A List For Your Monday Viewing

I have a variety of unrelated things to share. Sounds like a list.

The Girls and I went on a girl outing. To the eye doctor and then over to Sears to pick out some new frames. We are super fun.

Mousey has decided to get contacts, but she still needed some glasses because she is basically driving around town like Mrs. Magoo. Pure road hazard.

The Ab-Cat chose a cute new pair for everyday and also a super cute new pair of sunglasses! There was another cute option that she discarded because they were the Kardashian brand. She said in no way was she supporting them. I get that.

I always need other people to come with me when I get new spectacles. It’s hard to choose wisely when you can’t see what you are doing.

I think I chose a flattering pair, but it has been my experience that I never like the new pair when I get them home. There is great angst and gnashing of teeth and severe doubt about how I could have picked so poorly, so I resort to wearing my old pair until they break and then I am forced to wear the new pair. 

It’s a complicated process. I have been doing it for over 40 years now.

We gals also had a Friday Night Lights marathon. Honey asked me how I could enjoy  watching what I had already seen? I told him it has been a couple years since I had been immersed in Dillon, Texas, and I had forgotten entire story lines! So it was basically almost all brand new!

Had a loverly Skype session with Mrs. Schmenkman yesterday afternoon. I like her face.

We were discussing our annual Memorial Day Extravaganza visit. I moved it last year because we had a family wedding. She needs to move it this year because she has a family wedding and will be here in The Mitten!!! We may move it to later in the summer.

Two years of not having The Memorial Day Hootenanny on Memorial Day. We are so flexible I don’t even know who we are anymore.

Just so long as we gather, that’s our new motto.

We thought The Boy’s new steroid was helping, but then it wasn’t. He had IVIG last week and is in the throes of some very bad side effects. Prayers are welcome.

Oh my goodness. Those cats are fighting down the hall like junior high school girls.

Seymour is a punk.

When I picked up some cat food I also purchased a new laser pointer. They think it’s the BOMB!!! Even the elder ladies are getting a workout!

Have a productive Monday.

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A List, A Problem and a Word of Wisdom

It’s Friday, I have a list. You knew that.

The schools in our area and BSF were cancelled because it was FREEZING yesterday. I did not hear the official temp on the news, but our thermometer said -8 with wind chills of Arctic Blast.

We were supposed to have our BSF Administration Christmas get together after class. We decided to meet at Chip and Dip anyway.

Have I mentioned that I love those gals? If I haven’t, I LOVE THOSE GALS.

Because the weather was frightful, that meant I had 4 errands I had to run. Murphy’s Law.

I managed to get them all done before lunch in about 35 minutes. It would not have been possible pre Christmas or even on a fully activated school day. Because the weather was polar bear friendly, people stayed home and there was no traffic and no return lines. God loves me best!

I have a little blog situation. I discussed it with Capri Deb yesterday and came to a conclusion. I will be starting a new blob.

I have used 99% of the space on this blob and I am living in fear that I will be cut off any second.

That was why I decided not to do a Pinterest post yesterday. I think pictures take up more space than words.

Since I can no longer access my blog on our dinosaur computer and Honey has not yet hooked up the new Christmas present computer, for multiple, good reasons, I could not figure out if anything could be done about this. Capri Deb did some investigating and said I could buy a little more space for $20 a year. It’s not so much the $20 dollars, it’s that I don’t want to have to do that every year for the rest of my born days.

It would seem that the best solution would be to create another blob, link to it from this one and have you all join me at the new address. It has taken me 7 years to use up that 99%, so I figure I will get a little more than that with the new one because I don’t post every day like I used to.

That’s the plan anyway. Hopefully that 1% of computer space will last until Honey recovers from The Sickness.

Yes, Honey has been suffering from the flu. Body aches, fever and now a terrible cold and cough. I am praying he makes a speedy recovery. And contains his contamination.

The Boy and The Dane went back to Chicago yesterday. I guess The Windy City is having worse weather than The Mitten is. He sent a couple pictures and said their windows were all frosty and icy. Welcome home.

Speaking of The Boy, he came home to Michigan in the middle of December with a new steroid and a platelet count of 16,000, fully expecting to have to visit his old friend, the University of Michigan, for an infusion of IVIG.

The next time he had his blood drawn, his counts had risen to 20,000, and the next time he was at 50,000!!!!! This new steroid, made for difficult folks like him, is helping him maintain a safer count! I don’t know how long he will be on it, because he can’t be on it forever, but it’s a nice change for him!

