It's been a few years since I last posted, but I've been checking in once in awhile. For years I was caregiver for my Mom, who had developed dementia that worsened over time (as it always does). It was important to me that she remain in her home (I had also promised my Dad that she would before he passed). She was deathly afraid of nursing homes due to a bad experience with my grandmother. I feel fortunate in that she always remained my Mom, asking what she could do for me, even though often she wasn't physically capable. Her personality never changed, just her memory and need for help with activities of daily life. It was my honor to help her and remains so. She and I were doing things together up until the day she went to the hospital and passed away there. I haven't worked on the Monte in a long time as my focus (and priority) was elsewhere.
I still love the first-gens and have since I first laid eyes on one in the middle of the showroom floor in late '69. Basically "love at first sight".
I will, however be selling some of the upgrades I had planned to make but never got around to adding. Will post in the appropriate location on the forum.
Anyway, my apologies for basically disappearing from the forum (in hindsight I should have posted at least something). I regret not.