This week has been a most profound journey. Last Sunday it was clear my Dad, and more importantly, my Mom needed more help. The Waters staff and hospice were suggesting that we move my Dad into the enhanced care unit where he could be watched over 24/7. They showed us the room which was a […]
The need has come for overnight care for Louie. He fell five times in four days last week when he tried getting up on his own. We have extra services for morning and evening dressing and help to the bathroom. Also he now has escorts taking him to dinner in a wheelchair. We are interviewing […]
A bad day for Louie.
My mom found Louie lying on his back next to his bed this morning. She thought he was dead. It had been a hard night last night and the Waters nurse and the hospice triage line needed to called as well. I rushed over this morning thinking this is it. I also acknowledged that I’m […]
Louie turns 90!
It’s hard to believe that my Dad has made it to see his 90th birthday, but today he did and we had the BEST birthday party for him. I had been talking about everyday for the last couple of weeks and each time I told him he was going to be 90 he was shocked […]
Respite in Costa Rica.
My favorite place to go is somewhere I’ve never been and Costa Rica had been on my list for a long time. Thanks to Val Lien, who has been living in Costa Rica for the past 11 years, I have the sweetest little studio apartment, 5 minute walk to the beach. No this photo above […]
My films on Louie and Darlene
I have finally uploaded the films I did on my parents as a part of the Minnesota History Center’s Greatest Generation Project. I am forever indebted to Melody Gilbert for her encouraging me to make a film on my father in 2007. I didn’t think he had a WW2 story, but found out that everyone […]
After the sale
It’s over. A lot sold including the dining room table. Someone got a very good deal on that. Enough said. It was surreal arriving to the frenzy of discount day. Stuff was flying out the door. I ran into Jan Elftmann, artist extraordinaire, who said she found some treasures including my old brownie uniform that […]
My Mom did want to go to the house one last time before the sale started. I warned her that it would be hard. We went on Sunday and it was hard. I told her to just tell me anything she wanted to keep and I’d put it in the box. She did find some […]
Estate Sale next week
When I met with the estate sale folks on Tuesday to sign the contract I asked her when she was going to start setting up. Right now she said. Wowza, that put going through the last things in high gear. I moved the last of my mom’s art work and the portraits of me and […]
I may not want the china, the Waterford Crystal, the Hummels or the dining room table, but I am keeping my Dad’s “restricted” training manual for being a bombardier at the end of WW2. The artwork inside each of these is pretty intense, especially this page from the preflight manual, class of 1945. It says […]