Do you have any traditions at this time of year? Did you create any new traditions? As I put up many of my mom's decorations I recalled little stories or actions. My mom never put the baby Jesus in the manger until Christmas day, so I do the same thing. I left the chapel light on all night throughout the season and I am thinking of leaving it up for a while; it's so peaceful in the morning to sit and see it lit.
The holidays throw a wrench into the aids' schedules so mom and I had a lot of time quality time together. It all works out. I was sad this past week as the hospice aid who has been with my mom from the beginning and also helped with my dad has given her resignation. She has been with the company for nine years so it was a hard decision. She was finally fed up with schedules and management. She will find another job of this I'm sure as she has goals and she will continue her studies. As I said to her, I knew our adventure together would end at some point, I just did not expect this.
As I've said in the past I don't make resolutions for the new year. Sometimes I create a few goals and wishes (travel more and eat healthier). I've read posts about creating challenges and/or dares, and yet, as I looked up inspirational quotes about resolutions I found too many about breaking them...so then I think what's the point? I will try to be more focused on gratefulness and stay away from unnecessary drama. I am wearing my sweater that says grateful and every time I look down I stop and think of something.
All the news shows have focused on the highlights of 2018 and their In Memoriam section focuses on the famous people that passed. It made me think of all the people that passed who lived ordinary lives and I'm sure touched so many others through their own love and caring. It made me sad because as a society we tend to focus on the "rich and famous." As many of you know I love to read local papers (whether in Plymouth or in Sterling); and I read the crime logs and obituaries (inherited from my mom). I learn so much about people from reading these.
My elderly neighbor whom I no longer need to drive back/forth to the nursing home is becoming a bit needy in terms of my time. I am still trying to help when I can, but I've had to say no a few times and then I feel guilty. I've explained that I can't be there every time for her as my mom is at home, but that does not stop her from trying. She's not the easiest person to get around because her walking is unsteady and she refuses to use a cane/walker/wheelchair. She hangs on to the cart and blocks doorways/aisles/etc. I maneuver her as safely as possible, but it's almost painful to shop with her. It's also very time consuming and I don't always have more than a few minutes to get errands done. I'll figure it out, but at the moment feel torn between feeling sorry for her and being resentful of her for trying to take advantage.
I did not finish any books this week as I was wanted to get through my mail and all those items on the DVR...LOL! I have seen some new book lists come out, but I'm trying not to look until I get through a few from my pile. Let me know what you are reading.
I am going to leave it here for today. I hear my mom stirring which means Lady will be stirring soon as well - they seem to be on the same wavelength. Plus, I need some coffee...I know it's hard to imagine all of the above came out of my head without coffee...LOL! I hope you have a good week. Take care. Chat soon. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Marie
“It Doesn’t Matter Where You Came From. All That Matters Is Where You Are Going.”- Brian Tracy
“We Become What We Think About.” -Earl Nightingale
“Happiness Is Not Something Readymade. It Comes From Your Own Actions.”-Dalai Lama