Saturday, October 18, 2008

A day to putter

I'm looking forward to this day. Nothing big planned - a day to get little bits of work done - get little bits of reading in.

I've had such a hard time lately doing the things I need to do to tidy up my house. Today I will try to get at it. I have no big commitments; I have freedom to spend this day in the way I wish. Such a wonderful thing!

Yesterday I ordered some books off Amazon, some books I really thirst to read. I still have some books lying around here that I want to read too. Such a treasure to have so many authors, led by God, to share their thoughts and help us, the readers, grow and learn.

So today I will do some much needed work and alternate the work with reading - reward my work with periods of reading. Good plan, don't you think?

My mom is doing well and ready to move into a nursing home. Amazingly some beds are freeing up here in my own community. If all goes well and she is accepted at one of these places she will be much closer to me and I'll be able to visit often. What a blessing that will be!

But I'll need to be prepared to drop everything when a bed is found. Will have to move some of her things in quickly and make the room homey with lots of her favourite things. Then move her in and get her settled. Then I will have the month of November to empty her apartment. What a job that will be! What to do with all her furnishings and all the stuff she's collected over the years? There will be nothing straight forward about that. And what will make the job even more difficult is that her apartment is a 45 minute drive away from me. I will have to be well organized.

But today I will enjoy the peace and pleasure of doing things for myself.

"This is the day the Lord has made..."

6 comments:

Merelyme said...

yes do take some time for yourself...i love your plan. it is good to reward oneself with reading...i think i will do this too.

bipolar_girl said...

Knowing you, you'll get things done. Marja, check out my blog. I finally wrote something on it. Love u.God Bless!

Wellness Writer said...

Dear Marja,
It sounds like things are getting a little less stressful for you, and I'm so glad. And what great news that your mom could be living closer to you.

In terms of your mother's home, it's too bad it's so far away. I found that packing up my parent's house when my mother moved into the assisted living facility was very emotionally draining and physically difficult.

I would urge you to get all the help you can--your husband, son, and daughter-in-law, sister--whomever. It's just a tremendous amount of work, and some people are better at this than others.

Susan
P.S. Part of it is just the sheer physicality of packing up so many things. The other is the emotional side because it represents a lifetime of memories.

marja said...

Hi Merely Me: I AM enjoying my reading now-a-days. A great way to retreat from life, eh?

marja said...

Hey Bipolar Girl: So good that you've written something. So good to hear from you. I'll soon get over to see you.

marja said...

Susan: Don't know if everything is panning out as I was hoping. And yes, I'm starting to feel the emotional drain already, though we haven't started moving her yet. Good way not to think about yourself though, eh?