- TX, USA
- member since July 20, 2009
LaRona’s last login was Saturday, September 1, 2012.
Just stopping in to say hello and send you a whispered prayer. Yess, my mom is comfortable as she can be for now. She was pretty bad off about 4 years ago and has really come along way. She had a nasty fall while in the hospital which led to a surgery & side effects from said spill she took. She was confused,unable to care for herself nor did she recognize us for a while there! Talk about heart wrenching as well as frustrating to a fault. All we could do was lean not to our own understanding....you know? Trust that God would work it out. Finding a Health Care Center that would provide the Physical Therapy once she got to that phase was very difficult.My father a Retired Military, so that is really what gave us better choices in our area in Texas. It was like she became my child over night! Whewww, it works on your emotions let me tell you. I went from having my baby son graduating HS to caring for an elderly baby. She is now talking again and is coherent again,her Dx: of dementia....due to medication over-use, has slowly dissipated, but has has other health issues as well.. She is her feisty self at times now,however, she had complications with the hip replacement that was done...and we are back to her not being able to walk independently. I am checking now to see if she is strong enough physically to have the screws tightened in the appliance or replaced. If so, SHE is pushing for the surgery. She wants out of the wheelchair...lol...I have taken over all of her responsibilities in addition to my own. She is currently in assisted living because I still work, but she is not a happy camper if I am not doing her laundry,I visit every other day and we bring her home(to her home ,mine, my brother's or her sisters at least 2 times a month)on the weekend. Reading keeps me sane!! lmbo....This is why I so wish I could travel with you...smiles...If all goes well, she could return home in 2013 with a sitter or I may have to move her in with me. She is difficult in assisted living.....if there is no other way....I will know more in Feb.....she may have to become a permanent resident. So yes, I know what you are experiencing. I am so appreciative of my support system. I would literally be crazy if I didn't have one.
You hang in there friend. God always gives me the strength I need to do what needs ro be done. It has been much harder though since I lost my sister last November......
Like you said...reading is a luxury! Let the hubster drive,drive drive....and you get your reading in!
Know that I am thinking of you and sending positive vibes your way.
Keep your head up and don't forget to breathe.....the cleansing breaths help!
Until our next exchange...
Hi there long lost friend.
It is such a pleasant surprise to hear from you. I am so sorry for all that has and is happening to your mother as well as your family. It is never an easy thing dealing with the aging of our parents. We seem to believe they are invincible until we begin to see those insidious changes that come with age and or illness. I lost my father some time back and it wasn't easy let me tell you. My mother has been ill for approximately 5 years now. It seemed as if once my son graduated from HD she just kind of worsened in her condition. He is the baby grandchild out of the entire brood. Since the great grands are now getting a little older (my brother & sister's grand children) and she knows my son comes in on Holidays & Summers from College she seems to be doing better.It is extremely gut wrenching,heartbreaking and emotionally and physically draining when you are either the guardian/caregiver. I can definitely understand what you must be going through. I appreciate you touching base & sharing with me. Know that I am thinking of you and praying for a Victorious outcome. Trust and believe that this too shall pass. Keep your chin up girlie and I will check out the book that made you laugh.You know we can all use laughter...it really is the best medicine! I have been busy working and trying not to fall dead from this Texas heat! I am so looking forward to late September. My utility bill is ridiculous!! I just threw my son a good old fashioned BB-Que for his birthday a couple weekends ago. He has headed back to school already and entering his Senior Year!! We can't believe it....sigh...time moves swiftly.The house is rather quiet when I am here.I have been reading a series by Author Keith Lee Johnson. It's very gritty,suspenseful and deals with the life of a young black girl who was sold into prostitution by her mother. I have read a variety of books this summer when I can fit them in.My schedule has been pretty hectic. Feel free to drop in when you can and leave me an update on mom. You are in my thoughts!
I am currently reading The Husband by Dean Koontz. I am actually going back and forth between 2 selections at the present. It has been difficult fitting reading time in with the weather so nice out. I am looking forward to a short stint in Alabama in June. I have a cousin getting married. The last baby girl of one of my dearest closest cousins to leave the nest. Her mom & dad are ecstatic. The nest is officially going to be empty. I am teasing them all the time lately...they are not going to know how to act being alone in the house. If time permits, I plan to spend a few days in Florida with my eldest nephew following the upcoming nuptials. I have yet to check out Louise Penny, but I plan to. It was nice hearing from you. I can just imagine your Mother's Day was grand! There is nothing like spending time with the little grands. How many do you have?
I too am enjoying the outside activities....been planting, cycling,walking around the track and enjoying the company of the birds & squirrels. The heat is on...lol..but it still isn't as hot as it is going to get here. We have yet to break the 93 degree mark,however, it is only mid May.:D~ Be safe as you go about your travels.Drop me a line every now and then just to keep me abreast of your asventures as well as your good reads.
May the roads rise with you, may the wind be ever at your back...and may The Lord keep you in the hollow of His hand.-*Irish Prayer)
Hi LaRona!! How is your summer season faring? Is it off to a roaring start? It has been hot and rainy in Tx, so I am dreading the heat wave that is sure to hit us...leaving us breathless in June,July and August. I just wanted you to know I completed the Weird Sisters...LOVED IT! Fell in love with the characters, the dynamics of the family. A great mix of trials,triumphs,rivalry & drama. I found it quite humorous and very endearing. Have you read An Inconvenient Wife?? Great read lady. Keep in touch...I know you may be on the road again...be safe and keep turning the pages.
PS Moving on to The Husband by Koontz,Dreams of Joy by See and alas, Dragon Bones.
