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Sitting Still in Houston

May 19, 2014

It’s been a month since my last post, but we haven’t been anywhere terribly exciting in the last few weeks.  Nell is healing quickly from the surgery to repair her broken femur, and in fact, surprised me a few days ago by standing on one leg – the broken one – without support.  It was only for a couple of seconds, but it’s indicative of her strong will.  She scoots along pretty fast now with the walker, and we’ve only pulled the wheelchair out of the car a couple of times when going shopping.  She does use the electric carts at Walmart and H.E.B., but she has started taking little short steps on occasion.

Living in someone else’s home is never the same as being in your own, but everyone seems to have adjusted well.  The household presently consists of two married couples, a grandson in his early twenties, a thirteen year old granddaughter, and two young dogs.  Help with the grocery buying and in the kitchen allows us to contribute, and we’ve also done some driving around Houston to help our daughter with her real estate business.

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As a working artist living in a motorhome for the last two years, I’ve learned to work in a small space.  The little drawing table with the turned legs – along with the chair – is on loan from our granddaughter.  Some protection for the carpet, a couple of black plastic milk crates, and I’m doing fine.  In fact, I’ve sold two small pieces of art that were done in this little studio space.

We’ve had several conversations about the future, and while we don’t want to commit ourselves to anything just yet, we’re leaning toward moving back into the motorhome for a short time once Nell is able to navigate the steps.  Then we will resume looking for an apartment here in the Houston area.  Our plan to become “part-timers” still seems like the right move for us.  We’ll sell the big motorhome and find something much smaller.  We’ve still got a while to go before we have to do anything definite.

Meanwhile, I’m producing some new artwork that I’m having a lot of fun with and we’re catching up on our reading.

Until next time… safe travels.

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  1. May 19, 2014 9:16 pm

    Ralph – things seem to be getting back to the area of almost normal which is a real good thing. Good for you guys – it will take time but soon all will be better and you’ll be planning a getaway in the smaller RV.

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