October 15th, Monday – Home is – in this case – where One Parks their Fanny

So this morning I awoke with good intentions of putting up the awnings.  Not to be.  Barbara needed to get to her primary care doctor to see if she could find some answers regarding Saturday night.  She also needed to renew her prescriptions.  Unfortunately, there were no answers.  Just a reminder to continue to be careful about her food in the future.

By the way did I mention her doctor is in Brooksville?  Know what else is in BrooksvilleAldi.  So a shopping we did go while we were there.  About those awnings, more later.

The weather here is still hot and muggy, I mean really hot and muggy.  Open the door and walk outside and within 10 steps you are wringing wet.  Next week they keep saying things are going to cool off and get back to more seasonal temperatures.  Time will tell until then we’ll just deal with what we have.

Back in September Tropical Storm Florence roared through New Bern and the development where my mother lived.  As I’ve shared in the past her home was flooded and a total loss.  Take a look at what we found when we got there, this was her bedroom.

Bedroom kaboom

What’s left of the living and dining room.

whats left of the living room

The garage which had about four feet of water in it.

garage kaboom

What’s left from the guest bedrooms on the other end of the house.

whats left from inside

A lot of stuff simply could not be salvaged and had to be thrown away.

more garbage kaboom

This was what was left of the living room.

living room kaboom

And this is what became of the whole house, completely gutted.

first bedroom gutted kaboom

But believe it or not there is a silver lining to all of this.  Before Mom even left New Bern word came from friends of my sister that there was an apartment waiting for her in Wellsboro, PA if she wanted it.  It was only two miles from where my sister lived.  Mom went and looked, she liked it and today it is her’s.  They even reduced the rent for her.

So in a manner of speaking Home Is Where One Parks Their Fanny, and here is Mom’s new apartment.  All spiffy, all decorated thanks to the hard work of my sister and her husband.  Does she look content?  She finally has the old spunk back in her voice.

Mom today in her new bedroom

mom today living room


mom today new bedroom

mom today new kitchen

But wait it gets even better.  We wondered how we could gently suggest to her that at her age, not knowing the area, given the narrow and often twisty roads she should not be driving.  Wonder of wonders, she went to my sister yesterday and out of the blue said Sell my car, I’m not going to be driving anymore.  Oh yea, the Lord truly works in mysterious ways!

Now about those awnings.  I was able after we got home late afternoon to go and measure and determine where each will be located.  Sooner or later I’ll be able to get to them.  Not tomorrow for tomorrow is a sightseeing day and time to meet Barbara’s brother and his wife and spend some time with them.  I’ll get to them eventually.  It’s not like I only have the weekend to do it.

Ah, one last item.  Tonight Barbara made one of those oh so delicious meals.  Before we left for the day she put a pot roast up in the crock pot.  Oh, when I opened the door what a delightful aroma as I walked in.  Pot roast, noodles, brussels sprouts and home made gravy.  Oh I am such a lucky guy.  Believe me I cleaned my plate of every last morsel and every last drop of gravy!

So that was our day on The Road of Retirement.  We could not have asked for a better day from start to finish.  Hand in hand we journeyed through it enjoying one another’s company.  Thanks once again for joining us.  We hope your day was just as great.

So now I’ll say goodnight but before I do a thought for each of us to think upon:

Image result for inspiring quotes mother teresa

As always,  if you are coming to the end of your day with concerns and worries, let me suggest that you turn them over to God.  After all, He is going to be up all night so why not let him handle them for you.

Time now for our evening prayers and eventually some shut-eye.  Till tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s occupants, four paws and two humans.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before

One thought on “October 15th, Monday – Home is – in this case – where One Parks their Fanny

  1. News about your mother and her decision to stop driving is great. I’m sure your sister is relieved. She looked rather comfortable in her new home. Barbara, I hope whatever you had is gone and you are feeling better. Hey Bill, those awnings will be there when the weather cools. Don’t take chances with that heat and humidity. Thanks for sharing your day.


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