Hi everyone…. hope you’re all doing well. It’s almost hard to believe, but the very first QTT was published on April 22/2014.
Today marks Quick-Tip-Tuesday’s 1.5 year anniversary!
I’ve had a blast sharing tips on a weekly basis, but today will be the “official” last post in this series.
Over the last few months, it’s been more of a challenge to come up with relevant tips on a weekly basis. My attention is divided between work and my Dad’s journey with Alzheimer’s – not in that order. So being true to myself while being honest and transparent with all of you, my heart’s just not into it anymore.
I’m still going to share my restyled furniture, my screw-ups, successes, and what I continue to learn; just not in a weekly-series. For now, I need the flexibility to blog when I have the time; and more importantly… when I’m inspired to!
A big thanks to all you contributors who have shared your amazing tips… thank you, thank you, thank you!
And to all you SI Readers who continue to comment, Pin and follow along on social media… you’re SUPER special!!! Without you, this blog would just be me talking to myself.
And this last tip may be the quickest of them all…
If and when possible… Go Green! It’s a great idea to dispose of your old leftover paints responsibly. It reflects well on your business and saves our environment!
Most cities have donation/recycle depots for leftover paints and hazardous waste.
I recruited my Dad’s help and I took advantage of the Halton Waste Management Site this morning. As usual, my Dad made a uneventful task interesting. 🙂
Thanks Dad… had fun!
Have a great day and happy painting everyone!
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Thank you! <3
Denise, just found your website and love what you have done with furniture in the past. The last posts, from what I can tell, was in Oct 2015. I would love to know where you are in life now. Having been through the Alzheimer’s “walk” with a Grandmother, Mother and Brother-in-law, I know only too well this route. It’s not easy but you will find lots of grace and love to give and be rewarded with so many sweet, sweet memories. The bad ones will fade in years and only be left with the precious ones. I pray for God’s blessings on you and your family. Your choice to care for your loved one is, as you know, the only choice you could make. Much prayers for you.
Hi Mary! Thank you for your kind comment and blessings. This was officially the last Quick-Tip-Tuesday post but I’m still blogging – usually 1x per week. My Dad’s Alzheimer’s has progressed since the writing of this particular post. My sister is still caregiving for him at home, and I help as much as possible as I’m only a 10 minute drive away. We’ve hired a Polish PSW Worker to come help with food preparation and caregiving (we’ve found his native food and language to be a BIG source of comfort for him as his memory reverts back). We are very grateful for her as she is a wonderful person who REALLY cares. We also have help from CCAC a few times per week. Your comment is comforting because this disease is difficult [as I’m sure all are] and can feel like a roller coaster ride. As I’m sure you know from your experience, you just don’t know what to expect from day to day. It can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Sending warmest prayers to you and your family Mary.
Family ALWAYS first! You are a wise woman. Six years ago, my husband retired early so we could move & live closer to our aging parents. My father passed away in March from Parkinsons and my father in-law passed away last April. We were blessed to be able to serve them in their last days. Thank you for sharing your wisdom (with projects, but most importantly, your wisdom in real LIFE, by putting your daddy first! Shelley
Failed to mention in my remarks that my father in-law passed away from Alzheimer’s.
Thanks Shelley… and sorry for your loss. Your father and father-in-law were blessed to have you and your husband there for them. Caregiving is tough but my sister and I take it day by day and enjoy the time we have with Dad. x
Denise, as people have mentioned before, you are doing the right thing. My mother passed last year after several years of battling dementia. I now, with the help of my 3 siblings take care of my elderly father that has challenges of his own. Add that to a full time job and a son getting ready to head off to college next year I struggle to find the time to get my own upcycling business where I know it can be. I will as you do, keep plugging away at it and eventually things will come my way. Please know your blog is something I look forward to whether it be weekly or not. Keep doing what you do and caring for that precious father of yours. Dementia is a horrible disease but at the same time you must keep the humor, its survival for the caregiver!
Thank you for this Jenny… and I’m so sorry for your loss. Although I’ve heard many statistics on Dementia and Alzheimer, it’s a real eye opener when people like yourself come forward to share your unique experiences. I’m SHOCKED at how many elderly people are struggling with this disease! And it really does take a toll on family members… very hard. like you and your siblings, my sister and I are doing our very best to keep Dad comfortable, safe and happy. I wish you and your family well Jenny. x
Reading through all your comments has really touched my heart. THANK YOU EVERYBODY! Thank you for taking the time to share your stories, experiences and best wishes. I appreciate it it more than you know. x
Love your page, and I’ll be looking forward to more tips WHEN YOU CAN! You’re doing the right thing, and I hope you never have any regrets. Family, whether blood or choice, is so much more important than anything else. You’re being his Angel!
