I do wish they would hang around longer. 🙂
It was mostly a nice one, as weekends go.
A and I ventured out despite the nasty weather forecast to visit her last aunt at a nursing home in Augusta. It was our first time there, and bittersweet.
The staff seems nice, and fun and attentive, but there were so many people just parked in their wheelchairs… and the smell when we walked in? Ugh.
Aunt N didn’t have a clue who we were, but she was so glad to have visitors. We chatted endlessly about the same three things “Is it nice out, dear?” “What’s the date to day? October 27? Almost November!” “We used to skate all winter long. They flooded the athletic field at the high school. My parents gave us memberships each Christmas so we could skate as much as we wanted. We loved to skate. We were all quite good. My parents would get us skates when we were good enough, it was a real treat to get new skates.”
We took her to a quieter room and broke out the coloring books and crayons. We used to bring them with us to visit her sister, A’s mom, when she was in the memory unit. Where A’s Mom would color with us for hours, Aunt N was having none of it. She looked very confused at the thought and finally said her hands were too cold today. We checked, they were warm and toasty. So, no coloring. She seemed unhappy to be in the quieter room, so we went back to the crowded hallway. After an hour or so, we left so she could have her regular lunch and schedule back. We are pretty sure she had no clue that we left.
She did still show a glimmer of herself, as we were approached by a wandering woman in a wheelchair who told us “MOVE!”, Aunt N said “I think she just does it for the A-T-T-E-N-T-I-O-N, dear. In fact, I am sure of it.”
So while we were so sad to see her there in that stage of life, we were very glad we went, and that she is still herself, she is still a fun loving woman with a twinkle in her eye. We know she was told that her three remaining siblings died this year, but we could also tell that she did not remember that. When she spoke of them, it was about times long past. And now that the ice is broken, I think A will stop by there when she is traveling through Augusta, as she used to pop in to visit her at her house when she was in the area. Aunt N is the last of 10, and was the one who was closest to A’s mom. When we lose her, it will be a very hard day for A.
After we left there, we also had lunch, at Red Robin in Augusta, before heading home. We had planned to stop at the big grocery store on the way home, but the weather was being nasty by then: snow, sleet, and rain, depending on how high the hill was, so we just went to the usual smaller grocery store in Bucksport. I got lots of sock knitting done before we got home, finished the heel and started up the leg.
Once home, we puttered a bit and settled down to watch a little TV while I knit. That’s pretty much how Sunday went, too. I did work on my sewing in the craft room – the skirt just needs a hem! I think it will be too short for me, but it fits – yippee! That means I can make more from this pattern. It is bias cut, and I want to make it longer – help – geometry! How wide does the fabric have to be to get the triangle wide enough for the skirt and long enough for the length? And how many yards do I need? Heavens. On the dress, I didn’t make much headway, but I did get started making my bias tape – I cut up a fat quarter, and sewed all the strips together. It made a huge length! I am going to love using this stuff. 🙂 It just needs ironing. I need to insert the sleeves on the dress and see what happens then. I think they will be too snug, but that’s what this is all about, getting the pattern just right.
I did lots of knitting, too –
This is J’s scarf – finished the first skein, which is the smaller of the two. It is just about 30 inches long now, so I think it will be long enough when done. He said he wanted a long one. I will use all the yarn and hope it is long enough. This yarn is a dream to use, I am loving it! It looks and feels soft as velvet! It is blue-faced Leicester and silk blend. I have another braid of the same blend in my stash (different color) and am really looking forward to making something lovely with it.
My Durrow square looks like all the other squares did at this point – but it is growing, I did several rows on it this weekend. I am back in love with this project.
And Dangling Conversation is growing like a weed – it is going to be a large shawl when done, because I am not stopping until I am pretty well out of yarn – unless I decide to do a matching hat and mitts. I would only do that if the shawl grew way too big. Which it might. But I love the way the colors are playing and the little bits of lace between the color changes looks so nice! Not sure what I will do with this one, so NOT my colors. I might see if my sister wants it, she looks prettier in these colors than I do.
That was my weekend!