Sunday, January 29, 2012

Multi-tasking


I can’t remember a world without multi-tasking!  I don’t just mean a little bit here or there but it seems like all the time.  At first I thought maybe I was being forgetful and I thought I had better start “A Notebook” so someone could read it to me when I got really bad.  I could see me listening and thinking, “They sound vaguely familiar, do I know them?”  Then I realized it isn’t so much that I am forgetful but that I have five projects going at once and helping Dennis with his things also.  He is pretty self-sufficient when we get his computer started or the motorcycle race or football game is on, but he still needs meds or water or snacks or etc.  So during the week I work and it's left up to my mom and Dennis's dadbut on the weekends I have laundry, some cleaning and straightening up, household projects and checking my computer.  In the summer it seems to get worse because then you can add yard work on top of it all.  My mom does most of the cooking or I would probably never make it, but on the weekends I feel like she should have a break and I try to cook a little.  By cook I mean go get hamburgers or pizza!  But although it seem really busy I really like the fact that I have a full day and I when my head hits the pillow I’m out.  Sometimes I do wish I just had some me time, I don’t even remember what that is, but it seems like when I have a hour here or there I’m wandering around the house wondering what to do.  Today I don't have any photos so I am posting random shots of my house and husband and whatever!






Monday, January 23, 2012

The best husband ever



Some things this week have made me stop and reflect on the importance of what we make of our time here on earth.  My husband Dennis, had his accident which left him paralyzed in 2006 and he has been in good health until last summer.  His stomach started spasming and he lost a lot of weight which caused pressure sores to form and so on and so on.  There were a couple of nights we were both crying because we really didn’t know if he would see the next day.  We went to every specialist and there didn’t seem to be one particular thing wrong but a series of things.  Well, we start on the uphill climb, Dennis is gaining weight, the pressure sores are healing up and BAM, here we go again.  His stomach is starting to hurt and he has to be on oxygen a lot of the time.  It is so frustrating for a caregiver to watch the ones you love suffer and struggle with day to day routines.  He struggles to get out of bed, he struggles to eat, and he struggles to get back in bed, Dennis struggles to breathe.  They go through all of this day after day because we want them with us and Dennis does it with very little complaining.  The other night I was getting some laundry done, and fixing his pillow and he said, “I don’t know how you do it.”  That astounded me because I don’t know how he does it, but he does it out of love for his family and friends and his love for his savior Jesus Christ.  I know he will never give up and we shouldn’t  give up either until our race is over and we have done the best we could do.



Saturday, January 21, 2012

Death


My Uncle Albert passed away this this week and as a caregiver I try not to think of death and dying but it seems like it is always lurking in the back of my mind. I always think of 2 Corinthians 10:5 which says, “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”. It is telling me to get a hold of my thoughts and think on the good things, the things of Christ, so I try not to dwell on the subject. It’s hard, period. My husband always quotes Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. So as we breeze (and I say breeze with a bit of sarcasm) through this life we have to take one day at a time and get as much out of that day as we can. Be joyful that we are together for that day and not to think on the next day. I was looking around at my family at the funeral and I thought where did my huge family go? We used to be so big and there were so many of us. Well, they are gone and I have suddenly turned into my mom! When did that happen??? So, I am making a pack to enjoy the rest of our time that Dennis and I have together and try not to worry about what the future holds because I know who holds my future.




Monday, January 16, 2012

Cutting corners


Being a caregiver and also having a job gets a bit daunting at times.  I have the greatest support system since we built on to my garage so my mom and dad could move in.  My mom is here during the day and Dennis’s dad comes over to help.  This allows me to keep my job and the income that we need.  I wrote a couple of posts ago about the financial tasks we meet.  There are a lot of out of pocket expenses so I decided I was going to cut some corners.  I took to the website Pinterest and started my new projects.  So if you are caregivers and you need to cut some corners or if just want to cut corners, here are some tips.  The first project I did was making my own laundry soap.  Here is what you need:


1 box Borax ( on the detergent isle)
1 4 lb. box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) found in the cooking isle
1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz. (3 lb. 7 oz.) found in the detergent isle

3 bars of Fels-naptha soap, found in the detergent isle

2 small containers of oxyclean or store brand oxyclean (try to get about 3.5 lbs. total (1.58 kg)) found in the detergent isle.



You have to grate the soap and mix all together.
This takes about $20.00 to make and I made mine the end of Sept and I am still using it.  I put mine in a glass container by the washing machine.  It only takes 1 Tbls per load.  Now, it’s not going to suds up like we are used to but it does the job.   I love it and it saves so much money. 


