Things are fairly peaceful and relaxed, as they’ve been for several months. I have gotten back my ability to read, for one thing – when things were stressful all the time, or threatening to be stressful, I couldn’t focus enough to read. Now I feel like myself again, with a few books lying around that … More Peaceful Reflections & How the Days Go
Things continue fairly calm here. Not a lot new to say, except that there is very gradual progression of deficits with J’s memory and grasp of things. The easiest way to characterize this is “lack of overview”. That, as I’ve written before, affects our ability to have substantive conversations that involve problem solving, strategizing or … More Spring 2017
NEW: Documentaries, above, lists videos that I have found helpful – check them out if interested. The other day we had a conversation that startled me: J was remarking about some slacks that were no longer comfortable, so I suggested she go get all the slacks out of her closet and we’d sort through and … More The Two-Factor Problem, & the Trouble with Travel
It’s a new year and things continue fairly calm – a real blessing. There’s been time to reflect and energy to get to some projects that have been on the list for years, in some cases. The stair carpeting project, for one – now, when I look across the living room at the stairway I … More Responsibility!
Well, the first snow of the season yesterday left a few inches and the world is totally gorgeous today – bright sun and snow-laden pines cheering people up. Everyone you see comments on how beautiful it is. Of course, it’s a pain in the neck, too – slippery walks, hazardous driving, cold temps – but … More Winter Wonder
I’ve skipped over an important event from this summer because I was too conflicted about how I handled it at the time, and was not sure what to say about it. But family members deserve to hear how it turned out, and I expect the dilemma will resonate with other caregivers, so here goes. The … More Apology & New Learning
After the realization a month ago that my mood so directly influences J’s, I’ve been channeling warmth and calm as steadily as I can – the result, a warm and cheerful atmosphere in the house. It took a long time for me to “get” this. It seems there are stages of acceptance with this condition … More Adaptation and Some Pleasant Results