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Don't Have Regrets...

Written by Joy Dembo. Posted in Archive

On Wednesday night I got one of those calls that everybody dreads! My mom’s sister had passed away suddenly.

Although, it was sudden, she was old and ill, and had been particularly confused for a couple of weeks, rambling on about all sorts of things, and at times, living way back in the past.

She and my uncle had been in a home for the aged for about 6 years and she hated it! She was a vibrant, fun loving person in her hay day, loved food, cooking and entertaining, and living in an institutionalised environment was just not for her. But, their age, inability to care for themselves properly, and financial constraints had necessitated the move to the home, and at the time, they felt it would be for the best.

She became increasingly miserable and indigent and eventually she was confined to a wheelchair, as she needed a hip replacement, and was constantly in pain. It was too risky to consider surgery as she was suffering from diabetes, congestive heart failure and renal problems

I have to admit that I always felt guilty that I didn’t visit her as often as I should have, partially as a result of the pressures of life and partially because she was always miserable and down and I would leave there feeling depressed and helpless as I was unable to do anything to relieve her misery and suffering.

Apparently, 2 days before she died, she refused to eat her lunch, saying that she was waiting for me to pick her up for lunch. Nobody told me, as they just put it down to her ramblings, BUT I am sure that there was another reason for this. I know she wanted to see me :(

I am absolutely consumed with remorse, sadness and grief! I have cried and cried and asked her to forgive me for not visiting her more often.

So, if you are in a similar situation, take my advice...

Visit that person before it’s too late!

It’s a funny thing…. I hadn’t seen her for about 4 months, and wasn’t missing her, but now I miss her terribly. I actually ache to see her one more time.

Why? Because I can’t!

What is a Book????

Written by Joy Dembo. Posted in Archive

My daughter works part time in a book store and she invited me to a book launch last Sunday night.
 
I was a real bookworm as a child, teen and young adult, but I am afraid that I am now a hopeless Internet Junkie and no longer have the time or the inclination to read. So, my immediate reaction to my daughter’s invitation was “What the heck is a book???” LOL! But, not wanting to be ungracious and knowing that she really wanted me there for moral support, I reluctantly agreed.
 
My daughter was taking cash and assisting customers with queries and I wandered aimlessly along the aisles, looking at shelves and shelves of BOOKS! Novels, non-fiction works, self-help books, biographies, business books, science fiction books, religious books, recipe books, children’s books…best sellers, sale books, classics, well-known and obscure authors… you name it! And, I felt deeply saddened that I no longer read.
 
The www, in all its wonderful and magical glory, has added much to my life, but in that moment, I realised that it has also changed me, and perhaps taken something away from me, and I made a firm decision to change that!
 
The first step? I bought 2 books!!!
 
I haven’t started reading yet, but I do intend to (if I can ever get away from this keyboard!!)
 
Do other Internet Junkies read? And, if so, when do u find the time to “feed” your addiction, work, run a home AND read????

Beware of Windows Updates!

Written by Joy Dembo. Posted in Archive

My computer crashed last week, after I had downloaded a Windows XP update. When I called my Computer Technician he told me that I am the third person he has spoken to this week that this has happened to. He can probably retrieve all my data, but I think that the computer has taken an involuntary retirement package! It was an old computer and I knew I would have to upgrade soon, but I would have liked to have done it on MY terms.

So, if you have an oldish computer, please take heed of this and exercise caution befoe installing any updates!