Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Monday Critters, Tuesday Treasure, Wednesday Things and Summer's Surgery is in the Morning.....

 We loved our bonus morning at the ranch!

The rescue horses came down to say goodbye!

This one is my favorite!
Can you see the carrot I gave him?
I fed them to the other two also!

Tarzan is going to miss us!
He is a wild cat and muscular and eats the mice/rats around here!
I am so grateful for him and we love him as much as he loves us1

Sweet Tarzan!

We made it home in the early afternoon on Monday with a smooth trip all the way and I was so thankful for that!

Happy Hour on the driveway!

Louis Dean started to worry that he had not remembered to bring his laptop!
I KNEW it was not in the camper and front room when we left!

To keep him from fretting, I crawled up in the truck bed and snapped a pic of it and then showed it to to him! Crisis averted!
Things are changing here with his dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
I am trying to cope with our new normal while at the same time I'm thinking I may not be far behind him in terms of my memory loss and discombobulation!
I am being truthful in that this scares me.
I miss and grieve that I am not able to connect with Deanie anymore.
I will visit Lonnie next Monday and I am grateful he remembers me and asks about me.
It's unreal how life has changed since we lost Nita. 

In the middle of the night I woke up and checked on Louis Dean!
I found him in the bathroom sitting on the toilet with the electric heater on and eating a bowl of ice cream! He said, "Do you have radar and wake up when I am doing something?"
Now I did not even know we HAD ice cream in the freezer!
I need to be more observant!

Tuesday morning I woke up and Louis Dean was running water in the bathtub!
I knew he had taken a bath last night so, once again. I asked him what he was doing!

He loves washing his laundry in the bathtub!
I sent the two pics to his granddaughter Chandy and she said he used to do that all the time when she was little.

It doesn't hurt anything and it kept him busy!
LD needs a project and he is good about finding one!

I admit to being a little blue on Tuesday -maybe more than a little to be truthful.
Change is hard and I am reeling from knowing my sister and my brother and my husband are all suffering the same disease. Relationships are affected and I feel a real grieving in my spirit.

It is a blessing to have Brenda in my life as a best friend. And Billy!
She is a constant to me as are Dean and Sherry and Amber and Summer and Jesse and Benjamin.
I do try to make the best of what I have and the least of what I've not - but it's a good thing to have someone to talk to in the hard moments.
Like some of you who are reading my words right now.
I love our online friendships and am so blessed by them.

My Tuesday treasures are all mixed up but I want to share them....
This candle is on the chest in our bedroom and smells so good!

I found this cup for Louis Dean since he is always missing a lid or the cup.
Alas, he's already lost this one!

Glade products are always good!

These are for Louis Dean! He dearly loves a bubble bath!

This distressed metal tray was just 99 cents!
Win! WIN!!

Yankee pumpkin candle for under $5!

Brenda found this and I will be wearing it a lot!

A new swim cover - or I can wear this over a sleeveless long dress! 

Out of order but my sunflowers are blooming!

A mercury glass vase for 99 cents!

This Wednesday morning was a beautiful time to be outside on the kitchen  deck!

The garden has never been more beautiful!

Love the birdsong and waterfalls in the ponds and all the greenery!

I call this my herb garden......

Louis Dean put up this arbor using an old bedspring from a family home in Comanche!

Our lillies will be blooming any day now!

Mornings on the kitchen deck is my very favorite time of the day.
Coffee and Jesus.
The Bible and prayers.....
My prayer journal and devotional books.

This time with the Lord gives me the strength to go through my day.

My first thing to do this day was to clean and prepare the guest room for Summer!
She arrived late this afternoon.

The second priority was Louis Dean getting a manicure and pedicure.
He was a happy man!
I had the super deluxe pedicure since he was having both!
Time and money well invested!
So much less than visiting a podiatrist every month and SO much more enjoyable!!

Summer is here and this is her 'Last Supper' before surgery in the morning!

