My mama bear was still out this past week although calmed down a little. So many trials and tribulations come with change and there are lots of them happening at the nursing home. Even the residents know something is happening, but they are not sure what exactly. I felt so terrible for one of the employees as she had money stolen from her wallet for the 2nd time in as many months. She had left it in the employee room that has a closed door (not locked) and although they think they know who did it, it certainly breaks down trust among co-workers. These are not people making a lot of money and have bills like everyone else so losing money meant to pay a bill is just horrendous. As I have gut instincts about some employees (before I knew this happened) I have kept my purse with me at all times (I used to leave it in my mom's room when we were in the dining room). I have asked several times why there are no surveillance cameras in the open areas that could be used for security purposes and the main company that owns the facility never responds. Since the employee involved the police I hope action will be taken. I also can't believe they do not provide lockers in each unit that the employees can use to lock up their valuables. Such a sad state of affairs. It hurts my heart because it takes the focus away from the resident when all this is happening.
I think papa noticed that I keep going along with what he wants instead of arguing or complaining. He said something yesterday evening and I just started laughing. He forgets that he gets a lot of rest and down time whereas I am the one trying to get things done. Yesterday he asked me to take him to Market Basket (a grocery chain here). I was getting ready to run errands and visit mema. When we got in the car I said, "you are the only man I know that wants to go to Market Basket on a Saturday morning!" He said, "I forgot it's Saturday. Well you can take me to Walmart." I said, "no way we'll go to Market Basket." Thank goodness every town around here had high school graduation yesterday so it was not crowded. Yesterday evening he had me drop him at the mall so he could hang out for two hours. I swear the neighbors think all I do is come in/out between all that I do.
I am a big follower of a group on FB called The Caregiver Space and a few others. The group contains both personal and professional caregivers and it's amazing what I learn daily. They publish a lot of useful information and links, but it's the people that provide personal input that are extraordinary.
So much happening in the world, so much violence and sadness. I am not the news hound I once was, but I do try to keep up. Sometimes it's almost overwhelming the bad news out there. I still try to focus on the more positive parts of life and will continue to look for good news stories. There are good news stories out there if you look and they are joyous to find.
A funny for your week. I have owned my car over six years and it was not until last week that I found my rear wiper has an intermittent setting. I guess I finally turned the knob a different way. I don't know why I did not know that before, but at least I know it now.
Another week of not finishing any books. I did catch up on a few shows that I had missed in April because ABC had been removed from Dish. So I'm catching up with season endings and few shows I missed completely. I also play Solitaire games every night online and sometimes I get so caught up that the time flies by and before I know...it's time for bed. I do complete a crossword puzzle every morning and evening to keep my mind working.
My parents "60th" wedding anniversary is on 8 June. Although it's called the diamond anniversary as well no new diamonds are coming down the pike. I can't imagine being married 6 months never mind 60 years. Although we will not have a big celebration we will have a cake and such together at the nursing home.
“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”– William James
“Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.”– Susan Gale
“Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.”– Unknown