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Monday, February 13, 2017

Positively Monday

After thinking about this concept instead of 5 positives, I have decided that I will end each day recounting the positive things that happened that day. When Monday gets here I will hit Publish and start all over.  Hopefully it will adjust my thinking.

Monday
I spent Monday housebound by choice, so I had a nice rainy day at home with no negatives and few true positives It was just a very even keeled day. I will count serving turkey for the 4th day in a row and having TheHub really like it as my big win of the day.

Tuesday
I started the day out butt early with Mom for an appointment with her Neurologist. It was pouring down rain during drive time when we got there. (Bad) Luckily the office has valet parking (Good) but I couldn't drop Mom off then go park since this was her first visit and she didn't know where to go. If I had let her off she would wander who knows where. (Neither good nor bad, just how it rolls with her) Since it was the first visit, we had to be there 45 minutes early to fill out a virtual novel's worth of paperwork. (Bad) The doc was running behind and we did not get out of his office until after noon. (Bad) Mom was having a melt down because she missed her mid morning nap (Bad) Valet parking lost both my keys and my car (Bad) 1 hour later they found both (Good) and refunded my valet charge. (Really?) Drove home soaking wet after waiting in a partially covered area while they tried to find my car. (Uncomfortable, but at least I had my car). It was nearly 2 when we finally got to Mom's so all plans I had after taking her home flew out the window because I would have to take a shower and start over with hair, clothes and makeup. (Neither good nor bad, just the way it was) The rest of the day was uneventful but I did have 2 big positives. 1. The doc is not concerned that Mom's tremors are Parkinson's. 2. TheHub had an unexpected work related dinner out, so I didn't have to cook.  Cold turkey and dill pickles for me! (And now the turkey is gone forever, except I had another turkey breast thawed so I had to cook it?!?)

Wednesday
Headed to Bed Bath and Beyond with coupons in tow to pick up a couple of needed/wanted items. While there I noticed table after table of clearance items.  I managed to pick up 2 Christmas presents super cheap. 60 cent slippers for Pip, and 1.93 fleece lined leggings for My Beloved Sister. I count this as a huge financial positive!

Thursday
Heard bad new about my BIL's PET scan first thing out of the chute this morning, which set the stage for a bummer of a day. (Bad)  Read Lauralynne's post about food inventory and decided to do one of my own.  Got one area completely cleaned out (including consolidating some duplicate items) and inventoried (Good) Took  Mom's meat slicer from her basement. It had never been used and was a great help in slicing the turkey breast for freezer storage, plus it cleared an area from her basement bar.

Friday
Went to bed insanely late (4:30 a.m. Bad)  and slept in.  It felt great  (Good) Had a "No Mom Issues" day (Better than good), and went out to eat for dinner. (Good for no cooking. Bad for not using up some of the excess in the kitchen)

Saturday
Did not get called to Mom's house one time today, and I really did enjoy having the day for myself.  I did talk to her about 4 times but it was good.  I am 3/4 of the way though my 3rd book for February, so I should easily be able to read the 4 I planned on this month.

Sunday
For the first time in a long time on a Sunday morning TheHub did not have to work and we were able to go to church together. I go alone if I have to but like it so much better when he gets to go.

16 comments:

  1. I love how you decided to chronicle your positives! You had some challenges last week but I think it's great you were able to find silver linings in every day! =)

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    1. Every single day is going to have some challenge as well as some bonus. I am looking for the bonuses to offset the negatives. And if they can't offset it at least they can make it bearable maybe.

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  2. Let's call them Momemergencies, or Mamma Drama! Could on the positives I need to be more positive.

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    1. II love Momergencies! I am going to start using that term!

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  3. Some good some bad, you definitely could have done without them losing your keys and car though...unneeded drama

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    1. If I had been alone I would have been ok with the key thing, but having Mom with me made things difficult. She would not stay inside in a little waiting area where she would be dry and warm and kept coming out to check on me, getting cold and wet in the process.

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  4. LIfe's a balance, if we remember to look at it that way. It's so easy to just look at the negatives. Good luck with your continued Momemergencie

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  5. It is a balance and some days are totally out of whack, but there is always something good even in the worst days.

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  6. Being a caregiver for an adult is stressful, I think. You are able to find so many positives, even when things go a little topsy-turvy!

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    1. I hope I can always find something positive and if not positive at least something to laugh about!

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  7. We are in an out of whack week as well, so hopefully we all get through February with just a few more gray hairs and wrinkles from the stress. I need to take better notice of the positives around me, as you are doing.

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    1. I think looking for the pluses is not optional. There are a lot of things going on that have spun out of anything I can control, so I am looking for good things to maintain my sanity.

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  8. I really like this new format! A whole week's positives and challenges. I am so glad they found your car and your keys! May each day have more blessings than challenges as you go forward.

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    1. Thank you so much Bless! I am just hoping to be able to smile through challenges!

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  9. I've been busy and haven't had time to check in. I guess my 4 positives are I feel great, haven't spent any paper money this week, have just been eating vegetables and fish, and grandsons are spending tomorrow (no school Friday and Monday) and the night with me. They're 12 and 14 so not quite so enamored with Granny any more. BTW does your mother live independently or in assisted living? My parents lived thousands of miles away and both died fairly young so no one in our family ever was a caregiver. Mom was the only one of her 3 sibs who stayed locally and my granny never drove so all errands fell to Mom. Of course Mom got a lot of free babysitting for years! There were 6 of us born in 21 years. I was a junior in college away at school when number 6 was born. Weather is gorgeous here too.

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  10. How wonderful that your grands will be spending time with you (Even if they are growing up and feeling a little too old for Granny time right now)
    Mom lives independently right now, but I am literally 3 minutes from her house ( 3 blocks as the crow flies but 1 mile via roads) I know because I have made the "emergency" trip to her house at all hours of the day and night. I have told my neighbors if they see me hopping in the car with no shoes on and in my pajamas it is a mother emergency.

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