I sure hope you are well.
I have been so excited to share this story with you. Heaven knows, we all need to hear stories of good people doing good things! Fair warning, it’s a wee bit longer than most of my musings, but stay with me here.
So, if you have been a reader for any length of time, you know that my sweet dad is suffering from the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.
When dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 6 years ago, mom was convinced that she would be able to take care of dad in their home. About a year ago, it became painfully obvious that, in spite of hired caregivers and the help of my husband and me, not only was mom’s health and safety being put in jeopardy but that dad would be safer and better served with specialized memory care.
Mom quickly developed a routine of spending the days with dad in the memory care unit, until Covid hit and in March dad’s building was put on lockdown, putting an immediate end to her visits.
Fast forward and this past week, dad’s room was moved. As mom was trying to figure out where his new room was, she asked the nurse what he would see if he looked out his window and her heart was filled when she realized that they would see the same thing from their respective windows. Then her heart soared when she realized she could see dad’s window from her window. She commented that she had never felt God’s hand as much she did right then.
That evening, as she was going to bed, she looked out her window towards dad’s room. This is what she saw.
I still can’t look at that image without my eyes filling up! This Alzheimer’s journey has been brutal, there is no sugar-coating it. But…and it is a BIG BUT…we have been incredibly blessed by so many people we have met along the way. At the top of that list is Emily, who I am confident is responsible for this little note. Emily took a few minutes out of her very busy day to print this off her computer and tape it to dad’s window because she has witnessed the love between my parents and knew it would lift mom’s spirits.
Right now, in the U.S. we are so divided between red and blue; it is so hard for us to look beyond those labels and see love and goodness. For so many reasons, this little sign is a symbol of love and kindness in a world that desperately needs both.
O.K….let me dry my eyes and get on with the rest of the musings.
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Before we get to wrapped up (see what I did there!) in holiday preparations, let’s take a minute to attend to these 6 Home Maintenance Tasks we should do in November.
Speaking of holiday preparations, it is not too late to print off the Ultimate 2020 Holiday Planner.
I have made this delicious Tomato Jam several times. I absolutely love it! The flavor is outstanding, and its uses are not just limited to cheese and crackers. I love it on turkey burgers as well as ground beef. I have also dolloped a tablespoon full over a bowl of beans…..as well as on hot dogs. My favorite is using it on waffles for breakfast, or when I want a quick snack. I also find myself just eating it solo right out of the jar. Thank you for such a versatile recipe…Excellent!a lovely review from Andrea about our Spicy and Smoky Tomato Jam
Don’t forget to enter the drawing for the Knit Tote bag!
Such a fun Christmas doormat.
And this Advent Calendar!
These Pickled Cranberries will get made this week. Some will be shipped to my brother who absolutely loves them and others will be gifted to friends.
I will save a jar of the pickled cranberries for our Charcuterie Board the day after Thanksgiving.
I am forever looking for ways to maximize and manage my small freezer space and was tickled to come across these Prepworks Food Storage Pods. They come in a variety of sizes. I have purchased the 2 TB, 1/2 cup and 1 cup sizes. While I have used all three sizes, I have definitely used the 1 cup size the most often. When I make soup, instead of freezing the whole container or freezing individual serving sizes in smaller containers, now I just use the 1 cup tray.
Once frozen, I put the 4 soup-cicles in one ziplock bag, which frees up so much space in my freezer. I also use them to freeze 1 cup sizes of soaked, but not cooked beans. We eat a lot of beans, but I avoid the canned beans. Prior to these foodpods, I would soak a whole pound and divvy 1 cup portions in individual ziplock bags or 1 cup container, which definitely worked. But now, I can freeze 1 cup portions and keep 4 of 1-cup servings in 1 ziplock bag instead of 4, reducing waste and freeing space in my freezer.
These Holiday Lifehacks may come in handy over the next 6 weeks.
OK, my friends. I am going to try to finish sewing pillows for the guest room…it is coming along nicely. Wait until you see the lovely bed skirt I made this past week!