The Team Save Janet Report is Out. #tsj #smart #chores #blueberries #homealone

Today was a day off so to speak. Nothing scheduled except pick up the dog before noon. We both woke up way too early, 7:30, which is typical anytime you plan on sleeping in but we managed to correct that and not get up until ten. Janet’s night was pretty good and she was well rested to start the day.

The breakfast routine is going really well these days with Janet drinking an entire glass of water without nagging and taking her meds with minimal supervision. She was particularly alert this morning when it came time for toast. I defaulted to the store bought bread in the freezer and she remembered the fresh loaf that Barb greeted us with when we got home Saturday night. Sorry Barb. By the time breakfast was done it was getting a little late to be picking Nash up from the kennel so I did something I probably shouldn’t do. I took off to get the dog by myself leaving Janet home alone. That actually was the plan today all along but I thought I’d leave her chatting with someone on Skype while I took the fifteen minutes round trip. No one was available at the time so Janet sat with her toast and coffee and bravely waited. When I got back she was trying to put the TV on and all was well. My concern about leaving her isn’t so much that she would get into trouble it’s what if something happens to me and she can’t call for help. I may get a wrist slap for this one but its a good discussion point.

Making things up as we went along today we decided to pretend we were living in the unit at SOPA Square we are considering buying. We measured and placed furniture in our living space to mimic SOPA Square and decided the space would work fine. Neither of us is happy with the lack of natural light however and I think that’s a deal breaker. We both love the sun too much and to have the sunniest rooms in the house be the bedrooms doesn’t cut it with us. Janet did well studying the floor plan and comparing it to what we have now and seemed to remember the feel of being in my moms condo which is similar in size the one at SOPA. She was more happy to put the furniture back where it belongs though.

The forty seven and a half pounds of blueberries we brought home from Nanaimo needed to be bagged and put in the freezer so downstairs we went and Janet scooped while I held the bags.

20130812-010846.jpgEight full bags later we were done. It’ll be interesting to see how long these last. Continuing in a domestic chores theme I gave Janet the task of sorting and folding laundry which she did very deliberately and neatly for someone with one functional arm. We put the stuff away together and again I felt her enthusiasm and desire to contribute. That continued as we moved a few things upstairs to continue trying to shrink our living space to what we may be living in in the next house. Janet bravely tried lifting a flat of canned dog food. She’s strong but not that strong.

Janet agreed to some rest time late in the afternoon and helped get us ready for dinner by wiping down and setting the table outside. I look forward to her being able to do more of this in a house she get can around in by herself. Here, I have to wheel her through the carpeted bedroom and over the sill onto the balcony. Still, its great she’s involved. The after dinner hot tub was very relaxing and I got Janet’s legs into the extenders on her wheelchair as we watched AGT before going to bed.

Janet was pretty busy for a day off, I even got a little exercise into the mix. We did a few sessions of standing on her own and once when I forgot to bring the wheelchair in after a pee break, I helped her “walk” out to it. She certainly knows what she’d like to do when walking, there just isn’t enough control of that right leg yet. I loved hanging out with her today as she showed me repeatedly how much smarter and stronger she’s getting. Praying for a night of deep healing and rest in preparation for a busy day tomorrow.

The Team Save Janet Report is Out. #TSJ # Nanaimo # blueberries #roadtrip

Day two of our Nanaimo blueberry roadtrip began after a decent nights’ sleep despite the never ending squawking of seagulls. Janet was nice and bright and looking forward to the day.

The blueberry farm is south of Nanaimo in an area called Yellowpoint and is home to some of the oldest blueberry bushes in the province. We arrived around 10:30 and got right to work. Our family friends, Wendy, Tove and Neils Nielsen were recruited by my mom to help us out. Good thing too, as by noon we (they) had picked 47.5 pounds of blueberries!


Janet did a great job picking, getting nearly a bucketful in the time we were there.

