What a week…


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Hubby and I traveled to Seattle last week. Xander, our seven-year-old godchild (with spina bifida) had his twenty-seventh surgery Thursday. We met him and his mom at the hospital for pre-admission appointments Wednesday and got the world's best hug.     Afterwards, we took the ferry to Kingsport. Xander's dad is in the navy and Xander's family lives across the sound from Seattle. It was a windy day, but "Pappy" and Xander ventured to the top deck of the ferry while his mom and I stayed in the warmth of the car. [caption id="attachment_7319" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Pappy and Xander on top of the ferry[/caption]   We had dinner that evening with Xander's whole family including his parents, his two older brothers and his two sisters. The family adopted the girls in…
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Spring Fever


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It's spring all right. Saturday was a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the 70's. Yesterday, it wasn't quite as warm, but still lots of sunshine. People were out in groves--running errands, washing cars, planting flowers—enjoying the fresh air. Today, however, it's storming and we have tornado watches all around. Yep! It's spring in middle Tennessee. Another sign of the season: I'm sick. Or, at least I hope my illness was due to the weather and not the server at a mid-level chain restaurant who coughed the entire time she served us last weekend. At the time, I remember thinking I hoped she had allergies. But, when I woke up Tuesday with an eerily similar cough I had my doubts. Normally, traditional medicine is my last resort, but I've got…
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One last look…


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I just realized I forgot to do my weekly post yesterday. Let's see, what was I doing? Why did I forget? Hubby and I spent the weekend out at his mom's farm packing up the last of her stuff, then met the movers yesterday morning. Pretty much everything that hasn't been given away was relocated from the farm to our house. Several of the boxes went to a local womens' shelter--they were very excited. The rest will go into the storage part of our basement when I have time to get in there and organize its contents. I refuse to cram one more box back there, until everything is sorted, labeled, and I know what's what. So, the boxes from the farm might sit for a while. Included in our…
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Happy Birthday, Xander


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If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know about Xander, my soon to be seven-year-old godchild. Seven! Where does the time go? Xander has severe spina bifida, and we had another health scare last week. He had a seizure Friday morning and his mom (Natalie) had difficulty waking him. She called Children's Hospital. They advised her to call 911, take him to the closest hospital to get him stable, then transport him to Children's. When they managed to wake him, he was disoriented and had memory loss. He couldn't remember what he'd had for dinner the night before and it was pizza—his favorite! Of course, his memory wasn't impaired so much that he didn't remember to request Bruce, his shark pillow, to accompany him. For those without small…
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