November 2017

I started on Blip on January 10, 2010 thanks to a suggestion by Pilipo and Connections that I try Blip. Until recently I only missed four days, but now I am being more relaxed about missing a day here and there. I have also been back blipping so that I can look at my lifetime before I Read more...

November 2017

I started on Blip on January 10, 2010 thanks to a suggestion by Pilipo and Connections that I try Blip. Until recently I only missed four days, but now I am being more relaxed about missing a day here and there. 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.

Big changes in my life: on May 14th my sweet husband Arvin passed away after a long decline due to Alzheimer's. His last four months were spent living in a wonderful memory care place called Silverado. In those four months he moved very quickly through the end stages of his disease. I think when he realized he was there to stay and was not returning home he made the decision, deeply and unconsciously, to leave as quickly as he could. He spared himself many months of decline and saved the family from watching and experiencing his losses as the disease continued to rob him of his life. 

I am so proud and respectful of Arvin for the impeccable way he handled his disease. For most of the time he remained his sweet, loving, unselfish and wonderful self. He never stopped loving his family and friends. He was my soul mate and best friend and I will miss him always. But I am glad and relieved that his suffering is over and he is no longer losing himself to that awful disease.

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. Arvin spent many days at Northwest Adult Day Health who gave him wonderful things to do, a place to be helpful to others, and lots of love and care. Without them I'd have not been able to keep going with my own life. Without that I'd never have survived the journey. And Whatcom Hospice was very helpful during Arvin's last days. They made it easier for me and kept Arvin free from pain. And my family and friends were so supportive through the whole process of the disease. I feel so fortunate to have such great supporting community around me.

And last but not least, I finally downsized and moved to a smaller house. On July 4th, 2017 I found the perfect place to move, a small cottage style condominium. I spent many hours going through 27 years worth of stuff, picking out what went with me and what went into the large estate sale. That was a huge success thanks to Eartha Kitty's who did an amazing job displaying and selling all of the amazing collected items that I was willing to let go. I am now settled in my new home. The second bedroom is a study-guest room, so you blippers who are traveling to the Pacific Northwestern part of the US, keep visiting me in mind. I love to share this beautiful place with friends.

I am an artist and show my work in the city where I live. I paint in oils and really enjoy making a blank canvas become a new world. You can see my paintings at http://www.annchaikin.com/. You can also see more photos on my blog, Chaikins of Bellingham and on my Flickr site.