autumn splendour

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

ninety-four years young

We, Murray and I, spent most of Saturday and Monday painting our bedroom.  What a big job!  I really don't like all the cutting in and edging and we taped everything except the ceiling (ooops).  :-)  The weather was so cold on Saturday (6 celsius or 38 farenheit) and it was windy and showery so it was a good day to stay in and do it.    I don't know if spring will arrive before summer or not!

On Sunday afternoon, between church services, we visited with my mother-in-law, Clara, who turned 94!  She is in a nursing home as she has dementia.


Even though she isn't mobile and doesn't remember us much, Clara still has a wonderful
sense of humour and all the staff just love her.  Clara was a hard worker, helping on the
dairy farm alongside her husband, raising 3 children, gardening, sewing, quilting and baking.
She was strong both in body and spirit and it's sad to see her just sitting and not 'knowing'
what day or even decade it is.  She's a special lady!


We took her for a 'walk' through the building which is brand new and
very brightly painted to cheer the residents.  There are several lounge areas
and patios the residents and visitors can enjoy.
That is Murray's sister and brother-in-law and Murray pushing his mum.



Every corridor is named after communities in and around Fredericton
that the residents would recognize.  There are vintage photographs on each
hall that represent the community name.  I think it's a wonderful way to
familiarize the residents of where they are and where their room is.


This is the view from the 3rd floor of the St. John River valley which
still has high water along the edges.  The river is behind the trees.


There is a bald eagle's nest in this pine tree.
I think that may be an eagle sitting on the left side of the nest.

All in all it was a good 'long' weekend with the Victoria Day holiday on Monday.
We got a lot accomplished and we celebrated the birthday of a wonderful lady.

It looks like we may have 2 sunny warm days in a row before
it rains for 2 more days.  Such is spring this year.  The gardens are growing, although
they aren't blooming much yet.  The fruit trees are just starting to show buds and the
wild cherry trees are blossomed.  The hummingbirds came to the feeder on Sunday
for the first time.  The birds are nesting in our trees and there are little eggs waiting
to hatch.  It's a beautiful season ~ rain or sun.

My heart goes out to the thousands who have suffered from the tornados and flooding
in the U.S., the flooding in Quebec and Manitoba, and the terrible fires that destroyed
most of the small town of Slave Lake, Alberta.  Such terrible devastation! 
We are praying for you all.

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my recent posts.  I appreciate
each one of you so much and enjoy hearing from you.
I have been having a bit of difficulty commenting on some blogs and hope the comment problems
 will be cleared up soon.  I am still visiting you all!

Have a wonderful day!  The sun is shining here!  :-)

Blessings,

Pamela

6 comments:

  1. Hi Pamela,
    The sun is shining here too! But it is too chilly to keep the doors and windows open. Oh well.
    How nice that you spent time with your mil, dementia is such a sad condition. God bless her.
    Yes, I have been praying for all of the place that have been dealing with one catastrophe after another, it makes our flood look pretty irrelevant.
    Have a lovely day,
    Cindy

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  2. Such a nice post. Pamela. I hope your MIL maybe still remembers the past some? It's hard when all their memory goes. It looks like she's in a lovely place. Where my mother lives they also have the hallways painted different colors like that and it is so cheerful!

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  3. I love the idea of the photographs of the surrounding areas - they must give the residents a lot of pleasure, and perhaps prompt some conversation too.

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  4. I love the idea of the photographs of the surrounding areas - they must give the residents a lot of pleasure, and perhaps prompt some conversation too.

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  5. What a wonderful milestone to reach! My husband works in a nursing home where a number of the residents have dementia. This is a terrible condition - this happened to his grandmother - there are moments of clarity - she would always remember words to hymns when people would sing in her presence. So glad you all were able to spend the day with her -
    Kathy

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  6. I know how hard it is to see a once-strong and vibrant woman begin to fade like that... My mother-in-law also suffers from dementia. God bless Clara -- that is quite an accomplishment to reach 94!

    I hope you get some warm spring weather soon. We have jumped straight to summer -- in the 80's F here for the past few days... I almost miss all that cool rainy weather! :)

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