With the warm up in the weather, time just seems to fly by....here is a rundown of the happenings:
1. After a bout with infection (including fever of 102 and chills) my dad seems to have taken a tremendous turn for the better in his recovery. Today, Easter Sunday, he is moving around amazingly well. He and my mom went to lunch one day last week, no more home PT and he was able to walk around the block a couple of times this week. He is done with the walker and uses a cane, but can walk short distances without the cane. He still finds sitting in certain chairs uncomfortable, as he is still under some pretty heavy mobility restrictions, but he sees his surgeon on Thursday and we are hoping the restrictions are lifted. It is very clear he is feeling a LOT better, which is good.
2. We celebrated Easter with some of the best carne asada out there - straight from El Centro, California. For those of you not familiar with El Centro, it is about 20 miles from the Mexican border. We were eating the real stuff - and it was YUMMY! Karla, John's wife, also brought her "thing" for dessert - it is a salty/sweet treat with a crust of crushed pretzels/butter/sugar, with whip cream and strawberries set in strawberry jello. We just call it the "thing" - Karla pretty much knows what she is bringing to family dinners these days.
3. Family in San Diego is safe and sound after 6.9 earthquake (my uncle Steve and all of Karla's family). A few things to clean up off the floor, but nothing major. Brought back some unpleasant memories for my Uncle Steve, as they were in Big Bear for the Landers/Big Bear earthquakes - both were close to magnitude 7 on the Richter scale on separate fault lines about 90 minutes apart. My Aunt Eileen and Uncle Norm had a cabin in Big Bear at that time and they, along with my brother, Uncle Steve and John, were up there the morning of the earthquake. The house next to theirs was a total loss due to structural damage - their house was fine, but it was a mess inside from things falling down, the refirgerator opening up, etc. For those of you that don't know, I am deathly afraid of earthquakes...and I mean terrifed. It was always at least 7-10 days before I would sleep in my own bed again...grandma always said "yes" when I would tap her on the shoulder to come sleep with her...
4. Big week for us...Chelly Bean has her last follow up with Dr. Kennedy and will hopefully be returned to agility. Mommy is banking on it, as her class registration was mailed in today. Little Ace will also be coming home next weekend! As I look at my puppy sleeping peacefully on the couch (head back, on her side, paws and mouth twitching) a pang of guilt comes over me for the disruption I am about to inflict on her little life. :(
5. BC dog went home last week - I met Scott 15 miles into Pa. We talked for nearly 2 hrs and cried when we left each other. We will always be very close...but from a relationship perspective, we are not what each other needs right now. I am not sure what is worse...acceptance of that fact or someone doing something hurtful to someone. Scott showed RIP this weekend and was 1-4...a knocked a bar, had an off course and RIP did his weave pole "thing" where he goes in the first pole, skips the second one and finishes the rest. Scott posted some pictures from the weekend, and I figured out why Rippy might have done some of those things...he was frightened my the hideous yellow MICHIGAN shirt he was wearing...All kidding aside, I still have my moments where it hurts...a lot.
6. I was reacquainted with my mower this past week...now just waiting for everything to come into bloom. I was reacquainted with my dad's mower also this afternoon. :)
7. I had hoped to get reacquainted with my wakeboard this weekend..but we had some pretty high sustained winds yesterday that put a damper on our plans. We concluded that there was a reasonable possibility that we could indeed capsize...so we opted not to put the boat in the water. Evidence supporting this decision was in the form of my BBQ laying across my deck when I got home...the top is cracked and broken...UGH! I think it is still functional, but there will come a point where I will put the "f-it" rubber stamp on it and go buy a new one. My parents grill blew over as well, and they had to purchase another one for our carne asada today. I think we need to invest in some bungee cords to strap our grills to the deck rails - this is the second time that mine has blown over and the same part has been broken. Hopefully, I can hold on until the end of the season...
So that is the wrap. Busy week upcoming - have to go Indiana for work tomorrow, my coworker is showing up at 8AM, we are picking up another one and heading about 300 miles up to NW Indiana. I may have the opportunity of a lifetime tomorrow night...to be at the Duke/Butler game in Indianapolis tomorrow night...that would be nothing short of amazing. Come home Wednesday, meet Ace's pet sitter Wednesday night, take Chel to Medvet Thursday, leave Thursday night for Michigan to get Ace, get him home as early on Friday as possible so he has a few days with me to settle in and start potty boot camp!!!
I hope everyone was able to spend the day with family and had a nice day. Life is short, play hard, take nothing for granted. Have a great week all...more pictures of Ace to come...here is one I know is him...he is also known as "green jeans" and is the one chewing on the toy.