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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Freedom Fridays #21


It's time to let your talents soar.
It's party time!

Freedom Fridays


But First Freedom Fridays Five Faves!




Twice Baked Potatoes (Supreme)
Dishing with Leslie





Chalk Paint Transformation (Veronica)
Kathe with an E






18 Must Read Blog Posts for New Bloggers
Martys Musings






Jade Red Chicken
Dishing with Leslie








Elegant Pumpkins
Messy Roost





I will be pinning all Five Faves!
and sharing them on my Facebook page.

I just love visiting all the talent, you guys rock!

Thanks to all for linking up last week and congratulations to my five featured guests.
If you were featured, grab my featured button in my side bar and wear it proudly:)




Now for this weeks Party:)

Whats missing?
Yeah, those pesty little rules.
As I have mentioned before, I am retired from
enforcing laws, rules etc.
So just enjoy being my guest and I hope you have fun:)

If you follow me in any of the these ways and leave a comment letting me know that you did, I will return the favor:)
Linky Followers, Facebook , Pintest , Twitter, or Goggle +.

Flap your wings and let's fly
Let's link up





Sunday, September 23, 2012

Kmart's Big Layaway Giveaway

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kmart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Remember when all the stores offered layaway?   When you found the perfect gift and either didn't wish to purchase at that time or just didn't have the budget to pay for the item in full. Then we would take our selections to the layaway counter and pay a small fee and the item would be secure until we returned and paid it in full.  Well guess what, Kmart has an amazing layaway offer to help you get started on your Holiday gift giving and the chance to receive some great prizes from your favorite Kmart store.  Kmart is offering one giveaway per store per week every week between 09/09/2012 and 11/17/2012.   For all the rules  go to  Kmart's Big Layaway Giveaway .

How many times have you found the perfect gift and didn't buy it at that time and before you returned it was sold out. I know that has happened to me.  By using Kmart's free layaway program you can scoop up those popular items now and they will be secure and safety stored at your local Kmart store.  Or you can shop online at Kmart  holiday gifts and use Kmart's online layaway. That's right, you can place an online layaway order!   How easy is that??

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I am already planning my Holiday shopping and hoping to win one of those awesome giveaways.  Yes, other stores have layaway programs but does Walmart, Best Buy or Toys R Us have a giveaway program?  No, I have not found any to beat Kmart's.   So don't let this opportunity pass you by, go either to your local Kmart or visit Kmart online for all your holiday shopping today and have an opportunity to win an awesome prize :)  

 

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Freedom Fridays #20


It's time to let your talents soar.
It's party time!

Freedom Fridays


But First Freedom Fridays Five Faves!






Rachel Handbag
with Free Downloadable pattern!








Zabaglione and Berries
If you haven't heard of Zabaglione you will know and love it now.







Halloween Feather Boa Wreath
 (PS I am definitely making this:)






Ziplock Omelots
For 1, 2  or 7++ 
But you have to check it out to see what not to put in it, lol







Being Booed
I want to be booed!!!





I will be pinning all Five Faves!
and sharing them on my Facebook page.

I just love visiting all the talent, you guys rock!

Thanks to all for linking up last week and congratulations to my five featured guests.
If you were featured, grab my featured button in my side bar and wear it proudly:)



Now for this weeks Party:)

Whats missing?
Yeah, those pesty little rules.
As I have mentioned before, I am retired from
enforcing laws, rules etc.
So just enjoy being my guest and I hope you have fun:)

If you follow me in any of the these ways and leave a comment letting me know that you did, I will return the favor:)
Linky Followers, Facebook , Pintest , Twitter, or Goggle +.



Flap your wings and let's fly
Let's link up

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Baby Sandals




Oh just thought I would share a super cute picture of one of my Granddaughters, LOL!  
 Yes, this is her adorable perfectly sweet little foot. 
  
 But of course I would also love to show off her little shoe.   I expanded my crocheting talents from Barbie clothes for her sister's Barbies to these sweet little shoes. 


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Freedom Fridays #19


It's time to let your talents soar.
It's party time!

Freedom Fridays


But First Freedom Fridays Five Faves!



Bacon & Caramelized Onion Brie Bowl






Repairing Scuffed Shoes
On Creative Mommy





Project 56 (acts of kindness)
Jo and Sue




Chicken Bombs
(you just have to check these out to find out what makes them a bomb:)
Dishing with Leslie






Easy & Delicious Chili Verde
Dear Creatives





I will be pinning all Five Faves!
Also I will be sharing them on my Facebook page. 


