Displaying 1 - 5 of 715 entries.
Nearly two months ago, my mom fell and broke her hip. It was a clean break, but she is 75 years old and it’s been of course hard on her to “bounce back” though, the fall could have been worse. We are thankful she didn’t need a hip replacement. She now has some rods and pins in her leg up to her hip, and on most days she’s been in good spirits despite of the painful process of mending. I wanted to get her a power wheelchair but she first had to get used to a walker.
I’ve been staying with her except when I can get one of my sisters to stay so I can come home for a day or so, to sort of regroup and give my mom a change in faces so to speak. But, lets just say that my sisters aren’t generous with their time so my visits home are brief. My mom is using a wheeled walker right now, but she is getting restless and bored, which I don’t blame her as she is so used to be independent.
I’ve decided that I’m going to bring up the idea of her getting either a power wheelchair, or a mobility scooter. I have brought it up in the past couple weeks since she hates being limited to being in the house, but wears out and is in pain if she uses her walker for a lengthy period of time. She didn’t much like the idea. But now as the days go by, I have a feeling that she may change her mind and at least try the scooter, since it doesn’t look so much like a wheelchair at all, and I think it would suit her needs more. She is busting at the seams to shopping at her favorite stores, but is too afraid that using the walker will hurt or tire her out, so this would be a perfect solution for her. Hopefully I have better results changing her mind if I can show her that it’s not scary using something that is power and not her own!
Continue reading A Power Chair for my Mom »
Tonight my son’s band is playing at the old Harpos Theater in Detroit. It used to be a fine theater years and years ago, but now it’s tuned into a venue for various bands and shows. I’m proud of my two sons as they will be opening the show for some top bands in their music type.
They had a show toward the end of the summer and since there was a lull between sets, since my oldest son plays lead guitar, and my youngest plays drums, they decided to switch things up and so my oldest son got on the drums and my youngest sang vocals.
This is a couple photos of their show that they are going to be including in those that go onto their CD cover pages.
Continue reading CD Cover Worthy »
After my excursion into town to go shopping for some Thanksgiving decorations, and coming up empty handed because of all the Christmas merchandise out on the shelves now, it was somewhat discouraging.
It seems like all the stores are getting a jump on Christmas and it started before it was even Halloween. My daughter tried to find items for Halloween and told me that at the stores she had gone to, to find a simple costume for my grand daughter, that she had seen the shelves being stocked with Christmas items also.
To me, it is sad that retailers have to be in such a hurry to get people to spend money on things before the holiday season is even close. It tends to blow my Christmas spirit seeing all this stuff in the stores and then when I actually do go to do my Christmas shopping, I’m tired of hearing the holiday music and the general idea of Christmas. I know that this is just my ranting, but I’ve spoken to others, and they are feeling the same way.
Continue reading Why not Jumble all the Holidays Together »
Recently I had to go to San Diago because my aunt wanted to discuss matters that most of the family didn’t want to address, concerning her estate. I know it’s a subject that most family members feel uncomfortable with at times, but it is best to be prepared as my aunt says, so she wanted me to go with her to talk to an Estate Planning Attorney in San Diago, where she lives. I was happy to go and try to be an extra pair of ears for her and to also help her find a good attorney who would be able to handle the ins and outs of planning her estate and her documenting her wishes.
When I first arrived, of course my aunt didn’t hit me with all the details right away and we enjoyed getting caught up on what was happening in our lives and I loved her candidness. We discussed finding an attorney who was reputable and it was important for her to aslo find a firm who had good results for previous clients, and also who cared about the clients themselves and didn’t treat her like just another case for the books, so to speak.
All in all the visit and the hunt for the perfect attorney for her needs went very well and I’m pleased to have left my aunt with peace of mind and also her estate and financial assets taken care of.
Continue reading Using a San Diago Estate Planning Attorney »
There is a mulberry tree in the yard of the abandoned house next door to my mom’s home. Actually, I don’t think the house was originally abandoned, and though some of the basement windows have been broken, I think the house was once up for sale, but now it could be in escrow. Either or, no one is living there and the tree branches and also weeds have taken up what looked to be a very nice back yard at one time. Still…the mulberry tree’s branches have literally grown into the chain link fencing in mom’s back yard and the tree is so bushy that we can’t see out the kitchen window for the leafs.
I’ve trimmed the branches down, but now it once again looks like a jungle out there. Not good. This coming weekend I’m planning on getting out my small chain saw and cutting the suckers down. Who is to stop me? In three years, I’ve not seen anyone go in or out of the house or yard. It’s a pity because it’s a nice two story brick house with a fire place and hardwood floors, from what I saw by looking in the windows. Of course, I really couldn’t see much but from what I did see, I wouldn’t mind trying to buy the house and fix what needs fixed.
If I can get the tree branches away from my mom’s house, I’ll be happy. In the mean time, I think I just may go to the city hall and try and find out who owns the property. Since it has been empty for so long, perhaps I could obtain the house at a very reasonable cost. One of the empty houses on the short street was auctioned off for 10 grand and it was a mammoth brick home that looks sort of Victorian. It just may be worth it to try and find out what is going on with the house next door.
Continue reading The Tree Has to Go »