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The Mall Awaits

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

I didn't get up for my cultural experience on Black Friday after all. Did you read about that poor fellow who got trampled to death at Walmart!? That's enough to discourage me from attending any of those shopping "events" in the future, too.

But the mall is waiting for me and I hope to get over there sometime this week at a normal time of day.

In the meantime, I've done some online shopping for Dmom - some new pillows and a pulse oximeter. We're also in the market for a button/zipper hook to help her with dressing due to the arthritis in her hands and general weakness.

She's doing well, but we've learned that she was probably on the verge of being dehydrated and also her blood oxygen level was down. The first few days at home were difficult -- she even "snuck" a bath on her own because she's trying so hard to be independent. Very unnerving for me and Ddad.

More later...need to set my goals for December and review my November list.

Thanks for reading and for all the supportive comments!

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HOMEBUNNY 12/8/2008 11:02AM

    I bet it is tough for your mom wanting to do things on her own. I hope you and your dad have the patience to deal with her & can figure out her limitations.

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JANETELIZABETH1 12/7/2008 3:41PM

    Ah Michelle, I remember those American malls!! Nothing like those in Europe...right??
Glad to hear that your mum is making progress and am not surprised that she's trying to be more independent...she will get there!
Hope you managed to set all your goals for December..the new year will be here before we know it!
Hugs, Janet

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PIANO*LADY 12/5/2008 4:31PM

    Michelle, I'm glad to hear that your mom is doing well. Loss of independence must be very hard to accept, and I pray that she will realize how much you all love her and will rely on you graciously as she improves.

I do not do Black Friday. In fact, I stopped that habit before it was called Black Friday! Crowd mentality is scary and I'm surprised there weren't more deaths. There's so much second guessing of that Wal-Mart situation, trying to figure out what caused it and assess blame. I think it's just a sign of greed.

I always look forward to your posts, Michelle. I notice that it's raining and cold in Germany, so enjoy our milder Christmas!

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REYNJANET 12/5/2008 10:55AM

    Hope you get your mall shopping done. I've still got some more shopping to do. For one thing I need to take my DM who doesn't drive out of town anymore for her shopping but I'm waiting until after the weekend and our Christmas program to schedule anything.

I can sure understand the independence of these parents! I guess it is pay backs for our independent moves when we were young!

Hang in there!

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CTEMPLE 12/3/2008 4:22PM

    Dear Michelle how naughty of R. What about a video monitor in an unobtrusive place? You can't let her do that and sometimes there will be other things happening and you or your dad won't be able to be there.
The oxygen in the blood is a very consuming issue, it was hard when DH had liver surgery and it worried me, I hope you sort it out.
Glad that you didn't go shopping that day, I hate crowds and can't think of anything worse.

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TKLINKEN 12/3/2008 1:37AM

    Bless your mom for trying to do things on her own. I can see how unnerving that would be. Still saying prayers and thinking of you and your family often.

I did Black Friday once. I did not come home with one gift, and I did come home with a migraine. I haven't done it since then. I am so disappointed in those people who trampled that poor guy at Wal-Mart. And I was even more disappointed in the people who got mad because they were being asked to leave the store during the investigation, what is wrong with their common sense?

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FORMYDARLINGS 12/2/2008 7:50PM

    I love your mom's spirit. Nothing like sneaking off to do it yourself to boost your confidence. I know it was the wrong thing to do but WTG mom! I have never been a crowded mall lover so I don't go when there are likely to be crowds. I always shop in the early morning and get home by noon. I have my husband take 2 days off work early in December and we go power shopping, picking up nearly everything we need. I also like to shop on line. It is so convenient and fast. I suppose the walk through the mall could be termed exercise, but the same time spent outdoors and crowdfree appeals to me a whole lot more.

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SKISINCO 12/2/2008 5:25PM

    I'm with you, not one to shop on black Friday. No thanks. Glad to hear your mom is adjusting to being at home, and I can understand her want to be independent, but it's good that you are there to watch out for her. Just one fall can set her back, so stay watchful, but also encouraging which I'm sure you are. Hope you are adjusting to being back state side. =)

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

I'm in Florida, Mom is home, alleluia! She's so happy to be back in her own four walls. There are lots of adjustments to be made and both dparents are struggling with that, but it's all good.

They'll watch the parade while I go for a run. Then it will be time to start fixing dinner. Mom planned the menu and will "supervise" as I cook.

We're looking forward to phone calls this afternoon to and from family around the country. Although Mom had a phone in her room at the rehab facility, only a few people had the number. So today will be a happy time for the relatives who haven't heard her talk in awhile.

I'm thinking of getting up at 4 AM and going to the super-duper doorbuster special sales tomorrow just to have the cultural experience.

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JANETELIZABETH1 12/1/2008 4:46PM

    Wonderful to hear that all is well with you Michelle and especially that your mum is home again...the Lord is good!!
I know you will have enjoyed your Thanksgiving this year and ...did you get any bargains??
Hugs, Janet.

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FORMYDARLINGS 11/27/2008 8:23PM

    What a wonderful way for your family to celebrate. You certainly have so much to be thankful for this year. Even though the reasons you are at home now are not all for Thanksgiving, THIS will be the one you remember the best.

Blessings to you all,

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CTEMPLE 11/27/2008 4:47PM

    Michelle so glad to know that you're there and R is at home, what a moment! Cultural experience? HaHa, maybe you will experience how a sausage feels at the subway! Let us know if you went. I 'm afraid of crowds and avoid shopping at sales like the plague!
Keep us posted!

