Sunday, March 16, 2014

Photos from Dad's House

I have no computer with internet connection at the house, and the onnection at the coffee shop has enough filters on it, blogging is tough, so I will be brief.
I arrived safely, Partner joining me after catching a flight out from BMA (Big Midwest Airport). 

Dad and Big Bro had flowers and ballons to greet me.  I laughed at the Elmo Balloon.  He did have a slight leak, so we released him to the heavens, not being near an airport or an airway, watching him drift on up with someone doing the Dalek "Freedom!", from the 2005 "Dalek" Dr. Who episode,  in the background.

He likely didn't get far before coming back down, or even more likely, we'll see him on CNN with "Flight 370 flight track showed strange Elmo figure near last recorded  blip".

I did bring Bro a card.
My childhood room was just as I remembered, the same little items on top of my dresser. 
The slide rule  is one my favorite Uncle used to help design the Boeing 737.
And a new addition, from someone who thought perhaps they should "girly" up my room.

I did laugh, for as kids I was the Queen of Pez dispensers.
A quick run to the store was needed.  Glad to see Dad's got .223  and 12 gauge buckshot ammo there amongst the raisins and the condiments, but we still to need a few things. 
 And soon, some ribs were marinating, to go on the barbecue in a bit for a late lunch.

Dad has an easier time getting out of his "lift" recliner than the dining room table, so I'll get him all fixed up.
Bro has been making wind chimes and patio twirly things during his chemo to keep his hands busy, and we looked at the latest.

After dinner, and much conversation, Big Bro and Partner in deep, lengthy discussion on all things technical, it was time for some sit time.  Soon everyone was curled up with a book, Partner helping Dad on and off the couch, that doesn't have a "lift off" pad, and which he hesitates to use, even if it is in a spot for the best evening light.

It was good to be home, and even better to see my new family embraced by the old.


  1. Enjoy the down time. Stay safe...

  2. I hope your brother laughed as much at the card as I did. Best wishes - cancer sucks.

  3. Be well.
    Best wishes and prayers for you and your family.

  4. I am happy for you, Brigid, to have some family time, especially now. I hope your visit gives you much comfort.

  5. I have a sliderule like that. It's a Keuffel and Esser Log-Log Decitrig. Or something.

  6. They actually taught us how to use a slide rule in high school, damn I must be old, anyway think of all that was done with them by all of those people who were educated without spending millions per student.
    Glad you are back home getting some time off!

  7. Great Card. Hope you enjoy some time with your Dad.

  8. Wonderful visit. Thanks for sharing it. Being with family is just the best of the best.

    Warm hugs from cold Ohio,

  9. Enjoy the visit a know the love of family...

  10. Thanks for sharing this. We have been thinking about you. Love from one childhood "queen of the pez dispensers" to another !

  11. Doesn't Rainier come in bottles, too?

    Hope you all got what you needed from your visit.


  12. What they've said. May the comfort of family envelope you all.

  13. Does the slide rule case have the belt loop? :)

    I have a Pickett rule with the belt loop accessory, but I already get stares when I use a *gasp* calculator in class.

    In the Engineering College?!? What a concept!

    I will concede that the new ways of crunching numbers are cool but a laptop isn't always available.

  14. Hello Brigid,

    I built a platform to go under my Dad's favorite recliner, as he did not like the idea of a lifter. I imagine you could do that for the couch. Three 2 x 10's, half sheet of 1/2" plywood, some screws and voila. Easier for him to get up and down. Farther to fall, but the likelihood of a fall would be far less.

    I put grab bars everywhere in their apartment.

    I lost that wonderful man at 95, (10 years ago) and still think of him every day. I am so glad for you that you still get to share your Dad with all of us!

    Fair Winds and Following Seas to you and yours,

    Cap'n Jan
    Back on land for the time being.
    Oh yes, love the card!

  15. So he has been assimilated. Excellent.
    Also, I have those glasses. Inherited them from my grandmother.

  16. The Pacific Northwest is giving you the full spring weather spectrum for your visit. Have a great time!

  17. Hope your time is all you hope for.

    Sure miss that Rainier Beer, made from the finest reclaimed Seattle water.

  18. Looks cozy and loving, good for healing the soul.

  19. Rob - Thanks, just a short visit but a needed one.

    Borepatch - I think I got a smile out of him.

    Ed - thank you, the prayers are appreciated.

    Monkeywrangler - It puts things in perspective, our time is so precious, and we don't know how much we'll have.

    john bord - I always smile to find my bedroom hasn't changed since I was a young teen, other than a fresh coat of paint around the big rainbows I put on there in 8th grade (made from Dad's paint remnants, a wonderful bright 70's Salmon Pink, Aqua, Gold and Orange, oh my).

    Turk Turon - I'm not sure how old this is. Uncle Richard worked on both the 737 and 767 projects with this thing, but I bet it went earlier than that

    Sunnybrook Farm - I used one in junior high, and then again in college as I started out an engineering major. They do come in handy.

    immagicman - I will, it got crazy busy last week, I ended up missing a dear friends birthday, but have appropriate tacky gift to send to her upon returning home.

    Lois - hugs back to you as well.

    Old NFO - I'm going to make sure Big Bro gets a copy of your book. He would like it

    Jane of Virginia - I had a collection and a secret Pez Club, (in the closet with a little shelf for all of them). More than one afternoon was spent in there, with a flashlight and all the Monster Movie Pez dispensers (a favorite)

    armedlaughing - I bet it does. Dad is just happy if it's cold, preferring the brands he drank when he was young and money was tight, Rainier, Hamms, PBR.

    Rev Paul - thank you!

    Roscoe - thanks for sending the video and the info on the gathering. We've got a train show coming up, hopefully back in time for.

    Cap'N Jan - welcome back to land! We went to the Coast Guard station and maritime museum which was great. Bro and Dad weren't up for a tour, but they happily took a little snooze in the car after a big lunch while Partner and I explored.

    I'm sorry for the loss of your father, but it sounds like you had many good years together.

    I'll check out your chair idea His problem isn't the sitting, it' the standing back up, for which the lift helps.

    Jennifer - we watched the episode again which made it even more funny "Freedom!"

    Dave - it' always a surprise. There's usually full foul weather gear in the truck, just in case.

    Well Seasoned Fool - I hadn't seen it for a while, but I guess it's always been out there. My bedroom still has a big Olympia Beer Sticker on the back of the door from a tour of the plant in Olympia.

    Mathew - The visits are always good for us. I'll try and get back out in a couple months for Dad's 94th birthday over a weekend if I can swing it (as with all the trips already for Bro, I have no vacation time left.)

  20. I've got the Rainer Draft Beeeeeeeer motorcycle commercial stuck in my head. Glad to see you are Keeping On Keeping On.

  21. I hope all of you get some rest and recharge your batteries laughing and telling stories.


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