Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Yes, Today Was a Good Day

Today was a good day.  I suppose everyday has a lotta good, some days more than others.  Like Monday....Monday wasn't such a good day.  My brother-in-law and his wife drove over from visiting their daughter and her family in Indiana to see my sweetie.  Janice, my sister-in-law had not seen Gary in almost 2 years and as she walked in and spotted him she immediately burst into tears.  The change in these 2 years has been overwhelming and not positive.  Anyone who has experienced a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer's knows the toll it takes.  My sweetheart has become much more distant and somewhat unresponsive to those around him.  It broke my heart to see him and his brother walking down the hall together, big brother holding little brother's hand.

But today was a good day.  Since it is Springbreak here, we did not have Bible Study this morning, and when we have no Bible Study, we opt to go to Barnes & Noble.  There were nine of us this morning.  Sitting around the table, talking and laughing, eating our treats and drinking our coffee brings a lotta joy to my heart.

All of the ladies that were there this morning are not pictured simply because I wasn't able to capture everyone. As soon as I pull out my camera, some of them head for the hills (so to speak).  You know what I mean.....and B&N has the absolute worst lighting for portraits.

All of these ladies are such sweethearts.  We offer such love and support for each other.  I am blessed to have found this group of women.  

After we had our fill of coffee and chit-chat we all left and I proceeded to go to the Riverwalk to see what was blooming.....tulips, beautiful tulips.  

It was a beautiful spring-like day, but looking at this woman you would have thought it was still winter-time. I liked this comparison of clothing between the foreground and the background...

After enjoying the Riverwalk I then decided to drive out to Michael's and browse thru there, surely I would find something that I couldn't live without.  After seeing Terri's delightful post yesterday at Focusing on Life on displaying your photos I bought some of those clip frames and thought I would try a few in my dining room.  I will post when I have decided on what to frame.  And then I bought some red spray paint to paint a little "ice cream" chair for the front porch, add some zing.  And then.....I just can't resist anything that is red & white polka dots.

So, yes, today was a good day.  Everybody needs more good days. 

"On with the dance, let the joy be unconfined!' is my motto, whether there's any dance to dance or any joy to unconfine."  ~  Mark Twain

Until next time.....


  1. Such a feel good post. Such beautiful tulips.That first shot got me right in the heart. You have to email me where you live!

  2. love the picture of your husband and his brother holdiing hands, so bittersweet. glad you were able to get out with your girlfriends, and those flowers along the riverwalk are beautiful.


  3. You capture life so beautifully. I love the photo of your sweetie and his brother - it's priceless. Then all your friends and on to the beautiful walk you took - love it all!

  4. It does sound like a very good day! Your tulip images are gorgeous. I especially like the third one with the multi-colored tulips! I love the lady all bundled up, she reminds me of my dad who is still wearing his jacket and it's 80 degrees!

  5. Glad it was a good day. Those flower photos are beautiful. I really enjoy looking at them.

  6. Oh yes, that does sound like a good day. Your time at the bookstore sounds so nice and that riverwalk too...what pretty sights! Of course, your photos look beautiful, as always. And the one of your husband and his brother just tugs at my sweet.

  7. Always blessed by you Deanna! Thank You!

  8. I can't even tell you how much that photo of the brothers spoke to me. That could easily be my dad and his brother on my dads Alzheimer's floor. I really cant say anymore than to tell you that the power of photography shouldn't be underestimated.

  9. That first image just tugs at my heart strings. . . I am so glad that you have the support of some great women in your bible study!! xo

    And that image of the two walking away from each other, just cracks me up!

  10. I have no words for how touching your post is. I am in a puddle of tears.

    I adore your outlook. Every photo is a perfect display of our thoughts.

    Hugs my friend Ty Ty


  11. Hi Deanna,

    I know all too well what you are talking about. My husband is in the earlier stages, but the windows of distance come and go. The most difficult thing is when something reminds you of the strength they once had. It must have been difficult for your sister-in-law to see the reality. God is good when he let's us slowly wrap our arms around this surreal disease one day at a time. Even though those days sometimes can feel like an eternity.

    How blessed you are to have this group of women. You know Deanna, I have asked myself so many times what I have learned from all of this. I think it is to cherish this very moment and embrace all the good around me. Life is so fragile.

    Have a beautiful day.


  12. Yes, it was a good day! What lovely sights you captured! Oh! I love the picture of the white tulips! I wish I could have been with you when you saw that!
    Your picture of the brothers holding hands is so bittersweet. When my mother-in-law could no longer recognize any of us, she would still hold the hand of her son (my hubby) at every visit. The heart never forgets!


  13. I want to comment but find myself a bit tongue-tied. Last week you mentioned that your Sweetie was becoming more distant and my heart hurt for you. It still does. But I love and admire you for your resilience. You are nothing if not strong ... even if you don't always feel that way. Your ovely GCW group no doubt helps you through many of these times and as always, you're in my thoughts. Hugs, my friend. xxoo - Dotti

  14. This is such a heartfelt post. Full of love and emotion. So glad you have a wonderful group of Ladies to share with.. Your photos are beautiful.. Great big hugs to you!!!

  15. Reading your post and viewing your photos made me feel I was there along with you that day. Hope you have many, many more good days.

  16. Your post was beautiful ... a post of love ... love for your husband and love of nature. Cancer took my husband a year ago. Life goes on and there are many good days. Thank you!

  17. Your post hit home for me, as someone who has lost her sweetie can understand a little of what you are going through. Beautiful post.

  18. Oh Deanna, what a beautiful post. My father had Alzheimer's and it was so hard to watch him slowly leave us. So I understand your pain. You seem to rise above it, taking joy in life and red and white polka dots! Your friends are lucky women to have you in their lives. Thanks for sharing your good day... it spoke to my heart!

  19. My mother had dementia and it was so hard to see the woman she was slowly disappear...I think it was even harder on Dad.

    Beautiful post...the tulips shots are gorgeous.

  20. Your first photo really touched my heart, so sad, but I'm so glad that you have a wonderfully supportive family and group of friends. I love all the spring beauty! By the way I love your new header, looks great!


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