Our Uncle Anthony brought us to side-splitting laughter with his tale of hitting a parked motorcycle with his car in a parking lot on Cape Cod in the 1960s. An accident report was filed and the police officer in Hyannis [or was it Barnstable?] said "We have to return to the scene." Uncle Anthony had his new wife, Aunt Claire, in the front seat and his mother and mother-in-law in the back. They had all driven up from the Bronx. The motorcycle belonged to a young man, and his girlfriend was with him--against the wishes of her parents, and now she was afraid they would find out. Let's return to the scene--Uncle Anthony said it was like something out of a radio crime drama.
Sis & I both wish she didn't have to go through a mastectomy, of course, how difficult and devastating, but she is going to be fine, God willing. Still, memories and lore from this week, word play that makes us smile:
- The plastic surgeon's young resident was SO HANDSOME. That helped soften the blow of surgery prep. Sis referred to him as Beauty Man today. We don't mean to objectify him but he was an Adonis.
- The very nice dog walker calls Buttercup's little harness and leash a "set" as in "Let's get your set on." Now we like to call it a set, too.
- We watched "Perry Mason" at 9 a.m. weekdays on MeTV and old movies like "Hud" and "I Remember Mama" at night.
- We took care of Buttercup, little angel.
- We liked my pink pineapple sweater--in the hospital [I wore it because pink is supposed to cheer up the wearer and those around him/her], at home [Buttercup slept wrapped in it one night] and tonight, when we washed it on delicate cycle.
- We met a whole new cast of supporting characters, five in total at home, many more in the hospital. Nurses, doctors, physical therapist, social worker, home health aide, visiting nurse, supervisor, many a resident. We remember charms and quirks about them.
- We have what Sis called a "bath" full of bread--a large aluminum roasting pan filled with ciabatta rolls, dark bread, English muffins and more, on the stovetop, in lieu of a breadbox.
- I stayed an extra unplanned day, so had to call my dr. and ask her to phone in one pill to CVS in Stamford. It's an anti-anxiety medicine and you can get a headache when you skip it.
- Walked by marina with Sis + Butter at sunset.
- Nap, with windows open, fresh breeze.
- Sis's excellent coffee.
- Ice water.
- Caught up on laundry, for here and a few of my things.
- CVS, that one pill cost $10! because I wasn't due for refill yet, so not covered by insurance. Also got two cute magnetic notepads, one for me, one for Sis and made $1 donation at register to fight cancer. $23.81.
RUNNING TOTAL FOR MONTH AS OF MAY 15: $1221.96.
Money thoughts: Sis lives much more frugally than I do and inspires me that way. Remember, at age 22, she joined the Peace Corps and lived on the island of Western Samoa. Talk about the opposite of materialistic. She does travel a lot and enjoys nice meals--and contributes money to charitable causes--but she is not a waster or overspender. She owns a beautiful home and leases a nice car. Lessons to be learned for me.
TOTAL MARCH SPEND OUT OF POCKET: $4,128.41.