The Queen Of The World and I are back from seeing Mom for her birthday. Her memory is pretty much gone, as the dementia takes its toll, but the QOTW has a particular way of holding conversations with her that Mom really likes. A lot of what Mom says doesn't make much sense, but the QOTW keeps the conversation going. I don't think that anyone else does that, and Mom really likes her for it.
After taking care of Mom's affairs, we took some time to do a little sight seeing. Albuquerque is a dramatic location, and we hiked out to see the petroglyphs. Climbing up from Boca Negra we saw this:
We went to Santa Fe to put flowers on Dad's grave. The VA cemetery there is beautiful, and Dad liked to say that he would have a million dollar view. He does.
But it was a pretty emotionally draining trip. I get the sense that my visits to Albuquerque will wind down over the next couple years: Mom is declining, and while still in good health for a 90 year old, the end will be delayed but not forever. There's still more to show the QOTW, though. Maybe I can get her out to the Balloon Festival which is a sight to see.
Blogging will get back to a more regular schedule now.