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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Birthdays, Travels, Gagging

Happy Birthday, Mom!
Well, I've been here now for a few days and travel-wise I'm reasonably, but not completely jet-lag free!

First things first! Above is yesterday's Birthday Girl opening her cards. Our plans for a leisurely drive have been delayed as she was a tiny bit under the weather so we stayed close to home. Friday mornings the dining room here has pancakes on the breakfast menu and Mom has regular guests come to join her. So yesterday being her birthday the 'regulars' showed up and we had a bit of an occasion. Later in the day my brother joined us for dinner. Of course there were lots of phone calls from home and abroad and a lovely bunch of flowers, too.

My trip went as well as any can. Both flights lifted of the ground bang on time and both flights arrived early -- the first 30 minutes and the second 20 minutes before it was due. As I entered the baggage area not only my brother, but my luggage were waiting for me. So no complaints on the travel front -- so far...

It is important for me to remember not to make to many plans and not to make any plans that are definite. My mother tires quickly -- more quickly that she expects, especially when she is feeling well and fit. So the best thing I can do is 'live flexibly'! Today she is feeling 'itchy', meaning she wants to 'do' something! So in just over an  hour we will set off for the neighbouring New York state town of Millerton to meet our friend Sabine for lunch at Four Brothers. That chain of pizza restaurants has many happy memories for our family -- it was a favourite of both my grandmother and my father. One of my mother's favourite memories is many years ago in 1985 on my first visit to the States after 5 years in the UK and it's about The Man!

There we all were: my father, mother, grandmother, my brother and sister-in-law, my nephew,The Man, the two little boys aged two and four seated around a large table. Drinks were served -- soft drinks for the boys and glasses of red wine with a litre pitcher in the middle of the tale and a large pepperoni pizza had just been placed in the middle of the table. The little boys were trying to drink their drinks and The Man was admonishing them not to spill them and to be more careful than it seemed to him they were being. Suddenly he stood up and reached over to move the glass out of the way of their elbows and in so doing managed to himself knock over -- no, not the glass, no he managed to knock over the litre of red wine!

The rest of us dissolved into peals of laughter... The Man spluttered red-faced ...

So here I am -- the television commentary in the background has been largely political and left-leaning cause that's where my family is coming from. The topic on the airwaves for the moment is about women who stay at home to look after their kids and women who have kids and work. It's a result of a comment made by a left-leaning political commentator, Hilary Rosen who has caused a national kerfuffle in response to a Romney remark about what his wife had to say to him about women's concerns about the economy. As Astrid so appropriately said in a comment on a recent post: "Gag me with a spoon"!

33 comments:

  1. Your Mom looks so lovely and you made me miss mine, but it's OK. You don't need a spoon to gag on US TV right now, believe me. Yesterday our living room TV receiver conked out. It was new, but it went. A new one will arrive next week, so we had Movie Night instead and it was so much more fun!

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    1. Movie nights at home are wonderful -- I don't know why we don't do it more often ... Tonight my mother is watching PBS -- somebody singing show tunes -- not usually my thing, but it is certainly not 'fraught'!

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  2. About making plans...
    It's okay to plan as long as you don't plan the outcome

    as for the political scene...
    we've moved from micro to macro
    Lord help us

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    1. I absolutely agree -- planning the outcome is always a big mistake -- no matter what age is involved.

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  3. Glad your mother had a good day on her birthday.

    I know what you mean about having to be flexible...my mother will want to do something and when she is tired won't say so...you have to watch out for the signs and suggest turning for home.

    Equally no point in booking anything ahead.

    But we manage.

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    1. The most important thing to me is that my mother is happy and so am I -- it's really lovely to be two people just content to be in each other's company.

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  4. Your Mum looks adorable Broad. I must admit my eyes became a little watery as I looked at the photo of this dear lady. I wished I still had mine with me so I could watch her enjoying a birthday. Hug her close to your heart Broad...these moments are precious. Smiles - Astrid

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    1. You are absolutely right, Astrid -- these moments with her are precious -- we are so fortunate to be able to be together like this...

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  5. Happy Birthday to your Mum. Makes me realise how much I miss mine. I know what you mean about being flexible, Nigel's Dad turns 91 next month and sometime he wants to go out and others he is just not interested. Take care Diane

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  6. Hello Katherine:
    Happy Birthday greetings to your mother!! She looks so happy with her cards and we are sure that she was delighted to have you and her family around her on her special day.

    It is so true that one tends to make far too many ambitious plans when one is visiting anywhere. Far better to go with the flow and simply 'be'.

    Whatever, we hope that you are having a good time. How wonderful that you arrived early and with all your luggage in tact. We hope for the same on your return!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your birthday greetings to my mother -- she is very appreciative of all your best wishes.

      It is amazing the possibilities that open up when one 'goes with the flow'!

      Ah, yes, the return trip -- fingers crossed!!!

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  7. Glad the flights went well. Your mom looks great :-) and 'going with the flow' is the best option. How lovely you still have your mom. Both my parents have passed away.

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    1. At the moment she is sitting across the room from me reading a magazine and looking very content indeed! I am very lucky to still have my Mom and also that she is rather angelic as well!

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  8. So good for your mom to have everyone make a fuss on her birthday! Glad your flights went well and you are now happily back among the fold for a little while.

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    1. Thank you, Rosaria -- it is very good to be back in the fold for a while.

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  9. You certainly provided your mom with a great birthday and some fun memories.

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  10. Broad:

    I just nominated you for a Sunshine Award. Check it out at Chubby Chatterbox.

    CC

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    1. You are such a sweetheart, Stephen!

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  11. Glad you are all having such a grand time. Belated happy birthday to your mom from the Bear up north.

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    1. Thanks, Bear -- much appreciated...

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  12. It looks as if you and your mother are having a delightful time.... my very best wishes to you both, and hoping that you continue to enjoy every minute. Janice

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    1. A delightful time it is! Thanks, Janice...

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  13. The best anecdotes concern family misfortunes.

    Have a lovely time 'back home' and collect plenty more funny and happy/sad anecdotes for the future. They'll become splendid memories.

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    1. 'Back home' -- it's an odd expression for us, isn't it? ;-)

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  14. G'day Broad. Love the photo of your mum. I hope you continue to have a great time visiting with her. Take care. Liz...

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    1. Thanks Liz -- we are having a great time!

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  15. How lucky you are to still have your mother...I so enjoy the gentle look on her face as she reads the cards. Thank you for sharing. Louise

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    1. I am very lucky -- and she is sweet and gentle with everyone -- even me!! :-)

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  16. My new mantra -- "live flexibly". I like that.
    Happy Birthday to your Mom!

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    1. Thank you Rubye! And welcome to my blog -- it's really nice to have you here!

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  17. I'm so glad your Mom hjad such a good birthday, Broad. Going with the flow and enjoying each other's company seems so much better than listening to political point-scoring, so have a wonderful time with each other. I love the story about The Man and the wine carafe. It could easily have been me......:-)

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    1. I still have a good giggle whenever I remember that wine carafe!

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