Been a long time since I posted and not sure what my status on this blog will be. I have had quite a few changes over the last 16 months. It has been really busy but then who isn’t busy.
We spent a lot of time traveling to visit my FIL (1.5 hours one way) who was moved from the acute bed near my MIL to a care facility in a town far away. We would pick him up and take him 45 minutes to visit my MIL then back to the town he was living in, have supper and then drive home. Made for a long road trip every couple of weeks. We were also still working on cleaning out their home which was 45 minutes away and was on a separate time. On January 5th of this year we sold their home (possession date Feb 23) and 2 hours later my MIL passed away at the age of 89. She had suffered with Alzheimer’s for many years a week or two before, started going downhill in responsiveness. We had a lovely service for here near home.
Zayal’s dance studio had arranged a trip to LA and we had decided to join along with Chadya. Sirdar and I ended up making plans with our friends Rhonda and Dan (who we had gone to Cuba last year in February) to take a one week cruise out of Houston. So we used airmiles to book the girls flights to LA and our round trip flights to LA and bought a flight from there to Houston and back. We had a lovely trip visiting Roatan, Belize and Cozumel along the way, then went back to LA, stayed near the airport, met our girls the next day and took the shuttle together to Disney. Zayal danced with her group on a Disney stage one day, had a workshop at the Edge Studio and we all did a city tour and went to Universal as well as days at Disney. It was a great experience.
When we got back we finished my in-laws house. We then had one place to travel to and the burden was so much lighter. My FIL who turned 87 in May was ailing and complaining and we felt helpless waiting for him to be transferred to a facility closer to us. By May he was using his wheelchair most of the time within the home and when we took him out as well. He could stand to go into the vehicle and out but still we were using the chair for most things and he was weak and exhausted after we took him out for supper (could have been his supper meds). We got a call in August letting us know it was time to move him to the (place of our choice) which is 15 minutes from our country home. We were excited and he a little apprehensive about the change but we pushed forward. The move was great! Within 2 days he was walking most of the time and he uses his wheelchair to sit in to watch TV. He goes to the workout room daily and visits with the other people in the building. He is living again and our hearts filled with joy seeing his new lease on life. He was able to come to our grandson’s second birthday, used a cane in the house and got his own plate of food and carried it to the other room. He was able to come to my parent’s place for thanksgiving (both places too far to travel before) and stay for hours and hours and although tired after had a great time.
This thanksgiving was a little different for us. Sirdar, Jacinta, Traftan and I travelled early in the day 3.5 hours for a small memorial for his other mom. We didn’t know her really well and she suffered from dementia in the last few years. She passed away September 25, 92 and half (and a day) years from her birth. She didn’t want a funeral and her ashes were buried with her second husband whose family took care of her and knew her well. We were able to meet them and thank them for being there for her and their kindness. We then travelled out to my parent’s/brother’s place for dinner and our annual thanksgiving walk with the family. This year our grandson was old enough to run around on the bales (with help) and got to walk much of the way. He is old enough to want to keep up with our 3 year old nephew and be part of the crowd. It is such a joy watching him.
On to our family. Jacinta and Darius are living in the same city my FIL is which would be considered our home town since it is in our country address. They have a lovely home they bought just before they got married. They have two grey kitties who are adorable of course. Traftan and Karissa live on an acreage just outside the neighbouring town 8 km away from them. They have the little guy and a new baby on the way this month or early next month; not long now. Chadya is going to university taking Early childhood learning and childcare and doing very well. The last couple of years she has worked in a school as a TA for special needs kids and had 2-3 junior high students she worked with most of the time. Chadya’s boyfriend of 3 years has been working in Washington DC for the last 1.5 years and Chadya has had lots of travel opportunities. Zayal is in a different university majoring in psychology and her minor keeps changing. She is doing well also. She focused a lot last year on dance, music and performing arts. For the June production of A Mermaid Tale, she was a mermaid sister and was in numerous scenes and around 8 dances.
That means this year I am no longer home schooling (I technically was last year even though Zayal took some university courses as well). Last school year with all that was going one, I decided to try some new things. Because I was no longer running the sports program (I had run it for 5 years), I was free on Tuesday nights to finally join adult hiphop at the studio Zayal has danced at for years. Chadya also joined which was a new experience for both of us who had never danced before. We also tried out the adult contemporary class and stayed with it for the year, another interesting yet different experience. The adult hip hop class was in the production in June which again was an amazing experience being part of something so big and complicated. I also worked the water in some of the scenes and was a changer for Zayal along with her friend. The Theatre bought the rights to the show and the show was remounted on Oct 15 and 16 for three shows which meant a few rehearsals through summer and a recognition on how rusty one can get as well as how fast it can come back. I am in adult hip hop again this year and we will be doing Marida the Brave in June.
I also started learning Spanish on Duolingo after returning from Cuba 1.5 years ago. I have been pretty consistent with it yet takes me awhile to understand/formulate a response to my Spanish friends in person. I can read it not bad though. Zayal asked me to play piano for her worship team last fall as well and it didn’t take me many minutes to realize I was in over my head with no notes to use as a guideline. Although 20 years ago when I played at church, I played by chording, it was with some notes to guide me and I had an idea of timing from them. This was way different especially since many of the songs have off-beats and she didn’t always have a drummer. I took lessons for 6 weeks and struggle through a couple times of doing it. It was so tough and piano lesson day fell on the same day as both dance classes I was struggling to wrap my brain around.
At the same time, I was finishing up my sports nutrition course. I had signed up the January of last year and thought I would have lots of time but then life happened with my FIL’s heart attack in March and so it went. I had to get the course done by the end beginning of January and by September had done only 30% of it. I did finish the course with a 93% which I was happy with.
So, that is what I have been doing over the last year. I kept up with volleyball, wallyball, basketball and some running. I played racquetball regularly for awhile until my playing partner moved and I went snowboarding regularly in the winter (but not as much as I wanted to). Last summer we (Sirdar and I) did no cycling (went out 3 times in spring) and it was depressing. This summer we got out there and we did our third leg on our journey across Canada. We did Whiterock to Calgary 3 years ago, then 2 years ago, Calgary to Winnipeg and this summer we went from Winnipeg to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. It was a grand adventure and we look forward to the next leg of the journey. We also did the Tour de l’Alberta, an untimed recreational ride. We did the 160 km route which was actually 168 km. I lived to tell about it. Sirdar did much better and was my rock when I was feeling spent.
Now that I am not home schooling I have been trying to do a bit of catch up around the place. There is so much that got out of hand when we were taking care of other things and daily I do just a little here and there. We have had a fabulous summer and fall and I have made some strides in the yard. I have so much to organize in the house and have been a regular visitor to Goodwill for dropping off things. I have been writing an article for a home school magazine under health for the last 2.5 years and want to continue that. I have been thinking for the last couple of years about what I want to do as an encore job. I am going to take a personal trainer course starting in November. With the things I have been doing over the years that are fitness related, I believe I can inspire people to do more. I am working on a FB page and another blog which will be more public. This is my personal blog and I have friends who might notice I post and visit. I am undecided how public I want to be with this one so may at some time make it private. I may just let it go. Everything is transitioning now and I have some direction but not all the details are mapped out. I will link my other blog to FB but still have a bunch of work to do on it. I have forgotten how to navigate as an admin so came over here to figure things out and decided to share here first. I do have one post up on the blog I started last night which is MUCH shorter than this one :-) . Here is the link: A New Dawn
Keep watching folks. You never know what I may do next.