May 2017

I started on Blip on January 10, 2010 thanks to a suggestion by Pilipo and Connections that I try Blip. I've missed four days since then. I have also been back blipping so that I can look at my lifetime before I joined Blipfoto. I am back to 2005 and have more to do when I get some time.

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May 2017

I started on Blip on January 10, 2010 thanks to a suggestion by Pilipo and Connections that I try Blip. I've missed four days since then. I have also been back blipping so that I can look at my lifetime before I joined Blipfoto. I am back to 2005 and have more to do when I get some time.

I live in a wonderful area of the United States, the Pacific Northwest. And I enjoy sharing photographs of the area and of the antics of the birds who visit our bird feeders.

When I started Blip I was in the midst of blissful retirement with lots of time to paint and take photographs and do pretty much whatever I pleased. It was an unbelievably creative and playful time.

Four years ago that all changed and my main role switched from artist to caregiver. My husband's diagnosis with Alzheimer's is a big part of the new world I'm now living in. I wholeheartedly and willingly am caring for him as we share his journey into a very difficult time for us both. He is still the kindest and sweetest man I've ever known. And even though he is losing memories and words, and sometimes puts my shoes on instead of his, and asks me what common items are and what they are for, he still can come up with amazingly funny word puns. And he is social, loving, friendly, out going, and willing to go to groups where he has support in keeping as much of his connection with this world as he can. Bless him! His courage helps me muster up mine. 

I wrote that paragraph last November. Since then Arvin has moved to a really wonderful memory care facility called Silverado. He has been there since January and his condition has gone downhill. Things that were already problems, balance, anger and some problems with language, have gotten much worse. Luckily the anger problem has gone but the balance and language problems are much worse. I visit him almost every day for a couple of hours. He always brightens when he sees me arrive.

It has been a big change and I surprised myself by realizing I love living alone. I haven't done that since I was in my 20s. There was a time when just my son shared my house but this is the first time I've been alone with just two cats to keep me company. 

If it weren't for the Alzheimer's Society of Washington in Bellingham, I would never have been able to stay on this journey. Their help has been invaluable. I get a huge amount of support from the Alzheimer's Society support group. If you check out their website, you can see me and Arvin in their introductory video, talking about the impact of the disease on our lives.

Even though much of my time is now focused on my husband and keeping our home going, I am fully aware of the need to keep my own life satisfying and full. So I am still an artist and I paint regularly at the Trish Harding School of Art. You can see my paintings on Artist at Play. And I am still taking photographs every day. You can see more of those on my Flickr site and on Chaikins of Bellingham.  And most importantly, I am still staying close and spending as much time as I can with family and friends. Life is still rich and good.

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