Sunday, June 26, 2016

Getting Back to Normal...

What is normal anyway? And friends, to let you in on a little secret, my mother is far from normal. Ha! She might beat me with a wet noodle for that one. Sometimes it pays to be 2,000 miles away.

Ok, all joking aside, the news is good news and that's always the best kind. My dear friends, I am happy to report that Louise is out of the hospital and making a full recovery. It will, of course, be a slow process, but after having major lung surgery that is to be expected. She was able to read all of your kind comments; they brightened her day. Louise is truly grateful her blogger friends and she doesn't want anyone to worry. In fact, she wants me to remind you to wiggle your toes. We aren't sure when she will be back to her regular posts, so for now, I will just try to keep you all as up-to-date as I can. 

I must admit, my mom is a lucky lady. She is being blessed with the presence of my amazing aunt who has come from afar to help with the cooking. I am not sure of how much you all know about my family, but I will say this, my aunt, is undoubtedly THE BEST cook I know. We come from a long line of Italian women and my aunt is right up there with the best of them. Needless to say, I'm jealous! 

Yes, I am very thankfully too. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make the trip back east to help mom out, so having my aunt there is the next best thing. Aunt Ria is cooking up a storm. From the moment she walked through the door, the house has had the most amazing aroma. She even said to me on FaceTime, "it's too bad you don't have smell-a-vision!" Silly Auntie (: Mom has become quite the health conscious eater and Aunt Ria is there to keep her on the right track! 

I just spoke to mom and she informed me that she plans on taking pictures of the foods that my aunt cooks. I'll try to post some of them here (: For now, I will leave you with this...

While in the hospital Louise got to celebrate her birthday. There was a particularly kind young man who overheard this and decided to surprise her with a yummy treat. He had no idea that tiramisu was her favorite. Boy was she delighted when the young man walked in with this. He said, "today is my mother's birthday too. We wanted to share". How cool is that!! 

Thank you all greatly for your true compassion and concern for my mother. She gave us quite a scare and we are very thankfully she will be just fine. Feel free to keep the kind words, thoughts, prayers, good vibrations coming her way. 


  1. I am a fan of your mom but i have not been very active in the blog world lately. I am caught off guard to find that she's been unwell but am really glad that she is recovering well.
    Thank you for updating us and please send my regards and wish her a speedy recovery. Happy belated birthday to her too. Hugs!!

  2. Hi Michele...
    Thanks so much for the update on ~~Louise~~...
    Please wish her the best...she is a very kind soul...♥️
    Looking for ward to an update on her health...
    Linda :o)

  3. thanks for the update - glad to hear louise is doing well and eating well - warm wishes to you and your family - so lovely to see how you are looking after each other

  4. So glad to hear things are improving. We miss you, Louise! Take care.

  5. Dear Louise,
    I didn't write sooner as your daughter said in the last post that you were not able to read them...
    Anyhow..I am so happy that you are doing better...Boy, I tell you you scared many of us..I am sure you scared yourself. I knew something had to be really bad if your daughter wrote on the blog.
    Please continue to get better and also listen to the doctors! My prayers and thoughts are with you always dear friend..Miss you and your sweet words. Hope that Marion is well and your daughter is a good writer, she should write her own blog.
    Love to you my special friend. Get well soon, and get strong...
    Hugs Dottie oooo xxxxx

  6. I don't think any of us are actually normal. :-) Michele, thanks for the update. Really glad to hear Louise is on the mend. Louise, looking forward to seeing you post again! But don't rush -- we'll all be here when you're ready. In the meantime, we'll amuse ourselves by wiggling our toes.

  7. Happy birthday! I'm so glad you're recovering!

  8. Lots of love and prayers to my dear friend Louise.. Belated Birthday wishes too...Stay blessed and get well soon...

  9. Thank you so much Louise, Please give your Mum a big hug, her affection on blogospehere is contagious and I do genuinely feel her warmth when she comments x Good vibrations winging its way from this small corner of Wales, U.K

  10. So happy for Louise...and for you for posting. Good news is so welcome. I hesitate to post since you said no one would be checking, but now I want Louise to know how concerned we all were for her..and glad about the progress. Hugs, positive thoughts, and prayers for a speedy recovery. Glad, Louise, that you're able to enjoy all that good Italian food.

  11. Thank you so very much Michele for being so kind to keep up in the loop concerning Louise's health .
    I am so thankful she came through this health scare with flying colors . I heard her speak of her sister and what a great cook she is . I put Louise on our prayer list , the vibes and prayers will have her up in no time .
    Wiggling my toes and sending prayers her way and to you also for being so kind .
    Here's to you sweetie .....;-D Nee

  12. Thanks for keeping us updated on Louise's progress, & I'm so glad she's recovering well! With an awesome cook around, I'm sure she's in good hands. You take care too, & all the best to your family! With love from Singapore! xoxo

  13. Hi Louise, Happy Birthday to you and wishing you all the best.
    So sorry to read about your lung operation. But same time glad to know that you are recovering and able to read our comments. And with your aunt Ria cooking up a storm for you, you should be able to recover very fast. We will be here waiting for your return, meanwhile you take care and wishing you speedy recovery. God blessed.