Bless you xxxx
That saying all good things must come to an end does not apply here as a newer subscriber I always find good tips and inspiration rooting around in your achieves so your blog is a gift that keeps on giving even when you don’t do a regular post! Family should always come first, my mother is starting to have a bit of dementia so I have a glimpse of how hard this can be on everyone and it is important to spend time with your dad right now. Don’t forget about you though and your passion to create – it alleviates stress and always helps me think things thru while working with my hands. I am always happy to read your posts whenever it fits for you and appreciate when people slow down rather than force themselves or dilute their creativity just to blog. I have an upcoming salvage rebuild project I want to work on with my dad – it’s not really his thing but he likes to putt away on things and I will cherish the memories I have of building the project with him. All the best to you and your family. 🙂
This journey with a failing parent is hard as stones, without having additional stress. Been there, done that, and felt I could never know or do enough. If you have people to help you cope, take shameless advantage of their good will and abilities.
Know that you have the respect of us all, for choosing as you have.
Others have said it and i repeat it, take care of yourself also. Arrange for respite care so you can have a bit of a life of your own, if only for 24 hours at a time.
It’s a long journey you are setting out on and you have all the best wishes for the trip.
Hi Denise, first I would like to thank you for your blog.i enjoy it immensely!!
Your love for your Dad is beautiful!! May you find the strength and courage as you and your Dad travel the journey ahead.May it be a meaningful, and not too bumpy a road.
I’m sorry to hear about your father., you are making the best choice. You’ll cherish the time you spend with him and he’ll cherish it too. I’m sure it is such a comfort to him. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers and see you when we see you. I wish there was something I could do to help. Keep your chin up girlfriend! See you when we see you!! Xxoo
Maryann atlas says
I wish you the best. I wish you strength and courage as you go through this. I just lost my mom on Oct 4th. My mom had dementia. She was 93. Prayers to you and your dad.
Oh Maryann… I’m so sorry for your loss.
Nancy Carr says
Denise, you are a sweetheart following your heart and doing what is most important to you. My father also had Alzheimer’s. It is a blessing that your father is still alive. A short story about my Dad: Both my Mom and Dad went to the nursing home at the same time. He was on one wing and she was on another. One day he asked the nurse who that pretty lady was down the hall. She said that it was his wife. He did not recognize my Mom but still thought she was pretty after all those years. That is a sweet memory, and I am sure you will and have many wonderful memories. You are an angel. Blessings
This touched my heart.x I’ve never understood why long term care facilities separated married couples – but what a beautiful story Nancy!
God’s blessings to you Denise, you’re making the right decision. I had the opportunity to care for both of my parents in the last years of their lives. Neither of them had Alzheimer’s so I don’t understand fully what you’re going through but I do know the time, energy, and emotions that it takes to care for those we love. I won’t write a lot but I will say to you to take care of yourself while you care for your Dad. It’s easy to forget, I know, I did it. You will not regret the time that you get with your Dad.
Bless you Denise, Your dad is the priority at the moment but don’t forget to take care of yourself too.No doubtyou know this and Im sure all of us out in pc land are with you in our hearts and thoughts. Love and Hugs to you both.
Barbara Hall says
You are making a terrific decision, based on your heart and head. I appreciate your lovely honesty and wanting to devote your time to your father. I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now and always find myself inspired by your work. I will continue to look forward to reading your future posts when they come.
Kim O. says
Sorry to hear that, but totally understand! You are absolutely doing the right thing. Your dad looks so sweet. How lucky he is to have you. I will just continue to flip through your tips as I do so often, they’ve been invaluable on this learn to paint furniture journey! Just recently I referred to your removing veneer post. It was so helpful.
Patricia Barichivich says
I’m so sorry for you. I do understand as I’m dealing with similar issues. It is very difficult for everyone. May your dad journey peacefully into the next stage and you find solace and comfort in your work. I will be watching for the new blogs when they come. You are doing the right thing. Be well.
Amy Dietz says
Beautifully spoken PATRICIA BARICHIVICH. Denise, you’ve been an incredible, generous person to have shared SO much of your DYI knowledge, skill and “learned it the hard way”. I’ve enjoyed watching YOU grow in your talent and gained so much knowledge and inspiration for myself that I honestly couldn’t thank you enough. I’m not surprised one bit to hear where your loyalty and heart takes you; your inner beauty has ALWAYS shone through everything you’ve ever posted. Bless you, your father and other family members as you go through this together with dignity and grace. BIG HUGS
Family comes first. I blog when I can and I don’t think anyone even notices how regular it is. It’s your blog so you do what’s best for you. 🙂 I look forward to seeing more of your finishes when you have time.
Denise, you’re doing the right thing. Taking care of each other is priority. I wish you the strength to go forward and remain positive as you tackle this curve. Sincerely wishing you the best.
Thanks Tracy! x