Happy to hear that so many of the Chaos Crew and Satellite Sisterhood are safe after enduring Sandy for the night. Keep your updates coming here and on my Facebook page. I’ve been particularly anxious about my hometown of Fairfield, Connecticut and about the safety and welfare of the many nieces and nephews I have in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan, so I appreciate all the check ins. Let me know what’s up.
I’m also concerned about the massive number of chocolate chip cookies that were baked yesterday in anticipation of power outages, according to your Facebook posts. I hope some survived the night and you have a ample supply for the next few days.
Meanwhile, here in Southern California, where the sun is shining and we have some mild Santa Ana wind conditions, we are hunkering down with my mother Edna Dolan who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Last week, my sister Sheila took the week off to take over nursing duties and get my mom through some tough days. My mom’s energy is low and her appetite is weak. She has good hours and not good hours. Now, my sister Monica, a nurse, is back in SoCal for the week and Liz is back at work. Today, I’m heading out to take my mother to the doctors and provide some respite care and potato leek soup for the ground crew. The situation is very day-to-day, as people warned me it would be. I didn’t truly understand what that meant, but now I get it. It’s hard to make a plan for tomorrow, never mind next week or next month. My mother’s health will not improve, but it’s impossible to say how quickly it will deteriorate.
On the home front, we made it through mid-terms, a weekend of soccer games, the Homecoming dance for both boys and their dates and packing up my parents’ apartment. Honestly, packing up their apartment was a tough detail. My husband and I worked our way through the closets and drawers and boxes in a systematic fashion, but it was still emotional. The original plan had been to move everything to Dallas, minus the furniture which was being distributed to various children. But after my mother’s diagnosis, their possessions are in limbo in my garage. An unexpected turn of events, to be sure.
Continued thanks for your concern and kind words. Hats off to the meal providers both in Santa Monica ( Ryan & Dexter, you are the best!) and here in Pasadena ( The many trips to Santa Monica and the 3- hour driving time in traffic has really cut down on my ability to shop and cook. Enter the lasagne makers, the enchilada deliverers! Dinner coming tonight to cover today’s trip to SM. Thank you, Elizabeth!) I’ve been very touched by all the kindness.
My good thoughts go out to Sandy Survivors. I hope you get your Halloween. I’m dedicating mine to those kids who might miss out this year. More candy for all!
Stay safe. Embrace your Chaos, Lian