Monday, March 1, 2010

Back at the Farm Again...sigh

Friday we headed back to the farm. It's been a long time since we last set eyes on it. Tension gone, worries subside and the enjoyment of the country life begins, if even for a short time. We caught up with some of the neighbors, went to our favorite restaurant, slept in and didn't get much done. Steve worked on the drywall a little and I went through seed packets to see what else I might need. Eli & Lizzie are selling eggs now from their 43 chickens so we now have 2 dozen wonderful looking & tasting eggs. The first one I cracked open yesterday was a double yolker. Saturday morning Jim came over with 2 goose eggs for us. So fresh eggs all weekend. We talked with Jim about cover crops, the garden and fencing among other things. Spring is just around the corner. My new thought on the existing garden is to grow oats this spring & follow with a cover crop of winter rye. Having it fallow will help the soil replenish nutrients. A new garden would be added behind the existing one for this years veggies and herbs. Still in the thought process...
As good of a weekend we had, it ended with a phone call from Steve's brother about his mom. She has been in a nursing home for several years with vascular dementia. She has been shutting down in the last week and they thought that she was dying yesterday. Her breathing was labored, lungs filling with fluid and blood pressure dropping. We packed up everything as fast as we could & headed back. She is still with us but probably not for long. It has been very hard for the family to watch her go through this process since being diagnosed. We can only hope that she is at peace now, waiting to join her loved ones.

8 comments:

Happy Days said...

I am so sorry to hear about Steve's mom and hope she passes to a better place in peace. Our prayers will be with you, Steve and his family...debbie

Me said...

I too hope she passes away in peace.... Hugs to you!

And on a positive side note.... YUM. I love fresh eggs! My momma brings me some everytime she comes to visit and there's just something about them.... they taste so. much. better! :)

Linda said...

I'm glad you made it to the farm for some rest and a change of pace.

In my opinion, losing a family member to dementia is the saddest of ways to go. I've done it both ways and it's differant than losing someone not in dementia. Bless you.

said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Mother in law. Sometimes I think my patients with dementia were the most contented by not seeing what was happening with their health, though it was definitely the hardest for their families.
♥ Pacy

Lynn said...

It is difficult to watch the deterioration of a loved one who represented a tower of strength for all of your life. My prayers for comfort and peace are with his mother, you and family.

Rabbit Hill Farm said...

God bless you. You're in my thoughts and prayers. Melissa

SkippyMom said...

Warmest prayers that your MIL goes gently as she deserves. I know this is hard on your husband but he has you and the family - please take care.

It is odd - I was sitting her this morning thinking of my Grandma - and missing her - It has been 15 years and sometimes I am so sad that my final memories of her with Alzheimers - it just didn't seem fair for a woman that worked [on a farm no less] her whole life. She was and is my greatest inspiration on how to live life.

Bless you.

PatQ said...

I'm so sorry about Steve's mom. Let me know.