Monday, May 21. I worked my way to the KOA in El Reno, OK and spent the night in one of their cabins at a cost of $45 - very nice accommodation, sitting on the edge of a hill overlooking the Canadian River. It had fast flowing water! I would definitely do this again - a much nicer environment than a motel room.
I made it to Randy's house on Saturday afternoon and spent 2 nights there. I was able see all 3 of his kids, as they all took time out of their busy schedules and stopped by for a visit and it felt good to be with family again.
Today, Randy and I headed north to Sunrise Beach to hang out with Rita and Denny and Bob for a couple of days at Rita's lake house. I had hoped to stop by to visit Rene on the way there, but she came down with a case of shingles last week and wasn't feeling up to company. She may still be contagious, so the rest of us were uncomfortable with her even coming to the lake house for a short visit.
I had a good, long talk with Tom this morning and I felt much better after that, although still very emotional about it all. I'm hoping that we can work through our issues and maybe even connect again later this summer.
It felt good to be with four my siblings again and we had a nice boat ride, quite quiet around here with few boats out and many of the homes haven't even been opened up for the season. That will probably change this week, as Memorial Day is coming up soon. Bob and Randy stained the catwalk when we got back from our ride and Rita, Denny, and I got dinner together. Naturally, we partied on the deck after dinner, listening to music, a dance or two, and having lots of laughter and conversation. I was the first to retire - no, Frisco was the first to retire - he started bugging me, so I took him out for a short walk and he headed right to his bed in the room we are sharing.