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:)


  1. Oh my goodness no wonder you don't have time or energy to blog - so sad to hear about Marion's passing - it must be such a big loss for you after all the time you spent with her - but congrats on the marriage - it is good you have some happiness in your life as you have so much else to cope with - best wishes for keeping up the good fight

  2. Wow! There is a lot going on in your life, Louise! My condolences to you about Marion. And Congratulations on your marriage! Woo hoo! That's great, you sound on top of the world! Here's wishing you the best health wise and wishing you many years of married life! Take care.

  3. It feels kind of odd to say these in the same breath, but I'm sorry for your loss and congratulations! Life is like that, though-- The ups and downs come fast. Here's hoping for more ups and fewer downs!

  4. Yeah, we all need all the prayers we can get! Don't know what to say first. I'll start with Marion -- SO sorry to hear that she's gone. Sounds like she was a super neat lady, and I know you'll miss her. Heck, all of us miss her -- she was an important part of your life, and your blog, and we know she was a dear friend. Second, best wishes on your marriage. Wow! That came out of nowhere -- had no idea you were in a serious relationship. Nor should I have known -- life is life and blogs are blogs. Different beasts. I'm very glad you're happy. Your other half has gotten a winner. And last, blog stuff -- you know we all love reading your blog. But as I said, life if life -- and it often doesn't including blogging. The important thing is to be happy. I certainly do look forward to your next post. But I kinda hope it isn't for a while -- that means you're doing so many and exciting things. (Although I'm selfish -- I want another post tomorrow!). Anyway, hope you get over your health issues, and so excited you've entered a new phase of your life.

  5. Dear Louise, I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Marion. I will keep her in my prayers and I am sure she is on her way to getting her wings or has them already!
    Congratulations on the wonderful news. You sound very excited and very happy and I am happy for you.
    I will keep you in my prayers that all is better very, very soon for you.
    xoxo Catherine

  6. Hi my dear Louise, so glad to read your update. First of all my sincere condolences to Marion, may she RIP.

    Secondly,... woohooooo CONGRATULATION on your marriage. That's a big surprise to all of us but off course we feel so happy for you. Wishing you and hubby all the best, keep the romance rolling. Enjoy your honeymoon and be seeing you soon.

    Take care and have a nice weekend, regards.

  7. Lovely Louise, its fantastic to hear from you. I am sorry to hear the sad news. I am also happy to hear your happy news of your marriage. So much mixed emotions in your life at the moment. Take care of yourself and you are in my thoughts, indeed x Shaheen

  8. Your post bought me to tears. I'm so sad to read about Marion. I can imagine how much you miss her. I'm so sorry for your loss. Praying for your health, Louise. You have always been such a wonderful blogging friend. I'll miss your posts, but knowing how much you are enjoying life with your hubby makes me so happy for you. Take care, my sweet friend!

  9. Louise, it was just by chance that I checked in on Blogger this evening, and here is this news from you! Such a range of emotions for us all! I'm so very sorry to hear about Marion. Balance that out with the wonderful news about your marriage, and my tears go from sorrow to happiness! Sending along vibes for your recovery to good health!! xo Nellie

  10. This is indeed a post for celebration! It's not nice to think we should celebrate Marion's passing, but I'm thinking that we should be celebrating her long life and the joy that she brought to us through you. Her terrific attitude! Her easy smile! And, for me personally, her generosity in celebrating my first granddaughter with me. Marion will be missed, but with smiles and love.

    As for you, having a beau and not telling us! You sly girl, you! I am so happy for you. I'm sure that your kids are celebrating for you, too. I hope you're having a wonderful honeymoon, and that you two can get out there and enjoy that RV. I know you'll beat the health issues; you're a tough cookie, and having a loved one by your side to help makes all the difference, I think.

    I hope you'll drop by from time to time and let us know you're happy and well, which is what I hope to happen for all of my friends. And though we've never met in person, I still count you as a friend.

