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Piece from the wing Stephen was replacing on the only remaining B52 A model at the Pima Air Museum in Tucson

2018 travelog: March:

 

Another month has zipped by until I am suddenly finding myself in the midst of the last week of March and just two weeks to go before we take off on our trip to Chile. In the matter of the summer concerts, all I well.  A strong volunteer group has been established to run the concerts with a splendid committed leader by the name of Jennifer Hargett. I contacted all the artists early on when I knew we didn’t have to dissolve the Riverbend Association, so they are chosen, dates established and already the marvelous new volunteers are at work on the 2018 concerts.

 

Teeth have been the focus these past few weeks my periodontist and my dentist working together to restore my front ones to some vestige of those I previously featured.  Both of these excellent gentlemen have been working under heavy pressure getting me ready to fly away to Chile with a gapless smile.

 

Our study team began its investigation of the Islands of the World  with an intro by Allen in February and a report on New Zealand by Sally in March.  Allen and I are scheduled to discuss the island of Chiloé and the warlocks who lived there from the 16th century (and who may still be there) when we are home again in April.

 

March was a birthday month for Susie Peachey and Jeff Siegfried and for John Peachey (now living with his Libby and Hana in Carlsbad, California).

 

 

March 31, 2017

March weather has been a trade-off between snow and rain, but gradually old snow is melting away, robins are coming home, geese are flying in, a few at a time…and local television warns hikers that the bears are waking up and they are hungry! In other words, Persephone is making her way back to us and there is great rejoicing in Bigfork, Montana, after such a long, cold winter. We’d like to keep her awhile longer this year, but she ate those darn pomegranate seeds, so...it is what it is.

Life has quietly continued on at Rising Mountains …Joella, our hairdresser, has left us and the fair Milissa now operates the little beauty shop across the hall from my apartment. Chef Chris is taking his wife and twin sons to Oregon, and Suzette is interviewing likely replacements…it’s pretty clear to everyone around here that FOOD is a #1 priority so I expect the next chef will be one more major winner. One of the pleasures of life for me at Rising Mountains is inviting any number of guests to eat with me for any meal and I know the food will be delicious and sweetly served. It didn’t used to be that way, but the new model for assisted living facilities is a restaurant-approach to meals rather than the old boarding house set-up. The extra cost to me is minimal and worth every penny.

Cousin Shirley French is selling her house and has moved to a lovely retirement village in the Chehalis area, a mile, says she, from her ‘sweet home.’ Her girls made the move pretty painless…God bless our children!

I continue to work out at the athletic club M-W-F, and have even convinced a resident or two to come with me…and two of us are having treatments on the BEEMER, a new process that stimulates blood flow at the very finest level…more on that later when I can describe the science of it, but my position is that if it does no harm and might do some good, I should go for it.

I am planning to give myself a 92nd birthday party in the little sitting room next to my apartment, just as I did for my 90th…make that no gifts (where would I put them?), and short visits, with munchies and wine for toasting available. Not many more birthdays to come so I will honor each one as long as I am compos. I know it’s hard for the children to come because of weather and timing (Glyndon’s surgery is on the 5th), but I have lived in this valley and participated in its functioning since ’94, so will have many friends to celebrate with me….and any time family can be here, I will celebrate again…and again… and again, on the Stephie Peachey model.. Meantime, Susie and John both celebrated their own Happy Birthdays this month, with Bob and Caroline making John’s Day joyful, and Tom going all the way by taking Susie to Portland.