Are you ready for Christmas and Hanukkah? They basically overlap this year, so I'm sure there are plenty of people that will be traveling and getting together. At this time of year, emotions and feelings can be all over the place because of so many factors. Perhaps there are family tensions, work stressors, financial obligations, etc. I have read alot of materials about caregivers and holiday depression. This is the time of year we all start reflecting on our lives - we will all find highs and lows - let's focus on the future and how will we impact those around us and interact with others. What's your purpose? Perhaps an exercise in gratitude when you are gathered with others would be helpful. Some days I wish I could reach out and help everyone. I must admit, I am not feeling stressed. I am truly trying to stay in the moment and make the most of these moments. My shopping is done, but of course, each time I walk into a store I think of other things to buy. Therefore, I'm trying to stay out of the stores. Although I try to keep to the traditions of the past, I slip in a couple of new things now and then! I like to blend the old and new.
I'm attending a holiday dinner today with papa in his community. I'm not too sure he wants to attend, but they need his food management certification to serve food and I look at it as a good excuse to get him out of the house for a bit. As the kids are coming later today, I made sauce last night and this morning as I put together a lasagna for them. I made extra sauce so papa and I will have leftovers this week. I am trying to put together the menu for Christmas dinner, but although I know what everyone wants this year, I'm just not excited about it so I've delayed the shopping. I'll get to it later this week, just not today.
Papa is doing great with his PT and getting around. He had a busy week with appointments and strutted along with his walker. They are recommending a different type of walker - now to see if insurance will approve. It will have four wheels and be a little easier to maneuver. Papa was trying to trap me the other day when he said - you have not had my snow blower fixed yet! I said, yes I have, it was picked up, fixed and delivered. It's in the shed. He was shocked that it was done. I said, it took me a while to find someone to fix it, but it's done now.
Mema had a pretty good week. She is recognizing a little bit less every day. I think I confused her yesterday as she has a baby doll she calls Marie (when I'm not there); she was resting in bed with the baby laid on her chest, patting it's rump when I walked in. She was happy to see me, but I saw a bit of confusion in her eyes when she looked at me as if she was thinking, how can you be two things? I just talked with her and sat to ensure she was comfortable. I sat with her and helped her eat lunch. She told me it was a sleepy day and she was not getting up. She was dressed, but resting. I said that's fine you can nap all you want, sometimes I need a nap too and she laughed at that. I let her know the kids were coming today including "her boy" Shamus so it would be good if she was up on Sunday. I saw her earlier this morning and she was up in the dining room having breakfast. I told her I was there for a quick visit and reminded her the kids were coming later today.
I love when people post good news stories on FB or see a good story on the news. It's been nice to see people thanking others for nice deeds. I must admit technology has allowed us to communicate with the world in some ways about good and bad. It's really bothers me when someone hijacks a FB posting with something nasty, negative, or unrelated. I wish there was a way to prevent that from happening.
No books finished this past week although I am in the middle of two.
A big shout out to my niece Melanie as she turns 17 later this week - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
I'm going to leave it here today. Need to get papa over to the dinner. Have a wonderful week full of memories. Remember the reason for the season. Take care. Chat soon. Marie
"Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight." -
"Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy i" - Groucho Marx
"Don't wait. The time will never be just right." - Napoleon Hill