Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Granny-sitting Chronicles: Week 41 & a Monday

In June 2013 I moved to countryside with my elderly aunt to run a "Grannysitting Expedition"
During this time I have been taken pictures more or less constantly. I'll be posting these picture chronicles one week at the time. In December 2013 we had to relocate to town for a while - I'll be doing my best to keep up the weekly picture chronicles. Previous week is in this post.

The following moments are from March 31 - April 6, and April 7.

We still had some eggs to experiment so we went for pancakes. Especially since auntie seems to find something inherently exhilarating about the cakemaking process. With the spring gathering momentum, we'd take longer trips outdoors, even explore the street a little. In recent weeks auntie had developed a keen interest towards spruce-cones piling up on the lawn. (The stone collection, apparently, was satisfactory for the time.) She'd gathered a few handful of those already when she vocalized a new hypothesis: could it perhaps be that if you placed one of those in the ground, a tree would come up? Later on I noticed she had placed a bunch of cones into a bowl and watered them.

And now, time for the big announcement. Grannysitting goes on spring break!

Underneath the regular and the routine, once more there were covert preparations going on. I'd been compiling instruction lists, and gradually laundering and packing up all the stuff that auntie hadn't already organized in her suitcases. (Okay, so perhaps this is more like summer camp send-off.) Last Monday the preparations were complete and I was relieved of my almost year-long assignment. Some other family members would take over the responsibilities and unleash her back at home with somewhat decreased supervision (summer is coming, and auntie has been tons more lucid, active, and motivated than she was a year ago). We do not know yet how it might work out in the long run, or if my skills would be needed again at some point.

The latest reports say auntie has already expanded the spruce-cone collection and even "planted" some of the specimen in idle flower pots.


Added in hindsight: links to all of the "chronicles" posts:

June 2013.
Backstory and preparations; Week 1: Housebreaking; Week 2 and June Photo-bonus-round.

July 2013
Week 3; Week 4; Week 5; Week 6.

August 2013
Week 7; Week 8; Week 9; Week 10.

September 2013
Week 11; Week 12; Week 13; Week 14.

October 2013
Week 15; Week 16; Week17; Week 18; Week 19.

November 2013
Week 20; Week 21; Week 22; Week 23; "Under Siege" shoutout.

December 2013
Week 24; Week 25; Week 26; Week 27.

January 2014
Week 28; Week 29; Week 30 & 31; Week 32

February 2014
Week 33; Week 34 & 35; Week 36.

March 2014
Week 37; Week 38; Week 39; Week 40.

April 2014
Week 41: see above.

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