    (((hugs))) Marjie

  11. You're absolutely right, Louise! Health is wealth & you're one amazing lady! So sorry to hear about Marion & I'm sure she's in a better place, my dear. Congrats on your new found love & I wish you happiness & good health! Love from, Singapore! xoxo

  12. Many congratulations on your marriage!Such wonderful news! Very exciting!Enjoy your honeymoon.
    I am pleased you are recovering well and I am sorry to hear about Marion.
    Your posts are greatly missed my dear Louise but health comes first.
    All the best xxxx

  13. So very sorry to hear about your dear friend Marion passing, Louise. I know you will miss her terribly and you are right, I'm sure she already has her wings. Very warm congratulations on your recent marriage…how wonderful. Keep healing, keep smiling and enjoy your new adventures in life. We take it for granted and that is not the case, make the most of every single second.

  14. Wow, what a whirlwind--of happiness and sadness. I think my head would still be spinning! So sorry about your illness(es) and Marion's passing but congrats on the marriage. I was actually in New York City for a few days this week and wonder if we crossed. (I had been wanting to see An American in Paris before it closed and used a big birthday coming up as justification.)

    Have fun with your RV. That kind of journey has been sounding better and better to me lately. If you get to Wisconsin you can camp in my driveway and I'll cook dinner!

  15. Dear Louise, indeed ... this is life. I am so sorry to know the Marion has passed on. But life goes on ... Congratulations on the marriage! You take your health too :)

  16. Dear Louise ,
    My condolences to you ond the passing of Marion , thank about the good times , The first thought I had of Marion was when the two off you went gambling , Marion gave the staff hell because the bed was so high .

    Congrats on your marriage , the best to both of you , He has to be a good man for you to take him in (giggling) I bet he's helping you spoil the grandkids .

    Family was in Erie Pa. I wondered how far you was from there . Hubby's family went public with the gambling .
    Enjoy your new marriage , travel , have fun , you deserve to be spoiled a lot .
    Remember dear Louise when one door closes ... God opens another door to let the sunshine in .

    Be happy my frined , Marion is watching and happy for you both . Keep us in the loop when you have time , most of all take care of yourself and be happy .

    Wishing you the best .... Nee :-D

  17. Hi Louise,
    I'm so sad to hear of Marion's passing. She will be missed very much indeed. I'm sure she is happy and gotten her wings already.
    Congratulations on your marriage! It is a happy surprise! I'm so happy for you. And great to know that you are recovering well from your lung surgery. Take it easy and hope your other health issues will be over soon. You are one tough lady, you will be fine!
    Take care, dear Louise, don't worry about visiting.
    Wish you and your hubby a healthy and happy long life together!

  18. Changes indeed. Wow, I am happy for you and hope you are enjoying your marriage and honeymoon and all of it! {BIG HUGS} You are an amazing lady and it was nice to see a photo of you on the beach. We are the same size, by the way, so remember what I'm sure you heard a lot in your lifetime - Good things come in small packages :-) I heard it growing up....lots. Continue the good fight for your health and remember we have to be our own health advocates. As a two times survivor of breast cancer I can tell you, I looked up many options, treatments and asked a lot fo questions. Stay strong!

    Last but not least, Marion had many wonderful years with you and I know she felt loved and appreciated everything you did for her. Not many people are good-hearted enough to take someone in and I know she appreciated the love and friendship. I am saddened by her passing. Good to read an update from you!


  19. Louise, you are such an amazing, strong, positive woman...and I am so so fortunate to have you as a friend! Thank you for your affection! My very best wishes to you and your husband for a wonderful life together...you deserve only the best my friend!I'm sure Marion already has her wings!
    Hugs sweetie,

  20. Wow! The sweet and the sour of news. So sorry to hear about Marian. You were so wonderful to her, and she to you. I'm sure she's watching over you and everyone right now. Sending sincere sympathy and prayers. glad your own surgery went well and that you are recovery. Sending prayers and positive healing thoughts for the 'other' health issues to resolve. And, then on to the other big news! Best wishes! How positively grand! It's never too late, as they say, and I'm so happy that you have found someone to spend your life with... So I'm sending congrats and best wishes for a wonderful life together. Oh my.. so much news at once. hugs always.

