Friday, March 27, 2015

Silverstone:

Dad and I moved Mom from the facility she was in to a brand new Nursing Home called Silverstone.
The care she was getting at the last one wasn't the greatest.  Luckily, my sister, Katie knew of this new facility.  They only had three residents so far.  She had to pull some strings but we got Mom admitted.  She now has her own room, own bathroom and better nursing care.

I am grateful for Kate finding and helping Mom to get into the new facility.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Technology:

Cash
Cash was quietly playing in April and Mike's bedroom when she went to check on him.  He had the cell phone charger and was trying to plug it in to his toy cell phone!  Kids certainly learn technology quick anymore!!

I am so grateful for this little guy; love him more each day.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Monday:

Kind of a nice day.  Todd came by for a visit in the morning.  Talked him into moving some flower bushes for me.  I piddled around cleaning out some flower beds.  I love cleaning them out in the Spring but when Summer comes and time to take care of the flowers, I don't do it.  I neglect them mostly.  But, oh to take your bare hands (I know, I should wear gloves as you never know what you might be reaching into) and rake out the leaves and around small shoots of flowers coming out of the ground.  I love that.
Took Dad to see Mom in the afternoon.  The weather was nice so we took her out to the gazebo.  She loved getting to go outside.  The wind picked up and it started getting cooler so we went back inside.  Poor Mom, she is so unhappy there.  (and I don't blame her, I would be too)  Her room is so small with the roommate and furniture.  There is barely enough room to stand to visit.  We can slide in and sit on the bed or stand up.  She's doing good with therapy but still not steady enough on one leg to come home.  She thinks she is coming home soon, but we will have to wait as she can't have any weight on her left foot and ankle for two months total.
Chad and Todd are repainting their bedroom and putting down new floor.  She's pretty excited about that.

Grateful for these days with Mom and Dad.

Weekend Update:

Friday:
I came down with another cold so I couldn't take Dad to see Mom.  My niece, MacKensie was out of school for the day so she took him.
Saturday:
Poor Dwayne had to work overtime again.  I pretty much just laid around and watched TV.  Todd came over in the afternoon and a little later, Chad.  I love these visits.  They both asked when Cash would be over again.  They were excited he'd be there the next day.
Sunday:
I went to church and then just watched Dwayne and the boys working in the yard.  April and Cash were at a bridal shower in Vienna and were coming over later.  I fixed baked chicken along with side dishes.  One of the easiest deserts to make is an egg custard pie that you don't need to make a crust for.  My nephew, Troy came over to see what we were doing as there was a lot of smoke from where the guys were burning leaves.  He stayed for supper.  Troy stayed with us a lot when he was younger.  We used to joke that he was our step-child as we had him weekends, summers and holidays.  The six of us used to sit around the table for supper and this was a nice reminder of those days.

Custard Pie:
4 eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup melted butter
2 cups milk
1 tsp. vanilla
(I add a little bit of cinnamon)
Mix as listed. 
Baked at 350 for 45 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean.

We had a good time visiting on the back deck and playing with Cash.  His uncles are sure proud of him.   Uncle Chaddy usually has him most of the time.  He had started up the back stairs and forgot something so he backed down the stairs.  Cash found that to be the funniest thing ever.  So Uncle Chad did this several times and Cash would crack up laughing.  We all enjoyed watching him laugh and play.

Cash and Uncle Chad

Cash with Grandpa
 
I didn't get up to see Mom over the weekend as I still didn't feel the greatest.
Most grateful for my family.

Weekly Visit:

For the past two weeks I've been going alone to visit the kids.  Dwayne has been working overtime.
Cash is excited to see me but nothing like when he sees his Grandpa.  Now he looks around me and puts his hands in the air like "where is Papa"

I am grateful for these weekly visits.

St. Pat's Day:

St. Pat's Day snuck up on me this year.  I have a few decorations to put out; only a shamrock this year.  No corned beef and cabbage, but we did have ham and eggs.  Does that count? 
Never did get in the "St. Patty's mode" but had fun decorating for the kids throughout the years.
I always make a heart shaped meatloaf for Valentine's Day.  I tried making a shamrock meatloaf one year and put green peppers on top of it.  It was a nice thought but didn't look the greatest.
 
Happy belated St. Pat's Day!
 
I am grateful for each day given to me.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Weekend Update:

The weekend was pretty much visiting with Mom and Dad.  Dad has pneumonia but the doctor didn't want him back in the hospital as there were so many viruses going around and he had just been in the week before for influenza.  Katie took Dad home with her.
Friday:
Visited with Mom in the daytime and then sat with Dad Friday night as Katie had to go to St. Louis.
Saturday:
Spent the whole day and early evening with Mom.  Dad felt well enough for Katie to bring him up to see Mom.  Mom is still having a hard time breathing due to the pneumonia and asthma.
Sunday:
Dwayne came home Saturday getting sick.  Sunday, he was really sick all day.  He looked miserable.
He slept all day and on into the night.
I went to church, came home to check on Dwayne and then on to see Mom.  She seemed to be doing better.
Monday:
Dwayne was so sick, got him a doctor's appt. and took him in.  He was given two shots and loaded up with medicine.  By evening, he was feeling better.
Monday evening, I took Dad to see Mom.  While I was there, Kate came in and not longer, Judy.  We had a mini family reunion minus Russ.  Mom loved having us all there.

I am grateful the family comes together to help Mom and Dad through these tough times.

(I feel like it's not affecting me, but I am so drained and I do not want to do anything at home.  Maybe I'm just using my strength to be with Mom and Dad and that's all I have to give.  Although, I have a wonderful husband and he does not complain about it, I feel like I should make him better meals and take care of him more.  He says I'm doing all I can at the time.)