Yesterday we took our time getting up, running errands, and picking up a few gifts. I wrapped all of the stocking stuffers and Tom wrapped the two remaining gifts. I had time for a short walk in the morning and a ten mile workout on the stationary bike in the afternoon. We read and watched TV in the evening.
Today was set aside for visiting. I packed up some cookie tins first thing this morning.
Later in the morning I went next door to visit Maxine and take her a tin of cookies. Maxine has been our neighbor forever. Her husband, with whom she did everything, died two years ago. She is 86 and still doing quite well, but her friends are dying off or getting sick, and she is frightened and lonely. We sat at her kitchen table and had a great conversation for over an hour.
I need to find time to do more of that.
This afternoon we drove into the city to visit my Aunt Evelyn. She is my mother's sister, and the only member of the family to live around here. She has two children, my cousins, who are managing their lives and hers now that she needs special care. Evelyn is recovering from hip replacement, and also suffers from dementia. Her husband, my Uncle Bill, is in the end stages of Alzheimers.
We visited her at the rehabilitation center of The Hearthstone, in the Green Lake area of Seattle. We took her a tin of cookies and had a great conversation for well over an hour. It felt great to be able to bring joy to her. While short term memory is a problem, she loves to talk about the old days, and we shared stories of remembrances from our different perspectives.
After we left her, we walked across the street to enjoy a brisk half hour walk in the cold, windy air along Green Lake.
I'll be giving out those other cookie tins tomorrow morning at breakfast, one to our waitress who takes such good care of us every Friday morning, and the other to a friend who was unable to come to our tea because her husband is terminally ill.
And speaking of cookies, I got this photo yesterday via e-mail.
They spent their first day of Winter Break wearing their pajamas all day, and making gingerbread houses.