November 2016

I started on Blip on January 10, 2010 thanks to a suggestion by Pilipo and Connections that I try Blip. I've missed three days since them. 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 Read more...

November 2016

I started on Blip on January 10, 2010 thanks to a suggestion by Pilipo and Connections that I try Blip. I've missed three days since them. 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.

Three and a half 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. 

If it weren't for the Alzheimer's Society of Washington in Bellingham and Adult Day Health in Lynden, I would never have been able to stay on this journey. Their help has been invaluable. Arvin spends weekdays in one or the other group. 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 I am still staying close and spending as much time as I can with family and friends. Life is still rich and good.