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Mondays with Melitas – October 20, 2014

HOW TO GET A VACATION                                       OCTOBER 20, 2014

 

The countdown has begun around here for a vacation, and it’s the Warden taking some unauthorized time off. Her automatic Christmas vacation time is 2 months away, so it would seem she was becoming quite desperate trying to think of something to get out of here.

 

Doesn’t this sound like her? Except it’s under her breath so I won’t hear— she should know by now that I can’t even hear when I am wearing my expensive hearing aids — To herself, the Warden is saying: “Gotta get outa here — Queenie is driving me crazy, I am at my wit’s end, and the Pow Wow with family at Christmas time is a couple of months away — well, I’ll just go have a knee replacement. That’s what I’ll do. I will be in the nice, quiet hospital. Then after 2-3 days when they want to get rid of me, I’ll go off to Rehab at the Carlota where maybe I can play possum and stay a couple of weeks. I should have some peace and quiet there.”

 

“And little does she (Meli) know, I have been making arrangements for my “surgical” vacation the past several weeks, and all scheduling is in place. Marcie, her niece, is waiting in the wings to take over as Vice Warden to stay for duration of my away time.”

 

Now it’s Meli: “Uh huh, I fathomed that there was something afoot, but did not guess a knee. Next time, she can use a bunion, or something. There were secretive phone calls, but I wasn’t paying attention, I guess. The Warden was formulating her plan, and putting it in place, and I was oblivious. There were signs I should have spotted like the freezers seem to be more stuffed.”

 

Warden: “She keeps telling me I should go start writing at Tammy’s school because I have all these stories to tell when I was a kid growing up over in Morenci, AZ, a little copper mining town where my Dad, a full-blood Aztec Indian worked big machinery at the mine, and my Mom, of Spanish and Mexican descent, had a mini store at the house putting out home made masa for tortillas and tamales and other goodies. There are plenty of stories to tell, but I doubt that Ms M would like to hear stories about my side of being a Warden.”

 

The surgery is set for Wednesday, Oct. 22, so I can figure she will be going off to Costco to lay in supplies of food for Marcie and me. I am wondering just how many rotisserie cheekin she will be hauling home. Let’s see, she will be in hospital 2 or 3 nights, then over to the Carlota Rehab Center for a couple of weeks, hopefully. How many cheekin will we need, also how much asparagus, mushrooms, and artichoke hearts for the lentils we have for breakfast? Probably 3 cheekin will do it — she won’t be having us starve. The main thing is, she knows how lazy we are, and we don’t want to do a lot of cooking, so it’s all simple stuff. While she was in Arizona for last Christmas, we didn’t bother fixing fish for dinner like we were supposed to — cheekin and asparagus much easier to zap in Micro. You may wonder why there is never any mention of Prime Rib, or Rib Eye Steak, or the like. The Gout entered the scene several years ago, and here I am — one who was raised in a cattle and sheep raising family!

 

Another thing I was noticing the past week or so was that lentils seemed to be on the stove cooking away more often than usual, and I went along not thinking anything of it. I just thought the brain was screwing up like when I think it’s Wednesday, and it really is Friday, or I am in the wrong month.

 

Quick-acting forgetfulness.

 

Of course, Marcie and I can always get in the car to get a bite to eat. She has her driver’s license, and mine is still good till I’m 101. We could also take a spin to the hospital or Rehab to visit the Aztec Princess only to find a “NO VISITORS” sign posted on her door.

 

Oh well, that’s life in the slow lane. So, not to worry.

 

Alba, Aztec Princess, The Warden: (All wrapped up into one)   I jest. If you are feeling lonesome out there, we wouldn’t mind if you came home early. And while you’re at it have a nice operation. This is cheaper than a get well card. We love you. The M&M’s

 

 

 

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10 Comments to “Mondays with Melitas – October 20, 2014”

  1. Very interesting to read about what is whirling around in that cranium of yours. Looks like you are going to miss your “Warden”!

  2. You are something else. I love reading your musings. It gives us all fodder for the future. You and the niece will have to go and bother her while she’s still all drugged up.

  3. meli !! realy fun one with cheecchhiinns and all! but please tell alba to break a leg !!! so sorry she has to do the knee thing !!

  4. I guess the cat’s out of the bag and now you know what’s she’s been up to.Love reading your Monday blogs and I think you should take all of them if you still have them and put them in a book. I know you’ve been working on that other book which I hope you will finish it but if not then you got this stuff to fall back on, but don’t fall to far or your crack that head of yours. Then maybe all the things you been writing about will just spill out for us to see. Disregard that last sentence I was just typing out loud,I really hope that doesn’t happen. I know you will be fine and everything will work out. You can always call me if you need anything but you’ll have to wait until I get back from Chicago which will be the weekend of the 31st. Oh, wait I will be playing bingo on the 31st so don’t call me then but you can call the next day. It’s good to have such a good friend like me to count on. right? ha ha

  5. OH MELITAS WHAT A BUNCH OF “BALOONY” YOU POSTED TODAY . SHAME ON YOU . THE POOR WARDEN IS GOING TO BE IN A LOT OF PAIN AND BEING IN REHAB IS NO PICNIC . FOR THAT YOU NEED TO SAY 5 HAIL MARYS AND THREE OUR FATHERS . ALSO BE EXTRA NICE TO THE POOR AZTEC PRINCESS . I KNOW YOU WILL MISS HER THAT IS WHY YOU ARE ACTING AS IF SHE IS DOING ALL THIS ON PURPOSE . YOUR FUNNY AND I KNOW YOU ARE TEASING AND SO AM I . TAKE CARE AND WHEN SHE COMES BACK HOME YOU WILL BE OH SO HAPPY . LOVE AND PRAYERS TO YOU AND POOR ALBA . YOUR NEICE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU EVEN IF IT’S T.V. DINNERS LOL

  6. Ouch! it hurts……so she is an angel to get everything ready for you both.
    I am sure you and Meli will do fine.
    here’s hoping Ms. Alba does fine too.
    dorys

  7. Melitas,

    Be safe while Alba is out of commission. Alba, all my best to you. Paul and I are in Maui until mid-November. I’ll be in touch when we get home.

    ❤️❤️
    Jamie

  8. Hi Melitas,
    Enjoyed your fun poking at Alba. Be sure and tell her I wish her a speedy recovery. Why didn’t you include an address for Alba so I can send her a card?

  9. NO MORE LOVE FOR YOU! POOR ALBA HAS HELPPED YOU ALONG WHEN YOU HAD TROUBLE AND YOU
    COMPLAIN IF ALBA GOES TO THE HOSPITAL.

    ALBA IF YOU NEED COMPANY LET ME KNOW! I KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO TOLERATE MELITAS. BUT I’M
    SURE THAT IN A FEW DAYS OF BEING IN THE HOSPITAL YOU WILL FEEL A LOY BETTER. STAY AS LONG AS
    THEY LET YOU SO YOU WON’T HAVE TO DO ANY WORK.

    LOVE YOU TWO,
    JOAN

  10. Miss your blogs!!! I look forward to them every Monday!

    Love you,
    Sisty

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