Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Words On A Wednesday

On Thursday we start the long drive south to see my mom. It's 700 miles (1126.5 km). We're going to stop in Capitola for the weekend and then continue on to the land of blistering heat. Looking forward to spending a few days seeing with our own eyes how she is doing. I did get to talk with her on Monday, and it was startlingly wonderful. She picked up the phone when I called and said, "Hello Robin, I got it on the second ring!" It brings tears to my eyes just to type those words. The week before when she called me, she said in that vague and wispy voice, "Hi Robin, I'm waiting for the man to take me home." That broke my heart in every way. So who will we see when we get there? I don't know, but I know she's going to recognize Roger right away. She loves him so much.
Sea Lions in November 2013
We're looking forward to the few days we'll have at the beach house. We never know what we're going to see out those windows on to Monterey Bay, but we know it is always beautiful in every way. It's the best respite for us to split the trip south and north with time to stare out at the water hoping to see dolphins and whales, sea lions and seals, or maybe thousands and thousands of shearwaters.
Or maybe we'll watch paddleboarders among the pelicans, amazed by the awesome beauty of our planet.

We'll keep you posted.


29 comments:

  1. Holy mackerel, I have never seen so many pelicans in one spot! Those SUP riders had better have goggles on!
    Robin, I hope your visit with your mom is a good one.

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    1. isabelita-- If I remember correctly a huge supply of sardines had come into the bay, attracting an amazing number and species of hunters. Thank you for your good wishes.

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  2. I wish the best for your visit with your mom. However she is doing, the room will be filled with love. Hold on to that.
    Both photos here are crazy wonderful! The best thing about embiggening the second one is you feel like you're in the middle of it all. Thank you!

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    1. CCorax-- You are so right about that. The room will be filled with love, as always. A wonderful uplifting thought. Thank you for that. So glad you liked those photos. The images from that week in Capitola still blow my mind. What a time that was.

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  3. Pelicans and sea lions galore. I am so glad you are getting to visit your Mom and that she seems to be doing better. Have a safe trip and a wonderful visit.
    Stay cool if you can.

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    1. Patti-- I wish my mom lived closer. We'd see her more often. My back can hardly handle this long trip, but we so want to see her. So, off we go! Thank you for your good wishes.

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  4. Bon voyage! I wish a good visit with your mother, and I look forward to some photos from your trip.

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    1. Sharon-- Thank you so much. We're hoping for a good visit and some really beautiful sights.

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  5. Safe journey to you and I hope for a good time for all.

    I love the sea lions!

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    1. Sabine-- Thank you for that. And, I love those sea lions too!

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  6. I hope you make some good memories of your mother on this trip.

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    1. Mark-- I love the idea of making good memories. That's truly wonderful.

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  7. Enjoy your time with your mother. I look forward to seeing some pictures of your trip.

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    1. Dave-- Thank you, we're going to try our best!

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  9. Look at all those birds! I can't imagine what it must be like to be on a paddleboard in the middle of all that. Even a bit terrifying! Enjoy your drive, and I hope your mom is doing OK. I'm dealing with some interesting "Mom vagueness" issues of my own right now. :/

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    1. Steve-- There really is something about this bay when the sardines and anchovies are running. The sights are amazing. So sorry to hear about your mom's vagueness. I so understand. I hope it all works out.

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  10. Hi Robin Andrea,
    I have commented before and my Mom also has dementia. I am not always the "right" Cathy, but every now and then Mom says something very specific about my childhood that lets me know that somewhere in there she knows who I am. I take these moments for the joy they can bring and deal with the rest the best I can.
    May you have some (or many) moments like this during your visit! Safety and peace in your travels.
    Cathy McDonald

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    1. Cathy-- So good to hear from you. We're hoping to have some good moments with my mom. If she really remembers Roger, that will tell us a lot of how she is doing. Thank you so much for stopping by, always appreciate hearing from you.

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  11. Hello Robin Andrea,
    I wish that you and Roger have a nice visit to your Mom and enjoy the time with her.

    Love the photos of Sea Lions and the great number of Pelicans!

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    1. sonia-- Thank you so much for your kind good wishes. So glad you like the photos too!

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  12. ((( Robin and Roger ))) Sorry I'm late to the party! Just spent a few days in Oregon, helping my daughter look for her new apartment and finding all the everything.

    Such great photos [as always].

    Oh, I'm glad you get the chance to visit your mom -- know you have been worried, and wasn't sure if the roads had opened up again. You need some Mom time, and she needs you guys.

    Also really glad you get to stop by Capitola coming and going. That must be so restorative and grounding, halfway between the here and there, and the then and now.

    Much love. xxoxo

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    1. kathy-- We are looking forward to seeing my mom and hoping for the best. It'll be good if we can spark her mind and memories. I'm typing this, while looking out over the bay. It really balances the sadness. Really glad you got to spend time in Oregon with your daughter.

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  13. It must feel great to hear your mom answer the phone in such an uplifting way. It is a long haul driving all that way down and back up the coast. Have you ever considered taking the train? Really nice photos Robin! I hope your trip is going well.

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    1. Pat-- We take 101 the whole way. It's the only way to do it. The train doesn't come up to Humboldt County. We used to travel by Amtrak when we were up Port Townsend, WA. But it's not really an option anymore. Spent the day in ER with my mom yesterday. I'll be writing about it soon.

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  15. I have commented before and my Mom also has dementia. I am not always the "right" Cathy, but every now and then Mom says something very specific about my childhood that lets me know that somewhere in there she knows who I am.
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    1. phann son-- Thank you so much for stopping by again. I appreciate hearing from you, Cathy. Hope all is going well for your mom.

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