Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lunch with Mom 8-17-2017

Today was a gift day.  After being pleasantly surprised about a medicine change we made last week, her behavior improved for a couple days.  Then, it was like it backfired.  A week of exhaustion, sleeping non-stop, crying and depression.   I was so disappointed.  I struggled through her birthday because she just was so tired and wouldn’t open her eyes.  She had been extremely tired the last three days so I didn’t have any expectations today.  When I arrived, she smiled and opened her eyes and acted so happy to see me as if she had just woken from a coma.  I hadn’t seen this kind of reaction in awhile so it made me happy.  

Pizza, orange soda, and yogurt covered peanuts for lunch for her. Ham sandwich and baked chips for me.  Her eyes were open for a good portion of our visit which was a good sign.  She was talking more coherently and we listened to music. I took the opportunity to show her the birthday video where I had my family post videos saying “Happy Birthday” to her.  She seemed to recognize everyone and made comments.  She asked me to play some classical music and I put on some Debussy on YouTube.  As she sat in her arm chair, I sat across from her and rubbed peppermint lotion on her hands, arms, feet, and legs.  She really loves her hands being rubbed. 

I sat on the bed rubbing her feet and looking out the window.  It was a beautiful sunny day and there was this green Katydid on the outside of her window.  I had wanted this summer to be special with her and it hasn’t been what I planned.  She responded to the massage and she started talking and making jokes about her arms and body and we both started laughing. I haven’t heard her talk normally like that and make fun of herself in so long. It was my old Mom again.  I forgot how much she used to make me laugh.  I kissed her and told her how much I loved her. I try to make the most of these moments when she is aware.  I don’t know how many more moments like this we will have.  It was amazing seeing and hearing her like that. She commented on how beautiful the music was that was playing.  She needed to go to the restroom and suddenly acted modestly when I took her into the bathroom which she hasn’t done in a very long time. I left her and then came back to help her back to her chair and it was like the switch went off.  She started talking about a black dog and asking if it had been fed?  The moment was over. I got her into bed and sat there listening to Debussy and talking to her as she tried to fall asleep.  I stroked her face and hair telling her how beautiful she was and just stayed close to her.  She dozed off and I picked up the tote and lap top and left.  

As I walked into the grocery store to pick up a couple things, Elton John started singing “Rocket Man.”  

“And I think it’s gonna be a long long time
Til touch down brings me round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Oh no no no I’m a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone.”

I started crying in the produce department. I cannot function. I don’t know what I am doing.  I went home and sat in the living room and watched the afternoon go by. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Happy 80th Birthday Mom!

A Lovely Weekend.  My mother's two sisters, RoseAnn and Natalie, and my Uncle Jack and cousin, Eddie, all came to celebrate my mother's 80th birthday.  Tim cooked and baked for days.  Mom loved visiting with her family and we had such a nice time.  Tim made his awesome banana ice box cake for the birthday cake which was just perfection.  I am ready to open him a bakery.  My family sent all sorts of videos and Tim put it together for a birthday movie wishing my Mom birthday greetings.  We had such a nice time.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Bovina Review

Doug Kerr/Flickr

Great Review on of Bovina. We made the top of the list.

New York
 is mostly famous for the Big Apple and the Hamptons, but there’s so much more to the Empire State. Many Americans -- and even New Yorkers themselves -- could hardly fill in a map of the state outside these two areas. The New York City-ers' assumption that upstate New York is an indiscernible green blur past Westchester and Rockland County is, quite frankly, incorrect. There are plenty of cultural enclaves, culinary hot spots, and stunning landscapes to be found both north of the city and out on Long Island (outside of the Hamptons). Whether you live in New York City and are looking to flee urban life or you're an out-of-stater seeking a charming retreat, these 12 small towns in New York offer a multitude of experiences for any style of traveler. 

1. Bovina, Delaware County

The smallest town on this list in terms of population (just over 630 people), Bovina is a great city escape. Weekend visitors can sample the farm life with a visit to Green Shepherd’s grass-fed sheep farm (call in advance) and Bovina Valley Farm’s farm store. The latter sells artisanal cheese, meat, and moonshine maple syrup in nearby Delhi. Bovina’s only eatery, Brushland Eating House, serves up comfort food crafted with local ingredients in a welcoming atmosphere. Brushland effectively captures the simplicity and community feel of a historic eating house. Additionally, it offers spacious accommodations on site, which makes it a great hub for easy exploration into the heart of the Catskills.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

New Grandfather Photo

My Uncle sent this recent photo of my Grandfather yesterday.  It is of him in his 50's working in his woodshop in his basement in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.  He looks so dapper in his hat and apron and tie and white dress shirt.  In the background, are some of the tables, drawers and tools that I have recently inherited from my Uncle for my woodshop.  My grandfather was a very gifted man. He was intelligent, artistic and skilled.  He worked as an engineer for Frick refrigeration but specialised in building clocks and repairing guns.  I love this photo - he looks so happy.  When I met him, he always seemed to be lonely - my Grandmother passed when I was an infant. He was the sweetest man and had the most meticulous beautiful handwriting.  My Uncle gave me some of his notebooks and manuals he wrote and his notes are incredibly detailed and ordered.  I keep his pocket knife and folded wooden engineers ruler on my desk along with wooden pencil cups he made on his lathe.  He was also an avid reader.  He loved westerns by Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour.  I used to send him new paperbacks for gifts as a kid.  I was in a book store in Hobart the other day and picked up an old Zane Grey novel.  I am looking forward to reading it.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Bovina Days Weekend

It was Bovina Days weekend.  Yard Sales, Dessert Contests and historical marker dedication ceremonies.  Lovely day.

Cilantro Chicken

A new recipe Tim tried - it was light and subtle and fresh.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Smaller Projects

I got some smaller projects completed this week. I was redoing a portrait wall in our bedroom and suspended the pictures from chain hung from a picture rail.  I was worried that the frames might swing but they are weighted and don't really move that much.  I also wanted a towel rack for the guest bath but couldn't find anything I liked. I recycled some old fencing in our back yard and made one myself.  The grayed color of the wood was perfect with the wall color and the shower curtain fabric.  I also needed a coffee caddy for some guests that are coming in a couple weeks and found a galvanized tiered tray that I liked from Home Goods. I loaded it up with Fish's Eddy diner mugs, Tim's Grandmother's depression glass sugar and creamer and a couple chalkboard label containers from Anthropologie.  It will work perfectly on the kitchen bar.