She had a little trouble in the quality control department and surprisingly I had to remind her occasionally she was allowed to eat a few as she picked. Overall I think it was a great experience for Janet as no one was watching over her shoulder while she did something. She was on her own with me checking for quality and quantity once in a while.

The group decided to go for lunch at Cherry Point Estate Wines, a winery in Cobble Hill. It was well worth the drive as we enjoyed a nice meal, conversation and sunshine together. Can’t say I’d recommend the wine we had with lunch (Pinot Gris) but their Sparkling Rose was quite good. The food was good and very nicely presented. This was Janet’s salad and yes the flower is edible.


After being out in the sun most of the day, Janet welcomed a little rest time when we got back to mom’s. that recharged her for a long walk around the neighborhood where we saw up close, two young eagles and two bunny rabbits along with lots of very expensive motor yachts from the USA. Janet and I tried to convince mom to go for dinner on the docks where we’ve heard the fish tacos are amazing but seniority ruled and we enjoyed a nice home cooked meal. My cousin Brent and his partner Kaj dropped in for a visit all the way from Port Alberni. Super nice to see them and we were reminded of how good the Alberni crew is. Hope to see the rest of you soon.

Tomorrow is sail away day and the drive back to Kelowna to start freezing blueberries. Praying for a solid rest tonight and a safe, enjoyable journey home.

The Team Save Janet Report is Out. #TSJ #Nanaimo #roadtrip #blueberries #traffic

Ok, going to try old school blogging on a daily basis again as staying up late to write each Wednesday isn’t working for me.

Today is day one of a little roadtrip to Nanaimo to visit my mom and pick some of BC’s best blueberries. Janet’s day started with a not so busy morning as the staff were quite busy, so after a shower and breakfast it wasn’t until 11:30 that Jess got her into the gym. They managed to get through a good routine and when I walked in at 12:20 Janet had just finished her lunch and I watched her clean up her dishes. I love spying on her and it was really cute how she looks at something like a garbage can and expects it to automatically open. She’ll also put a cup or something under a water faucet and expect water to magically start pouring out. I guess our new house will have to have motion activated everything. As soon as she’d put her plate away she headed for the patio to get warm. Wheeling right passed me she clearly was on a mission and when the doors wouldn’t open just because she was there she did try and push one side open. That was too tough so Jess helped her and I followed undetected. Janet saw the car and became suspicious then turned her head enough to see me. It was nice to watch her try and do so much on her own as opposed to sitting there waiting for something to happen.

We hit the road on another hot Okanagan summer day, the type of day that makes it hard to leave but knowing it was nice on the coast too I looked forward to the drive. Silly me. I’ve made the trip to Horseshoe Bay a number of times in less than four hours so today, since we planned on catching a ferry out of Tsawwassen I allowed an extra forty five minutes. Should have been plenty but was no where close. We missed our ferry by an additional forty five minutes but drove straight onto one sailing to Victoria.

Janet slept most of the drive down, waking for a pee stop in Hope where for once it was sunny, then the traffic hit. I knew we were doomed when we were barely doing the speed limit passing Chilliwack. When we came to a complete stop two kilometers from the George Massey Tunnel it was officially game over. Not all was lost though as the ferry ride to Victoria was beautiful and went by quite quickly.

We had a decent dinner with a great view. A good practice run for a real cruise.

Once on the Island I figured it’d be clear sailing to mom’s. Not today, as at 8:30 at night the main highway was reduced to single lane alternating traffic in the middle of a Provincial Park. Only in BC.

Nine hours after leaving Kelowna we pulled up to my mom’s place in Nanaimo and went straight to the hot tub as it was “closing” in minutes. The stretch was really good for Janet after sitting so much this afternoon and the Fresca on the balcony afterwards was gone in record time. We are looking forward to a fun day in the sun tomorrow.

Footnote. Just after leaving Connect we saw John wheeling along the road and stopped to say hi. He hasn’t been able to do his sing along stuff with Janet for a few weeks as he’s having trouble with one of his meds. Please pray for him, he’s in good spirits as always but clearly suffering.