Life goes on

I still have a crazy schedule. 3 days in New Hampshire, 4 days in Connecticut, but it seems to be working out. My mother is still in Hospice and she is comfortable. Every day she has volunteers visit that bring flowers, art projects, company, and music.

I am learning so much about this experience, when the time is right, I’ll definitely be writing about it. Some of it’s bad, most of it is good, and a small part of it is absolutely infuriating. I told mom’s Doctor during a recent discussion that walking through the doors of Hospice is comparable to descending into madness. You never know what you are going to find and rules don’t apply.

Simply put -I had no idea that I didn’t know so much.

There is a brewery (StonyCreek Brewery – if you are near there, stop by) conveniently located down the street from the hospice that will be getting a nice thank you note.  Their staff has pretty much become family to my brother and me and has given us tons of sincere friendly support (not to mention the best coffee beer around.) That’s one of the lessons – you find support in some of the oddest places. Yesterday a man in the grocery store helped me find the spice gumdrops my mother had asked me to bring. Turns out his mom was just diagnosed with ALS. We had a short chat.

Over gumdrops.

You learn to take the little miracles as they come.

But while the Connecticut part of my life continues, my other life in New Hampshire also needs tending to.

  • I have to make plans for that Lyme walk of New Hampshire (185 miles) with my son that is scheduled to begin on May 19th.
  • I’m waaaaay behind on some writing assignments and need to set time aside for those.
  • I have to figure out how to get more exercise in. It turns out that sitting by a bedside for 4 days out of the week is not the greatest thing for joints that are already in bad shape. (My new fitbit is on the way.)
  • I’ve ordered our spring chicks (3 New Hampshire Reds, 3 Barred Rocks, and 3 Wyandottes) They will be arriving early May and I need to get ready for them.
  • And we have to clean house. I’m not talking about our family house (although I sense a huge purge coming on) instead I’m talking about the coop. We use the deep litter method over the winter and we’ll need to move all that composting bedding out of the coop before it gets too warm (and smelly.)  During the last windstorm, part of the roof escaped and this might be the summer to replace all of our chicken wire.

In other words, no matter what happens in the world, life goes on and the best thing you can do is keeping on doing what it is you need to do.

 

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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5 Comments

Filed under Inspiration, Personal, Points to ponder, The Family

5 responses to “Life goes on

  1. Thanks for this piece. Needed it on this Monday.

  2. Not easy being one of the sandwich generation is it? Responsibilities to parents and children pulling you in both directions. It’s always better to be needed than the alternative though. I’m glad your mother is in a hospice, hope yours are as good as ours in the uk.

  3. Its not easy being one of the sandwich generation is it? Responsibilities to parents and children pulling you in both directions. It’s always better to be needed than the alternative though. I’m glad your mother is in a hospice, hope yours are as good as ours in the uk.

  4. Sorry about the double post, I didn’t think the first one had gone!

  5. Thank you for your wise, open and kind update….just keep swimming🙂 and take time to care for you – peace and love to you!

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