I feel like I have been a bad blogger friend lately and for that I apologize. I want to thank everyone who has responded to my pleas for packing advice. Looks like I will have to go out and buy some sort of wind/rain breaker that will fit over my fleece jacket. I am not looking forward to this because a.) I don't want to spend the $$ and b.) I feel bulky enough without adding layers, but what are you going to do? Some of you have asked for my itinerary: We will be in Seattle Friday the 18th and hopefully will see my son. Those of you who are new to the blog or forgetful (who??) don't know that my youngest son graduated from college in Rochester NY last May and moved, with his artist girlfriend (KarenPetrasko.com) immediately to Seattle to begin a job as a Web Developer. He is extremely independent, like his mother, and I don't hear from him as much as I would like to, so hopefully we can have dinner.
Saturday we sail on the Norwegian Star and will stop in Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway as well as cruising/sailing the Sawyer Glacier. Yes, I know there are lots of excursions to take, but we will be doing limited touring, mostly on foot, while ashore. Thanks to Jerusalem I know where to get a good sandwich and a most delicious Mocha in Juneau...yummm :). Bob will take hundreds of pictures and I will be sure to post some when I get home.
We arrive back in Seattle the morning of the 26th and hopefully will see my son again. Bob flies home on Sunday. My friend Barbara will be in Silverdale WA visiting her sister and I will stay with them until Thursday. While there we are going to visit the Lavender Fields ( capitalized because I felt like it, lol) and I am hoping to get to visit Clarice at Storybook Woods. I come home the 31st.
My computer seems to be having some issues of late, so I have been doing a lot of lurking and very little commenting. I think the problem is with the browser, but I am apparently in the not so silent minority. Bob's "side" of the computer seems to be much better than mine...go figure!
My FIL continues to ail and has been in the hospital for 2 weeks again. The lack of information about his condition and what the prognosis is and what is being done continues to frustrate me. I think my MIL is playing the denial card and is also pretty hard of hearing. Makes it easier to hear only what she wants to hear. Unfortunately it is not up to me to press for information and when I offer my two cents it isn't always appreciated, so I simmer somewhat silently.
We went to Vermont for the long weekend although we didn't actually get there until Friday night. My father has flown to Virginia to spend a couple of weeks with his sister and his brother. This is the first time she has actually been home alone for more than overnight since WWII...can you imagine?? She has the car and the checkbook and is very independent ( now you know where I got my independent streak). She decided she was finally going to get a new couch after 30 years with the brown and gold plaid Herculon...ugh. My Mom has no decorating sense or inclination and she just doesn't really care about such trivial things, but we went to Big Lots and bought a blue loveseat and to KMart and bought a new TV stand. Bob got the old couch into the garage( for the recycle people to take it away), new couch in and TV stand assembled. We also bought some perennials and mulch for the front of the house and got that done. It felt good! We usually spend time in Burlington going in and out of shops and doing fun stuff, but this time we just worked and made a nice holiday for my Mom. She took us to Friendlys for dinner and we even got ice cream because we had worked so hard. Then we watched the Boston Fireworks on TV and she loved it. Personally I like to go and see them but it is such a big production to go early in the day and hang out and then get a decent viewing spot when they begin and then take the train home late at night with thousands of revelers.
So, that catches you up for now. Thanks for your patience and I will try to post when the computer lets me.