Gadzooks! The calendar says mid-summer, half the grandkids' schools are saying BACK TO SCHOOL, and the weather just can't make up its mind. Hot and humid one minute and gorgeously cool the next. And my Sandwich Generation family is swaying back and forth as much as the weather. From scooters and fun in the sun back to chess – checkers – minecraft with the grandkids. My senior mom continues to enjoy her gardening activities. The results have been a bit mixed for the flowers but the vegetables are all doing grand!
And she and I had fun together at Kohl's latest clearance sale for the whole back to school season while dodging super heat one minute and raindrops the next. Crazeeeeeee!
My senior mom has settled on a grand solution for her hair issues. She got her hair permed again and we now have a standing appointment at her favorite stylist for a weekly hairset – shades of the 1950s. And she loves it! She just occasionally supplements the weekly visit by curling her front bangs and leaves the rest to fluffing through the week til the next appointment. Much easier for her and she is so much happier with her hair now. YAY.
I had fun snapping a couple of shots of the setting sun this week – can you believe the gorgeous pinks! Delightful to see in person, and grand for a backdrop for the sweet words of encouragement from Deuteronomy 31:8:
The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you. He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
A lovely end to a strange yet lovely week. How about you and your Sandwich Generation family. How has your week been going?
In our family, iPads are synonymous with photos! Of course, they have plenty of other great uses – reading books, listening to audio programs, watching TV shows, keeping up-to-date on weather conditions, etc. But photos are what generate the biggest smiles on the faces of all my Sandwich Generation kith and kin – from my senior mom to my littlest grandkids.
Some apps that we especially enjoy are:
Instagram – even my oldest grandkids are using this and I'm tickled pink to say I got an invite from them as well. Very thrilling! We keep the settings on private so it's all just family and close friends. A nice treat on the busy internet highway.
Camwow – this continues to be a hit with the younger set and you'll find many of the hilarious photos popping up periodically on my computer screen saver, tho my senior mom is not as big a fan so they are NOT on her iPad (for the most part). Thanks to CamWow – I have double the pink blooms for Pink Saturday in the photo above. And a great giggle with my "neck-less" grandson in the photo below. What do you think? 🙂
Flipboard – I just recently added this along with Instagram to my senior mom's iPad. I had used it before and liked it. Since she wasn't quite sure how to work the Instagram app, I thought it might be easier for her to use and I was right. She can often open it herself and flip through the latest photos of her grandkids AND great-grandkids, near and far. Even if she sometimes needs help finding her spot, overall, this has been one of the easier iPad apps to use.
Color Cap – This is still a big fave of mine for adding encouraging Bible verses to various photos. They've popped up here and in other places online, as well as arriving in text messages and emails to various loved ones of all ages far and wide.
How about you? Have you found some good photo apps that are especially easy and/or for you, your senior parents and those sweet grandkids? We'd love to hear!
P.S. The latest #ElderCareChat is out and quite useful for many of us in the Sandwich Generation – the topic was Assisted Living Facilities! You can find the recap at Seniors For Living and big thanks to Michelle and Denise from Caregiving for regularly hosting this useful resource on Twitter.
The flowers are glowing and the clouds hinted of the pouring rain to come. I added sweetly encouraging Bible verses that my grandson and I enjoyed yesterday morning in PINK to teach him and remind me that no matter how things look, He is truly our rock and our fortress.
In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. 2 Rescue me and deliver me in your righteousness; turn your ear to me and save me. 3 Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.
This whole Psalm is such a blessing to me – and seems especially well suited for the Sandwich Generation family. What do you think?
Spring can't seem to make up its mind! First it tries to be summer, then late winter, then back to summer…with occasional and very delightful moments of actual spring! My senior mom, grandkids and I never know what to wear or what to plan anymore! Shorts, sweater, swim suits. SWIM SUITS?!?!?!?!
Yup! It was so warm this week we brought out our little wading pool and the grand-twins had a fun time wading…AFTER we added a few buckets of warm water to it. While they played, my senior mom enjoyed watching them from the kitchen window (aren't those windows a sweet blessing) while I trimmed back her butterfly bush from our past year's gardening activities.
My mom's health continues to meddle with her plans so she's decided to turn the sunflower plot over to the grandkids and me while she focuses on her pots of tomatoes and herbs along with her hydrangea to brighten things up. By working on them on the patio table, she can reach everything easily and work on her plants as long or as little as she likes. It's not as much gardening as she'd like but it does keep her active and involved and she's very happy about that, as am I.
Then she heads back into the house to enjoy her latest audio book on her iPad. She commented the other day, "I wish I'd gotten this the FIRST time you suggested it. I LOVE it!" Now that's definitely music to this Sandwich Generation caregiver's ears! 🙂