They arrived in Chicago and had to locate and move their belongings into their new on campus apartment. Home Sweet Apartment. Hello Moody, goodbye 40 something minute commute!

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That was Sy. He used the keyboard as a stepping stone.

He came to sit on my lap a minute because Mama Mia just thrashed him good. It’s like he was telling on her. I don’t blame her, I know he deserved it. I just listened sympathetically and offered him some wisdom; LEAVE HER ALONE!

I think he tried to get her out of the cat bed so he could get in it. Son, that is just not done.

Ok, I guess that’s enough for today. That 1% and all.

Try and stay warm this weekend and don’t try and kick your elder out of bed. I can’t fix that kind of stupid.

The Christmas Photo

It is always my dearest desire to get a decent picture of my family. We are not often all together, dressed appropriately, smiling in synch, or not giving obscene hand gestures. It’s a challenge people.

I gave guidelines, restricted certain behaviors we have had in the past, and maybe begged a little.

Awesome Autumn did the honors this year. Bless her heart and patience.

We decided to try some new poses, it seems we are always in front of our fireplace. Let the photo shoot begin.

I am sad to say I was the ruiner for all these shots. At our house we call these goiter necks.

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Oh good, I finally put my head down a little.

I did like this one. Someone didn’t. Oh, it was Mousey, she said they were too white.

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Not quite ready for our close-up.

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The stair pose. I have seen others do this. It had its flaws.

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Namely a plethora of knees. Exposed knees and knees in backs. What up with those girls down front?

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This personnel change fit better. Autumn was great to take many, many shots. She has no idea how few were useable. And she KNOWS us!

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This pose had the obligatory finger in the nose shot and another had Honey doing a rude gesture I won’t show you on the internet. He and The Boy have a disease. A disease involving a certain digit.

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I quite liked the next two. Both were vetoed by others in the group. Others who don’t appreciate the stair pose.

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See? Not so bad!

I have to ask, does my hair always look that puffy? I feel like my hair is very puffy.

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We had a short cat break after the stair shot. Grandmother and Grandcat. My hair doesn’t look as puffy here. What is going on?

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Poor little nipper. It must be hard to be so unloved and untouched.

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And here we are, back in front of the fireplace. I liked this picture, but I don’t feel the need to showcase our mantle so prominently.

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I would have used this one. Mousey used her veto.

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So it’s between these 2. Picture 42.

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Or picture 45. Both in front of the fireplace. What the heck?

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The last time we took Christmas card photos these two were not hitched!

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A big fat thank you to Awesome Autumn, she deserves some sort of prize for dealing with us.

So there you have it, The Christmas Photo Shoot of 2014.

Happy New Year List!

Happy New Year!

How about the first list of the year?? I am sure there will be many more to follow. Maybe I should change the name of the blob to LIST.

2015, sounds science fiction-y, doesn’t it? The Ab Cat told me that Back To The Future 2 was set in 2015. Where is my hoverboard?

We had a very nice holiday and I will be glad to stop washing  a multitude of dishes EVERY DAY.

As you may have expected, I took no pictures. That is the downside of hosting.

We had a delightful Christmas Eve with my Dad and our Dear Friends The Hostler’s! Nurse Lauren had to work Sad smile.

This was my favorite picture of them.

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They might like this one better, knowing it is on the world wide inter-web.

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Awesome Autumn took our Christmas picture. I am saving those pictures for tomorrows post. I know, you can’t wait. You are welcome.

We played a fun game called Ticket to Ride! Honey and I were partners because we are married and have to do everything together. I have to give photo credit to The Dane. She was stealthy, I didn’t even know she was on the job.

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I don’t know if we won but we had the most completed routes!!!!!

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We were orange.

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People seemed pleased with their gifts, there has been very little return-age.

One of the casualties was this beautimous bracelet I had pinned on Pinterest from The Boy and The Dane. I love it!!!!

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Unfortunately, it was not strung in such a way that one could actually wear it. The crimping tube did not do its job and the toggle came off in my hands. The Dane has been in contact with the maker and it seems as if this will be taken care of easily, which makes me very happy because I would LOVE to WEAR  it!!!!!!!

Mousey received an iPhone. Her life is now complete. Apparently she is the last living 20 something person in the entire world to acquire one. She is now one of those people. And you know what I am talking about and you know who you are.

