Monday, June 7, 2010

First Post On New Blog

Hi, if you are coming over from my sewing blog,
then you already know that I have been posting a lot about my mom there.  I have decided that I would rather have a separate blog for these observations.  Please bear with me while I think in text on this blog.  I hope to have some feedback from some of you who also have experienced having an elderly parent, grandparent, or who may be an elderly parent or grandparent.  Here you see a picture of my mom that was taken on her 86th birthday on May 24.  Below that you see a small portion of a fence at the nursing home that I recently painted to honor her and my mother-in-law, aunt and grandfather-in-law, who were all residents in the past.
I will come back to this later to start my first "carefully thought-through" observations.  Don't believe for one minute that any of my observations will be thought-though carefully or in any other way.  They will just be what pops into my head as I type.
I will say, that the person who successfully is able to get into the minds of the folks at the nursing home will win the Nobel Peace Prize or some other such prestigious award!  So, I don't truly think I can do this here in this blog, but I'm going to try to at least "guess" what might be going on in these precious brains that causes them to have whatever issues it is they have.


  1. Hi Julia,
    This is a really good idea - to "think in type" about what's going on with your mom. The fence you painted is gorgeous. What a lovely tribute to your family members.

    I'm looking forward to hearing your stories and observations.

    Take care,

  2. I think this blog will be quite cathartic for you. It will also be good for you to communicate some of the things you are going through for your children to understand. Dementia & Alzheimer's is so hard to understand if you have not gone through it with a loved one. I was old enough (in my late 20's) when my grandparents were suffering with dementia. It was so much harder with my MIL with Alzheimer's. She was such a mean person anyway. My own mother is slipping in her memory & her comprehension of certain things. It causes anxiety for her. Some days are very frustrations, but I tell myself that she must have had frustrating days with me as a child or teenager!

  3. Oh, Julia, what lovely art to accent the nursing home ... I am sure the folks living there will so enjoy the beauty & nature of you art, in memory of your loved ones.

    Hugs, sweet friend.
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  4. The painted fence is really lovely. I wish I could do that. I know it's hard to be a parental caregiver and working through things on this blog should help.