Friday, July 29, 2011

Answer To Prayers... The Homecoming


We have had answer to Prayer... this Afternoon my Mom will be released from the Nursing Home!!! She has worked hard and with the help of the caring Staff she has exceeded all expectations for her rehabilitation and is now strong enough to make the trip to Cali with my Brother! 

This is Mom with her favorite Nurse, whose named sounded like "Gorgeous" so that's what Mom nicknamed her.*Smiles*  She truly is a gorgeous person inside and out, it was comforting to know that Mom was being so well taken care of by a Team of wonderful people like this.


And in a Facility that takes great care to make it look Homey and inviting so that the Residents will feel more content about the difficult transitions many are moving through...

I had been nervous about being pressed to make the important decision of placement on very short notice and with limited resources after her Hospital release... making Life decisions for another Person is a heavy responsibility to bear & especially if they are initially resistant, adverse & upset about it... yes, it is a delicate balance to do the right thing even if it is the unpopular thing for someone's welfare...


Because even though Mom had caring Staff and other Residents that she made Friends with during her stay...


And had the Daily visits with Family & long time Friends... *Note to Self: Portion control & exercise are definitely in order again! Gasp!*


And even though there was a multitude of Beautiful Art to enjoy as if at a Gallery... and we took pleasure in picking our favorites as we took our Daily Walks... this was my fav...




And lovely 'Common Areas' outside of the Private Rooms to congregate or relax...
                                 
 
And often someone playing the Piano in the Diningroom during Meals... and Daily Activities to partake in... and AMAZING Meals served...
 

And fantastic views of the Estate this Facility was built on...
 

It was still a very difficult transition for Mom... and an uncertain time for us all as we weren't sure she could or would recover from her serious illness & be able to rehabilitate sufficiently or succumb... or if this might have to be a permanent placement, living in a skilled Nursing Care Facility of some kind? And how long would Insurance cover this level of wonderful care?


And it just wasn't "Home" and she no longer had her independance & had to reconcile herself to no longer being able to live alone after this regardless of how well she did... or how nice a placement I'd managed to choose & get approved... 


She wasn't certain if she would ever see her "Home" again???


And she was missing it so...


And it was as painful for me to go there daily & take care of the place without her in it as I'm sure it was for her to no longer be able to live there and be around what was so comforting, cherished & familiar...


Everything was pretty much suspended in time...


And I didn't want to jump the gun by packing too much too soon... with the uncertainty of whether she could make it to California to live with my Brother and Family...


Or have to remain in a Nursing Home indefinitely?  After all, when someone is still living you don't feel right making decisions about their possessions without their input...


So it was Joyful News to hear that they would release her to me and she could actually go "Home" to her Apartment with me and we would await my Brother's arrival to take her to his Home this weekend...


And she can see it one last time and supervise the packing up of her beloved possessions and make the important decisions for herself of what to take... and what she won't...


And though there have been many tears, fears, many tense, stressful moments over these past few weeks with ups & downs & sideways moments... and the exhausting negotiating with Insurances, Agencies, Caseworkers, Hospital Staff and Family about what could or would be done and where and how... while also encouraging Mom & respecting her dignity and feelings... and doing whatever I could to assist & uplift her so that she would maintain Hope and the desire to Live... while juggling my own obligations here at Home...

It's all finally coming together in a way that I have a Peace about... answer to Prayers... and a Homecoming that is nothing short of Miraculous... Thank You Lord for your Mercy, Grace, Favor and Strength during this most difficult time...

There's still much work to be done so I will be AWOL for a brief time my Friends as our Family assists her with the move West... Thank You for your concern, encouragement and Prayers...

Dawn... The Bohemian 

Wrapping Up The Jerome Tranquility Tour


So, today we're wrapping up the Jerome Tranquility Tour my Friends...


The Man and I have certainly enjoyed having you along on our virtual Journey...


Enjoying every nook and cranny in this Beautiful Old Ghost of a Town...


Looking at it through my perspective, my eyes and lens...


Yes, I'm excessive in my Passions and Loves... *Winks*


But now that we're Friends and have Traveled together a while  you already know that about me... *LOL*


And perhaps even realized that we're Kindred Spirits and enjoy many of the same things...


Or have discovered a new Passion that might have been ignited in you as you go the Boheme' Route with us...


Yes, there might be a bit of the Bohemian in YOU too my Friend!? *Smiles*


Or a LOT... in which case your Adventures, Style and Passions already mirror mine and this is very familiar to you too and your 'norm'!?!


But it matters not... whether we are peas in a pod or polar opposites... Traveling together and sharing Life will be sure to connect us on a deeper level as Friends...


And we can share snippets of Life, Ramblings, Thoughts, Adventures, Style...


And you may choose to share a bit about yourself along the Journey during your visits...


And invite me into your World too...


So that I may get a glimpse into your Loves, Thoughts, Vision, Passions, Adventures & Style through your comments and Blogs...


This really is a wonderful Community to connect to in a personal way...


Because what we choose to share really does reveal us in a more intimate way than one might imagine at first...


I know that I began this Journey into the Land Of Blog never suspecting that it would transform into such a delightful experience...


And that I would so look forward to the time I spend here and the entries I'd Post and share...


