On Our Way Home
Las Vegas, Nevada: We checked-out of the hotel
and spent the morning with Dave's Mom. She is on a very strict physical,
occupational and speech therapy schedule for the next few weeks. Just a bit of
time for meals and a little rest in the afternoon - the remainder of the time she is
working with a therapist.
A huge step this morning - Mom dressed herself in real clothes! It
exhausted her, but that did not stop her from continuing on with her other rehab
sessions. At one point, she asked her PT if she could take a quick rest and he
Mom's boyfriend, Gene, has returned to Salt Lake City, so Dave and I said our
goodbyes (for a few days) and hit the interstate south. It was difficult to
leave, but we know Mom is in good hands and know she will continue to work hard
to get herself released from the hospital as soon as possible. Before we left,
Grandma had a video-chat with her eldest granddaughter, Lisa, via iPhone!
We didn't get far before stopping - Mary & Steve's #3, Chris, lives south of
Salt Lake City with his bride, Laura. We stopped to their house for a short
Laura decorated their living room
Though work (a fabulous job in green energy, which is the
passion of this Purdue engineering grad) has Chris in Utah, they both long
to get back to Oregon and we all hope it is soon!
Chris & Laura
Chris were married just a few weeks before Lisa & Lenny
Laura and Chris have two cats and Chris installed cat doors so the
cats can go into their attached garage and then out into the fenced back yard.
This was great until the cats started bringing in half-dead mice, snakes, etc.
Chris (seriously way too smart) developed a system that works - via a remote
thingy on the cat collar - with cat-facial recognition, that will only open the
cat door if the cat has nothing in her mouth.
Go to college, kids!
The newlyweds wired us up on caffeine, so we were able to drive all the way to
Las Vegas - arriving just after dark. The drive, on I-15, was pretty easy.
(Especially for me, as I was sitting in the passenger seat, playing Words with
Friends with my gal pals.) We had planned to stop again in St. George, but
traffic was light and the speed limit is 80mph... so we just kept going...
especially as we have a date tomorrow with Mary & Steve's #4, Cory!
One portion of the drive goes through a red rock canyon (in Arizona!) carved by the Virgin
Just about a ten mile stretch - but ridiculously gorgeous!
I booked a Las Vegas hotel on my phone, we checked-in and went out immediately in
search of food.
Oh, don't you know I was in heaven - tacos!
Mahi Mahi fish tacos from
the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Until my next update, I remain, your road-weary correspondent.
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