Luckily my DIL's Father is wonderful at odd jobs, such as putting together a crib---he built the deck on his house! Luckily my daughter is wonderful at details, as she packed all the hardware into a large paper bag when she moved the crib to my house for storage. My son's in-laws will be visiting for the weekend and we will just stay for lunch and try to avoid the weather on the way back.
Oddly my fear level has dropped regarding COVID. I may no longer die! I might just get really really sick for a week. Boy, have I lowered my concerns. I remember those days, although I must admit I have not had even a cold for years! When my grandchildren were young, I would get cold after 50% of the visits.
We also are preparing for a trip to San Diego at the end of the month. This will be a grand last call for hubby. He is losing his memory ever so slowly and giving a speech to an international crowd has him elated and nervous. I told him to type out the whole speech, but we will see! We will stop and visit my relatives in Colorado, whom I do not see nearly enough, on the way back! My brother, who is a few years younger, has also been diagnosed with encroaching dementia. My brother is an extremely quiet man, so we would never have known until his car accident. We are slowly working on accepting these issuese, and maybe in the future when I feel stronger of character, I can share.
Now, since we really are not so busy (!) we have also decided to foster a foxhound mix from the local shelter with a plan to perhaps adopt permanently. This dog has several health issues which are being treated and she also is 3 years old. We have had only puppies so actually training a full-grown adult to live in our house will be a challenge. She will return to the shelter when we head to San Diego and by then we will decide whether to take her back on a permanent basis. My husband is already in love!
We are already attempting to make our home (which used to seem so much larger) more accomodating for a dog! Everything I read about aging says to take on challenges...but I think they are supposed to be small challenges and also spread out over our limited years remaining.
Please wish us luck and I am open to any advice on any of these challenges ahead. The snow has melted from the bench, but the cushions are still wet, so please bring snow pants when you sit down to chat.