The Dreams on the Back Burner

As a caregiver, your time right now is not your own. I remember that time. I would sit down to do something I really enjoyed, get into it barely, and then hubby would call my name. He needed to go to the bathroom. My time for ME was over. I would take a quiet momentContinue reading “The Dreams on the Back Burner”

The Fifth Season

In Kindergarten we learn about the 4 seasons: Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring. And those 4 become the norm for life for us. As children, we come to anticipate Summer and the change from school days to fun days. We even learn to associate the weather patterns of the seasons, depending on where we live.Continue reading “The Fifth Season”

A Checklist for the New Year

Happy New Year to everyone on this January 1, 2022! As always, my goal is to encourage and support those who care for a loved one with Parkinson’s Disease or any other chronic or degenerative disease. I feel your burden after caring for my husband until he passed into Heaven just last year. On thisContinue reading “A Checklist for the New Year”

No Regrets

My goal is to encourage and support those who care for someone with a chronic or degenerative disease. That sounds easy, but when you’re there in the trenches, cleaning up messes or explaining things for the third time, or changing a catheter bag, or trying to figure out how to insert an epi-pin, life canContinue reading “No Regrets”

Who Me? Ask for Help?

Many of us pride ourselves in being self-sufficient. We can do this. We are strong, independent caregivers, and we have been doing fine until today. But sometimes we do need help. Sometimes we just cannot do it all by ourselves. In some situations, we feel as if we are in over our heads, and weContinue reading “Who Me? Ask for Help?”

Five Minute Friday – “SHE”

Today’s writing is in response to 2 requests – fiveminutefriday.com, which is what I usually write about on Friday, and this blog post invitation of my friend, Chuck Copps, to write about my favorite Bible character. Mary, the mother of Jesus, is my favorite character. When I was teaching high school mathematics, my life wasContinue reading “Five Minute Friday – “SHE””

“Must-Haves” for Caregivers

If we were all gathered in one room and could share our stories, we would find a range of caregiving experience, from newbie to seasoned veteran. If we listen to those veterans who have walked this road already, perhaps they could prepare us for what is to come. Here are a few things that mightContinue reading ““Must-Haves” for Caregivers”

Finishing 2020

If I keep to my regular schedule, the next blog post I write will be on the day after Christmas. Here is the list of possible topics if I want to write about Christmas today: What if this is my last Christmas? What if this is hubby’s last Christmas? What does Christmas mean to me?Continue reading “Finishing 2020”

Keep Making Memories

Sometimes I get lost in my own thoughts while analyzing life. Sometimes I get bogged down under the weight of making all the decisions in our household. And sometimes the way ahead does not seem clear. At those times I also go back to what I know to be true. Regarding this blog, I keepContinue reading “Keep Making Memories”

Life is Poignant

Fall has arrived, and it is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the colors of the trees, so I took the photograph above while momentarily stopped on the exit ramp of the interstate near my home. The colors were so stunning that I just had to have a picture of them,Continue reading “Life is Poignant”