Elyk stayed with us over the holidays. He is liking his new job as youth director for a church in Moline, Illinois! He was happy to get a kitty fix while here. He used to have a kitty. Her name was Weezie and she was a devil cat. He does not miss her, just the idea of a kitty. Sy is particularly fond of Elyk and likes to jump in his lap. You can imagine how Elyk hates this. Not.

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You all remember The Subject? The Boy’s friend he went to Moody with? Well that knucklehead got himself engaged over Christmas!!!!! Here he is with his bride to be Carly!

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On New Years Eve we had my Father and his wife over to celebrate their birthdays. My Father likes to tease Marilyn from December 28th until January 28th, because she is older than he is for ONE MONTH. This is a BIG birthday for them both. I would totally out my Father, but it’s not nice to out a lady!

Once again, I have no decent picture, save this one we took to prove that The Boy was taller. Yeah, it’s a sparkling beauty. By the way, we cut The Boy’s hair the other day. Badger be gone.

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Here is a loverly picture of the birthday kids from last December. Their new baby Teddy was just a puppy and we all could not keep our mitts off him. So they looked like this, plus one year.

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Anyway, we had fondue, which the birthday couple said they had not had in decades. They lived through the last groovy decade of fondue. My Father said he is always glad to eat over here because Honey is such a good cook. His personal favorite? Halibut. Oh YEAH. Maybe next time Smile.

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On New Years Day I was determined to do one thing productive. I tackled this disaster, sporting what I like to call Holiday Dump.

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This is the big, main pantry in the laundry room. I cleaned each shelf, wiped it down, threw away expired stuff and rearranged things to be with their neighbors.

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To the right, to the right. The third shelf is the card bucket. Overflowing and many decks of cards unable to actually fit in the card bucket. Because it is necessary that we actually have 4000 decks of cards. Essentially necessary for some very good reasons. I blame our family game Peanuts, where everyone has to have their own deck. Some like decks that are new. Some like cards that are broken in. Some have to use the same deck EVERY time or their groove is thrown. The Santa deck, the puppy deck, the Iraq deck, the aqua Harrah deck. You know who you are.

There were also some decks missing a card or two. It has been my experience that the moment I toss a deck, the lone lost card surfaces from between the sofa cushion, or somewhere. I was actually able to put my favorite deck BACK TOGETHER by scavenging a card from its sister deck!!! Welcome back to the card table Chester Cheetah!!!

So you know I am now never going to throw those broken decks out.

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It may not look better to you, but it is much better for me.

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Plus, The Ab-Cat can now actually reach the popcorn maker, WINNING!

Look at that card bucket, LOOK AT IT!!!!!!! I felt so…..accomplished!

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There was a lot of watching this little dollop of precious.

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He alternates between being the cutest thing I’ve ever seen and a complete little stinker.

That’s what I call him, Little Stinky.

I guess that is enough words for now. Enjoy the first Monday of the new year! I’m going to pay some bills, YEE HAW.

The Weekly Sy

Reunion

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A Weekend List

It has been a long time since I have had a dedicated F-List! I am always a little listy, but this is a flat out, all over the place, long-ish list!

BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) and the Bible study at our church are both over for the year. This was a week of celebrating the one true God, the great I AM, fellowship with loverly women in both studies, and luncheons, with yummy soups, salads and DESSERTS!

How fortunate am I to be surrounded by so many wonderful, dedicated women who love and serve the Lord? Many, many kisses on both cheeks from a really good God.

In the church study we were in Exodus chapter 20. The chapter of the Ten Commandments.

I have heard and read that many people think the Bible and is outdated and needs to change with the times. They certainly don’t think the rules and laws in the Old Testament apply to our enlightened times. People think they are so suchy-muchy. By the way, all of the Ten Commandments but one are repeated in the New Testament. They still apply.

The moral laws don’t change because HE doesn’t change.  The Ten Commandments show us God’s character. He transforms us when we follow His laws.

God doesn’t lower His standards, He raises His people to His standards.

At BSF we studied Exodus 35-40. The building of the Tabernacle and everything in it. It told how Moses and the artesian did just as the Lord commanded. The chapter told of the first mentioned filling of the Holy Spirit, who gave the skills needed to do all the work required; work in gold, silver and bronze, ability to cut and set stones, work in wood, skilled craftsman to do all kinds of work as craftsmen, designers, embroiderers and skill with fine linen. I was impressed that it also mentioned that he gave them the ability to teach others.

