Good morning, Fed!
It is indeed a fine new sunny day as I write. The weather has been ideal for a few days now; light rains are expected toward the end of next week. Unlike our neighbour, California, we are still receiving moisture from the sky in Oregon.
Well, we have noted coincidences before, but now things are getting a little spooky. It IS the Grand Princess my tour will be taking in early September! I shall be sure to ask to meet Lewis Paul, though my explanation of who I am will be roundabout, for I do not know your name or your wife's. I haven't checked yet to see if your account on this forum allows personal messaging. I'll do that after I finish this post, because we all know how easy it is to lose a post. But I have enabled personal messages to me. On my recent brief (two-day) stay in London, I met a member of this forum who lives in the city. She and I spent three hours over lunch, just talking and getting acquainted. She is a charming lady of about my age.
Then there is Gordon Lightfoot. Although I have not been listening to him lately, he holds a special place in my memory, because I associate him with the first days of meeting and dating my husband. I remember particularly the song beginning, "If you could read my mind, Love, what a tale my thoughts would tell." His voice had a smooth, easy quality that I liked. Listening to his songs now would stir many memories, I'm certain.
Thank you again for the generous invitation to visit and stay at your home. A friend and I have spoken of a possible visit to the Lake District, which she has never seen. I'd like to see more of Scotland than I have to date, so Northumberland is not completely out of the question. However, such a trip would be at least a year away. My travel budget for this year has been depleted on travels booked through next spring! (I can hear Parky's footsteps behind me.)
I enjoyed the story of your daughter's new car. Generosity is a wonderful character trait, which gives joy in both directions. One of my husband's last wishes was that we start a college fund for a very deserving girl just about to start high school at age 14. She was raised by a single mother who works three jobs in order to make ends meet. One job is a pet-sitting service, and she had taken excellent care of our ageing Cavalier King Charles Spaniel whenever we travelled. This woman was also one of the very few friends who came to visit my husband in his final illness. So we set up the account and told her and her daughter on their last visit with him. They were overwhelmed that anyone would care enough to do such a thing, and their gratitude was our reward. Since that time, I have added to the account; next year the girl will graduate from high school. In fact, she is doing her college search now. Several universities are interested in her, because she is an "A" student who is gifted in athletics, too. And, without knowing it, she chose my alma mater as one of the three campuses she is most likely to attend! I'll enjoy watching her grow, whatever life decisions she makes.
I hope your dreams are good ones now and the nightmares flee. You are strong in fighting such heavy, threatening symptoms of this miserable illness. Your courage and perseverance are continually lessons to me.