Saturday, June 12, 2010

a view of Scotland- For David B

My daughter recently was able to spend some time in Scotland.  I asked her of her impressions.... and she sent me the above photo.

I asked if she had any butter'Scotch' candy...... and she sent me this.

Sometimes I should keep my mouth shut..... and hope she was kidding.

Ah, Scotland.



Thursday, June 10, 2010


Ya' know that old trees just grow stronger,
And old rivers grow wilder ev'ry day,
Old people just grow lonesome
Waiting for someone to say, "Hello in there, hello."

My sister, the eldest, has had the unenviable task of taking care of the 'Old Folks'.  First my father, then her father-in-law, then her mother-in-law.  They all had calamitous illness or accidents before they died and the nearest "full-service" hospital for those maladies is 25 miles away.  I made it home as much as possible, but my sister, Auntie Bo, as we call her, took the brunt of taking care of things.  It just was what it was and she didn't complain.
Now it is my mother.  Bo has worked very hard to enable her to live at home, at 89, in a wheelchair and suffering from a series of ailments that are all serious, but none live threatening.  And that has come to an end.  I got the email last night.  There were complications.  She is at the hospital in LaCrosse.  This time there will be no more coming home.  There just isn't anyone who can provide her with the care she needs at home.  The visiting nurse and the home care aide just cannot keep up.

Arrangements have been made for a nursing home after she leaves the hospital and with good graces, she will.  We plan on keeping the house for awhile, a few months anyway.  The idea is that the nursing home is only a few blocks from where her house is and  is equipped with ramps and a few years back one of the bedrooms was converted to wheelchair access, hopefully to allow her to come 'back home' for a few hours when weather and help are agreeable.

It is what it is.  There is a sadness that is inescapable in the whole process.  I have some antiques that were left there, a bedroom set, and old dining set, some chairs.  I will have to move them. Some other things we will sell and I have made plans to go for a week or two to paint and repair various things that have been neglected for awhile, mostly sundry window trim painting and garden maintenance, before we have the house put up for sale this fall.
It is what it is.

I guess there is no point in being overly morose.  She has had a full life and she filled it as much as she could with  laughter, love, and lightness.  It gave her many friends.
Leaving the house will hurt her and is right now causing her a lot of grieve; as Auntie Bo writes,

"this of course has been very stressful because she is being cheerful for the nurses but is on the verge of tears. It is so unfair that her life has been so sucky and I guess if there were a god, I would be mad at him.  Feel free to send cards. I think she will be there a while."

So if you're walking down the street sometime
And spot some hollow ancient eyes,
Please don't just pass 'em by and stare
As if you didn't care, say, "Hello in there, hello."
 I have to go buy stamps.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

It was that kinda place....

Well..... anyone who has visited my pages knows where I go to indulge a pint or two...three.  The location has been a bar since 1884.... built after the last fire destroyed the downtown.  For years it was owned by the Schlitz brewing company with several different tenants.  Approximately 36 years ago it was named Oblio's.  I am close personal friends with the current owners, Mark&Todd.  They were college roommates that, after graduation, thought it would be a good idea to buy the business from the current owner and run a bar for a few years.  Eventually they bought the building, totally refurbished it as much as possible to it's original state; unveiling the century old tin ceiling, re fashioned old oak bar stools, a new cooler that could accommodate 27 taps, re done old pine plank floors, restored antique lighting.  It really is a great pub and would be a great pub in almost any city in the US.

Previous to Mark & Todd buying the place, however, and back when I first frequented the place, it was a bit..... rowdier. And was known for being that way.  Unabashedly so.  Recently I came across an advertisement that was printed in the student UW-O  newspaper, The Advance-Titan (of which I was a frequent contributor) .  I offer it now for amusement purposes.

....the offer is no longer valid.

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