Thank you to everyone who has checked on me, by blog, email, or phone. I appreciate all your concern. I did have a couple of rough days this week, and I was unable to continue as I was. I needed some time to myself, and after reading the blog of a friend and taking to heart her advice (even though it wasn't meant for me it really hit home), I fell back and regrouped. It was Claudia who wrote about putting on your own oxygen mask first before helping someone else, and those words jumped out at me. I needed some oxygen! Yesterday was a day of recovery, and after pampering myself with lunch with my daughter Kari and granddaughters Kjirsten and Katie, picking up a couple of necessities at Target, and then having coffee with my friend Charlie, I began to feel human again. And I slept good last night for the first time in many days, so when I woke up this morning I was refreshed and ready to face life again.
Yesterday at Target I actually bought more than a couple of necessities. I found some CD's were on sale, so I started looking through them. I bought myself three CD's! I have never in my life bought three CD's at one time before, but I thought finding Josh Groban for $9.99 was a good deal, so I bought all three!
Today my three sisters and my sister-in-law and I worked at the apartment that we moved mom and my sister into less than three short months ago. We went through cupboards and sorted and packed, getting things ready for my sister to move to a smaller one bedroom apartment now that mom is in the nursing home. We divided up some family heirloom glassware and other pretty glassware and mom's cup and saucer collection. It was a long day, but we got a lot accomplished.
The best part of the day was that our cousin from Wisconsin brought his mom, our mom's sister, down to see her today. It was so good that they got to see each other! Each of us girls also spent some time with mom, as did granddaughter Kjirsten and her boyfriend. So mom had a lot of visitors today.
After church tomorrow those of us in town will go down to visit mom again, and then maybe go out for brunch together. I love my siblings and am so glad we have each other during these tough days. I can't imagine being an only child and going through this alone.