Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Monday, July 15 - WI, MO

On Sunday morning, Sharon and I went to see Mom one more time. We took her out to the patio and she was pretty quiet for most of the visit, and she enjoys being outdoors.  After Sharon left, she got to be a little more talkative.  She asked me, "how long do you stay here when you come"?  I told her "a few weeks" and her reply was "then your time is almost up".  I only wish I understood better what she is going through.  It seems like she is lost in her own world but when she says something that makes sense, you wonder.  It was sad to say goodby, as usual.

Back at Pat's tonight, we had a great treat for dinner - green beans from his garden, Walleye, Crappie, and Bass that he caught, and ice cream with raspberries (also from the garden).  Yum!

We said our goodbyes this morning and I was on the road by 7:00, as planned.  The drive got pretty tiresome, but I made it to Bob's house in Grain Valley, MO by 4:00, an 8-hour drive with a few stops in between.  It is a huge relief to be off the road.  I'm thinking that I should do no more than 6 hours on the road in the future.

We had a nice, relaxing evening and a good meal and a bit of excitement too.  Frisco was being real good about sticking around me, so I let him off the leash and we played fetch with a stickmfor a while.  I went to the car to get some treats and he walked along with me.  He ran back to the deck ahead of me and Bob grabbed him just as a large Coyote walked through the yard.  It's a good thing that Bob saw it just as Frisco got to him - it would not be a pretty sight if he went charging after it.  It was the first time that Bob and Penny have seen one go through their yard, although they have seen lots of other critters like deer, skunk, and raccoon.  Later on, as we were heading to bed, Frisco started barking like crazy because he spotted 2 deer from the window on the front side of the house.