Thursday, November 22, 2012

on the road again...

My dear dad passed away yesterday. We are headed back east this time not to help but to honor. From a little bird's smarter than me phone

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Made It!

I am home safe and sound.  
"Thank you Lord God for safe travel."

How was my trip?  
I excelled in some areas and room for improvement in others.
Ah family dynamics...

My dear husband held the fort down well.  
He did inform me that my laundry practices could change.  
All these years you've been sorting the laundry, colors, whites, etc...  
He said really you can just through them all in together and it works fine.  :-)    
(thankfully he didn't add bleach to that mixed up load)

I am glad to be home - even if it's just for a short time.  Coffee from my own pot, sleeping in my own bed, hot sudsy water in my own sink... the list goes on and on.

I hope this finds you all well and also thankful for the little things.
Happy Thanksgiving!
a little bird

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Headed home soon

photo is public domain

Monday I am headed home.  This is tough wanting to be in two places at one time.  I am ready to head home and see my DH, #1 son, his dear wife and our granddaughters (I miss the dog too).  I will have been here for three weeks so time to head back to my world for a bit.  I have things that I need to accomplish at work as well. 

But I am leaving here with the understanding that I will come back for a care rotation if needed but knowing more than likely when we come back it will be for a funeral.  I am so grateful for this time to have cared for my dad but also for the time to reminisce. 

We are a yours, mine and ours family.  I was an only child until my mom married a widower with four kids and then they added one more to the mix.  Talk about a change in routine!!  Mom did eight loads of laundry a day.  She skipped Sunday's so on Monday morning there were 16 loads of wash waiting for her.  My S-dad didn't know me when I was young or did all the cute things that kids do, no when they got married I was 13.  So the 'sweet and cute' stage was long gone and the teen stage where things are tougher had arrived.  So yes, there were some bumps in the road, I'm guessing that is normal in any family let alone a blended family like ours.  But my dad was kind.   I caught a cold and dad said you need to drink lots of orange juice - but I didn't like orange juice - so he went out and bought a case of Squirt.  I wanted to go deer hunting so dad took me (and I talked the entire time!!)  That was the only time he took me but memories were made.  When I married my DH, dad said don't take her hunting she isn't quiet long enough to hunt.  :-)

Those are the types of kindnesses done and shared.  So we reminisced.  'Dad do you remember when...'  He would smile and nod his head.  So I had a chance to tell him how lucky I felt to be treated so kindly.  The fun that I'd had and thanked him for stepping up to the plate and being my dad.   His response was "Those are mighty kind words" mine, "I mean them."

So this time has been a blessing.  I know where my dad is headed when he leaves this earth.  It won't make his loss here any less but it will help to know that we will see him again. 
a little bird

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Got some sleep

I have been pulling 'nights' lately with dad (as have my mom and aunt).  Last night I went to my sister's and zonked out.  I slept 13 blessed hours.  It was wonderful.  I guess my nephew had friends over and supposedly they were noisy... I never heard a thing.  It was great to get a full nights sleep.
Color me happy and rested!!
a little bird

Thursday, November 8, 2012

I'm still here...

Thank goodness for family.  What would we do without them.  There are many things I'd like to chime in about, the election, the economy, etc... but my days and nights right now are busy helping to care for my dad.

My DH is holding down the fort way out west while I am back east helping. 
a little bird


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