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A Writer/Caregiver Packs For A New Journey

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Tokeland, WA PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Tokeland, WA
PHALL PHOTOS 2013

Tomorrow (Friday) I set off on a new journey. It may take a week, a month or maybe longer. The timeline is open and so am I. I’ve detailed my truck, except I need to vacuum it. I’ve re-potted and watered my houseplants. I stirred the compost pile and planted the lilac and rose by the fence, and a handful of mini-crocus near the pond’s edge.

I’m fairly certain that I can come home once a week. Mrs. M.’s grand daughter lives near and should be able to manage a day and night with her. It’s over 300 miles, round trip, so I hope I can break that into 2 days. I’ve got the edited hard copy of my Postcards manuscript packed and I’ll also be working on the middle book of the memoir series. I’ll take my laptop, but I will hold off on taking my printer until I have a better idea of how long I’ll be needed.

The biggest thing I will miss is my little cave/home (Maggie) and the beach. It will just be the two of us and I’ll have my own room, so I can still be a part-time cave woman:>)  I look forward to getting to know Mrs. M. better and seeing what mischief we can come up with in Portland. I’m certain to get a better schedule going and get outside more often.

Journaling is a strong habit for me, so I do plan to journal about my time with Mrs. M. I know I’ll take a lot of photos of my new surroundings. I am sure that I will be online and checking in with all of you at least a few times a week. As you can tell, until I get settled, everything is up in the air. That would frustrate many people, but I really look forward to the mystery of it. I am very adaptable and change doesn’t bother me.

The big difference with helping out this time is that I don’t know Mrs. M. I have met her maybe 3 times over the years. She has passed the main part of physical therapy and does not need a lot of assistance there. Also, there is no stress or heart break related to her care. She may be almost 91, but she is mentally sharp and physically on the mend.

These links will take you back to the posts where I talked about this new adventure and my other caregiver experiences. Here and here.

Did you notice that I changed to a static “home” page? Check it out when you get a chance and let me know what you think. I am still working on the site…

Take care,

Patti

Author: Patti Hall

Writer, daughter, sister, mom, niece, grani, and friend. Works-in-progress; 3 children's books, some poetry and a memoir series, "Souvenirs from My Heart." Pursuits of happiness include gardening, walking the beach, reading, writing, photography, traveling and genealogy. I am a widow (2009), lost my sis in 2012, my aunt and a precious grandson in 2013.

23 thoughts on “A Writer/Caregiver Packs For A New Journey

  1. Wishing you luck on your new journey!

  2. Ooh, it sounds like such an adventure! Travel safe.

  3. May your journey be safe and fulfilling!

  4. Hey dear Patti! Sorry, I know I’m very behind at the moment in terms of reading and keeping up to date with you. I did read the other two posts about this next adventure but was on a public library computer and for some reason it wouldn’t allow me to like or comment. So, just wanted to drop in and read this post so I can wish you lots of love and luck on this new adventure. Many blessings on you both! Harula xxxx

  5. How exciting to be setting off on another phase of your journey. Looking forward to your posts, and the insights you always bring.

  6. Beautiful photo, Patti. I love the way you take on change and embrace a new adventure. I can’t imagine what your life will look like–caring for someone you don’t know well–but that will be the surprise at the bottom of the box. Please send messages from the elder care front. You know I need them, especially a sense of humor and a little detachment. May you find ample time for writing and for joy.

    • I will do my best to get some good messages out. I really think I’m going to have a enjoyable time with Mrs. M.
      Okay, got your order for humor and detachment:>)
      I don’t know what it will look like either…but I will figure it out along the way.
      love & joy to you, my friend

  7. Bon voyage, Patti. We’ll hear more about your adventure, I’m sure. Safe travels!

  8. Patti, looking forward to connecting while you’re in the area. This was beautifully and compassionately written. Safe journey!

  9. Good luck -I hope you enjoy the journey. You are courageous caring for others.

  10. Keep us posted. Keep your head up with it’s beautiful intellect intact. As I said before you are an angel Oh I don’t believe they have wings but you can have purple ones anyway.

    • No wings! I am no angel, Vic, I just have room in my life to help. Wish I had what it took to really be an angel. For now I will do what I can with Mrs. M. and call it good.

  11. Patti, safe trip, and enjoy the moments. I have to say that you are truly an inspiring woman! You Rock! 🙂 I’ll miss you around facebook! 😦

  12. I love your writing…very calming and your photography is really good!

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