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Friday, May 27, 2011

I sometimes wonder where my days go, but when I finally set down in the evenings and think about everything I did that day, I sometimes wonder how I got it all done! I am realizing I am just one person trying to take care of more than I can and I am now recruiting others to help me with taking care of the park gardens. I am trying to get them to adopt certain areas so I won't have to do anything in that area and so far I have gotten 2 ladies to volunteer and hoping to get at least one more and that would lighten my load.
I walk every morning with my DH as the dr wants him walking for exercise and he is not to lift anything more than 10 lbs so that leaves just me to pretty much do everything at home and dads but hopefully I will get him healthier and he can do more to help-we got thru his back surgery and after several months he was able to do more.
Today I planted 2 new yellow knock-out roses in my flower bed on the west side of my house and tonite we got rain so hoping that helps get them off to a good start. I also got up enough nerve to trim back my sweet potato plants where I saw the black snake recently and got those cuttings planted in park gardens.
After I finished with that, Abbie got a bath and I had to be at a finance committe meeting at 10. I was just put on this committee as were 2 others so the older members were bringing us up to speed and we brainstormed on some upcoming issues we will have to resolve. By the time we got done, it was 1:30!
I had planned on making something for dinner but was missing a couple ingredients so had to make a trip to the grocery store and we are planning to do some tile in our living room-replace the carpet and I want tile on my bathroom walls, so took time to check out things at home depot while I was out. I also had to stop at Target for a gift card for one of our granddaughters birthday so I didn't get back home till 3:30 and now it is time to start dinner!
Geeze, no wonder my days are full.
Now add in taking care of dad and that doesn't give me a lot of me time. I am trying to figure out how to take a couple hours to go to the gym 3x a week and I also volunteer and take Abbie to visit nursing homes and the hospital at least once a week.
Anyone else feel overwhelmed like this?
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  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    I liked INFLATED's comments... I'm going to go look at flylady and see what it's all about. I hope you can slow down a bit and enjoy the garden before it gets too tedious! You are a special lady, Pat! emoticon
    3564 days ago
  • MSLZZY
    Sounds like my days but somehow we get it all done. Have a great weekend and thanks for commenting on my page-hugs!
    3570 days ago
  • LUNADRAGON
    I have felt overwhelmed at times, but not too much right now. I am on the needy end, though not severely - I depend on others right now to drive me (at least til my car is fixed). When I was working, and being a preacher's wife, and taking care of my two sons, I was overwhelmed, and then my dad got real sick... I understand.

    Make sure to make your "me" time - it is so crucial for you to refresh and restore yourself with all you need to do for your husband and dad. I agree with inflated, look for shortcuts, but don't shortchange yourself.

    3571 days ago
  • MARTY728
    I am thankful that you are here everyday. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    3571 days ago
  • INFLATED
    No, I don't. I used to when I was taking care of my Mom, holding down a part-time job, had an 8-room house to clean and four people at home plus cleaning Mom's apartment, bathing her, cooking for her, eating with her and seeing that she took her medications.
    I used a crockpot a lot and tried to delegate as much as I could but eventually it got to be too much after we moved Mom in with us. She had social workers come and before the first one would leave, the second one would ring the door bell and so on until about 5 had visited in a day's time. I guess they were billing Medicare and all wanted a piece of the action. They did not help in any of Mom's care and I had wet underwear to launder, meals to make, and Mom to take care of. They were just in the way.
    Have you ever looked over this site: www.Flylady.com
    There may be something there to help you. I made a control journal for my house and it helps. You just check off what you get accomplished.
    I used to stop by a Chinese restaurant and buy cooked rice to save a few minutes of my time when I was working. Stir fries were an easy fix.
    Whatever you do, don't let the stress of trying to do it all wear you down, too many depend on you. You will have to pace yourself and be an excellent scheduler to keep up.
    3571 days ago
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