This blog is about life with my husband who was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's and Frontal Lobe Dementia in 2008. He was 64 at the time although now, knowing more about the disease, Alzheimer's was present many, many years ago, which is why early detection is so important. As you read the blog the character"Al" that I created in 2008 represents the way that Alzheimer's is invading our daily lives.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Living with Bob and Al

Sheri  has been mourning the loss of her garden all winter long knowing that because of the financial situation she will loose her home and her cherished gardens.The ones that hold so many tears of laughter and pain of her life. She had hoped that all the changes, a new place to live, and so forth would be over before the frozen tundra, melted into Spring, one of Sheri's favorite times of year. Sheri loves going out and gently raking away the oak leaves that provided a blanket for the tender shoots just breaking through the crust of the cold ground. She feared the pain of seeing her gardens bloom one more time. But plans are not quite in place yet for a new home. Bob and "Al" are in the nursing home, and Sheri is waiting for word about medical assistance. So Sheri has decided to change the way she is seeing things. She realized that in the deep self pity she is drowning in, her eyes are clouded by premature tears. So instead of mourning the loss of her gardens, she is going to choose to embrace this delay, as a gift from God, to let Sheri enjoy one more season of watching the incredibly beautiful cycle from snow to brown to beauty. She will take her rake and one more time, unearth the life...a symbol for her that life goes on. A part of her love of life that Alzheimer's can not take from her. At least not this Spring.


  1. What a powerful image, and a bold decision. Bless you. I hope this spring is healing for you, even amidst pain.

  2. Thank you for your support Emily.

  3. Yay! Sheri... this post made me cry tears of joy for YOU! Gardening is the best medicine. I can't wait to get out there on Wednesday next week when the weather is more amicable to gardening.

    I also read a tip online somewhere using - it told me how to make seed tape. Use a yard stick, toilet paper, seeds, tweezers and liquid glue like Elmer's Glue. Measure out a 3 foot piece of TP, place the yard stick along the edge and based on what the seed packet's instructions, place a drop of glue and a seed on top. Fold the TP over and voila... you have your own seed tape!

    I asked my MIL to help me with this project and she said YES!

    Gardening is really great and I'm so excited that you share my passion.

    Yay Sheri!!!!!!!