Thursday, April 23, 2009

Chasing Shadows

I love when the earth shifts seasons and you begin getting different shadows in the afternoon. I like this time of year right before I have to begin pulling the blinds on the back of the house because the sun is just too hot.

Right now, I can still chase shadows in the afternoon, but not for too much longer, I'm sure. The heat is just around the corner, I can feel it coming.

Today was a warm day with a slight breeze. I took mom out to get our 20 minutes of vitamin D. One of the other residents came and joined us. I know we were sitting in his spot but he said it was ok and rolled up to talk after asking if it were ok. Everyone is so nice and proper down here. We began talking about families and siblings and such. After a little conversing, where I picked up that he had at least one brother and one sister, I asked if that were it. "Why no, ma'am, I have six brothers and five sisters!" Lordy me. He also let me know he was going to be 85 in a couple of weeks, so he's about the same age as mom. Such a sweet man, but mom sure did clam up after he arrived. I don't think she likes men much these days. lol But as you can see, we were yucking it up before he arrived. We just got enough sun before the clouds rolled in and we had a cloud burst! It was kinda fun, if you ask me. I don't think mom even cared much!

This is a church I pass quite often and I just love looking over at it when I'm stopped at the stop sign. I need to get some info on it as I know it's pretty old. Today was a good day. You know, for me anyway, a bad day is followed by a good day--and vice versa--and so our journey in life keeps us on our toes. Don't know if I mentioned it, but mom's final day in rehab will be the 29th of April, a mere week away. So yesterday, I went looking for more places that may be available. The one I found on Friday that I thought was in the running turns out to be a horrid place. Miss Sherrie's husband is a Nashville firefighter and thus goes to these homes when needed for emergencies. He said he wouldn't even take his dog their! He said they will call the fire department to come and pick patients up that have fallen rather than picking them up themselves. Now that sounds just horrible. So, I have crossed that one off the list. You just never know do you? This place looked so nice and it is in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the Nashville! I wonder if some people just put their parents/loved ones in places that are pleasant to themselves without a care in the world as to what happens once they leave to go home. I even fell into that trap for a moment. I thought. "Wow, this place is so beautiful!" Hmmmm. Little did I know. Anyway, I went to two places yesterday and neither had availability. Of course, I was down when I got home last night.

But today, it looks as though there is a chance mom may be able to stay where she is! I spoke with the admissions lady and she was very positive today, for the first time. PTL. So today is good! But, I'm kinda worried about tomorrow now. hehe. It truly has been one step forward, two steps back with this new phase of life we're heading into with mom. Anyhoo, I'm positive. Staying positive. She gives me the faith each day that I need to keep it moving ahead. Here's your house for the day. We have such an array of architecture in town. I am loving this gorgeous stonework!

A smile from (dusty) Dave chewing on the camera strap. Yep, a good day was had by all.

xo
ro

8 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Rosemary, I am so sorry for what you are going through for your sweet mother. Hopefully, if you are patient, something good will turn out for her---and you. I'm keeping you both in my prayers.

Hugs,
Betsy

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Yes, the sun comes into the house/apartment very differently. We have different shadows and the blinds have to be pulled down...

Good to know that things look a lot more positive regarding your Mom!

Cheers and have a gorgeous weekend,

Rosa

Linda said...

I love the shape of the door on that church. I'm glad you had a good day too.

jet1960 said...

Hope you have a good day tomorrow and good luck with your search.

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

oh I hope it works out that your mom can stay where she is! Please contact "a place for mom" do a google search....you pay nothing for the referral....this is how we found the wonderful home that my mom is in!
Good Luck Rosemary!
XoXo
Robin

Janet said...

I'll keep my fingers crossed that it works out your mom can stay where she is right now. It sounds like such a nice place....and she always looks so happy in the pictures.

I love afternoon shadows too but that darn heat is just around the corner!

That stone house is fantastic!

Anonymous said...

One of my dearest friends, that I've known since I was 14, manages an assisted living facility, for low income people. She is truly amazing, and has created a most loving environment, that feels like home, for the peole who live there. You are greeted with flowers, both outside, and inside, as soon as you arrive. The lobby is full of people visiting with one another, there are birds, and fish and books and magazines, and activities for every level of engagement, on behalf of the residents, and everyone is spoken to patiently, with respect and love. It is clean, the residents are cared for, and it is truly a wonderful place. I remember, when we were young, that she said if she could create any life for herself, it would be to buy a great big house in the country, and fill it with old people to take care of. They would become a part of her family, and could work in the garden, if they liked, pet a cat if they liked, and laugh with her children, if they liked. They would all sit down together for meals, and sit on the porch of an evening. I recently reminded her of that, and said that in a way, she'd made her dream come true. There are truly caring places our there, with respectful people working in them. I sure hope that your mom can stay where she is, but if not....don't give up hope. The right place is there. It's just a matter of finding it.

Love to you and yours today.
Lena

Jeanie said...

Good vibes coming your way for your mom to stay put!

And that church was beautiful! So clean and lovely!

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