Sunday, January 15, 2017


I am sorry that I do not have much to show this week except this strange thing from my sketchbook. I have no idea what it is but it is weird.

I may have mentioned that both my parents are still alive and quite advanced in age. On Friday my mother was rushed to the hospital with heart failure. She is currently stable but at her age it could all change on a dime. My dad is in a different hospital, a rehab hospital with compression fractures in his spine as well as some dementia. Needless to say I have been doing a lot of running back and forth from hospital to hospital.

Assuming that they survive this, neither of them will be going back to the apartment. There is no room for two wheelchairs plus all the advanced care they will need. It is getting increasingly difficult to find beds in a long term care facility around here. There are fewer of them than ever due to the fact that most new construction is for condos here in Boston. Even some of the older rehabs are being converted into apartments and condos.

So we have no idea what is in store over the next weeks or months. Will they be in two different places far away from here? Not sure. Possibly Worcester which is over an hour away.

Needless to say, I can't concentrate on much else at the moment. Plus there is a lot of junior year stuff to do this year like college visits, SATs etc. Although my grandson doesn't seem too keen on any of it right now. He may need to take a gap year while he figures it out.

I also still seem to have my ear infection from the plane trip.

Have a good week. I will try to.


Caterina Giglio said...

I don't think it is weird at all and I am very sorry to hear of the situation with your patents. I so sincerely hope it all mends itself well, including your ear. X

Connie Rose said...

Sorry about all the tsuris. Good luck with your folks. There are fewer and fewer places anywhere for the elders. I think it's a huge problem, and going to get even worse as all us boomers become elderly. It's like the powers that be are saying, "You've outlived your usefulness, so the hell with you." In Humboldt County, 3 of the 5 facilities for the elderly were slated to close and the residents moved up to 150 miles away!! The community was in an uproar. The L.A.-based billionaire owner of the facilities, an orthodox Jew no less, was trying to scam even more money out of Medicaid. They finally settled, but one of the five will still close. It was very ugly.
Anyhoo, sorry about your continuing ear infection, and all the other crap you're dealing with at the moment. At the very least, you'll be residing in Tucson in the foreseeable future.

Diane AZ said...

So sorry to hear that your parents are in different hospitals and that you still have an ear infection. You certainly have a lot on your plate! I wonder about the rehab/elderly care facilities in Tucson. My mom moved in with us three years ago and her health is declining.

Robbie said...

Goodness...when it pours!! Sure hope everything works out for the best for you/your mom/your dad!!! It is hard to now become the parent of our parents!!! God bless you....take care of yourself too!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Oh geez. I hate to hear this news about the turmoil and problems with unknown solutions in your life right now. No wonder your ear is not healing. All of your energy is funneled to stress. I LOVE that sketch in your book. There is a subconscious meaning there for sure.
Hope things even out soon.
xx, Carol

Wendy Watson said...

And in the midst of all that is going on around you, you with your wilting plant, you hope I have a good week. Kia Kaha Roberta . . . stand strong in your heart.

Cathy Farrell said...

Hi Roberta,
I've been an admirer of your work for a long time. So sorry to hear about your family's difficulties. This piece reminds me of many that my friends and I have done in the context of Soul Collage.
All the best,

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was so glad you dropped by my blog so I could return the visit. You may think you are a Masshole, but I think you are a fantastic artist. I even had a look around at your lovely paintings and mixed media.

I am sorry to read about your parents. It sounds like the millennials have taken over Boston and the aged are being run out. I have a friend whose parents lived in Dallas, when one got so sick he had to be transferred to a hospital rather than the care facility where they had been living. It was sad, because the wife didn't drive and had no way to visit her husband who languished and died not long after he realized he was never leaving that hospital to return to the care facility.

I really like your strange flowery piece you shared. It's a gorgeous piece and I can only imagine what fills your sketch books. I also love the other abstract art you create. It is beautiful. If only I was 1/100th that talented!