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On Our Corner of Paradise
Posted On 03/28/2011 19:43:05 by Junie_PapaAllen


The picture is one of Papa Allen's Rose blooms from last year. We can't wait to see what it will do this year! With the weather we've been having it makes one wonder if we'll see spring let alone summer.
Papa lost a dear friend last week. He's grown up with her. Helen was a few years older than his mother and he dearly loved her. We also lost the father of a girl I went to school with and have known for years. They both died of of that dreaded disease Cancer. It is so sad to lose a loved one but that disease is a monster!
My brother called tonight. We had a very good conversation for a change. He is taking care of one of our dear friends. We've known him for over 30 years. My brother is finally listening to me about the stress of care giving. I believe he finally realizes just what I went through taking care of our parents for 10.5 years and the money situation. He never before had the time nor the inclination to listen.
I'm the only one he can talk with about what he's going through who truly knows. The worst part of it all is he doesn't have the support system that I had. I started out with my Daddy helping with Mom and Home Health came in 5 mornings a week and I also had a few friends who would give me a break; usually so I could make my out-of-town medical appointments. But it all helped. He doesn't have that. If he lived closer I would help whatever way I can but, for now, all I can do is listen and make a suggestion now and then.
Papa tells me the shot for my Epidural isn't my problem. He feels I have that virus like he and some of our friends had. That's why my blood sugar spikes. It always does it in the evening. of course, that's when I'm more tired, too. It took Papa nearly a month to get over it and some days he still feels like he a bit of it. He's just been exhausted since he had it. I know I feel exhausted all the time.
Last night was my absolute worst time! I just drench! Then I cool down and drench again. I get up and turn the fan on and off all the time. And run to the bathroom all the time. It seems I just get comfortable and I need to get up to do something. THEN Pepper Dog needs to go out!! WOW! Never ending.
I think it may have been a little warmer today but I won't swear to it. I did have to chase after Brat Cat (Fannie) once but she stopped and went right back in. I haven't any idea why she did that! I usually have to run her down. She's getting to be such a good kitty, though; can't be too hard on her and she's a real beauty. One-of-these-days, I might get a really nice picture of her to post? If she sits still long enough. She's usually on the run!
I guess I should get to posting my menu for the day in my 'Weight Loss  Buddies' Group. I've been doing so much better at keeping up and getting that weight off that I gained back. I have but 5 pounds to lose to get back down to where I was. Stay away from all that salt, Junie! That has a lot to do with my problem.
And I'd better go spend some time with Papa if we can find something good on TV tonight. Y'all take care and keep lookin' up.
Much Love, Junie and Papa Allen


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