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Juneau and Mom

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So, where were we anyway? Oh yes, New Year’s Eve. Don’t be mad, but all I have time for right now is a quick update to let you know that Juneau was fantastic and mom is well.

I have a lot to work out before I will be back to my normal, un-normal postings. Can hardly stand to post without a photo, but I haven’t found the time to a) get wifi going on my laptop or b) use this computer (mom & dad’s) to do my photo downloads on. Love the little learning curves that life tosses now and then.

The good thing about the learning curves, is that I usually feel pretty good about mastering them. Even when it is a total accident that I manage to make it through to the other end, I still get to say, “YES! I did it!”

Just like my recent Craig’s List success. Pure luck. With so many sick and scary stories about CL, I feel extremely fortunate that mine turned out so well. Only a few days before my flight out from Seattle, to my layover in Juneau, I posted an ad for a driver. The reply from Brian sat in SPAM hell for a day before I found it, but once we connected all went well.

He sent me a photo of his driver’s license and a couple references and I fell into instant friendship with him and his partner, Kathy, after we talked on the phone for only a few minutes.  Brian picked me up from the airport and we spent the next few hours chasing the light:>)

With great advise from Kathy, we started with sights that needed daylight to appreciate them (the glacier), then we moved on to sights that were better after darkness fell (the spectacular lights in town). Photos soon!

The other half of this update is to let you know that mom’s hip surgery went well and she is expected to be home Monday. Sister Laura is with her this morning and brother Michael spent several hours with her yesterday. Dad took mom into the hospital in Anchorage at 5 a.m. yesterday and wasn’t home until after 9 p.m.

Now I have to confess that I haven’t been to the hospital to see mom yet. She’s fine with it, and insists that she wants to sleep and wants our help at home. Dad says she just wants to be alone to watch football:>) Anyway, my asthma was so bad and I was pretty wiped out from my whirlwind travels, that I have been here at their house the whole time.

Even if I went to hospital, they’d kick me out because of these asthma attacks. So, that’s where we stand. Dad & I hanging out and making things cozy and clean for mom’s return.

I can’t wait to get the photo issue dealt with, because I have so many cool things to show you. Stay tuned:>) Oh, and I promise to get back to the Mrs. M’s son and New Year’s Eve story:>)

Please help me set the universe back on track for a good 2014 for Luanne and her kitty. xo

Peace,

Patti

 

 

Author: Patti Hall

Writer, daughter, sister, mom, niece, grani, and friend. Works-in-progress; 3 children's books, some poetry and a memoir series, "Souvenirs from My Heart." Pursuits of happiness include gardening, walking the beach, reading, writing, photography, traveling and genealogy. I am a widow (2009), lost my sis in 2012, my aunt and a precious grandson in 2013.

20 thoughts on “Juneau and Mom

  1. Hello! Thinking of you, take care.

  2. Glad your mom is doing well! Cool about CL. I never had any problems with CL (selling stuff) in Seattle, but down here in San Francisco, sooo many scams and leading nowhere job listings.

  3. Welcome home 🙂 Glad it went well.

  4. I have a friend Donna Blomquist who grew up in Junea. Here family is still there. She’s a bit older than you I think and has two sisters I think. So happy your mom is doing better~

  5. My husband visited Alaska years ago and even took a helicopter ride among the glaciers. I’ve never been, but the pristine beauty you describe must be truly awesome. Glad to hear a good report about your mother.

    • Thank you, Marian. I hope to get some photos posted soon. I bet that was an incredible ride for your husband. Even flying in was beautiful…the plane goes past the town and I couldn’t wait to get down there!

  6. Ah, you sweetheart! and it appears to be working because Mackie man is has been walking a bit today! He’s doing much much better! Thank you, Patti. xoxo

  7. Enjoy your family Patti, I can’t help but wonder if it’s warmer in Alaska than Canada, lol. xo

  8. Enjoyed you post. Will be looking forward to your new pictures. After a busy holiday here Sunday everyone seemed to crash and all was quiet. Woke early to find animals had tipped over the garbage. Sounds like the northwest. Amused to find as different as things are here some things are very much the same.xxoo Christina

  9. You have an overflowing plate, Patti. My life feels simple in comparison, mostly because I get to stay home. Look forward to your photos. I know they will be gorgeous. Glad your mom made it through the operation. I saw an x-ray of what they did in hip replacement with a good friend at the best hospital for doing this surgery in NY, and it was alarming to imagine the procedure. Bionic woman. She works hard to recover and is around 70. She’s a Pilates teacher and is back at it, but she worked for her fitness.

    Signed book contract this week and catalog copy and title were submitted yesterday. My fetal book, not due until fall 2014, already demanding frequent feedings. Be back soon.

    • On my way to bed and just caught this. Thank you, Elaine. So far so good here, just busy. Today was first wound cover change and was hardest, but did it and am ready to do again in 2 days.
      So excited about your book news! Congratulations on your hard work and progress!!!! xo

  10. Happy New Years to our NorthWestern friend!! Patti, only you could go onto Craigs List & come out with two new friends! That just speaks volumes as to how unbelievable you are and how easy it is to be with you. That’s the kind heart we’re all so fond of!! Sorry to hear about mom’s hip, but it sounds like she’s doing good. Like mother like daughter she has that fighting spirit. By the way, we’ve picked up our favorite thing on your blog which we will be using on a regular basis now as we absolutely luv the term….. “Learning Curves”. Is that what you call them?? lol. To read your post, you can see what a fighter you are. How you view life and what most see as problems & bothersome, you see as….Learning curves. Unbelievable!! We will just hang out on your blog & pray some of that fighting spirit will rub off on us!! Give mom our best & can’t wait to see the pics!! 🙂

    • You sweet, sweet things! You make me feel great and love your stops in to visit. No matter the challenges (learning curves), mom and I laugh as much as we can— without moving that hip much! I will read your comment & she’ll love it too. Thank you for the smiles, ladies:>)

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