Merry Christmas! Check out my senior mom's gorgeous Red Cardinal Christmas tree ornament! Isn't it pretty! 🙂 And it looks so nice on our Christmas tree, which is loaded with gifts underneath. I can't believe it, but in the midst of all the extra Sandwich Generation issues, I'm actually not doing bad at prepping for Christmas. That's mainly because I started early JUST IN CASE health issues arose, which they are starting to do. So far, it's mainly just a mild flu bug and some health issues for my senior mom that have been ongoing. But the warnings are out this may be a bad flu year so I am hoping to be all done soon.
Another thing I'm "test-driving" this year is organizing my gifts to make it easier to deal with them on Christmas AND to be prepared just in case I have to send them with someone else. First, I followed the grand advice from #EldercareChat and took advantage of my sweet mom's offer to wrap the gifts. To make it easier for both of us, I put all the gifts for one person into one bag with that person's name on it. Then, I gave one bag at a time to my senior mom. She wrapped them all and put them back into the same cute bag. That way, it wasn't confusing for her and she had a great time as she listened to Christmas music and books on tape. She did a bag a day and then headed for a good solid nap after each.
The three exceptions were the gifts my grandkids bought each other at Dollar Store. Those, they wrapped. Now all are under the tree looking delightful and when we head for their house on Christmas, it'll be so easy and festive to carry the bags and a piece of cake to hand a bag at a time to the "elves" who hand out the gifts to everyone. I'll have to let you know if it makes it more peaceful on Christmas Day. 🙂 Even if not, it's still more peaceful here! And if health prevents us going, which has happened a couple of times over the decades, it'll be easy for us to send the bags and easy for them to hand them out. When you have very young kids or are dealing with the Sandwich Generation health issues of life, planning ahead for illnesses can really be necessary!
Happy Rednesday, Happy Caregiving Holiday Progressive Blog Party and Happy Tuesday. 🙂
Late spring and summer are definitely fun times for my whole Sandwich Generation family! My grandkids and I love to spend extra time outside, playing various ball and water games, while my senior mom is always thrilled to show off her latest gardening activities to the grandkids, me and YOU! And all these fun leisure activities for boomers and seniors are such a great way for how people over 50 can raise their metabolism. Talk about good news for boomers and seniors!
If you were wondering, that inflatable snake for gardening AND/OR the marigolds do seem to be doing a good job at keeping the bunnies and squirrels away from the plants. And I must say, I did have such fun taking these photos – and enjoyed the deep shadows on the pictures. Did you notice the shadow of me besides my grandson's hand as we filled the wading pool? 🙂 Snapping photos with my easy to use digital camera is another of those leisure activities for boomers and seniors that can be such a great destresser for caregivers, don't you think? And to enjoy more fun photos, be sure to visit Rednesday later today and Wordless Wednesday tomorrow. All great fun for the Sandwich Generation caregivers and simple ways to "taking care of the caregiver" by taking a bit of a break.
Isn't this purty! It's the ONE rose we got on our Mr. Lincoln Rose we planted last year. Only one, but OH so pretty, OH so long lasting, and OH so wonderful to smell. They really are the most fragrant roses and I do love them! My senior mom has taken such great care of this bush along with all her other gardening projects and activities and has been reveling in the lovely weather while working at trimming, planting, and feeding her beloved birds. And yes, squabbling with her equally beloved, though she'd deny it with every breath, little squirrels.
Aren't these roses lovely also? They are all over our neighborhood. They look lovely and bloom mightily, but have no scent. Personally, I'll take one Mr Lincoln Rose that smells heavenly over a million that have no scent, pretty though they may be. 🙂
Mom's garden wagons are full of all her new plants – from the sunflowers she and the grandkids planted as they prepare for this years Sunflower house or houses (As many seeds as they planted, I think there may be a million!) to the various other flowers she's hoping will attract a ton of butterflies.
It's been such weird weather all winter and spring – but lots of gorgeous sunshine and early spring means one of the prettiest springs ever – even the wildflowers are gorgeous! And often, we can smell flowers in the air from everywhere. The other day, it was breezy, warm, and humid – it reminded me of Hawaii! Hmmm, maybe that's what made me think of the lovely and colorful Hawaiian muumuu dresses that my grandmother loved so much. They make such delightful comfort clothes for boomers and seniors!
But then the storm clouds come back along with thunder, lightning, and rain and I really appreciate my Lee side elastic jeans that keep me warm and fairly dry even in the wet and wooley weather. Not to mention our senior parents full elastic waist jeans and pants. How about you? How's your weather? And your gardening activities? I must say, I do have fun snapping photos with my easy to use digital camera. And speaking of cameras, want to see more fun photos? Check out Sweet Shot Tuesday. While, if RED is your thang – enjoy Rednesday. Also, don't forget, stay up-to-date on all things multigenerational here at SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation…
Oh me oh my! Easter is over, Mother's Day is a month away, but THIS WEEK the fun begins with the 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party 2012 and YOU are ALL invited to join in the blog party fun with me! And fun it is! This will be my FOURTH year joining in with this very exciting blog party (would you believe it – it's going to my my FIFTH year birthday party for SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation in August! WOW!). The Ultimate Blog Party will have goodies galore and you don't have to have a blog to enter to win. And, since my granddog was looking a bit bored up there…
I drafted him to help me tell you all about it and invite you to join in the fun here as well as at 5 Minutes for Mom. As I have in the past, I'll be looking for compadres at the UBP12, including fellow members of the Sandwich Generation, as well as other baby boomers, senior citizens, grandparents, caregivers, etc. Then I'll share the blogs I find here at SandwichINK along with other fun info, news and resources to encourage all of us in the Sandwich Generation. And look at this – my granddog is saying he would LOVE for you to join in the fun!
The Ultimate Blog Party starts on Friday, April 13 and ends on Saturday, April 20. My first post will be VERY early at Midnight, EST, in order to link up to their site whenever I am able to (there are so many who join in, it can take a few hours 🙂 ). After that, y'all just come on by here, get their link, leave fun comments, meet new friends, sign up for great prizes, and enjoy some excellent caregiver support and stress-relief right from your own home. A lovely way of caring for the caregiver, don't you think? 🙂
Yes, indeedy, my granddog and I want YOU to join in the fun this weekend, along with today as I also link up to Sweet Shot Tuesday AND Rednesday. Two weekly blog meme fun that put smiles on our faces as we enjoy great photos and lovely reds.
Surely you can't resist the plaintive look on the face of my sweet granddog as he barks out, "Join the Sandwich Generation granny nanny and friends for this year's 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party 2012! You'll love it!" 🙂