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Confessions of a Parkinson’s Daughter….

The screen was ready and I had already planned about what I would write, I’ve been absent from my blog for a few days.  I gave no warning, and really did not mean to forget you, but sometimes, life gets in the way of the best laid plans.

Tonite’s post was supposed to be about, how I’ve been oh so busy the past few days, and while that is true, I’ve had other issues.

I’ve been for the past few days, doing ‘double time” at the Farmer’s.  Caregiver Beth was sick.  So for a few days, not only did I go over and spend most of the day at the Farmer’s house, I went back in the evenings and put Momma to bed.

Now for me, it’s a given, Momma is one of my priorities.  While I have missed being home, I’ve also missed putting Momma to bed at night.  She sort of rallies at night and becomes a bit more livelier at night, than she is during the day.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve kept the home fires going at the same time.  The Electrician has come home to his meals prepared and ready to be heated up, AND I’ve done all those domestic diva things that I normally do.

Momma is holding her own, she gets a little whacky sometimes, but that is to be expected. Yesterday, she did so well, that I gave her a couple of sips of coffee in the morning, and when I went back that evening…well… ok, I may or may not have snuck her a couple of spoonfuls of gravy, Which she swallowed.  I also may or may not have snuck her a couple of spoonfuls of orange sherbet  Which she swallowed.

When I arrived today, it was kind of funny.  Things have been crazy today.  I arrived at the Farmer’s and got his list for the store and went shopping.  GASP, YES, I went shopping AND might I say pretty darn proud of myself for staying UNDER budget,

I arrived back at the Farmer’s with ALL of my purchases, and the Farmer was pretty happy with all I had gotten.  I wrapped some gifts that went under the tree, and then went to get Momma up.  Momma was a little ray of sunshine on an otherwise gloomy day.  For real folks, it’s snowing, blowing and just down right nasty here today.

Momma picks out the colors she wants to wear each day.  Today it was a Ms. Kitty Sweatshirt and some sweat pants.  Momma did good today, While I recognize that I am very territorial, and I might hover over her a bit.  I’m kinda sad that I do not get to put her to bed tonite.

I’ve made some serious memories of Momma lately, and that’s a good thing.  Because I know those memories will keep me going for a good long while.  But ya know what?  I’m going to keep on making those memories….as long as Momma lets me.

I truly believe we are each given something by each person that comes into our lives.  It’s our journey to find out what it is.  I think I know what Momma is teaching me in a subtle way, it’s taken me a while to understand it.  But I think I am learning the lesson here.  I’m just not ready to share it.

12/12/12 what a day…

Today is 12/12/12, a day that will not hit again for quite a few hundred years.  For me?  My day was pretty good.   I’ve had some rough one’s lately and today, made me smile.

I got up with the Electrician this morning, because I was going over to the Farmer’s early, so he could sleep in.   I did some domestic diva stuff before I left, and then headed down the road, freezing my pututies off, cuz folks, it’s frickin cold out there.

I arrived and snuck in the house as quiet as I could, but the minute I opened the door the “girls” started meowing at me rather loudly.  I gave them 5 treats each and they finally shut up.  I got Momma‘s med’s ready (Thanks to Caregiver Beth, who gave me a head start).  I started a cup of coffee, and got everything together and went into Momma’s room, and I’ll admit, I was a little nervous.  Momma wasn’t so good yesterday, and I got scared.  I wasn’t sure what I would find, but was pleasantly surprised.

Momma was looking at me and smiling.  I gave her the meds and she talked to me while I was doing it, when I took her temperature, she smiled.  I’m not sure what has happened, but Momma was Momma.  When I told her she could go back to sleep for a bit, she dragged me close for a kiss and said, “Ok, I Love you”.

I spent my morning doing some stuff around the Farmer’s, he had to run to Sam’s for some much-needed supplies.    I threw some beef tips in gravy in the crock pot for his dinner, and then got side tracked with another project I was doing and completely forgot about making the rice.  I remembered it when I got home.  oops…

When it was time for Momma to get up, I went into her room and told her it was her and I today because the Farmer had gone shopping.  I gave her a bath and then between her and I, she got up.  Momma gave it her all, I’m here to tell you, simply because I cannot  lift Momma by myself.    When it was time for her to walk into the living room, I asked her, “Mom, it’s you and me, do you want me to get the wheel chair and wheel you in there or do you want to walk?”  She looked at me and smiled and said “I’ll walk, thank you”.  Uhm… ok, I was a little nervous, but felt kind of silly when we got there.  I did put the gait belt on her, and I was ready for anything, but Momma surprised me once again.

