Wednesday, April 16, 2014

~ Remembering My Mother ~

Eleven years ago today, my mother made her transition to Heaven. She had been ill for a long time and didn't know any of us. It was so difficult to watch her deteriorate over the years. One thing I'm sure of, she has everything up there clean and shining!  We didn't have a "perfect" relationship but when you lose a parent, I believe it leaves a huge void in one's life.  I so hope that she and Abby have connected...what a team. :)  

Thursday, April 3, 2014

~ Choices ~

 The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.
After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.
“Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.”
“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.”
She went on to explain, “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing.”
And with a smile, she said: “Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less

Saturday, March 22, 2014

~ Ramblings ~

No, this is not me...but this is the way I've felt this past week!  
It's a very long and boring story...just suffice it to say that I probably should not have electronics in my home.  I decided to change cable/internet providers and it's been a total fiasco!  I changed email addys in the process. The change didn't work out so I returned to my original provider.  There have been technicians in and out of here daily....for hours at a time!  Furniture has been moved out, a new piece brought in which my son-in-law was kind enough to assemble for me. Furniture has been moved all around the living area and at the moment it looks like I just moved in. One provider needed the connection on one wall and then the original provider needed it back on the original wall. Tomorrow will be a new day of putting things in order again.

In the midst of all this,  Linda, of Life and Linda, was kind enough to do some changes and updates to my blog. Besides being such a sweetheart and immensely talented, she has the patience of Job!  My internet was down a lot, the new email was not fun and yet she hung in there with me. If you would like a blog update, by all means contact her!  She is outstanding!! 

Also, for the past few weeks I've been helping my daughter and s-i-l pack, move and unpack. I've really felt for them as I know how very difficult it is to move. 

I know everyone is ready!  How are the temps in your area?  We've had some absolutely perfect days...high 60's and 70's with no wind. We reached 85 I believe one day this past week. Today? It's cloudy, windy and back to colder temps. 

Yesterday was 9 months since we lost Abby. It's still so difficult to "get it" that she's gone. I continue to expect to see or hear her. Most days are better now, however, the sad ones return at times. It's just the process we have to go through. Continuing to find ways to honor her helps most of all!

I hope to be able to return to blogland in the next week. I've missed visiting and seeing what everyone is up to. I certainly haven't had the mind to blog, even if I'd had the internet working! :) In the midst of all this chaos, I lost my blog list so I'm trying to add that back. Blogger has not been fun case you didn't know.  Oh well...

IF you've made it this far, thanks so much!  :)  I so appreciate your taking the time to stop by and I hope you'll leave a comment.  Those make me happy, happy, happy!!  (Yeah, Duck Dynasty!)