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Finding balance...

Friday, August 30, 2013

I spent the morning with my parents. I worked in the garden picking corn with my dad, then with my mom freezing the corn. After we had finished the crate of corn we had picked mom and I had a conversation about why she is reluctant to have me move in with them. She seems to think that she will be driving again in the near future. The idea should strike fear in the hearts of drivers everywhere. She was not a good driver before this latest episode. Now I think she would be down right dangerous behind the wheel. I certainly would not want to be in the passenger seat. Also, she is thinking of how it was 15 years ago when I lived with them for a short while. I was very sick at the time, and I was the one in need of a caregiver. Now the roles have been reversed and she is not comfortable with that reality.

So, part of finding balance for me today is taking a rest day. I haven't really taken one in over a week. I took a week to rest after my vacation... sort of. But not really. A lot of my exercise this week was kayaking, which doesn't feel like exercise to me since I enjoy it so much. I only went out for one run this week I just couldn't find the time. I am not feeling very motivated to get out and run, when I am busy doing other things. I am going to get out there at least twice next week though, even if they are only short runs.

River clean up is next week, so we will probably do a day or two of that. Plus we want to do at least two more days on Lake Erie. But kayaking season is drifting to an end within the next couple of months. My brother wants to do more snowshoeing this year, which would be fun. I really enjoyed it last Winter. My mom said they are predicting a lot of snow this Winter, so hopefully conditions will be good.

As you can tell my thoughts are wandering today... lol!!
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    Even though you did not get in the runs that you wanted to, I bet that you got a workout in lots of other ways. I can't picture you sitting still. I hope you have a great weekend!!! emoticon
    1659 days ago
    I hope the situation with your parents works out.

    Snowshoeing sounds fun. I've never actually tried it before, but then, living in south Alabama, we don't get any snow.
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    You know, LESLIELENORE, I envy you. You found a sport that you enjoy, so working out is a pleasure. I look forward to someday find an exercise that I enjoy, too. emoticon
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    1660 days ago
    I love your blogs b/c I feel like I went through your day with you. :)
    1660 days ago
    I hope you and your mom work this out! It is really hard to deal with aging parents. :(
    1660 days ago
    The role reversal does happen as our parents get older. We took care of my parents for 7-9 yrs. and had four kids at home at the time, but I don't regret a minute of it. Just be sure and give yourself breaks. It is hard for them to give up their independence and requires patients on your part. I hope all works out for you and your mom. I think you are doing a good job with your exercise, after hearing you describe the kayaking, it sound more like work to me, lol. Have a great Labor Day weekend.

    1660 days ago
    I really hope things work our for you and your parents.

    Have a great time paddling!

    1660 days ago
    It's hard for people to lose their independence. It's also hard to be a caregiver. Take care of yourself. It's hard to see people that you love decline. It's good to rest and let the mind wander. emoticon I wish they had a kayak, a sailboat, and a canoe icon, or at least an anchor icon.
    1660 days ago
    You deserve your rest honey. Good vibes being sent your way! emoticon
    1660 days ago
    Praying for you and your mom that she will come to terms with this new reality. You are incredibly healthy now. Half the size, twice the woman with an incredible grace and sensitivity not to want to step on her toes or push in where she isn't ready to have you. Has her doctor been made aware of the driving situation? Maybe there are medical reasons to limit her access to the keys, thus not making you the 'bad guy' for grounding her. Whether in town or at the farm I know you will continue to make all your healthy lifestyle choices and not let your own health issues hobble you.
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