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Day 258 - Happy Hour

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Thank you all for the wonderful comments as I get through my new-job euphoria. (It still continues, by the way.) I went into the office today for about an hour and a half to organize my office and get signed on to my computer. There were some leftovers from the dinner last night, so a few of us took advantage of some free food and had lunch. I left there shortly before 1pm to make the drive to Sacramento.

I arrived at my folks at about 2:45pm, just in time for Happy Hour in the social hall at my parents' complex at 3:00. Jane, the activities director, puts together a great program. There were both white and red wines as well as beer and a mixed drink that looked like a mai-tai (coconut rum and some kind of fruit drink). Ralph, the complex's bus driver, played jazz flute and saxophone (with a recorded band behind him). Some of the ladies (including one who was 94!) danced around the room. The snacks were popcorn and quesadillas. It was great fun, and I only had a couple glasses of the red wine (which tasted like grape soda).

I came back to the apartment to get their cable box set up and the Blu-ray player, but we can't find the wireless network adapter for the Blu-ray player to get Netflix set up for them. I may have to go out and buy an adapter if it doesn't turn up tomorrow morning. I still have to hang the artwork around the apartment, but it is so obvious that they are in a great spot. Dad has been pulled into a bridge game that happens some afternoons. Mom has even gone down to meals on her own (which she claimed she would never do the day they moved in). They are making friends, and the meals are excellent.

Tomorrow they are going to their church couple's group meeting in the afternoon, and I'll use that time to run some errands and do some shopping. I also promised to stop by one of our old neighbors' house to say hi.

I hope you all give yourselves a "Happy Hour" sometime this weekend. Do something that makes you happy. I hope it lasts more than an hour. You deserve it!

Keep Sparking, friends!
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  • RHOOK20047
    What a great son you are! You are so lucky to still have your parents. I miss mine so often. Sounds like they are in a great place and that it is working out well. My happy hour is going to be tomorrow. Our church choir director is having a bbq and I am going to go and enjoy myself doing nothing. I will get my steps in the morning walking to church if it isn't too hot. If not I will got to the school yard tomorrow eveing. I am sitting here at work in my last hour of the night, and watching the clock wind down. I am beat and will need to make tomorrow a take it easy day. THe grass might not get mowed. THanks so much for your friendship and support. It means alot to me.
    2022 days ago
  • MARINGAL
    Steve, Your parents are lucky to have you as their son…Hugs, Fredie
    2022 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    It is wonderful that your parents are settling in so quickly and that your mom is venturing out by herself. I love it that the bus driver is a musician, I bet he is great with the residents.

    I have to tell you, Steve it is impossible for me to read your recent blogs without smiling. OK grinning emoticon is more accurate! Your words exude excitement and happiness and you deserve every bit of it my emoticon
    2023 days ago
  • WENDYANNE61
    Thank goodness everything is working out so well for your parents, Steve - what a relief for you too! Have a happy Sunday and looking forward to reading how you get on during your first few days at work!
    I spent yesterday and today clearing out my kitchen and repainting it. Now it looks bright, fresh and super-clean, so that was a number of Happy Hours spent with great results!
    2023 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15118206
    Do they have vacancies?? emoticon
    2023 days ago
  • LALATIDAH
    So glad to hear your parents are adjusting well and making friends. Sounds like a FUN complex to live in!
    They are lucky to have such a wonderful son! emoticon
    BTW, my puter is just fine now. I'm still looking for a new one, though.
    Have a great weekend! emoticon
    2023 days ago
  • HDEGMD
    Sounds like your parents are in a great place. I know this makes you happy . So glad your mom is moving around on her own, I am sure she will do more in the coming months. HUGS
    2023 days ago
  • MEWHENRYSMAMA
    Your parents sound very happy in their new environment and home!!!
    I know that has to make you feel good, too! Heck, sounds like a great place to live!
    Glad you are still so excited about the new job and starting on Monday!
    I will be thinking of you, my friend, and looking forward to hearing all about your first day!
    Love & Hugs,
    Mary
    P.S. Wear the craziest pair of socks you have! emoticon
    2023 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/15/2015 9:15:12 AM
  • JJMPLSMN
    It must feel really good to have your parents in a spot that makes them happy. I am so glad for you, for all the AWESOME :) things you have had come into your life lately. You deserve it all.

    Have a marvelous weekend with your folks. I am sure they appreciate showing you their new location, and just having you there to show off!

    Spark on.
    2023 days ago
  • TENNISJIM
    So happy to read that your parents are doing well in their new home. You are an awesome with your parents.
    2023 days ago
  • OBIESMOM2
    wow. Sounds like a great place!

    we have a client who recently turned 100. The VFW is having a birthday celebration for him today (Saturday). His step-daughter told us "they were hoping his OLDER sister would be able to make it".

    dang. 100 and you still have an older sibling living. I think the sis was 104!

    hope your weekend is full of many happy hours
    2023 days ago
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