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I am thankful

Monday, November 21, 2011

My GREAT grandbaby Levi Michael will be here for our family Thanksgiving. We are also bringing Mom to celebrate that special day. I am so thankful for having all of the important things in my life. I have a wonderful husband, wonderful family and great friends. I also have good health. I love my Spark People family too. Life is GOOD and I am truly blessed.

  
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HAPPYSOUL91 11/22/2011 12:59PM

    woo hoo, what a great picture.

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 11/22/2011 9:53AM

    Nancy, I was hoping that your mom would be able to attend your Thanksgiving dinner in your home. I bet she's really looking forward to that. I hope you and your family have a wonderful time. Levi's picture is just adorable. Have a great day!

Hugs,

Lainie

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BARBARAROSE54 11/22/2011 6:44AM

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Happy thanksgiving to you and yours

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HOWLERMOM 11/22/2011 12:44AM

    Great - Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with the family!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 11/21/2011 11:50PM

    I'm so glad you will be able to have everyone there. That is such a blessing. ((hugs))

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PINKNFITCARLA 11/21/2011 11:23PM

    Love this pic!! He is just too cute :-) Of course his Gigi would say that though, LOL

I'm really glad Nanny will be able to come! She will be happy to see everyone and spend a whole day with us all.

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KATHYJO56 11/21/2011 10:49PM

    This is such a precious pic. of an adorable baby. Enjoy this special Thanksgiving! emoticon

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4MRSDAND123 11/21/2011 10:44PM

    Levi is adorable. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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VICIOUS421 11/21/2011 10:41PM

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!
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Early Thanksgiving Day Celebration

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Today was the Thanksgiving Day celebration at the nursing facility where Mom is living. She has adjusted very well and seems to really like it there. Of course, she would like better to be in her own apartment still, but I am proud of her for how she is doing since she knows she has to be where she can have 24/7 care. Dinner was to be at 5:00 and I went at noon today to help get everything set up. We had dinner in the "fine dining" room. We had to take off all of the table cloths, scrub down the tables, and then put all clean tablecloths on, placements, and then decorate the tables. It was really very nice. Dinner for guests was only $3.00 and bring a side dish. We set over 110 table settings. We had 3 long tables using both sides of the table for the dishes brought by guest. There was so much food. Mom enjoyed her dinner very much and was happy Hubby and I were there with her. The residents are able to eat in the "fine dining" room every day. It really is like eating at a restaurant because they take their orders for dinner and beverages. They do not put any soda cans or milk cartons on the tables.....they drink from stemmed glasses. The only ones that don't eat there are residents with special needs. We had a very nice dinner and was blessed to be there with so many fine people.

  
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LAINIESNEWLIFE 11/18/2011 11:02AM

    Nancy, that is so great that your mom is adjusting to life there. So glad you all enjoyed the dinner. Sounds like it was very nice for the residents and their families. Have a great day!

Hugs,

Lainie

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/18/2011 10:09AM

    That sounds like a wonderful assisted living facility.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 11/18/2011 8:46AM

    It sounds just lovely. What a neat thing to do. Little touches like that really can make a person feel better.

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KATHYJO56 11/18/2011 2:10AM

    Nancy, I know that since your Mother can't be on her own, you are relieved that she is in a fine faciility. It sounds as if there was a very nice dinner and lots of very nice fellowship with the residents and their guests. Happy Thanksgiving1 emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 11/17/2011 10:32PM

    That sounds really nice. I'm glad you were able to go and help beforehand. I'm sure Nanny enjoyed you all being there :-)

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BARBARAROSE54 11/17/2011 10:30PM

    emoticon glad to hear mom is doing well

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Sad Day

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Monday and Tuesday my friend and I were at Mom's apartment getting it emptied out and packed. Mom had a fall in February and had been living with Hubby and me from then until middle August. She insisted on having her own place and we got her an apartment close my. Then she had a fall in September (her 4th fall) and broke her pelvis bone in 2 places. She had only been in her new apartment for 3 weeks when she had the fall. She has been in rehab ever since and is doing well in recovery. She is at such a high risk of falling that she can't live alone any longer. It has been decided she must have 24/7 care and she will be living at the nursing facility where she has done rehab. I am so happy that she is only 5 minutes from me and I can visit her everyday and take things to her. It is so sad to pack up her things that she cherishes so much. She loves her "what nots" and I have kept all of them. I can leave them for several weeks on her shelves and then take different ones to rotate them so she will still be able to enjoy them. I was having a really hard time doing all of this and my daughter Carla (PINKNFITCARLA) called me and said her son (my #1 grandson) had been in an auto accident and was on his way to the hospital. I just couldn't take any more and I had a melt down. Thankfully he is okay and wasn't seriously hurt. His car didn't fare so well because it will be considered totaled. Thank goodness the lady that hit him has insurance and it will cover the costs, but he will have to purchase another car. Most important of all is that he is okay. I am feeling better this morning, but will be returning to Mom's to get some more things done. My friend and hubby are going today and then my friend will be going home. She has been my friend since grade school and we are very close. I am so fortunate to have such good friends and family and my spark family. I always look for the positive in everything and I know things could be a whole lot worse so I am thankful. Nancy

  
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PINKNFITCARLA 11/14/2011 8:47PM

    I'm sorry I missed your blog. That was a rough day. Thankfully things have been better since then. Love you :-)

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WVROSE1 11/9/2011 7:32PM

    Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family! So glad to hear that your grandson is OK. I'm sure it's emotional for all of you with the transition with your mother to a nursing facility.

