Erin reminded me (here) that I haven't shared the latest news on Pat! First I did as Mom suggested and took her some nice soup. Actually, chili. Which I had to lie about to get her to accept: "Pat! Please help me! I was expecting guests, made a ton of chili, freezer's full and husband's about to go on a business trip. Won't you please take some??" Most parts of that were true! So, not really lying. Entirely. And she took the chili, and ate it. For which I was grateful. I sneaked in some cornbread too. What's chili without cornbread?
Then through some very strong arm-twisting, I talked her into letting me order groceries for her online. Just once! If it doesn't work we never have to do it again! I promise! It worked like a charm and the food came exactly as promised. Except they forgot her six-pack of Negro Modelo, but she got over that pretty quickly. Hooray! She spent the next couple of weeks cooking and eating to her heart's content. And here's the best part: Today we placed her second order. For about $200 worth of groceries. I couldn't be more thrilled and she's obviously feeling better. Sometimes stuff works out. Sometimes the stubborn prevail.