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
It’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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