Today in My History
Journal, April 2021
Cast (updated 7/16)
MORE THIS AND THAT
24 May 2021
I left the TV off last night because I was so involved in the book I was reading, "The Ride of Her Life" by Elizabeth Letts. Elizabeth was a midwfe when I was working for Women's Health but she had given up midwifery and is now a full time author, with several prize-winning books under her belt. I've read 3 or 4 of her books already, and I received this as a pre-publication manuscript. Amazon will have it published on June 1.
Actually, I don't know if I "won" this book. I entered a contest to get an advance copy, or if Elizabeth sent it to me because I had expressed interest, but I was glad to get it however it came to me.
This book introduces people to Annie Wilkins, described as "the last of the saddle tramps." At age 64, with a diagnosis of death probably within the next two years, if she took care of herself, she had nothing. The bank had taken her house, her family was all dead, winter was coming and she had nowhere to stay and so she decided she would get a horse and ride to California.
She sold pickles to get money, found a horse that was going to be put down and got him for $5, got a little mongrel dog named Depche Toi and she left Maine for what would be a 7,000 mile jaunt across the country.
I found her story fascinating and, since this all took place in the 1950s, when I was growing up, it reminded me of what life was like, what people were like in that time period. She had many challenges, but also lots of wonderful things from people who helped her by feeding her or giving her a bed for a night or more, or taking care of her horse. It's amazing how many people wanted to help her.
She eventually made it to California and was on several TV shows, one of which was Groucho Marx's You Get Your Life, which I was able to find on YouTube.
This is only the second book I have read in 2021 but I finished it in a day and a half. It helped that I could read in the car while we were driving to and from our lunch yesterday.
Today, Jeri and I went to Eldervilla so she could see her grandmother one last time before she returns to Boston.
She didn't have much (anything) to say and mostly made sounds, but Jeri could get her to smile a little bit. Mostly she kept her eyes down but when she looked up, it's always sad to see the confusion in her eyes as she looks at either Jeri or me and wonders who we are.
We stayed about an hour and Sandy, who runs the place, is always so intent on letting us know how she is doing. He says she is eating better than she has been, which is nice. They are giving her baby food mixed with other stuff and she is finally eating it
Mala, the aid who works there, says she gets dehydrated and made sure that she drank a glass of ginger ale.
She was asleep in the wheelchair when we finally decided to leave, but I'm glad Jeri had another opportunity to see her grandmother.
We stopped at Target on the way home to do a little shopping and I got here in time to take my nap.
A full day, with things to do other than sit here and type!
We're having spare ribs for dinner. We've had leg of lamb, lamb chops, pork chops and now spare ribs, all things Marta won't eat, taking advantage of the fact that Marta and Ned aren't here.
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