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Tuesday, August 16, 2016      24 comments

My sister was recently here for a visit. I hadn't seen her in about 18 months and I knew, in that time, she had mostly given up sugar and lost quite a bit of weight. She looks very good. I definitely think of her as thin. I think of myse... Read more
A Tale of Two 4ths
Saturday, July 23, 2016      20 comments

For several years now some area businesses and organizations here place flags on all city lots for the Fourth of July. Last year I caught a beautiful picture of Tony lying in front of the flag. He looks so proud. ... Read more
Good day, Bad day
Monday, July 04, 2016      24 comments

First, I want to thank everyone who commented on my last blog. You were all so supportive and I appreciate that very, very much. Ordinarily I respond to each person who comments but these aren't ordinary times. Please know how much your kind ... Read more
Tough days ahead
Friday, July 01, 2016      29 comments

Today we will take my stepmother to a memory care facility. Her dementia has progressed so fast in the past two months. Her diagnosis was in March of 2013 and the really bad behaviors started this year. We went from having someone stay 24/7 s... Read more
Newest Painting
Wednesday, June 22, 2016      24 comments

I went to another painting class at the University last evening. I enjoyed this class A LOT. It was a great group of ladies and I am quite happy with this picture. I had to force myself to go as I had a rough afternoon with my stepmother but ... Read more
Being Slapped Across the Face with a Dead Fish
Friday, June 10, 2016      23 comments

I was reading something today that used that phrase to describe what it's like to raise teenagers. I think it's also a good phrase to describe what it's like to care for someone with dementia. I had a rough morning with my stepmother yeste... Read more
May 14, 2016
Saturday, May 14, 2016      17 comments

We had quite a wintry walk this morning. Here I was thinking all about the garden and yard and it is snowing like crazy. I bet Charlie was sorry he came along today. I bet Molly was wishing it would snow a lot. She's a little crazy like that... Read more
Tony...Learning or Not?
Monday, April 25, 2016      20 comments

One of my 16 in 2016 goals is to teach Tony to shake hands. I knew it would be challenging but I figured I had 366 days and he has a natural tenden... Read more
An instructor and a glass of wine
Friday, March 25, 2016      19 comments

My "Snowy Barnyard." It is a rather simple picture but I enjoyed revisiting my sky, snowy yard and pine tree skills previously learned. The barn was tough for me and I had to cover up some of what I had done with more sky. Something I had pre... Read more
When One Door Closes...
Wednesday, March 09, 2016      18 comments

DH has struggled with pain in his right buttock that began in August of 2012. Since that time, he has seen 5 doctors, 2 chiropractors, a massage therapist, an acupuncturist and 4 physical therapists. He's had 6 cortisone shots. The most recen... Read more
Tony Gets a Bedroom
Friday, February 26, 2016      21 comments

Last night I draped a blanket over a chair where Tony was sleeping. DH wondered if Tony would stay there all night. Neither of us thought so but Tony did stay there. Clearly Tony likes his new bedroom. ... Read more
The Birthday Girl
Monday, February 22, 2016      14 comments

Today is my step mother's 93rd birthday. We celebrated on Saturday with a small party. She remembered all of her children but not me or any of the sons-in-law. The dementia has taken away more and more but we have still been able to support h... Read more
Cardinal on Barn Board
Friday, February 19, 2016      18 comments

Last evening I did another Paint Away workshop. I wasn't as happy with this one. It was more cramped than the last venue and the crowd was quieter. I found it more challenging that I expected to work on the barn board and some of my challenge... Read more
Paint Away Workshop
Friday, February 12, 2016      18 comments

One of my 16 in 2016 items is to take a painting class and last night I did that. The class I went to was a group class and the instructor directed us in making a birches in snow picture. As advertised, this class was supposed to make a moonli... Read more
No Good, Very Bad Weekend
Sunday, January 31, 2016      16 comments

Okay, as soon as I wrote the title here, I thought hey it wasn't as bad as last weekend. That was when my stepmother went over to the great grandson's house across the street from them and told him there was a strange man in her basement making... Read more

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