Dad and Annette arrived in early February and I must say the weather has been less than dazzling. I suppose that compared to what they would have faced if they were in Massachusetts, it’s been just fine, but I wish we were getting warmer weather. We still go out for walks almost every day and sit by the pool to read in the afternoon until the lanai is totally in the shade. Annette has been to yoga with me. We’ve all been out to breakfast, lunch and dinner…hitting all the restaurants they’ve enjoyed through the years of coming down here.
The news from Mary Anne is good. She has one more chemo at Sloan in NYC and then she’ll be heading home. They did a CT scan and her tumor is less than half the size it was in November. And she’s gained weight. (I think it’s only cancer patients who celebrate when they gain weight!) So things are looking good. Thanks for the prayers. Keep them coming. She still has a long road ahead, including “maintenance chemo” every three weeks for the rest of her life.
Has anyone (besides Susie and Kim) read Being Mortal? My dad just finished it and says everyone should read it. Kim told me the same thing when I was talking to her on the weekend. It’s next on my list to read. Right now, I’m reading I’ll Give You the Sun (thanks, Sara). Nice book. And a group of us are going to Still Alice on Friday. Sean saw it, said it was great and it did NOT remind him of his mother who has trouble with word retrieval and assorted other memory things. Whew!
We went to The Fishery in Placida today for lunch. It’s one of Dad’s favorites. Unfortunately about a hundred (I’m exaggerating) boaters arrived just before us and the service was unbelievably SLOW. And it was incredibly LOUD. I doubt if Dad will ever want to go back but honestly, the food was fabulous and plentiful. My seafood linguini would feed a small country. We brought home enough to take care of everyone for the rest of the week!
Snowbird season brings its challenges. The traffic is miserable and it’s hard to get seated in a restaurant BUT we get to see so many good friends that we haven’t seen in ages. Last week, it was Dorothy and Dusty from Belchertown and Nina and Billy from the Cape. We connected with Nina and Billy at the Botanical Gardens in Naples and bumped into Jerry’s niece, Sara with her husband and friends.
Today, Karen Rafferty met me for yoga, a walk on the beach and breakfast. Life will slow down…each season has a rhythm all its own…and I love them all…yes even the summer when you can barely breathe, the air is so heavy.