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I'm back!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Yep, I am :)

  
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SKISINCO 2/27/2009 10:07AM

    Great to see you Michelle, thanks for stopping by my blog too! =)

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MOM2KNL 2/25/2009 10:40AM

    emoticonMissed you!!!!!

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HOMEBUNNY 2/25/2009 10:28AM

    Glad to see you back!! emoticon

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ANGELBELIEVER 2/24/2009 8:17PM

    Welcome back Michelle. Bet you're glad to be home.

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FORMYDARLINGS 2/24/2009 7:47PM

    Welcome home Michelle. We missed you,

Gini

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CTEMPLE 2/24/2009 7:08PM

    I'm glad Michelle, looking forward to your news.
Claudia

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FIT4HISGLORY 2/24/2009 5:50PM

    Welcome back! You've been missed!
Karen

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In training for...

Sunday, January 25, 2009

...the Festival of Hymns this afternoon at First Presby. I sang with this group 30 years ago, and they've welcomed me back for the past few weeks. It has been good for heart, soul and spirit - not to mention getting my voice back in shape. It's been awhile since I sang many notes above the staff and the director has me singing all these descants! www.fpcnaples.org/

AND Run for the Paws, a 6K to benefit the local Humane Society.
Coming up on Saturday! www.runforthepaws.com

  
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JANETELIZABETH1 1/27/2009 4:20PM

    Thanks for the link Michelle, gives us so idea of the setting.
Wishing you every success in your upcoming run.
Hugs
Janet

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SKISINCO 1/26/2009 11:18AM

    Have a great week!

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ANGELBELIEVER 1/25/2009 9:19PM

    Loved the picture. That organ is awesome. After seeing the trumpets I can imagine what it must sound like. Glad you had the experience to go back and sing again. I am in my choir but it is very small as it is a small church. I have been in larger ones and the church I grew up in had a wonderful organ and organist and choir director.

Have a great run for such a great cause. I admire you and your good stanima. All the best. emoticon

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FORMYDARLINGS 1/25/2009 8:57PM

    Run Michelle run!!! I would love to be in a walkathon but I'm not ready for that. Maybe I could start building towards it, indoors, until the good weather and be read y in the spring. It's something to think about. Run your best race,

Gini emoticon

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More to come...

Saturday, January 24, 2009

...just wanted to let anyone who is still reading along that I'm alive and well. My back has healed up nicely and I'm signed up for a 6K run next Saturday. Tomorrow I'm singing in a hymn festival choir - the church choir I belonged to when I lived here 30 years ago. That has been good for my soul and spirit.

Things are still rough on the homefront as adjustments are being made to dparents' lifestyle. All prayers appreciated for wisdom and - um - patience!

I'll try to make it back to give more details on all the above sometime this weekend. I had to delete over 200 Spark notifications today! So I'll need to start from scratch on the message boards and teams when I do make it back. It just isn't working for me to spend much time here these days but I sure miss my Spark time and my Spark buddies!

  
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JANETELIZABETH1 1/27/2009 4:17PM

    Hi Michelle,
Yes I know how those spark emails pile up!!
Sorry to hear about your back problems and sure am praying for all your needs Michelle.
Hugs
Janet

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REYNJANET 1/27/2009 8:09AM

    We are missing you too! Remember to take time for yourself! Running the 5K is great and so is singing in the choir! Do things that you enjoy too! emoticon

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HOMEBUNNY 1/26/2009 11:44AM

    Michelle ~ I am glad to hear from you. I know that you have other priorities right now. You continue to do what you need to do & check in with us when you can. Remember to continue to take time to take care of yourself. Good luck on the race & have fun!!!

Tammie

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FORMYDARLINGS 1/24/2009 9:00PM

    KNow we are with you Michelle,

Gini

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ANGELBELIEVER 1/24/2009 7:45PM

    Hi Michelle, Sorry to hear about your back. When your back hurts you hurt all over. The hymn festival choir sounds like fun. Be in good voice. You and your parents are still in my prayers.

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SKISINCO 1/24/2009 1:41PM

    Completely understandable! Glad your back is better and you found your way back to church and choir! Best wishes in your 6K, I'm cheering for you from Colorado!

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PIANO*LADY 1/24/2009 12:45PM

    Michelle, I understand you not having much time for Spark these days, but it's good to see this morning's blog. Your family is what you need to focus on now. I won't clutter your e-mail with messages, but know that I care about you and am praying. And I can appreciate how singing in the choir is a breath of fresh air for you.

emoticon Carole

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Short and Sweet

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year, everyone! Here's a brief description of my life at the moment:

Still not able to keep up with posting on SP like I'd like to.

