Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dad's Bag



Today, I'm on the road driving to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to visit my Dad. Dad will be 87 next month. Dad is no longer able to care for himself. We moved him from our hometown last month to Baton Rouge where one of my brothers lives. My brother and his family are visiting Dad daily and helping tend to his needs. He is in an assisted-living facility, but there are still areas that he needs additional support.

This Friday is one of our teacher furlough days in my county school system. Monday is a holday so I took this opportunity to drive to Baton Rouge to give my brother and his family a break. I'm bringing one of my portable sewing machines to make some adjustments to Dad's clothing. I'll have my "knitting" and a novel. I'm hoping to visit a quilt shop or two in the mornings. My cousin's wife Niki gave me a wonderful fact sheet about quilt shops in south Louisiana. Dad is no longer an early riser so I should be able to shop and run errands in the mornings.

I've packed my LSU T-shirt to wear while watching the LSU/Florida game with him on Saturday. This is the wheelchair tote I made Dad to hang on the back of his wheelchair to carry his mail and other goodies.

I'm guaranteed great meals. You can eat most anywhere in Louisiana and get awesome meals.

4 comments:

Brenda said...

Have a good trip. Try to get in some time for yourself. See you next week at Thimbles.

Aunt Niki said...

I'd pop over and see you, but I'll be in Houston. I'm going to the Quilt Market with a friend who has an internet fabric 'store'! I can't wait!!! Next week, Bob and I are going back for the Festival - Norma's going also. I'll let you know how it goes.
Enjoy your weekend with your Dad. I wish I could do that again with mine...

Donna said...

Enjoy your time with your dad! My husband and I are taking my parents to Louisiana tomorrow. They have never been and are really excited. We will be going to Lake Charles area doing some sight seeing and ending in Houston for the Quilt festival next weekend.

Teresa said...

I think that is great for you to go and give your brothers family some relief as well as have an opportunity to spend time with your Dad. Caring for our parents can be exhausting at times. I hope all goes well with your visit.