Liberty Antiques Festival, Liberty, NC

Yes – we want to Liberty today (again!) and it was the correct day – Yay! Lots to see and dream about.

I loved seeing this. It is the same type of stroller we found at an antiques show and used on our kids when they were little. Continue reading

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One Year Ago…an Alzheimer’s Story Begins

My dad and I were remembering my mother today. Last year at this time he called me and told me I needed to come because she was not doing well. I took a week off from work and drove up the last week of September.  She wasn’t doing well but immediately knew who I was. Her speech was severely affected. She couldn’t remember words and had trouble being understood. She had begun sundowning – wandering and becoming agitated in the evenings. Little did we know how mild this was compared to what we would experience. Continue reading

Chicken & Dumplings and a Busy Day

It’s 10 a.m. and  I am sitting thinking of everything I need to do yet today. So far I took my dad to the North Carolina DMV to get his NC driver’s license. He passed his test and has his temporary license and has registered to vote and became an organ donor, all in less than 30 minutes. It definitely is smart to make an appointment instead of just dropping in. Continue reading

Busy Friday!

On Friday mornings my dad and I usually attend Mass at our church. After Mass is a welcoming breakfast of coffee, tea and pastries. It’s a great opportunity for him to meet people. My dad has always been a talker. He owned his own business for 34 years and was used to seeing many different people. They all knew him and had their topics of conversation – the Mets or Yankees, Giants or Jets, politics, the price of anything.  Continue reading

Give Away!

Yes – I am ready to do a give away. On my blog is an area where you can subscribe to Passion Flower Farm  via email.  Starting today, September 15, 2017 through September 30, 2017, anyone that signs up to receive my newest blog posts through email will be entered into a drawing for a dish cloth and a wash cloth. I will choose 3 winners on September 31 who will each receive a hand knit wash cloth and dish cloth like this Continue reading

Good morning from the farm!

My phone dinged at 5 am this morning – my oldest son, Zac, is a paramedic and was texting me from work. That’s the same as an alarm to me. I got up, put two loaves of bread in the oven (one beautiful, one warped) and started the coffee (took my dad’s job). So happy because this morning I opened up my first container of pumpkin spice creamer. Yum! Continue reading

Sunday

It’s early Sunday morning and I am having my first cup of coffee. There is nothing that I anticipate more than that first cup. My job is to fill the coffee maker at night and my dad turns it on when he gets up. He always jokes that he makes the best pot of coffee. I usually fill up my cup and sit and watch the news for a bit with him in the morning, but I guess this morning turning the coffee maker on wore him out. He is sound asleep again in the recliner. Continue reading

Antiquing and Sourdough Bread

This morning we decided to hit the road and check out Chartreuse in Thomasville, North Carolina. It is a barn turned antique store and is only open Thursday through Sunday, one weekend each month.  I have been wanting to go there forever – lots of old windows, metal outside furniture, farmhouse tables and some new items too like bath bombs and beard oil ( Andrew smells like Bergamot). Continue reading