To my loyal readers (thank you, if you’re one of them!), you may have noticed that I haven’t posted a thing this past week. Not a thing! First, apologies for that. I typically don’t let a day to go by without posting something (and yes, I’m seriously behind on my “Photo of the Day” posts).
But I have a good reason for my delinquency. I’ve been cleaning my mom’s house out. Don’t worry, she’s still with us. But a room opened up at Orchard Creek Supportive Care, so my siblings and I decided we’d best jump on it, because those rooms are hard to come by.
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So Mom is settling in pretty well there, and in the meantime, we’re cleaning out the house because, well, those Orchard Creek rooms aren’t cheap, and we’ll likely have to rent the house out at some point to help pay for her care. But it’s so worth it – the Orchard Creek folks are the best, as are the facilities, food and everything else there.
NOTE: Mom does not KNOW we’re cleaning out the house, and with her memory issues, likely wouldn’t remember it two minutes after we told her anyway. So if you send a card to her or stop by for a visit, don’t mention the house-cleaning project.
And by the way, if you do want to send a card, they’re much appreciated. Her address is: Mary Johnson, Orchard Creek Supportive Care, 9739 E. Cherry Bend Rd., Traverse City, MI 49684.
It’s been somewhat cathartic for me to go through her house and look at all the things I remember growing up there. The house was built in 1960, the same year I was born. So while my older siblings spent a few years at the “old house” across from our barn just north of Mapleton, my entire childhood was spent at the Old Mission house.
I’m hoping to be finished up with the house-cleaning project today, and a silver lining is that I now have a lifetime’s supply of stories to write about for Old Mission Gazette.
In the meantime, here are just a few of the treasures I’ve found at Mom’s house in the past couple weeks. I’ll write more about them – and many more! – for Old Mission Gazette as soon as I get back to my own work, which hopefully will be by tomorrow!
Program from the Old Mission Peninsula Edith Circle, Late 1950s
Diploma for My Dad, Walter Johnson, from the Mapleton School, 1936
Letter to my Grandma, Mrs. Lester Johnson (Stella), Dated 1927
My Dad, Walter Johnson’s, Amazing Hat Collection
A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper. Because the Gazette is mainly reader-supported, I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks my way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the OMP. Check out the donation page here. Thank you so much for your support. -jb