I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. It is another wet one here in the hills with an additional three inches of rain in the last three days. There is a pattern going on here with the weather tracks that I am not liking at all. Maybe I should count my blessings that it is not snow yet instead. LOL!
I do not like to get too personal on my blogs about certain matters in my live but I do want to share one event that does touch some families. Many may not know it but my Mom suffers from dementia. It is a hard thing to see happen to ones parent who has always been the strong one in the family. Mom was always the one you went to for the answers or the one you went to when you had a problem and needed help. She is still able to cope with some of the everyday things but some days are worse than others when it comes to figuring out the even those simplest things. I think I realized how bad it was on certain days when she could not remember anymore how to tell how much gas she had in the car and thought she was out of gas because she was looking at the heat gage on the car. Although she does not drive anymore only on the rarest occasion to my house you start to contemplate whether to disable the car or take the keys away. It is hard after all these years to have the tables turned and you feel more like the parent now than the child. I do not hate it as a burden for myself because she would never be that but because of seeing what it is slowly doing to a once very active and intelligent woman that is my Mom. Since we are a small family now with just my Mom, my son and daughter and I left in the immediate family it falls on my daughter and I to take care of Mom now. One fortunate thing is that we all live so close and Mom is just across the road and field from me. Also my daughter lives beside my Mom and I am so thankful for her because she is right there to see what Mom may or may not be up to. Mom cannot go anywhere with out going by my daughter first. My daughter is indeed a blessing.
One of the things my Mom always loved to do was to keep track of birthdays, deaths and special events that have happened in our family by writing them on her calendars each year and then carrying them over to the next years calendar but even that has become hard now for her to do with accuracy. It is just one small thing amongst the many that she cannot seem to do now.
So I decided to make my first calendar this year to give to Mom.
I added all of the birthdays, deaths and special memoires onto the days of the months so they would be there for Mom to see whenever she wanted.
Picked out some quotes to be added to go along with the pictures.
The fact is that it was a project that turned out to be a lot of fun to make once I got started. And with the online “Treasure Book” program out of Canada it was a breeze. I tried to find an American program here in the states because of postage costs but the prices for the calendars were higher so I went to our great neighbors in the north to get mine made and it was still cheaper.
The program made it easy to create with choosing the pictures the hardest part of the process. You can save the program and tweak and play around with the calendar until you have it the way you want and then order it right off of the same program.
I was not certain what the calendars would actually look like when I received them but they were just beautiful and the paper used was heavy stock and not the flimsy stuff which is what I was wondering if they would be made out of.
I was really please with the outcome of the whole processes and may try it again next year. You can also make Photo Books and Greeting cards with the program so those are a few options I may want to play around with some day.
I am hoping this will be one small thing maybe that will make it easier for Mom and help her to keep track of those important days that she always loved to remember.
So if you are wondering where to donated some funds before the first of the year please give to the Alzheimer's Association so they can find a cure to this heart breaking disease that touches so many families now. Mom takes medication which has slowed it down but we need a cure for future Moms and Dads.
Thank you so much for listening to my story!