Thanks to all for linking up last week and congratulations to my five featured guests.

If you were featured, grab my featured button in my side bar and wear it proudly:)



Now for this weeks Party:)

Whats missing?
Yeah, those pesty little rules.
As I have mentioned before, I am retired from
enforcing laws, rules etc.
So just enjoy being my guest and I hope you have fun:)

If you follow me in any of the these ways and leave a comment letting me know that you did, I will return the favor:)
Linky Followers, Facebook , Pintest , Twitter, or Goggle +.

Flap your wings and let's fly
Let's link up

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Update on my Mom

First I wish to thank everyone for your prayers and support during this difficult time.  I have found comfort and have felt the prayers.

As of now my Mother is resting comfortably in her own room.  She was released from the hospital yesterday.  
Her fracture was on the same hip  and was repaired by the same outstanding doctor.  I am not sure that she will ever be on her feet again.  Hopefully in a week or so she will be able to be placed in a wheelchair to be able to join everyone for daily activities.   She was transported to her Home in an ambulance  and that's when it hit me just how much she has declined because of this last injury.   I am just hoping that she knows she is in her own room and finds some peace in this.   
We have made the tough decision to not subject her to physical therapy this time.  I am supporting her to be at peace and not be pushed and I know her fragile body and mind could not handle any challenge at this time.   Her speech is almost non existent and garbled now but when the nurses had to draw blood or change bandages, she fights back. Yes, she even took a couple swings at us.   I like to see the fight in her, and when she is mad her speech is almost clear.  She was saying  "leave me alone" and I do believe that is an indicator that is exactly what she wishes.        

We have returned her to her familiar environment and with the support of the Staff and Hospice she will be kept comfortable.  I know if she has a chance it will be in an environment that is peaceful and in the only home she remembers.  (yes when she was mad in the hospital and she also told us " I want to go home!")    She has lost 11 lbs since her last surgery and she is so very frail.  Who knows she may at some point be walking again, she did it for herself last time.  I have acquired an peaceful acceptance now.  She deserves to be free and not go through this.  Hospice will make sure she is not agitated nor in pain and they are wonderful.  She is being cared for by a staff that has known and cared for her for the last year and I will be there every day for now.  

      It's been a tough five days but I have finally found peace.



Monday, September 10, 2012

Alzheimer's is ......



I have been debating whether to write this or not and at this time I am not sure if I will ever publish it.

I am so angry that ever time I accept the fact that my mother is declining daily, a major event happens to her that just causes a free fall in her mental state. 
 I had been so thankful that she was still walking and was able to chew (it's surprising how the simple things in life become so important). 

