Saturday, January 8, 2011

While Waiting for Husky game

We were supposed to have "Camp Husky" in Connecticut this weekend, instead of in Maine. Somehow that just wasn't as much fun as going away to for one reason or another, it all fizzled out.

It's fine. I'm enjoying sitting here in the recliner, not having to entertain anyone but the doggies and am now waiting for Sandy to get home from her ACLS test. Then we will watch the Huskies take on Notre Dame, which should be a good test for the young team.

More on my Dad today. I called Wini, which I am trying to do more frequently. He had a "spell" on Thursday when they got back from grocery shopping. He felt weak and had to sit down in the recliner. She took his blood pressure and it was up to 180...which is strange for him as he has ALWAYS had low blood pressure. She called the doctor who immediately took him off the meds he was taking to get his BP up. He is doing much better.

I'm going to go up to Putnam Wednesday to get Bob and bring him to Norwich to turn in his license and get a new ID card. Apparently they can't make the ID cards in the Putnam DMV! I don't understand why they can't do it there, they make licenses!

So, Bob and I will spend the day Wednesday and Wini can take a break. She needs to do that. It's in all of our best interest that she feels rested and relaxed. I told her to plan a "girl's day" to go shopping and I would come and stay with Bob or take him out. He doesn't like to be left home alone now. She promised she would make arrangements and let me know.

Oh...Leon just showed up to watch the game with me! HA HA!!! The one person we "knew" wouldn't show up! Wait until Jack hears this. He brought a box of garlic knots from Illiano's....I took six of them and he took the rest....home. He isn't staying to watch the game, he's going home to his dogs.

I'm having one of those garlic knots...delish! I can't have too many of them though...I weighed myself this morning and YUCK!

Now I'm back to documenting every thing I eat and Monday I'm going to join World Gym in the Norwich Business Park. I met a guy at Lazizah the other day who is a member and he convinced me to join. I almost have to, after I spilled chili all over his shirt sleeve! They filled the bowl to the brim and beyond...that's my excuse.

Okay, Jersey Shore is on, and then the game.


heh heh

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The New Year

It's the NEW YEAR! Ho-hum....jaded. I've seen so many of them in my lifetime.

We did have fun New Year's Eve, joining the "Js" at their house, along with Brandon. We played "Cranium" as usual and laughed a lot. Good eats too.

But before the New Year's Eve festivities, we did have to endure watching our beloved Huskies getting their asses handed to them by the Stanford Cardinal....just as I feared. Actually, I thought the game would be closer, but I did think the Huskies would lose.

The streak is broken at 90, a nice even number to remember. I don't think any team will beat that least not in my lifetime. Wait, maybe that's not saying much....HA HA!

Went to Putnam a few times last week, to settle some of Bob's affairs for him. I turned in his license plates so we don't have to worry about that any more. He signed the car over to Phil and I wrote up a letter for him to sign, authorizing Lindsay to get the LJ 78 vanity plate that has been on the family cars since...well...1978!!!

Now I just have to contact the Putnam Town Assessor to get the car off the tax rolls, although the car is 10 years much can the taxes be on it? Wini was most interested in dropping the insurance on the car. I hope they had only been paying liability, not collision on it.

Bob asked me to be his conservator or whatever it is, some time ago, so I feel responsible for getting these things done, and I don't mind it. I don't think my siblings understand how much he is debilitated by his memory loss, he is so good at covering it up.

He and I had a talk over the kitchen table the other day and he told me that he isn't afraid to die. I told him I felt the same. We talked about how much he has accomplished in his life. I told him that what he is experiencing with his memory is normal and he should try to not get upset about it...go with the flow.

He said that he believes that people like him...that he likes people and has always felt that way. He has tried to do things in a "nice way" so that people would like him. This is very important to him. I reassured him that people loved him and that he had done the right thing. He got a little misty eyed.

He also told me that he will probably go to live at Westview later. This doesn't bother him, he thinks the people are nice and the management of the place knows how to run a good place. He sees the residents sitting out on the patio and "they are not fighting or yelling at each other, they are talking to each other."

He is preparing himself. Smart. He is a remarkable man.

I have tried to pattern myself after him, with limited success. I'm not as patient as he is; I have the sharp, acid tongue of my mother, but I have tried to be honest as both of my parents, hard-working like they and do good for the community like my father.

So today we watch the Pats play the Dolphins and we hope that none of them gets injured. I don't like it that the starters are playing. I think Brady should ride the pine today.

Oh, resolutions?? I don't do them. I do goals though....and my goal has first and foremost been to get back in the gym. I am cleared to do so now, so I'll go check out the two choices and make my decision.

I also have a goal of cooking more homemade meals, especially crockpot cooking. Tomorrow's grocery list will reflect chili and soup recipes, to start.