My mom fell in October and has a crack in her pelvis bone too. I have been living at her house to take care of her the last few weeks. She also broke her wrist in 2 places and had surgery to put in a metal plate. It wasn't easy being a caregiver, but I was glad I could take time off from work to help.

Hope you can take some time for yourself to relax. Hang in there!
Hugs!

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KATHYJO56 11/9/2011 3:10PM

    Nancy my hugs and prayers are with you. Your Mom is so blessed to have you!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 11/9/2011 12:47PM

    I am so glad he is ok, you do have lots going on, sit down maybe with a cup of tea and just take some time for yourself and a moment to breathe, we are here for you, and love you.

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 11/9/2011 11:18AM

    Nancy, that's a lot to handle for you. No wonder you had a meltdown. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care!

Hugs,

Lainie

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DONNAEDA 11/9/2011 10:37AM

    a hug of comfort goes out to you during this difficult time. It is so hard to see a parent fail in their health and become dependent upon others. It is a hard journey, but sometimes many of us have to travel that road. I did and I know what you are going through.

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MINDYJ1 11/9/2011 10:14AM

    My family dealt with the same thing with both of my grandmothers. Almost the same situation as your Mom. I know how hard it is for you. Thank God your grandson is safe. Take care of yourself Nancy. emoticon emoticon

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HOWLERMOM 11/9/2011 9:58AM

    Wow - that is a lot for anyone's plate. I'm so glad you have family and hubby to support you through this. It's for the best for your mom but how difficult a transition period. Stirs up all kinds of feelings about who they are and the role they have played in your life and all of that is changing. Not looking forward to that day for me but I know it is coming. Hugs and prayers!

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DRB13_1 11/9/2011 9:29AM

    So many things piling up at once...meltdown appropriate.
It's really good that the rehab/nursing home is so close to you! I hope your mom's recovery continues to improve. It makes us appreciate every day.
So sorry to hear about your GS's accident and happy he was not seriously hurt! A woman rear ended me a couple of years ago and totalled my car, but I had no serious injuries (even though I DO miss that car). A lot of times there are aches and pains that turn up within two weeks after the event from the force of the collision, so he needs to take it easy for a while and watch for any additional symptoms.
Here's hoping the rest of the year is filled with better news!
Take time for yourself and be grateful for the things you can do.
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UNSTOPPABLE_ 11/9/2011 9:18AM

    nancy,
You are in my thoughts & prayers.

Thank goodness you're grandson is okay.

hugs,
Teresa

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 11/9/2011 9:09AM

    emoticonPraying for God's peace that passes understanding today.

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4MRSDAND123 11/9/2011 8:21AM

    This is a big change for everyone. We just went through a transition like this with my husband's mother. Glad your GS is ok! Praying for you and your family.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 11/9/2011 7:47AM

    Praying for your family and you!

I know its hard for you that your Mom can't live in her own place anymore, but its great that you live nearby and are able to visit her daily. What a great idea to bring her some of her treasures and then switch them out after a few weeks. You are a good daughter and may God bless you for that!

Thank God your grandson was not seriously hurt in that car accident!

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LAURIEANNIE1 11/9/2011 7:42AM

    We have been through having to admit someone into a nursing home and it is hard, but they are watched and taken care of. It is hard to go through their things and try to figure out what to bring into their room, but like you say, you can always switch them out. Glad to hear that your grandson is OK. Cars can be replaced. Stay strong and think on the good things in your life.

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BARBARAROSE54 11/9/2011 7:30AM

    emoticon this is a hard thing, but mom is being taken care of. We had to put mom in a nursing home at 74, my sister had to do all the packing as I live too far away. You are fortunate to be so close to her.

Good to know your grandson is alright.

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MRE1956 11/9/2011 6:57AM

    I am so sorry for what you're going through......please take care of yourself......excessive stress can be rough on one's health (don't ask me how I know this).....

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MAMAWLINDALOU 11/9/2011 6:16AM

    You will be in my prayers. Take care of yourself, sometimes we let ourselves go when taking care of our loved ones, I have been there. Glad your grandson is ok, I couldn't imagine my GS in an automobile accident. Hang in there.

