Sunday, August 19, 2012

Visit to Grandma's

We decided to make our trip up to Ventura yesterday to visit Grandma.  It's been more than a month since our last visit but we finally had a weekend with both of us not working so made the trek.  The traffic on the 5 was much worse than usual. We reached Santa Monica and saw how nasty the 405 was looking and decided to take the PCH to have a slightly more scenic trip.  Unfortunately, I think everyone else had the same idea.  So our total travel time ended up being 5 and a half hours(!) compared to our usual three. Ah well, at least there were nice views.

Grandma is doing very well.  She's almost back to her original weight before last year's surgery and was eating very well for the two meals we had with her.  Of course, the trout today was "tasteless" to her (but she still ate the whole thing!). And we enjoyed the coconut-banana cream pie for dessert.

The finch bird feeder was empty already so we re-filled the sock with Nyjer seed for the finches.  There has only been one bird that eats the suet so far, a Black-Headed Grosbeak, but he hasn't been back recently. I think maybe we should look into getting a shepherd's hook so we can hang some more formal bird-feeders and place it so some of the other residents can see it as well.

UPDATE: As I typed this, the Grosbeak came back! Tried to take a picture but all we had was my phone and as soon as we approached, off he flew.  I think his ears must have been burning.

The kindle is also updated with a few new library books.  We got...
- The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard about a failed journey to the South Pole in early 1900s.
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (i hear the book was better than the movie)
- The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender (I know you said this was weird, penny, but so many good reviews!)

And of course, we brought over a few Dick Francis novels for her as well. 


Penny said...

So glad you visited, and ate with her. Yes, she is much more interested in food than ever before, even if all the interest isn't positive, and she is eating. When I talk to her in the evenings (oops, my evenings, not hers), she is most often positive and informative, and it's good to hear some energy.
Yes, I, too, checked out the particular sadness....because it was available and had recieved excellent reviews, but it is a bit surreal (i can go,along with feeling the emotions of all those who prepareed the food, but when the brother turns himself into a chair and disappears, I sort of wondered if this was taking the dysfunctional family a step too far. Still, it broadened the horizons.
Went to see Moonrise Kingdom this afternoon, and enjoyed it

Juan Chaparro said...

Ooh! I really want to go see Moonrise Kingdom! I don't think Mandy is a huge fan of Wes Anderson but Royal Tenenbaums is definitely in my top five. Maybe I'll try to convince her again.

Xaparro said...

So if I order some books on Amazon for Mother, will they download automatically to her Kindle?

Juan Chaparro said...

They should. Or at the most, grandma chooses the sync option on her Kindle (although I think you'd have to walk her through that).

Interestingly, out of the three books we got, only two of them automatically synced. The third one was the free book (Worst Journey in the World) and didn't. No idea why since i got them all through the amazon site.