Respite and Rock Stars

MissAngie

Respite and Rock Stars

MissAngie
This past memorial day weekend the Alzheimer's Association granted us a five day break with a respite grant to the facility of our choice. Oh Happy Day. R E S P I T E, I sang to the tune of Aretha Franklin's R E S P E C T. Mom's hospice nurse put the request in for us.

The care home we chose was in a home with a cute patio and garden and was only five minutes away.They even had a resident who used to play in a rock band that played electric guitar to the other residents. According to my hubby, Mom enjoyed it.

Mom's hospice nurse met my hubby there and she made fast friends with her roommate. To the surprise of her hospice nurse Mom was mingling and talking to all the residents and even remembered to go to the bathroom. Was this the same lady we were caring for all of these years? She had suddenly become a social butterfly. Maybe she is just sick of looking at our tired drawn out faces.

My first night of freedom I painted two acrylic paintings for my upcoming art show at the end of the month. I have been accepted into a local artists community downtown. We meet in a Italian replica of a Piazza and eat lasagna mostly and drink wine oh and yes sell art occasionally. It has been a nice Sunday afternoon break from caregiving.

My hubby is also security /stage assistant for one of my favorite year 2000 rock bands. The guitarist and base player are amazing. I was blessed with VIP status from the hubby and I attended a great Memorial Day Eve concert. There was one person in the crowd that called my hubby Gandalf because he has a beautiful tobacco pipe like Gandalf in Lord of the Rings. It goes with our theme at home because I call my mom Graceldoor, her elf name. The rest of the night a few people called me Gandalf's wife.

It was an awesome Memorial Day with Rock Stars, Respite and Reisling.

Although Mom is back home now and I am back at work, probably getting in trouble for blogging while working, I am thankful for the short break. Any mental relaxation is better than none.

I am sure I will have more stories to tell this summer as I travel with the hubby to festivals in the Shire.daisy-1288362_640