What have you been watching?

My family has a new favorite show that we can agree on is the show Expedition Unknown which we found on the Travel Channel (on cable).      http://www.travelchannel.com/shows/expedition-unknown

#ExpeditionUnknown

At first I wasn’t sure about it, but I can now say it is one of my favorite shows.  Josh Gates definitely makes exploring places I will probably never get to go interesting.

 

I have a few other favorite shows, but my family don’t really watch them.

  • Little Big Shots which I found on ABC.  It is funny and neat to see these really smart and creative kids.  #littlebigshots
  • The Voice – This is at least the second season that I have watched.  I love that I can put it on in the background and listen to it while I am working in the kitchen if I have to.  #theVoice
  • Designated Survivor – I started watching this last year and I was really happy when it started again in March 2017.  This is the only fiction show I watch and I really like it.  Last November 20/20 actually reported on the real designated survivor.  I just checked and it appears that you can still watch that episode, if you want.   #designatedsurvivor

So, what are your favorite shows?

Heather

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Not positive, but it’s life…

This is one of the most difficult posts I will probably ever write.

My mom died in April.  I am glad I moved her into Assisted Living near me the last few months of her life, but she had not been to a doctor in over eight years before she was evaluated by a Immediate Care Physician so she could move into the facility (basic health information was taken and Mom answered all questions ‘I am fine’).  We determined recently that mom had an unknown medical condition.

Even in her last week Mom would see us arrive and say ‘I am fine’ even though it was obvious to us that she wasn’t.

So, I am sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but I have been busy dealing with everything (I am definitely not done and was warned that it could take a year before everything is done – ugh).

I promise that my next post will be positive.

Later – H

I am still here and takeaways

The end of January / beginning of February have been an interesting and sometimes stressful time for my family.  Here are some takeaways :

  • Don’t take your health for granted – We abruptly learned that one of our brother-in-laws was having double bypass surgery (with no previous health warnings).  I am so happy to report that he is doing fine and is healing nicely.  (And I can’t wait to give him a hug the next time we see him!)
  • Make sure that both the husband and wife have keys to the mailboxes.  I had to overnight our keys to dear husband since I had been out of town for a while.  Good thing I did since we had a package in the box.
  • Sometimes the ‘kids’ have to become the ‘parents’ to their parents.  My mom has always lived in her own house independently, but it became obvious a few weeks ago that it wasn’t the best idea anymore.  So, the last few weeks I have been trying to help my mom move into a Senior Living place near us.  When she is all settled I will post an update.
  • Dogs (especially Pepper the Golden Retriever) sense when a person is older and needs some company.  My mom has been at our house for the last week and Pepper will bring her toys, sleep at her feet and is very gentle and loving to her.  Now, that doesn’t mean that Pepper still doesn’t love to be hyper and run around, but it means she tries to not do it near my mom.
  • Plan for natural disasters.  We recently had a horrible wind storm.  The worse part was we were out of power for 27+ hours.  We have a well which meant we could not pump water.  I am happy that we had gallon bottles of drinking water in the garage, used the water in the hot tub (which had dirt and leaves blown into it) to flush the toilets and we were able to use our wood stove to heat food and drinks once the wind died down.  We know multiple people that lost part of their roofs (and/or trees).  Do you have an emergency stash  / plan??
  • Keep your mind active – Do you do word puzzles, play Scrabble, etc?  My mom has spent the last few years just watching television by herself (definitely not something that keeps the mind active).  Since she has stayed at our house we have been playing multiple games of Scrabble daily (not keeping score though).  She is amazing (and not even just for her age)!  I have already asked if there is a group of people at the Senior Living place that plays games.  If not, I will go and play it with her.  (She even has been asking me to play it if I don’t suggest it.)
  • Love and appreciate your family since you never know how long anyone will live (this one should be obvious).  I have been having a conversation with my mom this week since she is trying to figure out why she is still alive, but her parents, sister, brother, friends and two husbands have all died (and most of them at a younger age than her).  The only thing I keep saying is ‘God decided a long time ago the number of days you will live.’  I hope I am loving and honoring to my mom for the rest of her days.
  • If you see a problem then take action – I am so glad that I didn’t ignore the signs that my mom was having difficulties (or come home when she just told me to leave her in her house).  After having a doctor evaluate her (and having her eat good food and drink water) we determined that mom needed to be on medicine.  Once she started to take it she remembered that she used to take it ‘years ago’, but for some reason she stopped.  My family is noticing an improvement in my mom since she has arrived.
  • Housecleaning can wait – I am not saying to completely blow it off, but I have realized that my mom needs my attention also while she is here.  So, I have been randomly doing house work and trying to recover from being gone for over a week.

Until next time.  Later – H

 

 

Random thoughts

So, I just realized I have 41 posts waiting to be posted!   But, they all need something – photo, recipe, one piece of info, etc, etc and right now I don’t feel like finishing any of them (sorry to some friends who are waiting for me to post at least one).

Instead, I figured I needed to write this one about random topics:

a) Drought, rain, lightning and wildfires – Did you know that at least California and Nevada are in a major drought (if you watch the news you can’t miss it).  This afternoon I am listening to much needed rain, hearing thunder and praying the lightning I see doesn’t start a fire.  In the last few weeks we have had wildfires started by lightning, power outages and 100 year flooding (luckily not in our neighborhood).

b) How do you want to be remembered?  Some people think of that sentence in the ‘when I die’ context, but I am thinking about it in the day to day interaction with people you know and don’t know.  At the beginning of June I spent time helping build frames for our local Quilt Show (mostly with people who didn’t know me at all or very well).  I was happy a few weeks later when a ‘new’ friend told me that her husband liked me.  Boy, that made me feel good.

c) Cancer stinks – Currently two friends have family members that are dealing with cancer.  My family went through this 20+ years ago and it doesn’t get any easier to hear that someone I know and care about is going through it.  I so wish a cure could be found so families don’t need to go through this anymore.

d) What are you happy about?  On Facebook I saw some friends doing the #100happydays posts where they post at least one thing that makes them happy each day.  I decided to join in.  I am up to over 40 days now and I don’t see me ending at 100 days.  The posts I make are not huge items, but they make me look for something good every day.  I am also realizing that I post a lot less of the ‘bad’ now also.

I know this is not a usual post, but they are definitely topics I have been thinking about lately.  I promise to finish at least one of the draft posts this week so my backlog doesn’t get even bigger.

So, what have you been thinking about lately??

Later – H