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During college I took 4 years of Spanish. For one I needed to take a foreign language in order to graduate, but I also wanted to do some traveling to South America. At the time I didn’t realize how important learning a second language would become.
At work I meet new people everyday. Some of which only speak Spanish. Knowing the basics has helped me get through many consultations. I don’t speak Spanish fluently anymore, but I can still understand it. I have close friends from Guatemala and they tell me that it’s difficult to learn another language unless you live in that country where it is the primary language. It makes me feel better to hear this and I have found it to be true. After I graduated from college I spent some time in Puerto Rico. At that time my Spanish was fluent. I could talk to people on the island and understand everything they were saying back to me. I hope to return again to Puerto Rico and relearn what I have lost in these past few years.
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With my mom on the mend, she has decided that she doesn’t need someone with her around the clock like I had been staying and so I came home until Monday. I’m rather surprised with the condition of the house. While it isn’t as neat, clean and tidy like I usually have it, it wasn’t turned into a “guy cave” yet. This is a good thing. However, after looking around I have discovered that guys really don’t see dust or dust kitties, nor do they know how to clean a bathroom. Ewwww!!!!!
I do give my sons and husband credit for at least doing laundry, sort of cleaning up after they cook and other little things that I always do on an every day basis.
I’m totally itching to finish painting my living room and also have to figure our where the Christmas tree is going to go, so the dogs won’t knock it over. I’m not too worried about my Cocker, but Jake the “puppy” who resembles a Shetland pony in size, is or may be a problem. He doesn’t realize his tail is a weapon and the sheer bulk of him is not graceful at all. I think I’m going to have to do some serious planning on the placement of the tree this year. Since I just got home, I’ll have to give all this some thought.
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I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! This year I’ve had a lot to be thankful for, but I especially want to remember our brave woman and men who are not going to be home for Thanksgiving so they can keep us safe. Our soldiers deserve a big Thank You, and also to be remembered this Holiday Season.
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Usually I always make the Thanksgiving dinner for my immediate family and who ever else cares to stop buy. This is the first year in I actually can’t remember when, that I won’t be cooking. I don’t like the idea, but I have been staying with my Mom to help her out, since she broke her hip and everyone thinks this will be easier for all involved.
This year, we will be going to my youngest sister’s home for Thanksgiving. In a way, though I miss the preparing and cooking part of the holiday, it will be kind of nice to let someone else take over this time. It’s been really hectic with me staying with my mom, my family up here in the tundra fending for themselves. At least for the most part.
I’ve been asked to bring the dinner rolls, but that may change as the days go buy. I personally thought I would make the dinner rolls, but they would be cold after a two hour drive to my sister’s place. So…it is already made rolls that don’t even need heated up. Next year hopefully things will be back to some kind of semblance of normalcy! Wait!!! Normal is a cycle on a washing machine. Well…perhaps things will be more of a Elaine’s Thanksgiving dinner!
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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!
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