Kentucky birds

It's raining, it's snowing, the sun is shining, it's snow flurries – and all within the last seven days. Not only that, but the temperatures have been doing the "bunny hop" from 30 to 10 to 40 and back to 30! The weather can't seem to make up its mind around here. Definitely not boring, that's for sure! My senior mom is missing her gardening, but staying busy enjoying her little Kentucky birds who are visiting more and more as she keeps providing more and more bird seed.

Too much snow for senior gardening but we are so glad our heater is handling it and keeping my aging mom and myself toasty warm

I'm so glad we got the home heating – furnace tune up service scheduled before the storms started hitting, one after another. The furnace seemed to be running fine, but since we have a package with the company that provides for a furnace troubleshooting tune up every six months, we gave them a call to come out and check. And they discovered something was wrong – something that could have caused the unit to fail at the most inopportune time! I was so grateful they were able to make the necessary heater repair within a couple of days! And now…

Hooray! Our electric furnaces problem is fixed, and it has stayed busy running a LOT for the last few weeks. But what if we hadn't checked it and it had gone out when I wasn't around to help! It would have been quite difficult for my senior mom to handle that. And what about our elderly parents and relatives who don't live near us? 

Winter snow is falling on some of my favorite trees - ones that have provided so much delightful shade to grandparents and grandchildren through the year

It's not too late if you want to take a peek at their home furnace equipment or have a company come out for one of those furnace and heating tune up and troubleshooting service  checkups. Might even be a good time for a furnace cleaning call. Caring for the elderly parents in our family often means thinking three steps ahead of problems and catching them before it happens, doesn't it! And the peace of mind you will experience when something gets caught BEFORE it breaks feels so good! 

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…