Monthly Archives: December 2009

CHANGES…HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE..

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This sure has been a year of changes for our family. When I look back even
6 months ago I am so surprised at how much has happened to us. Last year
we were not sure if we would still be living here at the homestead. We still
are. Mom got sick and had pneumonia for several months in the winter and
recovered only to be stricken by her gallbladder attack and surgery and
eventual kidney dialysis. WHEW.. that is a lot for us to take in. We have met
some wonderful people and dedicated indivuals who have tirelessly helped
us in so many ways. We have tried to show them how much we appreciate
their efforts. So many doctors and nurses we can hardly count them. I have had
such warm, generous, caring people here at Spaces sending me their thoughts
and prayers it is overwhelming. I TRULY appreciate it more than I can say in words.
YOU ALL ARE SO SPECIAL….Red heart Smile Red heart THANK YOU!!!!  Left hugRight hug
Having mom
reside elsewhere for the first time in over 55 years was a big change. She coped
with it because she had a private room and called it her "house". Now more
changes have occured. The care center had to move her to another room
with a roommate. Mom is not adjusting to it well. She did not sleep much
at all last night and did not eat well today all day long. She said she feels
closed off and doesn’t like it. She spends little time in the room at all
and is exhausted.  She has been placed
on the top of the list to be moved ASAP when an open room is available. Until
then, it is all up in the air.Thinking If she continues to not cope we will have to make

more changes. Bringing her home is the next option. I am making changes here
in case that is needed. So I have been very busy.Disappointed


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The new year is upon us…
I can only pray that 2010 is a
better year for us all here,we could sure use it. SO that’s what’s occupying my
time these days..not much on line time at all. I sure miss that. Sad 
 
 It sounds like the
weather here abouts won’t be too great for some over the holiday. I know I
am glad that we won’t be in the 12 inches of snow zone. Hoping we will only
get a few inches.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT,SAFE

COLD COLD COLD

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WHEW.. am I glad this large task is almost over. Eye-rolling Seems to be
dragging on. I know if this were spring or summer I think I would
have a better time of it. I feel like that hamster on the wheel who
is running all the time and never getting anywhere. Slow and sure
I will get done. Smile Taking

things out of the house required shoveling the way to the garage.
That sure wouldn’t happen in the summertime though. Wink

IT is so COLD here. The wind making it even

more bitter. I had three layers of clothes on yesterday to get the
driveway and sidewalks done. It seemed to snow most all day
long. It wasn’t heavy but it did add up. We have more cold and snow
coming for this week, so guess we better get used to it. Smile 


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Today and tomorrow is moving day for Mom. We are dreading it
and hoping that just maybe she will do okay.  Her sleep is so important though..
keeping my fingers crossed on this one. Thinking
Saw in the news that now they are making people have NO bathroom
breaks the last hour of the flights  coming into this country,and no pilows, blankets, purses, books
or anything else on their laps. GOOD GRIEF.. I can’t imagine the rush to the
toilets etc. Then they cut off the monitors for all the movies etc so people
can not tell where they are even. Talk about strict! I guess maybe there
are reasons for it all because of what happened on Christmas day but
maybe it will only be for awhile. I guess terrorists never take a holiday
though, we always have to be on guard. It is how it is now in our country.


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 I waited a day to see if I could add a pic on here and still can’t.. I guess
it is just my computer or my connection ..it sure is a bummer. I can get the
HTML to work though. Weird?? Way behind on visiting everyone and hope
to find a minute here and there to catch up with you all. I sure miss that.
Seems not enough time in a day anymore to be on line though. I keep
trying though. Yesterday I fell asleep after being outside working.
Had my hot sugar free cocoa and OUT l went! Guess I have to catch
up where I can nowdays. Wink Going back to bed while it is dark
and catch a few more Zzzzzzz’s….. Sleepy
 
HOPE YOU ALL ARE STAYING WELL,AND WARM AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!!
 

