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:)


  1. Hi my dear Louise, sooooo good and wonderful to see you again. It's ok no need repeat the history to tell us what happen, the good news is you are still alive and back to info us that you are doing fine. You sure one very lucky lady.

    Life is so unpredictable, so enjoy our self, eat well, sleep well and don't forget to exercise even thou its 2-3 times a week. Gardening is one of the best exercise too. Thanks for sharing your wonderful garden, all the flowers are really cute and beautiful.

    Take care,Louise. My warmest regards to you and Marion. Thanks to Michele for putting up a short post to info us. God blessed.

    Have a nice weekend, regards.

  2. Dear Louise,
    I am so happy to hear from you! God Bless you are doing so well. Your garden is glorious and the photos are even more spectacular. Sounds like you have had a really hard time of it and an awaking as well. I can understand how you feel to be so happy that you are still breathing and can see your beautiful garden. Have missed you so much but I am so happy to hear that you are taking your time getting back to your sweet self. I wish you have a wonderful and (not to stressful) time with your daughter and your grandchildren. Take each day one day at a time and remember there is always another day. Take your time coming back and we all wish you love, and good health always. Say hello to Marion for me as well. God Bless you and your angels are watching over you...
    Love and hugs..dear friend...Dottie :)

  3. Hello Louise ,
    I was so happy to "SEE" you and to know you are much better , you have been truly missed by one and all. We are so thankful Michele kept us in the loop . What a darling lady , a chip off the old block (giggling) .
    So glad to know you are up and getting into your regular routine . As you said life is so precious and we should enjoy it to the fullest . Good to know Marion and you are well and Michele and family will be there for a visit soon . I am so very glad yo learn the young man celebrating your birthday with you has the same birthday also .
    I haven't blog in awhile , hubby's family went public ... 7 properties across 5 states .
    I have missed you my friend , don't hurry , just do as the doctors say and please thank Michele for all of us . I'm in W. Va . at the Mountaineer , , we will continue on to Ohio and Erie , Pa .
    Love to you and Marion and keep wiggling those toes .
    Got my lappy and will travel (giggling) .
    Take care and you are / Family is alsways in our prayers . :) Nee

  4. I am looking beyond the pictures you share today and their beauty and more engrossed and pleased to read your words once again Louise x Big big hug.

    We will be here when you are good and ready x

    The older I get the more I feel that we should not take granted of life x

  5. Great to see you, Louise! I wish you a continued speedy recovery and no more problems. I'm sure all of us would love occasional brief updates on your blog even if you don't go back soon to "Edible Celebrations" and reports on your fabulous ephemera collections.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  6. I love the pictures of the birds and butterflies! You have some really beautiful ones.

    I'm glad you're feeling better, too. Enjoy those walks. I go on lots of walks myself and find they're one of the best parts of my day-- a good chance to see all the little plants and animals that are so easy to miss.

    Well, I'll hug my cookbooks for you. ;-) Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  7. so lovely to hear you are getting better and have a great joie de vivre - it was very kind of michele to step in with a few updates while you were unwell. I agree that blogging and social media can take us out of life as much as put us into it - finding a balance that works can be tricky and it is far nicer to know that if you are not online you are enjoying life to the full with your family and friends - warmest wishes to you and yours

  8. Welcome back! I sure have missed you and your writings. Sending healing thoughts your way!

  9. SO glad to hear from you, Louise. Welcome back! Life is a bit random at times, isn't it? Some things you just can't control. Glad your birthday luck held this time around! I your absence in was nice to met Michele, but I rather wish the circumstances had been different! Anyway, don't rush back to blogging; and of course don't come back at all, if you decide that. There are other, more important things in life, so do what make makes your heart sing. Again, really glad to hear from you! Get -- and be -- well.

  10. Oh, Louise, I'm so very glad to see you. Your pictures are beautiful and joyous! I know exactly how you feel about savoring every day; I've felt that way since my dearly beloved's triple bypass 2-1/2 years ago. Really, that slowed my blogging considerably, because there's so much else to enjoy. If I had not dragged him to the doctor, and then off for specialists and tests, he would be gone now, and I remember that every single day. I"ve been so worried about you. And now you'll get to visit with Michelle and her kids for 2 weeks! That is wonderful. It will surely help you to feel better. Madeline is coming here tomorrow, and spending a few days while her parents travel to Minneapolis on business. I'm so looking forward to it. Happy Weekending, Happy July, and it's great to have you doing well!

  11. Dear, dear Louise you dont have idea how I miss you...
    First Im happy you are ok.
    Welcome again.
    I lived difficult times (read my last posts when you can)
    But Im better.
    Send you hugs and love ♡♡♡♡

  12. Dear Louise,
    Surely miss you alot and so great to 'see' you ! Welcome back ^-^! Indeed life is so unpredictable ... live well and wish you speedy recovery, up and running around again! Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures of your garden. Cheers!

  13. Louise, I'm so glad you're well again & posting these lovely photos! Life's short & indeed so unpredictable, so I'm enjoying every bit of it. Looking at these colourgul flowers, I can imagine those lovely walks spent there. Take care & talk soon yah? xoxo

  14. It's good to be on this side of the grass. That's what I say and I know, somewhat, of what you are saying. Blogging can be part of your life as long as you aren't online all the time, getting out to enjoy what the world has to offer. Just don't play Pokemon! Oh my, have you read about the dolts out there doing playing games, getting themselves killed?

    I should just email you and chat. Anyway, good to see you back and take your time with posting, it's good to have an online community to share with but get out and enjoy your garden. xxxx

  15. Hi, Louise!!
    So glad you are back!! Thank you for sharing the lovely pictures of your garden. And, yes, keep walking as much as you can and enjoy your garden before winter comes!

