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KATHY'S LAST COUSINS DAY
10 October 2012
How odd...an entry written on the actual date it is posted! I am exhausted, having driven just short of the distance to Santa Barbara today, without leaving northern California. But that story will be for tomorrow's entry. This one is about Kathy 's last cousin's day.
We had not had a Cousins Day since May and boy were we all needing one! Also, the weather was not good in May and so while we had planned to sprinkle Kathy's ashes then, we decided to wait until later...we had no idea how much later it would actually be. (Actually Kathy's husband and kids had scattered half of her ashes; we had the other half.)
After our last get together, Peach was called to service helping her sister, Mandy, following a hip replacement surgery and then when Mandy was OK to be on her own, Peach's husband Bob went in for a knee replacement. The knee replacement has turned out to be significantly more complicated than intended and Peach has been doing the "in sickness" part of her vows 24/7 for the past four months.
They finally decided that Bob was OK to get along without her for a day or so and he was even able to drive her to my house, though I noted that he did not get out of the car, as he usually did. He looked like he has seen better days.
Peach and I drove to my mother's. I think we talked nonstop all the way there, and probably for the better part of two days. We had missed our conversations!
We never quite know what to expect with my mother, how bad her memory is going to be and whether or not she'll be up for a card game or 10. She had lunch ready for us and we enjoyed our lunch and then she invited us to move to the "soft seats" to talk. She went into her bedroom for a minute and Peach and I decided she wasn't up for cards, but as she came back in she said "Hey--aren't we going to play cards?" So we sat down and she said that she wasn't sure she remembered how to play. Sometimes she does, sometimes she doesn't. This time I think she was conning us. At our last game, we figured out I had won 3 games, Peach had won 2 games and my mother had also won 3 games. Other than never remembering which card was wild in each hand (which we all have problems with), she played as well as she ever has, which was nice.
As usual, we played, we talked, we laughed. When it was time to make cocktails, Peach brought out her $18 bottle of--I kid you not--cucumber flavored vodka.
(It was organic too). She mixed it with ginger beer and soda water. and served it with cucumber slices and lime. They liked it better than I did. I didn't dislike it, but I'm not a big ginger beer fan (which is why I don't like a "dark and stormy," which Jeri, Phil and Walt love to drink).
We brought Kathy out for our last "toast" together a s 4-some (see Photo of the Day) and let her sit on the table through dinner.
It was my turn to make the dinner and I had found a weird recipe on the A Year of Slow Cooking web site that sounded in intriguing.
We all admitted it sounded strange, but we all also agreed it was very tasty! And there is enough left over for dinner tomorrow night (my mother hates to have us leave a scrap of food behind when we leave).
At the end of the day, it had been a good last time with Kathy and in the morning, we would finally take her home...
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