The next item is the fabric softener.  All you need is 6 cups of water, 3 cups of white vinegar and 2 cups of hair conditioner of any kind.  I mix mine up and put them in mason jars.  1 Tbls per load.  It will smell a little like vinegar but it doesn’t smell on the clothes.  It last a long time also.



These are tried and true by me and they have worked for my family and I hope if you are looking to save some money it will work for you. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Fun Award

I got an award today from a blogger friend who lives in England.  It is an award that goes to bloggers that have less than 200 followers and it is a sort of share the love or pay it forward type award and hopefully will bring new friends to your blog.  She posted the award on her blog(breathingenglishair.blogspot.com) and now I am going to  pay it forward to some blogs I follow.  It is in a spirit of fun and friendship and I am so enjoying the new friends I have made through my blog.  So here is my list, please stop in and visit them and enjoy their blogs.


The Rules are:
1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.

2. Reveal your five picks for the award and let them know.

3. Post the award on your blog.

4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the blogshare-other bloggers.

5. Finally and the best rule of all..........have fun and spread the love!


Leibster is German and means 'dearest' or 'beloved but it can also mean 'favorite'

Here are my five blog picks, in no particular order!
1)  cobwebbcorner.blogspot.com
2)  mandyraye.wordpress.com    
3)  sweetp2.blogspot.com         
4) writingsofrose.blogspot.com
5)  greggosgarden.blogspot.com


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Our Town


My last post was on blessings and it started me thinking about how I love the little town I live in.  I have blogged about this before but it is a subject I never tire of.  I was fortunate to have done some traveling before my husband’s accident and I loved every minute but there is no place like home.  Although I love to travel I also love knowing that Dennis and I live in a pretty quiet, small rural town that takes care of the people that live in that town.  I know all my neighbors and I know that I can run over to their house if I need something.  We have an eye doctor (also a best friend) that will come to our house and take care of Dennis.  You probably would not get that kind of service in a large city.  Dennis's doctor has also made house calls when Dennis has been terribly sick and it is because he truly cares.  Friends and people of this town help each other out and also lift each other up in prayer when we need them to.  Some of the people that read this blog live a long way from us so I thought I would post a few shots of our town.  The first one was taken by a friend, who lives about a block away named Velda.  I loved this shot and asked her if I could post it.
The rest our some of mine.  I haven't taken very many so I need for it to get warmer so I can get out and get some pictures.
 Some Co-workers helping me clean up the honeysuckle I cut down.  They came and hauled it off for me.  Thanks Bruce and Brant!
 This is the view from my church door and it looks out to the Fairview schools.
 This is the gazebo in our beautiful town park.  It is almost in my backyard.
This is our fire department. I took this photo because I love that tree in the fall.
This is from my backyard and it's the Major County fair building.  It was very foggy and it looked really eerie.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Blessings!


We had a great New Year’s Eve at a friend’s house and although I wasn’t feeling great I had a great time and I wanted Dennis to have a great time also.  He hasn’t got to go out and socialize in some time and he needed a night out.  We have the greatest friends on earth as I have blogged about their awesomeness many times.  We have been so blessed these past years after Dennis’s accident and I always am so grateful that my husband is a man of God.  I don’t usually blog about financial things in our life because God has always provided, and after Dennis’s accident we had to walk in faith in that area.  But, my husband who is a person of great faith and who tithes faithfully, has never had a concern about God providing for us.  Whenever something comes along and I start thinking how in the world are we going to get this or if something unexpected comes along and we need something done, how are we going to take care of it, but God has always taken care of the problem.   With spinal cord injuries the list of medical demands and supplies is never ending.  Some are taken care of by Medicare and some are out of pocket and some are half and half.  This past week Dennis’s sling for his lift that gets him out of his chair and into bed or out of bed and into his chair, well it just wore out after almost 5 ½ years. 

 I went straight to EBay and nothing, so I went to the medical suppliers and I couldn’t believe the prices.  We went through a place that Medicare agreed to pay half but I kept thinking where in the world are we going to get that extra money and I always get frustrated with my husband because he never joins my little worry party and he always says “God will take care of it, He always has.”  And God did, through a faithful person or persons.  We got a gift from our church from an anonymous donor or donors.  That is the way God works.  We don’t know who the person or persons are who help us out when we need it the most, but we do know that God is going to bless them back.  So thank you to whoever you are and God Bless!