Home Sweet Home

Today’s blog is for Carol.  She’s my Mom’s very special friend in Colorado.  And she reads my blog.  I knew she’d love to see pictures of their new place in Texas.  So I took these pics with her in mind.  The rest of you just get to come along for the ride.

Here’s half of the living room.  With a glimpse into the master bedroom on the right side of the pic.  And that’s Mom’s new bathing suit draped over the end of the couch.  Because we’re going to do water aerobics at the apartment.

They’ve moved into one of those fancy retirement centers and they have all kinds of activities that I intend to take advantage of.  Like free movies in the movie theater.  And games and cool outings.  And meals prepared by a fancy chef.  Dear Hubby and I considered renting an apartment down the hall.  No yard work was sounding pretty good the other day.  And water aerobics without any personal pool maintenance.

Here’s a pic from the balcony that overlooks a nice courtyard below.

This is the other side of the balcony.  Complete with bird feeders.  There have already been hummingbirds feeding there.  Not the millions of hummingbirds like they used to have in Colorado.  OK, maybe not millions, but they had a lot.  Here they have two.  At least that’s all we’ve seen so far.  Much easier to name them though.

Mom loves hummingbirds and has a huge collection.  She decided to display them all in the bedroom in this new apartment.

See?  Here’s a display of a big chunk of her collection on the chest of drawers in the bedroom.

There’s even a mobile of a bunch of them hanging in the corner.  A friend in Colorado put it together for her.

These beautiful vases were all made by my Dad.  Out of aspen wood.  It’s Colorado wood.  And it makes fabulous vases.

Love this cool hummingbird on the wall too.  Mom has collected a lot of really cool things over the 20 years they were in Colorado.

Another part of the living room.  With a view of the fridge in the kitchen.  Looks like they’ve moved in and made themselves at home if the fridge is any indication, doesn’t it?

This is the second bedroom which is being used as an office and a place for their antiques.  All family pieces, including the high chair that was my Mom’s when she was a baby.

The other side of the room.  And more antique things.

This is command central in the office.  The magnasight machine magnifies things super huge.  My parents both have macular degeneration and reading is difficult.  This machine allows them to read things that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to see.  It’s a very good thing.

There’s a really cool exercise room just downstairs from their apartment.  Dear Hubby and I went to check out the equipment the other day.  That’s me on the bike, taking our picture in the mirror on the opposite wall.  While peddling.

Maybe a closer look would help?  Dear Hubby was intent on walking on that treadmill.

Here’s Dad sitting at the bar on a new barstool.  He’s smiling, really he is.  At least I told him to smile for the picture.  I think it might be better labeled a smirk.

Remember how he looked when we first got him to Texas?  This picture was taken back in March.  You saw it on this blog on March 26th.  He’s lost 60 pounds since then.  SIXTY pounds.  That’s a whole person!  At least it’s a child-sized person.  He’s now working on getting his strength back.  I’m just glad to have him still around.

The other day when I took these pics he was just focused on eating the watermelon that he’d just cut up.

Here’s Mom.  I think she’s thinking about putting on that new bathing suit and going for a swim.  Or watching Andy Griffith.  In between Bonanza and Little House on the Prairie, their 2 favorites.

They’ve had lots of challenges coping with all the changes in their lives.  But I think they are now settling in and making friends in their new home.  And I am so very glad to have them nearby.  They love visitors too.  So if you’re in the area and have a  few minutes, just stop by for a visit.

You can tell them you read all about them on my blog.


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11 Responses to Home Sweet Home

  1. Judy says:

    Makes me happy just to see them in such pleasant surroundings with hummingbirds, Andy and Cartwrights for entertainment.

  2. Peggy says:

    Barb, Your folks look great and I love their apartment…………makes me want to move in too! I’m sure they’re going to love it here and esp. having you closer. The blog is great and all their CO friends can stay in touch and enjoy it all with them…………….and some of them might even decide to join them!!! Your Mom’s collection of hummingbirds is beautiful, as are your Dad’s aspen vases. Now we know where you got all your creativity.

  3. Veda Wilhite says:

    This place is beautiful. So happy for them to be settled in among all the things they love. Thanks for sharing, Barb. I have been wondering how things were going. Awesome!

  4. Kaye Bowling says:

    What a beautiful apartment! I know it has been difficult for them to adjust to apartment life after being in their amazing mountain home, and know it has been a long haul for you and everyone who has been involved in the move…. Hope things can settle down now and that they will have many happy years there! I’ll have to get over there sometime with Janna. Tell them I said Hi!

  5. Judy Terry Linn says:

    What a BEAUTIFUL HOME for Mom and Dad!!! So much has happened in their lives in such a short period of time. How very, very HOMEY!!!!

  6. LaNelle says:

    What a blessing it is to have them close! I love the aspen wood turning your dad has done. They are beautiful !!! Tell him he has a fan of his work. Working with wood was a thing in Ca. …. carving not turning. Too much investment to begin , can’t have quilting and turning. Mom looks pretty happy with the new set up. I would, it looks like a great place. I may be moving it pretty soon also.

  7. Carol Parker says:

    Barb, you are so sweet to give us tour of your Mom & Dad’s beautiful new Home. Wish we could be their neighbors!! But I don’t think it’s “in the cards.” We can chat on the phone and keep up w/your blog (always worth reading). Have to thank our Brian for this laptop which has been my entertainment, newspaper, friend connection, etc. for the months I’ve had it. So glad Bob is doing so much better and your Mom & you are going to aerobics! Can’t wait to hear how she likes it. Hugs to all of you!!!

  8. Lani says:

    Barb, thanks for sharing the pictures of this wonderful “home”, with all your parent’s personal momentos! I had never seen the hummingbird quilt finished — I LOVE IT! What a perfect headboard for their bed! Also love your Dad’s wooden vases! They are to be treasured. I think I also saw a corner of a quilt near the dining area that might have been of their Colorado home?? Enjoy the aerobics with your mom! Great to have you back blogging! Lani

  9. LaLa says:

    Oh Barb, it is so good to see your parents in their new Texas home! Close to family is so important and enjoyed by all!!! Colorado was great to your parents while they were there – hummingbirds & aspen vases!!! Wow, now what can they come up with back in Texas!!! Hugs, LaLa

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