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My uncle who is 96 recently left his once beautiful home for over 60 years and moved into an assisted living facility where he has his own one bedroom apartment. This move was one that was at times easy, and other times it was gut wrenching. As one of the people in charge of this move, I called on everything in me to get through this. This journey is one that many women (and men) of a certain age will be responsible for as we mature, and our parents, aunts and uncles find they can no longer stay in their home.

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This process took a long time to complete with many different factors coming into consideration. I had not physically seen him for some time, but talked with regularly on the telephone.  He was forever telling me that he was doing just fine. Maybe physically he was, but for some unknown reason the state of his life was spiraling out of control.

When his brother, my uncle called to inform me that he had been taken to the hospital, but would be released in a few days I was a little concerned, but feeling okay since he could go to his home.  My cousin informed me that the house was no longer a home but something that was unsafe and unclean.

My cousins and I were not prepared for what we saw. Our once dapper, sharp dresser was thinner than usual which was not the shock, but he was disheveled, dirty and so unkept. This once proud man was sitting in this once grand house smiling his brilliant smile at my cousins and I.

Our mothers oldest brother could not live like this–we wouldn’t let it happen. The good part about this is that our uncle’s mind was as sharp as a tack.

Mentally there was nothing wrong and physically he was as fit as any 96-year-old could be. We immediately went into action. Since taking the truck keys would be hard and leaving home would be a hard sale, we went with home healthcare workers. The decision was made by everyone concerned, he even told us what time he wanted them to come each day–noon to 6.  While they were coming, we got together to find an assisted living home for him, one that he could make into his home.

This was not an easy chore, we did not need a nursing facility, we needed a place that had space, gave him independence, but still looked out for him.  The supervisor of the home healthcare workers was amazing, she gave us the name of someone and we were off.  We Uncle visiting Brookdale (1)visited three different ones, and all of us decided on the second one.  On the day that he was to make his visit to see if he like it, he was up, sharply dressed and ready.  He passed all of the assessments.  His only needed assistance was to make sure he took his 3 daily medications.  They could not believe he was 96 years of age.  He hadn’t had so many pictures taken in years–he was the man.

Even though the visit went great, there were still many hurdles to jump.  Some were more paperwork, doctor visits and more.  Moving day came, and the rain drops were the tears we all were feeling. To our surprise, he liked his new home!!

We know that there will be other obstacles that will come up, but we are so happy and pleased that our uncle, our mothers oldest brother is safe, clean, making new friends in his new home. He made us all remember “thisisyourbestyear”, and it is a blessing to have a great family that works together for the good of family. I love them all.

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Isn’t She Lovely–Mother’s Day Giveaway Winner

 2016 Mother’s Day Giveaway Winner–Tracy Marshall

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Tracy is an amazing woman of a certain age. She is the creator of the lifestyle blog–Tracy Marshall 1961 Blog which features articles on topics from travel, great gifts, family adventures and more. She is the winner of our 2016 Mother’s Day Giveaway.  Her lovely price is the beautiful statement necklace donated by Kendra Scott*

 

Congratulations Tracy!  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

*Special thanks to Kendra Scott, 1612 South University Drive, Fort Worth, TX  76107

National Better Hearing Month

Better Hearing Month

Got a phone?  You can take a hearing test.  It’s as easy as that. Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  You don’t want to miss the sounds that matter.

Take the test…

To take the free hearing test, you can call 1-844-9-Duracell or visit Duracell.com/StayConnected to view the film and find out more.

 

 

A Love Note Came In The Mail

A couple of months ago I informed you about the ending of a love affair that I had for many years.  It was my love affair with Shipley Donuts.  They are the best things this side of heaven.  Just in case you missed the article, here is the link:  https://thisisyourbestyear.com/2016/01/01/happy-new-year-no-resolutions-for-the-new-year-just-a-confession-a-satire-kind-of-sorta/

As with all affairs if they are not amicable, there is either “I want you back” or “I don’t want anyone else to have you”.  Well Mr. Shipley wants me back.  First of all he moved into my neighborhood, and even had a grand opening (house-warming) that I ignored. Every time I thought about him, I just ate another bowl of oatmeal.  I’ve had regular, steel-cut, instant and whatever other kind there is.  No it is not as sweet as him, but it is so much better for me than him.

