This is Art's favorite uncle, his mother's brother. He is especially Art's favorite because Uncle is his last remaining uncle or aunt on either side. (meaning blood relative... He does have other aunts and an uncle by marriage who we also love to see.) Uncle is a brilliant man, creative and excellent as a machinist and carpenter.
When we were beginning the renovation of our home two years ago, Uncle was there to check on the progress and to help with Art's many projects. Art needed to get some moulding done for my mom's closet and uncle quickly made the intricate cuts that were needed.
Uncle is very innovative using any scrap piece of metal or lumber he has to create a useful item. Art loves spending time with and learning from him. One of the reasons Art was happy to move here was because we now live just a few blocks away from Uncle and Auntie.
We were planning a large gathering of cousins from that side of the family to have some time together while we're all healthy and happy. We also planned to bring over old family photos to have uncle identify who everyone was.
Yesterday, Art asked me to make a batch of his uncle's favorite apple muffins so we could bring it over. I spent the morning making them and Art kept calling his uncle's home to let him know we'd be bringing them over. We even stopped by but nobody was home. Finally, his aunt returned home and Art was able to find out that his uncle was in the hospital. He'd had a mild heart attack. We went to visit him this morning and was relieved to see that he was still his chipper self and happy to see us. We brought over a cute anthirium plant that was grown on a lava rock. I wish I took a photo of it. I'd never seen anything like it before. We told Uncle that we would get together with everybody as soon as we returned from Seattle and Vancouver in May.
And yes, I'll make another batch of those apple muffins to bring over next week when he returns home.