garden wagons

Pink posies to put a smile on my senior moms face while going about her gardening activitiesIt's that time of year again. My senior mom has developed a love/hate relationship with her garden and the cute, funny, irritating, adorable critters who reside in it. She LOVES the birds and butterflies. They're lovely to look at, fun to watch, and eat pesky insects. She is less fond of the squirrels and the bunnies. They snitch food from her beloved Cardinals, make a racket on our roof (the squirrels do, anyway), and sneak bites out of the vegetables she is growing on her own version of "raised garden beds." Namely, pots on a table and in her garden wagons.

We've tried a variety of kind ways to shoo them off:

Marigolds and garden wagons are a big help in my senior moms gardening activities

  • Marigolds interspersed with the vegetables
  • rubber snakes from the Dollar store
  • a HUGE blow-up snake from Walmart
  • bribery, like corn on the cob in a special squirrel feeder
  • stakes and netting all around

My senior mom is trying to keep her baby plants save from cute critters like the squirrels

So far, those things have helped but not totally solved the issue. After it was too late for the Christmas season items to still be around, I read the suggestion of putting pinecones in the flower bed to discourage some critters and we thought we might try that for the bunnies and squirrels. So the minute Christmas shopping ensues, we will be lined up at Michael's to get as many pine cones as our cart and pocket book can handle. 🙂

In the meantime, my senior mom will continue to enjoy her gardening activities along with birding and butterly enjoying while sniffing constantly at the squirrels. And I will be on the look out for ways to help her enjoy all of this as independently as possible. We just bought two of the cloth hoses we discovered at Walmart. They are so light weight she can lift them easily when she needs to. And the grandkids are thrilled to watch them puff up with water so they can water the Sunflower garden she turned back over to me, not to mention our big tree.

My grandkids love my senior moms gardening hose for fun firefighter activities

Helping our senior parents keep up with their gardening is a great way to help them stay healthier – physically and emotionally. It's also a wonderful way to monitor and maintain the outside of their homes. If the time comes for them to have to downsize due to health needs, that will be hopefully be one less thing for you to have to deal with as you help them with all their real estate and health issues. How about you? Do you have any suggestions for us on critter care or gardening help for our aging parents? We'd love to hear. 

Beverly's Got tons of cute pink things each Saturday to put a smile on the face of the Sandwich Generation dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren

Say it Saturday is a fun linkup for all of us boomers and seniors including grandparents writing about their grandkids

Fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grand Social

 

 

A childs red wagon can also be useful as a garden wagon plus its fun for the grandkids when they visit

As we members of the baby boomer generation know, many of the fun things from our childhood are now collector's items! I so wish I had my old red wagon or all the comic books my mom bought me way back when – from Superman to Archie. Who KNOWS what they might be worth. Then again, her new garden wagons are much more practical, can still occasionally be fun for the grand children (when they don't have plants in them), and as far as the comics go, I was rather hard on them, as I read them over and over, so maybe they would just be fun to share with my grandkids – even better! 🙂

Superman comics were popular with the baby boomer generation in the 60s and now our grandkids love them as well

I've had senior relatives in the past who saved everything, which made it rather hard for their families to deal with after they had gone home to heaven. Because of one such situation, my own parents decided to start decluttering ruthlessly and keep their lives streamlined. It made it easier for them and they know it will make it easier for me down the road. I have to admit, I do appreciate their kindness.

I am now in an in-between boat. I have some boxes stored away in a friend's garage as God has me on the move with caregiving joys. But I did bring along a few items that I love which are special and small. I think that was important for me. And when we are helping our senior parents pack up to move in with us or to downsize to a smaller home or care facility, it's important for us to help them decide on at least a few items they will be truly blessed to keep.

My senior mom loves this Kentucky gardening book

In my case, I have the cream of the crop of my book collection. There are my Christian books – from mystery and romance novels to inspirational and encouraging non-fiction. There are books on caregiving to help me with my senior mom, books on writing and blogging, and, of course, plenty of books on gardening and real estate. My senior mom and I both share this passion, which is why her collection has grown recently to include books on Kentucky gardening, from flowers to vegetables, as well as Birds and butterflies.

Kentucky Birds including my senior moms favorites - the Red Northern Cardinal birds

I also have most of my collection of Christmas tree ornaments. Years ago, a dear friend gave me the idea of buying one ornament each year to remind me of something special that happened that year or to remind me of a special person. I have most of those, along with special ornaments from dear family and good friends. This year I found a great shop with plenty of delightful Country Kitchen Roosters including some really cute Rooster Christmas tree ornaments to pick from. After much enjoyable deliberation, I chose this country Rooster Ornament to help me remember the fun "Show Me Your Rooster" blog party and all the other terrific blog parties I've enjoyed this year.

With this adorable French Country Rooster Christmas Tree ornament to add to my Christmas kitchen or home decor - I will enjoy fun family memories of the Show Us Your Roosters blog party for many years to come

The nice thing about your collecting Christmas tree ornaments is that, generally speaking, they are huge in friend and family memories while being small and easy to pack. Always nice when you are moving a bit more often or living in a much smaller space.

How about you? What do you collect? Cindy, at I Owe It All To Him, has asked us that exact question to find out what others are collecting. I suspect we might find a few more fun and unique ideas, some of which might also be perfect for our senior parents or others in our Sandwich Generation family. I'm off to check it out, and you're invited as well. 🙂 And…