Friday, 31 January 2014

a hard week

I've had a bit of a hard week this week. My 85 year old mum has been in hospital and, although she isn't "ill" as such, she's no longer able to look after herself at home so we're now trying to get her into a care home where she can be looked after 24 hours a day. With all the thinking and planning we need to do for this to happen, it feels like my head has been spinning all week. I just want things to go smoothly and quickly for mum's sake - as well as, selfishly, my own.

As a result of all that head spinning, I haven't done much sewing at all this week other than a couple of oven gloves for myself. I made some spotty bias first -

and used it on the new gloves.

I've already used them in the kitchen and am really pleased with them.

On Monday, Joanna left Tilly with us to go to the dentist and I took the opportunity to take a photo of her in a (rare) quiet moment. Isn't she adorable?

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  1. Anne,
    So sorry to hear about your mum. Hope everything falls into place so that you can finally relax knowing your mum
    is in good hands. Your new oven mit is very cute and so is Tilly!
    Linda
    Mysewwhatblog

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  2. You've indeed had a challenging week, Anne! I do hope all goes smoothly for your dear mom's move to new living arrangements. Smart of you to do some sewing to help with the stress. Tilly looks very comfy....

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    1. Thanks, Freda. She was a bit more like herself today so that was a relief! :o)

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  3. Best wishes for a smooth transition for your Mom.

    I love the oven mitt...the spotty binding is just too adorable!

    Tilly is getting big :)

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    1. Thanks, Jeanna. It's four weeks now since Joanna got Tilly and she's grown quite a lot in that short time! :o)

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  4. It looks like Tilly is growing, they don't stay tiny for long, do they? Love the oven mitt, especially that spotty fabric you've used. Sorry to hear about your mum. It's really hard as they get older, as you say, they're not necessarily ill but they need some looking after. I do hope you manage to get her settled in to a new home very soon.

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    1. Thanks, Jo. It's definitely easier now that mum has accepted that she needs round-the-clock care. Just a month ago she was adamant that she was managing fine at home on her own!

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  5. I am so sorry to hear about your mum. It's hard when a relative wants to remain at home but would be safer and better cared for with professionals on stand by. I am sure she will settle soon after she gets into the routine of things. Love to you all. xx

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    1. Thanks, Chel. Mum is now accepting the fact that she needs care all the time so that's made things much easier to deal with. Still hard but easier too. Does that even make sense? I'm not sure it does! :o)

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  6. I know what you mean about Mum, mine is 81 and was in hospital last weekend for a replacement hip. She had it done about 5 years ago after a fall, but was having real problems, so now have redone it. She recovered remarkably well, and is back home. My sister has come down for a few days now I am back at work (and have been full of cold so best to stay away) but whilst she is still able to look after herself at home, she is really losing the incentive to do it properly. It is so hard to see them change, and at what point do you say 'you would be better off being looked after?' I hope the move goes well, although it will take adjustment for all of you; I can feel so much of your frustrations - sometimes there really is no easy (ie perfect) answer. X

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    1. Thanks, Alison. It is hard to accept that mum is getting old and can't do for herself any more. But at the same time, it has been good to know that she's being looked after in the hospital. Hopefully that will soon be a care home and we can all relax a bit knowing that she's safe.

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  7. I've just seen this Anne, really sorry to hear about your mum. Hope you get her settled soon xx

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    1. Thanks, Eiliedhbelle. I hope so too! :o)

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  8. Hi Anne, just catching up after a busy weekend! I hope you get everything sorted out ok for your Mum. The only one of our parents that had to into a home was Malcolm's Dad - he soon settled in and had a new lease of life ...... one day he and one of the other old boys went awol - they were found in the pub!!
    Loove the over glove! Anne x

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    1. Haha! I love that story! When we visited a possible care home, we were assured that all the doors had number pads as locks to ensure the safety of the people who lived there. I never thought it would be to keep them from going to the pub! LOL

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  9. I hope you've found some place your mother can agree on for your care. And Tilly is getting big.

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    1. Not your care..... it should have been "her" care.

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