When life throws you a curve.
My plan was to spend time at the ranch this weekend, but instead, I was at the hospital with my Momma.
Friday morning she suffered a mild stroke. She has had several small strokes over the last months that she has quickly bounced back from, but this one required an overnight stay at the hospital. The thing I love about my Momma is that she just continues to take life in stride. In the midst of this emergency, she was still flirting with the adorably handsome paramedics and even when she came home via ambulance yesterday, she was directing the paramedics on how to get down the path, into the house and into her bedroom.
She’ll require extensive physical therapy to get back to walking but if anyone can do it, it’s Momma Aleene. Our journey with hospice and 24/7 care will be a new experience for us but we’re up to the challenge. Momma is of the very strong opinion that she wants no prescription medicine and is ready to face her end-of-life on her own terms.
I was so proud of her when she was so clear headed in speaking with the also adorable emergency doctor (who looked like he wasn’t a day over 16 years old). She told him that she was 91, was fine making her own choices and was ready to go home. She then asked me to be sure to get him a bottle of Aleene’s Tacky Glue.
While in the hospital, she wanted to talk about the ranch. It seems it’s very important to her this year that we have a very large Christmas tree. She is quite sure that she wants to go into the adjoining National Forest and cut one down and I’m quite sure that’s majorly illegal. I just smiled and engaged her in the conversation knowing that we’ll find the perfect “legal” tree.
Although you will see from my feature photo, taken by my friend Big Pete while at the ranch, there are several lovely specimens on the adjacent forest land that are within easy cutting distance. But, we’ll leave them to grow up to be the majestic beauties that they are intended to be. And about those abandoned trucks, they’re certainly a source of interesting future blog posts. P.S. Please be sure to subscribe to Pete’s blog at www.gonefullhermit.com because I’m sure he’ll be sharing a completely different view of his new ranch life as he takes on the role of ranch manager in the months ahead.
Note to self: We’re not sure where life’s journey can take us day-to-day but I do know that no matter if Momma is here with us in the physical world or in the spirit world come Christmas, I can promise you that we will have the most beautiful, grandest Christmas tree ever.