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Coffee with Candi 6-29-2018

(Last Updated On: June 28, 2018)

Welcome to Coffee with Candi, a time for us to have a chat every week on Friday and catch up.

Well, I’ll have a chat with you about my week…what’s been happening, the good the bad the exciting, the boring…most importantly, what have I learned about life, my family, my friends, work, health, looking my best…I’ll spill it honestly and openly with you. Always with a fresh cup of hot, black coffee in my hand. I think better with java in my paw.

And, I’ll share one special thing that has brightened up my week, so it can potentially make you smile, too. It might be a new gadget, a piece of furniture, a nifty clothing find, a recipe, or something to make your life easier. It’s my gift to you that will keep on giving. 🙂

 

What’s on my mind this week:

in no particular order…however the thoughts came into my little head

Coffee with Candi Inspire My Style

 

Coffee with Candi Inspire My StyleIt’s been a very different week for me, as I took a last minute flight to MI a week ago to be with my dad, who we thought was in his final days. He’s 96 and has been in hospice care for over a month. My folks reside in an Independent Living community and I’ve been staying with them in their apartment so I could help and watch over them.

As I write this one week later, my dad is feeling stronger and actually doing pretty well. So for now it’s good news.

For me, it’s been like living in a vacuum, with my typical day and schedule nowhere to be found. One of the challenges for me (aside from potentially saying goodbye to my dad) has been the lack of time and ability to get regular exercise. I didn’t realize how hooked I was on my daily 5 mile bike ride until it wasn’t available to me.

So, what do you do when in a different, less than ideal situation? Get creative. I’ve been able to find a  route to get in a walk of about 2 miles, so have done that for the last few days, as well as an abbreviated morning workout (no weight training, but have done the floor exercises).

I can do my facial exercises anywhere, so have remained faithful with my every other day regiment.

Most of my work can be done from anywhere as long as I have a computer and an internet connection, so although not my typical pace, I was able to keep up with the majority of blog related responsibilities once my dad’s condition improved.

That is one of the aspects of blogging that I love…doesn’t matter where I am, I can do my job! I love that flexibility.

For me, it’s important to keep myself as emotionally and physically healthy as possible, even when in a stressful and uncertain situation. And although it’s been very different for me, sharing a 740 sq.ft. apartment with my elderly folks, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Family is top priority.

Have you experienced a similar situation? Possibly caring for a family member or elderly parent? Or, your daily life and routine is turned upside down when the unexpected happens? Let us know about it in the comment section.

My plan (and hope) is to return to my usual schedule,  Coffee with Candi chat and update next week.

 

Until next time,

 

 

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2 COMMENTS

  • Julie

    My parents also live in an assisted living facility at the age of 89. It’s been hard the last 4 Years seeing them really go down hill. A year ago my mom had a nervous breakdown and it was either hospitalization or someone needed to stay with them. My husband and I brought them to our house to stay with us for awhile. We saw how hard it was for my mom who was basically trying to take care of dad With dymentia setting in. After a month we had to put my dad on a memory care floor with my mom being on another floor who could stay with him all day but would spend her nights in her own room. Was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do is to take them back there. I felt like I had let everyone down (siblings too). We at least found out how much care my dad needed. My mom got better but hates it there. So I know what you’re going through. It’s good that you can still do your job anywhere. Sorry this got so long. I’m really enjoying your posts.

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      You and your family have been through so much, Julie. It is never easy or simple when our parents age, and we make the best decisions we can at the time. Thank you for sharing, and I wish you and your family the best.

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