Oh how I envy your current ability to travel!! smiles...there is nothing like it! Norway is one of the places I want to get to as well. I can certainly understand you MIA for sightseeing and visiting friends. Nothing can compare. It is great,however when what we've read gives us new appreciation/understanding of a place or thing. Continue to enjoy...how was the weather btw in the smokey's?
It would be great if we could share photos! Your icon pic makes me long for summer...which is just around the bend by Texas standards. I was going to Padre Island for the Spring break week but my niece caught a really bad bug and we had to postpone. She can't wait to hit the beach!
I will be out this weekend, checking on Iles and Penny for sure. I will keep you posted. Be blessed and always safe on your travels. ttys
Hey lady bug! Are you in Africa? On the beach? where are you? smiles...I finished Shanghai Gilrls! Loved it! Once again a very eye opening read from Lisa See. I knew that the value of a male child was extreme in many cultures, but had no idea that Asian women were so undervalued! What a struggle to have to overcome..in terms of self esteem,self empowerment and social stereotypes. I will be starting Dreams of Joy as soon as I can get the book. What are you now delving into? I still have to try the Author Penny you recommended...she has a plethora of books to choose from, so I need to look her up and see if they come in any particular order.
You have a lovely weekend dear one and K.I.T. Its a pleasure hearing from you.
Ahh haa La Rona, you are so correct...while reading Peony in Love I did have personal moments of frustration! I was often times wondering to myself what the heck was going on in the minds of the people. I have only read these 2 books by Lisa See,however, she does give you a very in depth look into the social mores, customs/cultural history etc of the Chinese people. I found this to be enlightening as well. As you stated, some of these beliefs/attitudes/practices/behaviors are still deeply entrenched in their culture even today. I can see where and why the strong influence.
My next book is Shanghai Girls. I don't think there is a sequel to Peony. 'Dreams of Joy' is the follow up novel to Shanghai Girls if I am not mistaken. I will be starting on that in the next day or so. I agree the foot binding gave me chills..just imagining myself in that position was very difficult! I am assuming that she writes from 17th century China to present day through her next books? I will let you know when I complete 'Dragon Bones'.
I will have to check into the other 2 Authors you mentioned. Louise Penny & Greg Iles.
As for the weather...lmbo....it is hot in Texas mostly year round. I have rarely worn a coat with the exception of the rainy days mixed with a few very cold days we've had here. In fact, it was a welcome change here in our parts...but, there is nothing like SPRING. Not too hot, definitely not cold! I am planning to plant a few things this season as well as get out the old Nectar for the birds...smiles...
Hi LaRona....how are you? I am getting along pretty well. The weather is finally warming some and I can't wait until spring has sprung! I am in the middle of Peony in love and as you said, Lisa See is a wonderful Author. She writes so vividly its as if you are there inside the journey. SnowFlower is just one of those books that haunts you...I agree, her writings give you a real in depth look into the culture and mores of her people. It gave me such an appreciation and understanding of some things I never could relate to. Foot binding is one of them. It is wonderful when you can take fiction and apply it to everyday living. I remember when I first got to Germany back in the late 80's, Danielle Steel's writings had been so detailed that there were actually places I visited abroad that felt like a De Ja Vu experience because of her stories. Love when that happens.
What are you reading currently? I have the Shanghai Girls in que. What other See books do you recommend and what order do they come in? Looks like she has 2 different series going on or perhaps they are stand alone books.
Have a great week. I will be in touch
Hey LaRona :)
I know it's so exciting to check my email and find one there :)
Wow South Africa that just sounds so far away but then again it is lol
i am sorry you felt unsafe that stinks :(
which romances have you tried i mean you dont have to list them induvidually but you know :)
Natchez? i am not reading that sorry :(
have a great week and yes i am a sports fan :)
how was South Africa?
i have read jennfer cruise before and if i remember right i enjoyed her books
wow that sounds like a very iinteresting story
can you believe i sent a fan letter to one of my favorite authors and she replied back :)
that makes 3 responses i have gotten :)
it was so exciting!
have a great day my friend and happy reading to you as well
well i am so glad you found some you like and i am not done adding lol
I tried to look for iles at my library and if i remeber i only found like one book -
the eyes of God or something like that
what fluff did you read? lol
no i haven't read any michael Faber what kind of books does he write?
Hi Roni yes Water for Elephants was very good and now I want to see the movie. I am reading Dreams of Joy right now it is also good it is the sequel to Shanghai Girls which if you have not read that it is also very good and very interesting. Great to hear from you we were so happy to get the dvds. Thank you
Greg Iles sounds alot like james patterson lol i mean that man will rip your heart out stomp on it then put it back in
will definetly check him out those two books you mentioned sound very interesting
actually i do beleive mama's family is on dvd maybe i could get it from my video club :)
Ohhh cool let me know how you like them wow those sound like some interesting books you have read espcecially sleep no more and and the weird sisters
oh and the mone where mama got struck by the clock - love that show i wish it was still on tv but i guess i could always find it on dvd or maybe it's even still onine somewhere?
Hello how are u wow u are a travelling lady... Lucky u... How was S. Africa???? I gave up on Pattersons Alex Cross series. Just not my thing.... Not enough gore for me... I have not read the Rosary girls yet... Is it good... How are Pattersons non Alex Cross series??? I did buy the Postcard Killers... I am currently reading UNder the Dome and so far so good.. What are u reading??
Wow u have been reading alot lately. I will have to catch up. I hope u are enjoying. I am reading Along Came a Spider first ever by Patterson. I am enjoying so far.... Hope u have a great week. I on the other hand do not enjoy summer, I like winter...