Christmas Knitting…

Now it can all be shown – my daughter has had her Christmas presents opened since Christmas day – so, I can share the items I knit for her…

cowl1 The cowl was knit with one skein Lion Brand Yarn called Amazing in the colorway Strawberry Fields.

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Scarf was knit with 3 skeins of Lion Brand Yarn called Amazing in the colorway Cobblestones.

Tarasafghan3

The afghan was knit with two skeins each of Simply Soft in Chocolate, Pistachio, and Bone. I started by knitting an entire skein of each. Then I knit six inches of each color and finally three inches of each color. Think it turned out really pretty.

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Happy Birthday…

Tara Danielle

Love, Mom

Happy Birthday…

Happy Birthday, Mom.

 96 years old – May 29, 2012

Sorry I’m late posting about your birthday –

Zac…

I’ll be dog sitting my boy, ZAC…looking forward to spending time in Bethlehem and Littleton – but, I still have a while to wait til I get there!  Trying to decide what I want to see and do while I am up there…anybody have any ideas???

Moving…

I’ve decided I’m moving to Maine…

April Fool’s!!!!

Not really – but, it seems everyone else in my life is moving or has moved in the last few days…

My sister and her husband , Michael, just sold the house they have lived in since they were married – (and that’s about 30 some years) – and moved into a three-story townhouse (complete with elevator in their apartment).  They are most happy – retirement years are close by and they don’t want to deal with yard work anymore.  Can’t say as I blame them.  The dogs are enchanted with the elevator!  They think it was put there expressly for them to ride when they need to go out.

My daughter, Tara, is looking for a new place to call home – but, hasn’t quite found it yet…

And, Scarlett  is moving to a new house the middle of May! 

Me, I’m staying where I am and finally claiming it as home!  Have been crazy working on finishing the unpacking that never got done when I moved in – and it is looking good!!!  When I finish – I promise there will be photos…

The Art of Acceptance…

As most of you know, my mother, Carmen, is in a nursing home.  She has been there several years.  The last year has been difficult for me as she continues to decline with her Alzheimer’s. 

We spent time over the holidays when I went out to take her the gifts I had bought.  She doesn’t need much – so, I always buy her clothes.  She knew it was me…and called me by name.  Well, she wasn’t too excited about the clothes – but her eyes lit up when I told her I had some perfume for her. 

We talked for a while – and somewhere along the line I ceased to be her daughter and became her sister.  In her mind, I was one of her sisters – and as I was leaving she told me to tell the rest of her sisters hello for her.

Before I left the nursing home I spoke with the chaplain.  She told me that mother is always happy, always smiling, and just seems to love everyone.  She never complains – unless something really hurts (like her hand a few weeks ago – and they made a splint for her to use when she sleeps) and is always thrilled to speak to those who stop to say hi to her.  She said that for someone who is partially blind and can’t hear very well – she has a very happy life.  She told me that the nurses wish every patient was as easy to care for and care about as my mom.  She is very happy in her world.

When I told my sister, Mary Ellen, about it – she said “Well, look at it this way – you were able to make her happy today – once as her daughter and the other as her sister…She got a two-fer for the price of one…”

Maybe I should think more like my sister – and accept the fact that mother will not be the person that she was even five years ago…and accept that even though she does not totally know me sometimes – I still bring her pleasure by being there with her and sharing part of her day.

The art of acceptance is very hard – but, this year I will be more accepting of my mom’s disease.

 

Doctor day…Visiting Mom…

Today was my Welcome to Medicare Physical!  WOOT!  My doctor said every thing is looking good…She did put me on some new medicine – for cholesterol.  My cholesterol is good – 181 – but the bad one is a little high.  This is just a preventative – especially since I am diabetic.

After my visit with the doctor – I went down to spend time with Mom.  I am not at all sure that she knew who I was…but, she told me she is feeling really good.  The therapy dog (Tillie – a beautiful chocolate-brown lab) was there and I asked mom if she wanted to play with her – I got a resounding “NO”.  The nurses tell me she’s not big on dogs.

She told me that she was ready for lunch – and was hungry.  Her eating habits are real good.  She seems to eat 100% of her breakfast and lunch – but, dinner – not so much.  She seems tired by dinner time.  I guess I would be tired too if I were 95 and up at 6:30 every morning.  She loves her coffee – so she gets up early.  Then after lunch – there is a couple hour nap …

Her hair was cut last week and it looks really cute…and she is still enjoying her weekly massages and listening to her music.

Well, that was my day!  Now I’m off to bed and to read!

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