Friday, September 28, 2012
Todays Pisces: "You can't change the cards you are dealt, but the way you play today's hand will be nothing short of brilliant." Food for thought.
My best friend called yesterday. How did she know I needed to talk? When she moved here in 2004 with her 80 something mother and her 40 something downs syndrome sister, it was a huge change from New York City and living alone and working in a prominent career. We became fast friends and shared experiences with our mothers and what they were doing, how they were, etc. Her answer to stress was to get out and walk and she dragged me with her. Why we quit doing that I don't know. Her mom died last year and she misses her, even though living with her was a challenge. Now she is sole support of her sister who is digressing into alzheimer's. There is always someone worse off than you. So she understands what I am going through.
After my meltdown Wed night I felt kind of sheepish toward my husband. He's forgiven me of course. I took a box of stuff to Goodwill yesterday and I guess this weekend will see us carting things back and forth. Monday is moving day. It seems I can't get ahead of the mess.
Yesterday, I had a color consult appointment at a local nursing home and what a sad place. It is a non-profit and one of a few that will take medicaid so it is the home where folks go who can't afford anything else. It was a hodgepodge of left over hand me down furniture. When people died, their relatives did not want things back. I had a difficult time at first, trying to pull everything together. They had some beautiful antique furniture and I suggested they swap two sofas and move a chest into the TV room to serve as a TV stand. ANd I selected paint colors for them as that was what I was there for. I charged them a pittance for my time and the lady who had called me in there, actually paid for it from her own pocket as their funds are so tight. If they call me back, I won't charge them again.
There is no way that we would put my mother-in-law into that home. However, I know that folks must go there so maybe I can help in some way. Maybe some of her things that we don't get rid of will end up there. There is a picture with a light attached that is hanging over her sofa. It belongs to us but she has used it for many years as it almost looks like you are looking out a window at the ocean. I never really liked it, we got it free on a cruise once and it is signed by the artist. So I think I am going to donate it to them and hang it over the sofa in the TV room. The one they are moving. It would sure brighten the place up. There is no window in that room and so this would be the window. And I'm going to look through my fabric stash to see what I can offer up. Out of the ashes......