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Mom and Teresa have vacated the Mason abode and moved in to their own pretty space six miles away. Interior renovations are basically complete,with only a few minor tasks yet to complete. The overall outcome is beautiful. See for yourself.

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Teresa still needs to get some items moved from her home in Florida, so she can finish her bedroom and fill in some of the empty spaces. Mom is awaiting a very special chair, just for her, to go in her den. She ordered a power recliner with a special lift to help her get out of the chair. I want one too!  They still need to hang up some pictures, drapes and stuff like that. There is some landscaping and exterior painting needed also; but there is plenty of time for that. The house is so welcoming and the residents are pretty nice too—I say that, but I might be biased.

Mom is loving her new home. She has had the family over for a few dinners and has already hosted a luncheon for our Circuit Overseer, Pete & Joanne Mardesich, (with Teresa and I responsible for the cooking) who are visiting our Kingdom Hall this week. This house is a vessel for the ongoing Cook Hospitality that has been a hallmark of our parents open door policy.

It is so nice to see Mom enjoying her home. She loves that she has her own personal chef and housecleaning staff. Teresa is her domestic goddess and over-all personal assistant. Mom says she took care of us for years and now it’s our turn to reciprocate…which we are glad to do I must say.

This has been a great move for Mom and for Teresa too. Now if only Mom’s health would cooperate. This past weekend she suffered several small strokes. She was hospitalized and underwent a litany of tests. The MRI showed evidence of damage across her frontal lobe. Teresa and I took her for follow-up with her Physician, Dr. Brock Jones today. He outlined a course of action to pursue to prevent any more episodes. The good news is that her blood pressure is responding to medication and hopefully this one won’t leave any residual effects.  She says that she is “Just Old”…but hey, at 81 she is just a “Spring Chicken”, right?  Anyway, we are monitoring her closely and hopefully she will be back to par before long.

Teresa and Mom will be hosting the Palaski’s in December and have an open book for anyone who wants to schedule a visit. Ventura is beautiful in the Winter…wanna come see?

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Mom has a Facebook Account. Yep …. Mom has a new email address:  CarolCook1931@yahoo.com and also has her very own Facebook page. She is becoming a true Techie. She knows how to play Solitaire already…and she is constantly grabbing my Iphone to check my Facebook page…so I got her one of her own. When setting up her accounts, she chose her own email address and wanted to invite everyone she knew to be her friend. I suggested that she just ask family and wait to be invited by others…She already is friends with over 20 people. Next thing you know, she will be wanting her own Laptop…or maybe even an IPad.

Besides taking over the Intranet … Mom is supervising the remodeling and fluffing up of her new nest.  She should be in within a few weeks. In the meantime, Teresa is dragging us constantly to the Holy Trinity of Home Stores …. HD Supply, Home Depot and Lowes.  Progress is being made. The kitchen cabinets are in and look great. Now Mom’s bathroom is being completed with her very own custom shower…and then a few more items and then she will be moving in. She CANNOT wait. She loves her new place and is so excited.  We will keep you updated….meanwhile check out Carolyn Cook on Facebook or drop her an email.

Mom thinks it is funny that at 80-years-young she now has an email.>>Who woulda thunk?

“Home” is any four walls

that enclose the right person.

Helen Rowland

That being said …  there is a mobile home at 25 Faulkner Court, in the City of Ventura, California that is soon going to be a true HOME. A home filled with two “Right” people. Mom and Teresa are moving to Ventura!  My fingers are typing with glee! I can hardly keep them on the keyboard because I keep wanting to clap and wave them up in the air. (Yes, a few fist pumps are definitely in order!)  Yep…they are coming back to California!!!

On their visit here in Ventura, I thought I would tempt them by casually driving them by some homes that might catch their eye. Mom had already stated back in Oregon that she might want to move now that Dad is no longer with her.   So….Yes, I had a plan…but truly, my plan was not wholly self-serving. No really.  I am capable of  putting other’s interests ahead of my own….really I am.. well…I am! (This said with great conviction.)  

Mom’s home in Oregon is wonderful and she and Dad had great times there, as did the whole family…But now that Dad is gone, it just isn’t the same. Great memories are now diluted by great heartache.   Mom is ready for her new start…so why not down in California where she can live by the beach still, and… in warmer weather? Not to mention that the old house is in such a tough rural spot with no easy assess if you are flying in for a visit.  I have countless other reasons why this is a good move for her….but I didn’t even need to push. She fell in love right away with this new place. I guess she was ready to jump and she did just that, bringing Teresa along as her constant companion and adventure-seeking partner.

I AM THRILLED.  Can you tell I am excited? I AM EXCITED….YAY!

Mom chose a lovely Senior Community called Lemon Wood, where Mobile Homes are situated in a tranquil setting, with tons of trees and flowers, babbling brooks and ponds and even a beautiful gazebo. There are walkways that lead you up the brook, pass the ponds and to a Community Center, with pool, saunas, and hot tubs, and even a golf putting area.  The park is secure and gated and some of our friends lives right down the street from the home she chose….how cool is that? 

So here are a few pictures of the place that Mom decided on:

This one is the mobile home in back of the pond

Mom’s New Home

The Beautiful Landscaping

The Club House & Pool

They Evcn Have A Library

The Community Library

 After signing the necessary papers, the house is now in escrow. It is scheduled to close on September 1st…and then we will get it ready for Mom and Teresa to move in and start their new adventures in Ventura. Already they have found some great restaurants, shopping, and other fun places to visit.

When everything is settled in Oregon and they get down here, they will live five minutes from the beach,  ten minutes from my house, just a few minutes to the Kingdom Hall … and both my sons and  a few of Mom’s Great-Grandchildren are just a few blocks away.  Teresa’s son Sean is right down the freeway. Mom’s neice, Bunny lives not too far, in the City of Lancaster … and … She is close enough to visit her longtime friends in Riverside, South Gate and Covina.

As for interesting places to keep the two of those Galavanting Ladies busy … Ventura’s downtown is great and not far away is Ojai, Carpenteria, Montecitio (where Oprah lives) Santa Barbara, and Solvang. Mom and Teresa have been warmly welcomed into our Congregation. ..they’ve even attended an evening of appetizers and wine in their honor already!  Everyone is looking forward to having them here permanently. Mom will have some great ladies to play cards with. She and Teresa are sure to be a welcome addition to our community … and not only that … having them so close by is definitely going to brighten up my life.

Yes … a New Home will be made, because anywhere where my Mother and Sister are residing will be a place filled with warmth and happiness. A new place to experience new joys and a new setting to help mend broken hearts. Love will grow in that house and it will be a great place for Mom to enjoy her days gardening and playing with her Great-Grandchildren and visiting with family and friends, new and old… and what a great place for the rest of the family to come and visit.

So….the Saga definitely continues in a fantastic and exciting new chapter for Carolyn Cook and Teresa Buster

… and (whispering softly, so I don’t sound too selfish…)

 ME. ME. ME.  (Jumping for Joy)  ME. ME. ME.

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