  21. Hi Louise, I am so sorry to hear that Marion passed. Life never stands still for no one, it is always changing and wow you have had some major changes. I am so happy to hear that you have found someone to make you happy. Congratulation on your marriage. I hope you have a wonderful time with your new husband. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that I hear soon that your health has improved. For now I hope that you keep getting better and that you keep enjoying life!

  22. I am so sorry for your loss, Louise. Your readers know what a big part Marion played in your life. You have had a lot of life changing events recently, but I know you are resilient. Congratulations on your nuptials!!!! I hope you get some great use out of that RV. Please take care and I am sending good thoughts your way!

  23. Oh my goodness!! I am so sorry about Marion. I'm sorry about your health, but so happy for your marriage. What a string of ups and and downs!!

  24. Dear Louise,

    I’ve been a bit behind in my blogging. Just thought I’d check in to see if you had any news. My goodness, what a summer you’ve had!!! Wishing you and your husband every happiness in your marriage and fantastic trips in your RV! Reminds me of when Paul and I got married in 1972. We drove across Canada in an 11 foot trailer and then lived in trailer parks in British Columbia for a few months. Met quite an assortment of characters :-)

    I’m so sorry to hear about Marion. She was such an inspiration. I loved reading about the adventures you two shared. I’m sure she’s received her wings, and is telling them that, in the far far far far future, there should be a matching set made for you.

    Keep getting well, dear. You have so many adventures ahead! I hope you’ll be able to post a bit from time to time. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Is that the tower at Jones Beach? Love your cosmos!

    ((HUGS)) & Prayers & Love, Margaret xoxo

  25. Hi Louise, It was so great to get your little note at my blog, which was a good reminder for me to get on over here and see what's up in Louiseland. My oh my, what a lot of life events in a short period of time. I mourn with you at the loss of your dear friend, I rejoice with you at your glorious new marriage, and I pray with you for your health. Lord, may You bring Louise Your hand of healing. May You help her continue to get back on her feet and on the road to wellness. Thank You, Father, for being with her every step of the way. Please give her peace on the journey and wisdom for any health decisions yet to be made. And thank You, Lord, for always being with us, in good times and bad.
    Wishing you all the very best, Louise! Glad to see you're blogging, even just once in a while. Your site is the best!!

  26. ah dear ! where begin , what amess and what year !!
    Im so sorry about Marion passed she was really lovely and always make me smile when you talk about her !
    ANd you got married oh dear Im so happy !! Blessings and congrats !
    Yes I prayed a lot and I really was worry about you!
    How my mom is here always I say I dont know how is Louise mom!
    And she asked how was you !
    Well Im so happy to see you again. My mom isok only a littletired and has difficulties for walk and how she is really independent want walk well, sigh!!
    But now is playing cards with the twins and hubby lol
    Hugs and love my dear Louise. Missed you a lot!

  27. Oh Louise...so much happened...I placed a comment a while ago but encounter an issue and was not able to send, got busy and totally forgot to revisit your blog...I am speechless...especially that I missed so much in between...

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Marion...she was a big part of your life...
    Glad to hear that you are doing better after the surgery and sad that you still have other health issues and that will be away from your blog...and very very happy that you got married...what a surprise!!! Congratulations my dear...and I wish you all the happiness life can give you...
    Sending your way lots of love and hugs :)

  28. Life is certainly ups and downs! I will keep you in my prayers and always think that living in the NOW is the best thing to do. Wish you happiness on your new adventures!

