Tag Archives: mom and dad

Superstitious Fear of the Anniversary of my Parent’s Illnesses

I recognize that I have a form of seasonal affect disorder (SAD) and tend to get depressed as the days get shorter and the nights get longer.  I have lived in the north most of my life and have always felt more … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s and Dad’s Memory

Sometimes I feel almost like dad doesn’t really have Alzheimer’s disease as he does so well day by day.  Then other days I can see the obvious signs.  Today was one of those days. I found dad alone in the … Continue reading

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Following in Mom’s Footsteps

After mom and dad retired, they did a lot of traveling, visiting and other activities.  They went south for the winter and north for the summer.  One thing they almost always did was to stop in Atlantic City while driving … Continue reading

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Catching Up on Clutter — Partly…

I always thought that once I retired I would have time to do everything I wanted to do.  My house would finally be neat and clean and I would be able to take part in all the activities that I … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary to Me and to Us!

I got an email from WordPress yesterday telling me that it was my one year anniversary.  I have to say that the time has passed very quickly. I started to write as a way to deal with the grief and … Continue reading

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Making Home Safer for Seniors

For many years I tried to convince mom to have a handyman come in and make some simple changes to make their home safer.  I wanted them to have grab bars installed in the bathtub.  I thought it would be … Continue reading

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Lunch Out with Dad on a Beautiful Day

A few days after I had to take dad to the doctor in the rain, the sun came out and the temperatures were way above average.  I was visiting dad and told him how beautiful it was out.  I suggested … Continue reading

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Dad and the Internet; Mom and her Independence

When I saw my cardiologist the other day, I happened to mention that I had a new cough that I did not have before.  I attributed it to my allergies, but she said no, it is due to the lisinopril … Continue reading

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Summertime Memories

On hot days like today, I think about my memories of mom and dad at their house in the north.  Typically I would visit them each summer in early July as I got an extra vacation day for the 4th.  Generally … Continue reading

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A Birthday Party by Mail

When dad was approaching his 80th birthday, I wanted to throw him a big party.  The problem with that was that I lived 3000 miles away.  I was working full-time and couldn’t figure out how to organize a party from such … Continue reading

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