The Finch Family

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A few posts ago, I confessed that one of the (critically important) plants for my daughter’s upcoming wedding had died. I have spent the last few days trying to find a replacement for it, as we need two of these New Zealand Tea Trees. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be another New Zealand Tea Tree anywhere on earth. I still …

My Mini-Van Has Battlescars

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On Tuesday, my youngest child received his one hour validation to become a bona fide permit driver. I picked him up from baseball practice, steeled myself, made the sign of the cross (though I’m not Catholic)…and let him drive home. Mind you, my fourth child…my fourth new driver! Somehow I had forgotten (blocked, perhaps?) that nerve-wracked feeling of being in …

Road Trip with an 80-year-old

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To celebrate my mother’s 80th birthday, which coincided with a very challenging week of placing my dad in a board and care, my sister and I are taking Mom on a road trip. Day by day, Dad is adjusting, and we have lined up plenty of activities to keep him busy. Not sure how he’ll do when Mom returns, but …

The Hardest Day of My LIfe

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The other day, my husband and I moved my dad into an Alzheimer’s Board and Care. Dad didn’t understand what was going on, but he was cooperative. He thinks this is very short-term…so we’ll deal with that, little by little. I hadn’t slept well the night before. After dropping my son at school, I stopped by a coffee shop. The …

The Average American

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At home, the average American uses 80-100 gallons of water a day. Where some of it goes: * Taking a five-minute shower: 25 gallons * Brushing teeth with the water running: 2 gallons * Running the dishwasher: 12 gallons * Flushing the toilet: 5 gallons Counterpoint: The average African family uses a total of five gallons of water a day. …

Conversations with Dad

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This week, I set up service with the county for bus rides for Dad, to and from his Alzheimer disease respite care program. He had seen the bus around town and was interested in trying it. On Monday, Dad woke up at the crack of dawn, ready, waiting and anxious for the bus to come, which wasn’t due until 10 …

Another Example of 85%

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A few weeks ago, I found the perfect plants for the altar at my daughter’s upcoming wedding: New Zealand Tea Trees. At the check-out line, I happily told the clerk why I was buying the trees. “I’m going to baby them until the wedding,” I said, smiling. “Not too much. Don’t baby them too much,” insisted the woman in line …

Always 85% There

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Yesterday was the last time I would need to stand in a long line at the Department of Motor Vehicles for that particular errand. Or so I thought. My youngest son, Tad, was poised to take the test for his learner’s permit. Unfortunately, typical of our deal-with-it-at-the-last-moment lifestyle, we neglected to look at the paperwork before taking our place in …

How Have Your Driving Habits Changed?

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Have you changed your driving habits with the rising price of a gallon of gas? What are you doing differently? How is it affecting your life? I find I am scrunching errands together and trying to skip those quick-but-not-really-necessary trips. My change is partly due to the price tag at the gas tank and partly because I recently read that …