book #2: funny and sad

Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast is a terrific and honest book.

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Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? was a National Book Award finalist, a National Book Critics Circle winner and won a host of other awards. The author, Roz Chast, is a cartoonist and this memoir is written in that format, so it’s a quick read, though not always easy. I heard her discussing the book – I think on C-SPAN – several years ago (it was published in 2014) … long before my mother announced she was moving in with me.  Continue reading “book #2: funny and sad”

big knitting … this is no little cat mat!

For some reason, I took on a few bigger knitting projects all at the same time.

My mother started our “big knitting” craze by making a couple of lap blankets for Christmas – one for her sister and the other for herself. They aren’t too big – just fitting over her legs. We decided to put flannel on the back, making it nice and warm. Mom uses it all the time and it’s been great to see her use the things she has made and provided a nice break from the smaller cat mats and children’s hats we had been knitting.  Continue reading “big knitting … this is no little cat mat!”

links #3: practical guidance

This is the first blog I read when I joined Wordpress and it remains a source of valuable information.

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Elderly Sitting is a very practical and useful blog for anyone living or working or visiting with older people. The author has experience working with elderly people who need assistance and their caregivers who need a break.  Continue reading “links #3: practical guidance”

are we sleeping yet?

Mom and I have both had some difficulty sleeping, so are turning to Fitbit.

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Sleep is a precious commodity – as one learns when it is disturbed on a regular basis. I am a night owl and Mom used to be an early riser, though now tends to sleep in a bit more. Sometimes it is apparent that she hasn’t slept well, as she is exhausted in the morning and sleeps in longer than usual. Fortunately, she doesn’t have to get up for work, unlike some of us! I have not been sleeping well either, so we have two grouchy people living in a small space – not a good scenario.  Continue reading “are we sleeping yet?”

books on aging #1

Dancing with Elephants by Jarem Sawatsky

Just a note, I don’t do formal book reviews or critiques. I merely comment on what I thought was useful or interesting. I do this with all books; some of my comments are posted on the Goodreads site, though may bring some of my comments over to the blog.

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I thought I would mention some books that I am reading on aging. The first is: Dancing with Elephants and is described/reviewed on Goodreads; the author also has a blogContinue reading “books on aging #1”

rant: manners, really?

It’s been a while since my last rant, so here we go ….

emotion-1293365_1280Every so often, I am struck by the lack of basic manners displayed by some people, many of then in their early 20s. They don’t offer a seat to an older person or they cut in front of others in line or they don’t consider that their actions may affect people around them. They talk loudly. They don’t move over a little to allow two-way traffic on the sidewalk. Sometimes, people don’t seem to notice they are sharing the space with other people. They focus on their smartphones or otherwise ignore anyone they don’t know.  Continue reading “rant: manners, really?”