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Even if the voices aren't real - they've got some great ideas
Well, my MIL is back in Oregon, the first week of the audit is over, my headache wandered away Tuesday night, & I’ve waded halfway through the instruction manuals of my new camera & even managed to take a couple photos!
I love my MIL, really I do, but I’ve come to accept that since she retired, it is probably best that she lives in another state; she seems to have lost the majority of her social skills. I suppose part of it is ageing & precarious health, part of it is spending entirely too much time with 4 children under the age of 8, & much of it is from not having regular adult interaction; I could not complete an anecdote or observation all weekend without being interrupted with a complete change of subject.
Then there was the litany of physical ailments- not only her own, but her best friend, the younger grandkids (I got the constipation & pinworm story twice), & her next door neighbor.
But my favorite part was the pronouncements about people who waste their free time going online; not once, not twice, but three separate times, over the course of two days, she gave the same speech declaring that while the Internet is fine for dropping a line or researching a recipe, she had better things to do with her time, like work on her quilt, cook a good meal, or read a book. I guess it escaped her notice that I was online a couple of times, checking email, getting directions, pulling up some photos she wanted, etc, as well as entertaining a guest, sharing some new book finds, & working on my knitting.
Fortunately, for all of us, I was raised to respect my elders & be polite at all costs; other then sighing quite a bit & shooting a few visual daggers at her back, I bit my tongue & kept the peace.
Okay, that’s all the griping I’m going to do today.
The visit wasn’t all doom & gloom; we went to the Farmer’s Market Saturday morning & picked up a half box of wonderful strawberries; the wedding was…interesting… but Chris glad to see his family. Sunday was spent in Livermore; the weather was pleasant & my MIL wanted to see Ravenswood, so we headed over to see the antique quilt show & take her on a tour of the cottage. Afterward, we headed over to Alden Lane Nursery to look for a gift for the friend she had stayed with all week; you will be so proud of me- I came home with only 3 plants & all of them are in the ground! Monday morning, Chris drove his Mom back into her friend’s house & when I got up to go to work, this is what I found waiting on the kitchen table:
I’ve been eye-balling it in the Ravenswood gift shop & will go well with the pink & green print dress I’m making.
We got some good news this week- Daisy’s insulin levels have been balanced, so she doesn’t have to go back to the vet for 3 to 4 weeks. Not only are those all day visits, with 2 car trips across town, very stressful for an old lady like her, it was becoming rather costly- not a good thing just before I’m heading off on vacation. She really does look much better; her fur is fluffy again, she’s showing some interest in the activities around here, has been very talkative & even came upstairs a couple times this week- mostly to tell me to “Hurry up & feed me!”
I could ramble on for a while longer with the miscellany of the week, but I do need to spend some time on the church quilt- it’s back at my house, being machine quilted (not my favorite part) & hopefully bound before I leave on the 19th. I also need to get a cotton blouse made to wear this summer at Ravenswood- the one I’m borrowing right now is polyester, therefore not too breathable. Hope you all are gearing up for a terrific 4th of July!