I started this blog on New Years of this year. I was faithful to write every single day – or almost every day. But when school ended, so did my once-a-day posts. My focus had to be on Jenna. And when school started back up, mom’s memory had deteriorated and so I seemingly started spending more time with her (especially when Corey had gone back to Las Vegas – where he is now registered as a permanent resident in the state of Nevada) and so I still haven’t gotten back to one a day. Perhaps I never will.
Kayla and her two children met Jenna and me at my mom’s on the Thursday of Thanksgiving. I had gone because it was my day and we had already celebrated Thanksgiving dinner with the family on the Saturday prior. Kayla brought her kids because Bill wanted to clean the carpets.
They had left the house about 1:00 to return home to make dishes for their Thanksgiving dinner with one of Bill’s sisters (the one who lives in Utah) and baby brother.
Roland was planning on doing dinner at 3:00 – but time got away from him, I guess. I boiled potatoes and mashed them. They were ready at two. I don’t think I started the gravy until 3:00.
At 3:30 Jenna and “Grandma” and I got into the car and drove to my house for dinner.
Mom seemed to enjoy Thursdays dinner more than the dinner we had on Saturday. For one thing she was a lot more alert. For another thing, dinner on Thursday was quite small. Only five of us. We had turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, biscuits and rolls, and green beans. Ice cream for dessert.
After we had finished eating, Roland wanted to play spades. I don’t know if my mom has even played spades before. And explaining games to her is a chore as it is. But we went with it. Explaining the rules every time we dealt.
Randy and Carrie had dropped by. I was surprised to see them. They had come to see mom. And Roland decided it would be fun to play spades in teams. Randy said he wanted to play by himself – and so Roland decided that he would give him grandma’s handicap and would appear that he was playing by himself.
She had bid three tricks at one time when Randy had nothing in his hand. She probably could have taken them if she had thrown out her lowest spade rather than her highest.
When we were down to two cards Kevin leaned across the table and said, “Grandma, I thought you said you had three” (referring to the tricks)
“I did. And now I only have two” (referring to the cards left in her hand) everybody at the table (except for Randy and my mom) started laughing. And then mom smiled as the rest of us were laughing. And Randy stared ahead in unbelief.
After a few more rounds, Biff volunteered to take grandma home (as I don’t drive at night – otherwise I would have gone)
It was actually not a good night for Randy (card wise) and actually a better night for me than usual. When Randy announced that he and Carrie had to go, Biff and I were certain that the only reason why he left was because he was losing. We both figured if he hadn’t gone so far down into the hole, he would have continued playing.
Today I will take Jenna with me to Bill and Kayla’s where we will hang for most of the day. Roland has some work ahead of him that will be accomplished easier if Jenna’s not around. Plus I would really like to play games with them.
Jenna has a possible hair appointment. I will call at 1:30 to verify. If not, we will just stay longer with Bill and Kayla. And if Roland finishes with what he needs to accomplish, maybe Bill and Kayla will come here for some more games afterwards (if I remember to take Roland’s turkey to their house for lunch, that alone could bring Bill back for more)
I’m grateful that mom had a good day yesterday. I’m happy to hear that Corey had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I missed him. But I’m happy for the opportunities that he has right now to get on with his life in Las Vegas.