We are gradually getting Harry and Carole settled in their new place.  I took this pic a couple of weeks ago…

Note Harry’s Executive work station with cardboard box credenza!

The process has been set back a bit by a plumbing disaster this week – the guy who came to fix the shower that only rained hot water broke the valve, and flooded the bathroom and both bedrooms.  So now they are getting lovely new wood floors, along with cold water in the shower, hopefully.

We had them over to our place to watch the Sox game this afternoon – pretty great to have a 10 minute ride down Michigan Avenue instead of the hour schlep from the suburbs!  Katie and Jimmy came by, and we had Steve, Rachel, and little Nolan on Facetime, so it was a lot of family fun!

Carole’s speech is coming along more slowly than she’d like, but noticeably to the rest of us.  It tends to be at it’s best after morning coffee and as she tires into the evening, it gets harder for her to find the words in conversation.  We find we are spending a LOT less time playing guessing games about what she’s trying to say, because much more of the time she’s able to express it.  Jim Jr. points out that she has achieved what no other family member has done: getting this bunch of chatterboxes to stop to LISTEN to what another family member has to say!  She’s still shy of phone conversations, just because it’s so frustrating when she can’t find the words she’s looking for, and it’s not possible to fill the gap with facial expressions and hand gestures.

So that’s the news from here.  It was great just to do something as normal as hang out and watch a game! Hope all of you are enjoying a safe and fun Memorial Day Weekend!