Another week in Oregon. This time reporting from the high desert, specifically, Bend.
Here, we’ve had opportunities to make some adjustments to the van, do some travel homework, plan for an upcoming family reunion, and get in lots of hikes. Most importantly however, is the opportunity to spend time with my Mom.
By the way, Mom is a Drummer in a Band
How’s that for awesome? It started as a hobby she picked up when she was 81. And, it actually led to some paid gigs. We attended a couple of The Nomad’s rehearsals. I may be a nomad myself, but I’m definitely not-musically inclined. I was fascinated to watch the band negotiate, blend and bend… in order to make a piece come alive. And, there were no music sheets!
Rehearsal is one thing, but for good measure I have to throw in a couple of performance photos others have taken:
No Age Limit on Being Cool
One thing my Mom doesn’t seem to get hungup on, is being “cool”. Though to the rest of us, she defines it. I’m learning that it’s a matter of focusing on whatever YOUR true aspirations are. Then, express them as deliriously as you want. She may not stomp out the Flamenco like she used to, but she still heads a weekly Folk Dance group. I’m fairly certain she’d be dancing with a walker, if she had to.
Weather You Think You Can, Or You Think You Can’t… You’re Probably Right
That statement could likely be her slogan. And Mom,? she thinks she can. Twice this week she had her pup out on a 30-45 minute hike, before I was out of bed.
She runs circles around us getting meals prepared. All my little projects – sewing, mending, fixing computer bugs, printing my crap – she eagerly assists.
When I think I’ve covered it, and can wrap up this blog, she tells me she’s meeting a few neighbors in the common area for a couple hours of brush clearing. I remind myself – heck, she’s also the Pres. of the neighborhood homeowner association!
One of Her Secret Weapons?
Today, Sunday, we (Mom, me & Woody) are driving to Truckee, California. I am totally looking forward to catching up with cousins, getting more nature in, and in case it’s raining: board games and jigsaw puzzle!