vacationing and time with grandkids


Yesterday I received permission from Cynthia to take Nicholas out and practice driving. It was fun. Except for some parallel parking in an empty parking lot, I didn’t do any guiding.

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I had the obvious ulterior motive of spending valuable time alone with him. We had lunch together as well. I enjoyed it. I think he did. I babbled, but he got in a few words.

I phoned my son who is staying at Pacific Grove Chemical Dependency wing. I let him know that Eileen, Nicholas, and I would be dropping by during visiting hours on Sunday.  No one picked up at the extension he gave me to contact him, so I left a message. I have invited Catherine and Savannah to go with us if they want to.

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My ex-wife has been very toxic in this situation, classically enabling David’s addiction and disrupting Cynthia’s household. Though she has moved back to Michigan she has been texting (harassing) my grand kids about Father’s Day reminding them of the need to connect with their Father. Sunday is Father’s day. I had planned to visit David last night, but Cynthia said Nicholas wanted to go on Sunday because it was Father’s day so that’s the plan.

I had a nice chat with Catherine last night.

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She seems interested in cooking. I bought some fresh garlic, ginger, and mint. I talked to her about how I use these fresh spices. We looked at some of her cookbooks and found recipes where they were used. I am hoping to make tbread with her today. I wrote down my recipe.

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Today we’re off to the book store for our annual visit. We take the grand kids and give them all an allowance to spend. Then we will meet Cynthia at Miguel’s for lunch.

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I am still dealing with exhaustion, both physically and mentally. But I have been doing my daily stretches and exercising.,

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I also used my tablet to pull some music off the web to play on the piano. So far I have been playing Clara Schuman piano fantasies, Mozart Sonata in D, Buxtehude suites, and Bach English Suites. I also found a fun piano transcription of Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture¬† and played all the way through it.

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Vacation continues.

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