Valuable Things

Ron is off social media for a while, but I want to brag on him. Wednesday he called and asked me to schedule a sitter for Friday evening so we could go out with friends. (I have to schedule such things with the agency else he would have called.) Thursday evening he listened while I…

No, I Am Not Worried

Saturday morning musings…. Someone asked me last night if I worried about E. Short answer: No. I’m not worried. I am realistic and saddened by this disease. Sometimes I’m angry at the disease, but I work to treat E with grace regardless of what the disease throws at us. I’m not worried; I choose to…

Record Keeping

Record Keeping Are you caring for a loved one? Do you struggle with all the paperwork for your LO? I use a heavy-duty 2” binder. I start a new binder each year. All receipts, bills, Medicare & SS forms, etc go into the notebook. Everything is filed by date within sections. Here are the dividers/sections…

The Drawer

Today I cleaned out The Drawer. We have antique chest of drawers in our entry way. It came from my parents’ home more then seven years ago. She gave it to me just two months before The Accident. She’d bought it at a garage sale and painstakingly refinished it. It was in their breakfast room…

Grateful in Dementia

I was thinking about some things that happened Thursday. I realized I can be grateful even in the midst of this horrible disease. I went for an Essential Caregiver visit. (Texas now allows Essential Caregivers to enter facilities.) I knew I needed to organize E’s closet, quickly go through drawers looking for trash, and clean…

Disappointment Is a Wonderful Feeling

Something unusual happened today. We’ve been married 36 years. That’s a long time. We are getting older. We’ve spent lots of time together. It’s easy to get used to things, to get used to each other. Ron comes home for lunch a couple of times each week. I don’t know when he’s coming or what…

My Morning. And Mowing. And Flying.

How’s your morning going? Mine? Thanks for asking! I’ll tell you. Got up early to mow while Ron was in Bible study. It’s a beautiful morning to mow in North Texas. I was mowing the front pasture with my zero-turn mower. About two acres. I decided to mow the steep slope next to the driveway,…

Grief Brain

Grief Brain. It’s real. Here’s my story. About ten months after The Accident, Ron and I were traveling and scheduled a night in Hot Springs. We planned to go to the While We’re Waiting Support Group Meeting. We live six hours away in Texas. This was Ron’s first time. I’d driven over for a prior…