Thank you in advance - all my sweet friends in the world of Blog - for your prayers for my daughter.
I love you all and pray that God blesses everyone who reads my words....


Ginny Hartzler said...

Your sunflower is looking beautiful! They do not bloom here until much later in the summer. I hope you have things that can help relieve your stress. Talking to friends is great. and Louis Dean is still happy! I know for certain that he will remain happy as long as he has you.

Rita said...

Having people close to you whom you love dearly all slowly slipping away from you has to be totally overwhelming at times. I am so glad you have good friends. Everyone needs someone they can let their hair down with and be perfectly honest and vulnerable. Those are the people who help us keep going and give us strength.

I love all your critters in the country. Am always amazed at all the candles you find! I am a sucker for candles, too. Your garden is so lush and green. What a beautiful spot to sip your coffee in the morning. :)

Estelle's said...

I am so sorry to read this about your sister Deanie....aging is so difficult for many....yes, I love reading and hearing about your daily activities and you probably don't realize what an inspiration you are to so many of your readers...warm hugs

Donna said...

Oh Linda...Here's prayer's for LD...Summer, the family and most of all, you.
You're going to be just're just tired and a bit down hearted. I'm here for you...

Anonymous said...

I know how dementia can be so overwhelming to the caregiver as my dad had Alzheimer’s. Praying for you and your family, and praying for Summer’s surgery to go well and get her out of pain. RHill, TX

Anonymous said...

Miss Linda: I am so sorry to learn about the issues that Deanie and Lonnie are also having. I hope you have a good visit with Lonnie. As a caregiver, be sure to find ways to take care of yourself too. I am glad you still have your shopping adventures and your time at the ranch; it always seems as though those adventures are good for your soul. Sending warm thoughts and prayers to you. PS - I cannot wait to read your book!


Changes in the wind said...

Sending hugs and prayers......

MadSnapper said...

love Tarzan and his name, i am and was a huge fan of tarzan in books and in movies. now in cats too.
I feel your grief, i feel your pain, because i have the same feelings and am dealing as your are. to have so many of your family at one time is unbearable but you do it and do it well... laughed hard and long over the ice cream tale. praying for Summer and for you and LD and i know you are praying for us too. Live changes daily and we both know there is no getting better from what we deal with. love you

Donna bogie said...

My goodness i do enjoy reading your blog, you sure have a way with words .
You seem like the kindest soul. I will pray for you and your family from here in Central NY.

photowannabe said...

Oh Linda, I feel your pain too. I didn't realize that your sweet Deanie is in the same situation. So sad and it is real grief.
I wish I was closer to come and have some tea and one of your delicious cookies. We could just chat, laugh, and probably shed a tear or two.
I'm going to say "DITTO" to what Sandra (MadSnapper) wrote on the comments.
Love you and praying for Summer's recovery now.

Great-Granny Grandma said...

Oh Linda, I have no words, except ditto Rita's comment.
My mother had dementia, and I can't imagine the pain of having three loved ones suffering from it at the same time.
Praying for all of you, and also for a successful surgery and speedy recovery for Summer.

Anonymous said...

Sweetie! You have so much going on with your dear family, and I know it hurts so much! You know you have a bundle of friends there and out here. We all love you. I hope you can feel how much we really care for you, Louis Dean, and all your sweet family! I know you miss having Nita to talk to and lean on!
My memory is getting awful, too. Well, we aren't youngsters anymore, (although age isn't getting to you, it seems!) Ed and I decided to do our bills together last night.
Bad idea! Him or me, but not both!
Ed got off balance and fell again in here tonight. He wasn't hurt but it scared us both! Lots of things going on with us old folks, huh!
Sending Summer prayers for healing, and love to you all! Try to have a good weekend! Love, Trudy
ps:I have fallen for Tarzan! Everyone needs a sweet cat like him! He looks so loving!

Hina said...

Thinking of you and praying that God put ease in all your affairs and strengthen your heart as you navigate the changes in your life. Aameen.