Sunday, August 11, 2013

Moon Flowers Trumpets @ Night

Tonight around 11 PM, Doodle let me know she wanted to go for a walk. On the walk I noticed that many trumpets or moon flowers were in bloom...

...and we enjoyed the walk!!!!

Some I Missed & Some New Today

Several weeks ago I had two shots of an orange flower that I did not use in a post. So, today, I decided to look for that flower and found a few that I had overlooked...

Today I planned to take the day off with regards to my parents. However, my father called and needed me so I made the trip to Abernethy Laurels. On the way out I stopped and took a few shots of the geraniums at the entrance to the skilled nursing facility...

I then stopped a flower garden I had seen many times on my way to and from Abernethy Laurels. I stopped and got permission from the owner who I found out was a childhood friend of my good RVing friend Zell Setzer. The sun was way to bright but I took a few shots anyway...

I am still looking for the orange flower photo.

Friday, August 9, 2013

A Couple Of Tough Days & A Small Miracle

Yesterday and the day before were the toughest yet. My father could not get out of a chair on his own and refused to eat or go to therapy. I was at my wits end. He knew it. I did not want to go back this morning; but, before I left yesterday I met with the chaplain for prayer and bought my father a cheese burger at the bistro. He finally ate something.  I also went to my "peace place" for several hours of prayer and meditation...




This guy visited me the last time I took photos. It is a Hemaris thysbe or hummingbird clearwing moth, a Sphingidae.

What a peaceful and serene place to say and practice the "Serenity Prayer".

Today my prayers were answered. My father had a change of heart and attitude. He says he wants to live and he ate well and went to therapy twice with no fuss. For the first time, I did not have to help him get up and down from chairs. He walked the furthest he has walked since his surgery.
Both he and I know we cannot change the inevitable outcome. But for now, he is living one day at a time instead of existing as he was the two days before. I was able to call my brother and share good news for once.
Tonight Evin and I are at peace. We are thankful. My father and mother are truly loved and treated so very well by the wonderfully supportive and understanding caregivers at Abernethy Laurels. When the cantaloupe that the kitchen served was too green two of my father's caregivers brought some to him that was soft and sweet. They never complain when my father is complaining or lacking appreciation. They encourage Evin and me every day.
When I leave each day I kiss my father and mother and tell them that I love them. Tonight, for the first time in several weeks, my mother was able to tell me that she loved me and she called my father by name. She truly smiled several times and laughed. Today was a small miracle for which I am truly grateful.