“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell
A month ago (why does it seem like a year?), after declaring myself “on vacation from blogging”, I made the decision to sit at the laptop a few moments each day and write – almost in diary form – something funny or important or mundane about each day of my self-imposed exile. I knew if I didn’t do that, there might be something I’d forget to tell you when I returned, and you know me – I like to share EVERYTHING! Even if nothing happened beyond the normal day-to-day stuff, I thought maybe I’d have an interesting thought or someone would say something intriguing. Maybe Bear or Maddie would have an adventure. Anyway, here are a few excerpts with no “cleaning up” on punctuation/style. If you’d suddenly developed the power to read minds a month ago, here’s what you would have found going on inside my head:
- Thoughts coming home – once again the noise of the highway – radio going, semis and trucks and buses and cars are noisy! So much activity!
- Monday, Nov. 5 – Finished unpacking luggage just in time for 33 lb. box shipped from Island to arrive. Unpacked that also. This morning was cool – in the 40’s, but summer is still hanging on for dear life here – 72 in the afternoon – an awesome temp. Played ball with Bear. No holes dug yet in the yard by Maddie – maybe the moles ARE gone! . Best thing about first day/night at home – KING-SIZED bed!!
- Tuesday – Nov 6. Little TV in kitchen that hangs below cabinet doesn’t work. Ted and I went to vote, then on to the Americus WalMart to look for new one. Had nothing for under cabinets – so we bought 19″ to sit on the counter – something to watch while we eat at our new kitchen breakfast bar! VERY strange not to be writing a blog post . . . . last night, as I was cleaning up kitchen, I thought “geez, I have the whole evening in front of me after this. What will I do with myself? I ended up watching 2 episodes of Mad Men and the pilot of Revenge on Netflix. Is that better use of my time than blogging????
- Wednesday – Nov. 7. Disappointed Romney lost, but trying to be positive about next four years. How can we expect Congress and Senate to get along when, because of our political and social views, the majority of the country can’t. We are all Americans – pray that we can come together – in Washington AND in this country. Vet with Bear and Maddie this morning. Ear infection for Bear and both need kennel cough immunizations. Got new meds for Bear’s ear and hoping they will work. He can’t work as therapy dog with ear infection. Maddie was pathetic – she started whining before the vet even touched her. They took her in the back to weigh her, and we could hear her yowling like she was being hung by her ears. Bear, who had been listening to all the other dogs in the back howling with no interest at all, immediately got up and rushed to the closed door to the back room when he heard Maddie yell. Worried about his sister.
- Thursday – Nov. 8. Empty day ahead. How to fill it. Last night I looked at recipe books and jotted down some I want to try. Will have to oust Ted from kitchen. We are loving our new kitchen! My favorite part isn’t the granite counter tops or new attached little breakfast bar – it’s the sink! It is huge – I feel like I’m washing dishes in a tub! New faucets too! I think our blood is thinner – Ted walking around in the house with a knit cap on his head. He’s still under the weather, but says he’s “better”. Has been refusing to take some antibiotics I have (he HATES meds). This day seemed to last 48 hours instead of 24. GOT to find something to do with my time.
- Friday-Nov. 9: Why do I wake up earlier in GA? In Michigan I was sleeping till 8:30, sometimes 9:00 each morning! Here, the sun rises over the ri’vah right outside our bedroom window, and I’m waking with its first rays. Up by 7 a.m. Consequently, when I go to bed between 11-12, I am going right to sleep – a miracle! Still waking up several times a night though, but being able to go to bed and immediately to sleep is oh, so wonderful! I have doctor appointment on Nov. 19 with my internist. Have to discuss all this with him and get his insight, which will probably entail another visit to sleep clinic. I’m still having to keep busy and on my feet all day. If I sit down and get still, trying to read, I’m asleep in 10 seconds. Not good. I think I’m going to surprise Ted Saturday morning and cook breakfast! Can’t wait to see his face.
- Saturday, Nov. 10 – Today we heard Chris Ann’s diagnosis. Devastated.
- Monday – Nov. 12 – My thoughts on not blogging this month. Ted is loving that I’ve channeled my free time into re-discovering the stove in our new kitchen. When he went to Booger Bottom for the first time on Saturday to watch the Georgia game (he finally felt well enough to get out of the house, and the fact that he’d been home a week without a “Bottom” visit tells you how sick he was), I rode into Cordele and went grocery shopping. I had a two-page list of ingredients we don’t normally stock, for recipes I’d spotted in cookbooks that haven’t been opened in – well, in a long time. On Sunday morning, when I announced I was making breakfast, I almost had to call the EMT’s to resuscitate my husband.
- Thursday, Nov. 15-Sunday, Nov. 18: An Ormond Beach weekend with Julie, Matt, Jordan, and Matthew.
Monday, Nov. 19 – Physical appointment for me, – Grooming appointment for Bear, who now looks like an entirely different dog. Wish I could take my Georgia groomers to Michigan with me. Doctor visit was good news/bad news. Good – excellent blood pressure and I’d lost 3 lbs. Bad – Cholesterol too high. I convinced my doc to give me 8 weeks to lower it with diet change. Wish me luck on that. My internist wants me to contact my respiratory therapist and get in there to discuss other sleep apnea options that have evolved since last year. Also – a new problem I haven’t mentioned – I can’t open my mouth all the way! About two months ago I awoke to find my left jaw was locked (something that has happened randomly over the last few years and never lasted more than a day), and it still is. Makes eating a Whopper really difficult! Dentist appointment coming up on that.
Nov. 20 – Marianne’s party.
Nov. 22 – Thanksgiving!
Update on Chris Ann
First of all, a huge thank you from Chris Ann for all the beautiful, heartfelt comments and prayers you wrote to her. Chris Ann has read every one, loves that some of the Lake Blackshear and Mackinac Island readers have “friended” her on Facebook, and checks back each day to see if there are more comments. Since that post, Burton (her husband) and their family have gone into action and are determined to make the rest of Chris Ann’s life on this earth one of beauty, family, friends, and memory-making.
Chris Ann and Burton are now back in Michigan, staying with one of their daughters and her family. The word has gone out, and friends and family from all over the U.S. are flocking to visit and share memories. I always thought I had some inkling of what “dying with dignity” would mean, but Chris Ann is truly writing a whole new chapter on that term for all of us who know and love her. Please, Lord, if ever faced with similar circumstances, let me be just 1/10 as courageous, giving, gracious and loving.
Hospice has provided Chris Ann the meds she needs to be comfortable, and she remains the most positive person I have ever met. I told her the other day that it seems she has acquired a “glow” that is becoming more noticeable with each photo.
Even though I didn’t blog for four weeks, I DID still write and take photos. A month of doing that – without a deadline – was just what I needed to get myself back into the blogging spirit, but it also gave me some much needed insight into something my readers have been trying to tell me for years. There doesn’t have to be a deadline!
So – from this point on, I’m not going to schedule a blog day. When I have a story to tell or something I want to share with you – personal or public – I’ll post. I know that will be at least once a week – it may be more, but it won’t be less – but I don’t know which day. So, again, if you haven’t already hit that little “follow” button” so you’ll be notified by email when I publish, please do so. It will really make things easier for you!
What I’ve missed most is the “disconnect” from my readers. Hearing from you is a highlight of my day, and I look forward to your comments every time I write. You’re quickly moving past “friends” to “bonus family”, and I love each and every one of you.
I’ll see you back here sometime between now and next Sunday evening! God bless.