This and That

My grandsons in Switzerland may not believe in the Easter Bunny, but that doesn’t stop them from eating Easter Candy.

The youngest eating a white chocolate bunny.

I think this one likes candy. He wore those sunglasses all day for some reason.

I went to Dallas for three days to see my other son, my daughter and their children. I was in the car a lot, as is often the case in Dallas, and took this photo from the front seat while my son was driving. It makes me happy to live in a city where I can take the metro or bus and very seldom use a car

I then headed to Arizona to stay with my Mother who is doing incredibly well considering my Dad died in November. I think the final year of her life was harder on her than I realized. We didn’t do much but one day we did drive up north from Phoenix to Prescott where we used to live and where I went to high school. This photo is of Thumb Butte and I wish I had gotten a different angle of it. I once even climbed to the top on a path behind it. Lots of memories in Prescott. We passed a house that was once ours and, on impulse, stopped the car, rang the doorbell and told the lady who answered that we used to live there. She very nicely invited us in and showed us around. We both remembered it as much larger, as memory will often do to you. The lady bought the house from my parents in the early 70’s and there she still was. I didn’t really want to stop but I’m glad we did. Mom really enjoyed it.

This is the only photo I took of any cactus in Arizona. There were some varieties beautifully blooming but I never got to get close enough for a photo except for this one in my mother’s neighborhood.

Getting Ready

A photo I liked because of the sky-cactus with flower and a bee

Maurice and I leave Saturday for Paris. It seems like I’ve been here a really long time and I did, in fact, arrive on September 25. I really thought I would just be putting my Father in a nursing home and that he would live for at least one more year. Looking back on it, I’m amazed how quickly he went-12 hours after he started having trouble breathing. Mom and I went through his closet and cleared a few things out for Good Will but many things remain. He was a real clothes horse as they say. It looked like he bought himself a new pair of tennis shoes every six months. I took seven pair to Good Will. The first week or so, the house seemed so strange without him, so empty. I think Mom is slowly getting used to not having him here. I still hate to leave her and I know I will worry about her when I get back to Paris. I plan to return in March. I will be glad to get back to Paris to my own bed, my own things, my cat who has been spoiled by a cat sitter/lover. Life goes on despite losses.


Next we went to Arizona. My parents live in Scottsdale and have recently had some health problems. A heart arrythymia was discovered in my mother after a fall and she had to have her heart “shocked” twice to get it back to a regular rythm. My father has Parkinson’s which is bad enough but has developed some sort of black out condition, almost like a “silent” seizure. He can be sitting and suddenly is staring into space and unresponsive and then it’s over. While we were there he was having all sorts of tests to see what was wrong. We still haven’t heard the results of them all yet. That’s the hard part about living in France-the not being readily available when serious health issues come up. I’m not sure how we will handle it all when needed. I’m sure we will work things out as they arise. In any case, I did a lot of cooking so my mother could rest. My mother brought out some photos and I just have to post them. I can’t believe how incredible they looked when young.

Here is my Dad in his Navy uniform when he was 20 or so. Wasn’t he a handsome devil?

And here’s my mother at 17. I think she was fabulous looking. She always tells me that she had a 19 inch waist too.

We went hiking in the area one day and you can tell we are in Arizona by the cactus. Our hike was supposed to be followed by jogging but that hike kicked my butt. I’m not a good hiker for some reason. We blessed by incredible weather in AZ too, although it also was a little chilly.