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Sunday, September 29, 2019

I am back after a 333 day break. Oh my goodness time flies when you are having fun!

In October 2018, I got a call from my sister in Oregon. Mom was in the hospital with a double pulmonary embolism and in critical condition. I drove from Omaha to Portland, fully expecting the worst! Thank the Lord, she made it and was sent to a rehab unit for recovery.

In the meantime we were trying to figure out what to do with Mom since it was apparent that living on her own wasn't the best solution. I told them that if she was willing she could move to Tucson with me. My ego was still burning from the nasty treatment I received from my daughter, and I think that is why I offered. I have pretty much loved my Mom from a distance, and it was my turn to step up to the plate, so to speak.

Well that must have been what Mom needed to hear- her recovery was great and at the end of November we started the process. I stayed in Oregon, got Mom's stuff packed and scheduled a moving van. Then a friend in Omaha did the same thing with my stuff. I never did return to Omaha.

I found a place that we could afford, and after having a friend in Tucson go look at it, made an offer on a renovated mobile home in an over 55 mobile home park.

Well it was still in the process of being renovated, so we didn't get to move into it until the 10th of January, so there went Mom's plans of having the Christmas tree up. We ended up staying with friends in Tucson until then.

But we are here now, and have been working on getting the house put together and addressing some of the safety issues. The term " Lipstick on a pig" comes to mind, it is a pretty home, but needed some plumbing, HVAC work, electrical etc.

I found a part time job so we had the funds to get the necessary work done. We hired Randy the Handyman and are on the last project. Rebuilding the front porch so Mom can go get the mail and not be worried about tripping on the tiny ( 6 inch ) stair treads.

The job is a blessing in many ways. Mom watches Ringo, and I get some interaction with others. I have never worked in public accounting, and I am finding it to be interesting, challenging and am actually enjoying it. Some weeks I work 20 hours and during tax season- well lets just say that was the challenging part- LOL

We are adjusting to new normal. But that is life isn't it?

I have missed my daily routine of logging and reading others blogs. I have gained about 12 lbs back ( I own that one!), and am back on program, adapted to cooking gluten free for my celiac Mother. Another challenge for sure.

Mom wants to do KETO- but then she wants the crackers, bread, and fudgesicles and waffles. I need to discipline myself that and pass on the Pudgesicles.

Miss Dorothy ( Mom) does't cook! I guess she figures that at 88, she is tired of cooking. She is terrified of gas appliances, and we have a gas range. So I am the lucky girl. Having regular schedule meals and planning meals - all I can say it that I am so glad that part of my program stayed in place throughout all this chaos.

Right now Miss D is in Oregon for a few weeks.. She was missing her friends, and the rest of the family. Now she is saying she is ready to come home and will be flying back to Tucson the 23rd of October. So I would say she is settling in nicely. I am missing the daily interaction also- I will never figure out how someone can wake up at 5:30 in the morning and be cheerful, LOL. But I must be conditioned because I am waking with the chickens myself these days, maybe not cheerfully, but at least mentally functioning.

I speak with her almost daily and she is already planning the Christmas tree. This is a big thing for her. I have spoken to a few of the neighbors around here and am going to have a Decorating Party/Cookie Exchange. I would like to do it after Thanksgiving LOL

We had a dinner partly last month. Mom decorated the tables and enjoyed the interaction, but she doesn't go out of the house, unless I am taking her somewhere. There was a progressive dinner, we had the main course, but she didn't want to go to the other homes for the salads and deserts. A little at a time. Drip,drip, drip!!

That is about it for now. Keeping on keeping on!

Till next time. Goal for this week- 1.5 lbs#

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  • DOT364
    Like you, I dropped off of the SP platform for a while. It is great that we can reach out to each other and vent our frustrations and offer our support an encouragement when needed. You have been through a lot of changes, but it sounds like you have a great attitude and are back on track. Great job! I look forward to hearing more. By the way, I love the cookie exchange idea. That sure beats making all the different types of baking we enjoy doing each year and getting stuck with dozens and dozens of tempting snacks. Can't wait to tell my sister about this! Thanks for the idea.
    544 days ago
  • EILEEN828
    You've had a lot of challenges recently but it seems to me that you're adapting nicely, and your Mom too. That's great! Your weight goals are spot on, and I hear ya about the Pudgesicles. emoticon Continued good luck to you and your Mom.
    569 days ago
    Glad your back. You have a new life. Keeps you vibrant.
    571 days ago
    How nice to hear from you!
    Sounds like life is going well.
    578 days ago
    It's so good to hear from you! You have definitely been very busy! I'm glad your mother pulled through and you both have figured out a situation that works well. I hope to hear from you more!
    584 days ago
    Yay, it is so good to see a blog from you, to know that you've settled in to your new home, that Ringo is fine, and that you seem to be thriving. If you and MIss D do decide to go the Keto route, or just low-carb, you might want to invest in a mini waffle maker and do a search for "chaffles." There's so much you can do with them and the Keto crowd love them.
    585 days ago
    So glad to see you back, Sunny, and doing so well. It sounds as if you've set your mom and yourself up in a very comfortable, secure, happy situation. Your blog was a pleasure to read--I like your energy and optimism. So glad you're fine!
    585 days ago
    so good to hear from you and so glad you and mom are getting along I say put the tree up early this year and enjoy ,Hugs
    585 days ago
    So happy you're back! And settling in w/your Mom. How nice! My parents had a mobile home in an over 55 park (Voyager RV Resort) and loved it -- spent their winters there. I had a home there in the late 80's, but sold it. I do like Tucson, though!

    HUGS and good luck.
    586 days ago
    Glad you are back..
    looking forward to your adventures in the coming weeks,,,,,

    586 days ago
    OMG, I about keeled over when I seen your blog. Wonderful, Wonderful, so glad you have settled back in Tucson, but sorry it didn't work out at your daughters, you gave up almost everything only to find out that it wasn't going to work. Glad your mom in with you and you both are adjusting to your new normal. Hopeful when she comes back from her sabbatical you 2 can get all the renovations done and settle down with the job and you new normal. Things here are good, and we are adjusting to hubby's retiring from farmingm and are learning our new normal.

    I so will be looking forward to more messages from you. Glad you are back. Linda
    586 days ago
    Glad to hear from you again
    586 days ago
    Good to hear from you again and glad you made it back to Tucson!
    It sounds like you and your mom will make good housemates. I understand her concern of gas stoves. My own mother set the sleeve of her bathrobe on fire with one. She caught it quickly and acted fast so no burns but now, at age 70+ I do prefer an electric stove and recently bought an induction stove that is even safer.

    A 12 pound gain is not so bad for all the changes you have gone through in the last couple of years. You will get back on track. Congratulations on the new job!

    586 days ago
    Yay.. so nice to hear from you! My hubby has been helping his mother so we are scaling back our traveling. She has dementia and is 94... still living on her own! It is a challenge for sure juggling logistics but it would kill her to give up her pets and home that she has lived in for 50 years.

    586 days ago
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