Meanwhile, up at the ranch
So it figures that my dad gets to go live at a ranch before I do. Last week, my dad was transferred to a neurological rehabilitation facility on an 88 acre ranch. During the last 2-3 weeks, he's made great progress, both cognitively and physically. He is able to walk 300 steps and his memory for quite a lot of things has come back. There is still quite a bit of work to do before he is able to be independent and he's still unable to get a lot of control out of his left side, however the new facility will do even more intense rehabilitation with him. I'm very encouraged that it is located in a rural environment with livestock and pets. They even just got a retired racehorse at the beginning of October. My dad has always secretly wanted to get a place out in the country to escape to and this will be a nice taste of that country life. We aren't able to visit because they have a very strict COVID visiting policy, but we have been able to talk to him via FaceTime.
If you can believe it, today it's in the 30s and raining! In Texas! I've pulled out all of my sweaters and sweatpants. We got blankets out for the horses and they're snug and bundled up today. The weather is definitely a nice change from the sweltering temps we had only about a week ago but only in Texas will you see 50 degree temperature swings from week to week. Bowie's even suffered the embarrassment of having to wear a sweater inside - poor shorthaired doggos.
One of the best purchases that I've made this year has been the Pyro Tower that's now sitting on our back porch. This thing is made of solid steel and ships flat packed, so you have to assemble it like some sort of blacksmith IKEA project. We've already enjoyed many nights in front of this thing, roasting marshmallows or listening to the crinkling coals. I much prefer sitting outside in front of a fire to sitting inside brainlessly watching tv. I anticipate getting a lot of use out of this come winter.