A Garage-ful of Stuff

  My in-laws have - well, hopefully now we can say had - a mouse problem.  Traps were set and five mice were caught.  Meanwhile, industrious friends and relatives have removed everything from the kitchen cabinets and strewn the contents all over...

Did She or Didn't She?

  So there I sat at the dining room table this morning, working on my latest cross-stitch project.  The light in the south-facing dining room is the best in the house, plus of course, there are big glass french doors in there!  Anyway, back to me. ...

Mom's Strange Sense of Humor

  A group of neighbors were sitting around Mom & Dad's picnic table one afternoon.  I don't remember why I was there - maybe I hadn't left home yet.  After a while, someone started to get up, saying they were sitting in the hot draft from the...

Famous Last Words

  Mom was in a nursing home.  She put herself in there because she had fallen asleep sitting in her recliner with a cigarette in her hand.  If my sister hadn't been there, Mom might have burned down the whole building.  She had only been in the...

The Perfect Age

Well, there's no such thing, is there?  I thought that being 15 would be the perfect age.  I thought I'd find an older boyfriend who could drive, I thought school would be much more fun, and on and on.  None of those things happened.   When I...

You CAN Teach an Old Cat New Tricks!

  My husband's cat isn't the brightest bulb.  What she lacks in intellect she more than compensates for by being charmingly stupid.  I swear, she wakes up, starts walking toward something ... who knows what she's thinking ... then all of a sudden,...

All Roads Lead to June

  My father-in-law has gone almost instanly from reluctantly cooperative to completely stubborn and unreasonable.  He says now he will not go stay with hubby's sister; he will not move to the nursing home with Mom; he will stay in the trailer by...

Getting Organized

  Man, oh man, it's not easy to find in-home health care for the elderly.  I just finished slogging through pages and pages of organizations, and none of them are specific enough with their information.  I'm going to have to start all over and do...

Letters; I get Letters!

  I've had pen pals for years.  I chose the first one from a list of hopefuls in a Methodist Youth magazine.  She was from South Dakota.  I remember what a thrill it was to get that first letter in response to mine!  We were a lot alike - both...

So Many Changes All of a Sudden!

I just got word that my dear Aunt Wanda died a few days ago.  There will be a memorial service for her next month at the old family cemetery.  I'd better start working on Hubby as soon as I can.  He isn't one for driving all day.   We also got...

My Daughter is Coming! My Daughter is Coming!

She's an accountant, so her busiest season is just behind her now.  She hasn't been to visit in a little over a year - she was here for her grandma & grandpa's 70th anniversary.  I really miss her.  We like to shop the same way.   The little...

Some Thoughts on Mom

I know I probably talk about Mom too much, but she's pretty interesting and of course I was thinking about her yesterday.   She was a tall woman who liked big things - big purses, big jewelry, big fabric prints.  When my sister and I were kids,...

No Excuses

I haven't written for a while because I'm embarrassed about not losing any weight.  I can go a couple of days and do very well, then I fall off the wagon and eat too much of the wrong thing.  This week, it was spaghetti and meatballs.  I think I'd do...

We're so Hopeful!

My mother-in-law only asked us to take her home once today.  She seemed more cheerful.  When we got there, a charming little aide was putting her clothes in the dresser.  We added to the chore by giving Mom two more nightgowns, a light robe and a...

Waiting and Watching

Hubby's mom is still in the hospital.  All her tests are good now and she should be moved to a nursing home for physical therapy on Monday.  Yikes!  That's tomorrow!  We have to go to their place so I can pack some nighties & a couple of regular...

Limited Success

Hey, all, I have lost 4 whole lb. - am now a svelte 244.  It would be nice to get below 240.  After that, I'll set a new goal.   My mother-in-law is still in the hospital.  She's in CCU with an IV in each arm, those inflating leg bags, oxygen...

No Excuses, But ...

We got a call from my father-in-law on Tuesday afternoon around 1:00.  He said that mother-in-law's arms were black from the elbows to the fingertips and she was also bleeding from her ... well, you can guess.  I called her doctor and was told by the...