Friday, September 2, 2016

Where To Begin?

Hi All, I know it has been quite a while since I’ve been here. So much has happened in the past few months, I don’t even know where to begin. Even the garden has gone haywire, lol…

The most important news is sad, very sad in fact. Yes, our dear friend Marion has passed. It happened on August 12, 2016 after a rather lengthy and very painful stay in the hospital. I’m sure she is either on her way to becoming an Angel or already earned her wings. She was one amazing lady and I miss her terribly.

As for me, I am still recovering from my lung surgery but am doing extremely well! In fact, the doctors can’t believe how quickly I’m healing. I’m back to driving and have been for a while. I’m really feeling terrific!

But, (it seems there’s always a but these days:) I won’t be back to blogging for quite a while. It seems I have other health issues that I am dealing with as we speak. There have been so many visits to doctors and hospitals, I’m in a spin, lol….Not to worry you “guys” I’m pretty tough for my size and have every intention of fighting back!!!

I don’t know if there will ever come a time that I will feel comfortable enough to share what is happening but I want you all to know how much your encouraging words and prayers mean to me. Lots!!! And I thank you…

I do have a huge surprise for all of you though. I mean this is really going to knock your socks off!!! In the midst of all the sickness, visitors and chaos, I managed to make a quick visit down to New York to celebrate my Honeymoon!!! Yes indeed, I got married!!!

I know, it really isn’t fair of me to hit you with all this news and not do some explaining but, I’m just not ready. However, rest assured, I am one happy lady and thankfully I may be sick inside but I feel absolutely terrific now and I’m living in the NOW!!! Heck, I may just say see ya to all those doctors and take the new RV I bought before Marion got sick and take a vacation across country with my new husband!!!

Thank you so much for all your kind words and prayers. There has been a lot of praying going on around here. We can use all the prayers you can spare:) I will try to keep you posted and let you know how things are going. I'm really going to try to stop by all your blogs in the next couple of days to see how things are going in your little corners of the world. In the mean time, just remember to keep wiggling those toes and repeat after me, “Your Health is Your Wealth!” Now, go hug someone, anyone and tell them how much they mean to you! And, thank God everyday for the gift of life. Louise:)

Friday, July 15, 2016

Yes Indeed! It’s Me Louise!

Hi Everyone!!! I sure have missed you “guys.” How can I ever thank you for all your thoughtful words and prayers. Just hearing them and eventually being able to read them on my own lifted my spirits. I am forever grateful:)

I don’t want to get into the gory details of what has happened in the last couple of weeks. Suffice to say, I am lucky, happy to be alive and loving every moment of it!!! Which reminds me, you should do the same:) I came {{{this close}}} to never, ever “seeing” you “guys” again and believe me when I tell you, I’m not dramatizing…Stop and hug yourself right now and while you’re at it, hug anyone that’s around you too!!!

I’ve learned so much about myself and others in the last couple of weeks. Things you would think a person of my age would have learned long ago. (thank you for all your kind birthday wishes, I don’t mind admitting for one minute that I actually enjoyed having my birthday in the hospital! It’s GREAT to be alive!!!)

Although this entire experience has been quite the eye opener, I feel the need to tell you there wasn’t anything I could have done to prevent it from happening. At first it was difficult for me to understand that it just happened and it happened to me. Smoking or not smoking would not have prevented it, eating right, exercising, or any of those things that come to mind when you think about doing your best to stay healthy wouldn’t have changed a thing. As the doctor explained it, it just happens sometimes. I was very fortunate to have a guardian angle watching over me:)

It’s a bit ironic really. Regular readers to this blog may remember when my son took me to the casino for my birthday and I happened to win! Fact is, I am superstitious about winning around my birthday and this year I made an extra effort to buy instant scratch offs to move things along. Scratching and thinking, I’m going to win, lol, that’s the gambler in me I suppose. Well, I may have not won big money, but I sure did win in a memorable way!!!

Perhaps, it is in our lust for living that we take life for granted. I realize this more now than I did only weeks ago but, another revelation has come to mind; pictures. Happy pictures that is, joyful pictures, in the moment images that bring a smile to our faces and essence to our minds. When we think about the reflections that cause those grins, don’t they seem all so uncomplicated? Embrace them, appreciate them, and be thankful for them because it really is the simplest things in life worthy of our utmost appreciation. Your health is truly your wealth and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!!!

I don’t know when or if I will be back to full time blogging anytime soon. You all “met” my daughter Michele when she gallantly tackled a couple of blog posts in my absence. Well, she and the kids are coming to visit in less than two weeks. Yippee!!! (another thing I’ve questioned in the last couple of weeks is all this social media stuff including blogging, is it really living?) I’m sure I’m in a “thank God I’m alive mode” which is causing me to question oh so many things. And I’m also sure I’ll snap out of it once I’m physically feeling like my old self again which the doctor says may take quite a while. (I'm not even back to driving yet:( I’m working on it though and that means lots and lots of walking and breathing; yes breathing:) (after having part of your lung removed, it’s important to get the remaining lobes to expand and stay healthy, so I’m told:)

Life really is short and yes, things really can change ”in a New York minute.” Marion is doing well and I am doing fine. We will both be focusing on building up our strength physically and mentally. We’re on our own since my sister Maria had to return to her family in New York. Thank you all for your prayers and words of encouragement. You have no idea how much they mean to us, sending lots of hugs your way, Louise:)

As you can imagine, the garden has been keeping me quite busy. Not in the usual way of toiling and weeding but it has been just as active as usual even if I haven’t been. As soon as the sun rises I go outside for a morning stroll. The doctors tell me it is very important to do as much walking as possible. Well I am, and I do believe my driveway is beginning to show worn signs from my little footsteps:)

It hasn’t been easy to get down and dirty to catch those speedy hummingbirds but I did manage to capture this one for now. They sure do love those Tiger Lilies!!! Take care you “guys”, “see” you soon:)