|On the Jetties at Port Everglades, many people gather to view the cruise |
ships going by. This is the Allure of the Seas, the largest of all the ships.
It was Christmas Day, complete with Santa Claus!
We had a very odd day for Christmas, but - all in all, I'd call it quite special. Both Jim and I had caught colds. I was on the downhill slide, but he was still in the thick of being sick. We were supposed to pick up my Mom and his Dad and drive up to his sister's house in West Palm. Although we could have taken an Alka Seltzer Plus and felt ok enough to go, I didn't want our gift to everyone to be a cold! So, we called and cancelled and went back to bed.
When we did finally get up, we decided to watch a movie. We had a Netflix DVD that had been hanging around for a couple weeks with no time to watch it. The movie was 'The King's Speech' - wow! it deserves all the accolades and awards it got last year, it really was a great movie. And a 'feel-good' movie too. I love movies. I think it is my favorite treat to stay home and watch a good movie with my sweetie. So, even though we were sick, I was feeling pretty good.
By the time the movie was over, we were fully awake and took advantage of the time to go over some business stuff that we also haven't had any time for. We are giving our seminars to a whole new audience next month. We are booked for the Florida Association of Computer User Groups (FACUG) annual conference on board a cruise ship. We will be presenting two topics: Picasa, and Smart Phones. We've given our Picasa seminar hundreds of times but the smartphone seminar is new and I think it has potential for being very popular. So Jim and I reviewed our materials and made a couple of important decisions on how we will present it. Then we went thru the steps of our new 'coaching call' service for our members, decided it was in working order and sent out an email to a select test group of our members. I'm excited about this one - we'll be making solid one-to-one connections with our members.
By then, Jim was fading, so I turned my attention to Odie. We have been fighting fleas for several weeks (to no avail), and it was time to give Odie another flea bath. I'm beginning to believe what I read on the Internet that the only way to get rid of fleas is by detonating a nuclear warhead! ... but we gotta keep trying.
Jim needed to go back to bed, and I decided I felt good enough to go get Mom and take her for one of her favorite things - a walk on the beach. I decided to go to a different place than normal - down by the jetties at Port Everglades. This was a favorite place of mine growing up here in Fort Lauderdale. I'd walk the beach then climb out on the rocks and meditate on the meaning of life as the boats went in and out of the channel. It's sad that Mom has no clue where she is - she should know those jetties like the back of her hand after having gone in and out of the inlet on boats all her life. When we got there, she said "isn't it interesting how these big rocks are piled up here." That's what alzheimers has done to her.
However - you gotta look at the bright side. She really enjoyed herself! Every experience is a brand new experience and she almost has that wide-eyed wonder of a child. Luckily she is still quite physically fit, so walking on the beach or in a wooded park is no problem and she loves it. It felt so good to share this with her. I didn't even think about the cruise ships going by, but we happened to be there when the Allure of the Seas departed. This is the biggest cruise ship ever constructed and it was quite a sight. On the way home we stopped at the Blue Fish bar and restaurant for a glass of wine and cup of lobster bisque - delicious. When I dropped her off at her assisted-living home, we hugged real tight - sharing a nothing-held-back loving moment.
When I got home, Jim was up. We decided to watch another movie - using Netflix instant streaming option this time. Jim has one computer hooked up to display thru our big screen TV and sound thru the stereo system. We chose 'Secretariat' - another wonderful, feel-good, inspiring movie.
Sometimes the nicest things happen when plans fall thru.
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