Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy July!

Here we are already starting on the 7th month of 2017! 

First thing I did for the month was go for a run, followed by a dog show to see my cousin and then visited the cemetery for my mom's birthday/death day. 


 Then I started on this fun little project. It was designed by Cheri. I did mine in all cotton so I could machine applique.
I noticed my feather stitching is going to "wrong" way. It's primitive, so I don't think it matters too much. 




I know many of you are going through the same situation as I did with my mom. It's hard to believe it has been one year since I said goodbye to her. I know I've said it before, but especially when dealing with Alzheimers or dementia, the moments you are with them counts! Even if they don't remember them. It is easy to think "what's the point? They will forget in 5 min anyway." The point is, you made them smile and happy for that few minutes. It took me awhile to figure that out, but once I did it made my life dealing my mom much easier. Find humor when you can,  treasure the memories, forgive.

Have a fantastic 4th of July!

16 comments:

  1. It's truly a terrible disease. I have gone through this with my Mom. I know the pain first hand. Hugs and more hugs.

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  2. My Mom passed away two years ago now from AD --it is a very hard thing to deal with for sure.
    I am beginning to come to terms with her loss; it takes a lot of time and being nice to yourself...
    hugsx2
    I love your eagle--it makes me think of the song "Fly Like an Eagle"....which my Mom finally did...
    hugs, Julierose

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  3. Lori ya escribimos sobre nuestras madres otras veces.
    Cada Día alguno de sus recuerdos a mis hermanos y a mi nos hacen sonreír.
    tu águila es muy bonita, me encantan los patrones de Cheri
    ¡¡¡ buena fiesta !!!

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  4. The eagle quilt is prim but fun! Happy 4th!

    My mom is 78 and has recent onset Alzheimer's but is in a clinical drug trial which seems to be helping. She has been very emotionally upset about it. I have been neglecting my visits with her, and feel guilty. I'll make more of an effort! My MIL is 98 and has dementia, but it is now just about impossible to have a conversation with her. Her vision and hearing are poor and that compounds difficulties. She talks in circles and we listen and try to engage her, but it is exhausting for both parties. About 1/2 hour is her limit. She recognizes us but doesn't often know our names. She is well taken care of in a memory care facility and has hospice as extra eyes and ears on her, so that eases our hearts.

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  5. Lori, I love your eagle! It's fabulous!

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  6. I understand and thank you for helping us all to remember to live in the moment! Love your eagle - especially the sparkler (we all know eagles don't smoke)!

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  7. You put that eagle together in a heartbeat, it seems! Looks great--is that a firecracker in its mouth?
    Such good counsel, Lori!

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  8. So glad for your words of encouragement for those who still have a parent here on earth. The day will come when the memories - the extra good ones will give you great pleasure.

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  9. Gentle words of encouragement for all of us making our way through similar difficulties.
    I wonder how many posts you could open with a quilted eagle photo? Love it! Happy 4th to all who celebrate it!

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  10. Love your primitive eagle! Cherish the memories of your mom today :) Happy 4th!

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  11. You said the words perfectly. I lost my father to Alzheimer's. Really like your eagle block. Happy 4th of July.

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  12. Happy 4th of July! Your eagle is so prim! I like it so much.
    One of my friends has Alzheimer's she is only 67 years old, and it's very hard for her family to deal with. I appreciate very much your counsel.
    Hugs!

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  13. Your stitching is very primitive which is perfect for the project! Love words on quilts!

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  14. Thank you for the encouraging words. Mom is 89, turned in her drivers license yesterday and it's been awful. Today she came for dinner and dessert was a DQ blizzard. She laughed today. Diagnosis is not AD yet we are just heading there. I pray everyday for all caregivers. It's a tough job! Hugs to you and all who know this road....

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    1. It's a hard time. Be kind to yourself, especially when you make mistakes. For each person and family member it is different. Hugs

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  15. Your primitive eagle is delightful. It seems to portray your thoughts for the day, whatever the situation, find the best things about it.

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