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Mom Is Alive Thanks To Crouse Health

Suffice it to say that my life has been turned almost upside down since my mother moved in with us back near the end of January. One true way of seeing that is that this is the first post I’ve written on this blog since the end of my 31 days in a row of posting on this blog in January.

It’s been a period of acclimation and adjustment for all of us, and a period of restless sleep. Every day is a new challenge and a new lesson on dealing with a a parent with dementia. I’ve had some mental highs and lows, but other than my two main blogs I haven’t felt like writing anything else. Last week I thought I might finally be ready to get back to work and writing… until… Read the rest of this entry »

31 Days In A Row; What I’ve Learned…

Today is the final day of 31 straight blog posts in Syracuse Wiki. This time around it’s been a bigger challenge for me than it’s been when I’ve done it on other blogs, and I decided to talk about the process and things I’ve learned overall on the journey.

1. Real life can get in the way… if you let it

January blogging challenge

Real life tried to get in the way as of the 23rd of the month when my mother fell in her house. This led to doing a lot of thinking and changing of options and, eventually, we moved Mom into our house… and she’ll be here as long as we can take care of her properly. I began on the 21st by talking about meeting a social worker who showed me the light and set me on the path just before Mom fell, then a few days later talked about situations and processes which eventually led to our deciding to move her here. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Things I’ve Learned About Dementia By Having Mom Living With Me

I feel like I’m outing all my mother’s personal information without her consent. Yet, I also feel that I’m going to help others because of what I’m writing here. This is a major learning experience for me, nothing I really expected… well, maybe a couple of these things I knew existed, but not to the degree I’m seeing now.

I’m learning a lot after 6 days here with Mom. It’s not been all that easy, but it’s not all that hard either. Staying up with her until she fell asleep at 4:15 a few mornings ago wasn’t fun, but it was better than 7AM, which my wife had to deal with Mom’s first night here. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Unique Central New York Scenes

Well… at least these are unique to me. I’m sure everyone who lives in the area has pictures that are unique to them, and some of them might look exactly like some of these. What I’ve tried to do is highlight some of what’s unique to central New York in a different way than many other people might do. I know that a couple of these will look exactly like a picture someone else took but, except for one of these, all of these were taken by me. One is from my friend Scott Thomas, but since it’s not a high definition shot and he’s getting attribution I don’t think he’ll mind all that much.

This is also day #29 of having a new post on this blog, and since it’s Sunday I know most people don’t want to read a bunch of content. So sit back and just enjoy the images. 🙂

Carrier Dome

This is a picture inside the Carrier Dome before a Syracuse Orange basketball game. It’s not easy to capture a great shot of the crowd from the inside; trust me, I’ve tried. 🙂

Green Lakes

Central New York is known for its lakes, and Green Lakes is no exception. I took a bunch of beautiful shots one day when I walked around the lake… almost killing myself!

Lights On The Lake

Every winter we get the Lights on the Lake presentation alongside Onondaga Lake. I think it’s best when there’s snow on the ground, but getting individual shots like this one are pretty fun.

NBT Bank Stadium

The stadium where the Syracuse Chiefs play baseball. I love the look of a baseball diamond and maybe if I hadn’t hurt my arm freshman year in college I’d have had a shot at a major league career. I can dream can’t I?

I probably have hundreds of shots of Onondaga Lake during the day but I don’t have a shot like this. I’m betting few people have thought about shooting this one; we’ll find out I suppose.

Lake Ontario sunset

Oswego counts as central New York which means we get to claim our piece of Lake Ontario. Renown as the location of one of the top 5 sunsets in the world, I have lots of these shots as well. This one I’m sure lots of people have taken.

sand sculpture NY State Fair

This is one of my favorite sand sculptures ever from the New York State Fair, which is held right here in Syracuse. I could have chosen from dozens of shots but this one seemed to be the most fitting.

Stella's Betty Boop's

Stella’s gets a mention meanly because of its affinity for Betty Boop dolls. I’ve always been a Betty Boop fan and there’s probably few places around the country so enamored with her.

Syracuse City Hall

This is another shot that I’ve seen a lot of pictures that look like it. I only hope it’s slightly unique when compared to the others. It’s one of the coolest city halls in the country in my opinion.

hockey game Syracuse War Memorial

I’ve been to a lot of events at the Syracuse War Memorial but lately I’ve been going for the hockey games. The Crunch are fun to watch and now I have a 3-game winning streak after having them lose every game I’d been to for over a decade. 🙂

That’s all I have; I hope you enjoy these shots.

Blogging Is A Labor Of Love

This is day 26 of my blogging journey here on Syracuse Wiki, and I have to admit that I almost gave up this challenge after I had to deal with mother issues, which you might have seen in this post about taking responsibility for your parents. It would have been as easy “out” and pretty legitimate also.

blogging get together

Why have I continued writing then?

First, because 10 days ago I talked about this writing a post a day thing on one of my other blogs and most of the people who commented were, dare I say, sissies about it? lol If I’d given up I would have felt like one of them; that wasn’t happening.

Second, I actually got someone else to take on the challenge, which she started yesterday. If she actually writes 7 days a week I’m going to share a link here so others can see it and hopefully be inspired.

Third… Because blogging is a labor love… you’ve got to love blogging while realizing that it’s also laborious. Just because I’m doing this doesn’t mean I think blogging is easy. Blogging is hard for many reasons, which is why so many people are reluctant to do it on a consistent basis.

Yet, there are a lot of hard things people do that others say are tough. Running and jogging; man, that’s physically tough, yet there are a lot of people who do it.

Creating and building things, painting, learning how to play piano… all of those things are hard to learn, even for prodigies. Those people spend hours on it, and sometimes they’re not sure when they’re done or at their peak.

From my perspective, if you don’t love blogging then please don’t do it.

Don’t do it only to make money because you’re going to fail.

Don’t do it because you’re trying to enhance your business presence because you’re going to quit.

Don’t do it because someone like me told you how blogging can help you in so many ways.

Do it because you love it. Pick a topic or multiple topics, or just write because you love writing, and enjoy yourself. Do it for your business because you love what you do and can always think of great topics to write about. Make money from your blog because you encourage people to love the same things you do by writing about them.

Just don’t think it’s easy… because it’s not. I say that as someone who’s about to hit year #12 of blogging in February, when I switched from daily personal blogging which I started in 1999.

Hmmm… maybe it’s time for another local blogging meetup…  

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