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Musicmania

Uncategorized | July 30, 2018

ABBAmania Last evening I went with a galpal to see the newest movie release of Mamma Mia. Aside from the music and lyrics of ABBA, there was surprisingly more to take home. ABBA was Tony’s top favourite, in younger years he could dance the night away with sheer joy, and we shared many laughs about […]

The ties that bind

Uncategorized | June 23, 2018

As I sat alone today at the back of a small church, feelings of joy overcame sadness. The pews slowly filled with reverent parishioners, people scooched along the smooth wood whenever they heard a new hesitant question whispered. “Is anyone sitting here?” By 1:45 it was standing room only and latecomers overflowed into the foyer. […]

The Royal Wedding

Uncategorized | May 19, 2018

Commitment to each other and the power of love.The ring on your finger and fulfilling a dream. Happy days. Reiterated between today’s enchanted and deliriously happy bride and groom. They are looking forward, many of us are looking back with full hearts. When you’re caregiving for a spouse it’s hard to feel starry-eyed sometimes, I […]

It’s All a Puzzle

Uncategorized | April 29, 2018

It’s All a Puzzle A television documentary this week impacted me when I followed the dedication and resourcefulness of the caregiver, a young woman whose husband has Multiple Sclerosis.  Two of Alice Cook’s quotes resonated. “I just don’t think about the emotional side,” she says. “You get numb because you’re so busy. I literally don’t […]

Waiting for Spring

Uncategorized | March 11, 2018

…Let the world slip away On this almost perfect afternoon Can’t we stay in bed all day? Just this one day This golden Sunday with you On this sunny Sunday it is, as the lyrics go, an almost perfect afternoon. With Molly Johnson’s “Messin’ Around” CD jazzing up my space, I’m thinking about how time […]

Looking to the Horizon

Uncategorized | February 14, 2018

Despite using a ruler and measuring, I somehow can’t draw a straight line. Might it be that my own horizon is crooked? Today, February 14th, I dislike the Valentine’s aspect, because my heart is still bereft. The logic behind reverently unwrapping the two small bears with heart-shaped angel wings seemed questionable; they were a gift […]

Soothing the Soul

Uncategorized | January 21, 2018

Tony began to retire upstairs earlier in the evening. He was at his best in mornings. By late afternoon his energy was spent, he tried his best to stay upright for an hour after eating to let his supper settle. He needed more help preparing for bed, and our established routine was that he would […]

My Ideas on Caregivers’ Circle of Life

Uncategorized | January 15, 2018

I’ve noticed magazine advertisements depicting today’s “seniors” as more youthful both  in appearance and lifestyle than even ten years ago. Anyone whose circumstances include jingle and folding money in their wallet and a personal health rating better than Good is truly fortunate. Partners are hopefully well-matched and can set a brisk pace, wanting to cover […]

A Little Night Music

Uncategorized | January 5, 2018

Oldie goldie ballads and days of yore crooners evoke heartfelt emotions. The music and lyrics are pleasing to the ear. Anyone can hum along nowadays to specialty T-V channels, radio or CD releases. The resurgence of turntables and LP’s might pique your interest if they’re stashed in the basement or attic I recall as a […]

Deep Freeze

Uncategorized | December 28, 2017

Deep Freeze   Last night the temperature outdoors dropped to -30° and as 2:00 a.m. approached, the electricity conked out.  All was still in the building, but for the sounds of snapping cold and creaking construction.   It felt isolating and I felt unprepared for the unknown ahead with no emergency reserves at the ready. […]

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