11-2-2020 The boys and I have lived a very quiet life the past 9 months. Carmen and Brett were here for a week and Bill was too, but that was in March. Since then it’s been just them and me. I feel as though I am finally part of the pack, not sure, but I hope licking my butt isn’t a huge prequalification to establish pecking order within the pack.
The boys seem happy with their living situation. We have our routines. I was getting up at O dark 30 to walk them before it was 174 degrees, many times walking all three before the sun even breached the horizon. On those days, we came home and went back to bed for a few hours, otherwise, it made for a hellishly long day. Now that the mornings don’t heat up until after 8 AM we can walk after the sun is up. Quite honestly, I prefer walking in the dark except for when Max poops. Then I have to use my phone as a flashlight while I turn the poop bag inside out and scoop up his steamy pile. I even make him poop before we leave the house in the morning. They all go out, and with me encouraging them to go poopy, they do. (And I wonder why they follow me to the bathroom.)
Both of my sons came to visit, AT THE SAME TIME!! I was beyond excited. Chance and Trace have not seen each other since 2011 when Chance and I met Trace for the day in Seattle.
Trace was bringing his girlfriend and they were taking a week to drive down so they could stop and climb the highest peaks in Idaho, Utah and Arizona. They arrived on Monday afternoon. We hung out poolside, they ate and we just sat around and talked. Chance was due the same day, driving from Rapid City with his 3-month-old pup, Kylo, AKA, Snapping Turtle. I was worried how the dogs would react to an unknown dog in the house so I had Chance message me when he got close and I grabbed Gringo, put a harness on him and we went out front to wait. I got the surprise of my life when Chance pulled in and Chloee (my youngest granddaughter) was with him. Gringo would have nothing to do with Kylo, he was freaked out and Kylo was so happy to be out of the car. I took Gringo inside and took Max out. He was even more terrified of the pup. I put my 3 in my bedroom and got Chance and Chloee and Kylo situated.
The next week was interesting to say the least. I tried everything to get my dogs to not be terrified of Kylo. Nothing I did worked. We (minus my dogs who hid inside) spent most of the following week around the pool as it was still 100+ degrees daily. Kylo wasn’t too sure of the pool but after a few days swimming with Hilary, he was an Olympian. The dog never stopped. He loved Hilary and her endless energy. I think she dove in the pool at least 100 times a day with Kylo right beside or sometimes on top of her. He often went after her butt with his razor-sharp teeth.
The kids drove over to Casa Grande Ruins in Coolidge one afternoon. Nothing super exciting but it is pretty cool.
It was a great week spent with family. I so wish Bill had been here too, he would have enjoyed a week with the kids and he would have loved Kylo. I hope we can get the boys here again soon and the granddaughters too.
I was sad to see them all go the following Monday. I hope they left with full stomachs and happy thoughts. We had fun and it did my heart so good to have both Chance and Trace under one roof again, it’s been a long time.
Trace and Hilary left here and climbed their way back to Seattle. In the week spent driving down and the week going back, they managed to summit 50 peaks. They’re both animals.
Chance and Chloee and Kylo went to Vegas for a few days then Salt Lake then headed home, stopping for the last night in Wyoming before reaching Rapid City.
It was a long drive for both of them and they only drove because of the dog and mountains to climb. Next time they will fly. Chloee already wants to come back and Alexah has been messaging me saying she wants to come soon. Looking forward to seeing the girls much more.
Chance just bought another house. This one is in the country and is big and has a huge yard for Kylo and Dallas. Chance is going to take Alexah’s dog, Dallas, he and Kylo get along well.
While the boys were here I had cataract surgery. Geez, talk about easy, I had no discomfort at all. I’ll do the other eye when Bill gets here. I no longer need to wear glasses to drive. I needed a pair of non-prescription sunglasses so I ran over to Marshall’s. They had T W O pair in the whole entire store. One pair was semi ok so I got them. Two pairs of sunglasses in a store located in a state where the sun shines 360 days a year. I still need to get my foot fixed so I can be up and running once again.
It looks like Bill will make it for Christmas. We haven’t had a Christmas tree since 2011. Christmas 2012 I was living alone in Roatan and we moved in October of 2013. All I had on the island was a small fiber-optic tree that I bought in 1997. This year I want a tree but will need to buy an artificial one. I have NEVER in my life bought an artificial tree, this is a first. I’m hoping it will brighten my shitty mood until Bill arrives. It’s been a LOOOOONG 10 months and I have learned so many things that were never necessary to know because I had Bill to take care of it.
And with that note of JOY, I’m outta here.
So happy you had visitors! I am excited for Bill to be there with you! What a messed up time.
Thanks Danielle, I’m really anxious for him to get here. Now we’re all worried about hurricane ETA. It’s slamming the coast of la Moskitia. I can’t get the gracious people I met there out of my mind. So terrifying for them. The island could get 25″ of rain. Scary.
Thank you for sharing your stories Deb, I love reading them!! I could relate to this one in particular, it’s been a long 9 months since Covid, being alone, etc. I’m so glad your boys were together, how sweet!! I know how I feel when I see my daughter and it’s time to say goodbye . . . Anyway, so happy Bill will be with you for Christmas. Is he finally moving or just for the holidays? Have a beautiful Deb!
Hi Patty, He is finally (24 days short of a year) moving. We found renters for the house who will live there until it sells. He is bringing our oldest dog (the first dog I rescued off the streets of Roatan in 2013) with him. It’s been a long year with this Covid ridiculousness so I will definitely be happy for some company. Thanks for reading along. Happy Tuesday!
Have a beautiful *day* Deb 🙂
Deb, Appreciate the kind and thoughtful Card you made and sent to Rose-E and myself, it was very comforting to receive.
Always enjoying your newsletters…and the pics.(which were espeically good this time). It made me laugh after you mentioned that you were now part of the pack….then posted the Dogs pics, did not quite understand why your pic was not included as # 4. Oh,..suppose when there is only the 4 of you that 3 of you do not operate cameras. Mirror? Thank you again for the card and your sweet memories of Lee.
Thank you for taking the time to write. You have been in my thoughts. Linda said there will be a remembrance for Lee in the spring in Williamsport, Steve Cimini and I will be going for sure. He was a very special friend.
So nice to hear from you. Hugs and love.
Going through Lee’s things found some correspondence from you that he had saved, you are so funny. He spoke to me many times about how much fun he had with you and Steve. Thank you for all.
Hi Susan, Sorry it took me so long to reply, my husband just arrived on Saturday after 341 days. He brought
a nasty MAN cold and the last dog with him so I’ve been busy taking care of him and 4 dogs.
It makes me feel good to know Lee kept some correspondence from me. He and Cims and I were the 3 stooges.
At least I’m sure that’s what others thought of us, we didn’t care. We liked to be goofy and laugh. He and
Steve Cimini were best friends, Steve took his passing very hard also.
I’m sorry we never got to meet.
I think of you often. Hugs, Deb