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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

June in a Nutshell

Wednesday, July 02, 2014      16 comments

The month of June has surely been a tough one for me. My dad was in the hospital for 2 weeks, and he has been home with 24 hour caregivers these past 2 weeks. Tomorrow the hospice nurse will meet with the family. Understandably, I have... Read more

Hospice

Friday, June 27, 2014      19 comments

My dad will be 90 years old on July 6th. He is now home from the hospital, but his doctor has recommended that we call in hospice care. He suffers from severe dementia, and we hope to be able to keep him at home and keep him comfortable for h... Read more

Two Happy Doctors

Tuesday, May 27, 2014      12 comments

This morning I had my yearly physical, and my doctor was happy with what he saw. The nurse commented on my weight loss and congratulated me. Weight was good, blood pressure was good, and we expect that the lab work will yield good results. ... Read more

Maintenance...41 weeks in a row

Saturday, May 24, 2014      12 comments

Today I weighed in a bit below my goal weight for the 41st week in a row, and I breathed a sigh of relief. I'm not sure why the official weigh in makes me nervous, but it does. I do weigh each morning, but I always wonder if somehow my scale... Read more


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