Sunday, May 02, 2010
Nice Move, Debbie!! :-)
My sister, Debbie....my OLDER sister, Debbie :-)...she is two years older than me.....now lives in Lancaster, Ohio, which is about 30 miles north of where I live.
This is so major because Debbie has never lived outside of Hocking County! She is now a resident of Fairfield County! Wow. I mean, Debbie is 60 and has never lived outside of Hocking County. Well, neither have I for that matter, so you see how major this is!!! :-)
She had been living in the high-rise in Logan where elderly and disabled people live. (I know....that, in itself, sounds depressing, hm?) She had moved there from Enterprise where she rented a small house, which just became too expensive for her, plus keeping someone to mow her grass and so on.
She was just never truly happy in the high-rise. For one thing, she was on the 5th floor, which is the top floor. If she wanted to go outside, she had to go all the way downstairs, then outside, either to the front where there are benches provided or out back where there was a fenced-in patio and small garden area for the residents, but there was always someone out there and sometimes she just wanted her privacy.
That was her biggest issue with living in the high-rise, I believe. Her privacy. Every time she stepped out her door there was someone in the hallway or there would be people in the lobby or sitting outside.
And her little apartment was just that....little. tiny. small. And the entire place was painted the most drabby yellowish/tannish/beigeish color ever created and you weren't allowed to paint your walls the color you wanted either.
There were indeed many advantages to living in the high-rise for Debbie especially as she is disabled. They also had regularly scheduled activities for those who wished to participate, so she did have social activities she could participate in if she chose to and she didn't even have to leave the building! :-)
But, because of her continued unhappiness with living there, her daughter suggested that she consider moving to Lancaster where she and her family live. Our older sister, Bev, and her family lives in Lancaster, too.
So, after much prayer and consideration, Debbie took the plunge and April commenced to helping her look for a place to live.
I wasn't too crazy about the idea because I had always liked having Debbie here in Hocking County with me, as did her two sons! BUT Debbie is very independent, even if she is on oxygen, has congestive heart failure, COPD, enphysema just to mention a few of her ailments. But her being independent is a GOOD thing, so she decided to take the plunge and moved! To another county and city!
Wellllll......I am so glad that she did! She has the nicest apartment and it is so much roomier than her little dinky place at the high-rise and it is much more pleasant. AND it has been newly remodeled! I am so happy for her!!! AND she is so happy with it! She has a small enclosed private patio and some beautiful perennials that the previous occupant had planted. Her apartment is in the back of the apartment complex and her backyard is a rather large yard/field that they keep nicely mowed and it has a couple of trees in it. It is almost like living in the country for her!
I've gone up once a week for the last three weeks to visit with her and we have had such a good time. It's like there hasn't been a big adjustment period for her or anything. She has just taken to this move and her new home like a fish to water! I am sooo thankful, because we were all concerned about her making such a big move and change in her life.
Her doctors are all now just a short drive away now and the hospital is just about a mile away. All of her doctors are in Lancaster, so this all works out great and that was one of the main determining factors in her final decision to move to Lancaster, too.
There is a Dollar General just across the street! :-) AND within walking distance there is Pizza Crossing Pizza, Cristy's Pizza, Fat Cat Pizza, and Donato's Pizza!
Hey, I'd make the move just for the pizza!!!! LOL
One thing that has changed majorly is that Debbie cannot call me because it is long distance, so it is up to me to call her and stay in touch, which I don't mind at all. Thankfully, she does have a cellphone with limited minutes on it so if she REALLY needs me she can all me and I just call her back!
And one last thing that is pretty neat: I was hanging pictures for Debbie a couple of weeks ago and hammering some small nails in the wall, when there was a knock at her door. Debbie went to see who it was and it was her neighbor making sure she was alright because he thought perhaps she was pounding on wall for help! I thought that was so nice of him to check on her and he said that's what neighbors are for! I apologized for banging on the wall and he said it was no problem; he was just glad that Debbie was okay.
Sooooo, there you have it. A big change for Debbie and for me but,thankfully, we are both doing well with her move. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for keeping your hand upon my sister Debbie and blessing her with and in her new home.