  29. Oh my dear...i am so sorry to hear about Marion...I was going to mention her in my comment over at mine...so glad I didn't...wouldn't want to be crass...
    Married???? Well you crazy gal you!!! Congrats!!! Hope you have a wonderful life with your new man...
    your gardens are fabulous...you always take such beautiful photos...
    I will definitely check back here more often...to see what you are up to!!
    Hope your health issues are taken care of...
    Cheers! my friend...
    Linda :o)

  30. OH my, a lot has happened these last few months. I am very sorry to hear about Marion. She is in a better place. Congratulations to you and your new hubby. I wish both of you the best.

  31. Oh, my. First, I am so sorry to hear about Marion. May she rest in peace. And CONGRATULATIONS on your marriage!!! I'm thrilled for you and wish the two of you many, many years of happiness. Take good care of yourself, my friend.

  32. Oh my Louise, you have been one busy lady. I've missed seeing you online, popped over to say Hi and find all that has happened. I am so sorry for your loss of Marion, she sounds like an amazing woman and I'm sure she glorious in her new wings! I'm delighted the surgery went well and you are on the road to recovery, but be sure to take it a little easy. Major surgery takes a year to completely heal from (voice of experience talking). Most women would be down for the count after all this, but you are still fighting the good fight. Yea! And now you have a good man to take care of you, and share your life. I am beyond delighted. As others have said, condolences and congratulations in one sentence is a bit odd, but we are all so happy for you!! Stay well my friend!

  33. Oh Louise! I am sending you so much love, hugs, and healing thoughts. I am so sad to hear about Marion and that your health isn't the best. I will keep you in my prayers. Congratulations on getting married and enjoying your honeymoon! What a wonderful and fun surprise. I hope he is good to you & makes you smile and feel loved everyday. Wishing you the best!

  34. Hi Louise, I wish you the best of luck in your full recovery path. We'll be here waiting for your next post. Stay Strong!
    Jenny - Pressure Cookers HQ

  35. Oh Louise I am so sorry to hear this and terribly sorry for your loss. Marion was quite the delight and I had hoped I would get to meet the both of you one day (I was thinking along the lines of high tea, but something involving food for sure!). It's safe to assume she's up in heaven, with her wings watching over you and your family. I'm also sorry to hear about your health and of course wish you nothing but the absolute best. Keep those positive vibes up, live every moment to the fullest and I can not wait to hear another post from you about how you stuck it those doctors! You can do anything Louise and you can certainly overcome this. Stay strong and enjoy your roadtrip! If there's nothing better for healing it's laughter and good 'ole fashion road-trippin' round the US of A!

    Lots and lots and lots of love to you my dear friend,

  36. Silly me, I also forgot to congratulate you on your marriage! xx

  37. I am so astonished by all the news you bombarded us my dear friend! I am so sad about Marion and i hope her heart will rest in peace! On the other hand I am so very happy for you! Sharing your good and sad moments with someone makes the first happier and the second less sad. I hope you have a wonderful new life and all the health issues that are bothering you to go away real soon! Take care my friend and don't forget to drop some news here and there to touch basis! Congratulations again!

  38. Louise, so sorry to hear about Marion's passing and your health. However, on the up side, congratulations on your marriage!! It is such wonderful news and I wish you and Mike every happiness together.

  39. Que alegría es saber de tí Louise muchas bendiciones para tu nueva vida,las penas siempre se van y luego llega la alegría,te deseo la mejor de las suertes para tu pronta recuperación,estaré esperando tu próximo post,sé fuerte y lucha por tus sueños. Agradezco mucho tu visita y tus palabras hacia mí,tu cocina es maravillosa con muchos méritos.
    Que tengas una Feliz Navidad y un próspero Año Nuevo junto a tu familia,abrazos fuertes.

  40. I hope its never too late to send my condolence on Marion's passing. I am sure she is in peace and always by your side watching over you.
    And congratulations on your marriage Loiuse! Wish you all happiness you deserve 😙


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