Sunday, September 17, 2017

Hannover Time

   September brought about a new direction in my life. Hurricane Irma forced a Florida family wedding to be cancelled. It was to happened on September 15 and 16  off the mainland in North Captiva. But it seems a higher power had a different plan in mind for me. A few weeks earlier my 96 year old aunt took another tumble and this time she had several fractures needing surgery and later rehab. She was in hospital much of August once well enough to return to her seniors residence where all levels of care are available she returned and insisted she wanted only to live in her own apartment. So my sister arranged care for her as requested. After a week there auntie called my sister who is her POA for health bidding her to please come to Hannover asap. My sister had planned a fall visit but yielded and was with her beginning September 6.
During that week's visit  my aunt made it clear she wanted no further life. She wanted all to end. So my sister arranged for different level of care for her that would require hourly nurse visits in her own place and she arranged for a person to come twice daily for half hour stays.just for suppoort during that time. Auntie opted not to eat or drink anymore. The doctors told my sister how auntie would slowly decline. On September 11 sister flew back to Canada emotionally drained.
On September 12 I left Canada for Hannover. My daughter decided to join me. So I am typing this post from auntie's place. I hear her breathing still fairly strongly but she is semi concious now.
    Over the weekend my daughter from UK and her hubby and little one joined us. But since auntie is not fully  concious we took time out this Sunday afternoon to visit the Hannover Zoo as it seems to have a good reputation and the weather was fine. Grandbaby got a bit fussy now and again with molars coming in  but we all generally had a happy time.
   That is until I had a scare. You may know my vision is poor. My left eye has great pin hole vision but no periferal. That can lead to issues like bumping into object or even people. But today I was to experience a mini trauma. As I moved to my left from a fruit sampling station at a farmer's market at the farm animal part of the zoo somehow I managed to walk straight into a baby pram , losing my balance slighrly so that my face was next to baby's in the pram! The mother began to utter unkind words about not paying attention to where I was going and I in my shock muttered I'm soooo sorry but I cannot see well as I started to sob fearing my big body might have hurt baby. The baby was actually laughing while the mother was trying to console me. I really had a meltdown. But as one must, I pulled myself back together and searched for my family who had long moved on and missed the whole episode. Once reunited as I told them about my fright the father and pram rolled by and again they assured me all is well. I am glad they were so kind and understanding and no serious damage happened to anyone of us.
   I am staying in Hannover till September 19. UK family left 3 hours ago. Let us see what happens next
Church visit in Celle, Stadtkirche St.Marien on September 15. Maybe I'll photo blog about that ?

P.S. Auntie pssed away peacefully today early on September 18.
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Monday, September 4, 2017

Star Buddy

Buddy has for years asked to see 'The Phantom of the Opera', the original, so when we were in NY to visit family I was able to buy two tickets near the front for a matinee on his actual birthday on line. Relatives printed them and he got them at a family birthday party held days earlier so all could be there 
His adventure began with a taxi ride to the Majestic theatre area. There we walked around for a spot to eat brunch . We stuck with simple salad type food because after the show we wanted to celebrate with a birthday dinner. Service was prompt and we left satisfied. We strolled in and out of shops making sure we had water and a small  bit of candy for a stay in the theatre. Happy with our purchases we headed to the entrance area and waited with others for entry. There was a bit of a security check but nothing that stood out. Once inside we checked out the souvenir Buddy might pick and headed to our seats. 
We both commented on the ornate interior decor of the place. I took a few photos but opted not to post any. Soon the call to be seated was followed by the usual no photos, recording, etc. and the music began.
Buddy was thrilled and even I was pleased at being there with him.
At intermisson he bought his souvenir book and mask.
After the show we bought tickets for a tour bus ride around upper Manhattan and it allowed him to see parts of Cenral Park and some other highlights in the area. We stayed on the hop on bus all the way to the starting point. It also kept us busy till suppertime. On the tour we drove past the Hard Rock Cafe and I knew then exactly where to have our dinner. 
From the tour bus stop we walked along an area of Times Square that was fascinating and very busy. Buddy was amazed at all the big screens showing all sorts of media. It felt like a movie set he said.
Arriving at the cafe I anticipated a line up but we were lucky to be just between two popular times and were seatled on the spot. Buddy was over the moon that this was happening. Dinner service was good for us and when it was dessert time I mentioned that it was Buddy's birthday so he was allowed a dessert. Normally we opt out. He selected his chocolate thing and I asked if we could add vanilla ice to that and have two spoons.
Our server approached our table with the dessert set it down and lit a candle. As it glowed she burst out in a huge voice for all to stop and look her way and then she began a birthday chant. In that huge restaurant Buddy was suddenly noticed and it seemed that the whole place got into the act. Wow was Buddy:s reaction. And after the cheers and clapping stopped a few guests came over to shake his hand. He felt like a star and I felt happy for him. This was a memorable day for sure!
Afterwards were strolled a bit more in Times Square taking in all we could. By now it was dark out and all the screens were lit up the area. It was spectacular. 
But it had to end. 
Hailing a cab took some tim
e and effort but we managed.
Buddy had been a happy star on his special day.