Will at play

Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 2017-Part 1

May 2017

May 4: On our way to Atlanta and then a drive to Auburn, Alison graduates on Monday May 8. Grams and Sheil are coming in tomorrow night. We just finished our meal, I had curry chicken quinoa salad and Dick had a hamburger, both very nice. We are flying Delta non-stop. It will take and 4 hours and 6 minutes, we have 2 hours and 44 minutes left. Dick is testing his new 3 pound oxygen concentrator. Got the car started this morning, drove to the airport and parked in 42 N1. Took the shuttle to airport, curbside check-in, escorted to gate. Couple of firsts for this trip, Dick's new concentrator and bringing him in his wheelchair, no walker. Dick is now sleeping after playing Sudoku.
Alison is taking finals and finishing her paper, stressful week. She wants to meet us at hotel tonight instead of us going to her apartment. The paper is due at midnight. We got lost and went to her place instead. Paper done!
Will, this is your 24the birthday month on Sunday, May 21. The void in my heart makes me ache knowing that you are not here with us. What might have been, we will never know. Thankful to have you in my life on earth for 16 years, devastated by what happened. I will never understand, you had everything, EVERYTHING going for you. Emily turns 24 this Sunday.
Millie is at Sheril's and Sheril will feed the cats while we are gone. I watched all 3 hours of Gone with the Wind, yesterday, it is a good reminder of what happened during the Civil War. Battle of Gettysburg, burning of Atlanta and the fact that the Confederates blew up the ammunition that caused the fire. They did not want the Union military to get their weapons and ammo.
McCleod's Daughter's is not that interesting anymore, although Tess and Nick just got engaged to be married.
This past week and the week before, besides getting ready to travel, I attended caregiver/companion training at Live Well at home, got physical, background check and drug test. Have a job on May 19. Puttered in the garden some, Dick worked on mini projects like the planting tray (looks great and it functional) and paid bills. I hope we have a wonderful trip!
May 6-8
Today is Alison's big day of graduation from Auburn University. Grams, Sheil, Dick and I, Austin and Grant, Finley and Rob are here to celebrate with her. It was perfect in every way, we are so proud of our cum laude graduate, War Damn Eagle. Dylan and his girlfriend, Danielle, came in the afternoon. We went to Rob's resort in the afternoon in Opelika and then to the Auburn University Hotel for dinner at Arricio's. Austin, Grant, Dylan and Danielle left for PTC last night. Austin and Grant left, too, work and school on Tuesday. The rest of us will meet at Alison's this morning. Rob and Finley are leaving today, Mom and Sheil this afternoon, us tomorrow morning and Alison next week.
Trip highlights:
PTC dinner with Cousins Jackie, Dave and Carol at Ted's, the golf cart rides, Sheil's phone, etc. Carol paid for it, be sure to send her a huge thank you note. What a bonus to have dinner with our Spratt cousins.
Dinner with Alison and Austin at her place, Salmon steaks, garlic bread and pasta. Yesterday, spent the day with Rob, Finley, Mom and Sheil, Alison and Dick, had breakfast at the Crepe Myrtle, after checking out of the hotel. Crepe Myrtle was a winner for all, excellent venue amidst a farmers market and a nursery. Robert and Finley left first, then we went to Alison's to hang out in the afternoon before Mom and Sheil left for the airport, we stayed with Alison last night, she slept on the Bean in the office and we slept in her bed, we had pasta for dinner, watched Midsomer and McCleod's Daughters then played cribbage. A very fun night. Woke up at 5a, Alison made breakfast of oatmeal and juice, toast too, took off to the airport for our 10:03 am flight. Returned the car and were driven to roadside check in then escorted to the gate. All worked very well. Meal on flight very nice, chicken breast salad, would have preferred spinach instead of kale. All in all, great trip, laughed so hard with Mom and Sheil and Alison several times, it was so much fun.

