Friday, October 28, 2011

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It's a rainy day in NE Aabama.  Cool but not unplesant.  Everyone here is doing better.  Keith is getting stronger every day and everyone is releasing the tension we felt for several days.

I think I posted that Keith's path reports were good.  God showed us mercy and allowed us to go forward with happy hearts.

I don't have anything much to write about so I thought that I'd attach this little ditty that I received in email this morning.  You may have already seen it a hundred times but here it is anyway.

> 1. The nicest thing about the future is . . . that it always starts tomorrow.
> 2. Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail.
> 3. If you don't have a sense of humor, you probably don't have any sense at all.
> 4. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.
> 5. A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water.
> 6. How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?
> 7. Business conventions are important. . .because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.
> 8. Why is it that at class reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks?
> 9. Scratch a cat . . . and you will have a permanent job.
> 10. No one has more driving ambition than the teenage boy who wants to buy a car.
> 11. There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity.
> 12. There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 a.m. - like, it could be the right number.
> 13. No one ever says "It's only a game" when their team is winning.
> 14. I've reached the age where 'happy hour' is a nap.
> 15. Be careful about reading the fine print. . . . there's no way you're going to like it.
> 16. The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket.
> 17. Do you realize that, in about 40 years, we'll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos? > (And rap music will be the Golden Oldies!)
> 18. Money can't buy happiness -- but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a Cadillac than in a Yugo.
> 19. After 60, if you don't wake up aching in every joint, you're probably dead.
> 20. Always be yourself because the people that matter don't mind . . . . and the ones that mind don't matter.
> 21. Life isn't tied with a bow . . . . . . . .. but it's still a gift.

Have a happy day.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Good News in Our World

We really do appreciate the prayers that have been offered on behalf of our son Keith and his family.  The pathology reports are back and we have been blessed with wonderful news.  The cancer was successfully removed from his bladder along with a portion of the bladder's lining.  The tumor was cancer but the margins were clear.  The doctor told Keith that they would discuss future plans at the appointment on Tuesday. 

Keith is doing pretty good given the procedure and stress.  He came here yesterday for Sunday gathering but didn't stay very long.  I don't think he understands that surgery is more than just the procedure.  There's a recovery period from the stress and medical stuff.

I'm painting one of our bedrooms.  It's my first big project in over two years.  It's enjoyable to see the paint go up but I'm one tired old gal. 

Later, my friends

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Yesterday's Outcome

Just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the prayers.  Keith came through the surgery very well.  The surgeon said that from all visual appearances the growth wasn't a more aggressive type and probably not cause future issues.  Of course the mass and tissue were it was attached were sent to pathology.  The results will not be back until early next week.  Keith is home, as comfortable as can be expected, and in good spirits.  For now, the outcome is very good. 

I had trouble getting to sleep last night.  My mind just wouldn't shut down and every muscle in my body was ready to spring.  I saw 3:22 a.m. on the clock.  I woke up at around 9:30 and feel much better than I have for the past few days. 

We are thankful for the outcome of the surgery and praying that the pathology reports are exactly as the surgeon expected.

Once again, thank you for caring and your prayers.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Another Crisis to Face

The boys fall break was the week before Columbus Day and they took their parents to Panama City Beach for five days.  Below is a picture Daddy took of Mommy and the boys.  Left to right:  James, Jesse, and Mary. 

This is a pic Keith took yesterday of himself and Jesse.  They built a camp fire in their fire pit and cooked lunch after church and before coming to our house.

Jesse is as tall as me (5'1") at nine years old.  It's probably not unusual for a nine year old to be that tall.  I just notice it because I'm short.  Very few folks are short as me.

The news from our corner of the world isn't great.  Keith is undergoing surgery on Wednesday of this week for cancer.  We're all concerned and praying for a good outcome.  Beyond that, we just have to leave it in the hands of a higher power.  We would appreciate all thoughts/prayers for the best outcome possible.  I'm pretty worried but doing well. 

Since I really can't think of anything else to say, I'll sign off for now.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Moving Right Along

Things have been busy here.  Harry and I went to Memphis for a reef keepers shin-dig but not to Beal Street.  Darn it all.  He said it would be too much for me.  Never mind the facts - I just wanted to listen to the blues.

I've been working towards re-doing the room that was left open (not empty) when Joe moved out.  Progress is very slow - but progress is movement in the right direction.  I'm concentrating on the closet right now.  It has a new coat of paint (walls and trim), carpet removed, tack strip out (Harry did that for me), and toe moulding removed.  I still have to paint the baseboards; clean old paint off the toe moulding and put a new finish on it; and clean the hardwood.  Then I'll have an empty space ready for organizer, racks, and cubbies.  For me, a closet is the hardest thing to re-do. 

The boys and their parents went to the beach for fall break.  Jesse came back  with a bad case of swimmer's ear.  Tomorrow he'll see the doctor and we'll go from there.  Jesse just turned nine and Keith will turn eight at the end of the month.  Jesse is tall as me now and James isn't far behind him.  How time does fly!!!  Everyone, please note that grandchildren seem to grow up much faster than your own kids.  Take every opportunity to spend time with them,

Kitty has been such a good girl since her foray into the linen closet that I canceled the lump of coal.

Take care and enjoy every moment.  My best to everyone.