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Great Surprise

Monday, November 07, 2011

My visit with my friends for the weekend went GREAT. Carla (PIINKNFITCARLA) came for our little get together too. I was in 7th heaven this weekend. My friends and I were out at a craft show when Carla got here around noon. When we came home, I opened the garage door and was getting ready to go into the kitchen and Carla said, "Mom, close your eyes, are your eyes closed??" Yes, they are..NOW open your eyes....There Carla stood with Levi---my great grandson-holding him up for me to see. I was SO surprised....because I had no idea Carla was bringing him. That was so wonderful that she brought me that surprise. Later in the day, the doorbell rang and it was Levi's mom and dad (my #2 grandson). I didn't know they were coming either. 2 surprises.....yay. Everyone spent the night and we had a great visit. THANK YOU CARLA......I love you. Carla always does such nice things for me and I am so lucky to have her. She is a very caring, loving daughter........

Me and Levi:



Levi:



Mom and Levi:


  
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WVROSE1 11/7/2011 7:43PM

    emoticon surprise! Wonderful family! You are so blessed!


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KATHYJO56 11/7/2011 1:49PM

    What a wonderful weekend you had! Carla arranged such an awesome surprise for you. I love these pictures. Levi is so adorable. I would love to just hold and cuddle him. Thank you for sharing this memorable time with us. emoticon

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 11/7/2011 12:48PM

    What a wonderful thing for Carla to surprise you with. Love the pictures. Your mom looks so happy to see her great great grandson. I bet y'all made her day too. I am so happy for you. Have a great day!

Hugs,

Lainie

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MINDYJ1 11/7/2011 10:45AM

    You and your family are so loving and close! I am so happy that you had such a wonderful surprise!

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KAMAPERRY 11/7/2011 9:42AM

    So precious!

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BARBARAROSE54 11/7/2011 9:22AM

    how nice is that, great pics.

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LAURIEANNIE1 11/7/2011 8:57AM

    What a wonderful set of surprises!! I am so happy for you.

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HEALTHY-GG 11/7/2011 8:35AM

    Oh that had to be the best feeling!! I am glad you enjoyed your visit!! He is just adorable!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 11/7/2011 8:22AM

    How wonderful. emoticon

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4MRSDAND123 11/7/2011 8:19AM

    How wonderful! You are blessed!!

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PINKNFITCARLA 11/7/2011 7:37AM

    I'm glad I was able to surprise you! I was hard keeping it a secret, LOL. You got some great pictures! Love you too!

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Friends Weekend

Saturday, November 05, 2011

I am going to have a great weekend with friends. Yesterday 2 friends came to visit for the weekend and today Carla (PINKNFITCARLA) is coming too. The two friends that came yesterday are 2 that I grew up with from grade school and we have kept in touch all of these years and are good friends. One other friend that I grew up with wasn't able to make it this weekend and we are really missing her. She will come another time. Yesterday,we went to rehab to visit with Mom and she was so surprised to see them. We had a really nice visit. Today when Carla (my daughter) gets here, we are going to a craft show and then to a Christmas Holiday at "Country Collections". It is an old barn with 3 floors of crafts and lots of things. The bottom floor has all Amish made furniture: bedroom sets, dining sets, rockers, just any type of furniture and it is very well made. The owners' house is just next door to the barn and they move out of the house into an apartment over their garage for this celebration. They have the house all decorated for Christmas and you can tour the whole house. We are looking forward to this happy weekend. Carla will have to go home Sunday evening, but my friends are staying until Monday and one may stay longer. Yesterday, I made Southwest Chicken Chili and made cornbread for dinner. My friends hadn't had it before and it was a big hit with them. I also made an apple pie, which we didn't cut yet. I guess we will get into that today.

  
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BARBARAROSE54 11/5/2011 10:33PM

    enjoy your weekend, and the pie looks yummy

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 11/5/2011 5:58PM

    Sounds like you're going to have a wonderful time, Nancy!! Enjoy your weekend!

Hugs,

Lainie

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PINKNFITCARLA 11/5/2011 4:07PM

    I'm here and I brought you a big surprise! I think I'll stay out of the pie :-)

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KAMAPERRY 11/5/2011 3:58PM

    Fun!! And your pie has me drooling!

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KATHYJO56 11/5/2011 1:06PM

    What a great weekend you are having. Enjoy!

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YAFENELRA 11/5/2011 10:59AM

    That pie looks yummy!!

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4MRSDAND123 11/5/2011 10:52AM

    What a fun weekend. YOU GO GIRL!!! :) Your pie is BEAUTIFUL!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 11/5/2011 10:04AM

    Your pie is just beautiful. What talent. Your weekend sounds awesome. Hope you have a blast. emoticon

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LAURIEANNIE1 11/5/2011 8:58AM

    It sounds like you are going to have a fun weekend. Enjoy the time with friends and your daughter. You put a lot of work into that pie, it is beautiful.

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JANET552 11/5/2011 6:24AM

    Your weekend sounds like fun!!!! Old friends are the best, aren't they? Your plans for today sound very interesting.

P. S Your pie is beautiful!

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