Respite Weekend – Mon Feb 5, 2018

The dictionary’s respite care definition is “a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant” or “an interval of rest or relief”.

I will go with the 2nd ‘an interval of rest or relief’!  I was able to leave town for almost four full days and spend it with my father and step mom.  It was relaxing, different kind of days for me and overall a nice time with my family!  I am being told all the time, ‘Maria you need respite time’!  It isn’t always so easy to get away.  Incredibly my timing was such that I got to work the first game of the Sun Cup for the Tucson Football Club at The Kino Complex not far from my dads.  So I got rest, relaxation and a days work.  How can one dispute this?

Hearing from my husband daily we found mom was more cooperative this weekend than she has been in many weeks.  No arguing, no disputing him and actually trying to do stuff on her own somewhat.  He said it was actually pleasant.  This makes me wonder – with us both giving her orders, directions and overall telling her what to do,  are we overwhelming her?  It is something to ponder for sure.  My stress level was high when I returned yesterday knowing I had to get back into my care routine and really enjoying myself so much for four days.  The drive alone for 90 minutes was awesome!  Singing old country songs at the top of my lungs, listening to Ted Radio Hour and how we don’t slow our brains down at times….yep I’m so guilty of this.  Today I am much better because I actually slept in a bed after three nights on a couch and a silly crazy puppy that attacked me each morning.

Got some fun news for later in the week so my schedule for the week at home, and working part time completely changed.  I am excited and going along with the fun coming up later in the week!  Ted reminded me Valentine’s Day is next week so his delivery days are getting longer and starting earlier in the day!

Hooray for roses and Love next week!!! Love Rock

I went antiquing with the parentals on Sunday and that is always so much fun!  The last time I did that was in Michigan in September after cocktails with friends.  Four floors of antiques later we left with goodies in our hands and a parking ticket on our car!  Gotta love the afternoon drinking with friends and the day then just happens!  So I am always on the look for Guardian Service cookware – alas none to be found.  For those that do not know what it is – see the link below.  I have lots of pieces but many I don’t have.  Always fun to try and find new pieces.

Guardian Service  Guardian Service is the amazing, aluminum alloy cookware that dates from the 1930’s to the 1950’s. This cookware is highly sought-after today with many people collecting it and using it on a daily basis.

Crocheting is keeping me busy too. I have three things going at once.  The Heart AfghanArms of The Unicorn and no picture yet but a brown cotton wrap to put on your hair from the shower!  Oh and of course my own afghan that I haven’t touched since last summer!  I will need it soon maybe!  Please check out my Stuff to Buy page.  I am really hoping to get this stuff sold before the trip to Michigan.  I need the room in the car – HA! If you see something and want another color – or if you choose $100 or more in products already made, let me know and I will be making some good deals for ya!

Remembering why I started this and that is mom and my crochet!  Mom is my center right now and crochet is my balance!  With this said ….

First, Care for Yourself
On an airplane, an oxygen mask descends in front of you. What do you do? As we all know, the first rule is to put on your own oxygen mask before you assist anyone else. Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. Caring for yourself is one of the most important—and one of the most often forgotten—things you can do as a caregiver. When your needs are taken care of, the person you care for will benefit, too.  From Family Caregiver Alliance-National Center on Caregiving!

Peace and Awesomeness tonight!

Maria

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