Monday, May 31, 2010

OH MY BLOG AWARD!

Another Award!  Fun!



Thanks accidental carer!




Now, as recipient of this award I must .......and you must!


1. Get really excited that you got the coolest award ever!


2. Choose one of the following options of accepting the Oh My Blog! award:


(a) Get really drunk and blog for 15 minutes straight,


or for as long as you can focus.


(b) Write about your most embarrassing moment.


(c) Write a “soundtrack of your childhood” post.


(d) Make your next blog a ‘vlog’/video blog where


you’re basically talking to the camera about whatever.


(e) Take a picture of yourself first thing in the morning,


before you do anything else (hair, make up, etc) and post it.


3. Pass the award onto at least three, but preferably more,


awesome bloggers and let them know.


So, here goes #1!  I'm so excited and I just can't hide it, I know, I know, I know, I know I won this really cool award!!!  Whoo hoo!!!


For #2...

a, is not an option,

b, can't think of something embarrassing,

c and d, uh I don't think that will work,

e, hahaha, well, I am going for that one and be warned, I hardly ever let my picture be taken and I never ever would let it be taken in the a.m. such as what I have done!  But here we go!






Ok!  So I washed my hair and wrapped it in a towel! 
 But I don't have any makeup on!  And.. you only get half a face!

WELL, look at this, here is my embarassing moment!  Lol!



Now for #3,

a list of amazing individuals, caregivers, bloggers...people who have encouraged me, made me laugh, inspired me through these past months.



Some of you I have given another award to you, I will probably give one to you whenever I receive one because you are that special and important to me!


Donna - http://www.takeamomentforinspiration.blogspot.com/

Denise - http://www.caregiving.com/

Sharon -   > >>>   Bette -  >>>>these ladies are bloggers on caregiving.com, I am trying to find if they have a separate blog address, otherwise you can read many of their posts there.

Skye - http://thelanfords.com/

Judy - http://chrissysmoments.blogspot.com/

Karen - http://alzheimersandmomblog.blogspot.com/

Dolores - http://www.movingforwardwithalzheimers.blogspot.com/

Vicky - http://www.blogcatalog.com/blog/josephina-josemeana-even-with-dementia-shes-still-my-mom

Kaye - http://www.sandwichink.com/

And of course Beka! - http://miraclesdontbreakthelawsofnature.blogspot.com/


Next I must contact you all to let you know of your award!


Ok winners,  your turn to share the love!









Saturday, May 29, 2010

Blog Award! Happy 101!

This was sent to me by an amazing  young woman from my church, who I refer to as Laura Wilder!  Rebekah has one of the most lovely and coffee/tea obsessed blogs I have yet to come across!  She is amazing, you will be missing out on a special experience if you do not check out her blog!




Ok!  Now for the big picture?!

I must share 10 favorite things of mine...not sure if that is easy or hard!  But, here goes, and in no particular order!

Well first has to be the favorite sons, of which there are 4, as those of you who read my Meet The Family blog know!
(grouping the family pics a bit, not listing as individuals)


#1a
left to right - Dion, David, Daniel

and....
#1b
Aaron!

And of course the favoritest of favorites are known as the grandkids!

The oldest to the youngest......



#2a
Christina, Alyssa, Deryck and Darin


#2b
Tai, Aeryn, Trent and Bradford


                                       
#2b
The Youngest, 12 weeks old!



My college diploma!  I received this in 2009 after 2 years of college!
#3







My very bestest favorite caregiving friend.....Donna, otherwise lovingly referred to as New Yawker!
#4




Photography, places I've been, nature in particular!
The California coast!
#5





 
                                    #6   Music!
Contemporary Christian - Praise and Worship
Country - Bluegrass
Opera - Jazz
Instrumental
Classical
and I love to sing!
 

#7  Having BIG Dreams!


#8 PURSES!!! The bigger the better! This beauty was given to me by my oldest granddaughter!





#9 The biggest bestest pancakes made by a super special lady from church just for me!




and last but certainly not all....number 10...

 BLOGGING!!!!

Oo Oo!  I must add one more favorite!
My little Sam!  We kept Sam from the litter we had because he was a special needs kitty.  He had a curved spine, was smaller and slower developing then the others.  Samson, strong and mighty, roars like a lion!  Now he is extraordinary and wonderful!



Sam is on the right side, his sister Lilu (who we are kitty sitting for) is on the left!





Now my recommendations for this highly sought after award are:    

by caregiver Donna
Donna, caregiver to her mom, is truly an inspiration to us caregivers, funny and poignant, always there for you with the right word!  She's my bestest New Yawker caregiver friend!

by caregiver Karen
Karen and I share very much the same experiences with our moms right now, and we will be looking out our windows on Memorial Day.....

by caregiverr Vicky
Josephina is a joy to read about, she loves to dance and sing praises to God!

by caregiver Dolores
A beautiful love story between a wife and her husband, beautiful photos of past and present, garden delights!

by caregiver Judy
Chrissy has beautiful white hair and loves to make popcorn the old fashioned way on the stove!  Judy needs a lift right now as her mom is showing decline.

