I heard a loud honking noise outside this week and looked out to see our first geese of the season on the pond! Maybe they are tired of the heat further south but I'm hoping it means that Spring will soon come. . . of course we have snow in our forecast for March 1st!
Here's dad, finally happy in his new little home. In fact, Renetta and Richard saw him this week and he still seems to happy. He has people coming in and out and checking on him. He has nurses making sure he is taking his medicine and he's bathing twice a week. Overall, he seems pleased to have "downsized." I decided to show some before and after pictures. Having his furniture and pictures on the walls really made it his home.
Here's a from his bedroom door looking into his living room and little kitchen area. It's very interesting that he wanted to have his lamp on that table and not another one we tried to put there!Here's the entrance to his apartment. That little nick nack shelf fit perfectly and the temple on one wall and Mom's toll paintings on the other make it a great first thing to see.
Here's the after and and before picture of his TV corner. LaDonna almost put all of the pictures up herself except for some big ones that the maintence man helped with. He settled down and was so much happier after LaDonna put things on the wall for him. These are views of his living room. The door goes into his bedroom and this is the corner for his TV.
This is another corner of his living room where we put the couch. Mary did the cute quilt on the wall for him.
The four of us put in a lot of work the last week of January moving dad into his new apartment. All in all, the move went well. He lives on the same level just in a different area of the building so we could use some dollies to move his furniture. The ward was going to give us some help but someone got the day mixed up so we moved him ourselves and the big stuff was mostly there in a couple of hours, thanks to Rich. and Mick.
Richard and Renetta came up for moving day. In fact, Renetta had planned on just spending the night Sunday night to be with us early on Monday but ended up staying with us until Thursday to help! She was such an angel. We were so tired every day but several nights we would eat and laugh and would go back to the motel and use their jacuzzi and relax. Renetta described the experience as being a leader at girls camp. You don't eat or get a lot of sleep, you cry a lot and laugh and lot and sleep with your buddies! We definitely did all of that and had some girl bonding! It was interesting that the three of us each just went to different areas to help. Renetta mainly packed up dad's old apartment. I went through a ton of paperwork and files and LaDonna moved dad into his new place and put up all of the pictures on the walls. He truly calmed down after he saw his furniture and familiar things on the wall.
We had one tough time with dad. He got confused the first night and went to each and then came back to the old apartment. I was working in there and he came in and stopped and asked, "What in the world is going on here?" He had forgotten he had been moved to a new place even though he sat in his new apartment all day while we moved things in. I mentioned that to him and offered to take him to his new apartment but he said he wanted to sit down and rest. Then he went into the old living room that only had boxes and things strung all over. He got mad. I gently took him to his new place but he fussed all the way that he didn't want to move.
The last week of January, LaDonna and I traveled to Oregon to move my dad into an assisted living apartment so he could get better care. He turned 94 on January 21st and is doing pretty well but is slowing way down and his memory is not very good. We met up in Atlanta and flew to Portland together and were surprised by a little snow fall that met us at the airport! We rented a car and the first place we went was to the Skylyn Cemetery to visit mom's grave. What a peaceful site and the trees were gorgeous so i had to stop and take a few pictures. The trees almost looked like they had cotton on them!
The whole week was very cold and we also had snow and/or ice the next few days!