    Have a wonderful time with Michele and the grandkids. And please give Michelle a big THANK YOU from us. It was very kind of her to take the time to keep us in the loop. Hope Maria left the freezer stocked with some favourites for you and Louise :)
    Wishing you both a great week, Love, Marg ((HUGS))

  16. It is so good to hear from you. i am so glad you are back at home enjoying that lovely garden. You were greatly missed, Louise. Please take care and enjoy everything you have. Definitely enjoy those lovely surroundings you have and your children when they visit.

  17. HI ~~Louise~~....
    So glad you are on the road to recovery...♥️
    Your gardens are beautiful...enjoy!
    Linda :o)

  18. Welcome back Louise--so happy to "see" you again. We were all quite worried--give Michelle a big hug from me for keeping us informed. Your garden looks so lovely. I am sure it is therapeutic to look over your beautiful flowers and birds and butterflies.

    I am working on zucchini fritters right now and wish I could send you some--if someone could just get that internet food transport working. Rest up and take care!

  19. Dear Louise,
    So happy to hear from you! I was wondering how you are doing, and so glad that you are on the road to recovery. Your garden is so beautiful. Take care of yourself and enjoy your walk in your garden! Hugs!

  20. Hi Louise,
    Welcome back. So happy that you're back. Don't stress yourself too much, health is important than anything.

    Love your gardens :D

  21. Dear Louise,
    I am sending you all my love. I am sorry you have not been feeling well, I wish you a speedie recovery. Take plenty of rest. All the best xxx

  22. Well, what good news. so glad you're doing better, and yes,things like that change your perspective quickly. Beautiful photos.. Enjoy the garden. Enjoy life! Missed you and sending much love and hugs.

  23. Louise !!!! I'm so glad you're recovering well ! Take it easy , okay ?! Love the gorgeous photos , those flowers made me sigh :D I haven't taken photos of flowers since we moved far from Flower Market :P Btw , say hi to Miz Marion , okay ?!

  24. I'm so happy that you are doing so much better and have given us this lovely post to let us know you are recuperating. The beautiful photos of your garden certainly did brighten my day as I know they must yours. I haven't written about it but my husband had a life threatening problem at the beginning of this year as well. Let's enjoy each and everyday we have with our friends and family…making each one special.

  25. Dear Louise, I can hear the excitement, enthusiasm and happiness in your voice. My heart is so joyful for you.
    Keep walking and wearing out the path each and everyday to your continued recovery.
    You are always in my prayers. xoxo Catherine

  26. It was great hearing from you. So glad you are getting better. Just take it easy and take it a day at a time. Before you know it you will be as good as ever.

  27. what a meaningful post, louise! i'm so very, very happy that you're getting back to good! beautiful images. :)

  28. Oh Louise...so glad to "hear" from you and that you are recovering...I am so happy that you are enjoying your garden...the pictures are so pretty...and please say "thank you" to Michele for keeping us updated of your situation.
    Well, take it easy and enjoy every moment...remember to wriggle your toes...as you used to "tell" us...sending lots of love to your way :)

  29. Just checking up on blogs, and I see that you have been unwell. I am so glad to hear that you are out of the hospital and on the mend. Sending love, hugs, and strength your way!!! xoxo

  30. It's great to hear from you, Louise! Glad you're on your way to recovery and here's wishing you the best. Take care

  31. My dear Louise, I am so happy you managed to overcome this difficult situation life has fallen in your way! It is true that we take our lives for granted and we need a shocking event to wake us up! Sometimes we leave this world without realizing it. You were lucky, you are still here healthy and happy! Enjoy your life, your family your friends, don't waste a single moment. As Heraclitus said: "Everything flows" and "you cannot enter twice at the same river." I am truly very happy for you! Keep making the lives of your loved ones beautiful with your presence!

  32. Hi Louise, I am sorry to be coming so late to this blog post. I am so happy to see you back to writing. I am sure that it will take time to get back on your feet all the way. I am so with you that your health is your wealth, so true. Once again it so good to see a post from you. Take care!! Hugs!!

  33. Oh Louise, I am so very thankful that you are doing well. I actually read this post about two weeks ago while traveling to Nova Scotia, but could not comment. You have been and will remain in my thoughts and prayers. You are a strong person and I know you will be as good as new before you know it. I also sure that having your daughter and grandchildren there with you will help your recovery as they shower you with love and attention. Take care my friend! I really do miss reading your wonderful posts. Continue to get well! Hugs!!

  34. Dear Louise, Just dropping by to say that I am thinking of you and hope that you are feeling better each day. xo Catherine

  35. Hi Louise! I've been off the grid for awhile and I had no idea! I'm so sorry, but glad you are doing okay. Thinking about you and sending thoughts and prayers.

  36. Louise, I am SO delayed in leaving a note here, but I have had you in my thoughts. How lovely to see your garden blossoming - it must have extraordinary therapeutic value to see such gorgeous blooms each day! I do hope you are getting stronger every day, and feeling better. I can tell from your post that your amazing spirit is in tip top shape, and that is sure to drive you forward! Be well!

  37. Just checking in again Louise. Hope your summer is ending on a high note. Take care! Miss you!

  38. Hermosas fotos Louise me encantan las flores y estas son las que más me gustan son muy bellas,aquí pronto llegará la primavera,abrazos.

  39. Hi loiuse! I know i am half year late but i am GLAD to see you back and full of life!
    I wish you good health and be safe.


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