I had a busy week as I'm sure you did as well. I know some schools were on break although not here in New England except for colleges/universities. Most schools here do not take a break until mid April around Patriots Day. I saw postings on FB as friends went on college visits with their children or were accepted to the school of their choice. I can't imagine what emotions come up for parents as they go through this process.
This past week we had a schedule change for visits with mema. I drop papa off in the morning and then pick him up early afternoon. We have lunch/dinner together and then I go spend time with mema. I try to ensure she eats some dinner and is in good spirits before bed. The one thing I have done all of these months is try to avoid visiting in the late afternoons as I know for the majority of residents, including my mom, sundowners kicks in and they act up. I did have a couple of rough days where I had to speak to the staff and let them know what I was observing as a family member (this not only pertains to my mom, but for the many that have no one speaking up for them). Highly emotional week without a lot of sleep. At the beginning of the week mema was found on the floor with her sugar almost bottomed out. Papa does not know any of this as I did sneak out to check on her a couple of times. I run a fine line in trying to protect everyone involved.
I am trying to take a few minutes every day for me. Some ideas: sit by the harbor, nice cup of coffee, meeting people, people watching, and getting grocery shopping done. This past week I did all of these and I enjoyed every minute...ok perhaps not the grocery shopping...LOL! I have cooked a few meals so I can keep papa and myself on the straight and narrow.
This past week I finished reading: "THE ISLAND OF WORTHY BOYS" by Connie Hertzberg Mayo. This is her first novel. The book was recommended by the staff at the bookstore I ventured into a couple of weeks ago. This book takes place in the late 1800s/early 1900s and is about the Boston Farm School which was on an Island in Boston Harbor. Some of the story is based on historical information found regarding the all male private school. They did not accept boys with any sort of criminal record only that were orphaned or extremely poor. Book is very well written. Not sure what's next for me to read as I'm catching up on magazines and newspapers. Just might need to take a trip to the book store...LOL!
I am going to leave it here for today. I am preparing Sunday dinner for the family and need to get the rest going. I hope you have a good week. I am excited as my BFF is visiting in a few days so I will goof off a little. Take care. Chat soon. Marie
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