Momma and I were both sitting in the front room when the Farmer breezed in and said, “I got a truck load out there, you better get busy”.  I told Momma “Come on we have to unload the truck”.  Folks, Momma tried to get out of her chair, and then I told her I was just kidding.  She was ready to move.   I unloaded the truck with the Farmer’s help, and then got everything done.

I told the Farmer by, and then hugs and kisses, and then I went to Momma and told her I loved her and bye, but she grabbed my hand and wanted me to tell the Farmer what she was worried about.  I talked to the Farmer and he re-assured her that all was well.  With things squared at the house, I headed on down the road.

I came back home and did some more domestic diva things and then flew down the road to meet the Electrician.  We did some things and then I flew home.  Guess what?  I was out of cookies,  So I did that thing us women are known for (tongue in cheek) multi tasking.  I made a batch of cookies, cooked supper, made the Electrician’s lunch for tomorrow, and set the coffee pot.

Now?  I am kicking back and just relaxing.   Actually, I have to be truthful and admit I am watching National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.”

The Electrician and I have been watching a bunch of Christmas movies lately.  I’m not sure if it is to promote the Christmas  mood, or simply because we like to get sappy every now and then…or maybe we just like to giggle in my house…

The Cook-off fest has started…..

For those of us here in the United States, we have a holiday coming up called Thanksgiving.   I did Google it and apparently Canada also has a Thanksgiving, just in October instead of November.

I don’t know about anyone else, but this is my time to shine and just have some good ole fun in my kitchen.  This year, I have taken a different approach and I am trying something new.  Instead of one BIG turkey, I have 1 10 pound turkey and a 9 pound turkey breast.  Usually, the Electrician grills the bird on the grill, or has been known to smoke it.  I have never brined, nor have I ever injected anything into the bird.  Until this year.  I have bought an injector and have bought Tony Chachere’s.  Yep, I’m going to inject the whole bird, and then just flavor the turkey breast, normal.

Creole Butter & Jalapeno 17 oz.


I’m going to cook the whole bird in the Flavor-Waver, and then I found a recipe for a “Crock-pot” turkey, and the Turkey breast is going into the crock pot, to be cooked in gravy and orange juice.

I am also doing something different with my dressing/stuffing.  Normally, I make the good old standby, sausage, onion, celery stuffing.  This year, I am using the oysters that my “outlaws” brought me, and I am making oyster stuffing, as well as the good old standby sausage stuffing.

Now, I know most people will make that good stuff called Green bean casserole, with the cream of mushroom soup and French’s canned fried onions.  But me?  Nope, I am trying a new version, I will use fresh fried shallots, and a homemade mushroom gravy to go with fresh green beans.

While I know that having 2 vegetables the same color is sort of no-no, I’m still making some fried Brussel sprouts, the Fisher-dude and I have agreed, we both love ’em so they will be on the table.  Although to add a little color, I will probably cook some of the corn, that I put up this past summer, and I will say my own special prayer to Dick, and give him Thanks.

Everyone in my family, knows, I seriously suck at making mashed potato’s.  It is a known fact.  So, the Electrician will be whipping those bad boys up, and I will concentrate on the Sweet Potato casserole, with brown sugar, sweet potato’s, marshmallows and pecans.  (heaven in a casserole dish).

Of coarse, in my house we have 2 options, Turkey gravy and Ranch dressing.  Yes, I have raised a bunch of weirdo’s.  My family likes to dunk turkey into ranch dressing.  Those will be on the table too.

I am toying around with a salad idea, I was thinking a jello salad with some stuff, but I still have some time so peeps shoot me some idea’s.

Rolls, I forgot about those, I have them covered though, some yummy yeast rolls that are in the freezer, just waiting to be baked.

But, folks, this is just the dinner.  There are the appetizers, which are, a standby relish tray, sweet pickles, sour pickles, green olives, black olives, radishes, and carrots.  Chips and dip, Cheese ball, spicy boiled shrimp, crackers and cheese.

But not to be left out, I am sharing the dessert portion with the Nursing Student (who is also in charge of the cheese ball), she is making a Pumpkin Roll, and I am making a pecan pie.

This is a day, that we all get together, the women all cook, the guys eat, and watch the game, or in my house, they play on the computer.  We rent movies and things are generally loud.

After dinner, some take naps, some do dishes, and then we all watch movies together, and eat some more.  One thing we do, is give Thanks for everything.

But as for me?  I get to play in my kitchen for 3 days and make an outstanding meal, and have it all gone in 20 minutes, although we all eat ALL day, and then there’s the leftovers.

I truly love to play in my kitchen, and with everything I have going on right now in my life, it is very therapeutic for me.

While the Farmer ALWAYS has an open invitation to my house, I have taken into consideration his feeling for noise, and I will take him a plate over, after all of the dishes have been washed.    Because my house can get extremely loud, with kids and Grand babies.