Sunday, January 11, 2009
OMG - This actually feels a bit weird because it has been so long. I am just popping in to write a short note to say that I will be blogging again soon. My family situation has had some major challenges that have needed a lot of my attention.
My folks retired to the mountains in Arkansas which is about 9 or 10 hours from me. They have happily lived there for quite some time, but when problems arose, it all seemed to come at one time and come crashing down. My father has Alzheimers and and after a recent surgery, the disease escalated quite a bit so I moved him nearer to me to be able to help with his care. This was a difficult decision and situation (removing him from home), but he is now in a specialized Alzheimer's facility about an hour away and doing well. He has very brittle diabetes requiring several shots of insulin a day and neuropathy in his legs and feet so he requires very individualized care. I have also arranged for my mother to be moved nearer to me as soon as a vacancy comes available in an independent living facility here ...then to clean out their house in the mountains and sell it. My mother's 90-year-old sister who lives in New Orleans, is also having many challenges as well. I am the only daughter, the only niece, soooo.... This picture is one of me and Dad during a recent visit. And, yes, I have been stress eating unfortunately, but am back on the diet wagon and doing my best to slough off those pounds.
Now, I have simply stated that all this has been going on, but for those of you who have faced caring for their parents and other family members, you know it is one of the most challenging experiences one can ever face (especially when our country's economy has been tanking!). It involves hours and hours of research, talking to social workers and attorneys, all kinds of paperwork, lots of time and money; and is extremely stressful to all involved. It can zap you physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually, etc. before you know it. For those of you out there who are also facing similar circumstances - God bless you and be with you! I am so thankful that God is my rock and seeing me through each day along with the support and encouragement of wonderful friends. That is not to say that every day is peachy. I do have those weepy days when I just need a good, cleansing cry, (like when Dad waves good-bye when I leave him with tears rolling down his adorable pink cheeks), but God is there and helping me through it all. So, things are improving little by little - praise the Lord! And, in a strange, miraculous way, these relationships are even more special and precious - so there are blessings in every circumstance.
I certainly miss blogging and visiting with all my online friends and do hope to return to it soon. I haven't done much sewing, but do have a little to share and hope to get all the creative juices flowing again and get into a happy state of production. For now, I just want to say that I have missed you, belated Happy New Year, and see ya soon! BTW, the new issue of CQMagOnline will be out very soon and I have a few articles in it - one of them being an update on my visit to the November Houston International Quilt Market and Festival - so don't forget to check it out!