CHRISTMAS UPDATES…

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WEDNESDAY DEC..23RD
Mom had a treatment today and I hope it is going well. There was
a big party with a gift exchange at her “house” at the center
. She just can’t believe
everyone in there gets a present! Elves have spent days wrapping
them all. Sis and I went to volunteer but they were already done.
They work fast. The social worker called me at home yesterday
and told me that next week Mom will be losing her “HOUSE”
she will be moved into a room with another woman. Sad
She was so happy with the room to herself. She loved looking
out the window and eating at the big table there. Now things
will change. We will see how she adapts. The worker told me
they were”downsizing” and that part of the wing she is in will
NOT be used any longer. They just have too many in a room
by themselves. Makes more work for the aides I guess.
If she cannot adapt or is unhappy, can’t sleep or feels claustrophobic
we will have to bring her back here at home and I will get
help to take care of her here. NOT the news I wanted this holiday
but we will deal with it best we can. Confused

MERRY CHRISTMAS..DECEMBER 26TH


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I must say it truly was a nice one despite the rain and wind
and Mom not being at home. So we had to take everything
to the care center. What a mess.  At least it was not a
blizzard like in some areas of the country. I was truly
grateful!! We didn’t get served the
lunch meal we thought we would get so we went all day
without much to eat. Oh they brought a snack, but I guess
they never got the message… we wanted a meal! We told
the Head administrator.. but alas probably too darn late
for them to plan..EmbarrassedSad


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Mom was in pretty good spirits and ate her dinner plus a
couple of things from home I brought Wink. I didn’t care if
they did find out. She loves her sweet potatoes so much.
I just hope she doesn’t ask for them today too! Open-mouthed
Going through drawers and her closet cleaning out and
re-arranging her room so that if a hospital bed has to be
placed they will have no problem. Her room was pretty
cluttered. Anyone who came to visit her can attest to that. Sad
She kept things that she really had no use for and if she was home
I would catch H### for taking out of there. I am not a real
keeper of stuff like that.


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 So today is cloudy here and we got just enough snow to cover
everything and make it white again. I LIKE THAT! I don’t have to
shovel. No shopping for me today.. I can’t stand those large
crazy crowds after Christmas like I used to. Have plenty
to do to keep me busy.
Biggerst news here is that whole terrorist thing at
Detroit AIrport. The news is scary and they seem to be
obsessing over it here.. I guess because it happened in this
state. I feel for those in the airports today and the rest of the
holidays with what they have to go through with the level increased
in all airports now. Better safe than sorry though. Wink

DECEMBER 27TH
The snow came overnight and covered everything in white again.
Not enough to worry over, so I am happy
for the time being.  Have tried and tried to get photos on this blog
but with this slow dial up somehow it is just not working, I hate to
go back to the old hosting thing to get one posted, so it will have to
wait. I don’t know what day it is.. it feels like Monday or something..
but it really is SUNDAY.. days are all mixed up…guess that will get
back to normal after this week.

 
I lost my KEYS recently..Embarrassed took forever to find them so I posted a note to myself
on the fridge! I look at it every night now so I can make sure I have
them in case I need to leave in a hurry. Sis laughed and said at least I
didn’t have to break in the house!! I am making so many checklists lately..
I think 2010 will come in with a sense of organization that I haven’t had in
a long time. Thinking
 
 


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HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY!!

CLEANING IT UP!!

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WHAT a task! If Mom knew what I was doing she would be very
aggravated but she requested it many times in the past.
She is so fussy that she needs to be IN CONTROL so now was
the right time to do it.. When She Is Away! Wink Sis agrees that
it is way past time. So by going through the clutter I have found
so many things that we thought were lost for ages. AMAZING!
Unfortunately.. I found the DIRT and DUST too.Sick Last night a
major asthma attack, despite the precautions of a mask and
meds. Darn.. I thought I had it under control. Sad
Anyway… today I am lacking the enthusiasm I had yesterday
by a lot. Moving things will be slow going from here on
out. Time wise I sure hope mom can cope with her new
room long enough for me to get her OLD one finished!


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The snow came overnight and covered everything in white again.
Not enough to worry over, so I am happy
for the time being.  Have tried and tried to get photos on this blog
but with this slow dial up somehow it is just not working, I hate to
go back to the old hosting thing to get one posted, so it will have to
wait. I don’t know what day it is.. it feels like Monday or something..
but it really is SUNDAY.. days are all mixed up…guess that will get
back to normal after this week.
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I lost my KEYS recently..Embarrassed took forever to find them so I posted a note to myself
on the fridge! I look at it every night now so I can make sure I have
them in case I need to leave in a hurry. Sis laughed and said at least I
didn’t have to break in the house!! I am making so many checklists lately..
I think 2010 will come in with a sense of organization that I haven’t had in
a long time. Thinking
 
 


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HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY!!

WHEW,, WHAT A HOLIDAY..

