Good morning TP... I posted pictures and an honest statement about our day on Saturday on Facebook. I guess it is good to tell the truth on Facebook and not just show lovely pictures......I made the following statement on Facebook " I guess this is a Stacation! Lovely day at the Strand At Rheinfelden. Nick prefers to swim in the river. We had a great picnic of gourmet treats - lots of sun and swimming....10 minutes from home! Life is wonderful-even if Nick cannot find his way to the ladders to get out of the river- or doesn’t recognize me within arm’s length of me. Here by the river I find the strength to be loving and patient." This foray into honesty brought lovely responses from friends and family. One of Nick's friends from childhood wrote that he and another of Nick’s childhood friends would plan to come over and see us in the autumn. I am thrilled, I love this old friend of Nick's so it will be great to have visitors something to look forward too. So glad to have a spare room to put them up in. Both this friend and my brother in law, thanked me for caring for Nick all these years and said how much I am appreciated by his family and all his friends who love him. That felt good. Yesterday, my dear friend's car broke down up by Strasbourg in the Alsace, a policeman called a tow truck for her but she ended up in a small French Alsacian village with no train service. She speaks really good German but could not find anyone to speak English or German. She called me and Nick. I happened to have another's friend’s car who is on vacation in England, so we were able to come to the rescue. It was so much fun to rescue a friend and provide someone with a little help and comfort. We then drove on up to Strasbourg to meet her friend (why she was making the trip) had a beautiful lunch and a visit to the cathedrale. Unplanned and spontaneous...so wonderful. Our friends are always helping us. It was good to give back alittle. Got home and found the refrigerator door open and the thing was caked with ice and frost. I found the energy to defrost it and it did not take me all that long. I had had such a good day that I was ok about this expected task. No drama.....just life. My day is wide open today. Nothing pressing to accomplish. Just take Nick for his walk and do whatever I choose. No German lessons, no studying for citizenship, no work. What a lightened load at last, I am truly retired.