of us. I think about 10 million people will be moving to Canada come election day. Maybe all of us bloggers will head right to your house!
    Hugs to you my friend,
    Meredith

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  22. I so love that shot of you and your girls :)

    I sometimes listen to old episodes of the Goon Show when I'm driving a long way, or the UK News Quiz, laughter makes the journey shorter somehow.

    All good wishes to your mum, and every hope that she continues to heal well x

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  23. I'm so late to this, but I had to laugh at the oddities of american life versus canadian life. Kate and I have had hilarious conversations about just that all the time... I've not read that Bill Bryson but this is the second time that book has been mentioned the past month and so I think I must put it on my list.

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  24. Coming very late to this, Kristie, but I'm glad your mom is recovering now, though sorry there were health problems other than the broken wrist. A very stressful and worrying time for you.

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