 Then I received a phone call from the Home that Mother had fallen and was complaining of pain in her hip. 
 I immediately requested they transport her to the 
ER of the newest hospital in town. 
 My hubby and I were waiting when the ambulance arrived at the ER.   The ambulance crew and the staff at the hospital were terrific.  They were so kind and gentle and worked hard to accomplish their duties around Mother's mental state.  It took three of us with lead aprons holding Mother in place to just get the x-rays.  Mother doesn't understand to hold still and she was totally delirious. 
 After that they made her as comfortable as possible and made us feel very welcome.
  Then we were told that she had fractured her hip and would require surgery.
 Her doctor advised us that surgery was basically being performed as  pain relief (I don't believe any of us thought my mother would ever walk again).  I knew at that time that all the odds were against her, a woman that had been so so very strong her whole life.  I was so angry that one broken bone could be her downfall.  She had surgery the next day without complications. 
 Then begin a very long 7 days in the hospital with either my hubby or I in the room with her at all times.  She didn't eat for 5 days and we tried to prepare the family.  The doctor decided to stop all drugs for 24 hours and see if she could fight her way out of the fog.  And yes, my mother  who could never be described as weak, came out of it.  She woke up and was alert and we were able to get her to drink an Ensure.  My hubby went flying to the nearest grocery store for bananas (Mom's favorite food at this time and one that she always recognizes and just loves).  She lived on bananas and Ensure for the next 24 hours and then started eating small bites of regular food.  I can't write about this week other than this but I was happy when we were able to have her transported to the Skilled Nursing Unit  (Rehab ) adjoining her Alzheimer's Care Unit.  
 She spent 21 days in this area and it was tough on her.  She didn't eat hardly anything but the staff would help feed her when I wasn't there. The staff was good but just not as knowledgeable in dealing with Alzheimer's patients.  After the first week they would take her inside the Alzheimer's area during the day where she was more comfortable and the staff she knew would care for her.  I wasn't able to officially move her back there yet since she still had staples from her surgery and needed to be healed first.  After the staples were removed and she was healed, I met with Hospice and made the very tough decision to ask for their help.  I had always felt that when I called in Hospice, I would be giving up on my mother but I am not.  I am continuing to fight for her but will not fight her,  it took some time for me to realize that I was at the point of doing things to her not for her.  
Since I took guardianship I have taken over so much of my mother's freedom and now I wish to give her as much freedom back as I can.  She had been refusing to take any of her medication (blood pressure meds etc) not because it was a conscious decision but just because she doesn't understand nor can we convince her that she needs it.  The staff would grind up her medication and mix it with applesauce and of course this worked but not for long.  I continued to help try to trick my Mother into taking her medicine but when I accomplished this one day and I saw the look on her face when she realized what I had done and spit the applesauce out all over.  I knew this was not right for me to do this to her anymore. I spoke to her doctor and we reviewed the meds and changed everything we could to medication patches.  My mother also refused to be pushed in the wheelchair anywhere, she would grab doorways and put her feet down and shove and it was impossible to go anywhere.  
The week before I had to take her to the surgeons office and I just can't speak on how hard that was on her.  She keep trying to get out of her wheelchair and keep trying to shove the wheelchair around, I was exhausted and thoroughly drained by the time the transport brought us back to the Home. 
By bringing in Hospice (which my mother now qualifies for) I am able to let her do what she wishes, no more physical therapy which she doesn't understand and doesn't like and not to pushed in a wheelchair anywhere. If fact she refuses to use the wheelchair and is walking where she wishes, she is slow and limps but I am amazed she is even alive much less walking.  She knows her way around the Home and knows where her room is and knows if she goes in the kitchen she can get a banana.  It is quieter and darker and more soothing for her.  So we were so happy she was back at home with all the enmities of Hospice care and we had helped her pull through this. Then...

We went to visit her yesterday and she had lost her teeth.  I am so angry, not at anyone, it's nobody's fault.  But she has lost 25lbs in the last 3 months and nutrition is so important to her right now, we are all trying to tempt her to eat and we will buy her anything if she will just eat.  But I am not trying to trick her to eat nor will I force her to eat anymore. But now she has no teeth and it's another major setback for her.  We have spent the last two days helping the staff search the entire facility for them.  I just wish that money could solve this one because it will not.  My mother will not even sit long enough for her hair appointment and we have the facility Stylist come to her room to cut her hair.  I know there is no way a dentist could get an impression to make her another set of dentures and that would be just torturing her. 

Update as of today:

Now I am sitting in the hospital with her because she has again fractured her hip...

  I just don't know what else to do so I am just  so angry.....      

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Freedom Fridays #18

It's time to let your talents soar.
It's party time!

Freedom Fridays


Now for Freedom Fridays Five Faves!





Super Green Veggie Powder
@ Our Old Homestead






 Canning Pizza Sauce and Tomato Sauce-Recipes
@ Foy Update





15 Things I hope my girls remember
@ Entirely Emily









What can you make with a Vintage Suitcase
@ The Crafty Blog Stalker




Kitchen Hot Pads Recycled DIY Gift
@ Bowdabra Blog

I will be pinning all Five Faves!
Also I will be sharing them on my Facebook page. 

Thanks to all for linking up last week and congratulations to my five featured guests.
If you were featured, grab my featured button in my side bar and wear it proudly:)



Now for this weeks Party:)

Whats missing?
Yeah, those pesty little rules.
As I have mentioned before, I am retired from
enforcing laws, rules etc.
So just enjoy being my guest and I hope you have fun:)

If you follow me in any of the these ways and leave a comment letting me know that you did, I will return the favor:)
Linky Followers, Facebook , Pintest , Twitter, or Goggle +.



Flap your wings and let's fly
Let's link up

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Cozy up your home Giveaway


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We wish you all good luck in this event!!



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