Monday, February 15, 2016

Oh goodness...

Dad is doing good, and his voice is coming back, which is turning into a double edged sword.
"Sis, (he calls me Sis, among other things) go get me a card, a big box of chocolates, and twelve daffodil bulbs for WWW, and make sure your drill is charged."
It seems I didn't hop to it fast enough... So he gets in his car, and roars off to get them himself. He returns with the goodies, but no bulbs.


I hear grinding in the workshop, in the house Dad comes with a big bit he has ground the shank off of so it will fit the chuck on my drill.  "Got an idea, this can make the holes for the bulbs!" he says.
"Dad, we've had a lot of rain, the ground shouldn't be that hard, but we can take it, just in case."
"Good, now go get me twelve daffodil bulbs." 
"Might I ask what you need the bulbs for, it's the wrong time of year to get daffy bulbs, though I should be able to find potted daffodils."
"We are going to plant them on WWW's  husband's grave up in the mountains."
And so another adventure with Dad & WWW began...

I found the potted daffodils. Loaded twelve pots of daffodils, a drill, a big bit, a spade, a trowel, a jug of water, gloves, Dad, his cowboy hat, and his walker up and headed out to pickup WWW.
On the way down I asked Dad if he knew where the little cemetery was. "No, but she does."  I managed to find it in spite of WWW's "Oh goodness, nothing looks the same" directions.
A nice little cemetery, tucked in the pines. As in most cases these days, we drove past a few nice places and a lot of really sketchy looking growers/cookers places.  
Unloaded WWW, Dad, both walkers, and all the rest of the plants and gear.  Got the Elders seated in their respective walkers, the better to give advice from, and went to work on cleaning up the grave site. I borrowed a rake from a gentleman carpenter's grave across the way. Being careful not to disturb his hard hat, claw hammer, nails, and six packs of beer. I planted the daffies with the spade, and returned the gentleman's rake. Heard a few gun shots while I was tending the grave. Dad told WWW not to worry, he hadn't heard any bullets whizzing by. I politely didn't mention that he can't hear worth a damn.  Loaded every thing back up, and drove the Elders down the mountain to town so they could have a late lunch date.
We passed a gas station they both knew the owner of, and WWW says she has never pumped her own gas and doesn't know how to change a tire. Dad laughs and thumps the back of my seat "Sis, can do that without batting an eye."  
"Oh goodness, well I'm an indoor person," says WWW. I smile and nod, not touching that one with a ten foot pole.
They wanted to eat Mexican food at a little restaurant, so that's where I took them.  Dad kept asking me the Spanish word for things, so he could holler them at the waiter, while WWW says, "Oh goodness, I just love a cowboy that can speak a foreign language." 



  

26 comments:

  1. It sounds as if WWW set her eye on Dad and that Dad is loving every minute of it.

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    1. She has, and he does, they have know each other for a long time.

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  2. Funny - I was called Sis or Sissie, too.

    Anyhoo, you're a brave woman.

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    1. Adrienne, My Dad started referring to me as Sis, after a few years of my father-in-law calling me that.

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  3. Oh my goodness that is the funniest story I have heard in ages. Hope I can find me a cowboy someday with matching walkers

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    1. I hope you find your cowboy, and he's everything you want him to be.

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  4. Our daffodils are coming up already. At least that's what my wife says they are. And her iris'.

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    1. NotClauswitz, We have had such a gorgeous spring that a lot of things are blooming ahead of the normal cycle. The daffodils should be up and starting to blooming, yours might be a little later than ours due to elevation/zone.

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  5. You have such wonderful stories and journeys with the seniors. A little excitement does their hearts good!

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    1. Grannymar, Thanks, a little excitement does all of us good.

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  6. I laughed so hard I had to hurry to the bathroom. They are a hoot. What fun elderly love can be!!

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    1. Tabor, You don't know the half of what a hoot they are...!

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  7. Too funny, at least you're staying 'busy'... :-)

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    1. Jim, They are funny! This was not the busy I envisioned, but it's the busy I have, and it keeps me somewhat out of trouble...

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  8. You do have your hands full:)) That was fun and what a cute, amusing story. You sure are a good daughter. Think it is cool they have found each other. Gives me hope.

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    1. Patti, They are a hoot'n handful for sure.
      Keep the faith, I'm sure your guy is out there.

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  9. Hi Brighid, I'm pleased to hear your Dad is on the mend. Clearly, he is. This story with its rich detail delights the imagination. The images you have created are wonderful. I really enjoyed it, from start to finish.

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    1. Cheri, Thank you for the kind words, coming from you they are especially revered.

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  10. Your stories about your dad never cease to amuse! I love hearing about the added dynamic of WWW.
    And needless to say, your crown in heaven's gonna be loaded with jewels. (Or in Brighid-speak, you'll have the damn finest cowgirl kicks you could possibly want!)

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    1. Jenny, Keeping ahead of those two is always interesting.
      Thanks, new kicks, awesome!

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  11. My in-laws tend to refer to the girls (now in their 50s) as "Sis" by default, as well. You're a pretty awesome daughter. The old man's a lucky cowboy. Enjoyed the storytelling!

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    1. Grunt, Thank you for the kind words, and I'm glad you enjoyed the story.

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  12. Sounds like a great day, Sis. Speaking of rain, ours from Wednesday, turned into 2 feet of snow by Thursday.

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    1. Odie, We have had a lot of rain lately, good to see the reservoirs and lakes filling up. High winds here the last two days.
      Hope you are feeling better!

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  13. WOW...I'm not sure what I can to that grief, adventure, travel show, comedy...I hope it was okay that I took time out during the reading for a few hearty chuckles. Good job!

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    1. Grayquill, Good to hear from you, it has been a while. Chuckles are good, thanks!

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