myself. There is probably a carton of milk in your fridge with my picture on it. Yes, I have been lost in cyberspace for many weeks now, and it’s time to get back into the world of blogging. I have missed it.
If you’re a Facebook friend, you already know most of my life. Here is the Reader’s Digest condensed version of the last 4 1/2 months of my life for everyone else.
We returned from Texas mid-March.
Two days later my mom had a stroke. She spent four weeks in rehab a 35-minute drive from our home. I went to see her nearly every day.
It was determined she shouldn’t live alone any more. I stayed with her in her apartment for two weeks, while we looked for an appropriate assisted living facility and started packing.
Packed about 25% of her belongings and moved her close to our home…only 7-8 minutes away.
Three weeks later she had serious respiratory issues, resulting in two ER visits, intensive care, then an elderly ward — all within a week.
She lived with us her last seven days under the Hospice program (wonderful, caring people).
Planned and arranged for her funeral.
Cleaned out two apartments with much family help.
As executor, worked on seemingly endless financial matters/paperwork/phone calls.
Fun trip to Huntsville, Alabama, for a quilting retreat with my Aunt Bert and 11 other lovely quilters from Memphis and Huntsville. I bet you were starting to think I would NEVER have any fun!
Finally caught up on my own doc appointments, only to have them find a rare phyllodes breast tumor (found on the mammogram). Benign, but these buggers are treated very conservatively, removed with wide margins. Healing.
Trip to North Dakota for the Hubster’s class reunion. Fun, but too many hours riding in the car.
Home, facing half a very hot garage full of my mom’s belongings.
Tired. I just realized this tonight, but I am probably just now having time and space to allow for some grieving/mourning. I am tired doing nothing. I am two+ weeks post-surgery, so I should be getting some energy back soon.
I am giving myself six weeks to deal with everything in the garage. My house needs major
shoveling cleaning. I need to sew. I need to knit. I need to play on my Gammill. I haven’t taken any pictures of birds or bugs all summer long. I feel like I’ve lost *me* a little bit, but I will get it back. This blog post is the first step, and tomorrow I will find a bug to photograph (such lofty goals…).
Thank you, Jordan Cousin Judy S., for the call tonight. You helped get me back on track.
p.s.: Thank you for checking on my blog or following me on Google Reader (or similar service). I am amazed I have any followers/readers left, and I appreciate every one of you! I did get some sewing done at the retreat in Alabama, and will share pix soon.