Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Grabbing minutes for me

Today is a pretty good day for Mom, and therefore, me.
Got her breakfast, and played a game of cards, got pills in her, then to the bathroom...washed her up with what I call a "PT" bath while she sat on the hopper...dressed her, ran a quick comb through her hair..(still curly from the pin-curls I did yesterday)..and got her to her chair under the electric blanket...her favorite place. Kinda like a giant Barbie doll.....
Then I took time for me. Got the kitchen cleaned up, started a load of wash and then I grabbed a shower. Next I trimmed my hair and dryed it, then did my nails, complete with cuticle removal and polish ! Between laundry and lunch, Mom needed a complete change of clothes..( I let her sit too long without instructing her to go to the bad, but I pay for it..ahh, such is caring for Mom..
But now I have fed her lunch, entertained her with pictures of her grand-kids and great-grands on the computer until she couldn't sit up anymore! She's in her chair. My wonderful hubby has run the dogs and fed the horses some hay, so I am taking a few minutes to blog before starting dinner...

Penny has not minded the cold at all, she liked the ice cap from the dog water bucket... Anything is fun when you're a puppy!

Mom prefers to be wrapped in heat, her chair is heated and her blanket is too. Bob bought a room-sized electric heater for our tv room, since it is much colder than the other parts of the house...(probably because it was added after the fact)...and that is placed facing her chair. She's snoozing happily.

This morning while playing cards at the dining room table, a goldfinch flew into the window and stunned itself. Bob and I went out and set it where it could recover its whits without the cats having it for a snack... I was glad when it flew away some time later.

We finally are getting some sun ! This afternoon is sunny, but extremely windy! Better than the snow that is piling up in NH right now, adding to their 8 inches !

My orchids are thriving, and these tiny brown and white ones shown below are chocolate orchids, and they really do give off a chocolate scent! The front spike is waning, but another has popped out in the back.

These white orchids are quite lovely, and I have several plants of them. I won't bore you all with the technical names, because I would have to look up the spelling!!
I have showy purple ones and yellow ones that look like dancing ladies.

I wanted to let everyone know that Mom got here safely.She seems to be doing well getting adjusted to this house. The transition is always hard for her, but other than thinking Mark woke her up the first morning and saying she had a lovely "visit" with Claudia, she seems to be clear about where she is now.
I will grab time when I can to catch up on my friends blogs, but if I am MIA for awhile, it's not because I don't want to read them, it's due to lack of personal time. Same for all my friends and family I call or e-mail.
I'm thinking of you always !


Becky Mushko said...

. . . and we're thinking of you, too. Hang in there.

Betsy Ashton said...

Although it's difficult, there is little honor greater than caring for a parent who needs us. Be strong and keep the faith.

Amy Tate said...

Merry Christmas, Miss Claudia! You're always on our minds. Praying for you and your Mom to make sweet memories together.

Claudia Condiff said...

Thanks all my 'ends in Y'friends.. Beck-y,Bets-y and Am-y!
We will do fine, she is the only Mom I have! Thankfully I have a great husband who helps and is supportive...

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Newly retired from Franklin County Public Schools.Prior to that I was a cosmetologist for several years.