Tuesday, 28 February 2012

snowy weekend! part one

view from my front window

We finally got winter! Well, for a day or so at least. It was a very slow, WINDY, snowy drive home on Friday after work and I wasn't sure whether or not I'd have any power (hydro) at the house. I live in a rural area and often if there are high winds, it knocks out our electricity, but luckily it stayed on so no problems there! Some of my friends had made plans to meet up for a cross country ski for Saturday morning(weather permitting) and of course it was a GO! It was my turn to drive to meet them, so off I went through some near white-out conditions but made it to the meeting spot safely.  The trails had been freshly groomed and were pristine.  It was the best cross-county ski I've ever experienced.  It was Fantastic!!!

which way to go?
After going for brunch I drove over to visit with my dad.  He has been having some very good days lately, so I want to be able to share those for as long as I can, because I know soon enough he will continue along his journey further into memory loss.  We had a really fun visit, phoned a few of his friends and he chatted merrily away with them.  It was all I could do to keep from crying, but I didn't.  Finally it was time for me to pack up and head home (remember I was still in my skiwear which was layers of long underwear, and if you've ever been to a seniors residence you know the temperature is kept at "boiling hot").  When we got downstairs to the Atrium a group of residents were enjoying musical tunes from the piano.  An entertainer was there playing the "Oldies".   I was asked to dance by Lou one of the really fun ladies, so of course I said yes!!  Not soon after we shared a dance, she dropped me like a hot potato and she asked Dad to dance...I can't remember the last time I saw him dance...it certainly was a "moment".  (sorry the photo's are a bit blurry, but so were my eyes).


Cutting the rug

Young at heart
Life's fun if you don't weaken,

Lily

10 comments:

Born To Endure said...

Sweet!!! On all counts :)

Xenia said...

Aw. I think my heart just grew three sizes. :)

Anne said...

I'm so glad to hear your dad is doing well at the board and care. You are so right to cherish the memories while you can.

TNTcoach Ken said...

Ah yes, dancing! I think I remember it..........

ajh said...

Love the photo of your dad with the huge smile on his face. And the best cross country skiing ever - Wow!
Years ago I lived in Chibougamau, Quebec and the cross country skiing was outstanding there. Many miles of trails around so many beautiful lakes. Lots and lots of solitude.

Ewa said...

Looking at pictures of your dad with tears in my eyes. I miss my dad so much.
That snow looks good enough to eat or ar least to ski on. We are finally getting some winter here too. In my area that means rain but it snowed in the Sierras (yes!) but I won't be able to go this weekend (bummer)/

Groover said...

Therre is something special about dancing... Glad o ear your Dad is doing so well. I hope it will continue like this for some time.

Carolina John said...

How cool! Getting to XSki and hang with your dad sounds like a great weekend for a teenager. For people like us to be able to do that is amazing.

Wes said...

that's enough snow to last me a couple of decades. thanks :-)

MarieA said...

that lady danced with you to get your dad cuz he's such a prize. GOOD on them both!
LOL