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…

Surviving Sorrow

In the past twenty-four hours I’ve received calls from two friends who wanted to talk about how to love a grieving mom. One has a friend who lost her unborn baby last week. The other is loving a mom who’s son took his own life over the weekend. It’s not unusual for us who’ve experienced…

Tex-Mex Lasagna

One of my kids’ favorite meals was Tex-Mex Lasagna. It’s easy and fast to prepare plus it’s great reheated. 2 pounds extra lean ground beef 1 large onion, chopped 1 can Mild Rotel 1 can Original Rotel 4 cans Ranch Style Beans Flour tortillas 2 pounds shredded cheese (I use Mexican blend) Seasonings – garlic,…

Pandemic Haikus

From Marriam-Webster A friend suggested we write Pandemic Haikus. Here is mine: Covid. Stuck at home.Wild flowers. Beautiful.Even so, rejoice. Here are few from friends: By Angie And now there is time/To read books piled high for years/ Nested in pillows ———————— By Rachel coffee on the porchbirds singing from the treetopslife’s not all that…