Thursday, February 5, 2009

Birthdays and 4 wheelin


I haven't blogged in a long time. I just don't have any time to do the things I want . My Mom is constant care, and more than that, trying to entertain her is all time consuming!She would sit and play cards non-stop, but she doesn't understand that I have chores and bills and cleaning.

We went to Wayne's house last Friday night for Tess's 9th birthday party, and Mom had a blast with the baby, True. Seems the older we are, the better we relate to small children, and vice versa. Here is Mom playing with True, and her cane, which True wanted.

Mom and True

Tess ( the birthday girl ), is very sweet, and I plan to have her over for a weekend when I have no more company.(?????) Since Sunday, my mother-in-law, Marge, has joined us to stay a couple of weeks. She is no trouble and fends for herself mostly. I am the cook and clean-up person for us 4 now, but Marge will offer to help,always. Sometimes it's just easier for me to do it.

birthday girl,Tess
Below is my Mom in Melissa's Rhino. She loved the ride, but it has been too cold since this ride to get her out! Today's 4-wheel run to the creek with the dogs( my daily routine...1/2 hour of solitude for me) was COLD! 24 degrees. The creek is frozen again, and so is the little pond.

Mom in the Rhino
Tomorrow is Bob's 50th birthday and our neighbors daughter, Sam's 9th. We are having a party here for Bob Friday night, with Michele and John and the baby, and of course Mom and Mom. My brother John just called today and said he is sending lobsters for Bobs birthday, so he will be really happy for that! On Saturday we are supposed to have warm weather again, 60's, so Wayne and his crew will stop by for a hamburger and hotdog cookout, and 4-wheeling and playing with my Wee horses...
This week the Mom's and I ventured a trip to the store to get a card and gift for Bob, and some needed items. Marge put Mom in the rideable cart before I got back from parking the car. Then Marge was off for some shopping while I tryed to steer Mom in the right direction, literally, and tryed to get her to push the right throttles, forward and reverse. By the end of an hour, I was exhausted and aggrevated and hungry, so we went to Wendy's, and Mom had a melt down. Couldn't breathe, nor eat her food. We gulped and left, then Mom was fine. I think she was tired and wanted to go home, and she was mentally worn from trying to run the cart. Needless to say, that won't happen again!
In between the daily grind, my elder brother had a TIA and scared us to death. Thankfully he is good, with no residuals, but a good wakeup call for him. Then my sister-in-law, (his wife) had to be rushed to the hospital, because her back went out and she couldn't get off the floor! Two days ago I got a call that my nephew and godson Matt was trucking in the 53ft rig he and his boss use to haul cars, and had a gall bladder attack while outside of Richmond Va. They turned the rig back and found a hotel, and Matt went to the emergency room of the nearest hospital where they had him in and his gall bladder removed within hours!!
There is never a dull moment at this house. I could use some down time, and just writing this has given me a break. I put a tape in for the Moms, and they are happily watching a movie.
I think tomorrow after getting Mom fed and into her chair, Bob and I will sneak away for a few hours, while his Mom makes his birthday cake.
I don't know when I will be able to sit with all that will be going on in the next few days, so if there is no blog, there's a good reason!!!
Almost forgot...
Caine's (our grandson) birthday is next Friday, and I am making potatoe salad for 20 people. Caine will be a whole 1 year old! That was a fast year!


Becky Mushko said...

Wow—is your life ever full! You're busier than I am.

Some folks think that when you retire, you have nothing to do. Ha! What do they know? I've never been busier. I don't even know anyone who has nothing to do. . . .

Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

I am out of breath just reading this post... lots of birthdays going on there too! I enlarged the photo of your mom in the Rhino.. How sweet she looks, and happy too, which may have something to do with having someone as sweet, wonderful and caring as you in her life..

The Blue Ridge Gal

Nancy said...

Your mom looks like my kinda gal. If you need a break, I'll come play a hand or two with her! And those girls are adorable!

Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

Holy cow. You poor thing--you have your hands full! Can I come over for a couple of hours and give you a break?

By the way, Kurt said he and Bob were talking in the store recently.

claudia m. condiff said...

Thanks all!
Just got the comments...haven't had time to check!!!
Di, nice of you to comment like that, I do hope I am helping my Mom, and Nancy and Deb, your welcome to come over anytime!
Bobs Mom will be leaving this Sunday, so anytime after that...
And Becky, you know where I am at having been through this! Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers...I can feel them!

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