Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Dose Of The Dowager Duchess

My Mother The Dowager Duchess is doing well and continues to be a delight, although she'd tell you she doesn't feel like herself (which is true) and is frustrated that she can't do as much as she used to (which is also true and understandable).

She goes for walks when the weather cooperates and is fortunate to have help with laundry and cleaning, and with errands when the weather doesn't cooperate. She's hoping to get back to watercolor class — again, when the weather cooperates.

Although The Duchess and I Skype every weekend, The Kid Brother has been, as he says, "taking a break." It's become a very long break, but the Duchess understands him and doesn't mind. And she's happy he's become much more social and involved in his group's activities.  He and I speak about once a week.

So, everything is fine. San Geraldo and I are planning another visit in the coming months, which means The Kid Brother will finally visit the Dowager Duchess, as well. (He and I will go to Nathan's for hot dogs and to play skee ball in Coney Island. He and San Geraldo will go to "the racetrack" to gamble at the casino next door.)  Life goes on.

SUNDAY ON SKYPE WITH THE DOWAGER DUCHESS.
PHOTO TAKEN AND POSTED WITHOUT HER PERMISSION.
BUT I FIGURE WHEN YOU'RE AS GOOD-LOOKING AS SHE IS, IT DOESN'T MATTER.

36 comments:

  1. I've been wondering how she's been doing since the back surgery. Great to see her!

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    1. Judy:
      She'd much prefer to feel 20 again.

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  2. Oh you 'know the ropes', Mitchell.
    So happy to hear that all is well with your mother. And as soon as the weather cooperates, things will improve tenfold.

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    1. Jim:
      She could actually do laps of the enormous (city-block-long) lobby of her building, but it's not the same as getting outside.

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  3. Great to see you Aunt Marion.. Glad you are doing so well..
    Miss you.. Love You! XOXOX

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    1. Sheree:
      Thanks. She usually reads the comments, but I'll make sure.

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  4. See looks in fine fettle...

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    1. Willym:
      We think so, too. She doesn't agree.

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  5. Like others, I've wondered how the DD was doing and it's a joy to hear that she's doing well. Give her my best.

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    1. Stephen:
      Thanks so much. I'm sure she appreciates it.

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  6. Exactly Mitch ~ The Goodlooking Dowager Duchess of NYC!!

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    1. Ron:
      Wow! I love that she's now the Dowager Duchess of the entire City of New York!

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    1. Michael:
      Not bad for a secret screen capture while Skyping.

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    1. Gosia:
      She's doing very well ... considering!

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  9. She is force indeed! If she gives you any hassle about posting the photo, be sure to let her know that her fans demanded it. Cheers!

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    1. Wilma:
      Oh, she might complain but I'll be forgiven.

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  10. Glad for the update and to know that a visit is in the works. :)

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    1. Michelle:
      We'd better get on the stick and makes those reservations. Springtime in New York!

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  11. She reminds me of Helen Hayes from Airport

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    1. John:
      My mother will be very pleased by that comparison. Helen Hayes was only 65 when she made "Airport"!

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  12. I hope when this winter weather passes that your mom CAN and WILL get back to walking and watercolors! she is a good-looking woman indeed!

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    1. anne marie:
      So do I! (And she IS a good-looking woman.)

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  13. Thank goodness for Skype and she does look great

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    1. MaryAnn:
      Skype changed everything for us!

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  14. Glad to hear she is doing ok, tell her Spring will hit soon and life will hopefully become easier for her again.

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    1. Cheapchick:
      That's what she's looking forward to.

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  15. So glad to hear all is well. It's interesting (and sometimes a challenge) to figure out what family wants/needs at various stages of life. Neither Bill nor I have parents now, but our siblings, children, grandkids and now great-grandkids want/need... or don't want/don't need/don't care.... it can be a rough time... but you and Jerry are handling all this in a great way. I admire you!

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    1. Sharon:
      Thanks. We just try to roll with the punches.

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  16. She is looking absolutely lovely, although her feelings of 'not being herself' are perfectly understandable. Frankly, I often wonder which old person took over my body when I wasn't paying attention!

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    1. Cranky:
      She wonders the same thing. As for you, I suppose some cranky old person took over (although I've never seen her).

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  17. It is always a delight to hear about the DD.

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    1. Thanks so much, Spo. Your kind comments are a delight to her, as well.

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