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I arrived back in Seattle yesterday morning. The flight from Dallas to Seattle offered several spectacular views, including one of Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons, all frosted creamy white with snow. I sat on the side of the plane that faced north, so no views of Mt. Saint Helens or Mt. Rainier, but the clouds and other Cascade mountains were sufficiently interesting - a high, thin band of clouds, then the tops of hills and mountains, then thick, puffy fog below.

I will backtrack to note that scrottie and I enjoyed a wonderful, quiet, relaxing Christmas the day before. Here you can see us enjoying a picnic in the sunshine at Lake Bryan, and if you click through there are a bunch of other random photos of our other activity, flying the Jolly Roger kite:
Enjoying tasty picnic foods

Anyway. Home again. A number of emotions come to the fore - concern about my father's poor health being a big one, although he's trying to be a good sport about it all. I think I caught the same plague that's continuing to torment him - sinus troubles plus a nasty, nasty cough. That means he's been sick for about four weeks. I have *almost* shaken this thing off, but when we touched down in Seattle I noticed that it flared up again. All those times people talk about the things we need to do to keep in mind the young, the elderly, and the immune-compromised apply to my dad right now. He was originally scheduled for liver surgery on the 30th, back when I left town, but that's postponed indefinitely while they sort out the current bug. He's been through a course of antibiotics (though the main part of this plague appears to be viral), and yesterday he visited a pulmonologist and received inhalers with albuterol and beclometasone. Those are at least making it easier to breathe.

Then, the other emotions. This is the first time in a long time that I've been home with my two siblings, without anyone else - scrottie stayed in Texas to mind the animals, and my sis-in-law and the kids are in CA with their other grandparents. My brother likes to proclaim a theory that family members revert to the ages they were when they flew the coop, but I'm not so sure that's true anymore.

Sunday and Monday will be dominated by family activities - a birthday bowling party for my aunt L on Sunday, attended by most of the family, then the celebration of my grandfather's life on Monday, along with an all-family photo. We haven't taken one of those photos for a very long time. Then, back to Texas again.

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thewronghands
Dec. 30th, 2014 08:11 am (UTC)
I'm not sure I would recognize Jackson Hole from the air, but I spent part of today's Atlanta to Seattle flight looking, because of your post. (I may have been sleeping at the critical moment, however.) I hope you kick the cold and feel better soon.
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