Friday, December 22, 2017

A Post Filled with Random Things and Good Wishes

This is going to be a random post; maybe we should call it a mind dump. Here goes:

I am very late talking about my blogging friend's book. I was so excited for her when she was able to publish a book this year. At any other time, I would have read it overnight, but life has been just a little busy, so I took way too long to even start it.

On Monday, when I drove my son to immediate care and then saw the line, I was glad I had brought it along. I was about a third of the way through and managed to finish the sweet book that day.

Don't you just love the cover?

If you don't follow Leslie Anne's blog in my sidebar, then let me share that she writes a column that now appears in newspapers in Alabama. I would classify it as a big dose of southern life with a good amount of humor. If you are from the south and love our ways, then you will find it a fun read. It is a collection of short stories. I emailed Leslie Anne my three favorites. They are: "Our Simple Southern Home", "Designing (Clowns) Women", and "It's Hard to Say Goodbye." I recognized some from her blog and column, but most were rewritten and quite a few new ones as well. One titled, "It's Hard to Say Goodbye" is about how long we southerners take to say goodbye. It reminded me of so many visits to older relatives and how they follow you to the car still talking. My uncle lived out in the country and had a gravel drive. While we would still visit on the walk to the car, my young son at the time would with each visit fill his pockets completely full of rocks. You know we have sand instead of rocks along the Gulf Coast. The story brought back many sweet memories.

I definitely wanted to let my southern blogging friends I thought they would enjoy it.

My geraniums are trying to make a comeback. I have been using my coffee grounds mixed with water to pour over them.

Speaking of doctor visits, I have three updates on that.
I don't think I ever shared what we discovered with my brother-in-law. The biopsies showed no cancer. Big relief. He does however have a rare infection of the bladder; hence all the bleeding. They are treating it with powerful antibiotics for 40 days as it hard to get rid of, so we are still praying all goes well there.
Paul Allen let his sinuses go until he was in great pain. He is now on two antibiotics, but is off for Christmas with the school system, so hopefully he will be all recovered by the time he has to go back to work as well.
Jeff has a knee that has been bothering him. He was afraid a replacement was in order, but we went to Andrews Institute this morning and are going to try some blood platelets injections in January. The doctor said he did on his own mother and it should work for 2 years. Maybe we can avoid the surgery until technology and stuff comes up with something even better than the injections. It is out of pocket, but will cost less than the deductible with next year, so win win in my book.

A friend just brought this by to me. How sweet and it lights up too.

Very cloudy this morning.

Across the bayou, they have cleared out and built a new dock. I remember seeing that house long time ago, but it had grown up in front of it, that we had all forgotten what the house looked like.  They built a very nice dock, so my view is no longer trees, but this, but.....they have a Golden that looks exactly like Lemony. I am waiting for Lemony and the other Golden to be out on their docks and spot each other across the way. It would be like twins.

I have almost finished my Christmas present for Paul Allen. This was the other dog that I have been stitching on forever. I have been so busy this month, that I have stitched on nothing else and had a big mess up so I had to rip out some. Yuk! I don't work well under pressure on stitching. I have some outlining to do and when I finish this post I will do that. Then I am headed to wrap up the remainder of my presents and tidy up sewing room.

I will be ready to enjoy the family.

If y'all don't hear from me until 2018, it will be because I am enjoying the time off with Hubby and family.

Have a very Merry Christmas. I do love my blogging friends. Y'all add joy to my life.


Carol said...

Your friend's book publishing is so exciting, Sandy! It looks like a fun read even though I'm not from the south :) I do hope everyone's medical issues get resolved soon... We're having a cousin here for Christmas whose husband is undergoing treatment here in the city for a serious cancer--some sort of clinical trial at the university. I guess we need to count our blessings, don't we?

Hope you can sort out the dog issues--it's so frustrating having to rip out our hard work!

Wishing you and your family a joyous Christmas!

Sandy said...

I did finish the dog and whew...I don't like pressure. I like stitching with no hurries. I have so many upcoming projects. Can't wait to get started.
I wouldn't have like recitals either! I am not interested in taking up the piano at this age either. Onto things I want to do.

RJ said...

Merry Christmas Sandy! I hope it is a very special one for you and your family. The book looks very interesting. My husband had two books published the last two years and it is very exciting. I'm glad the health issues are being taken care of. Here's to the best New Year!!! RJ

Robin in Virginia said...

Sandy, thank you for the book recommendation. Will add your family members to my prayer list. Wishing you a joy-filled Christmas!

Sandy said...

What topic are the books? That is very cool.
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Sandy said...

Thank you Robin. Have a wonderful Christmas. I am so glad you dropped my blog and commented months ago!

Arlene Grimm said...

I am still hoping Leslie Anne will make it up this way to sign some books!! I know it is a good one. So glad Jeff has an option. I have heard they also use stem cells now to encourage new cartilage growth. I love Paul Allen's gift and I know he will treasure it because Mama made it just for him. Yall have a very Merry Christmas.

Sandy said...

Stem cell therapy is for those under 55, so he misses the cut off for that. I am hopeful that this will at least delay a knee replacement for the foreseeable future.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. We will catch up after the new year.

Leslie Anne Tarabella said...

Sandy, thank you so much for helping spread the word about my book! I'm having such a good time, and YES to Arlene, I'm hoping to get around to different bookstores after Christmas to meet some of my nice readers. It just all couldn't be squeezed in before the holidays. I love your needlework and the hopeful day of the dogs spotting each other across the bayou. How cute that would be! Thanks again for the encouragement over the years and for getting the book. Merry Christmas to you and all those you love!

Halland House Gifts said...

A day or two ago I read a blog post from RJ and Mary. Your blog showed up as one to check out. I’m so glad I did. Of course, the name should have made you a shoe in since my beloved grandmother was a Home Ec. Teacher. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you through your blog. Wow, that Mom of yours is a hoot. Wishing you a very blessed Christmas.

Sandy said...

I am so happy you dropped in. I will check in with you as well. Have a Merry Christmas.