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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What would we do if life wasn’t full of issues and decisions?

As we all know it’s always something in life and I guess we should be glad we’re all around to experience all this stuff, good or bad, because the alternative isn’t a happy thought.

I’ve had a lot of car issues lately, as you know if you follow this blog.  Well I think that’s finally resolved (knock on wood) except for routine maintenance, like brakes, which is the next big job for my car.

Aside from that, I’m an artist at heart and I like to create things whether it’s a work of art for me or something for friends and family.  Besides writing stories and drawing, or painting pictures, I’m a calendar maker at years’ end.  I relax by resizing pics in my Photoshop program and putting together colorful calendars for the coming year.  This year I’m way behind because my photo printer has been on the blink.  I had a problem with the black ink cartridge and tried for two weeks to rectify the situation the best I could using Google for any info I could obtain that I didn’t know about.  I finally decided I was through with that, and believe me I don’t give up easily.

So I broke down and a week ago I bought a new color photo printer.  It was painful to spend the money, but it’s a bad situation when I haven’t even printed the calendars yet and it’s the third week of January.  I simply couldn’t let this go on any longer.

My new photo printer

I have a binding machine that only gets used about once a year but its well worth it.  I love doing everything myself and having the tools I need to do so.  I was finally able to print the calendars that I’ve had in a file for a month.

This is especially important because my mother has dementia and is losing her mind.  Every year I think this may be the last calendar I can make for her.  I put all the kids, grandkids, and great grand kids in there so she can focus and remember who we all are.  I know a time will come when this won’t work anymore.  I want to thank all my sisters and nieces for getting current pics to me for this calendar.  It means a lot.

 This is the cover of my mother's calendar for 2016

All any of us can do is take one day at a time.

Do you have a loved one suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s?


  1. What a great idea with the family calendar! Sweet picture of I'm assuming your mom on the front of it :)

    Currently I don't have anyone in my family suffering from dementia; hubby's mom had Parkinson's disease and she had the dementia associated with it; thankfully she never forgot who her family members were but she did have trouble with mostly short term memory events.


    1. Betty,

      Yes, that is my mother on the cover this year. Dementia is a terrible disease and I hope you never have anyone in your life who gets it. My mother does some appalling things today that are so unlike her. I know she'd be embarrassed if she knew what she was doing.

      I've been making a family calendar about five years now. I always collect currrent pics from my siblings and neices, etc to use in it every year. I make a nice cover and then put collages in the inside for each month. This year I'm labeling all the people because Mama's memory is getting so bad.

      I also add birthdays and anniversarys to each month, as well as the usual holidays. It's a fun project for me and makes a nice keepsake once the year is over.

      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.


  2. Wow, that's great. My SIL likes to make a family calendar every year, too, but she sends it somewhere else to be printed and bound.

    1. Liz,

      The first year I made the calendar, I got all the files together and sent it to Costco online to print. After that I got a binding machine of my own so I've done it all myself since then. I even make a nature calendar every year for a GF I've known forever.

      A couple of years ago, I also wrote a book of short stories about growing up on a cotton farm and I bound that with my machine for each of my siblings.

      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.



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