On Sunday I drove up to the country with Hubby to visit my Grandpa. He is my last remaining grandparent and I do not visit him enough even though I think of him daily. I decided to make some beef stew to take up and share lunch with him plus he had requested I make him a chocolate cake with caramel icing. Grandpa has a sweet tooth!
The day started off a little rocky. My son was not feeling very much like participating. Instead of arguing I just let it go and Hubby and I went without him. Then not to long into the drive I was starting to get car sick. We stopped and picked up some of my medication for it and that settled down within 20 minutes after that. The rest of the day was all good!
Grandpa was happy to see us. I was happy to see Grandpa. I put the stew on the stove to let it simmer and then we all went into the living room to visit. My Grandpa has a wonderfully sharp mind still. He always has been an interesting person to have a conversation with, but I just love that he is still this way even at his age. We talked about the mandatory topic of sports. Hubby and I are not into sports really, but the rest of my family is very into them. Grandpa will tell you the story that he has been a St. Louis Cardinals fan since 1942 when he won $10 on a bet with the team – he did not even live in St. Louis at the time. Technology does not escape Grandpa either. He wanted to quickly know what time the two playoff games were going to be on that day and who was pitching for each time. He prompted me to look that up quickly on my smartphone – I just love that he knows that we can do those things. The discussion turned to all the members of the family and what everyone has been up to. A little bit of politics, although Grandpa says he is about fed up with all the political commercials on TV. I realized my parents were also up in the country, they have a small vacation home up there on the lake, and so I called them and invited them to join us for lunch.
I tried to get Grandpa to sit and not worry about anything for lunch, but he wanted me to use certain things and do things a certain way. That’s okay, whatever makes him happy. My parents and my brother arrived and we all sat down to lunch. Homemade beef stew and fresh biscuits. Sadly, my stew was not quite as good as it normally is, but it was still a hearty meal on blustery and rainy autumn day. We talked and visited and shared more. Then Grandpa was oh so ready for his cake! Apparently it passed his expectations because he had two pieces and even complained that I had given him the smallest of all the pieces the first time around (I told you he had a sweet tooth).
We cleaned up and said our good-byes. Grandpa was ready for his afternoon siesta. I am so glad I went to see him and visit with him. I promised him I would try to come visit more often. His next meal request is a pot of ham and beans when Hubby goes up hunting soon. No problem Grandpa!
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