Monday, November 28, 2011

I'm Back...and just a few updates!

Hello all! How was your Thanksgiving holiday? We just got back late last night from visiting my folks, and things are still a bit chaotic over here in terms of settling back in, so this post is going to be a "hodge podge" of sorts in terms of a few quick updates! :) The traffic to and from was a little hectic, but other than that, I really had a wonderful time seeing my parents - especially my dad. I'm having sooo many mixed feelings right now about the entire situation, and I'm having a really hard time coping with it all. I was so happy to see my dad again, but felt so guilty for having to leave my parents' home. Sometimes I feel like dropping everything altogether and moving back home temporarily so I can take care of them. But that's easier said than done when you have your own children to raise. I can see that my mother is overwhelmed with having to work full-time, and also having to care for my dad post-surgery. I mean, he is fully alert and can talk, and can even walk on his own...but without having to get into details, there are just some things that he needs help with right now. But my mother has been so stressed out about everything, that her health is starting to suffer as well, which makes her patience run quite thin at times... Well I don't want this post to sound anymore depressing than it already does, so I shall digress on this particular subject, and move right along. But I'll be honest, I'm worrying all the time about them, but I'm just going to have to turn to a higher power to get me through this...

On a lighter note, my hubby and I did manage to steal a few hours out of the house to explore the neighboring towns, which included some really wonderful antique shops. We were on a mad rush on Saturday, so I didn't get a chance to take more than a few pictures. But I promise to share with you my lovely vintage loot at another time! I have been on a major budget, so I was excited to score some vintage goodies for a really, really good price! My eyes also spied so many old doors and windows, but I opted out of buying any of them because I knew they couldn't fit in the car during our trip back to Southern Cali {we all carpooled with my sister and already had too much stuff in the vehicle}!

One of the antique stores that we visited was located in an old Woolworths building...and I was delighted to see that their diner was up and running!!! So we took a burger and fries break during our antique shopping...well, my hubby did. Because I'm vegetarian, opted for just fries & a drink! :) Before I end this short post, I just want to thank It's So Very Cheri & Under the Table & Dreaming for featuring my Previous Post on my pie & crust recipes. I'm honored to have anyone even reading my posts, let alone acknowledge them! So I thank them for the honor and I thank all my readers for staying even remotely interested in anything I have to say! :) Thank you all for your continued friendships!

Well that is all for now. Now I'm off catching up on messages and visiting all of your oh so lovely blogs!



okcamp said...

Oh Jessie,
I understand what you're going through. My father died at home last March after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease several years earlier. I think it was hardest for my mother. I doubt that she had a solid night of sleep for at least three years. My father would get up in the middle of the night and open or close windows, play with the thermostat, or turn on a stove burner. He should have been in a care facility but money was an issue.

Fortunately, my youngest brother was able to move in and take care of both my mother and father for the last year and a half of his illness. I have two other brothers and we're spread across the country. I live over 500 miles away so it wasn't feasible for me to quit my job and move there. I 'eased' my guilt by writing a check whenever I could afford it.

I hope your father is doing better and comfortable.

On a lighter note: love those doors and I'm anxious to see what you bought.

Donna said...

I will be praying for you sweetie!
I know how difficult this must be for you!
I love the old soda fountain! It's simply wonderful! So nostalgic!
Have a wonderful rest of the week...Know that you are in my thoughts

Tricia said...

Oh, that's too bad about your parents, Jessie. It would be hard under any circumstances, but not living close by would make it even worse. Hopefully things will improve soon.

I can't wait to see all the little goodies you came home with :)

Town and Country Gals said...

I know it's really hard when our families are having a hard time and we are far away, my mom lives in CA but luckily she lives across the street from my sister. I hope your dad is doing better. I'm so glad you got to go and be with them and that you got to have a little shopping adventure! Can't wait to see!

Betty Sneeringer said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. I feel for you with your situation with your parents. I had the same type thing several years ago. It's difficult when you are not there but it is what it is and must be accepted.

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

hi sweetie pie!
i'm sorry you are going through such a hard time...just breathe and take everyday just one day at a time...even just one hour at time if that's better. Being the same age as each other, we are in that stage now where we are worrying about our parents like they are our children...and then we have are own children! I'm glad you got to steal away for a bit and find some vintage treasures, i swear that is my source of renewal!

RobinfromCA said...

So sorry things are so stressful right now. It's hard as our parents age to know what to do even when there isn't a long distance. Keep relying on that higher power to see you through.

I look forward to seeing your treasures!

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hello dear friends. Thank you all for your kind comments & messages, your thoughtfulness means so much to me! I am so grateful to have such generous and supportive blogging friends. Thank you all and have a most blessed and lovely day!

Hugs & many thanks,

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

You have my prayers and best wishes, my friend...I know all too well what you're going through, and would offer you a great big hug right now if we were closer.

All the best,

Faded Plains said...

I'm so sorry your family is going through a rough time right now...sending you hugs and prayers!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I thought that last photo was vintage! What a cool space! I'd love to visit an old soda shop like that. Glad you got a little shopping break!

Rusty Hinge said...

Jessie, I am thinking and praying for you during this tough time. Two Thanksgivings ago, my dad got very, very sick and was airlifted to another hospital several hours away. It was so hard being far away. Remember, God is always there, even if there are some days that you can't feel Him with you.

Your friend,

Red Rose Alley said...

I'm so glad your dad is doing better, and I understand what you are going through. My father passed away over 20 years ago, and my mom over three years ago. Me and my brothers and sister took care of them when they were sick. I have seen and been through much, but I miss them and they are in my heart every day. Thinking of you during this time, and I hope you have peace during this beautiful season of Christmas.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley


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