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Grateful

Even though Thanksgiving Day is still a few weeks away, I am so very grateful right now.  My dad was hospitalized this weekend with a thalamic stroke that confuses me.  He had just celebrated a birthday on Wednesday when he started feeling poorly.  By Friday evening, my stepmother had grown increasingly concerned with his erratic behavior and distracted talking, so she called his doctor and got him admitted.    He’s still in hospital, and for now, I’ll rely on my sister who lives in his area to help me stay informed, rather than make the long trip.  If she asks, though, I’ll be in my car before my husband can shut the door.  I’m grateful, so very grateful he’s still alive. I’m even more grateful that my stepmother, who is going through her own special health scare with a three-weeks-removed mastectomy, was on the phone with the doctor and getting him admitted before anything else could happen.  Thank you, Connie.

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Happy Birthday To ME!

And it’s been a good start already with well-wishes from friends through snail-mail cards, email and Facebook posts!  After all, you turn 60 only once in your life, so MAKE IT COUNT!

I started celebrating Friday, (of course since it’s the official weekend starter-upper) with a box of two dozen beautifully decorated cookies sent by my Memphis sister, from a wonderful bakery in Germantown, Tennessee – Karen’s Cookies and Cupcakes – YUMMY!!  We’ll be noshing on those for a while – especially today.  I also received a gift card to one of my FAV book stores.

Then, Friday afternoon, a huge box appeared magically on my front porch.  The thing looked like a coffin turned on its side.  Well, that’s the first thought that went through my mind.  But we wrestled the box inside.  Surprisingly, it was rather lightweight.  And inside is…..a beautiful acoustic Yamaha guitar!  Oh. My. Word.  My parents had given me one many, many years ago, and I had attempted to learn it when I was much younger.  But, I had finally given up and given it away – you know how it is – life got in the way.  It was probably my one regret, that I hadn’t stuck it out.  So, now I have a second chance to learn a beautiful instrument.  Thank you to my wonderful sisters and brothers-in-law (AND nieces!).

Now, we’re heading out for morning service and then my wonderful husband is taking me out for dinner ( right across from my FAV book store!) and then home for dessert (cookies and ice cream, of course!!)

So, as a birthday present to me from you, y’all have a wonderful day!!!

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Passionate Reading

HA!  Change that – reading is a passion for me.  It’s a trait my family revels in and I can see it’s been passed down to the next generation.  Oh, how that gladdens me!  My two youngest nieces seem to always be near a book if they aren’t on the phone texting their friends.  Their mom, my youngest sister is way too busy being a mom to really sit down and just read, but believe me she has her favorites, too.  My other sister likes books by Anita Shreve, but she, too, is working a full-time job.  Me, I’m retired – and the oldest.  Just means more reading for me.

My favorites run the gamut from chick-lit to true crime and everything in between.  I figure at the rate books are being published these days, and no matter how long I live, I could read a book a day and never, ever be bored.  I have a Kindle, an iPod, and a laptop, all for my ebooks, but there’s just something about holding that physical entity in my hand that makes me smile.  What’s between those pages?  How do they get from the title page to the end? What kind of journey am I taking with this author and is this author one I want to become good friends with, as in — buy every one of their books!!  Aiyiyi.  The pocketbook pain.

My husband built me three beautiful bookcases several years back, but they’re full.  He broke down and bought me a nice one from one of those box stores, but it’s full, too.  I need another one.  His argument goes that I don’t need a new bookcase, I just have to get rid of some of my old books.  My argument goes you just don’t willy-nilly get rid of books.  There’s a relationship that’s like strands of silk – easily made, hard to break, especially if I’ve read them more than once!!  I told him to get rid of all his golf clubs just to show me how it’s done.  Oh, if looks could kill….

So.  If I could have a wish for you, all things considered, I’d wish for you a love of reading.  To paraphrase Dr. Seuss, oh, the places you can go and the things you can see!

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