Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I'm Still Here...

...even though it may not seem that way. My mom had knee replacement surgery and is doing well. She's able to do a lot for herself now what makes it so much easier on me. The first week was really stressful for us both. I don't think I'm a very good caretaker, but I do try so I guess that's what counts. The 5 months I took care of my step dad about did me in so it was hard to pull the energy together to help my mom.

My mom or my brother usually do the cooking and we all eat together. I'm not a great cook, as a matter of fact I really enjoy watching cooking shows but hate cooking myself. So it's been a struggle to feed everyone. (My brother is working a lot of late hours at work learning a new computer tracking system). Thank goodness some lovely church friends of my mom's dropped by with casseroles and helped us get through.

I've had to put projects on hold again cause I just can't deal with my mom and other family issues and taking care of the entire house, shopping, cooking, dealing with my own medical issues and doing this large penguin order, etc right now. My stress and anxiety level is a bit high right now but I'm managing. I guess I sound like a whiner but really I'm just exhausted. I had much more energy 4 years ago when my mom had her first knee done.

I have 80 of the 300 penguins completely finished!
Here's what I have left to do.

I ran out of the ribbon for the hanging loops and have not been able to find it anywhere. Tomorrow I'm taking a run out to the far away Hobby Lobby cause I hear they have it. Fingers crossed!

I received a package from Fed Ex this morning. From my mom for Mother's Day. She is just the sweetest!
It's that a pretty box? What's inside?
Cookies from Harry and David. My mom rocks!

Well now you know what's going on with me and I hope soon to have more to show than penguins.


Mary Ann said...

I'm glad your mum is doing great. Just keep on plugging along and you'll get everything done:)

yoborobo said...

I am tired all the time so I can imagine you are exhausted. Eat the cookies! lol! I cannot imagine making all those little penguins. Hang in there, better days ahead! xox!

Cynthia Myers said...

I know how exhausted you must be.
Please take care of yourself too.
Make sure you get enough sleep and drink lots of fluids.
Lots of coffee doesn't hurt either! LOL!
Hang in there, things are bound to lighten up a bit.
xoxo - Cindi

Finding Charm said...

I understand completely - as you know I do. I put off my own surgery so not to put that burden on my family again.

What a great gift. Harry and David is the best!!!

Anonymous said...

Your Mom is so lucky to have you to help.

Life always interrupts - it will get better.

Jessa Belle said...

I love your ending line... it made me giggle! You are handling all this very well... it's a lot for anyone to take on. Keep up the good work!

Love & Lollies... Jessa

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