Monday, Monday…

FRIDAY UPDATE: I posted this back in the fall and I have an update on my brother’s sister-in-law.  After months of MRIs, scans, therapy and much improvement, a recent MRI in January showed that she did indeed have a brain tumor.  Apparently there was too much residual swelling and bleeding from what happened in Switzerland for doctors to be able to tell anything distinctly.  And she was so improved, talking, regaining gross and fine motor skills, etc.
She had surgery to remove the tumor on Wednesday at a suburban hospital affiliated with Northwestern.  We are so lucky to have access to wonderful health care in the Chicago area.  The doctor believed he got all of the tumor and was not immediately able to identify the type or grade of tumor, which I understand is actually a good sign.  Pathology will take weeks, but hopefully there will be an initial report soon.  Upon waking in recovery, she was able to talk and respond to questions (you know, what day, year, who is the president, that kind of thing) so we are cautiously optimistic!  Thank you all for your many prayers and also for the recent ones I requested.  The power of prayer, especially on a grand scale, is wonderful!!
And, BTW, I will be going to my happy Hawaiian place next week to celebrate hubby’s birthday this year in actuality.  I literally cannot wait to get on that plane!

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Yesterday, like many Americans, I woke to the horrible news of another mass shooting, this time at an outdoor country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada.  At least 59 people were dead, more than 500 were injured.  The number of guns and amount of ammunition this 64-year-old shooter had in his hotel room and home is utterly astounding.  And the current speculation is that he used a semiautomatic rifle that had been illegally, of course, converted to a fully automatic rifle so that he could shoot almost continuously for 4 and 1/2 minutes from a 32nd floor hotel room down into a crowd of people gathered across the street.  This is madness…

The morning news pretty much ran into the noon news with the story run again and again.  There are some bright spots.  We’ve heard amazing stories about the Las Vegas first responders and ordinary people in the crowd…

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What Sandra Makes…

I ordered this tee from Sandra and it’s so cute (even on an old broad like me!)  I ordered two scarves, also, and I’ll show you them when they arrive.

Sandra sells through Redbubble and the ordering and delivery were super easy. You should check out her blog!

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It’s Football Sunday…

I remembered this post from last year as I find myself alone in the family room, reading and watching the NFL playoff game.  So true…


Yay, Yay, it’s Saturday…

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A Favor to Ask of You…

I have a huge favor to ask of you.  I have two friends who are in dire need of prayers, good wishes, good energy, whatever you call it in your life.  I know how you all helped me get through bad times last year and if every person who reads my blog sends one small message out into the universe, perhaps it will help.

One of my dear friends has recently begun immunotherapy for colon cancer.  We are hopeful that these new treatments will have great success.  She is the nicest person you’d ever want to meet.  She’s always there for friends and neighbors, driving people to appointments, visiting them, doing what she can to help.  And now I so want to help her.  I won’t print her name because I don’t want to invade her privacy in any way, but I know the messages will get through.

The other person who needs our thoughts and prayers is the husband of a former neighbor of mine.  He just found out recently he has a malignant tumor on his spine and it’s causing him a great deal of pain.  He had to leave his job last fall and takes meds pretty much 24/7 to cope with the unrelenting discomfort.  He will be undergoing a stress test soon before chemo and/or radiation can begin.  I don’t know him well, but his wife is the dearest, sweetest person you’d ever want to meet and I know that if she chose him to marry, he has to be a wonderful guy.

The first time I met my former neighbor, she was walking down our block with her children who were quite young at the time.  They were walking to the movie theater which is several blocks from our house.  Her little boy, who was about four or five, was complaining he didn’t want to walk.  And I heard her say, “Well, you don’t have to walk!  You can hop or you can skip or you can jump!”  I really thought I would hate her, lol, but it turns out she was a preschool teacher and I found over the years that not only is she sweet, she’s also fun and funny…

So, please, if you have a moment to send prayers, thoughts, energy, vibes, whatever you are comfortable with for my friends, I would be so appreciative.