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Monday, January 28, 2013

"Slow-Starter"

I'm a Slow-Starter.
But, change is coming to the Bayou, and I'm not just talking menopause.  Mom will be here to live with us in about a month.  The house is ready, but I'm not.

I've had the luxury of going to bed when I want and getting up when I want for a very-long-time.  I like it this way.  This little life luxury is gone now - I kissed it farewell the last day I slept well into the morning.  I've put myself on this new-fangled schedule so I'll be at least somewhat used to it when Mom arrives.

Now, I've got to go to bed at a reasonable time.
And then, the kicker, "I've got to get up at a unreasonable time."

I like organization.
I like order.
And if I want things to move as smoothly as possible I've got to gear my schedule to that of my Mom's.  From now on my alarm is gonna go off at 7 am.  Ready or not.

(Yes!  7 am is VERY early to me!)

My family has laid odds I can't do this.
I so love their support.


26 comments:

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

They know you'll rise to the challenge hee hee.. Nothing like having Mom around :)

Shelly said...

A new season, but also blessings in it. I know how that is going to be, and I'm sending up prayers for you in it-

Linda said...

You can do anything you HAVE to do as LONG as you HAVE to do it!! I'm right there with you! 7 AM is TERRIBLY early!!

Laurie said...

I know you can, I have faith in the world that you can,, just maybe have at least one day a week that you can lie in and have some one else take the load, care givers burn out, take this from someone who knows, please,

Cheri said...

Lots and lots of changes coming to your household but you'll do it because of the love you have for those folks. I have faith in you.

nancygrayce said...

I know you'll more than meet the challenge! When I started getting up at 5 to 5:30 to walk with the Superhero I thought I would die.......now I almost always wake up around that time and feel ready to get up! Praying for you and your mom in this new transition.

Jeanie said...

Lots of adjustments coming up for you...please be sure to take good care of yourself while you are adjusting to taking care of your mom.

Sandra said...

Lot of adjustments, but even though it will be hard for you at first, I'm sure you'll be fine :)

I get up at 5:15am every morning LOL

Susie said...

You can do it. It may take time to adjust. Just please do not forget to have some relief people helping you. You will need days off ...or at least a few hours here and there for yourself. Praying for you to be strong.xoxo,Susie

Cindy said...

I know exactly how you feel! I am also a slow starter now that I don't HAVE to get up. I like to take several hours to get going.
Enjoy your mom's visit.
Hugs, cindy

Anonymous said...

WHAT I WOULDN'T DO TO HAVE BOTH MY MOM AND DAD BACK FROM HEAVEN. MY MOTHER HAD HEALTH PROBLEMS AND SPENT THE WINTERS WITH US. I ALWAY LIVE AT LEAST 1000 OR MORE MILES FROM HER. THE YEAR SHE DIED SHE MANAGE TO GET ON A PLANE TO SPEND THE WINTER WITH US. [WHEELCHAIR] I WAS YOUNG AND WE'RE MOVING FOR THE COMPANY ALL THE TIME. ANYWAY, WHEN SHE ARRIVED SHE TOLD ME HOW MUCH HERE HEALTH HAD GONE DOWN AND SHE FELT SHE NEEDED TO SELL HER HOUSE AND WANTED TO MOVE IN WITH US. BUT THERE WAS A CATCH WE WERE MOVING AGAIN ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THERE WAS NO WAY WE COULD BRING HER WITH US. AT LEAST THAT'S THE WAY I WAS TOLD. LONG STORY. SHE WENT BACK HOME AND DIED THAT YEAR. NOW TELL ME, COULD I HAD BEEN MORE OF A DAUGHTER AND MADE THINGS WORK TO HER ADVANAGE? YES,IF I HAD BEEN A LITTLE MORE STRONG IN STANDING UP AND HAVING A VOICE WHICH AT THAT TIME I ALWAY LET MY BETTER HALF HANDLE ALL DECISIONS. NOW. I SPEAK MY MINE. IF I HAD SPOKE MY MINE BACK IN THOSE DAYS SHE COULD'VE DIED IN MY ARMS NOT IN THE ARMS OF A COUSIN THAT JUST HAPPEN TO WALK IN THE DOOR AS SHE WAS LYING IN HER BED DYING THERE ALONE. SO GET UP AT 7 AND JUST BE THANKFUL YOUR MOM IS ALIVE AND YOU CAN BE THERE FOR HER. TODDAYS WORLD JUST STICKS THEIR MOMS' AND DAD INTO NURSING HOMES BECAUSE IT EASIER FOR THEM. WHAT A SHAME HOW THE WORLD HAS CHANGED. AT LEAST YOUR MOVING HER IN WITH YOU. IT'LL GIVE YOU TIME TO LOVE ON HER.