As I read this I thought about Honey, Mrs. Schmenkman, Capri’s Deb, Patt and Laurie, Deb’s hubby BFG and his brother John, all filled to overflowing with God given skills and abilities. Brimming with God given talents!

MAN, I was in the wrong line when they were passing out those abilities!!!

Also mentioned in our passage (35) was how Moses had asked the Israelites to take an offering from everyone who was willing, of what they had.

22Then all whose hearts moved them, both men and women, came and brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and bracelets, all articles of gold; so did every man who presented an offering of gold to the LORD.…”  

Their wealth, their possessions, what they had. It then repeated twice that they brought MORE THAN ENOUGH to do the work. It was a good reminder to me at this time of year, really any time of year, that God gives us MORE THAN ENOUGH to do what He asks us to do. What does He ask us to do?

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And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

I need to ponder giving more than enough.

I know I don’t always love others as myself. Sometimes those others around me are irritating and rude, and I am more concerned with distance than loving.

Need to put loving others as myself on the ponder list.

I am going to a cookie exchange today with The Peanuts Champ and The Back Door Neighbor this afternoon. I have not attended one in YEARS. I am making Miss Kris’ shortbread to take. It’s the first official Christmas baking of the year!

I learned that The Boy and The Dane will be home on Wednesday night. All they have to get accomplished is The Dane’s finals and moving everything they own out of their first apartment into their second apartment. Piece of cake, right?!

Honey and I went out for a bit yesterday afternoon to do a little shopping.

I feel more accomplished on that front. While we had pretty good ideas for what we were going to purchase, having them actually purchased and in our home makes it feel more… concretely accomplished.

I am a little surprised that concretely is a real word.

I have been thinking about Christmas cards. I have fallen into a one year on, one year off pattern and this is an ON year. I still need that picture.

Of course I do.

The Boy started yet another new treatment this week. A different steroid that appears to have a greater success rate for patients who are refractory to previous treatments.

In other words, it works better on the tough nuts to crack.

As always, we are praying for remission. Or complete healing. Whichever comes first.

I asked him what the side effects were, he said in addition to the usual steroid suspects, fat and acne.

Hello Christmas picture!!!! Just in the nick of time.

I am going back and forth on the decision to not have an official Christmas tree. Plus others are giving me a hard time!

I’m pretty sure we won’t. Unless we do.

After Honey and I did our little shopping trip we went to dinner at a little Thai place we like. It was nice to just sit and talk.

You know what I miss? Honey. That’s what I miss. This working 7 days a week for WELL over a year is about as old as that dinosaur skeleton everybody is talking about. PLENTY OLD.

Come on FORD MOTOR COMPANY!

I guess that’s enough for one list. I hope your weekend is restful, and accomplished. I know that the one does not always equal the other, but sometimes the accomplished contributes to the restful in your mind!

Schnibbles of Stuff

I only have time for lines today.

We have jettisoned the last of the holiday food, hallelujah.

I took a picture of the last of the dressing and iMessaged it to The Boy saying he should have taken it home. He would say it’s a crying shame it had an engagement with the trash.

The cats are running hot and cold over here. Sometimes they are all sleeping peaceably in one room, other times Seymour seriously invades their personal space. Bless his heart, he is just fascinated with them.

He is going to be a big fat hog if he continues with his stress eating. His food AND theirs.

I think he eats their food, potties in their box and gets in their beds because he knows these are their things. Kind of like children. Without the potty box business.

He is so stinking cute it makes all of the above bearable. Barely.

Our fat ladies seem a little needy. We are happy to oblige them.

I have an appointment with a new chiropractor this afternoon.

I am hoping he will be my new best friend.

I am getting my haggish hair cut tomorrow night.

I am having a BIG week!

I did a little Christmas shopping yesterday. I realized that it is my way to stand and think as much as I actually put something in the cart.

I am sad because I think my second favorite show is over for the season. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates should be on ALL YEAR, as far as I am concerned.

What have you been doing?

Happy Thanksgiving to You!

I am having some Hectic up here in The Mitten. Just wanted to say that all is well, but trying to introduce a young cat into our home where three old, inhospitable ladies reside is …..time consuming and disheartening.

