Archive for October, 2010

Seattle in the FALL

October 25, 2010

Kent and I were able to have an amazing fall day in Seattle with his first cousin Denny and wife, Jeri. We love these guys and always have enjoyed spending time with them. This time was exceptional too.

First of all, we had a wonderful sunny day. That also is special too! We first went to Boeing’s Museum of Flight. We spent about 4 hours there and both Kent and I enjoyed it but by far Kent enjoyed it more. The guys stayed together and I spent the time with Jeri.

Boeing Musuem of flight

Musuem of flight

After a light lunch we went to see the Pike Street Farmer’s Market. It was amazing, full of life and people of all kinds..

Pike Place Market

The colors of the dahlia bouquets was so beautiful and fall-ish!

Fall dahlias

Fall bouquets

There were vendors selling every kind of seafood from crabs, to huge King Salmon.

All kinds of fish

Jeri and I at Seattle Pike Street Market

We also stopped by the FIRST STARBUCKS. YES the original store and of course it was doing a very fast business. We had to have a cup of coffee.

Ist Starbucks Store

Ist Starbucks Store

Outside the store there was this incredibly talented quartet singing gospel music. They were so good and of course I loved their message too!

From there we drove to the top of a hill with a beautiful view of the part of Seattle called Belleview. What a pretty view from there. We then went to a park for a walk along a waterfront. I can’t remember the name of the water but I think, it was Lake Washington. We even got a view of Mount Rainier even though it was a little hazy.

Mount Rainier

The fall trees were beautiful there. I love this time of year and especially spending it with good friends.

Sunset on Lake Washington

The evening we went for a pizza with Denny’s sister and brother also Kent’s first cousins. We sure enjoyed our day. Thanks Denny and Jeri for the wonderful, relaxing day!

I do hope you my readers are also enjoying your fall days too!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

My dear mother

October 20, 2010

I have had a wonderful mother. She raised a family of 10 children. I am the 8th child and only the second daughter. She has worked out of the home most of her life in a sewing factory. She has been independent and a strong woman for many years.

My father passed away 20 years ago and my only sister and two of my eldest brothers passed away in 1999, 2000 and 2007. Since then I have felt much more of a burden to help my mother more. Even though she was very capable to care for herself, I still felt I needed to be “there” for her. My mother turned 89 in May.

When we moved into our RV more than 3 years ago my mom flew to Phoenix to spend time with us. She has flown alone to Ireland and met up with our family to visit our son Josh when he lived there in 2000. So she has always been independent.

Here she is at our daughter Kara and Nick’s wedding. It was an outdoor casual and cool wedding.

Mom Redcay at Kara's wedding

Later at our house for a four generation picture with Josh and Silas

4 Generations on my side

My mom, her brothers, sisters and spouses all living in Pennsylvania. They get together for dinner at a restaurant once a month.

My mom's brothers, sisters and in laws

Last summer when we lived in Pennsylvania for an extended time. I spent many hours with my mother and realized that she was suffering from memory loss and confusion. I have two nephews who have helped care for her as well as she lived with my younger brother and his family in her former home as my brother had bought the home. Mother is having more trouble with confusion and memory loss but this last year we have been glad that she has still been able and happy to live with my brother.

I went to visit her for 10 days to see how she really was. She is still living with my brother but increasingly we feel that she may need another kind of care. I found my mother was very lonely too. So I took her everywhere she wanted to go. I took her to get her hair done and also to see my father’s grave and lots of of other places. I am praying that God will give us His wisdom in all of this. But I was very glad to see her and have a good visit.

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

We arrived and drama presentation

October 3, 2010

We have arrived at a destination in Bellingham, Washington for the next month. Kent’s parents live here and we are here to see and help them. We drove through Seattle and north to Bellingham and arrived on Thursday late afternoon. We have already helped with some mowing and cooking but can see there is more ways to help mom and dad around their small farm.

Here are some pictures of our drive. You know I just love the Pacific Northwest. It is one of the prettiest parts of the world. Of course it does rain here many days and so is cloudy a lot. But God gave us such a beautiful day on Thursday to drive.

Driving to Seattle Fall 2010

I love this part of the country.
Drive to Seattle Fall 2010

Pacific Northwest Fall 2010

Seattle skyline from the road

Seattle skyline from highway

Saturday evening Kent’s sister’s daughter (our Niece) Amanda was in a drama production. We all went to it. That is Kent and I, Mom and Dad Reimer and LeAnn (Kent’s sister) and husband Ken and Amanda is in the middle. It was a drama of her own making to show her life now that she had cancer. She had bone cancer several years ago and went through surgery, chemo and is now 2 1/2 years since she finished her treatments. She is looking really good now.

Family at Amanda's presentation Fall 2010

It is one of the blessings of being mobile that we are able to support Amanda in this kind of presentation.

Jan for the Roaming Reimers