Good morning everyone! I just wanted to pass along my whereabouts lately as I haven't been as active here as I always love to be. There have been times over the past few days when I'm not even sure where I am!
One thing I do know is that I've been
sleeping over at my parents' home lately. I've been going there later in the afternoon and overnight, and then up and at 'em
early to come back home to check on my Spark buds and take care of business at the homefront.
The reasoning behind my sleepovers and more is that, you know when you get that feeling
that something just doesn't feel right? For some reason, and one that scares Mom and me, is that my Dad seems to more down
and saying that he's not hungry and other things that gives us that uneasy feeling as to what is going on. He's 86 and always loved being sooooo active for all of his life, but after a back surgery, mild heart attack, stroke and now Parkinsons, he is totally limited as to mobility and it's like he has lost his spark and is giving up.
But, he tends to forget that I got my determination and stubbornness from him and I'm not ready to let him keep going down that road. I can still bring on a smile and laugh -- and that may be the best therapy for him right now. Action, movement and more! We're doing it!
Last evening I brought my two
dogs along to romp around with their
dog -- and Dad loves to watch them all run around the living room. One "tail" is chasing another, sniffing on this one, sniffing on that one, eating out of the other one's bowl and more -- but they all get along great and they're such loyal and loved companions -- and definitely know how to add activity to a room! Pet this one, pet that one and keep Dad smiling even if we're not sure which dog we're petting after awhile!
And, thanks to Sparks, Mom and I have been "creating" healthy meals! She always makes healthy meals, but we're having fun "creating" new ones!
A little eggplant in this, or how about a little jicama in that one -- you just never know what we'll come up with! We've done a veggie pizza
and now I think we're going to move into the
soup mode. Hmmm....leftover ham, low-fat cheese, should we toss in a diced tomato? What should the base be? I'm going for more of a potato base. But, we'll see what we come up with this evening. You just never know!! We're experimenting and having fun playing in the kitchen!! Maybe that's why Dad says he hasn't been hungry lately!
It's our creativity and fun at work! But, unfortunately, Mom said he has been saying that for awhile -- so back to those uneasy and worried feelings and we can't even blame them on the dinners we've been making.
Another reason I may be missing here on Sparks for a bit more is that yesterday there was a strange vehicle that drove up a section of their 1/4 mile driveway and drove directly into the woods! Huh? Who is that? And, why? There isn't a trail there, no tracks that someone else has driven in, meaning why would anyone want to drive through smaller trees to go into the woods through the deep snow and ditch? It turns out that the same vehicle and unknown occupants did the same sort of thing by my sister's home which is right next to my parents but closer to the highway (and you can't see their home as the woods are between as well). My brother-in-law was able to go to the vehicle and ask them what they were looking for and didn't get a response. He told them the land was posted as "No trespassers" and that they should leave, but they didn't move very fast? What's up with that? But eventually they left and my brother-in-law noted there was no license on their vehicle, which really brought up the questions! So, he called the police and they came to check out the tracks, etc., where the vehicle entered on one side of the woods (by my sister) and then the other side (my parents' driveway) and couldn't see anything unusual, but they're going to keep an eye on the area as there have been break-ins, vandalism, etc., and this is somewhat in a rural and quiet area. So, by me going up and down the driveway every day with fresh tracks, these unknown people can see there is activity going on at this home and up at the house on top of the hill, as Mom doesn't drive that often and not in deep snow, so the house can look vacant from the main road if there aren't any tracks coming in or out. But, I'm plowing through and making fresh tracks at different times of the day and night, so, sorry, for those that are trying to find out if anyone lives there or if you know that there are two elderly people living there on their own. It's just sad when a person has to think like this or distrust other's actions -- but nowadays, unfortunately, you need to at times and better safe than sorry! And, if anyone wants to make my parents worry, get ready....I may only be 115 pounds--but
let me at 'em! More so, where's the phone and I'll handle this situation by calling for help. The cars and other buildings are locked and secure, so we've done what we can and let's hope this is a one-time occurrence.
So, to sum is all up, I've been spending my
nights between two homes and it's a good thing we don't live too far apart with the bad weather we've been having! I'm adding more activity and fun at my parents' home and also to share a little extra care to the caregiver (Mom) who has been feeling like she doesn't how long she can handle it all. She's a
toughie -- but even toughies need to take care of themselves and their well-being, and I'm there to make sure she does! Create our fun meals, play cards to keep the minds active, talk out our feelings about things in our lives which otherwise we feel we aren't always able to do with others in our lives. Just let it out and feel better afterwards -- what great therapy for the both of us!
So, you can see that I've been juggling my
hours and days, being here, there or on the road
Same with being on-line!
while at home but no Internet access
while at my parents.
But, no matter what, remember to:
Keep the smiles coming
Share the love
Don't give up
Make each day count!
everyone and make your day happen in a super great and safe way!