    With lots of love and hugs to you and family.

  14. Well that was a welcome post to read. And happy belated birthday, fellow June baby! Mine was the 2nd of June and I turned 60. Happy to be on this side of the grass, lol!
    I wish you the best and speediest recovery. There are lots of people out here spread across the miles with good thoughts for you.


  15. Oh Louise...so glad to hear that you feel better and even plan to take pictures...you are an amazing lady...I hope you feel much better soon you and want you to know that caring thoughts and wishes of speedy recovering come with this message...
    Happy Belated Birthday my dear!

  16. So glad to hear Louise is recovering well! Sending best wishes for a speedy return to regular life. How wonderful to have a great cook taking good care of her!

  17. Oh no! So sorry to hear that Louise has not been well. Wishing her all the very best for a complete recovery from her surgery.

  18. And a big collective sigh of relief went out over the blogoshpere! So happy to hear this good news! A belated happy birthday and best wishes for a speedy recovery!

  19. Belated Happy Birthday , Louise !!!! Hoping for your speedy recovery :) God Bless !

  20. I'm so pleased to hear that you're on the mend, hope you have a speedy recovery!

  21. Glad to here you are doing well Louise. You are in my family's thoughts and prayers. Happy Birthday:)

  22. Thanks for the update, Michele.
    Hi Louise, wish you speedy recovery. God Bless.

  23. Hi Michele, so glad to find out your mom is doing better. She has always seemed so invincible, a strong force. Thank you for letting us know. Sending hugs your way. Cheri

  24. Dear Michele, I am so glad that your mother is doing well; major surgery is so scary, especially when you're the family, and can't do much. I'm so glad her sister is there to help; even if she hasn't got much appetite, the smells of great Italian food in the house will cheer her up immensely. And how wonderful of that young man to share a cupcake with her for her birthday! I fear this means her visit to you will have to be postponed, and I know she was looking forward to that.

    Louise, We are wiggling our toes, and hoping for your speedy recovery!

    xoxo Marjie

  25. Michele and Louise: thanks so much for the update and such great news! And,,,,belated Happy Birthday to Louise.
    You've been in my prayers and am sending you lots of healing thoughts!
    Big hug

  26. Happy belated birthday, Louise! So glad to hear you are doing better. And glad you have your family about to help you. Sending love and good vibes your way. Let us know how you are doing and if there is anything I can do for you. Thanks Michele for keeping us posted!

  27. Hi Michele, I am glad that your mom is doing better.
    Hi Louise, take care of yourself!! I will be thinking of you and you will be in my prayers.

  28. Thank you Michele for keeping us informed about your wonderful mom.
    Louise, I’ve been so out of touch lately that I missed the news of you being in the hospital. I am glad to hear you are on the mend, and that you have your sister there taking care of you. Sounds like you will be well fed. Take time to recuperate (I know how hard that is) and before you know it, you will be as good as new.
    I am sending good thoughts and lots of prayers your way. Hugs!

  29. Hello Michele, I came by to check how your mum is doing? Thanks so much for keeping us in the loop - its truly appreciated.
    Louise - Really thinking about you and wish you the speediest recovery, warm warm wishes and a big virtual hug, though wish it could be real x

  30. Dear Louise, I am so happy and blessed that your daughter has been kind enough to keep up here in blogger world up to date on how your are doing and the news is more than wonderful! Please keep up the good progress and I am keeping you in my prayers as always that you will feel good and be back to yourself soon.
    Happy Birthday Dear Louise. xoxoxo Catherine

  31. Thanks for the updates, Michelle! It was very kind of you to take the time to keep us in the loop.
    Hope you had a happy birthday, Louise. Miss you! Keep resting so you’ll get better soon. And keep eating that great Italian food - it’s better than penicillin :)
    Hugs and prayers from Winnipeg, Canada ~ Margaret xoxo

  32. I am so happy to hear that your mom is doing well. And it is just so wonderful that she has the support and love from family♥

  33. Glad to hear that your mom is out of hospital and recovering!
    Happy Belated Birthday, Louise! Take care and enjoy the wonderful Italian food that your sweet sister made! Hugs to you and Marion!

  34. Thank you so much for the update!! Missing you Louise!!

  35. I am very glad to hear this update, and sending Louise all good wishes for a quick recovery! I know the recovery process for this type of surgery well, but I know Louise's great sense of humor (and all that good food) will be great sources of therapy!


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