|My Aunt in her younger years.|
Now the long road to recovery begins. Before she leaves the hospital (where I visit each day) I’ll have a little time, I think, but once she heads to the retirement home I probably won’t be able to post anything new for a while. There will be no internet access at her "place", When it comes to stuff like this, you just have to put family first – particularly since we are getting pretty short on older family members. Once she’s no longer with us, my generation will be the “oldies” of our family (shudder). I’m not sure I ever saw myself in that position before…
|Part of my Aunt's livingroom, open to the filled kitchen.|
|Nanny with her children & sister.|
Considering the age of these glass lamps, they must have been “prized” back then. Today, they are still in excellent condition with no chips or nicks in the glass, or crystals.
Have you ever watched that TV show "Hoarders"? Well, these two rooms are running a close second to one of those houses - minus the debris. It is mainly boxes, but the rooms have a small pathway only - in my studio it's to the closet that stores my photography equipment and in my office it goes from the door to the computer.
I'm looking forward to getting the stuff out of my house and getting my space back. Hopefully, once we've got her house emptied out fully and the carpets replaced we can get it listed for sale, and then maybe I'll have the semblance of a life back.
It doesn't really matter to me that it's "work" (meaning, something that has to be done, but maybe not something you want to do) because regardless of where I garden, I am still enjoying the places I love the most - the outdoors, and the gardens. For several years as she aged I looked after her gardens, spending one or two days a week weeding, tidying, moving plants, pulling out old, tired plants and adding new ones. And she loved to look at her gardens from her back porch, so even if it was work, it was worth the effort.
Isn't that what life is about? Bringing a little enjoyment into the lives of others, while finding a way to make it fun for yourself ... it's one of the the things that makes family such a good thing to have.