There are so many caregivers that are deserving of an award, to choose just a handful it very difficult.  My love and respect go out to all of you!


Ok now for your assignment!  Copy the picture of Happy 101 and post it in your award post, add a link to my blog, tell everyone of 10 of your favorite things, and then list at least 5 bloggers deserving of the Happy Blog Awards and links to each of them! 

                                Have fun and congrats to all!





Friday, May 28, 2010

Summertime is Calling



Summertime is calling....but not to me.
Barbecues are being enjoyed all around me to see.

Soaking up sunshine at beaches
Warm breezes caressing as they picnic at parks
Parades of the present, reminding of parades past
Brief glimpses of fireworks from the back door
No point in wanting to see more...

Festivals, I don't like crowds, and I don't like noise..
but I remember a tasty turkey drumstick..
would like just one more?

    Inside is where my responsibility lies..
In staleness and silence
Hard to not envy, hard to not cry
So much has been missed, so much missed still
How long will it go on, how long till?


As I was feeding mom a few minutes ago and we were watching the Lord of the Dance video, I had the thought that there will be some who will look at this poem and think, boy she is self-centered...boo-hoo, why doesn't she just go and do some of these things?  Or, what a horrible daughter, asking how long before her mom passes!  As I feed her a spoon of nutritional pudding, looking at her slender, fragile frame now confined to bed because of the pinched nerve in my neck, yeah, I can ask how long till...and not be a monster, but someone who has given up basically everything to try and give her mom the best care she can as long as she can, but how long is that....so I can maybe go to a picnic again?  I know who of you get this and understand.

Friday, May 7, 2010

96 Years....A Birthday Blog




As a birthday tribute to mom,  I would like to repost an entry I wrote some time ago, called Mom and Me, Remembering Special Times.   


As a child, going downtown with mom was a treat. We would catch the bus down the block for our house and in minutes, (though in my young person excitement it seemed much longer), arrive downtown. We would go to J. C. Penney's, maybe Zahn's and t hen almost always stop at Woolworth's and take a seat at their soda fountain for a strawberry sundae! It came in one of those tall shake glasses. I remember lots of times I couldn't finish that big sundae, but I sure gave it a try! Those berries were so good! To drink, I would have an orange soda, maybe it was a Crush. That was the only kind of soda I could handle, and even that was hard for me to drink, the carbonation would always burn my throat. Woolworth's, a memory intact and a store now long gone. 

As a young adult, mom and I would run around town doing various things, that's after she finally got her license at 50 something! One of our favorite stops for lunch was the Big Boy restaurant. I don't recall my favorite food there, but i do know what my favorite desert was! Cheesecake! Love it! Had to have it every time we were there. It was the best I have ever had! Big Boy's, a memory intact, a restaurant long one from this city.




Some of the things we enjoyed doing was gong to rummage and craft fairs. Mom was a very crafty lady in her later years. She took up tole painting and painted many lovely items. She would shop the rummage sales for wood items that she could paint. She also took up quilting and mad some beautiful quilts, tackling some difficult and challenging designs not just patchwork types. And her sewing! She did mostly hand sewing, making the tiniest stitches that just boggled my mine, and they were even in size and spacing! Good eyesight and control of her hands! Skills that have long since been layed aside as the years clouded into her mind.

                                                                          
                           


Collections were a big part of her life too, frog stuff, owl stuff, painting stuff, quilting stuff, recipes, rocks, shells and just plain ole stuff! In the latter years she liked angels and large porcelain angel dolls. Now, 'things' are insignificant to her. Even the basic needs for life have no value to her.


One of our favorite once a year stops was Long Grove, IL. This is and old fashioned little town whose homes and buildings were turned into all kinds of shops and restaurants. There is a wonderful confectionery, a bakery and our favorite place to stop, The Apple House. Here you could, at the right time of day, see them make apple cider. We always had to buy some fresh cider, especially from the sippy apples! Fresh baked apple treats were always available as well, and samples of their featured bakery item. Oh, and the herb shop! What an explosion to the senses! Even if we didn't buy a thing, we had to go in there and breathe deeply! And I can't forget the Irish store, where the best homemade Irish soda bread ever is sold! We always bought several to take home. There are antique shops, toy shops, craft shops and so on. It was always a fun place for us to go. We have even taken the kids and the husband, but the best times were when it was just mom and me!


We took a trip almost every summer, it was mom's way of escaping my grandma! We would go to Ohio, or Oregon to visit relatives. Two of my favorite memories are riding in the upper deck of the double deck train through the mountains, seeing the majestic Mount Hood rise out of the lake as we rounded the bend, going to the redwood forest in CA, and standing inside the huge redwood trees. We also rode the bus on many of our trips. On one of these trips, as we were about to get off, mom said to the man in front of us, "Could you please let my daughter off, she is about to get sick?" He didn't ....and I did....got sick.....all over the back of his nice suit. She warned him right?


These are fond memories of times shared with mom,
as for her they are but wisps,
tucked away in a distant place in her mind.




 Happy Birthday Mom!