Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month. I’ve been a solo caregiver for my dear Mama for the last six years. A recent study found more than 40 million caregivers are providing unpaid care in the U.S. I am grateful to have the opportunity to be my mother’s caregiver. And I also find that caregiving can…

Mama’s post turkey day tradition

For as long as I can remember, my adorable Mama has always had a single day-after-Thanksgiving tradition — and it isn’t shopping. When she was a little girl, her grandmother would make Thanksgiving turkey dressing (some call it stuffing) for the family meal, but she’d put some in this sweet little tin just for her. This…

Mama’s birthday adventures

Today was momentous because my amazing Mama turned 75! Not only is three-quarters of a century impressive, but she wasn’t expected to see this birthday. Having beaten the odds makes each birthday feel more significant. For Mama’s 70th birthday, we took a very special trip to Venice, Italy. Being in that magical city brought Mama…

Mama’s mini adventures

So yesterday we finally had plans — exciting plans to visit with a friend we hadn’t seen in ages. The problem was that I woke up with the kind of migraine that prevents me from functioning. That’s why I didn’t post this #OneGoodThing last night per usual. I couldn’t. Our friend Brett (who used to work…

Our lovely new face masks 

Today we were thrilled to receive a package from an Etsy store we love in Canada: Our beautiful new face masks! I’d ordered one of these pleated, adjustable beauties late last year, and I’ve been wearing it every time I leave the house to try to minimize how often we get sick. They’re way more comfortable to…

The perfect poem

Tonight I got a text from Mama telling me to check my email. She came across a poem while reading her novel, and she wanted to share it with me. The poem is The Mystery of Pain, and it’s by Emily Dickinson. Today’s #OneGoodThing was receiving the perfect poem from Mama — fitting in so…

Back to primary caregiving 

Mama and I have both been sick with a severe cold for about two weeks now. There’s a nasty bug going around that can develop into pneumonia, as mine did a couple day ago. I’m now on an antibiotic and an inhaler so I’m finally starting to improve. Mama, on the other hand, woke up…