Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Got my boots on again
Thanks for all your nice comments and the wonderful postcards I received last night when I got back. It's so nice to be home , and a treat to fire up the computer again.
I woke up at 3:30, stayed in bed until 4. East Coast time on the West Coast is no fun. When it gets closer to daylight, I'll go to Lake Balboa with Molly.
Sorry to duck out so suddenly on the party.
My long ago friend from England, Jayne Pilling, was here for a day and then it was off to Medford, NJ to help my mother move to assisted living. I took my laptop but it was just a weight on my shoulder. I'm learning that there are friendly airports and cheap skate airports-- some provide free wireless connection (I think Atlanta was one) but most send you to some site where they want $8.00.
Anyway, I hit the ground running at my mother's place, plowing through dressers and closets to winnow down her possessions so they could fit in one room. She was living in a two bedroom apartment with many closets, filled with a trimmed down collection from 93 years. I stayed up late, I got up early.
I pushed dolly after dolly down the hall, skirting in and out of the traffic: walkers, wheelchairs and the dreaded scooter cars with flags that never slow down, then up the elevator, around the corner-- oops sorry-- didn't see that walker, and into my mother's new room.
It's a pretty room with a balcony that overlooks two magnolia trees and a greenhouse-- green grass and birds singing. It's a big room. I took a picture on the cel phone but have no idea how to get it from cel phone to computer. There's a slot for microsd, and I'm not sure if that's the same as the small plug that came with my Sony camera.
I read two books on the airplanes: Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, and Memories of a Catholic Girlhood by Mary McCarthy. Both books are strong and rough and memorable. I was surprised that Kevin McCarthy, the father in the Twilight Zone (movie) episode I worked on, was Mary's brother.
I'm only back a few days, then we're off on our long anticipated Wild Bear Adventure in Canada. More on that later. It's almost daylight.