It’s a family affair

Beth, Herself the Elder, and Herself.

We’re halfway through round three of The Visitation, this time hosting Herself’s elder sister Beth.

The sisters have been working mom over pretty good, inflicting a pedicure, salon cut, shopping, and restaurant meals.

Me, I’ve been keeping my head down, trying to stay out of trouble. This is not easy, with three women barking orders and nowhere to hide. Four, if you count Miss Mia Sopaipllla, who is not shy about expressing herself either.

The photo is courtesy of Beth’s giant iPhone 12 and its gee-whiz camera array, which makes my original SE look like a Mesopotamian wax tablet and stylus.

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21 Responses to “It’s a family affair”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Good for the sisters. That’s the kind of stuff the elders need once in a while. We passed on the i12. Seemed like overkill.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      They were able to FaceTime with the youngest sis and her husband today, so everybody’s all caught up.

      And I think Beth’s phone is actually the iPhone 12 Pro, a thousand-dollar widget, which is too rich for my blood. ’Bout the size of my old iPad Pro, too. Takes a hell of a pic, though.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Its crazy. I have an EOS SLR I barely use, as even my Iphone 8 takes great pictures. For me, anyway.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I’m without an actual camera for the first time in years. The Sony is useless. I suppose I could use one of the video cameras to shoot stills, either a GoPro or the Panasonic, but that sounds like kind of a pain in the ass.

        Not as much of a pain in the ass as buying a new camera or iPhone, though. Gadget lust. Phaw.

  2. Shawn Says:

    And of course I’m sure that you are the chef and maître d’. You’re a lucky dog mate. Now get over here and give me of that vino.

  3. Pat O’Brien Says:

    You are obviously doing a good job of keeping the ladies happy. Good to see Herself the Elder with a big smile.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      It’s hard to catch her with a smile on. She doesn’t like having her picture taken any more than I do. So I have to talk a real fast line of shit and snap away, hoping for the best,

  4. BruceM Says:

    Patrick, were not those clay tablets? And they did not set you back $1K or more. 🙂

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Naw, Bruce, The Big Fella wouldn’t trust the Irish with His clay tablets. He knew we’d trade them for strong drink. Instead He gave us the strong drink, hoping it would confine us to our island. Didn’t work, but then a lot of things don’t.

      • SAO' Says:

        Can you imagine what would have happened if the Big Fella had decided to send a burning bush to talk to 13th Century BCE Irishmen? For starters, the poor sod would’ve been convinced it was just his buddies playing tricks on him. “Come on, Seamus, get out from behind there before your only decent jacket catches on fire.” Then, after realizing that it was in fact a talking burning bush, he would’ve written it off to tipping back a few too many, and headed straight to the confession booth.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        You gotta read the room, for sure. Paddy might’ve tried to light his pipe off the burning bush, or worse, simply pissed it out.

  5. Hurben Says:

    As they say down here,’ Warm Fuzzies’

    Plus I’m now a twice Pfizer vaccinated senior, even got the card laminated to prove it..

    But the way the Delta variant is ploughing through NSW scares me, giving that my daughter is next door in Victoria.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Good on ye for the double jab, Hurben. And yeah, Delta is not wasting any time, is it? We’re seeing an uptick in cases Stateside, too, including here in New Mexico. I’m afraid that the push to get “back to normal” will take us someplace else altogether.

    • Pat O’Brien Says:

      Good day Hurben. Delta going to take us back to start of this shit unless people turn off cable news, quit listening to politicians, and get jabbed as we did. Better a jab from the doc the from George Foreman! I think some of these unvaccinated folks could use the latter.

  6. B Lester Says:

    Nice story. The fam sounds great. My smarter half is visiting her Mom in Ky. I talked to my Dad a few minutes ago to schedule a fishing Friday. He’s a lifelong fisherman. Me, not so much, but I don’t care.

    In other fun, it’s been hot and humid in Wi, but it’s the wind that continues to be stupid. It’s like being in a convection oven.

    Yesterday I biked north to return going south, and discovered the headwind on the return leg. So, of course, today I went south, and the wind was from the north. I’m not the brightest bulb in the pack.

    On a side note, I took wonderful pics of the native wildflowers along the way. They are mostly drought proof. The domesticated agri varieties, not so much. I rode by a cornfield that looks like it’s got very few days left. No rain the forecast again.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      We might be getting your rain. Things went from “nonsoon” to monsoon here in a hot New Mexico minute. It’s something of a shock to the system after having August weather in June.

      • Shawn Says:

        Lot’s of UV rain and appropriately high temps up here on the dry side of the Cascades. I’m not going to wish too hard for rain because those big black clouds recently over in Europe and China might decide to relocate to our area. But a nice cool deluge sure would be nice. Hey! Isn’t that what it does down in kiwi land? Some sunshine, some rain, and quite a few people who kind of know why the climate is all forked up.

        I took a little ride today toward the prettier part of the Gorge. I went west (old man) and plowed through the wind that I knew I would benefit from on the way back. Except, on warm and toasty days, a tailwind that matches your speed on gradual climbs creates stagnant air that defeats the pleasure of the tailwind. Besides, it seems like you never get an equal benefit of the bloody wind that you worked so hard against going out. But still the ride was very nice.

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