MOM Saturday June 24.2006

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100_1448a, originally uploaded by lal3509.

Mom enjoys a much needed brownie.

Published in: on June 25, 2006 at 11:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Every Day is a Brand New Day

Returned from visiting my brother and sister-in-law in Decatur, and we spent the day with my mom. Picked her up from the nursing home in the late morning and she spent the day at Terry's house with us and the little kids. My nephew Mark and his little family was there as well. 

As expected Mom did not know my name when I arrived at the nursing home.  She was so glad to see me, recognized me as someone important to her, but who, she could not say.  She was just so glad to see me and hug me.  And I was so glad to see her too.  She is actually physically doing better.  Her posture and walking have improved since she has been having Physical Therapy  several times a week.

Most of the time she really cannot tell you who she thinks you are.  Just that she knows you, but can't remember your name, or what the relationship is.  She confuses my brother with her father a lot of the time, and at times thinks my brother ownes the nursing home where she lives.  She asked him one day if he was a big shot there, since everyone seemed to do what he wanted them to.?

She was in good spirits most of the day, but taking her home was sad.  She wet her pants, and that embarrassed her to no end.  Then at the nursing home she didn't want us to leave, and she didn't want to stay.  She was very frightened, which makes me sad, because I feel like I am abandoning a child in a strange place.That is how it feels.  After a while she was overcome by exhaustion, from being out all day with only a short nap and she agreed to go to bed.  We left her with her teddy bear that we brought her for company.

Every day is a brand new day for mom. I am sure that she won't even remember that we were there.   Slate wiped clean. New memories to forget. Imagined jobs to do.   New places to go that aren't there, people to meet she knew 60 years ago. A husband to forget, children you don't know you had, a lifetime forgotten.

There is still a lot of love in her heart, I can feel it when she puts her frail arms around me and her head on my shoulder. I don't believe I have felt so much love for my mother as I do now. 

Published in: on June 25, 2006 at 11:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mom-Update

Well my mom has been at the nursing home for about 4  weeks now and seems to be doing pretty good. My brother has been keeping me posted on her since he stops by the nursing home daily.  We are going to Decatur tomorrow for the weekend to visit him and see mom.  He always has a story about some little thing that has happened.  One day he went in and mom was wearing two different shoes-one was hers and one was her neighbors. Another day she had on someonelse's shirt; never did find out who it belonged to.

For the past two weeks she has complained that her eyes hurt and she couldn't see.  So Terry took her to Lenscrafter-where he just got her new glasses in March-to see what was wrong.  Well, she had on someone else's glasses!!! Terry was so flabergasted that he didn't even notice that they were not the same frames.  Well, never did find the glasses so we got new ones from Lenscrafter and he put some bright tape on them, hoping we could recognize them if they go missing again!!

I am looking forward to seeing her.  She told Terry recently that she hoped I would come visit her since she hasn't seen me in two or three YEARS.  We probably will have a great reunion.

Everyday is a brand new day for mom

Published in: on June 23, 2006 at 6:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sunset


Sunset, originally uploaded by lal3509.

Isn't this the most glorious sunset. Or at least the beginning of one. It had been overcast most of the day and a wind came up and started to break up the clouds at around 7pm. The sun just shot through the clouds. It was breath taking.

Published in: on June 12, 2006 at 2:45 am  Leave a Comment  

EBAY Junkie

I have become an EBAY Junkie.  I don't really buy much. When I first started, like any addiction, I just went on a little. I bought a few things and I remember the absolute THRILL I felt when I won my first auction! It was so much like a High! Then waiting for the box, then getting my item, which I now cannot remember.  Then the let down, followed by extended surfing EBAY until I found another item to bid on.  I quit cold turkey for a while, when I won an auction on something I bid on and couldn't remember anything about, or why I wanted an opaque projector in the first place.  It is still in the box in the back hall.

I got hooked again because my Daughter needed extra income. She is a single mom and was looking for a part time job.  A coworker told her she was making good money selling her kids used clothes on EBAY.  So Christy looked through the girls closets and decided to sell some Skating costumes that the girls had out grown, and her part time job developed itself.  She now shops thrift store not just for her family but for resale.  She is doing so good, I decided to try my hand at it.

I have sold a couple of items and have about 15 more up for auction now. Some is stuff I had already and some I bought at the local thrift store for resale. (They have half off on Monday! So I got some good Inventory, cheap)  I hope that I do well, I need to find my niche.

Anyway, I find I am checking my EBAY account 20 times a day.  Seeing if anyone has bid on my Ann Taylor skirt, or my unused Stampin'Up Stamp set.  I can't stay away. I keep hoping for more watchers, more bids, MORE MONEY!

Like so many of us I am looking for a way to supplement my dwindling paycheck.  Gas keeps going up, groceries are higher, our Property Taxes went up this year, and the School district referrendum passed finally and they will go up next year another $500-700 per year!!  In the mean time I have not had a raise in nearly 6 years. 

So Wish me luck, I am looking for my niche.  Something lots of EBAYER'S want, that I can supply and make a bundle on. Or at least enough to pay for the braces that R needs.

Published in: on June 7, 2006 at 6:57 pm  Comments (1)