Yes, I am alive and kicking. It has been a very hectic and stressful fall here. There have been fun times with birthdays, festivals, and football.
Unfortunately, there have also been many health issues. In the past couple of months:
- Niece-in-law - shoulder surgery
- Brother #3 - shoulder surgery
- Nephew #2 - knee surgery
- Nephew #1 - shoulder surgery
- Great Nephew (age 4) - broken arm
- Brother #3's girlfriend's son - broken foot
- Sister-in-law - hospitalized with chest pains
Although I am not responsible for the day-to-day care of these loved ones, I don't worry any less and their illnesses have been a distraction. I am happy to report they are all healing nicely.
The one person to whom I am responsible for day-to-day care is my father. He too has had some health issues lately. At 87, I suppose that is to be expected. In recent months, he has undergone eye surgery, his kidneys have been in distress, and he has some much needed back surgery coming up. I was not thrilled about the idea of surgery, but the problem is diminishing his quality of life.
Speaking of thankful, don’t you just love your blogging buddies? They are the most encouraging, thoughtful, and generous people.
Lynn always has an encouraging word to share with me when I am feeling vulnerable. She has become a real pal in the past year. While I was away from blogging, I received this wonderful care package this special buddy and her sidekick, Earl.
She sent me a jar of her homemade jalapeno relish. Look at how sweetly she decorated this jar. Does that not say Hi, I’m Happier than a Pig in Mud?!
Oh my, is it DELICIOUS!! To my family…you won’t like it so don’t even try it. ;o) I’ve tried it on hot dogs and in tartar sauce and it is amazing. I may try it in my potato salad next time, if there is any left.
Oh, and there is this sweet little sachet. It smells heavenly.
Thank you so much, Lynn. YOU ARE THE BEST!
I hope all of you are having a wonderful fall. It is just beautiful here today.
MAKE IT A GREAT DAY!