I've actually been using Spark Recipes quite a bit, though, as I've been doing most of the cooking for dparents and myself. As a long-time, live-alone single, this is new for me and is giving me new admiration for the housewives among us who do this as a full-time job. Menu-planning! Shopping and following the sales and coupon offers! Keeping the freezer stocked! Using the leftovers!

Today I have chili in the crockpot. Tomorrow I'm roasting a turkey breast and we'll have all the sides and fixings as well. Good thing Dmom remembers how to do all this stuff. She's still too sidetracked and a little uncoordinated to do much work in the kitchen, but she's a great teacher and cooking adviser.

Haven't done much jogging the past few days as I pulled a muscle in my back on Saturday. That has slown me down some but I'm keeping up on my daily walks. That quiet time in the morning is my lifeline and I guard it fiercely! Have even made it to the beach a few times. Even though my reason for being here is not all happy, it sure helps to be in this paradise on earth called SW Florida!

  
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CTEMPLE 1/24/2009 6:26PM

    Dear Michelle glad to hear you're finding the best in a difficult situation!
Thinking of you.
Claudia

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FIT4HISGLORY 1/1/2009 10:55PM

    Hi Michelle! Sorry to hear about your back. Glad you are still able to get some walking in despite it being sore. Pray that it will soon clear up for you. What a blessing that things worked out for you to get stateside to be with your parents. God bless as you continue to help out with your mom's rehab. Have a blessed 2009!
Karen

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JANETELIZABETH1 1/1/2009 3:28PM

    Hi Michelle, we're praying for you!
Sorry to hear that you've hurt your back, may the Lord touch you there and giving you complete healing! You are right...He is our lifeline!
Happy New Year to you my sparkfriend!
Hugs,
Janet.

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HOMEBUNNY 1/1/2009 12:19PM

    Glad to hear from you, Michelle. I hope your back is getting better. By the way, I love the fireworks that you chose for your background. Happy New Year!!

Tammie

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REYNJANET 12/31/2008 10:31PM

    Michelle, good to see your post, Carole and I were wondering about you today!

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SKISINCO 12/31/2008 10:25PM

    Good to "see" you Michelle! Sounds like you're staying busy and I can definitely relate to that menu planning business! We are having Bierocks aka Runza's (meat and cabbage pies) along with Texas Cavair (a black eyed pea dish) for tomorrow. Do you know if Bierocks are German? Anyhow, I got a great lower cal/fat recipe from Cooking LIght magazine which I've posted on SP Recipes. Good luck foods for the new year!

I'm happy that you are enjoying this special time with your mom. Before you know it our parents are called back home and we are left with only memories. As you know I lost my MIL a year ago this January and I really felt her presence while cooking the last couple of holiday meals. I miss her dearly and I'm trying to spend more time with my mom as she is getting older and I want to have this time so that I will have those memories when she passes.

Anyhow, I am envious of where you are now, I love SW Florida! We used to spend at least a week every year in St. Petersburg, actually Treasure Island. My favorite nephew moved to Sarasota this year and we are hoping to make it down there this summer for a visit.

Geez, sorry I went on and on like that!

Michelle, I wish you a very happy, healthy, peaceful new year!

"See" you in the new year! ;-)

Tanya




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CTEMPLE 12/31/2008 6:20PM

    Hi Michelle and isn't life good always giving opportunities! Yes juggling cooking and shopping I never had to do for a whole family as I chose not to have children, but for a man it's more than enough. Very Glad to hear that R is well enough to give instructions and that you are enjoying your me time! It is a wonderful place and you have that to enjoy.
Happy New Year, it might defy predications and be a good one, life is full of surprises.
Claudia

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NASCARSUNSHINE 12/31/2008 6:19PM

    Like the new picture!

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NASCARSUNSHINE 12/31/2008 6:18PM

    I'm glad to hear that you are still making the time for yourself and your walks ZellaZM! I too have chili on today. Our Iowa Hawkeyes are down at the beach for the Outback Bowl Game down there tomorrow. I'm very glad to hear that your mother is able to be a teacher yet. Enjoy your New Year's Eve. and start to the brand New Year. Pretty quiet around here. Just dd and I for now. Dh is working at the job that isn't paying him. Oh well. emoticon

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What to say?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I'm pretty much a full-time caregiver at the moment. It's a joy to have this time with my parents but they are facing some tough decisions, and I'm in the uncomfortable position of getting them to face up to those decisions. There are times when I feel like I'm the only grown-up around, a feeling that will be familiar to anyone with elderly parents.

Although Mom is home from rehab now, she still needs time to recover and needs to take it easy. She sometimes tries to do too much at once, or they both plan too many activities for one day. In addition the calendar is FULL of appointments including weekly or twice-weekly visits from 3 therapists (physical, occupational, and speech) and a nurse.

