Sunday, November 29, 2009

Weekly Challenge ~ 
A Challenge of a Different Kind

As John Lennon said,  
Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans. 

The Monday before Thanksgiving, I had planned to work on the weekly challenge for Inspiration Avenue, and I've even been eying some of the challenges on other blogs that look like fun. I planned to cook Thanksgiving dinner at home, and had last minute preparations to do for that.

None of it was to be however; my Mother-in-Law passed away on Tuesday, and we had an entirely different kind of week. I think I will leave the angel kitties up as my blog header for a few more days in her honor, because if anyone deserves instant angel status, it is she.  She suffered with Leukemia for the past 13 years, and had far fewer good days than bad. I hope that she is having a big celebration wherever the angels congregate to commemorate being free of her earthly trials.

I cooked my Thanksgiving dinner today, since we all decided to spend Thanksgiving at my brother-in-law's house instead of the plans everyone had made.  I have to say, I enjoyed having a second Thanksgiving dinner!

To update on my own mom, who was going to have surgery to replace a heart valve:  The day of the surgery, she had an angiogram in the morning, which I guess is common procedure before heart surgery. The surgeon studied it and consulted with his colleagues, and came to the conclusion that he did not want to do the surgery, thinking the outcome would not be good, primarily because of her age and the condition of her heart. Another doctor has had a different opinion, but she has decided to just put off worrying about it until after the holidays, which is probably exactly what I would do!  Call us Scarlett O'Hara, but hey, it runs in the family, what can I say!

So, I guess this is the time in life when we worry about our parents, as they are getting on in years. I wish I had a wonderful photo to go along with this post, but I'm just coming up short. Nothing in the old magic picture vault . . .

I'm looking forward to getting back to routine things and posting about happier topics! Stay tuned!


  1. I' so sorry to hear that you lost your mother in law that way. Watching a loved one suffer so courageously can't be easy. I hope that your Mom's second opinion turns out to be better news after the holidays too. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  2. Oh Sweetie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss and I hope your Mom gets a second opinion that will be better dear one.


  3. Tami and LuLu, thank you so much for your encouraging words! It means the world to me!

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. It's so weird that these things happen during the holidays...I'm sending you prayers and good luck wishes for your mom.

  5. Thanks so much Charlie! Yes, I've heard that things like this happen frequently during the holidays, and I guess it's true. Thanks for your good wishes!

  6. oh dear ... i'm so sorry to hear about your mother in law ...

    i agree with getting a second opinion for your mom maybe from another place/dr... at least you will be more informed.

    hope everything is going to be alright ... my thoughts are with you my dear fren ...

  7. Maggie, it sounds like you have had one heck of a week plus. A great big hug to you, sweetie! I hope your mother starts to feel better soon. If you don;t have many family pics, I suggest you snap away over the holidays. I wish we had more from my childhood, but we lost everything and I really hate not being able to share those with my children and husband.


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