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I must say it truly was a nice one despite the rain and wind
and Mom not being at home. So we had to take everything
to the care center. What a mess.  At least it was not a
blizzard like in some areas of the country. I was truly
grateful!! We didn’t get served the
lunch meal we thought we would get so we went all day
without much to eat. Oh they brought a snack, but I guess
they never got the message… we wanted a meal! We told
the Head administrator.. but alas probably too darn late
for them to plan..EmbarrassedSad


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Mom was in pretty good spirits and ate her dinner plus a
couple of things from home I brought Wink. I didn’t care if
they did find out. She loves her sweet potatoes so much.
I just hope she doesn’t ask for them today too! Open-mouthed
Going through drawers and her closet cleaning out and
re-arranging her room so that if a hospital bed has to be
placed they will have no problem. Her room was pretty
cluttered. Anyone who came to visit her can attest to that. Sad
She kept things that she really had no use for and if she was home
I would catch H### for taking out of there. I am not a real
keeper of stuff like that.


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 So today is cloudy here and we got just enough snow to cover
everything and make it white again. I LIKE THAT! I don’t have to
shovel. No shopping for me today.. I can’t stand those large
crazy crowds after Christmas like I used to. Have plenty
to do to keep me busy.
Biggerst news here is that whole terrorist thing at
Detroit AIrport. The news is scary and they seem to be
obsessing over it here.. I guess because it happened in this
state. I feel for those in the airports today and the rest of the
holidays with what they have to go through with the level increased
in all airports now. Better safe than sorry though. Wink


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 YES I took pictures and plenty of them.. but I still have to go
through them yet. more to come soon!
 
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY WEEKEND!!!

MIRACLES AND MEMORIES…MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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It is the season of Miracles. I got onelast year..I know how it feels. This
year it’s truly amazing that we are still living in this home here on Cass
street. Mom isn’t present.. at least YET.. could be soon, we just don’t know.
It depends on a lot of things.. so we wait and see.  If she cannot cope in
her new situation she will be coming home. She has improved
and is stronger than she was and the fact that at her age she is going
and doing dialysis 3 times a week is truly a miracle too. It was something she
really didn’t want to do and wasn’t planning on doing, but she is. We are truly
blessed to have her with us this Christmas. Red heart


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At this season I am reminded that we lost a wonderful Spaces friend this year
in our "GRIZZLY AL". Although we didn’t know Al for long. he really made an
impression on us all. His sudden passing was a shock and left us missing
his wonderful stories and joking ways. He was a blessing to us all, someone
we won’t forget. I know that his spirit is with us here in our spaces family.
Everytime I look at nature, those deer crossing in the winter fields I think of him
and say a prayer for his family who truly misses him at this time of year. The link
above goes to his old space and there are many pictures and stories there
that the family have shared with us. He truly was a very talented man. 
 
This Christmas Eve day I hope you all are safe and happy with family and
friends and have a wonderful Merry Christmas!!!!
 

BUSY WEDNESDAY

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I have many rants but I won’t do that on this holiday Wednesday.Wink
It’s a delivery day today all the goodies I made yesterday will
disappear from my kitchen table. Less to tempt me that’s for sure. Smile
Glad all that baking stuff is over until the turkey on Friday. Yes..Sis
and I are having dinner with mom, I am cooking for the leftovers
so I don’t have to worry about food for a couple of days. I love my
crockpot!! When you come home the place smelllls wonderful!!


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Mom has a treatment today and I hope it is going well. There is
a big party with a gift exchange at her "house" this afternoon
and I hope she can stay awake to enjoy it. She just can’t believe
everyone in there gets a present! Elves have spent days wrapping
them all. Sis and I went to volunteer but they were already done.
They work fast. The social worker called me at home yesterday
and told me that next week Mom will be losing her "HOUSE"
she will be moved into a room with another woman. Sad
She was so happy with the room to herself. She loved looking
out the window and eating at the big table there. Now things
will change. We will see how she adapts. The worker told me
they were"downsizing" and that part of the wing she is in will
NOT be used any longer. They just have too many in a room
by themselves. Makes more work for the aides I guess.
If she cannot adapt or is unhappy, can’t sleep or feels claustrophobic
we will have to bring her back here at home and I will get
help to take care of her here. NOT the news I wanted this holiday
but we will deal with it best we can. Confused


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Biggest news here is an ice and rain storm is coming. It will hit
on Christmas Eve day and night and by the time it is all over,
we will have NO SNOW. We don’t have all that much here and
all that rain will make all the white disappear. I will take the rain..
I just hope the ice doesn’t cause too much damage. Last time we
had ice the power was off for at least 4 hours. Not a happy thought over
the holidays.


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HOPE YOU ALL STAY SAFE, WARM AND WELL.. AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!!