I recently took a looooooong break due to a lot of family medical issues. My nephew is now home and does not seem to have any ill effects from his stroke, PTL! My brother-in-law is still in the hospital. His surgery was over two weeks ago. The surgery went well, but he has been having problems eating, walking and other normal day-to-day activities. The doctor is hoping he can go home tomorrow. Pathology reports show they got all the cancer they could see. Bill’s still having a lot of tests, but doctors think they have narrowed down his problems. They plan on continuing certain tests for a couple of months to be positive in their diagnoses.

Sooooooooooooooo, everything is starting to get back to normal, or rather a new normal. I will be getting back to reviewing, too. I am so very far behind on lots and lots of books!!

To all the authors and teams I have been on, thank you so much for your patience, understanding and prayers; it is so greatly appreciated!

To everyone, I know I have missed a lot of posts with celebrations of huge milestones, and ones of deep losses, also. Please know I have been praying for you, as well.

Now I’m off to put my reading cap on and fall into the excitement of adventures, both real and imagined! I’ll be trying to catch up with everyone soon, too.

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Update

Well, I have GREAT news, okay news, and not so good news.

The GREAT news is that Praise the LORD, my nephew is at home!! He has to give himself injections of blood thinners for a while to reduce the blood clot, but he’s doing well otherwise!!!!!!!!!!

The okay news is that some of the minor testing Bill has had is negative. We still have more appointments and tests scheduled for next month.

The not so good news is my brother-in-law’s doctor forgot to tell him to come off blood thinners, so his surgery has been postponed. He also had some more tests, and the tumor has grown.

Please keep us all in your prayers, and thank you so much for all the prayers and well wishes.

Blessings~💖

A Thank You to All

You are all such a blessing and a gift to me, THANK YOU so very much for your prayers. I will post an update on Friday. In the meantime, things for my nephew are looking up!

So many of you have become such dear sweet friends! I thank God for your friendship, support and prayers1

Blessings~💖

 

Strange and Unusual Encounter

Our granddaughter is going to a college near us, and I take her to classes. One day recently, her teacher wanted them to meet at a different location a few miles from the school and further from our home. I decided I would drop her off then go somewhere closer to where she was, to read a book and enjoy a cup of coffee, as it was very cold and windy. I figured this would be easier than going home and then back, plus it gave me more reading time! Before I left home, I had decided on a fast food restaurant not far from where I dropped her off. However, I passed one a little closer and chose to go there instead.

Now, here’s where the story gets interesting. As I was getting out of the car, my hands full with my keys, purse (have I ever mentioned how much I detest purses?) and book while struggling with a heavy, unwieldy jacket, I noticed someone coming up behind me. I quickly exited my car as I felt I could defend my self more easily that way was there a need. Also, I could hit the panic button on my car if necessary, which would alert those in the restaurant to a problem. I am always skittish when someone approaches me (even friends sometimes due to an attack), so this put me on high alert.

A gentleman with an obvious speech impediment questioned me. Trust me when I say you have the benefit of some translation which was way more than I had. Anyway, I was able to make out that he wanted some money. Now, I never carry money with me, only my bank card, so I told him I was sorry I didn’t have any money. Before I had a chance to even offer to buy him food, he asked if I would buy him something to eat. I answered, “Sure, come on with me.” He looked at me quizzically and asked, “Really?” I replied, “Really!” This went on for the few seconds it took for us to get to the door. He then asked if I would buy the most expensive item they had. I paused for a moment, while trying to open the door and assessed the man.

As I continued to try to open the door, I realized he was in a t-shirt type jacket, thin pants and was wearing no hat or coat. Feeling he had to be freezing and probably hungry, too; I told him I would.

At that point, the manager opened the door for us, and we were seated. We gave our order, with me trying to translate for the waitperson. As we waited for our food, he talked to me.

He indicated his friends nicknamed him Ice Man because he was always so cold, touching my hand to demonstrate. He wasn’t kidding! I have cold extremities year-round which become worse in winter, but his hands were much, much colder than mine.

He continued talking to me. He told me I needed to laugh and smile more, that I was a blessing to him and he was happy to meet me. I told him he was right, I did need to laugh and smile more, and he was a blessing to me. Of course, he asked me how and why he was a blessing. I tried to explain, but I teared up and couldn’t say much. He patted my hand and just talked to me. He told me that God promised that if we ask, we receive. I smiled and said that yes, the Bible promised us that. He was happy that I knew the verse and told me I needed to believe it more. He also told me I should be Santa Claus this year. I laughed and said there was no way I could be Santa! Laughingly, he agreed.

About this point, our waitperson came back with our food. As I started to add salt and pepper in preparation to eat, he called the waitperson back over. He told her he was my friend, but he needed to leave. He asked her to divide the meal into three bags to go. As he prepared to leave, he reiterated that I needed to laugh and smile more and not forget, if we ask, God gives.

I asked if he had somewhere to stay. However, he never really said, only that he wasn’t aware of any shelters nearby, nor was I.

When he left, tears were streaming down my face. I didn’t know how to help this poor, frozen Ice Man save for praying. Nonetheless, he helped me. Believe it or not, since then, I have been laughing and smiling so much more than I had been before. I’m crying as I relate this, remembering what a sweet, unconventional meeting.

I know this is sort of rambling and not well written or edited. My desire was to convey my feelings more than anything. I firmly believe I entertained an angel that afternoon, for in Hebrews 13:2 (King James Version) the Bible says, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

I am thankful my fear didn’t cause me to brush him off or ignore him. For even though he may not have been who or what I believe him to be, he was a cold, hungry man that was able to have three meals either for himself or to share with other hungry people. And that, my friends, makes it all worthwhile.

Sadness and Rejoicing

I heard earlier today that a dear Facebook friend passed away. I never met her, but she was such an encouragement to everyone that knew her. She loved to read and was an amazing encourager to authors and readers. She organized and brought together so many authors and readers, both online and off.

She will be truly missed. However, I rejoice knowing she’s in heaven, no longer in pain!!

Exactly one week ago today, I lost another dear Facebook friend. It was unexpected (at least for me). She too was a great encourager to authors and readers, alike.

She will be greatly, missed, also. I know she’s in heaven and no longer in pain.

It’s strange, I have many, many WordPress and Facebook friends that are closer to me, even though we have never met, than friends that are ones I see face to face. I have grieved over many, as I’m sure many of you have as well.

It is raining where I am today (actually storming), it seems appropriate that the heavens would weep for us, even as they rejoice.

For all who have lost friends, both online and off, I pray for you.

 

Happy Birthday!!!

Today is a big day around here! I won’t say how old, but it is a BIG one!!

Wasn’t he a cute little tyke!

Haven’t decided quite yet, but I may just take off the whole weekend to celebrate. (He has to work today and tomorrow!😢) But never fear, we have some great surprises cooked up!!