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May 09, 2022


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Ally Bean

I like the shades! Way to be styling there, boy-o. I'm sorry about your mother's declining health issues, I know how trying it is to watch happen. Mari will be fine, of that I'm sure. She's a survivor.


I am sorry about the passing of your friend! That is always a very difficult time.

I am also sorry about your Mom still not feeling as well as possible. I had hoped her procedure would have brought her completely back up to snuff. A couple of potential thoughts that might be helpful: 1) Is she adequately hydrating? Often people, all of us... but especially the elderly will not drink enough fluids to allow their body to function its best. In the elderly it sometimes is a result of a period of fluid retention where they think that means they are drinking TOO MUCH (false) or because they do not want to have move so often to urinate. 2) When your Mom had her procedure, did the respiratory therapist have her use one of those "deep breathing" inspirometers? And if so, did they allow her to take hers home with her afterwards? If she has one, she may benefit significantly from practicing with it several times a day because her shortness of breath may be due to shallow breathing (again, and easy pattern to fall into when elderly), and practicing with the inspirometer can a) strengthen the muscles associated with the rib-cage and improve breathing with less fatigue and b) the immediate improvement in oxygenation from deep breathing using a inspirometer can often help a person who feels down about being short of breath a notion of an avenue that helps them, and is an encouragement.

Do you now call him "Mr. Digger"? :)

I also wish you a bit belated, but still Happy Mother's Day! In regards to your question to me on my blog, yes, this individual is a teen. So, my wife and I *try* to view the behavior with that perspective. But, it is so, so very different than other teens (ours and others we know) that it is still very painful.



Truly sorry to hear of the loss of a good friend- also that your mom is having issues. I can understand how worry can set in especially so close to your trip. Glad to help if there's anything I can do.


I'm sorry for the bad news here.


I'm very sorry for the loss of your friend Susan Margaret, but I'm glad you got a dinner & flowers from your daughters and that toddler remark from your cool grandson gave me a smile. :^)

Arkansas Patti

So sorry about the loss of your friend. When they have been in our lives for a long time it makes it all the harder. Like losing a sibling.
Also sorry that your Mom is having issues and know it will make you worry when you are on your trip. Hope you can be confident in the care she will get and that Mari will do well with the cat carer.
Try to concentrate on having a good time and trust all else will be taken care of.
Loved "toddler" in his cool shades.

Karen Sullivan

I'm so sorry about the loss of your dear friend.

The flowers are beautiful. I'm glad you had a good time with your Mom and younger daughter.

DrumMajor Linda in Kansas

How unfortunate to lose your friend. It sounds like she lived life until she couldn't. Mr. Digger is looking rather Joe Cool these days. Something tells me he'll figure out his own Halloween costume. I bet Mari's Critter Sitter will be much calmer for her than another cat as a house guest. Linda in Kansas


Will there ever be a cure for cancer? To many women are lost to this terrible disease. I'm sorry for your loss. I hope your Mom can get some guidance from her docs on the breathing problem. Your MD flowers are beautiful and the Thai meal sounds excellent. N is growing so quickly, announcing he's now a "Toddler" is a very firm statement. He does love his digger shirts, even underneath! Adorable.

Joanne Noragon

I am sorry about Susan's death. Way too young.


So sorry about your friend's death. What a shock. Your tribute was lovely.


What a sad and worrisome time. Your words to me were helpful regarding my similar situation, so I'm sending them back to you. Seek out what happiness you can in between the trials of life.


Seems like a good morning ot me. I barely managed Wordle today. Someday me first guess will yield more than one correct letter but in the wrong place.

Jenni Elyse

I'm so sorry about your loss. I'm glad she's not in pain anymore. I hope your mom feels better soon. :) This weekend my brother-in-law introduced me to quordle. It's Wordle on steroids.


Sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. On the other hand, that grandson of yours is totally phat. (I think that's the correct term these days.) And this was a lazy morning here too. I think the fresh bed linens kept me in slumberland today. Though I have 2 loaves of English Muffin Bread about ready to be baked. So there's that.

Pam Donaldson

What in the world does phat mean??

Sympathy with your various problems. Hope they prove less problematical than you fear.


I'm so sorry for your loss. Your friend sounds like someone I'd like. I hope your mother feels better, as much as possible. I used to have a doctor that would get upset if you used age as an explanation for anything. I assume you are following up with her doctors.

I'm still hoping your trip goes off without any hitches, especially the pilot strike. Have a wonderful time with your big boy grandson!

Tonya Watkins

Susan's death is so sad. I'm not surprised, but I'm still shocked.

Look at that little Dude!! He's so precious! I bet you can't wait to see him (SOON!)

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