Hello friends. I may not be on here too much this week, and I thought I'd mention it in case I miss something. Feel free to message me if something needs my input (are there any Valentine's Day songs or poems we could tweak for anyone special?)
Not looking for sympathy, just need to share with friends.
My 83 year old mom is staying with me for a week while my sister attends a 4 day class in Knoxville, TN. (Susan is an LPN and got into The Patriot Nurse's Medical Prep 101,201, and 301live class. Link at end). Since they live 40 minutes away and neither Mom nor I drive any more, we decided that Mom would come stay with me.
I've lived alone for a really long time and I'm not accustomed to paying attention to whether someone else has eaten or it cold or just needs attention. Mom is accustomed to Susan paying her LOTS of attention. And it's snowing pretty good this afternoon, so sitting out on the patio is not a good idea.
Susan and I did a lot of planning. We have lots of food and drink. (Mom is a picky eater, and also won't just tell me what she will or won't eat.) But we are going to do well in that regard. Mom packed a huge bag of snacks - just in case. I think she worried that I would just leave her to her own devices. But we are figuring it out. Turns out that the jalapeno jelly I mentioned earlier is really good on pork egg-rolls, and Mom LOVES it.
I'm comfortable sleeping on the couch, and the 2 cats spent the night moving between us. We all slept cozy last night.
We are all big readers, and if she finished the 3 books she brought with her, I have a room full of bookshelves for her to choose from. I also asked her to bring her old photo albums to do a family history project. I'll pay for a month of Ancestry.com if I need to! This could very well take all week.
One big thing that I hadn't fully appreciated until just this afternoon is that Mom and Susan don't have internet access, and no TV reception. The watch DVDs. I, however, have good internet and an Amazon Prime subscription.
Mom is binging on the first season of The Beverly Hillbillies as I type this. Being that I was born just north of the Ozark Plateau and that we now live in the middle of the Ozarks, it really does make for good entertainment on a winter day. That Prime subscription is going to be worth every penny by the end of the week.
Mind you, I love my Mom. She's been married 6 times, and there's a lot of chaos that comes with growing up in those circumstances. Our history, while not contentious, has been mostly independent of each other for most of my adult life. I feel like the family history project is going to be worthwhile and I'm glad I thought of it. I also expect some personal feeling to come up. I'm going to try really hard not to let her see how much some of her history hurts to this day. My primary reason for returning to Missouri was to help my sister out, and God bless her, she's a saint. She's also 8 years younger and does not recall things that my brother and I do.
I'm going to try typing her answers into a Word document in hopes that acting as a stenographer will distance me somewhat from the story. I found a book with pages for her to fill in, and I can scan her photos in and print off for the pages. When we're done, I can then scan the entire project in and make copies for my brother and sister and I.
Anyway, the classes Susan is taking this week include 2 days of nutrition, herbs, and old time diseases that may make a comeback if, well, you know. Plus, she gets a week away from home responsibility, gets to stay in a nice hotel (where the classes are held) and pamper herself a bit. I hope she remembers to come home... Thanks for letting me share. No response necessary.
Here's the link to the website. Her list of books is a good start on a prepper library, and she has a bunch of You tube videos.
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