Monday, March 19, 2012

The Best Pin-Up Ever

There is such a glut of social media tools that it's hard to keep everything straight. And, it's hard to make time just for the important "must-haves" necessary for everyday business.

I recently discovered Pinterest, and I must say: I am completely hooked! If you're not familiar, the only way I can describe this is that it's a site where you can "pin up" great ideas, categorize them and tuck them away in "the cloud" for safekeeping.

Whether it's fashion, decorating, do-it-yourself projects, handy tips, great places to visit or food and drink recipes, Pinterest has it all. And, you can follow others who "pin up" their ideas and use them for yourself.

I have used Pinterest for all my cooking recipes for the last 3 weeks. The ideas have been great and many innovative.

Ask a friend who belongs to Pinterest (it's free) to send you an invitation.

Happy pinning!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Why and How Come?

It's amazing when you get into the caregiver role of an elderly family member. You come to the realization that person has reverted back into the distant tunnel of their childhood days.

While I do not have children of my own, I have recently gotten a taste of what it might feel like. Trying to explain things yet help my family member maintain her dignity while she battles dementia is sometimes mighty challenging and dicey.

Here are 10 child-like questions I commonly get asked:

* "How come I need to wear a coat?" (Because it's 29 degrees and windy outside.)
* "How come I can't drive?" (Because you sold your car 2 years ago.)
* "Why is dad not here to take me home?" (Because he passed away last year.)
* "How come I am in the hospital?" (Because you had some little strokes.)
* "Why can't I remember anything?" (Because you had some little strokes.)
* "Why don't you ever come to see me?" (I was here yesterday.)
* "Why do I have to eat my vegetables?" (Because it will make you strong; then you can have your dessert!)
* "Why do I move so slowly?" (Beacuse you are 80-years-old!)
* "Why are we at the hearing aid doctor?" (Because your hearing test shows that you are almost deaf! These will improve your quality of life.)
* "What are we celebrating? Is today my birthday?" (No, it's my birthday...)