When this blog was started, both of us (husband and wife) were diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. On May 2, 2013 wife's diagnosis was changed to Essential Tremors without Parkinson's, and husband's diagnosis remains Parkinson's Disease It has been a long journey to date!
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Solution II - Help From The Most Amazing Places
Fall in beautiful Wisconsin
Having made the big decision to stay in our house led to another problem. How to find help for some of the work around here.
Don used to do most of the handyman things himself - fixing things, minor plumbing problems, etc. We started hiring things like that out about 10 years ago after he had a knee replacement. We have a good list of resources available now for the handyman type of jobs, if needed.
But.... what to do about yard work (mowing, fall cleanup, and the inevitable moving snow around)? We live in a neighborhood consisting of more retired folks than young families. We have no neighborhood kids to hire.
We were discussing our progress with our very good friends at breakfast one morning (2 couples whom we are good friends with, have camped with, gone on cruises with, and had breakfast once a week with for 30+ years). I happened to mention we'd probably need help with some of the yard work: mowing, fall leaf cleanup, snow shoveling, etc. My thought was to start calling ads in the local newspaper.
Well, to make a long story short, one of the couples called me later that day and asked if we'd be interested in hiring their 13-year-old grandson who was just starting to help with those types of things a home. Prayers had been answered! We know the grandson, his sister and parents so well too because they are part of our camping group (we gave up camping last year because it was getting to hard for us). Harrison and his sister were practically born on the campground with us. (Not really, but they camped as babies still in diapers.) A very lovely family.
What a blessing it has been to have Harrison's help (and his dad's help too). There are times Don felt like mowing and there were times he didn't. Harrison to the rescue! I don't know what we would do without him, and Harrison is happy to have green papers to spend. it's a win-win situation, and sure has helped us out.
Just this past week, leaves began to fall off the trees. We have 2 old, large trees in the back and one tree in the front. Harrison just mowed them up last Friday for the first time - now the yard looks like this again, and it's only 6 days later. By the way, the front yard barely has any leaves on it - that tree is waiting to shed after the backyard is thru. Sometimes I think the trees talk to each other and plan this on purpose.
Leaf cleanup will extend probably into the first week in November unless snow arrives before then. (Parish the thought!)
We are so very thankful for Harrison's and his dad's help. They are a blessing to us.
So, it looks like all our problems of how to manage the work are solved for this year. Maybe Harrison will want the job next year too, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
Don and I are so fortunate to have a wonderful support system of good friends that we can discuss things with and have some fun with. Another blessing in our life.
Now for some news: I'm very excited to announce that I'll have two guest bloggers sometime in the next few weeks. They both have experience with PD, but from a different perspective. So stay tuned - both are Twitter friends. But I'm keeping their names secret for now.
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