And here I am one full year later... not tiring of it and in fact enjoying more & more each day...


And connecting to a Community of like-minded Souls who are fast becoming good Friends...


Whose company I'm thoroughly enjoying... and getting to know each other has been so enriching...


And encouraging... and inspiring... and rewarding...


And if you're new here I do Hope you'll come back again and introduce yourself...


Because getting to know you and do Life together is what makes our time on this side of Time and Eternity so worthwhile, don't you think?

Thank You for taking your precious time to do the Tranquility Tour with us...
I look forward to you joining us for our next Great Adventure...

Please join us for Show & Tell Friday at MY ROMANTIC HOME Blog.

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

All I'm writing is just what I feel, that's all. I just keep it almost naked. And probably the words are so bland. - Jimi Hendrix

I'm the one that has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to. - Jimi Hendrix

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tranquility Tour Sentiments


Since you've joined me on the Jerome Tranquility Tour for so many days now, traveling together... I feel like I can share my Heart about the reason this Trip was so Special for me...


Yes, the ambiance & visuals of this favorite place has always captivated me...


And I'd never captured it through the eyes of my lens quite so thoroughly as I did this Trip, knowing that it would be Blog Worthy to share...


I've explored every nook & cranny of the Town in several previous Trips... spanning several decades & Seasons of Life...


The first being when I was only 16 and learning to drive... yep, my Maiden Voyage in a vehicle was done on the switchback Mountainside leading up there... I guess you can say I've always lived a tad on the Wild Adventurous Side... *winks*


However, this Trip held a heavy dose of Nostalgia for a much deeper Heartfelt reason...


You see, The Man and I used to go on Great Adventures together all of the time... spontaneous Trips to anywhere or nowhere... looking for new Adventures... Found Treasures... or just to see what might be around the next bend in the road...


It was some of our most enjoyable quality time spent together over our many years of Marriage...


In between deployments during his long Military Service... where we'd be separated often and sometimes for great lengths of time while he Served our Country... often in Wartime...


And while we raised our Children... And I held down demanding Corporate Careers...


And while he still had his Health...


And while our aging Parents still had their Health...


And before inheriting Grandchildren to raise...


And even though we both sacrificed much for careers with long hours & crazy schedules we always made the time for such enchanting Trips together and looked forward to them...


But when his Health took a bad turn and so many surgeries created physical limitations to add to the challenges...


And ailing Parents, forced early Retirements and raising a 2nd Generation caused us to shift priorities towards the needs of Family and dealing with chronic infirmity & disabilities to overcome...


Well, the Trips and Adventures took a lengthy haitus...


A VERY lengthy one in fact...


And though we really missed these Special times spent together exploring and traveling, being free Gypsy Spirits always on the go... we just were not in a position to do it anymore...


Until NOW...


Well... you might be thinking... but Dawn... you STILL are dealing with The Man's Health challenges... and ailing elderly Parents... and raising the G-Kids... so what changed, what is different?!?


Well, I'll tell you...


When there is Something you really Love doing and Someone you really Love doing it with... you keep that Hope alive that one day... you will be able to do it together again... and you PLAN to accomplish that Goal... even if you aren't sure exactly how... or when...


And you persevere through those times when you can't... for whatever reasons prevents you...


And you tenaciously hold onto the desire & passion for it...


And you find a way... even if it seems most unlikely and you have to adapt & improvise some to accomplish this...


And when the time finally comes to act upon re-establishing those cherished & memorable times again... you just DO IT...


While you still CAN...


And you don't allow any barriers to get in the way this time...


Because even if you haven't overcome them all... over time you can learn to get used to almost anything... adapting... improvising... changing strategies if you must...


Whether it is Health challenges... Life changes... unforseen circumstances... unexpected commitments and the Trials of Life... or just the Natural aging process...


And each Season of Life will bring with it some obstacles and some opportunities...


I just choose to focus intently on the opportunities...


And look for a way over, under or around the obstacles, tenaciously... refusing to give up, give in or give out...


Because the old saying is true, that where there's a Will there's a Way...


And Hope springs eternal...


And when you achieve the Victory it is ever so Sweet my Friends!!!


And you'll appreciate that opportunity more than you ever realized you might or would...


I know I did... and that is why this particular Trip was so very Special... And we PLAN to have many more now... some kind of way...


What have YOU been Missing, Dreaming, Hoping and Persevering to accomplish my Friends?
Whether it is something you used to do... or have yet to do... it's POSSIBLE you know...
And if you want it badly enough you WILL find a WAY...
And when you DO I will Celebrate the Victory with you here in this Land Of Blog...
On the Post you shall share YOUR Special experience with us...
Until then...
I Hope you will continue to Travel with The Man and I to the end of this Tranquility Tour experience, we've so enjoyed sharing it with you all...

Dawn... The Bohemian



“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” - Albert Einstein

A life touched by God always ends in touching others. - Erwin McManus

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. - Og Mandino (1923-1996)

For creativity to flourish one should try to look at everything as though it were being seen for the first or the last time. - Quote from "A Thousand Paths To Creativity" by David Baird

Is what I'm about to say an improvement on silence? ~ Galen Pearl