To paraphrase an old nursery rhyme:
The north wind doth blow and we shall have snow, and what will Liberty do then, poor thing?
She’ll hide in the barn and keep herself warm, and hide her head under her wing, poor thing!
We quite literally blew into the Landing on Friday last week, after a wild trip in horrendous crosswinds from Liberal, where we spent Thursday night. When we got there on Thursday, we were in short pants, tee shirts and sandals. By nightfall, the temperature had dropped to 41 degrees and it never went up all day Friday. Now remember, we’ve just come from temperatures in the high 70s and 80s in Yuma, so our blood is pretty thin. We were pleased to get backed into the barn at the Landing several hours before the snow started falling, but we woke to about an inch of snow on Saturday.
Let me go back to the first of the week. We left Tucson on Monday morning and went to Las Cruces, NM to visit Raymond. He has just within the last two weeks or so received his protheses and has started to learn to walk again. It isn’t as easy a process as he had imagined! He’s working very hard to regain mobility and can now walk more than 130 feet before wearing out.
While we were in Las Cruces, we went to look at an assisted living facility for him in hopes that he will be able to get out of the nursing home environment and have a modicum of independence again. Nursing homes have their place, but for someone whose mind and body are more capable, it is not ideal, even though it has been necessary. I posted a video of him walking on Facebook and read him the 80+ comments from people he doesn’t even know, most of whom have been praying for him since last summer. He was blown away!
The trip across New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma was fairly uneventful. We had a tailwind, which made for unbelievable fuel mileage. I’m sure Friday’s crosswind made up for it in the average, though.
When we stopped for the night in Liberal, a long-time friend we knew originally in Wichita, Mary Hiebert, came out and spent the evening. We enjoyed hearing about her life and her children and grandchildren while she was there. She’s nearing retirement age, so she picked our brains a little about retirement.
Now that we are back in the Wichita area, we begin a round of appointments. Tomorrow I visit my ENT to see if sinus surgery is in my future. Tuesday I have an appointment for a haircut from my favorite stylist, Sam, and next week we have wellness visits and physicals scheduled. Wish us luck!