Return from Homeland Idaho
After a four week visit to homeland Idaho, we have returned to the tropics and the Lion City. Although it may have seemed like an eternity for our house hosts (And they were gone some 15 days of our visit. Thanks Keith and Candy for putting us up!) the four weeks we were there went by remarkably quickly. Of course we did not get to see and visit with everyone we would have liked to have while there. However our purpose in returning was to visit Ron (See Global Warming?? ), and help Barbara as she copes with Ron's condition. Our apology to those of you we missed and were unable to connect with while in town. Ron is doing as well as can be expected-- actually putting on a little weight in recent days. We were so thankful to be able to make this trip and visit for the extended length of time. We owe HP management our gratitude for making it happen. As the family deals with Ron's illness, we must remind ourselves to think of and celebrate Ron's life, personality, and past accomplishments, and not dwell on the sadness of the inevitable outcome. Returning to Singapore was difficult knowing that time is limited.
The dome, viewed from the basement
State seal on the basement floor
One of the sights in Boise to take in during the holiday is a house located on Quail Ridge. The owner is an electrical contractor, who is apparently a little crazy. Each year he decorates nearly every square foot of his property-- front, back, the roof, and even the driveway with thousands of lights and Christmas kitche. Among the many decor are animated elves, reindeer, and soft Christmas music coming from the driveway. A large lighted angel is displayed on the hill behind the house, and is visible from across the valley. A long string of autos parade up the hill and past the house each evening during the season to view the spectacle. (In past years, a helicopter tour viewed the display and other lights in the city, until irate neighbors put a stop to it.) The power bill for this extravaganza must be enormous.
This year the neighbors have apparently given up presenting resistance to the nusance , and are joining the frivolity-- in a simple manner. Here's the light display on the house directly next door:
I like this man's thinking-- although it still requires ladders and going on the roof. Bad things happen on ladders.
A small portion of the crazy holiday light display (a section of the front yard)
Breakfast At Tiffany's
OK, not Tiffany's, but Facacia's, a favorite spot of ours near our house. We met the Valasek clan for a nice breakfast.
The food's all gone-- it must be time for lunch
Mr "V"L.C. The Cat
A family member that was not able to make the move to Singapore is our cat Elsie (L.C.). We thought that the trauma of the travel and the lengthy quarantine period necessary for her emigration to Singapore (not to mention any issues finding landlords agreeable to pets) would be more than we wanted to subject her with. Thankfully our friend Amelia volunteered to provide housing for L.C. during our expatriation, where she has resided since early October, sharing the residence with Amelia's cat Albert. Poor Albert.
Although L.C. has adapted well to her new residence, she apparently suffers some type of PTSD from our rejection. Although normally a friendly, social feline, on two visits she has gotten a good sniff (first visit me, the second visit Elaine) of us and gone into hiding. Either she prefers her current housing arrangement more than with us (and is afraid of leaving), or we have damaged her psyche with the uprooting. Will we be forgiven? Stability in the home is apparently important for everyone.
LC dealing with PTSD