Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Christmas being the celebration of the birth of Christ makes it an important day in many religions.  I hope all who celebrate Christmas remember  why it is being celebrated.

Bill and I are going to go visit our little adopted family today.  I must take food for Bill to eat, because his Gallbladder needs to be removed after the holidays.  So instead of all the great foods that will be offered today he will have mashed potatoes, peas that I will thicken the juice so he can use them as gravy and some gelatine.  If they have venison he may have some of that as long as it is a shoulder as it doesn't have much fat.

Need to get going, as I need to get things ready.

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate.  To everyone else I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy your family and friends.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dad's Birthday

Today was my Dad's Birthday and he had a visitor in the nursing home. Layne is the 9 month old son of a very special family we have "Adopted" since our families live in other states.  This was Lanye and his 16 year old step sister's first visit with Dad.

I am mad at myself.  As I was leaving work today I was informed that I would be layed off or is it laid off at least until mid to late January.  I was shocked, but not really upset, by being layed off and forgot to visit Dad before going home.  I will see him tomorrow.  I guess he will just need to forgive me.

While I was driving the 18 miles home I was trying to decide what I wanted to do to help generate some more money.  Since it is winter and I need to get back to my quilt pattern designing, testing and launching them to get my business going again.  I will be offering some free patterns right here and announcing new patterns.  Actually I have many patterns ready, I just need to review them and maybe make a new sample. 

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



Monday, September 26, 2011

Wow! I love the pictures on my last post!

My last post was January 26, 2011. No I didn't fall off the earth, get kidnapped or anything else. That date was the day we put my Dad in a rehab center/nursing home. He had been in the hospital with pneumonia and congestive heart failure for about 2 weeks. We thought after a month of rehab he would be able to return home. That did not happen. Both my Mom and Dad are now in the Nursing home. They are in the same hall, but not the same room. My Dad's roommate is a younger man that is there due to not being able to walk and care for himself. Very nice guy that my Dad liked before he became a resident. So what did that mean for my husband and myself? The house without my parents also living in it made it too large for the two of us. We worked all spring and most of the summer trying to dispose of many years of collected stuff. That was not easy, because some things we didn't know what they were and if it was something we should keep or not. We had problems with too much rain in the spring and too much heat and humidity in the summer. That is why the pictures of the snow in my last post is something that looks nice to me.
Also during all of the sorting and cleaning I was designing
for Quilting Treasures, Little Golden Books - Shy Little Kitten

and Fancy Feline

Several of my patterns are still on their web site.

When loved ones move to a Nursing Home it means going to where they are located as much as possible until they are settled.  Then there are the Care Meetings, fiances, popping in at unusual times to check on the care or lack of it.  Fortunately my parents are in a great facility.  We really like most of the staff and the head of the section really listens to what we say.  The down side is the middle of the night phone calls because of a fall and most of all seeing my parents go down.  Mom celebrated her 86th birthday today.  Early this year they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.  So I have been busy and looking forward again to the cooler weather of fall and winter.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What? It is January 26, 2011?

The past two weeks have been lost....I'm sure. Actually not, but I have not accomplished anything. My Dad ended up in the hospital with double pneumonia and congestive heart failure. He was released today from the hospital and is now in the same Nursing home as my Mom. He is there for Physical Therapy and they think he will come home. I'm sure in one sense that will make him happy to be back home, but sad that Mom will not be coming home with him.

On to nicer news. This morning we woke up to a beautiful scene. It started snowing last night right after dark and must have snowed most of the night. Look at the trees. That snow is still on the trees, but will disappear soon.

It is so pretty and bright even with the clouds overhead.

I hope I don't loose any more days this year.


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I Want A Part II

I just watch the movie "The Notebook". Don't read all of the link if you have not seen the movie. What made me cry was what I saw and heard near the end of the movie and I started to write this post. Part II actual does happen at the end of the movie. I absolutly loved the way the movie ended.

Now why did this movie get to me so much. I'm a softy at heart.....I needed a good cry.....and

My Mom is in a nursing home due to the fact that she has forgot how to walk. She also has dementia. Some days she remembers the past and can talk about it. Other days she is living in the past, doing laundry, cleaning house and cooking dinner....all in her mind. Then there are the days Mom barely knows when we arrive at the nursing home. My Dad goes to visit her every day. Some days Mom is nice, responsive and even loving. Other days she says things or does something that hurts Dad's feelings. He is dedicated to her regardless of how she acts on any particular day.

The Nurses can see what my Dad is going through and do their best to cheer both Mom and Dad up daily. Many of the workers want to know where men like him are today. They want a man in their life as dedicated to them as he is to her.

I don't know the answer to finding that type of dedication other then honesty, working together for the same goal and love. That describes my parents and also my husband Bill and myself. I am so blessed.