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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

A New Year brings many changes...

 Hello dear friends.  It's hard to believe that it is nearly the end of January already.    

I wanted to update you on what's been happening here.  The weather has been cold, but we really haven't had much snow.  I am hoping that because we have had so much cold in January, that we will get our January thaw in February.

We had to take my Dad to the hospital last Wednesday.  He hadn't been doing too well the few days before that....weak and frail.  Wednesday, he was particularly bad, and we were genuinely worried about him.  He was very agitated and out of it in the emergency room.  They did tons of blood tests, urine, cat scans, chest xray, and even an MRI, but they said they wouldn't find anything wrong.  It is frustrating to say the least, because SOMETHING happened to make him so weak and unable to communicate well...I think a stroke, but there seemed to be no evidence of that.  Whatever it was, they have given up trying to find out and are suggesting nursing home care.  I know that it is the right thing to do, but it still isn't easy.  But, neither was caring for him here in our home....it was becoming unmanageable and so very stressful.

My brother and I spent the day yesterday starting to go through things at his house.  It has been empty since my youngest brother had died in October...such a sad thing to do, but in going through things, we were reminded of forgotten memories, which brought smiles to our faces.  It is a daunting task to go through the house that was our home for so long growing up, and the base of many a family get-together in the past.  We are hopeful that the house can stay in the family, but time will tell.

Dad put so much work into the place over the years, completely transforming it from a run down, nearly abandoned place, into a loving family home...and my Mom, oh, she worked countless hours putting in lovely gardens...it would be a shame to lose it.

But whatever happens, life goes on for us.  Our new garage is finally completed, after years of planning and hoping.  Hubby still needs to start wiring it up for lights and the garage door openers, but it's been so cold, and we have been so busy with Dad, that it will have to wait a little while longer.  I am already planning landscaping around it....always nice to have something to look forward to come Spring.

My Dad and our youngest grandson, Grant.

Our New Garage

Lovin' my new weather vane.

A little late, but a pic of our carriage room at Christmas, and a little snap of 3 of my sweet grandsons, on a hike we took at the beginning of January.

Peter, Todd & Joey

That's all for now.  Hoping I can take today to do some quilting in my sewing room, before heading back to my Dad's house tomorrow.

Take care and hug your loved ones.

Sending blessings!


  1. Oh Wendy.... I know so well the emotions you are going through as I went through it just a few years back. My mom kept having episodes where she would black out, then fall and hurt herself. They said it was a series of "mini-strokes"...and each one took more of her. My younger brother and I did what we could to ensure she could stay in her home...which had been home ever since my father died when I was 14 and was still on a piece of land that was part of the farm that was in my mom's family since its inception and in which I had lived until my father died. But the time came when it was "time"...it still break my heart as all she wants to be is "home"...but it takes a special constitution to be a fulltime caregiver and I do not have it (nor the physical ability)...and even if I did, "home" in her mind is the farm - not my house (which would have had to be completely modified to accomodate her). My younger brother and I had the task of emptying the house and selling it...so painful. She, too, always thought the house would stay in the family, but family "dysfunction" intervened in that. Anyways, My heart an prayers go out to and for you...and sending virtual hugs. ~Robin~ (PS....WOW!!! That's some garage! It's absolutely beautiful and looks nicer and larger than many homes!)

  2. So very sorry Wendy, such a sad thing to have to do. I can relate because we went through that with my Momma, but unless it's you, no one really.understands. i hope you do get to do your landscaping that is such a great thing to look forward to. I love your garage!
    Bless you during this difficult season of your life. Hugs.


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