"Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. "
~John Lennon


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig

If you were not aware of it, I was away from home visiting my mother in Las Vegas. The city and all the activities are not enticing to me, so I didn't see any shows or do any gambling. I did eat at a buffet one night with friends and played two hours of bingo. That was my one night out. My kids and I lived there several years during their school days and the gaming industry did not

My cat Lola missed me while I was away. When I walked in the door yesterday afternoon she ran to me and meowed and rubbed on my legs and would not allow a few inches between us for the rest of the evening. My neighbors across the street saw me arrive and came over for one last visit with Lola. They were taking care of my cat while I was gone. I guess Lola wouldn't come out when they came in the apartment to feed her. I have been brushing Lola and talking with her and she is settling back into our routine.

It is a comfort for me to know that my anxiety about flying was that one time, about ten years ago. I was flying from California to Hawaii and both going and coming back I was obsessed with getting to the door and getting off that plane. I have avoided flying since then until this trip. With the help of an anti-anxiety pill and my music on the iPod I made it through with flying colors so to speak. This flying experience and the whole trip went so well I plan on going again in about six months.

Adjusting to the two hour time difference was a breeze when I got there; getting in tune with the time at home is not going as well. I am staying up late and sleeping in, almost missing things I am committed to doing here at home.

My mother is 91 years old. She has shrunk and is somewhat shaky. Her mind is pretty sharp, in fact, she can remember some words and people's names that I cannot remember. It was good to have so much time with her.

Here is a pic of me and my mom at her apartment in the assisted living facility.


15 comments:

Rock Chef said...

Great to have you back!

Your mom looks pretty good for 91, I must say - they are clearly taking good care of her.

Glad to hear that the flight went well - I hate the first few moments after take-off, other than that I love it.

LL Cool Joe said...

I'm glad you are back I missed you. Your mom looks great for 91!

I have to say I have no interest in gambling in Vegas either. I don't even put any money in the slot machines, but I would like to go to some shows.

I'm so pleased you've conquered your fear of flying. :)

Kristina P. said...

You guys are so cute!

Abby said...

What a sweet pic of you and Mom. She looks great for 91, you've got some good genes! I'm sure she loved having you there. Hard to share yourself between her a Lola? Welcome back, CiCi!

Ms. A said...

Welcome home, Cici. Lola isn't the only one glad to have you back... although I promise not to wrap myself around your leg and meow. LOL!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I'm so glad you got to spend time with your mom. Bingo is fun! Love how your cat greeted you. Nice to know you were missed. My daughter need 3 anti-anxiety for our trip to Chicago recently. So glad you made it through the flight.
Welcome back!

DJan said...

Glad you're back and that everything went so well. Your mom is a sweet looking person; I love the picture! Thanks for sharing it...

Jeni said...

That's some good news you've written here today! Glad your trip went well and the flying stuff was under control. But even more than that, I'm glad to see you back home and posting again -much like your cat, I'm happy you've returned!

bill lisleman said...

Good you had a great visit and flight. Good memory making in those visits.

Brian Miller said...

awww...wonderful pic of your mom...and glad you had a great trip...and flying was no big deal for you...smiles...its great to have you back though.....

Shammickite said...

I'm not very keen on flying either, but I just pretend I'm on a bus and that seems to do the trick.
Your mum looks pretty happy to see you! She has the same look on her face as Lola must have had when you got home. :-)

Stickup Artist said...

Great news that the trip went so smoothly. Judging by this photo, you had a wonderful time together. Your mom's kitchen looks really nice and I love your shirt!

Brian Miller said...

happy sunday cici...i hope you had a great weekend!

dkzody said...

Lovely picture. Glad you got to spend time with your mother. Bet she is really glad. I love her little kitchen. Looks very pleasant for an older person to get around in. Does she take most of her meals at the dining room at the facility?

terri said...

Poor Lola! She missed you! Doesn't it feel good to be loved so much that you're missed so much? I'm sure she'll be a bit clingy for a while.

Good to hear that your flight went well and you feel confident enough to do it again soon. Your mom must be happy to know you'll be back again!