We had a most wonderful Christmas today. I couldn’t have done it without the help from my friends Calvin Janssen and Janet Bayliss. Calvin decorated my place with many of my mother’s things including her china that was a wedding gift, her sterling silver flatware, and crystal wine glasses. I also found old cards my […]
Darlene in her glory
Decorating for the holidays. My Mom so enjoys her fantasy villages. I suppose I should appreciate that she has that going for her as dealing with my father’s dementia grows worse each day. Their house has been sold, and closing is scheduled for January 29th. That is the one year anniversary of when they moved […]
The packing has begun. After almost a year of the “trial” with assisted living, we finally have the thumbs up from my mom to sell their house. Thirty years ago they moved into their dream home. The house before this was my childhood home. Today I remembered that move and in true Scandinavian fashion, we […]
Third time is the charm!!
It’s been a long time since I’ve updated the Louie and Darlene story. It turned out the Legacy of St. Anthony Village was not the perfect place that I had hoped when I moved my parents there last January. Moving out of their beautiful dream home that they lived in for the last 30 years […]
The Good Son (and Daughter)
We did it! Louie and Darlene are moved in to their assisted living apartment. The universe continued to offer up help as yesterday was the best weather day of the week making the process easier than it would have been had we been one day later. Our home aide helper Mona the magnificent picked them […]
OMG, I found perfect!!!
We were scheduled to move into a 2 BR unit at Lilydale Senior Living despite all of my misgivings about the place. My first choice was the Legacy of St. Anthony that we toured back in December and I was very impressed. They have a chef and pastry chef who make fantastic meals. The best […]
Eleven days until the big move. Sometimes the unconditional love of a dog feels so good.
Today my parents looked at a 2 BR 1 Bath apartment at Lilydale Senior Living that had almost everything on their list of must haves. Washer and drying, check. Two bedrooms, check. Balcony with a view, not bad, view of downtown St. Paul and a garden center, check. Granite counters, hadn’t asked for that but […]
The search for assisted living options.
It’s not a pretty time of life. This one had good food, but the feel of the facility over all felt more institutional than the “resort” atmosphere I have experienced at others. Beautiful website showing units overlooking a pond. In reality a very small pond and most balconies overlooking the freeway with very loud traffic […]
The driving test.
Today my dad had to take a driving assessment test at Courage Center. It’s a comprehensive test for people who’s driving skills are questionable. It was no surprise to me that the recommendation was that he should not be driving. I completely understand how losing this form of independence is most difficult. I am grateful […]