Sunday, January 19, 2014

Anchorage visitors in Tucson

My sister Alyx and her husband Virgil flew from their cold wet dark Anchorage to spend six days in warm dry sunny Tucson. We inflated a queen-sized airbed for them and the four of us lived in 620 square feet reasonably well all week. Every other night the airbed lost air; we'd wake up at 2, or 4, to the sound of the electric pump. The second toilet developed a small leak at the base so we called the landlord and wrapped a towel around the toilet base. We planned showers around the limitation of a five-gallon hot water tank. We clustered in our small living room with computers on three of our four laps. Lots of talk, especially between Alyx and me.

Alyx wanted to rent a bike and ride in the desert and, as a geocacher, to find some caches. We did that. We rode bikes in the RV resort and along the trail in Julian Wash. We found 16 geocaches. Alyx went to her first-ever water aerobics class and was surprised to like it. She listened to my handbell rehearsal and decided the bells sounded lovely rather than goofy. We went to a dance and Alyx danced for the first time in many years. By the time she left yesterday she was sore but sun-filled.

Virgil wanted to spend time with brother-in-law Art. They went to eight 12-step meetings in six days, most of them at 6:30 in the morning. Usually Alyx and I were up by then, but not always.

We went to Macaroni Grill one night for dinner. We ate a lot. Too much. And had enough left over to take home. In Anchorage there is no Macaroni Grill, and Alyx craved it. Another evening Virgil grilled ribs on our neighbor Ken's barbecue. Ken joined us for dinner, along with friends Ann and Larry. At home, we rarely entertain.  Here it is simple and easy.

Every morning when I looked out at the sun I felt blessed. By Saturday, Alyx and Virgil didn't want to leave. I got it. As I drove home from the airport after dropping off, I was grateful for our good fortune. We will be here for two more months.

Six days of houseguests is probably enough. Today Alyx and Virgil are back in Anchorage, settling in for their workweek. They plan to move to Washington this summer, so they have lots to do in the next six months. And today Art and I are enjoying our quiet park model. He's reading the paper and watching a couple of football games. I'm reading my online classes (chemistry, psychology, big data, social and economic networks, and the human body in the environment]. These are free, not-for-credit classes for me, the lifelong learner.

In the sideline, my computer died yesterday, victim of an eager dismantler trying to clean it so my earbuds would work. The dismantler apologized and I got a new MacBook Air. So far, almost everything has been moved over. Not how I would have planned a Sunday, but it could have been worse.

Right now I feel like a lucky woman. I know I am a grateful one.


11 comments:

1NurseRatched said...

Oh hell yes! We had a wonderful time. My husband rarely gets excited about anything (he is a stable, steady fellow) but this morning he said, "I don't want to be here" - referring to a rather dark living room and icy driveway. Five months from now we'll be basking in 24 hour per day sunlight but right now, not so much. Our all-too-brief trip to Tucson was perfectly delightful and I, too, am grateful today that my sister and brother-in-law are such loving and generous people.

DJan said...

In two weeks I'll be in sunny Florida with my sister, but for now I'm enjoying the moderately reasonable weather here, dry but lots of fog. I'm so glad you're having such a great time. I also love to hear about your warm and sunny days. :-)

Terra said...

That sounds like a fun and active visit from your sis and her husband. Good food, chats, water aerobics and some sun, compared to Alaska.

Linda Reeder said...

As your sister said, you are loving and generous people, amazing people. And those on line classes that you are taking! Your life long learning is certainly more advanced than mine!

Arkansas Patti said...

You certainly made the best of cramped quarters and how nice for them to get a respite from the dark and cold.

Bob Lowry said...

Your sister and brother-in-law are so lucky you and Art are spending your winter at such a fabulous resort in Tucson and that they had the ability to join you.

As a sunlover I can't even imagine the 20-some hours of darkness Anchorage folks are enduring at this time of year.

Out on the prairie said...

Lots of fun in the sun, many travelers are there for a good time.

Tom Sightings said...

My sister lives in Phoenix. She's going to Anchorage for two weeks in Feb. Go figure ... it takes all kinds!

Olga said...

How wonderful that you are able to give your sister a break from the dark of winter in Alaska. I keep trying to get my sister to visit Florida, but she is still working and insists she loves the cold and snow.

Retired English Teacher said...

Great post. I'm glad you are settling into your new Air. I do think you will really love that computer. I do understand the disruption that having to get a new one caused you though.

What fun you had with your sis. I'm so glad you are loving your time.

Dee said...

Dear Linda, I think you truly are a blessed woman. And one of the blessings is that you are aware of that wonder and beauty of your life. Peace.