After the presents were opened, she went to the gym while I prepared the picnic lunch. After she came home from the gym and showered, we headed out on the water. It was a beautiful morning. We caught the dropping tide, fished for a while and had our lunch.
We saw a lot of mullet jumping but didn't get a strike on the plugs that we were using. Well, actually, we each hooked a clump of oysters and had to do some finagling to get the plugs back. Soon, we noticed some ugly storm clouds forming. The storm clouds brought a down pour, so we headed back to the boat landing.
Although the fishing trip was a bit of a washout, we still had a good time. It was nice to just be together. I know that C. is feeling the loss of the relationship that she used to have with her parents. Her mom would usually send cards and have a gift. This year, her mother called to wish her a happy birthday, but dementia has taken such a toll that she wasn't making much sense. Her father is in the nursing home. Things are definitely not as they were a year ago--not for any of us really. At least this year, C. is healthy and not recovering from a heart attack. Her parents are failing, but they are cared for and loved.
It's another year in the life of someone that I love dearly. I am hoping for many more years that we can spend together. I would do anything for her. She knows that.