JUST A GRANNY FROM FLORIDA

Life in a Small Town said...

Glad things are moving forward! 7:00: Most days I'm already at school by then!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Idyll Wild said...

I am also a later riser and a slow starter. Bless your heart!

NanaDiana said...

Hmmmm...Maybe you DON'T need to do that? Is your Mom capable of getting herself up and going? The truth is, she might like some alone time in the mornings, too, because her whole schedule will be different, too.

Been there, done that...and it is NOT easy...but it IS doable! xo Diana

Nonnie said...

Lots of encouraging words here. I believe you will rise to the occasion and find a balance in all this. Being a person who has awakened every day at 5 am for the past 45 years or so, 7 sounds like sleeping in and I have a hard time getting started when I sleep in. The new baby in the house might be a good motivation for rising early too. :-) will be praying for all of you in these challenges.

Beth J said...

Things, they are a-changing....

yaya said...

I'm taking odds that you can do this. It's a great gift of love you're giving your Mom. It's one that she probably won't appreciate in this lifetime. I hope all goes well, but also remember to schedule some "me" time and time with hubby. Your life is truly going to be changed but I'm willing to bet you won't be sorry.

acorn hollow said...

I am up at 6:15 for work but if I had my way it would be 8am
this is a hard time for you and your mother there will be many great times along with the not so great all worth it in the end.
Cathy

karen said...

I'm sure it will be an adjustment, but you can do it. I do not have my parents or aunt living with me, but they do take up a fair amount of my extra time (like, all of it). In addition, there's the constant bickering (with my aunt) about what she needs to do/not do. I had to take a week off this past week to recoup. So feel free to use me as a place to vent! I sooooo understand. But it will be a blessing to you both, I'm sure of it. Difficult things conquered always are.

Say What? said...

Here's our homeschool motto. You may need to repeat it to yourself over the next few weeks:

"It doesn't have to be FUN, it just has to be DONE".

:( Sorry, I doubt that was of any help to you at all. Hang in there.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I remember taking care of my grandmother for 6 weeks when she came to live with us. It was a huge adjustment because her schedule was so different than mine. While I did my best to care for her and to make her happy, it was still OUR home and she had to make a few adjustments too. It worked pretty good for the most part, but she was fond of always telling me how she did things in a different way. :) It would be a huge help to you if you have a chance to get away every now and then.

Joanna Jenkins said...

7AM is pretty early but I'm cheering you on and hoping you and your mom adjusting to each other.
xo jj

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Joyce said...

I think you can do it because you've set your mind to it, and you've got a plan. You'll get your body into a different rhythm eventually and will start waking at 7 on your own. I will continue to pray for you during this time of transition.

Robin said...

I know this is going to be hard for you, but it's your mom, so I know you will do it (even if there may be some grumbles going on...lol). Praying things will ease into a new normal for y'all!

mommamindy said...

Change is hard, even if it is for a really special reason. We had our daughter, her husband and three kids live with us for a year. That made 11 in the house. Sleep was hard to come by. It was good, wonderful, love the grandkids, but I got tired. It's OK to be honest about what the challenges will be. We all know ya' love your momma!

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