Got here yesterday afternoon at around 4, dog-tired but thrilled to have had such a good visit with Mom. She looks and sounds better than I've seen her in two years and this was a tremendous encouragement to me! The progression of her Parkinson's seems to have been arrested somewhat by the right combination of medications and physical therapy. Earlier this year when she had a mild stroke, I wasn't sure that she'd ever be out of bed again, but Wednesday we went out to lunch and did a little shopping...she was feisty enough to insist that a shop owner take the shirt out of the window so she could buy it since it was the last one in her size! Go Mom!
I stayed on an extra day so I could go with Mom and my sweet sister-in-law to Mom's neurology appointment. Her doctor was very pleased with her progress and glad that Mom is doing so well in following her recommendations. Parkinson's is a hard road
The extra night also gave me some quiet time in the lovely guest room to do some work. I've been doing a lot of business writing lately and it helps to kind of pull away and have some uninterrupted time. I have much to learn in the field of writing for fundraising...and while I'm on the steep side of the learning curve it really helps to have concentrated hours of solitude. My business partner can do this in her sleep; all I can do while I sleep is....sleep :-)
While I was gone, DIRK FINISHED THE HOUSE PROJECTS! I came home to shining trim and shelves over my windows, spotless doors and all the paraphernalia cleared away. We are totally done with this year's redecorating phase and I will be spending some time in the next few days getting pictures up, shelves stocked, and everything plugged back in! A GREAT BIG PUBLIC THANK YOU TO DIRK FOR ALL THE GREAT WORK and to Aubrey and kids for sharing him with us all summer :-) More pictures later, but here's a shot of some of the trim on the bay window side. The color is not coming through accurately at all, but at least the contrast is visible: