The Accidental Caregiver…#7

Suspenders.  My father has decided he would like to wear suspenders, so we will be buying some today for him.  That notion hit him while we are doing other things and suddenly became the most important thing in the world.  For anyone passing us as we drove in the car,...

The Accidental Caregiver…#6

My mother jokes that she and my father have a game they play every day called ‘lost and found.’ It seems like just a few months ago, trying to find misplaced items used to stress them both out, but that’s changed.   They now see it as a game, and spend minutes, hours,...

The Accidental Caregiver…#5

I grew up hearing worms eat their way through eggshells, orange rinds, coffee grounds, apple peels and wilted lettuce right outside my window.  They make a humming sound that would lull me to sleep. My parents always had an impressive garden, and keeping it nurtured...

The Accidental Caregiver…#4

Cheerleaders often get a bad rap.  By definition, cheerleading is an intense physical activity based on organized routines, containing elements of tumbling, dance, jumps, cheer and stunting…in order to direct spectators of events to cheer for sports teams at games.  I...

The Accidental Caregiver…#3

When you live with someone who has Alzheimer’s…and that person is your parent…there’s an inevitable thought in your head.  Sometimes this thought strikes unexpectedly, other times you spend hours scouring the internet for information.  “How likely am I to get...

The Accidental Caregiver…#2

Stubborn.  I’ve always known I was genetically programmed with this trait from my earliest hours of life.  Coming from a strong Calvinistic background, I attributed this character flaw to some sort of predetermined course, an assignment I could not refuse. Not true,...

The Accidental Caregiver…#1

Finally getting away, alone, with my husband of 14 months I reflect on our whirlwind year.  I am catching my breath as we sit down for a nearly five-hour flight, sinking back into the airplane seat and smiling.  The flight attendant hands out some documents to fill...

March Madness and my brackets

Every year at this time, there's an air of excitement in our household...maybe it's just in my mind, though. You see, I'm the mother of three sons, the youngest preparing to graduate from high school, and all three play basketball.  My husband is a college basketball...

The Other Face of Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer's Association held their annual luncheon in Denver yesterday, and it was an awesome display of encouragement, solid support, frustration at the toll the disease is taking, and a push to keep strong to fight the fight against this disease. At the Savvy...

A door closing…a door opening.

Being a mother encompasses so much, and when your son or daughter faces challenges, it's difficult not to hear those challenges and want to do something about them.  Many times, all we can do is listen, be supportive, offer encouragement and wait to see what happens....

Bringing in the New Year!

  Celebrating the New Year has extra special meaning for me and my husband, Art, because we were married on New Year's Day 2012 in Austin, TX.  This year, we went to San Francisco to ring in the New Year... and on the way, hit lots of awesome places, like North...

Chicken Soup

Sometimes, all it takes is some chicken soup made with love to make it easier for us to breathe.  This recipe was so simple! Boil greens of two leeks, one whole onion quartered, 3 carrots cut in chunks, a handful of cilantro, 4 celery stalks, 5 cloves of garlic, a...

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