I often feel that I have to almost demand time for myself, but they do honor my morning walk/run time. I especially look forward to that half hour or so every day. It's also a time to pray and reflect.

The weather here in SW FL is GLORIOUS at the moment and that makes it even better. When I see the sunsets here, I'm often reminded of the scripture from Isaiah where he describes a vision of the Lord with His train filling the temple. I imagine the train of the king being something like the beautiful colors and cloud patterns in the evening sky.

I'm also enjoying doing the cooking, under Mom's supervision :) Back home in Germany, I mostly cook for one. This is giving me a chance to try out some new recipes, including some here on Spark.

I've written a book again - emoticon - to anyone whose read this far! I WILL get around to visiting everyone's pages soon to wish you a joyous holiday season!

  
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NASCARSUNSHINE 12/21/2008 12:49PM

    I've missed your posts on the SheBoard and I've been worried about you Michelle. I'm very glad to hear that you are taking A LITTLE time for you daily. I am so envious of your temps. We are at -9 today with a wind chill of -37 and Blizzard Conditions. There is a no travel/no tow ban on as well. I am all hunkered down and doing some Christmas baking and have since Friday when we had our first snow day. Just know that you are thought about and prayed about daily Michelle. My dsister and I made the decision to contact the attorney to get the paperwork going for our family farm when I was down there last weekend. They go back 5 years, so we have to get this done before dparents get tooooo terribly bad, so know that you are not alone in your journey. emoticon

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PIANO*LADY 12/19/2008 8:29PM

    Michelle, I've been where you are, when you become the parent to your parents. It's not an easy road that you walk, but you have the Everlasting Arms to lean on. We walk with you and pray for you, Michelle.

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ANGELBELIEVER 12/18/2008 11:00AM

    Dear Michelle, I ive in Central Fl. . Glad you are here to enjoy the beautiful weather. My parents are 83 and 89 and they live in Pa. Luckily I have 2 brothers that live there, and one is only 5 minutes away. I pray that God will continue to give you strength and wisdom to be gracious to your parents as they make there life changing decisions. emoticon

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REYNJANET 12/16/2008 5:54AM

    Michelle emoticon I sure can understand. I'm at the point where the roles have changed too at times and I'm having to "mother" my mother. It is hard not only for us but for them. BUT Thank God He has given us this opportunity to return some of the nuturing that they have given us through the years.

Continue to take time for yourself. I'm glad your Mom is able to be home again. Enjoy this time with them. God will give you the wisdom and guidance you need.



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JANETELIZABETH1 12/13/2008 4:35PM

    Hi Michelle,
Good to hear from you again and especially how things are going for you.
I can imagine how difficult it is to balance your parents needs with a little time for YOU too.
But I know the Lord will undertake in all things.
God bless you richly,
Hugs, Janet.

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JULIE@FOURWINDS 12/13/2008 3:25PM

    Michelle, I am glad to hear your mother is doing better. I know what you mean about caring for your parents. My father lives about an hour from our place, and I usually go in town 1-2 times per week to help him run errands. It is a joy to be able to help him, but it does take time. You should check out the care group team I belong to. Check out my SP page, and you will see the team. They are a great support team, when you are taking care of people. Any questions, just let me know. Take care, and I shall talk to you again soon,

emoticon Julie

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FORMYDARLINGS 12/12/2008 12:51AM

    My good friend. Take it one day at a time and remark to yourself daily how blessed you are to have both your parents with you. I know how draining caretaking can be, so be sure you take those runs to energize yourself and to spend time reflecting. Have a wonderful Christmas at home=) and I know you'll keep the reason for the season close to you. Blessings,

Gini emoticon

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CTEMPLE 12/10/2008 4:47PM

    Dear Michelle hooray for the book! it's also ME time for you and we enjoy it!
Yes it's a challenge being a full time carer and of ageing parents, it can drive you nuts. But it's something that you will also cherish, there is no better time than the time of giving, it's so good for the spirit!
I'm also busy , DH is away visiting his family until Sunday and there is too much to do but getting along, 34 C doesn't help.
Life is good
Claudia

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SKISINCO 12/10/2008 2:15PM

    Good to hear from you Michelle! I can relate to what you are saying. I hope your sister (not sure if you have other siblings) appreciates what you are doing as it is not an easy task. You are definitely doing the right thing though and it sounds like you are making the best of it. Enjoy the cooking and I enjoyed your description of the sunsets there in FL. =)

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HOMEBUNNY 12/10/2008 12:45PM

    Enjoy your time with your parents. I am praying for you to have patience & wisdom in guiding your parents with those decisions. I am glad to see that you are able to take time to yourself. Continue to do that. Having that time will keep you strong & even when situations come up.

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