I've been running on numb most of the week - both mentally and energetically. We had my mom's memorial service on Monday followed by a very nice lunch at a local hotel. It was a wonderful gathering of family, friends and neighbors. With all of cold, we decided not to bury my mom until spring in a private ceremony. I believe I did so much pre-mourning over the past few years, that I am in some ways empty. I know that's probably not the right word, but it's the one that comes to mind. In many ways, I have lost my purpose and need to take time to refocus. People are asking me my next steps and I keep saying I have no idea at this moment. I know that after a major life event no huge decisions should be made so I'm taking my time. Small steps is about all I can handle right now. Thank goodness my BFF is here or the small steps might be smaller. It's been so cold I don't even want to venture out.
I did venture out the other day to help the elderly woman I used to take to the nursing home. She needed to go grocery shopping and run errands. This outing was more than a two hour session, as my neighbor is extremely slow walking because of balance issues and refuses to use any type of cane/walker/wheelchair. The good news is that she finally determined she needs to move to senior housing for financial reasons which will provide her access to different resources and less worry about her house. My BFF came with us and was helpful in keeping an eye on her while I ran to get items to reduce her walking.
Lady was back at the Vet on Friday. Same type of infection so on another round of antibiotics. She seems to be on the mend, but will probably be on the meds for about a month. Oh the joys of giving Lady pills! I know she is sad as well since she has become a bit of a lap dog; she will sit in my arms for long periods which is so unlike her.
This past week I was able to finish a couple of books: "I AM WATCHING YOU" by Teresa Driscoll (recommended by the FB challenge) very interesting thriller that has many twists and turns. Also, "LIAR LIAR" by James Patterson. I think I almost always have a Patterson book in my stack.
The daily and wacky holidays for the week...provides something lighthearted to think about:
3 Feed the Birds Day
3 Superbowl Sunday - Superbowl 53, date varies
3 The Day the Music Died - Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash in 1959.
4 Create a Vacuum Day
4 Stuffed Mushroom Day
4 Thank a Mailman Day
5 Chinese New Years - date varies
5 National Weatherman's Day
6 Lame Duck Day
6 National Chopsticks Day
7 Wave All you Fingers at Your Neighbor Day
7 Send a Card to a Friend Day - obviously created by a card company
8 Boy Scout Day - celebrates the birthday of scouting
8 Kite Flying Day - in the middle of winter!?!
9 National Pizza Day
9 Toothache Day
Happy Birthday to my friend Donna! WOW we've known each other a long time...LOL! Welcome to the fabulous world of the 6th decade!! See you soon.
I am going to leave it here for today. I hope you have a good week. You know I love the hoopla of Super Bowl Sunday - I have all the goodies ready to snack all day. Of course, it helps when your home team is in the Super Bowl...GO PATS!!! Take care. Chat soon. Marie
"Right now I am trying to be in a place of calm, a place where I can chill out and then handle the chaos of life better. You don't just get it overnight; you have to work at it. It's a daily struggle." - Jackee Harry
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” --Ernest Hemingway
“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” --Booker T. Washington