Company is all here, The Boy and The Dane arrived with the Grandcat on Friday and Elyk made the trek up from his new home in Iowa last night. Our dear friends the Hostlers and the Peanuts Champ will be joining us tomorrow, along with The Grandpa, who is also dear. There is much to be thankful for.

Honey had heard that it was supposed to be warm last Monday and promptly declared a family raking day. Unfortunately, it was also the blusteriest day known to mankind, there was no raking. BUT, God gave us an early Thanksgiving present!!! He blew all those leaves OFF our lawn!!!! God loves me and Mousey best!!!!

Praying you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I will spend some time counting many blessings, one by one.

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hi Guys! It feels like I have been gone for a long time! Thank you to Joyce for giving us something to chat about every week!

1. What’s something you take for granted, that when you stop and think about it you feel truly grateful for?

I get aggravated with my body. The headaches, backaches, and other pains, the way it has kicked me to the curb a few times in years past, but when I really think about it I am truly grateful for what I’ve got. I can walk, breathe deeply without pain and I have platelets, that’s more than some of my loved ones have right now.
2. The color brown-love it or no? What’s your favorite shade of brown? Most loved something in your home or closet in a shade of brown?

I love brown, to wear and to decorate with. Most browns are good and they look especially nice with rusts, golds and greens, autumns colors. I will say this is my favorite brown thing in our home.

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There has been a lot of life around that table. Eating, talking, visiting, games and laughter! And a lot of folded laundry.
3. What’s something you’re looking forward to today?

I always look forward to seeing the ladies at BSF. We manage to get a lot of visiting in when we gather to study God’s Word!
4. The word ‘feminism’ is not new, but it has been generating all kinds of headlines in recent days and months. What do you think/feel when you hear the word? If you’re a woman, do you want to be described as a feminist? Why or why not?

When I was a child growing up in the 70s  the word feminist conjured up a militant, in your face, man bashing woman.  I don’t really consider myself a feminist, but I am aware that the women’s rights movement has facilitated the changes in our country that allow me to vote and to have many of the opportunities that I am able to enjoy.
5. What’s something you personally can’t eat without making a mess?

Ribs get on your hands. I don’t like that.
6. When did you last surprise someone with a little gift or when were you last surprised by someone with a little gift? What was it?

This is my darling friend Dorothy! When we see each other at BSF she says “there’s my Kelly!” and I say “there’s my Dorothy!”. For no reason at all Dorothy gave me the beautimous scarf I am wearing here! I love her.

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7. Share a favorite quote, saying, song lyric or scripture relating to gratitude.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

The Ab-Cat and I are driving to Chicago tomorrow to pick up The Boy, The Dane and the Grandcat, who are coming home for the week of Thanksgiving. The Grandcat is coming to live with us because his parents are moving back into on campus student housing. Did you catch that? The Grandcat is coming to LIVE WITH US!!!!!!! WOO HOO!

Now I will be posting the Weekly Sy so THEY can see HIM!

The Weekly Sy and an Update on the Doings

A sleeping kitty is one of my favorite things! This week features Snoozing Sy.

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I would have been B.O.T.H.E.R.I.N.G. him.

There has been some Hectic over here the last few days. Some good and some alarming.

The week started with Jip the Farm Dog in the hospital with blood clots in both lungs!!! I can assure you, no one saw that coming. The Lord, in His infinite mercy, protected her life from further harm and she is resting semi-comfortably at home with the aid of Percocet. She has learned, the hard way, that when in excruciating pain it is not wise to go off pain medication so you can drive and give the BSF lecture. Narcotics are a girls best friend when breathing hurts, forget the diamonds.

That was the alarming portion of the week, the good part was The Boy and The Dane came in on Wednesday! It’s always good to see them and hug their necks! He still has one more week of the Rituxin, but it is abundantly clear that it is not working at all. He had 4 doses of IVIG before he came to plump up his 11,000 platelet count. He brought with him a myriad of side effects, including major insomnia and a bad case of teenage skin. So that Christmas picture I was hoping for? Probably not going to happen, because that would be mean. The next time we see him at Thanksgiving he could be in the middle of The Brew, and you know what chemotherapy does to hair. I guess he could wear a hat? We will cross that bridge when we come to it.

We have been doing some eating and shopping, and sitting around visiting is what we seem to do best.

Have a good weekend. No Hectic. I’m serious.

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