20160514_145226Wouldn’t you know it, he decided to send me a love note, and what a note it was.  He knew I wouldn’t be persuaded with the buy one dozen get another free.  He knows that I must have him twice to be satisfied.  Yep, you guessed it.  He sent me a coupon for two “free” glazed donuts (no purchase necessary). I started to think, how many Weight Watcher points are two glazed Shipley donuts, how far do I have to walk/run to burn off those calories, will I have to give up my glass of wine a day?

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The Weight Watchers booklet said under Shipley Donuts a number so large I couldn’t read it, and it was no way I was walking from Fort Worth to Dallas and back for two donuts, and

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besides a glass of wine a day may not keep the doctor away, but it will surely help ease the pain of ending an affair.

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Remember “thisisyourbestyear”, and steel-cut oatmeal is not bad, it is good for you, and a glass of wine on the patio as the sun goes down–enough said. Cheers!

A Woman’s View Of The NFL Draft

**Post by CY Cooper

The 2016 NFL Draft took place on April 28-30 in the Windy City of Chicago and yours truly had the opportunity to cover it along with my good friend.  I am a huge football fan.  It was an absolute BLAST. Now the weather didn’t exactly cooperate.  Even though the calendar said it was spring, it was cloudy, cold, windy and rainy in Draft Town (Chicago).  However, the weather could not dampen the enthusiasm of the thousands of NFL fans that attended this years draft.  The first night of the draft we sat in the front row at Selection Square behind The Pit, where representatives from all of the NFL teams were seated and where they sent in the names of their picks.  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made an appearance at Selection Square before the draft began.  The event at Selection Square was hosted by analysts and commentators from the NFL Network.

The following day we had the chance to visit the actual stage (the auditorium at Roosevelt University) where the commissioner greeted the new members of the league after announcing their names.  What followed next was the one of the best parts of the entire weekend.  We were invited to attend a luncheon at Ditka’s Restaurant where we met the winning Super Bowl Coach and Hall of Famer Mike Ditka along with former Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback and ESPN Analyst Ron Jaworski.  The meal at the luncheon was championship goodness, but the question and answer session with the two NFL legends was even better.  Although the draft was the main focus of my visit to Chicago, we did make a stop at two of the city’s legendary hot spots–Garrett Popcorn Shop and Giordano’s Pizza.  Now I see why they are legendary–they were fantastic.

All in all, it was a great weekend, and a lot of fun.  Next years draft is said to be in the city of brotherly love, we’re hoping to make it the city of sisterly love as we put a woman’s take on the NFL draft in 2017.

Dirk Nowitzki Does Baseball With A Little Help From His Friends

Dirk Baseball 2The Heroes Foundation presents the star-studded, fun-for-the-family celebrity baseball game.  Benefiting the children’s charities of the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and Heroes Foundation.

GREAT FAMILY FUN FOR A GREAT CAUSE

Who:

People to see include:

Dallas Mavericks

  • Dirk Nowitzki
  • Deron Williams**
  • David Lee
  • Chandler Parsons
  • J. J. Barea
  • Devin Harris**
  • Wesley Matthews
  • JaVale McGee
  • Salah Mejri
  • Justin Anderson
  • Jeremy Evans
  • Dwight Powell
  • Rick Carlisle (head coach)**

Dallas Cowboys

  • Cole Beasley
  • Byron Jones

Texas Rangers (former)

  • David Murphy
  • Michael Young

Actors

  • Geoff Stults
  • Chance Crawford

What:

Dirk Nowitzki’s 2016 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game and Fireworks Finale

Dirk Baseball 3When:

Friday, June 10, 2016  (7 PM)*

Where:

Dr. Pepper Ballpark, 7300 RoughRiders Trl., Frisco, TX  75034

Why:

The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation  awards grants annually to organizations focusing on children’s wellbeing, health and education. With this he offers all of us an opportunity to help give positive experiences to children around the world.

*5:15 PM–The Heroes Special Olympics All-Star Softball Game

**Will appear, but will not play

Tickets are now on sale for $9, $13, $17 and $20 at Ticketmaster or at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark Box Office during office hours.  Tickets are also available at the door. LAST YEAR WAS SOLD OUT!

For more information, go to Dirks Foundation.  Like the Heroes Foundation on Facebook for the latest updates.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Enjoy some family time or a great girlfriends night out with a little baseball where everyone wins.

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And The Winner Is…..

Tracy Marshall has won the beautiful Kendra Scott signature necklace.  Thanks to everyone who gave us their mother’s words of wisdom.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”, and most of the time “mom did know best”!

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