Another Day

So today Uncle Jim and I went to the Keukenhof – a botanical garden – together. I was torn about going because of course I want to spend time with Oma and though she was a bit better today, there was no way she had the strength to go. She is often short of breath and is more comfortable sitting up. She dozes a lot and is experiencing quite a bit of confusion. All expected signs but no less disturbing and hard to see.

I find it somewhat hard to really express the depth of my sorrow, both for myself and for my family. It has been precious time. A few more days left and I am finding it hard to think of going although I also long to be home with my beloved and the rest of my chosen family.

I was glad we went anyway though, because it is a lovely place and it was nice to have some bonding time with my Uncle Jim. Like the rest of the family, he is a really bright guy and has a wicked sense of humor and I really need to write him more often. (But isn’t that the case with all of my family? ) There are simply not enough hours in the day, I tell ya.

Poor Uncle Jim ran himself a bit ragged today because of the traffic around Eindhoven and I cannot begin to say how thankful I am that he would put up with all that just to pick me up and then drive some more! We walked around almost all of the gardens and exhibits, including the New York area. Funny to travel all the way to the Netherlands just to go to the Bronx!

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We walked on water:

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And climbed up a windmill:

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And of course saw a wonderful array of lovely flowers:

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Yes, it is an orchid. No, it apparently does not eat bugs.

Yes, it is an orchid. No, it apparently does not eat bugs.

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No kidding!

No kidding!

Got home kinda late due to traffic on the way home too. Rush hour in the Netherlands! But Joyce, Arij and Oma had just sat down to eat so our timing was perfect. After a very nice meal of leftovers from yesterday’s dinner, we spent some time looking at the pictures of the day. We sat and chatted for a while as well. Then Uncle Jim hit the road and I sat up for a time with Oma and Joyce.

Tomorrow, Ben and Joram are taking me to a castle to do some more sight-seeing. Should be really nice weather tomorrow – very warm for the time of year in Netherlands. Looking forward to it.

Many blessings to all and sundry,

Janice

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