Another Drive for Patrick and Ivonne

Sent just after midnight on 15 Apr ’17.

Today Patrick and Ivonne went for another drive. He said that his back hurts whether sitting in the car sitting at home so he might as well get out and enjoy the countryside.

Unfortunately this is a religious holiday coming up and many of the small towns that they went through were crowded and sometimes even had streets closed off for townspeople to dress up like a  son of a god and parade through the streets.

There’s not much else to report. We just had a nice long chat and “talked story” (as we say in Hawai’i.)

Next week Ivonne will not be able to spend as much time with him because of family obligations, but she’ll make sure that he’s squared away with food and everything while he’s alone so he’ll be fine.

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Sent from my mobile device. Please excuse brevity and typos.

Today I Talked with Patrick Twice

Sent 13 Apr ’17 5:17 PM

Today I talked with Patrick twice.

Initially he said that he’s not doing very well and wouldn’t be much fun for conversation. However he did eat some breakfast in the morning and said that he had a pretty good night last night. He’s fighting both back pain and that intestinal pain with the nausea.

I called again a couple of hours later and he sounded much more upbeat. Ivonne was taking him for a drive out to the country, just to get out and in the fresh air. He said that maybe the jostling would help his back a little. He gave me a brief tour of the island as a narrative from the passenger seat, pointing out a finca he’d like to buy (but couldn’t afford), Queen Anne’s Lace on the right side of the road, sheep bleating in the fields, and the mountains in the distance. Ivonne said they’re small mountains, but pretty.

In general he seemed in good spirits and said he’d had a nice lunch of meatballs and pasta that Ivonne made, though he declared he was the better cook.  I asked where they were going to have dinner, to which he replied “probably mi casa!”

He acknowledged and appreciated the kind notes that some of you sent. He didn’t say it, but I think he found them warming. On the medical front, both Carol and Rumiko recommended the same acupuncturist. Patrick has an appointment next Tuesday.

Ivonne has been giving him wonderful care and he said he might not have made it this far without her help. It’s such a delight for me to hear them laughing in the car together, or at the house. She really is a great person and he knows that he’s lucky to have her in his life, just as he acknowledges how good it is to have all his other family and friends sending healing thoughts and other sorts of prayer to him on his little island.

The body needs fuel to heal, so it’s reassuring to hear that he’s finally able to eat a bit. It’s also good to hear that he’s getting out and about and enjoying the beautiful Spanish afternoons.  It takes time to recover from surgery and medicines. I’m glad he’s able to pass that time in good company and a lovely environment.

As I hear more I will share it.


Bug Whacking

JP Sent to Patrick on 13 Apr ’17 at 9:30 AM

Thought you’d find this memory amusing. Perhaps you can work it into one of your next stories.

Donna and I went up to Buttonwillow one weekend and stayed at what was then called Motel 6 South.

There were tons of bugs everywhere, probably from the nearby fields, and the door was absolutely crawling with little flying critters. Inside there were hundreds of these little pests all over the walls. Continue reading “Bug Whacking”

Such an Inspiration

Found this in Patrick’s inbox, from Alison. It’s dated 13 Apr ’17 6:44 AM

Dear Patrick,

I’m so very grateful for you!  You and Stephanie have been such an inspiration in my life to pursue my artistic calling.  Your passion to follow your dreams has given me courage to follow my own.

I am so grateful to God for you both.  You and Stephanie breathed life into so much great music, allowing your audiences to hear it afresh and as a result, you have brought so much joy and beauty into the world.

I believe that your time on earth isn’t over and that you still have many stories that need to be told.

I am praying for you and love you very much!


Patrick Discusses His Memorial Service

Patrick and JP discuss the idea of memorial services after they’re gone. Patrick didn’t want anything, but agreed to letting us have something “for the living.” JP talked about when his time comes that he’s set aside money for a couple of parties and to send his ashes out on one last rally ride.

Recorded on the 25th of March 2017.