Bienvenido, loyal reader. Please join Bruce and Mary on their annual, typically whirlwind, Stateside visit.
Sunday, after doing MDD damage assessment and leaving hosts’ Kevin and Rosie’s home much as we found it, we headed to Foley to pick up our gear, say goodbye to my mother Margaret who had graciously put up with us since our arrival and then onto Princeton. Our mission: Get Harriet’s (Mary’s mom) house ready for sale. Harriet has adjusted to living at Sterling Pointe and it is time to sell the house. This is no small task in a family that tends towards hoarding. Daughter Helen has taken a week of vacation time off from work and at this moment is helping her grandma sort through mementos and Harriet is surprisingly quick to say, “Just throw it away” on so many items that is goes much more quickly than anticipated. Actually the real hoarder in the family was Grandpa Arnie, who has passed some time ago. In fun he used to accuse Harriet of being the hoarder, saying that she even kept boxes of string too short to use.
Mary’s sis Sue came across many boxes of Aunt Millie’s clothes, from the fifties and sixties. After a hilarious QVC show hosted by Sue on the deck the girls come inside for this fashion show starring Helen and Meryah. Meryah and our son Joe, adjusted their vacation schedule to help out, coming here directly on Sunday and staying until Tuesday morning when they will fly back to the Philly area. Joe and I supply the muscle and Meryah applies her awesome organizational skills. Joe, your mom apologizes, she cannot believe she did not get a single pic of you and me hauling heavy furniture and boxes of books down those treacherous 8″riser/8″ tread stairs.
Many of our long time friends reside in the Princeton area, so every day after a hard day of hauling, organizing, and throwing stuff away we have happy hour on Harriet’s deck. You may recognize these MDD usual suspects.
After working pretty darn hard at Harriet’s house since Sunday, on Thursday we cruise down to Helen and Caleb’s place in south Minneapolis and join their friends (and ours), Eleonore, John and Christi are sitting next to Caleb and Helen at their favorite local pizzeria.
After probably the most relaxing day of our vacation, just hanging with the kids, we’re at a Thai place that specializes in vegan offerings.
We’re just back from the Thai restaurant and thankfully Caleb hears some hissing from the right front tire. It is not a slow leak, I can see the tire literally going flat in front of my eyes. Luckily the neighbor has a four way lug wrench as I rounded out the cheap tire iron/jack tool that comes with the donut spare, there is no way it could possibly unscrew air-wrenched lug nuts. We are thankful this happened now instead of discovering it early tomorrow morning while loading our luggage for the ride to the airport. Our destination? Dover, NH, where we’ll be off to see our second, brand new, grand-baby!
We have arrived but the baby hasn’t, nobody was expecting this! But in the meantime we have settled in at Sam, Annah and Aria’s home and are taking a stroll in one of Dover’s beautiful parks.
Aria, two in July, is at first a little confused by Mary and me, as we have only been virtual grandparents via weekly Gchat videos, but there’s nothing like Legos for a little bonding.
We’re on the deck and Aria is blowing bubbles.
It’s Monday morning, June 3rd and Sammy is treating us to a vegan gourmet breakfast, this potato dish is just one of several delights. Even for an avowed carnivore this meal is muy delicioso. After picking up dishes Sam starts getting ready for his one appmt this summer (he’s a community college math teacher with summers off) and Annah is about to head out for her weekly doctor visit. And we’re excited about babysitting Aria. But then Annah, in her nonchalant manner, says to us, “You know, I’m feeling a little funny, do you guys mind coming with me?” We head to the clinic and entertain Aria in the waiting room while waiting for news. Annah appears and says, “It’s time.” She calls Sammy, at his appmt, as I drive us all back home for her prepared overnight bag. Staff are waiting for us at their nearby hospital and we are all quickly in Annah’s birthing suite, it is 11:00am and Sammy is on his way.
Annah needs some privacy so we are in a nearby lounge. Aria was allowed to bring two toys and I am wearing one of them, and I actually am in the mood for some “fish”.
Presenting Summer Mary Kelley, coming into this world at 2:16pm, June 3, 2013.
And I’m spoiling her rotten on fancy olives, although I did get her a little mad at me. But really, how was I to know when I ate the last Jalapeno stuffed olive, that those are her favorites?! I kid you not.
This morning we had borrowed Annah’s car and made our first solo road trip in New England, visiting several stores in the Newington area looking specifically for this, a genuine Radio Flyer. Aria is napping as we assemble it. I never use directions, Sammy always does. Maybe I should start, because following his lead it goes together pretty quickly.
Sammy is a little more adventurous in his wagon pulling which is much to Aria’s liking.
Mary is reading “The Crown on Your Head” a beautifully written and illustrated book by Nancy Tillman. It reminds us all that all we have to do is believe, and we can do anything. Perhaps it is through the eyes of our grandchildren that we can finally gain the wisdom we all seek.
OMG, the alarm did not go off! But Mary’s internal one did, thankfully, and she rousted me in full panic mode. Frantically, we did final packing, grabbed a cup of coffee, woke Sammy for the ride to the bus depot and here we are, safely ensconced with 10 minutes to spare, on the 2:30am Dover to Logan bus. BTW: I know most savvy travelers pre-check in but we don’t because once again, a human made our trip back a lot easier by eliminating the Logan to O’Hare leg of our journey with a direct flight to DFW. I’ll take a long layover over a three legged trip anytime.
After 17 hours of traveling we are finally back in PV. It was a fabulous trip, but… there’s no place like home.
Thanks for visiting gentle reader. As usual Bruce and Mary invite any and all comentarios. Hasta proximo Domingo!