My hollyhocks last year....this year they are twice as big!
Well, my Mom is back in the hospital. She collapsed ~ on her first day back home from rehab ~ and broke her ankle. Sadly my sister and I agree that was likely her last trip home. After rehab this time, she will be going to assisted living. It is a long and sad story that so many of us experience with our elderly parents that have so many health issues (Parkinson's, dementia, etc). In the next month or two I will be driving to Texas to help my sister clear out Mom's house to put it up for sale. It will be difficult. Mom has lived in that house for over 50 years. It is filled with memories, both good and bad. Birthday's and estrangement, deployment and graduation. I suppose those 5 years that I lived there shaped a good part of who I am. It is where my babies went to be admired by their Grandmother. Until I moved to New Mexico, I spent nearly every Christmas there, Thanksgiving, Easter...... Without those memories it is just a tired house, in need of some updating.
I don't know how Mom will feel about not going back. It is where, up until the last four months, the place she felt most comfortable and in control. Not long ago, she did tell my sister that maybe she should go to a nursing home ~ because she knew that her caregiver no longer has the strength to help if she falls, or has other trouble getting around the house. Going in and out of the hospital has increased her dementia issues. My sister visited her at rehab where Mom asked her where she was. Still, even though we have some plans, everything is uncertain. I'm not sure how long she will be in rehab this time.
On the work front, our hygienist is still out. The doctors she has seen seem unable to figure out what is going on with her. I haven't heard about her COVID test, but I know I would have heard if it was positive. She has debilitating headaches and very high blood pressure. If I were her kid, I would encourage her to retire. From what I've heard, she doesn't want to be home with her husband all day 😊 Another uncertainty....all we can do is wait and see.
We are having a rare rainy morning her in Albuquerque. Usually we have storms in the afternoon and evening following a hot day. It is so nice to see it, the air smells so fresh and scented with pinon, sage and lavender. I love the smell of the desert when it rains.
Tonight I am participating in a painting class via zoom. The subject:
Normally (haha) we would be at a pub or a bar, and drinking wine or beer while we paint....still should be fun! And I need to replace the winter scene I painted last time I participated in one of these. And make a run to the store for a few beers......alcohol does improve the painting process for me!
Enjoy your Saturday!