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Three Great-Grandmothers at Christmas...

Monday, April 06, 2015      14 comments

I have two granddaughters who are very special to me. Now nine and eleven years old, they bring joy into my life in immeasurable ways. They live about an hour away in the Atlanta area, and I feel very blessed to have them as a special part of ... Read more

Together Again

Tuesday, March 10, 2015      15 comments

Quick update: both parents are home with hospice care under their own roof. We have two hospital beds set up in two rooms with round the clock caregivers. Because of my dad's dementia and my mother's appearance after a massive stroke, it took ... Read more

Update on the Eldercare

Wednesday, March 04, 2015      16 comments

My mom continues to be cared for in the stroke unit of the hospital. She is on a pureed food diet with nectar thick liquids. I spent over an hour today coaxing her to eat and drink a total of just a few ounces of food/drink, but this was the b... Read more

Ups and Downs of the Week

Sunday, February 08, 2015      11 comments

It was a week of great frustration!! emoticon How did I deal with all of that frustration? Some days I ... Read more

Take Nothing For Granted

Saturday, January 17, 2015      11 comments

Our long trip for the funeral was supposed to end today. DH and I thought that we should have had an easy five hour drive home from Clarkesville, TN to Atlanta, Georgia. Unfortunately it wasn't meant to be. There were three very serious accide... Read more

A Mother's love

Saturday, January 10, 2015      33 comments

My mother-in-law died peacefully in Wisconsin before we arrived from Georgia. She had been hospitalized with the flu and developed other complications. She would have been 89 in a few days, but she is spending that birthday in heaven. She has... Read more

Healthy New Year

Wednesday, December 31, 2014      12 comments

I wish all of my Spark friends a very healthy new year. I plan to take steps to make it my healthiest new year ever! These past 7 months have really taken a toll as we have scrambled t to take care of aging parents. We have not seen or felt ... Read more

Christmas Visitors

Saturday, December 27, 2014      16 comments

Christmas morning brought news of a new challenge. My sister discovered a pretty substantial water leak in my mother's basement laundry room. The plumbing is quite old, so this isn't surprising. The only logical solution seemed to be to pack ... Read more

Heart Failure - Learn All About It

Thursday, December 18, 2014      15 comments

I am learning all about heart failure as I care for my parents. Nine days ago my 87 year old mother reluctantly agreed to allow me to take her to visit her doctor. She was so near a heart attack that her physician started her on oxygen and c... Read more

"We Are Not Immortal"

Thursday, December 11, 2014      17 comments

A character played by Loretta Young said this in the movie, Christmas Eve, and these are the last words my mother said to me before I left her at the hospital today. She was admitted there yesterday with heart failure; she has been my dad's ful... Read more

Gratitude for Everything (really?)

Sunday, November 23, 2014      14 comments

I heard some wonderful messages today about living with a grateful heart. It is rather easy to be grateful when things are going well. It is much more of a challenge to feel gratitude for the bumps in our lives- the losses, the misfortunes, t... Read more

Activity Brings Motivation

Tuesday, October 14, 2014      15 comments

I really didn't feel like walking after dinner tonight. Why not? I was absolutely exhausted; the tornado sirens had awakened me at 3:30 this morning, and I never went back to sleep. I had to drive home from DDs this morning in a downpour of t... Read more

Walking in October

Friday, October 10, 2014      11 comments

We have had a beautiful October in north Georgia...some cooler days and some warmer days. Sunshine abounds; we could actually use more rain. DH and I explored Georgia's newest state park with its walking trails through the woods. We packed... Read more

A Mini Vacation

Friday, August 22, 2014      16 comments

My husband and I were able to get away for a few days for a little respite. We chose to go to Callaway Gardens, a lovely vacation spot south of Atlanta. When I was 10 years old my parents began taking the family to Callaway for a week long vac... Read more

Hospice: An Update

Friday, July 11, 2014      21 comments

Those of you who shared with me the positive side of hospice were all correct. Although there are difficult moments, there are also many sweet moments to savor. Sunday was my father's 90th birthday, and a joyous day it was. Thankfully, he wa... Read more


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