Friday, April 7, 2017

April 2017

April 2017

The first week of April kicks off with a very busy and interesting week. Last Sunday, we video conferenced with Alison at Austin's house in Peach Tree City, GA. She is happy, engaged and looks great. She will graduate in a month. On Monday, she texted that she was having a bad day and would talk on Tuesday. She got an A on her Econometrics exam. On Wednesday, class was cancelled because of a Tornado warning in Alabama. Thursday, sunny, go figure. Alison's week in review.
My week in review included new church on Sunday, it was ok, but have decided to stay with my churches. Volunteering in the 4th grade classroom, next week is Spring break, Math and English, grading papers. School environment can be intimidating and has changed very little since I was in the 4th grade, low tech, classroom cluttered with over 30 students, a challenge for the teacher and students. After class, off to Pedi and hair appointments. Meanwhile handymen Scott and Dennis worked on and completed several projects on the to do list, relief. The sheep are back for fire prevention. Garden beautiful, also got some trees and shrubs removed just in time for a rainy end of week. Dick and I are a team and so much in love with each other. The house and kitchen are now wheel chair friendly for him to be able to do what he loves in the kitchen and around the house. Consulted with Bertita Graebner on her Facebook professional page, we used Facebook video chat. It was a productive session with overcoming technical challenges and learnings. Bonus was testing video chat with sister, Sheila, and catching up. Talked to Mom, too, she is doing well and going to spend next week with brother, Bob. We have another new addition to the Dixon family. Niece, Katie and Drew are the proud parents of baby girl, Reagan. Life is good, next step finish taxes planned for Saturday.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Carmel Highlands February 2017

To me what is important is family, environment including sea. So living in Lincoln is great given our trips to Carmel Highlands, Sonoma Coast and Hawaii!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

2016 Holidays continued

2016 Holidays with Family-December

Alison came home for the holidays last Friday night. On Saturday, she started right in on putting up the Christmas tree and trimming it. It is about 90% done. I taught a Facebook class on Saturday and again this Saturday. Visited with Mom last Thursday, it was great to get together. I hope that she adjusts to her new place and is happier. It is really nice and the food is really good. Amy visited last night and has concerns that she sent in an email. I responded. We will see what happens. One foot in front of the other, one step at a time.
Continuing on with the holidays-we had great meals -lamb, pork, fondue, roast beef, caper chicken-all prepared with love in our hearts. Also took many long walks with Alison and sometimes shorter walks with Millie. Alison wrapped all the presents and put them around the tree. We woke up Christmas morning and opened them. I went to mass at St. Joseph's in Lincoln. Alison and I went down to SJ, Dick stayed home. We had a great Christmas with the Dixon family. The week before, we went to Ginny and Bob's for lunch. They live in Orinda. Jerry, Carol, Laurie, Bill and Wilann also joined us. Austin, Alison's boyfriend came in on Dec. 30. Rob and Finley came in before that. We had lunch at the house with Dylan, Kyle, Ryleigh, Finley and Alison. They all went to South Lake Tahoe to ski and for New Year's. I went to church on New Year's Day at St. Augustine. We had Roast Beef with Alison and Austin after they came back from SLT on New Year's Day. Then D&J off to Sea Ranch on the 2nd. It rained all day. Had a house full, Michelle, Rob, all the kids except for Alison & Austin-they went to Yosemite and stayed in El Portal. Ginny & Bob came for breakfast and a visit on Jan. 3, they stayed at a hotel in Gualala. Then they left. Michele, Kyle and Ryleigh and Brett also left. Kyle and Ryleigh leaving for Houston today, Jan. 4 from SFO. Last night Rob made delicious pork chops, veg and mash for dinner including apple sauce. We played cards, read, watched Abandoned and then went to bed. It rained hard all day yesterday. Today, Jan. 4, the weather is nice, light wind, over cast. I have been on a couple of walks so far. Saw deer, Harbor Seals and pups. Alison and Austin will explore Yosemite Valley today. Dylan and I are a team in starting (Dylan) and stoking (J) a fire. Austin leaves on Friday-6th, Rob and Finley on Saturday-7th, Dylan on Sunday-8th, Alison on Monday-9th. All in all, it has been one of the best most family inclusive holiday season ending 2016 and beginning in 2017.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

November 2016 so far

Let's see busy November so far-last week, 60 surprise birthday party and November birthdays at 2428 in San Jose, lovely! Had Kett's and Bennison's over to our house for a nice lunch last Thursday. Cats on Friday in Sacramento at 24th Street Theater with Sloane and dinner treated by Sloane at the Meridians. It was very nice.
Today errands, shop and hang out at the pool and beach.
Oh yeah, on Thursday the 3rd traded in the Mercedes for a 2016 Town & Country minivan, more comfortable for Dick. No wonder it seems that we have done a lot so far in November, whew! Alison went camping last weekend with Austin and Drew and his girlfriend. She had a fun time. She arrives here on Thursday!
Tuesday, November 15-Had a rough sleep last night with Dick's oxygen alarm going off every 5 minutes for a couple of hours. I could not disable the alarm. Had a nice morning eating our toast with team and villa before going to the pool and hot tub with Dick, very nice. Talked to Alison, she is doing really well in school and is excited to come to Kauai on Thursday.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Will missing you today and always

Will, thinking of you and loving you on this 7th anniversary of you leaving this earth. Even though time passes, love in my heart for you is always there. Spending time with Alison at Auburn University. I am happy to be here with her. She is such a help to me.