Monday, November 26, 2007

It Didn't Take Long

Well, it wasn't too long before my father got sick at the nursing home and ended up in the hospital! He has always had respiratory problems and I suppose that the ol’ pnumococal virus (pneumonia) got the better of him. We thought that he would have to remain in the hospital for four weeks but the doctor’s have narrowed it down to two weeks which will mean that he will be out for Christmas.

My mother is having difficulty in living without him. After 54 years of marriage, living alone is very difficult for her to bear but she is managing. She feels somewhat guilty about all what is happening but she knows that it is for the best.

My sister is coming home from the east coast for the holidays and we are all looking forward to her arrival. I especially am looking forward to her arrival as she has offered to care for my mother and thereby giving me some much needed rest.

So… It has, once again, been a while since I have been around and it is great to catch up on all your blogs! Keep on writing! Keep on sharing!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Christmas Shopping

So... What's it now? One month until Christmas? If I didn't know that before this morning, I sure knew it when I went shopping today. Fortunately for my credit card, I was able to buy most of everything I need for Christmas... and then some! I bought extra stuff because I was undecided as to what to get my kids. When I finally do decide, I can simply return what I do not need. I do this because, if I wait until just before Christmas, I can never find what I want.

I remember when I was in University; I would end up buying most of my stuff hours if not minutes before closing time on Christmas Eve. Now that I am a little wiser (yah right... charge everything!) I finish my shopping a little earlier.

Now, don't get me wrong... I actually do pay off my credit charges by the end of the month so don't think that I am promoting charging what I cannot afford. I remember when I was much younger and less wise (not that I am really all that wise now!) I would charge and suffer the consequences later. It didn't take long before I wizened up to the dangers of over charging.

So, now that I have done the bulk of my shopping, I can relax a little and listen to the Christmas music in my home and not at Sears, WalMart or the local mall!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Not Enough Time!

It’s amazing how busy we can get! Over these past few months, project after project, responsibility after responsibility along with many other tasks have gone untouched simply because I have way too much on my plate… or should I say plates. Whether it be for myself or for others, they get put on the back burner for another day.

I suppose that one of my problems is that I take on too much or am burdened by things that take too long to do. Presently, I have become the main caregiver for my parents. This has taken up a lot of my time but being their son, it is my responsibility to carry this task out. Don’t get me wrong; I am on no way complaining about it as I take on this responsibility willingly and out of love for my parents… It’s just difficult. I also am in the process of trying to renovate my house. This summer we renovated the kitchen and painted the outside. We were supposed to redo the bathroom as well but that will have to wait for the spring.

Over the years, I have also spent a considerable amount of time carrying out genealogical research on my side of the family. Now this is somewhat difficult since I was adopted but I have made some headway. I now know for a fact that my birth-mother is of Irish descent. I have often wondered what my true nationality was and now I know… at least half of it. What is ironic however is that I have always had a keen interest in Celtic history. Maybe the interest was in the genes! Since I have no idea of the nationality of my birth-father, I have taken steps to solve this puzzle as well. I have decided to not go into what steps I am taking in this area however since, though I am under the impression that none of my family or friends read this blog, there could always be that possibility of a “spy” and this is too important for me to talk about it at this time. One day I shall report to you in more detail.

So… this is just a mere taste of what is going on in my life right now… I will be sure to update you on everything.

Now please don’t think that I think that I am the only one with a lot of responsibilities… I just think that I am one of the few that fail to properly organize and prioritize my life!

At lease I can say one thing positive about this… I am never bored!