Throughout the Villages of Almaguin many Christmas events and business promotions are beginning as December approaches. The Christmas Tree lighting in Burk’s Falls is held on Friday December 1st and the Santa Parade on Saturday December 2nd both at 6:00 pm. A great opportunity to sing some carols and gather together with others in our community. Our area is comprised of people that I believe have a generous and giving nature all year (there are always those few people who have a negative opinion on everything) but this holiday season whether you are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist or other belief or non belief this is a time of acceptance, celebration of life and peace.
My family is preparing for a move mid January and I am moving too with my Mom back to my apartment. It is so difficult moving an aged parent with special needs. So many construction details must be reviewed to make sure Mom will be safe and happy in the new premise. Bathrooms, flooring, door size openings, alarms on doors, bed monitors etc. have to be used when you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer disease. There is very little monetary support to keep a loved one in familiar surroundings and I feel the push is to have them put into a nursing home where I feel they lose their identity completely. My visits to different facilities has made me feel that there are not enough caregivers for the needs of the residents much same as nursing care in our hospitals. Being in a rural setting Mom would be placed anywhere they have room and the present waiting list for the closest one is 2 years, at which placement is not guaranteed. Love my Mom to bits and I will keep her with me until she needs more care than I can give.
The up side to the move is that it will be the apartment is above my place of
work so I am just steps away should I be needed. A shout out to Caring Heart’s providing care during the day when I am at work….Mom’s care giver is such a dedicated, professional and caring person. She is more than competent and completely trustworthy providing amazing care for my Mom. The deck is being built at our new apartment as I write this blog and my son-in law and grandson are completing the renos to the apartment to accommodate our scheduled move in date between Christmas and the New Year. I am so very grateful to have all of these people in my life turning a stressful situation into a workable solution. It is quite the family affair!!
With my personal life falling into place in a positive way, I can concentrate on more Real Estate work. I have taken on a few more new Buyers looking for homes, land and cottages in the area. Our inventory is very low but those listings that are still available
are getting quite a few showings and many buyers are asking for further information packages on these listings as well. All this activity should help sell these properties throughout the winter months. That motto…. “No rain, sleet or snow” can keep a Realtor from there duties certainly applies to the agents in our northern climate…but maybe the icy roads, snow storms and bitter cold temperatures would be worth a reschedule now and then. For the most part our area is the epitome of a Scenic Winter Wonderland to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
Puppy update: Doubled in size from 8 lbs to 20 lbs in three weeks and her next vet appointment is scheduled for her shot. Corona and Lambig are inseparable and play constantly…my main stress reliever is watching their antics.