Well I've been back from NY for almost two weeks now. I had a great time while I was up there. Not a lot of time to really visit because of getting things ready for Mom's 70th party. All went well and we had a wonderful time.
I stayed in my parents hard-sided pop-up camper and it was great. Dad set it up a few days before I came and took out the moth balls they winterize with. Mom put on flannel sheets and a down comforter and down pillow, so I was snug as a bug. The camper does have a heater and I did make good use of it ;-) I had a coffee pot in there just no running water or toilet but the house is not far from the camper.
We all got along really well, Dad and I especially, a lot better than my last trip. Since June I've been reflecting and meditating on what in the world happened that month and realized that there are still family dynamics and strong personalities at play and decided that this time I was not going to fall into the trap and I was going to constantly be aware of the now. It helped. One day when I need to write about it I'll write more but it is family stuff so hard for me to just put out there because I love my Mom and Dad very much.
The party was on Saturday the 29th and the day before we went to NJ to pick up my great-aunt. My throat started with a tickle and continued on Saturday. This actually started on Wednesday with a stomach bug, give to me by my lovely sister, Hi Sissypoo!!!. She was smart and took a shot of cognac or brandy on Friday night and hers didn't go any further. By Saturday night my throat really hurt and on Sunday it was on fire and the pain unbearable, so much so I had Mom make me an appointment with my old family physicians. Good thing she works at the hospital and still maintains a relationship with everyone. Dr. Abrahoe took me in right away and said it was a throat infection, he prescribed anitbotics and cough medicine with codeine, but Monday night I couldn't talk at all. I did fly home on Tuesday April 1st, as he said my contagiousness was not an issue any more. Thursday I had already a doctor's appointment here so I kept it and she okayed the meds. and said it was just a really bad case of laryngitis. I finally started talking this Wednesday the 9th, but still feeling groggier than normal and a very slight sore throat.
I flew Skybus and they were awesome. Good thing I flew home on Tuesday as the following Friday they filed bankruptcy and cancelled all flights. PHEW!!!!
I got to see a very old friend of mine, okay not that we are old, we've just been friends since 1973 in jr. high. She moved up to Oneonta a while back, while I was still living in NY only we didn't know how close we were to each other. The last time we saw each other was in '76 or '77, yeah a while back. Somehow I managed to find her on My Space two years ago. Saturday she came to Mom's party with a friend and we chatted for quite a while. It was really good seeing Joan and I would have recognized her anywhere, she hadn't changed a bit.
Well enough for now. I'll talk to you all later.