Monday, February 2, 2009

What, it's Groundhog Day??!!!!!

Where did January go? Oh yeah, most of you were frozen in! Here in my part of the South, it has been nothing but cold, cold, cold and rain, rain, rain! And enter February with a forecast for more cold rain this week. Sigh. It is too early as I write this to know if the groundhog will see his shadow. I don't need a show of hands to wonder how many are wanting an early spring.
Friends, I have sadly missed blogging. Many of my close personal friends know that I have become the primary caregiver for my wonderful parents. January 10, 2008, my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. After some surgery for the BC, radiation followed. Everything seemed fine until the CLL kicked in. Chemo was necessary and created a whole other series of problems known as side effects. Since the beginning of August 2008, my days have been filled with doctors, hospitals, emergency surgeries, nursing home rehab, and it has seemed like a never ending vicious cycle. My Dad needs surgery as well, which may be coming soon. I won't go into how I really feel about doctors and the elderly. I will say that I am privileged to be the child of these two dynamic folks. It is a joy to spend time with them. It has however, limited my time with friends, creating and playing with the 'puter.
I have learned that I am stronger than I knew and more than I ever wanted to be. I cannot imagine what it is like to be in their bodies. Their minds are sound - better than mine! LOL. Their bodies are just not co-operating. I wasn't going to write about any of this because while it may sound depressing, I have to admit that my Pollyanna nature is still in full force. I have at times been overwhelmed but love hopes all things, believes all things. God is good.
For those of my dearest ones who have prayed for us and accepted my silence, I thank you. Your prayers have been truly felt.
And for newer visitors, don't give up on me. I have a lot in my head to write about, create and share.
One thing I would like to share is that The Humble Arts February 2009 edition is open. All my dear sisters at HARTS took the month of January off to relax a bit after the flurry of the holidays. Please go over and take a peek at the wonderful goodies and eye candy that they are offering this month. I am tickled pink to be sharing the space with these wonderfully talented and caring, praying women!!
Here is a small sampling. Go for it!

12 comments:

Cookie said...

sure is good to have you posting again! missed your daily snippets of wit and charm ♥

Gen said...

Will keep you and your family in my prayers. Glad to see you posting.

Karlene said...

It is so good to see your post and I want you to know that you and your family have been in my prayers and will continue to be always...
I relate to you with doctors and hospitals...I am still healing from the bruses when sleeping on a gerney beside my daughters bed...our youngest GD turn 4 months in Childrens hospital 2 weeks ago...so far everyone is home and healing...
God Bless you and yours...
Karlene

Donna said...

I am sending prayers and good wishes over your way. I knew that you had your hands full with the caretaking duties. {{{{hugs}}}}

BirchBerry Farms said...

Oh Sweet Tart---you are just the best---not only have you been dealing with all of that---you kept group on task and you still juggled family and everything else around you---I've said it before and I'll say it again--you are a true inspiration to all of us and your undying care and concern for the peeps around you that need help--well darlin'----you are one AMAZING gal Blondie and I am proud of you ALWAYS! With Much Love and admiration---Renee

KKJD1 said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers. I know you are doing what you need to right now and us friends are here and will be here when you have a chance to check in. Thanks for thinking of me and sending me your sweet message. It will come in handy. I saved it to keep looking at. Stay warm! Blessings, Karen

Melanie said...

Hia Blondie, I am so glad you can still see the positive in everything. You and your family have been in my thoughts. You do what's important hun and fit everythign else in when you want. :-) Hugs.

Blondie ~ Vintage Primitives said...

Thanks Ladies
Your loving prayers really do make a difference in my day.
Blondie

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Blondie!
What a wonderful post. Continued prayers for you and your family.
:)

She'sSewPretty said...

Oh Blondie! I know what you are going through and I just want to send you a hug. It gets better. I promise. I've missed your wit and words, but I understand.
Take care, my sweet friend!
Thank you for the gift of Brother Iz this morning. No one sings Over the Rainbow better than him...even Judy! A good friend of my hubbies passed away and they did a slide show to that song. It was so sad, touching and uplifting all at the same time.

Victorian Lady said...

Hey hang in there :) I'm subscribed so I'll be here whenever you come back :)

You're doing a really good thing :)

Mere

Bettsi said...

Just sendin' you a big ol' hug, Blondie! Good to see you blogging again. Sayin' prayers too, for your mom and dad.