I hope you had a good week. Mine was not too bad - sometimes time just seems to fly by. Still trying to organize paperwork for my mom's insurance purposes. This is almost as painful as refinancing the mortgage. Every time I turn around more paperwork needed or something was just not right in the last batch of papers. Have you ever had to go through something like this? How do you handle it? I get so frustrated that I want to scream. Then, I have to remember bureaucracy is a strange animal - take a breath and open another box to find the paperwork.
I was tired a lot of the week as I tried to work through my change of season cold. I did feel bad because my dad ended up with the cold as well. I did get to work out at the gym quite a few days. I could not believe the hard freeze that happened this past week - then I have to remember that I am further north than usual. Not sure of the weather where you are, but you can definitely tell fall is here where I am. I love the colors of fall although I'm not a fan of short days. What's it like where you are?
I finished reading "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn this past week. WOW what an interesting book! I'm not sure if/when I'll see the movie, but the book was definitely thrilling. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the local newspapers. They only come out twice per week and I read both cover to cover. I love papers to get the feel of the towns and what's happening in schools and events. I brought about 15 books with me and so far only finished two. What are you reading? Anything I can add to my roster?
My mom has good days and bad days. I am learning to go with the flow. It's been a bit harder for dad, but at times he surprises me with his acknowledgment of what is happening. He can be a stubborn old man at times, but then I expect that. There are days when he is standing over my shoulder as I do anything and then gets frustrated when he does not know what's happening. I have to remember that with his hearing and vision to be more patient - I think I'm taking the burden off of him and then I realized that he thinks I'm doing things behind his back. That was my AHA moment of the week. I have to be more considerate of my dad when dealing with the issues that concern my parents.
I have been to mass twice now that I'm home with dad. I'm still not overly thrilled with the church and I realized today part of my unhappiness lies with the changes to prayers and hymns. Then I thought about the changes my dad has seen in his lifetime as he remembers mass and prayers in Latin. I really tried to focus on the sermon today, but I could not. I am not sure where my head was at the time, but it was apparently not with the priest. I have my faith, but I guess I don't like the formal trappings of the church. I will continue to attend mass with my dad so we'll see if my attitude changes. What do you think? Is my faith enough or should I be attending church?
Had a nice afternoon today with my sister and family as well as a cousin. I made a ribs (delicious) - thank you Penny for providing the recipe. My sister made roasted potatoes and then brought in pastry from the bakery. Dinner was YUMMY all around. It was nice to relax and sit for a few hours with no pressure and just catch up.
I looked out the window the other evening and walking across the street were some of the wild turkeys that hang out in the neighborhood. Remember during the summer I saw a bunch of them when I walked in the morning and forgot to take a picture. You really have to be careful around here when walking as they will attack. Thought I would provide a picture - you can only make out two or three, but when I counted there were at least six or seven.
I am going to end it here today. I hope you have a good week and get things done. Take care. Chat soon. Marie
“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.” - August Wilson
"DO NOT BURY YOURSELF IN YOUR OWN THOUGHTS. RISE ABOVE THEM AND SEE THEM, AS THEY ARE A BODY OF FLOATING INFORMATION TO CREATE FROM." Cynthia Chauvin
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