The Frim Fram Sauce

WordPress has changed its editing format and the new one has proved to be quite challenging. The result is a rather disjointed post and I apologise for that but it really is all I can manage! I haven’t worked out how to adjust the size of the photos so they are on a large setting. Perhaps in a few weeks I’ll have the time to work it all out.

With only 2 weeks left in America, I can’t believe my stay here is finally coming to an end. Although five months is a long time to be away, I have felt very much at home here and not at all out of place. My precious granddaughter brought so much happiness into my life at a time when I was feeling quite jaded. Isla has given me so many heart-warming memories to take back with me: her smile whenever she sees me, her head resting on my shoulder when we dance together, the twinkle in her eye when she’s learnt something new and getting praised for it, her state of reverie when I massage her before bath time, the way she sings when she wants to be heard and so much more. And it’s not only memories of my granddaughter that I will be taking away with me; I’ve watched my daughter become a mother and shared some of that journey with her, and that has been priceless.

Christmas in Rockville 2018
In January, after our wonderfully warm holiday in Florida we arrived back in DC to something they call a polar vortex which is basically extremely cold weather that originates at the North Pole. Alex, who was working in Fargo, North Dakota, at the time experienced some pretty brutal temperatures (around -40 F). But I didn’t seem to notice the weather here as we were all perfectly comfortable indoors getting on with our daily lives and not traipsing around the countryside looking at frozen waterfalls! (Okay, so James and I did venture outside to build Isla her first snowwoman.)
This was in Miami; Isla, the beach baby and the mangroves at Matheson Hammock Park.
Isla, from beach baby to bear baby!
At the beginning of February, Kiera went back to work and Isla started day-care which was less traumatic than I thought it would be. Day-care is run by a neighbour a few houses down the road from where Kiera and James live, so it’s less than a minute walk away. It’s like a home from home – 5 children with 2 carers. Isla settled in without much fuss and seems to be quite happy with the arrangement.
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2 Responses to The Frim Fram Sauce

  1. Wendy Page says:

    Hi Cathy
    What a wonderful experience to spend so long with your first granddaughter. With dispersed families we have to get that quality time in intermittent chunks. It is great to see our children blossom into parents but still checking in with us from time to time. Enjoy your last few days in US. I am sure you are already planning the next trip.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, it sure makes life interesting doesn’t it? No settling down in a rocking chair for us. Fortunately, like you I love to travel. And you’re right, I am already trying to work out what would be the most politic lapse before I can return. I’ve managed to make myself pretty comfortable in the basement and plan to leave a set of clothes here so that I can “pop” over at any time. If I play my cards right, I could summer here and avoid winter back home! And now that we’ve discovered how easy it is to fly from Pmb, the trip really doesn’t faze me as much as it used to. Here’s to globetrotting grannies.

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