Im so looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with MrD. He called yesterday to tell me that his work has given all the staff a $25 voucher for a turkey and the trimmings...so thats one thing orgainised
I know Im leaving it a bit late to decorate for the holiday, but I dont arrive in the US til late Wednesday, which gives me about a week to organise.
I would still like to decorate our home, but I would like to do it on a budget so I have been looking for ideas
This is one I love....
How pretty are these?
Fall Jars with Dollar Store Flowers...simple, inexpensive but very effective
There's just five days left til I leave for California. I have been waiting for this for so long, that it still dosnt feel quite real, even though I am so emotional right now
Foremost in my mind is my daughter. At barely 21 she is really impressing me with her confidence and attitude, and I just wanted to say how proud I am of her. No matter how much
crap life has thrown at her, and goodness knows recently there has
been loads, she has taken responsibility, taken control and tried to
sort it out. Nine times out of ten she has succeeded. Well...none of us can make
things work 100% can we?
She will always be my baby and I was really worried about leaving her, but no longer. Now I will just miss her....lots.
Yesterday as my last day at the Nursing Home. It was the hardest most physical job I have ever done. It was a constant round of washing, feeding and changing diapers for people who are totally helpless. The bending, lifting and hoisting was so back breaking. On some of the harder days, especially after a twelve hour shift, I would be too tired to eat..or even speak
I have laughed...I have cried..and some days I have been stressed and overworked to the limit. But I must say..some moments were the most rewarding times I have ever experienced. Like....
Washing and dressing a lady who has had a stroke and can do nothing for herself, and while you are making her comfortable, she kisses your nose and whispers 'thank you'
Kneeling on the floor in front of a gentleman, putting on his socks and shoes, while he is patting your head calling you his 'Golden Angel'
Stroking the face of a lady whose body is so frail and twisted she is bed ridden..and getting a beautiful smile in return
Seeing someones face light up when you enter the room and stretching out their arms to you for a hug, just because they are so happy to see you
Having your hand kissed, just because you give a sweet~toothed gentleman an extra scoop of ice cream
And so many more. They are simple things...but have meant so much.
And I will say..my work colleagues were just incredible. Sometimes carers and care homes get a bad press. But, there isn't one person amongst them that I could say dosn't give 100 percent. They made a hard job more bearable. I will miss each and every one of them
I don't know if I will work when I get to California...or if I do, what kind of job I will look for. But whatever I do..I know this last year has been a huge, wonderful learning curve, and I'm ready for anything.