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Sorry I am late, but I have been inundated! Pulled in all directions and working desperately to try and catch up.
So, first we witness Eileen and Vinny visiting Dick Van Patten, Vinny's father's star in Palm Springs, a star that was a tribute to his long and illustrious career, a star that would forever remind people of the man that he was. It was a poignant, sad moment that tugged at my heart as you realize how great the family's loss was. Life is all about saying goodbye, and I felt for them.
Joining Kyle and her family in Tuscany was an invitation we couldn't refuse. Just a brief respite from the demanding schedule that we both endure on a daily basis was something to take advantage of, a time to indulge ourselves and enjoy our friendship in a country that never disappoints.
Ken always gently chastises me about a love of a muumuu and questions what's underneath. But I, like Kyle, love the freedom of floating around in them and ignore his banter, however irritating his teasing may be.
It was all a bit of a fiasco regarding arrangements pertaining to the wedding. Kyle was quite rightly upset as she was uninvited to the celebration, so no dress needed. We also altered our plans, too, and decided we would go to Monte Carlo, not London, instead after Tuscany.
It seems unfathomable that as close as Kyle is to her niece that she wouldn't be present on the most important day of her life. We discussed that amid the contentious argument last year at the reunion. I gently reminded her that our lives are punctuated by momentous events, where intricate emotional dynamics should be laid to rest and the focus should be on the event at hand. It is never a simple task to immerse yourself in the complexities of a sibling relationship, and I probably should've refrained from asking, but I was involved already and hoped for a successful outcome where all parties were included. We had a fun trip as I lamented over our decision to leave Europe all those years ago.
I watched with sympathy as we view Yolanda having her teeth reconstructed (eliminating amalgam and metal, which she felt may be toxic to her system), which was another quest in her search for her health. As we follow her journey, she leaves no stone unturned, an arduous task which becomes even more complex as she undergoes several treatments.
I meet with Lisa, who I know will indulge me, someone who would giggle as I reveal that have a plan for Ken's birthday, a ridiculously cute gift which I needed a cohort to accompany me, a partner in crime to execute my madness. All will come to fruition later.
Well thank you for watching. Sadly we heard the news of the demise of Yolanda and David's marriage, which has saddened us all.
Life is unpredictable and at times extremely challenging, but that is often when we discover our inner strength.
Until next week...As always Love, Lisa.