Monday, 17 October 2016

A Blast from the Past and October FNSI Sign-ups

We took Dad (F-I-L) for a drive on the weekend.  So??? you might ask???
....but there were a couple of good reasons for our insistence.....

(1)  Dad has developed Alzheimers and Dementia......we've noticed a difference in the past few years with little things, especially after operations and anaesthetics....now don't get me wrong, I know little about medical things but upon noticing the change and speaking with his GP, he confirmed that anaesthetics have an effect on the brain and tend to speed up those problems if they are already present.  He had a sudden lapse a few months ago and ended up in hospital with the diagnosis, so we try and get him out and about, recognising things, as it is good for him.


(2)  He is driving Mum (M-I-L) mad with his constant repetitive talk about making salami and sausages, losing things and forgetting how to write/eat and expecting to just get in the car and drive to the shops to buy God knows what for his spur of the moment ideas  (usually sausage making ...he IS Italian!! ...despite having his licence taken from him earlier in the year!)

(3)  Having them both cooped up in the house together 24/7 is like being in a tinder box....it could explode at any moment and is not good for either of them...you see, Dad still thinks he's being funny by taunting Mum with things he knows will get to her.....like constant talk of sausages!!!!    Getting the drift???

(4)  We know Dad's days are numbered (well, all our days are numbered really, aren't they?) and want to share as much time with him as we can whilst he's still willing and able.


So we let Mum have a bit of a rest and took Dad for a drive....it was supposed to be a small-ish one....just up to Millaroo to show him where hubby works (He's been there before but often can't remember where it is, let alone what it looks like), and we showed him how the lagoon had filled after we had the good rains late last week, along with the new wieners and horses up on the property.

On our way back, we took a little detour......just to show Dad some of the places he might recognise from his younger days, and we ended up going a little further than even we expected.  We went to the little gold-mining town of Ravenswood  It's a tiny picturesque historic town where the gold mines still operate but much is left in it's original state......just beautiful.....and the scenery on the drive is not bad either.

Stepping back in time was good for Dad....he remembered much of the things along the way, recalling people from his childhood and previous visits when he was younger.  Yep, it was a Blast from the Past........ And we all had to think quickly when a peacock flew at eye level past our windscreen....we couldn't believe what we were seeing!

It was a long afternoon, and he's still exhausted but you could see his brain was getting a workout and he's still talking about it (instead of salami-making) so it must have been good!  And Mum had a well-earned rest too, which she needed as her poor run down body had recently succumbed to a bout of the flu.  And we just loved spending time with those that we love.......we're luckier than some to realise this and even luckier than most to still have the chance.
Don't forget to tell those you love that you love them....it's a prize more valuable than any gold!
And speaking of prizes, it's that time of the month again.....


October's  Friday Night Sew In  (FNSI) is this Friday and I've got lots I need to get done.  With Halloween and Christmas just around the corner, I bet you have lots to get done too?

So why not lock some time in just for you, with your virtual friends, this Friday night?  Sign Ups are below and you can join in knowing that you're accomplishing some of those crafty bits you want to get done, in the comfort of your own home, with all your supportive virtual friends.....and you may even win this month's prize (but more of that tomorrow!)

Sign up, log it in your diary and let everyone know you're busy stitching this Friday night.....can't wait to see you there!
xox Sugary hugs :o)


14 comments:

I am said...

Hi Wendy what a beautiful post ,and its so true to spend time with love ones while we can.
Yippee i can post i have had trouble for awhile being able to post on here,dont know whats changed but i am pleased now that you know i have visited you xx

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

I will be joining FNSI

Susie Hoover said...

I was so excited for FNSI that I thought it was last Friday! After a 2 week vacation stretching from Washington DC to Maryland and then on down to North Carolina (talking USA), I needed some sewing time anyway. Can't wait to see what everyone else will be up to also!

Karen's Korner said...

I am glad to read that you all had a good day. Time is the most important thing that you can spend with family and friends. Looking forward to FNSI.

CathyC said...

what a lovely day out :) time to get back to My Farmer's Wife :)

Maria said...

Loved reading your lovely post...how nice to take for a nice outing and give mum a great break....
Look forward to stitching along with you and others on Friday.

desertskyquilts said...

How lovely for all of you and what an instant reward for doing the right thing. I love the collage. Thanks for hosting us again!

Lin said...

What a lovely trip to take your Dad on - and how relaxing for Mum to get time to herself - we all need that! Looking forward to Friday night. xx

KimM said...

What a poignant, loving, beautiful post. Blessings and love to you and your family.
xxx

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Oh Wendy, thanks for sharing this beautiful post with us. It must be such a challenge... so wonderful that you were able to give Mum a break and make new memories based on old ones with Dad. xx

Bethan Foulkes said...

What a lovely post - and I'm pleased both your dad and mum benefitted from the day out!

Looking forward to FNSI - going to recruit visiting little sister to help with a quilt this time!

Danice said...

What a dear and loving post. Parents are the best.

Dresden Quilter said...

Thank you for reminding us how precious our loved ones are. Looking forward to getting some Friday night sewing done.

Christine M said...

Sounds like you had a very special time with your father in law.