Hello old friends.....It is a Dawning of a New Year

I am excited to welcome in a New Year.  I always look forward to a new slate and new Hope. The past 6 months has been spent spending quality time with our families and concentrating on my health.

                    It took most of the summer and fall to get my Mom into assisted living and her health stable.  We had many garage sales and at each one we could see how difficult it was for her to downsize and let go of so much of her life.  It has shown me that we need to give things away before the decision is made for us.

 John's Dad has progressing Alzheimer's and is still at home.  He has been able to be home alone with just day help but now we are starting round the clock care with all family members.  It is difficult to watch a once vibrant man lose his memory.  We try to spend as much time with each as we can.  They will both be 89 this year.
 We have been able to travel across state a few a times to see our beautiful kids and kidlets and that is always our biggest joy.

After a long hot drought filled summer we had two huge  fall wind/rain storms with too much destruction here in our town.  We were so lucky to only be without power for mere hours while many friends and family members were without for days.

 Now winter is here upon us and we have had more snow than the past two winters combined. It has been a nice change.  I love our four seasons.

I find this time of year one for settling in, getting cozy and catching up on long last friends and what is going on in your neck of the woods.

My wish for the New Year for each of you is that You have time to share your love with those you cherish. May the memories you make bring you years of smiles.


kath001 said...

Oh, I was just thinking about you! So glad to see you post. I hope that your mother is adjusting to assisted living. Carey's mother just moved in at the beginning of December, and she seems to be doing quite well.

Alzheimer's just plain sucks, so sorry to hear about John's dad. Some difficult jobs you've been tackling. Take care of yourselves.

Shirley said...

Good Morning CatieAn, I know how hard it is to put someone you love dearly into a nursing home and watch them go down hill. I know I need to do some things that would make me face the reality of what tomorrow may bring, but I don't like the thought. I am glad you are here because I have thought about you. My hubby has been in the nursing home for three years and unable to walk. Sending you many hugs and prayers from your Missouri Friend Shirley

The Junque Seeker said...

We're just getting to this tough stage in our family. My mom wants to move to a retirement center, but my dad adamantly refuses. Hard to know what to do and how much to encourage. On the other hand, my father-in-law is 95, very sharp and healthy with the exception of a bum knee.

I absolutely love your solar chandelier! I've had an old chandy in my storage building for years and just may have to repurpose it for outdoors. Love the birdcage stand "fountain," too!

Art and Sand said...

The one thing I didn't read about is your health. How are you doing?

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Hi and thanks for stopping by my blog. You mentioned you spent some time there don't know if you read anywhere that I am from North Id. Still have family in Spokane. I taught beading and spiritual arts classes in Spokane for many years. I am sorry to hear about your mom going into a home and John's dad with Alzheimer's. It is a tough disease. I am now a follower of your blog. Have a great weekend.

Jeanie said...

It's so good to see you post again. It sounds like quite a year. I remember that assisted living thing all too well -- it can be very challenging. But I'm glad you've had some good road trips and getaways.

Have a wonderful new year! (And I loved your photography!)

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