I'm home and I hate to say, but so happy to be home. I use to love to visit my childhood home, but now that my mom is getting older, it has become painful. I love my mom, don't get me wrong, it just makes me sad to see she is all alone in the house, that we all grew up in. My dad past away 13 years ago and she has done well with all the responsibilities. Time has not made things better though, she misses my father more and really is depressed. She wants to stay in her home for as long as she can even though the maintenance is burdensome. I try to get her interested in activities, but you know she really is a homebody. This does not help her mood though. I try to visit as much as I can, but it's always difficult to get away. She is welcome up here but is not a good traveler, which is why I visit her. I would love if she could pack up and visit for a week. She could see all that she is missing, but no luck with this for 8 years now. That was the last time she travelled. I average 3 visits a year and I call 6 days out of 7. So she feels connected with me but who can live on that alone? Of course she has Gretel her 4 year old mini dachshund, what a godsent. Sorry I'm rambling, it's just so sad to see someone suffering when I know her quality of life could be better. Her health is wonderful except for the depression, which is enough. I took her to the doctor to discuss all this and she refuses to take any medication and that is very frustrating to me. So in short, I love her dearly, will continue to do what I do and try to visit more. I suggested we both read the same book and have our own book club so we can share our views. She liked that!! Of Course I recommended a bookstore book club first but it's ever too hot..... or where do I find one type response, so I guess 2 can be a book club. First book "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I think this will be a good one. Please don't be shy if you have any ideas on dealing with elderly depressed sweet people. I know it is very common, just so hard to watch. You just want to help them so badly.
Here's a few pictures of little Gretel and my mom's yard.
Actually neighbor's peach tree, but so pretty to look at!
So amazing how everything has grown
Holly Bush----giving to my parents probably when I was 6 years old (as a xmas present- it was just a one stem plant) from Grants 5 and 10 cent store in the USA (no longer exists)
Love this enamel plaque on the chimney
Love this view looking down, so green, quaint, and cottage like.
Thank you for sticking with me and reading my post. Not my typical blog but this is what was on my mind. I appreciate all of you and EVERYONE take care, be kind, grateful and smile, xoRobin❤