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PIANO*LADY 11/27/2008 4:22PM

    Michelle, I've been eagerly awaiting your post and am glad that you're with your mom. May this be a Thanksgiving that you will treasure forever.

As for shopping on Friday, I gave that up a long time ago - even before the stores started opening in the wee hours of the morning. We have a Wal-Mart that opens at midnight tonight and several of my friends will be there. It is definitely madness, but one that you must add to your American experiences. I can't wait to hear your thoughts!

Be safe! Love, Carole

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SKISINCO 11/27/2008 10:12AM

    Happy to hear you've made it to FL safe and sound. Enjoy the day w/ your dparents and good luck tomorrow shopping! =)

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I Fly Away

Friday, November 21, 2008

Just a fly by blog post to say hi and bye! Thank you for all the good wishes and prayers. I fly out in the morning and am now praying that the forecast snow storms don't affect my flight.

Still have a little packing and cleaning to do before I go to bed - next up is the lap top, so it's time to shut it down.

I'll be in Florida soon, yay! Will CI from there!

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JIBBIE49 11/25/2008 9:32PM

    Oh, I live in lovely PENSACOLA, Florida which is on the Gulf Coast, but we have beautiful white sand beaches here and it isn't near as expensive as Miami. I hope you have a wonderful time.


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MOM2KNL 11/22/2008 6:16PM

    Hey there Michelle,
Welcome back to the states! I'll be praying for your transistion, your mom, and the rest of the family! Have a very Happy Thanmksgiving with them all!
Your Spark Sista,

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PIANO*LADY 11/21/2008 7:51PM

    Welcome to the US from this Georgia girl, Michelle! I'm sure you will find our weather milder than you're used to in Germany. May you have a blessed Thanksgiving with your family. - Carole

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Counting Down

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Just three more days till I leave for the States! So much to do in that time! But it WILL get done somehow or other.

Mom is scheduled to come home from rehab next Tuesday, so I'll be there to help with the transition. Thanksgiving will be a special though quiet one this year, as we have her recovery as a special reason to give God praise and thanks.

Been eating too many sweets lately, but I'm telling myself that things will settle down once I get to the USA. I don't really like that approach, though, and want to be more mindful of what I eat the next couple of days.

Hope to check back in here at least once before I take off!

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TKLINKEN 11/20/2008 11:34AM

    Best wishes to you, and have a safe trip back to the US. I'm sure things will start to fall into place again after your mom is settled at home and you've established a routine.



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FORMYDARLINGS 11/19/2008 8:08PM

    Be gentle with yourself as you approach a stress ridden situation. The flight alone will cause your body clock to go a little crazy. Remember what you need to do each morning and during each day to keep yourself grounded and your time in the states will be a good thing for you and your family. Treat yourself well, Michelle. God Bless,

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SKISINCO 11/19/2008 7:36PM


I hope you have a safe flight and look forward to hearing from you either before you leave, but definitely after you get settled. I want you to know that your support means the world to me and I think you are an incredible lady. I feel blessed "knowing" you. =)


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PIANO*LADY 11/19/2008 6:11PM

    I'm glad you had time to post again, Michelle. I know this is a hectic and emotional time for you, and you really are in my prayers. This will probably be one of the most memorable Thanksgivings in your life. And this is kind of ironic - you'll be in the US and my Beth will be in Germany! I look forward to your next post, Michelle. Please know that I care about you. - Carole

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God Bless America

Friday, November 14, 2008

Just thought I'd post this little guy's photo today - The election and Veteran's Day are past, but there's no time likethe present to keep our country, our troops and our vets in prayer. Thanks for serving, Dad!

It's hard to believe that a week from tomorrow I'll be on a plane heading across the Atlantic. I have SO much to do - and I'm keeping a paper bag handy for possible panic attacks (not really, but I do occasionally have to remind myself to breath). I hope to get some Spark time in this weekend to catch up on y'all.

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JANETELIZABETH1 11/15/2008 4:42PM

    Hi Michelle....I can imagine your mixed emotions at this time but all will come together and you surely will be in the right place.
Wishing you travelling mercies and many blessings as you travel from Europe to the States.
Hugs, Janet.

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CTEMPLE 11/14/2008 8:16PM

    Dear Michelle what an intense moment, but I'm sure it's totally the right thing to do. Yes breathe in breath out!
I know that the economic crisis makes getting employment a bit more difficult but you know what? you only need one and there could always be the employer that is looking for someone just like you. Remember to have some "me" time in amongst all the frantic activity.
I'll be thinking of you.

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SKISINCO 11/14/2008 5:23PM

    Love the picture Michelle! I'll be thinking of you and praying for a safe trip to the states. Hope things are going well there and you are able to get things wrapped up! Thanks for the comment on my blog btw, that was sweet. =)

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HOMEBUNNY 11/14/2008 12:33PM

    I love the picture!!! I am praying for you to have a safe & enjoyable trip as you help your mom get ready to come home.


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PIANO*LADY 11/14/2008 11:43AM

    What a precious picture, Michelle! It's great to honor your dad and others like him who have served to protect our freedoms so well. There's never a time when prayer isn't needed, but it is especially comforting in these troubled times.

Please know that you and your family are in my prayers, but I especally pray for you as you make your final preparations, Michelle. What a joy that we have our Lord and Savior to rely on!

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