Caregivers Simple Valentine Tips and Fun Recipe

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Caregivers Simple Valentine tips can actually ease strain on a busy caregiver.  Has your Caregiving Duties List replaced your Valentine’s Must Do List; are you left with shattered holiday plans?  Don’t give up! Let me encourage you with 3 caregivers simple Valentine tips to show love and a fun, simple recipe for family and friends.

Decorating does not mean dragging out boxes of “stuff”! Simple tip #1 shows you how.

#1 Holidays were always a time to decorate; I enjoyed celebrating the seasons. Now with no time for storing decorations (and no place to put them with all the equipment and such around), I still decorate—more simply. It’s amazing what a tiny red sticker heart will say on our glasses, cups and napkins. A cute flower or bear sticker on the mirror takes seconds and speaks volumes.

No time or money for cards or gifts? Not a problem.

#2 Plan to spread the love all over town. Cut a few sheets of heavy paper into 2” x 3” pieces, add stickers and a Scripture or simply write “have a blessed day”. Hand them out to the checkers, waiters, passersby; the list can be as long as you want. Can’t do that? Why not carry a little bag of hard candies to give away? Add a smile and you both will be lifted up.

My favorite tip; you can do this one!

#3 Write one name on each calendar day in February that you would like to contact. Just one. If that is too much, make it every other day, but determine to do this. Then follow through each day with a note or call and prayer. Five minutes of your time may be the world to someone else who needs to know they are loved.

The promised fun recipe.

I make this often; great dish to make ahead and take somewhere or have to snack on at home.  Hint at the end will dress it up for the holidays.

Sweets for the Sweet Salad  (original name was Coke Salad—yuk!)

2 pkg. cherry jello

1 lg can crushed pineapple

1 lg can pie cherries (see note below for great option)

1 10oz Coke

½ cup chopped pecans

Draw juice from fruits. Heat juice until almost boiling. Dissolve jello well. Add well-drained fruit and nuts. Pour into 9 x 13 pan or mold. (Rinse pan in cold water first.) Refrigerate. Serves 12 – 14

Great substitution ideas: use fruit punch jello; try sweet black cherries (my favorite); use Pepsi instead of coke (diet works well); try black walnuts.

Hint: Make it special by serving a few generous spoonfuls over angel food cake. Top with whipped cream and a cherry.

Happy February! May you have a great month filled with God’s amazing love and blessings.

Hugs,

Idea! Spread the love by encouraging a friend to sign up for my newsletter (see box to right of above photo)! There are some fantastic new ideas and helpful hints on the horizon!

 

Caring for Homebound – Practical Giving

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Consider some inexpensive, practical gifts for those you love this season.

Shoppers line aisles searching for gifts for elderly and homebound loved ones. Dollars will be spent on items that may or may not be appreciated or needed. Let’s look at some inexpensive, practical gifts I was given during and after my recent 40-day hospital stay.

  1. Just a cup of coffee? Really? On a long October afternoon in rehab, the aroma of freshly-brewed pumpkin pie latte announced Vickie’s arrival. She would not have us miss our monthly coffee chat. A gentle hug and short visit while sipping that yummy brew was a great pick-me-up for this weary patient!
  2. Notice what was left undone at home. Spotting a box of pre-ordered lily bulbs left on our porch by the postman. Martha asked my hubby for a general idea where to plant them. (Let’s face it, flower gardens are not his thing!) Not only did she make a bed and plant each one, she carefully drew a diagram showing where each color was placed.
  3. Consider the surroundings; can you spruce them up a bit?  Nancy realized I would want to relax outside more while I recuperated at home. She scraped and painted banisters and steps, swept and cleaned both porches. God granted us many beautiful autumn days to enjoy healing fresh air and sunshine.
  4. Think of needs and desires before you visit. Texas friend June (pictured above), knew we were slowly making our hillsides into a park for others to enjoy. She came for a week armed with foods and with a basket of flower bulbs to plant. I have no idea what they are or where she planted all of them. Come summer we will be in for some beautiful surprises as they bloom.
  5. Bring foods in non-returnable containers when possible.  Often during my six-week stay, Doug and Betsy and other neighbors and friends brought Russell home-cooked meals. (The kitchen is not his domain either!) My first weeks at home, we also had some great foods brought in. It was nice to be able to enjoy the food and not worry about returning dishes. (Note: this is also a good plan when providing food to families after a funeral.)
  6. Consider the gift of youth and children singing. A Mennonite neighbor brought food and lingered at the door a few minutes, apparently waiting for someone. Following her was her daughter and eight of her friends to serenade us with beautiful music. What a blessed half hour!

Because you care for others, I know you realize this truth: the best gifts are from the heart; a kind smile; a gentle hug; a sincere prayer. I believe as we stay open to His leading, He will give us direction in how to best share His Love with others along the way.

Hugs,

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