Wednesday, August 02, 2006
My mother turns 89 on August 5, 2006. I was in Media, PA visiting her for a week. She is living in a nursing home since her stroke last winter. She seems to like it there and loves winning at BINGO! Here are some pictures of her room.
We surprised her with Kelly arriving on Thurs. with Elise and Cory. It was the first time she saw Cory.
She came back "home" for the first time on Sat. for her party. She liked all the changes Jim made to the house.
She can now wear a hat to the Red Hat Society events.
We had cupcakes instead of a cake.
This is Mom and her sister Chris (sitting) and a friend from Upper Darby (talking to Mom).
Mary Kay, Cory and Kelly
Tommy and Kelly's 3 girls (Haley, Sydney and Lucie) played with Elise during the party. They played in the "ballroom" (Elise's word for basement since they don't have basements in Boise, so it was an unusual concept for her) and on the deck. Here they are eating ice cream.
Mom and the kids (aren't they cute!!)
We can't forget Jim and Bella (dog)!!
There are lots more pictures of those at the party. You can see them here:
Crochet Pieces: Delaware Governor & Mary at the State Fair
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
BUT (there is always a “but”) getting there and back was AWFUL!! I flew from
I spent Wednesday with my friend Mary and her daughter Summer. First we met at Bob Evans for a late breakfast and then went to the Delaware State Fair. Mary entered numerous crocheted items and won gobs of blue ribbons, some 2nd place ribbons and a 3rd place ribbon. And this was the first time she ever entered items in the fair!! Having received things from her, I can vouch for the judges—she does wonderful work, and almost all of it is done in thread!! She even received an award for the best entry at the Fair which included a presentation by
Our mutual friend Sherrie did a great job telling about Mary's Fair experience. You can read about it on her blog. There is a link in the above message. (thanks Sherrie).
After ohhing and ahhing over her work, we walked around the fair grounds, rode on the ferris wheel, played a shooting game (with water—Mary won a stuffed seal which she gave to me and I gave to my grandson Cory. Summer played a dart and balloon game and won a cute stuffed lady bug! We went into where the slot machines were, but didn’t bother wasting our coins! It was very hot. We (Summer and I) shared a “fried Snicker’s” candy bar—very yum!! After leaving the fair we went to a great seafood place where we had steamed crabs and shrimp. It was a very casual place (my kind of restaurant) where they covered the table with a large piece of brown paper and served the food in plastic bowls! I needed a refresher course on how to pull apart the crabs (I’ve been gone from the East coast for over 30 years). They were sooo good. Each time I get together with Mary we have such a great time. We have already planned what we are going to do the next time I am in the area!
The next day was not so much fun! Kelly was arriving from
Then came Sunday and the return flights!! We had departure times that were close, but different airlines. I dropped off Kelly, kids, stroller and luggage and returned the rental car. Then I checked-in. The first sign of “complications” came when I saw the security line weaving down the hall!! It took 20 minutes to get through. Once at the gate I found out that the first flight was delayed about 30 minutes which wasn’t bad (in hind sight). The airport was very crowded and once we boarded it took a long time to take off. I was a bit concerned because I only had 45 minutes between flights in