I can't believe I've missed blogging for so many days. Last week we sent ELegante Mother's caregiver home with what sounded like a horrible cold. I cared for Mother, put in hours in the office, and managed the house. Our care-giver returned on Monday sounding much better, but this morning she called, and she'd been in an accident, and needed the day off. It was no hardship, since we planned to be home. Luckily she wasn't hurt, and it sounds like it might have been just a fender bender.
One of my nieces came to give me a hand cleaning out closets. We brought up winter clothes for Elegante Mother, and my niece swapped the seasonal clothing, and reorganized Elegante Mother's closet. We need to shop for cold weather slacks, long sleeved T-shirts, and long underwear for EM.
We stripped my closet, moving everything out to a sheet-covered bed, the floor, the bathroom counter, and the top of the dresser. I created a pile of things to throw away, a pile of things to give away, and a pile of seasonal things to be taken to the basement. As we went through stacks of things, she made me throw out anything that I hadn't used in a year. She checked expiration dates on things from the pharmacy,and pitched anything that wasn't from 2008. When we returned things to the closet I was astonished by the amount of space, and how bright it was. We actually had three empty shelves. She had even cleaned the light bulbs! During the next week, I plan to go through the drawers in the vanity. Next visit, we will work on the linen closet and the mudroom pantry. I love the feeling of being organized AND CLEAN!
Thursday, Dear Husband, Elegante Mother and I are going to Indiana to visit with my sis and her family. Nan has a three-day weekend beginning on Halloween, and we want to visit with them through Sunday morning. My stepson is willing to cat sit with Edward Scissorhands, so that he won't be left alone.
Speaking of Edward....he's still with us. I thought we might loose him early this year to kidney disease, but he's still here. He does sleep more these days, and is going out less now that the weather has gotten cooler, but he's eager to be among us, and comes to cuddle with me in the early morning and evenings. He was quite the champion hunter this summer!
I think the herons and egrets have gone south for the year. I haven't seen either of them for about two weeks now. At an Empty Nester luncheon on Sunday, I learned that our goldfinches stick around for the winter, simply going to a duller color of plumage for the winter. All this time I thought they left for the south! We were also told that chickadees were harmed by the West Nile Virus. I knew the crows and blue jay population had suffered, but I thought only the larger birds were affected. We've seen a parent hawk showing a junior hawk how to sit on the lamp posts and survey the area for prey.
Sunday was Dear Husband's birthday. Elegante Mother and I went to church, and then attended the Empty Nester's luncheon. We went home, and I stole the opportunity to work on the lawn for a few hours, before the kids arrived. One of DH's sons, and his daughter and her family joined us for dinner. We ordered from Magianno's and there seemed to be something to satisfy everyone.
Wednesday is the birthday brunch for those at exercise who had birthdays in October. That includes me, so I'm glad they scheduled the breakfast on a day when we could attend. I hope to get Elegante Mother going early, so that we can make it to exercise first. After breakfast, we might do a little shopping if EM is up for it. Then, it's home to get ready for our trip.
I hope you are all well, and that you are enjoying the fall weather and what's left of the color. Even if the golds and reds are gone, I'll enjoy the sights on our trip to Indiana. I'm looking forward to a little time away. Take care, all!