Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Good Times

I don't know what
we were laughing at
but it was good times late yesterday afternoon
probably her hair
after a shower
beauty salon not until tomorrow

I gave her this stuffed cat
Mom is not enthused about it...
so I hold it
when watching tv with her
we haven't decided on a name yet
~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Her roommates daughter
brought them each
one of those plastic flowers
that bounce around in the sunlight
Mom tells me to give hers to Margaret
Margaret tells me
to give hers to my Mom
I don't think they are being nice
I think they don't like them
and for some reason it cracks me up
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 21, 2014


if only
I could cling to her hem
 beg her not to go
good days
 bad days
just Mom

Sunday, April 20, 2014

My Buds

there's my girl
ready to sneak on to my lap

bird watching
Wishing you a day with those you love

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Good Friday

Yesterday morning
the residents had an egg coloring party
Mom and her room mate
were having a good time
The facility had an
Easter Egg hunt later in the day
I missed it
Mom said the kids were so cute
she likes seeing kids of all ages

Her bruises are fading
she says there is no pain on her face
she did sprain her left wrist
but thankfully no fracture
There are now anti tip gizmos on her chair
she has always had an alarm
on her chair and bed
it just happens so fast...
I did take her in one of the grabbers
for reaching anything spilled on the floor
everyone tells her to leave it
but you know how it goes
Wishing everyone a blessed Easter!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

She's Okay

she's okay
but prayers are most definitely needed
late yesterday afternoon
mom was peacefully reading in her room
eating some of her favorite white cheddar popcorn
she dropped a piece and bent over to pick it up
out of the wheelchair she goes (again)
she's been checked over
and is having frequent vitals taken
the facility did put some anti tip brakes
on the wheelchair
we're going to see why it wasn't done
after the first fall last month
Mom is in good spirits
she really brightened up when
her new companion
Joyce arrived
my day off so I took off to do some errands
like buy a new washing machine
(done ~ being installed Monday)
finding a new bird feeder
for Mom
resting a bit
then going back before Joyce leaves
might just fall asleep in the chair
next to her bed
we are both good nappers these days

Monday, April 14, 2014


 yep, the old washing machine gave up on Saturday
it's one of those try to have it repaired or
just replace it questions...
not even going to think on it a second longer
will be heading to Lowe's
on my day off to pick out a new one
of course it stopped working when full
of cold water
at least there were only two fluffy fleece
jackets inside
the laundry area will never look like this
but I like the colors
there is a large closet with louvered doors
across from washer, dryer and sink
might be a good project
now that I find physical labor relaxing
over the weekend it was spring lawn clean up
and a little car washing and waxing
warm and breezy days
Mom loved all our walks outside
already got one in with her this morning
going to cool off and rain later
maybe snow overnight

Sunday, April 13, 2014

They Say She's Spoiled

These are new puzzles
in the car
for Mom to enjoy

The reason they are waiting...
this set of tiles was opened up for the first time yesterday
so many different ways to arrange the tiles
by color
by face, by food
or put down a row of four with one being odd
"which one doesn't belong"
We had fun yesterday until Mom
started nodding off...
must have been our long walk outside
70* and a little breezy
We often take our games
to the dining area
more light with all the windows
and other people around
who stop and visit...
Everyone says I spoil her
she sometimes says so too
I say I never do

Saturday, April 12, 2014


the hardest decision ever
in a season of hard decisions...
it really boiled down to my health
and what would happen to Mom
if I get sick...
serious like surgery, hospitalization
 or even a bad flu
with my health issues
this is a real possibility
I have no real back up
Mom is in a great facility now
if I take her out
there is little chance of her getting
back in if needed
so going with my head
over my heart
One of these days
I'll get a few of my patterns on linen
for sale in my etsy shop...
there are so many things
I want to get for Mom
found a great site for memory activities
my wish list is long
as she moves from the middle to late stage
it's all changing
her hands are getting less
able to do what she wants them to
harder to pick up puzzles pieces
and stitching...
ah, the greatest loss to her
thanks oh so very much
for your comments and emails
every word did my heart good
once I get all our paperwork done
to purchase her house
get her on Medicaid and whatever else comes up
I'll work on getting myself healthy as possible
my ultimate dream is to bring her home
while she still remembers it

Friday, April 4, 2014

Making Decisions


my brain has been the scary place for months
mulling over decisions made
and needing to be made
the road I'm on has been a tough one
and I've been considering
a huge change
having Mom at Woodlands has been
hard on her
harder on me I think
in so many ways it's the right thing

I have been considering bringing her home
quitting my job
changing our lives
so many pros and cons
to me it boils down to our mental well being
we would both be happier
financially it's not ideal
for me to leave my job
with health care
but I've been doing number crunching
health wise I'm a wreck
and feel losing 90% of the stress in my life will help
will this be better for Mom
how can I know
mentally she will be happy
can I take care of her health adequately
we will having home physical therapy
vising nurse
and so on

thoughts and opinions are welcome
I know finding a job in my field
later will be next to impossible
maybe there will be another road

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Happy Girl

my sister Judy just sent this
she and Mom were
working on a new puzzle today
we had a great day yesterday
warm enough to be outside for 2 long walks...
 paved walkways at the facility