Well, how 'bout THIS? Now I CAN sign on to Blogger but can't get my email. Been trying to get my browser to accept my password but it says its blocking cookies (I keep doing the 'accept' button but it ain't working). Next step is to call SBC/AT&T helpline. One good thing, I'll be out of town for two weeks and won't wonder about it. Another good thing, instead of emailing, I'm blogging.
We're almost ready to leave for Germany. Today I'll copy the first two pages of our passports and our tickets and continue to pack. We're doing casual so it's just getting everything clean and pressed and put in the suitcase. My kitty cat Zoe knows something is up and has started sleeping in my suitcase when I forget ot close it. Jackie Chan will be OK since I'm not taking him to the kennel. House sitters Millie and Otis will be sleeping here at night, will walk Jackie morning and evening, let him out at noon and keep him and Zoe fed. Jackie has taken to Otis (thank God) and lets Otis pick him up and hold him which is rare for the Jackster. Zoe gets plenty of petting by Millie. So now my usual separation anxiety is down to a 2 or 3 out of 10--10 being my usual raging panicky anxiety which I feel when I have to leave Jackie Chan at the kennel.
It'll be good to have Honey along while visiting my son and his family. Honey and I want to teach the girls and Lewis basic dance steps while we're there. Lots of young people show up at the ball-room dance lessons we've takenand learning a few basic steps never killed anybody so I hope the kids are receptive. I think some of the TV shows about dancing have made a big difference in attitudes toward ballroom dance. One thing for sure, it's fun and it's exercise. We'll also teach them how to play Bouree, a cajun card game that's lots of fun. We've got lists of all the English speaking AA and Al-anon meetings in the cities where we'll be visiting so we'll also work in a little fellowship along the way.
Honey has had his 19 year old grandson Dan with him for the past 3 weeks. Honey is tutoring him in college algebra which his grandson is taking at the community college where Honey teaches (Dan enters college this coming September and had major fears about his ability to handle college algebra). This summer school course crams a whole semester into one month so its been some intense learning esperiences--especially for Dan who loves history and language but never felt comfortable in algebra. But his last test grade was a 93 so I think he's getting the hang of it. We'll be in Germany when he takes his final so Honey and he are really cramming this weekend, even covering what he'll have next week--so when the exam comes, he's gonna be ready. It's been a great experience for both of them. Honey has been an enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher and his grandson has been willing to work hard and keep working until he really understands. Plus they've had guy-time together, working in the garden, fishing, riding tractors, and just hanging out. Neither one of them will ever forget this time. It's made a huge difference to both of them.
Today is my old nanny's 83rd birthday. I'll call her in a little while and wish her many returns of this day. She is in a lovely assisted living home in SC and I always stop by to see her when I'm there. She's still has a clear mind and is (and always has been) the most loving person I've ever known. Happy Birthday, dear Zona. I love you. You are such a part of my life and helped shape me into who I am today. You demonstrated absolute unconditional love and I am forever grateful to you.
Today I'm grateful:
--to know I am powerless over my computer
--that because of the 12 Steps, I look forward to my visit with my son in Germany
--to understand that any grievance (no matter how small) I hold on to stands between me and God
--that I know that God can and will do for me what I cannot do for myself, if He is sought
--that at 3:30 pm Wednesday, we'll depart for Germany and 11 hours later, we'll arrive in Frankfurt--around 8:30am Frankfurt time