Tuesday, May 5, 2009

At the Farm

(Jan) After a nice visit at my sister's and a wonderful chicken cordon bleu dinner, Chuck and I headed north to Iowa. We arrived in some chilly, rainy weather but just in time to go with my parents to my mom's cardiac appointment. Mom, aged 87, has been suffering with atrial fibrillation for the past seven weeks. She's always been a ball of energy and it's hard for her to slow down. They fitted her with a heart monitor to record heart activity for 48 hours. Dad, aged 93, has slowed down this last year as walking has become difficult for him. But they have an excellent attitude and wish to remain in there home as long as they can. Saturday we brought dinner up for them and helped mom removed the monitor. My brother joined us so it was a lively visit.

Sunday Chuck and I drove to Lake View to visit Black Hawk Lake. It was a gorgoeus 72 degree sunny day. The water was calm, the birds singing and the lawn was studded with a million tiny little violets in shades of white to violet. We found a good spot on the lawn near the lake to enjoy our picnic lunch, read and talk about future travels.

After our sandwiches we walked on the Nature Trail. It is a trail we used to walk 40 or so years ago when we were dating. Early spring is the best time; the trees are starting to bud, everything is turning green and best of all NO mosquitoes yet! We ended our day with a drive around the lake and our favorite ice cream shop with double dip cones of Blue Bunny ice cream.


Jim and Bobbie said...

Such beautiful photos...the one of Chuck reading could be enlarged and framed...it is stunning! Miss you guys. Bobbie

Jerry and Nancy said...

What a great post! Gave such a calming feeling. Thanks for sharing that life experience. We are watching you!!!
Nancy and Jerry

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