If no one seems to understand
Start your own revolution, cut out the middleman
— Billy Bragg, Great Leap Forward
I admit I didn’t have much confidence anyone would read this blog when I started it. But I decided to regale WordPress with tales of Grandma’s shenanigans and my best efforts to care for her anyway and see what happened.
The results have blown me away.
When I got the email a few weeks ago that my post was chosen for Freshly Pressed, I felt like I’d won the Pulitzer. When I saw the little digital trophy for 100 followers in my notifications yesterday, it felt like a standing O. And when my fellow bloggers nominate me for an award — however symbolic — I’m genuinely honored.
So thank you, Ardenrr, for the Wonderful Team Membership award. Musings of a Dancing Wino keeps me in suspense, your sense of humor makes me laugh, and your writing talent humbles me.
Here are my own nominees for the award. Most of these aren’t blogs I’ve been following long-term but rather those on which I found interesting posts related to topics I’ve touched on that may interest my readers. (It feels awesome to say “my readers!”)
Gardencatsandmore — She has cats. She loves gardening. What’s not to love?
For the Rest of Her Life — A blog about the challenges and joys of caring for an elderly mother.
mykeystrokes.com — In Good liberal gone bad I lamented Grandma turning her back on her labor union roots. The post I linked to here cites some interesting statistics about why seniors may be turning against the GOP.
Life with Jess offers a useful checklist for people considering whether they or someone they know could benefit from palliative care.
Our Long Goodbye is the record of one woman coping with her mom’s struggle with Alzheimer’s.
The Intolerable Gap — Interesting commentary on several timely subjects; I admit I’m including it because I don’t remember the generation gap and therefore I’m no boomer. 🙂
with love Jo gives a Macklemore concert rave reviews. Now I’m even more excited about seeing him in October. If you’re a Macklemore fan too, Grandma rapping to Thrift Shop might make you smile.
bechristbeautiful posted a beautiful religion-based defense of Macklemore’s song Same Love, which forced me to remember not all Christians are fundamentalists.
Caregiver Connections looks as if it could be a valuable resource for caregivers. The post I linked to is uncannily relevant to some of my recent posts.
Chat@Care-giving offers excellent advice about — among other things — avoiding guilt trips.
Senior Homecare by Angels explores why gardening can be good therapy for seniors.
Chocolate Vent writes about something I didn’t even know existed — Silver Alerts.
Life of a Clare Bear posted a hilarious video starring old people with a sense of humor, something I wish Grandma still had.
Ofcoursevegan introduced me to another topic I was completely unaware of: elderly vegans.
Any bloggers who choose to accept this completely symbolic award can:
- Grab the logo and put it in a post
- Link to your nominator, a.k.a. me
- Nominate 14 blogs of your own
Thanks for the award. I’ve nominated fourteen other worthies and have added you to my Feedly Reader. I can’t wait to see what else you have to say about Grandma!
Thank you, and I’m glad I found your blog! I just went to Eureka Springs in May and had some similar impressions. Beautiful place though. 🙂
Well now I’m super jealous you’re seeing Macklemore! I adore him 🙂
I’m going to send him my granny video. Maybe he’ll give me a backstage pass bwahahaha
Haha! He better! 🙂
I love your humorous view and it helps me remember to keep my sense of humor. Thanks for the nomination, too.
You’re very welcome. I posted some new caregiver sites … some of those sites will post links to caregiver sites … it’s a giant ripple effect that will benefit more people dealing with caregiving situations. That’s my hope anyway. 🙂
Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon on a daily basis.
It will always be helpful to read through content
from other writers and use something from their websites.