know thy pharmacist

My local pharmacist has become an unexpected ally in dealing with Mom’s health.

chemist-2026442_1280Back from my flu break – I’ll be playing catch-up with my posts for the next week or so. Fortunately, I had a fairly light case of the flu (or whatever it was) but it knocked me off my feet for the better part of a week and I’m still getting over the fatigue. At about 3:30 pm, I’m ready for a nap!  Continue reading “know thy pharmacist”

the quiet satisfaction of solving puzzles

Even when 1000 piece puzzles and sudoku give way to 500 piece puzzles and word searches, puzzles are great ways to pass the time.

Mom has always loved doing puzzles. Jigsaw, crossword, Sudoku and the rest. She still does puzzles, though the level of difficulty has decreased over the years. We used to do 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles, but now have an upper limit of 500 pieces. Moderately difficult Sudoku puzzles were replaced by easier versions and have now pretty much fallen out of the repertoire. Word searches are now more common than crossword puzzles. The good news is that Mom still loves to do puzzles.  Continue reading “the quiet satisfaction of solving puzzles”

knitting update … we made stuff!

Yards of yarn later and we have hats and cat mats/blankets.

knitting-2700730_1280Mom and I have been bitten by the knitting bug, which is much more pleasant than it sounds. Over the past 6-8 weeks, we have created many items to donate, which has been a great use of time. I mentioned this is a prior post – doing something usefulContinue reading “knitting update … we made stuff!”

laughing with television comedies

The challenges of older women and crazy families can be pretty entertaining ….


It’s hard to find comedies that engage my mother. Her sense of humor has changed over the years. She doesn’t stay current with pop culture, so does not always understand the references in current shows. There are two programs that always manage to make her laugh and that we have watched over and over again: The Golden Girls and Keeping Up Appearances.  Continue reading “laughing with television comedies”

finding an educational message

Mom and I like to learn new things, so we find ways to grow that also are entertaining.




Television is at its best, in my opinion, when it opens a window on something new or shines a spotlight on something artistic or presents great storytelling. For my mother, television is a primary source of information. She no longer reads newspapers and rarely reads magazines. TV is her source for national and local news; she doesn’t follow the ins and outs of pop culture. However, she does like history and science.  Continue reading “finding an educational message”