There are 5.4 million people who have Alzheimer's. It cost 183 billion dollars in annual costs. Alz's is the 6th leading cause of death.
To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.' When God takes something from your grasp, He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on this sentence... 'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.
1 John 4: 9-10

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Our Spring Snow Is Melting.

We got 8inch's of snow at our house. Some got lots more. It was so pretty. But for the first day of spring I would of rather had sunshine. And my son had to drive in awful weather for hours before gettin to Colorado. Than he said it was nice all the way to the mountains. Today it was sunny and all the snow is melting. Hopefully only sunny days for awhile. This sure has been along winter.
My sis just left . She came over to feed mom and let me run to the store. Which I really needed to do. Can't remember the last time I went out. I am sure it was last week but must of not been fun because I sure don't remember it. Oh! Yes I do. I ran to the ice cream store and got the makings for hot fudge sundies on Friday for me and my son. It was fun. Silly me. Any way she will be back later to spend the night. I will sleep all night and late in the morning. That will be very nice.
Moms Chaplin from Hospice came today. He had a nice visit with her. She was eating lunch so was awake. She put up with him for awhile and answered all his questions. But than she just stopped talking . I guess she had enough of that and decided it was nap time. We said a nice prayer and he was on his way.

I have been kind of sick all weekend "Might of been to much ice cream" not much better today and I have plans for this Thursday night to go to a cooking show with friends. One of my friend's big mean old cow's stepped on her foot yesterday so haven't heard if she broke it or not. Maybe with me being sick and her hurt foot our trip to the cooking show might be off. But we will see.Wish us luck.


  1. Oh Karen, I hope you can go to the cooking school, that will be fun, and a good change of pace for you. Sorry about your tummy, I hope your'e feeling better soon.

    It's so good that your sister can come over and give you a break. Being a care taker is a very stressful and tiring job, and you need to do something that's relaxing and fun.

    Yes, it has really been a long've had your share of snow.

    Take care!

  2. icecream huh,,,, SOUNDS GOOD... hope you feel better get some good hard rest.

  3. Karen, thanks for your comment on my blog. You are a dear and I love keeping up with your comings and goings but mainly your staying put at home. As you read on my blog we are not at your point with my husband.

    I have a question for you and maybe I don't want to know the answer and maybe it is different for every patient. How many years was it from my husband's stage that you read about yesterday to where your mom is now?


  4. Hey Karen! I am so glad the snow is gone here, sky is blue, saw 2 robins on Sat. so I know spring is official. But as much as I love this season, it is a time of year that actually becomes more difficult for me to deal with then the winter months. I am inside and everyone else I know is outside enjoying the weather, parks, picnics and so on. So, it is a good time and a not so good time for me coming into the warm months. The cooking show sounds like lots of fun! This Sat. I went to Gurnee Ill. and met Denise Brown of and we had a wonderful lunch together. I actually had difficulty going to do that, because it was not one of my norms and it was out of my so called comfort zone. But I pushed through to do it and very glad I did! Hope you are feeling better today!

  5. I am better but still have a tender tummy. :)
    Thanks all.
    Carol I think it has been around 10 yrs or more form our husbands stage to moms. Good luck.
    Donna so glad you got out. I know what you mean about being out of your comfort zone . I am already getting nervouse about going to the cooking show.

  6. I hope your friends foot is alright. Those old cows can be so heavy!! I, too, hope that you get to go to the cooking show. Getting out for yourself is so important

  7. My daughter in Denver had snow on the first day of spring too!!
    It was nice and sunny here in Maryland.
    Hope you're feeling better and your friends foot is fine and you both get to go to the cooking show. Sounds like a lot of fun. Then you can try the recipes and post them on your blog. :-)

  8. We have had two nice sunny days. All the snow is gone. But now Thunderstorms on the way. I guess Spring is here.

  9. Hi Karen!
    I was thinking about you when I saw the national weather report. I'm glad it's gone now. Also glad you are feeling better. You can never have too much ice cream! Hope you get out on Thursday with your friend to the cooking party. Did you get my postcard yet?

  10. Hi Karen,
    I did not see where I could email you... may have overlooked it... so I wanted to respond to the comment on Our Journey Through Alzheimers. My pictures from the beach are on one of my other blogs Latane's Quilts and Scrapbooking. The link for that blog is on the sidebar. Thanks so much for your sweet and encouraging comment. You're the best!!

  11. Hope the weather gets warmer here in Western NY I crave spring and all the sunshine so I'm wishing you the same.

    Blessings to stay strong and hoping you get to go to cooking school one of our supermarkets have them here and they are so much fun.

    Dorothy from grammology

  12. Karen, Here in NY respite care starts at $15 an hour. There was no money for that so I was not able to get out until we got some help from Catholic Charities their grant at least let us go to Church as a family. My mother's mental state declined rapidly after Daddy died. I have a lot of respect for those who are able to keep their family members home a long time. I could not do that more than 6 months and mother has made it very clear to all who will listen in the nursing home that I am TERRIBLE! I know I am not it was best for her and us but having your mother angry and saying bad things even at my age ( almost 60) hurts like hell. Hang in there Karen you are not alone in the pain. God Bless, Jewels


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