MissEdithKeeler, sorry for going on a tangent. At the same time, I also thank you for being able to do so much for your mother. Many people lack the ability, willingness, or even basic competence to care for someone else and you have all of this and then some.Hey, it was a great tangent!! I moved back here to be closer to my mom, because I was seeing some signs of the poor nutrition, etc. With her, she's not especially incapacited, but she is very depressed, and I think a lot of her depression was loneliness. Since I see her at least once a week, call her every day, and get her to get out and about from time to time, a lot of this loneliness is abating, I think. The other thing is--my mom knows how to push my buttons! She is always very complimentary of my cooking, which means I'll cook for her more. I love to cook, and I love to cook for people who enjoy my food. I do cook extra stuff and share--last week I made a huge pot of lentil soup and gave them half; a few weeks ago it was chili (which my mom was raving about again last night--I think that's a hint for more chili!!). I also think there's a tendency to just enjoy food you don't have to cook yourself--why we go to restaurants, I suppose. And it's a win for me, too. As a single person who loves to cook, sometimes it's hard to cook for just one. I make a big pot of chili, I get sick of it before it's gone, and I don't always like the quality when I freeze and reheat. I mentioned a few days ago I was going to cook a pot of beans. My mom asked me about it last night "Hey, how did your beans turn out?" "I didn't get around to making them yet." "Oh. I was hoping to have some with some cornbread." Is that a hint or what? I better get cooking....
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