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Sunday, October 07, 2012

We finished cleaning out her apartment yesterday and it is all sitting in the middle of our garage floor. Hubby tried to push me to clear it out so he could put his car back in but we have to go through every bit of it to make sure we aren't getting rid of something that she deems is valuable. We had a box of shoes and she had to try on each one before she would part with it. I know we kept some she will never wear again but she just would not let them go. Thankfully there were a few that didn't fit so off they will go to Goodwill and she thinks we need to personally find someone to give them to. Half the clothes in her closet are something she will never wear or don't fit but I'm not going there right now.
Actually it has been just fine with her here although most of it falls to me as I knew it would. I have to help her with her bath. That makes sense. I fill her pill boxes, hubby won't do it. I cook most of the meals and plan the shopping. I take her to get her hair cut. My husband is very good and will do most anything but there are some female things that only I can do. In addition, I've been very busy with work. Quilting is taking a back seat for a bit. Later.

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LKWQUILTER 10/7/2012 5:42PM

    You are doing great Carol. Take one day at a time. ((HUGS))

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/7/2012 1:17PM

    Wow quite a lot of progress then!
Flylady says when you are decluttering the questions are something like
Did you wear it in the last year
Do you love it
Does it have special meaning
And if you didn,t wear it in the last year, take a photograph of it so you can still have the memories.

I just got an image of you taking photos of MIL in each pair of shoes and hope it makes you smile, too.

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DEBJAE 10/7/2012 11:46AM

    God bless you...she is lucky to have you for a DIL.

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CHRISTINASP 10/7/2012 9:19AM

    t I understand what you are saying; it seems like quite something to get used to.
Filling the pill boxes is not a female thing. But that is probably not the worst part of the extra work! Hang in there.

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    Make Today a Great Day!

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Saturday, October 06, 2012

Today ought to be some better. Yesterday she didn't feel well and so she slept most of the day. Finally at around 4:00, my husband decided to take her for a ride in our T-bird convertible! She went with a hat on and she loved it. Even managed to get out of it with no trouble. He also took her through McDonald's and got her a milkshake. She hadn't had one of those in years. So we went out for dinner and she stayed home and went to bed around 8:30. At 11:30 she got up and got dressed thinking it was time to get up. Hubby assured her it wasn't and steered her back to bed. I'm thinking she slept in her clothes but she went until 6:30 this morning so hopefully she will not sleep all day today.
Today we have to go and finish unloading the rest of her apartment and MIL wants to go with. Then we have to figure out what to do with the rest of the stuff. I'm planning chicken pot pie for dinner as we have left over chicken from the other night. And I had simmered the carcass for stock and can make gravy for it.
So we've got a busy day today and then football, FSU vs NC State! Whoo Hoo! She doesn't like football but maybe she will learn to like it.
I told hubby that my quilting days might be over as I haven't had time to quilt all week. And business is picking up. I've got a full week next week.

On another note, an old boyfriend has found me through the internet. Isn't that interesting? We dated for about a year when I was still in college. We had a lot of fun together but he got out of the Air Force and went back to Ohio right before I graduated from college and I never heard from him again. He's been married twice and divorced twice. I'm married 39 years. What could have been had he stayed around. Who knows? You've got the seize the moment I guess. Its been fun talking with him again. ANd hubby is okay with it as an old girlfriend found him last year. Later.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/7/2012 1:23PM

    Sounds like MIL Walsall tuckered out from the move, it is a big thing for you all.

Great that she had an excursion, there's a way for you to get some time to yourself if DH takes MIL out for a date every week.

Hang in there, things will get better, especially once you have decluttered.

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LKWQUILTER 10/6/2012 2:06PM

    Carol, you will get back to quilting--maybe not as much but you will again. Glad MIL enjoyed her ride. Hope your team wins today. ((HUGS))

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SANDYW1945 10/6/2012 8:37AM

    Hi Carol. Happy to see you are all settling in.

I had that old boyfriend experience last year. It was quite surprising. I was 14 the last time I saw him! He's doing well and living in Florida. Married and many children.


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Friday, October 05, 2012

She isn't feeling that well today. She has her good days and bad days. We will be able to clear out her apartment tomorrow and get that over with. Then go through more boxes. Will it ever end.
Right now I"m trying to figure out how to get the crated furniture up to North Carolina.
We have a T-bird convertible and my husband is taking her for a ride in it. Can't imagine how she'll get out of it, it is so low to the ground. She wanted to go and we need to get her out of this house. We've ordered and absentee voting ballot for her. later.

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LHLADY517 10/5/2012 8:39PM

    You definitely have your hands full.

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LKWQUILTER 10/5/2012 8:26PM

Sending good vibes your way Carol. (((HUGS)))

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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Things are progressing. THe home health nurse found her yesterday at our home, I helped her with another bath last night and we have figured out how to get her into the tub. We put our hope chest between the tub and toilet as we have a large space there. It has a cushion on it and she sits on the end of it and swings her legs into the tub, one at a time. We have grab bars, one in the tub and one to the right of the tub that she can grab onto and then stand up, turn and sit down on her shower chair. Things are moving along and we've enjoyed having her. Phew!
Hubby and I watched the debate last night (WHOO HOO! ROMNEY WINS) in our living room and she watched her TV in our family room off the kitchen! Worked out just fine. I wonder if she would like to watch Project Runway with me tonight?

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LKWQUILTER 10/5/2012 6:42AM

    Glad things are going well Carol. ((HUGS))

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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

So far so good but I'm tired of emptying boxes with no place to put anything. One thing is for certain, it will be sometime before I will have to buy another bottle of hand lotion. Or lipstick, or soap. Just goes to show, you need to clean out your cupboards every year so you can see what you squirreled away.
Today is pack and move whatever is left at the apartment. We have movers coming to pack up the china cabinet and its contents to send to my son in North Carolina along with the table and 6 chairs. I have window treatments to remove and try and figure out what to do with. And throw out the food in the refrigerator. My brother in law is coming to help my husband do this today as I have an installation of draperies and bedding for a client.
I am real tired of going through boxes of stuff. And I can't throw things away if she is watching. So we throw when she isn't watching.
Yesterday, we were able to make a phone call to her 97 year old sister who sounded real chipper. Her daughter and my husband were in the background translating all the messages.
We've actually enjoyed visiting with her. So many have posted that their relatives were mean in their later years but she is quite mellow, at least so far. Right now my husband is ranting and raving about where we are going to plug in the alarm system as we need a phone jack for it. Got to go and look.

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LKWQUILTER 10/3/2012 6:44PM

    You are doing good Carol. Things will work out. Enjoy your MIL as long as you can. ((HUGS))

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KASEYCOFF 10/3/2012 5:13PM

    My aunt is 87, hale, hearty, and so much fun to visit with - I call her every Sunday, and when the hour's up, neither of us knows where the time went, so I know what you mean about enjoying visiting with your MiL!

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ANDI571 10/3/2012 8:40AM

    After my dad passed away, I had 90% of the work cleaning out the house. There were those who just came in to take the big stuff, but I was shredding papers for hours, and going through the "stuff". Not a pleasant job. I am pretty good about getting rid of things. In the past few months, we have started getting rid of things we never use. Saturday is shred day at our bank, and we are taking a lot of old papers and recieipts to get rid of.

Don't forget to rest.

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