The Christmas Challenge

Just days before Christmas, so much to be done,
My body is lagging, my spirit says, “RUN.”
My whole body’s challenged, ‘cause everything hurts.
Energy’s rationed, in bits and in spurts.

I love this season, full of joy and good cheer
Short on it now, I need a magical reindeer.
I’m jumping into the season and searching as I go
For one jolly soul to appear and shout, “HO, HO, HO.”

There’s truly a magic, that now fills the air
With evergreen wreaths with soft angel hair.
All creatures are stirring, even the mice
Grown-ups and children are all “extra nice.”

The gifts are arriving, thanks to the net
The trick is to shop and stay out of debt.
Awe heck, this is Christmas, forget about that
Come January, we’ll eat like Jack Sprat.

My Yorkie is snuggled all warm in our bed
He hasn’t a clue as to my weeks ahead.
How can I do it, so much to be done
My energy left with the rise of the sun.

It’s been years ago, when my health fell apart,
But I’m just the same, at least in my heart.
Now it’s my “gig” to drag myself ‘round.
Working through pain as my problems abound.

With Christmas approaching, now on its way,
I’m determined to let my inner child play.
I’ll festoon and garland, and jingle away,
All I have are Amazon boxes, no sign of a sleigh.

Hold it Rudolph! Hang onto your bladder,
I think my husband just fell off the ladder.
As I limp from my bed to see what is the matter
My hearts stops within me at the crash and the clatter.

The dog begins growling and leaping about;
That’s when I hear it, such a pleasurable shout.
Instead of my spouse, it’s a jolly old fellow
Who bounced when he fell, and looked like Othello.

I’ll ask how it’s done and learn how to jingle
The best source of advice, must be Kris Kringle.
We had a long chat, this fine fellow and I,
His words were so kind, I started to cry.

Here’s what he told me, this jolly old guy,
As we chatted he had a twinkling eye.
Just rely on the magic of this special season
And do what’s a pleasure, but within reason.

He said I could do it, the presents and tree,
But always remember my priority.
When I begin to fade, and forget to laugh
To go and lie down and recall my life raft.

I knew what he meant, the tiny Christ child,
The source of all comfort when life gets too wild
Or I allow too much doing to upset my applecart.
He’s the reason for Christmas and lives in my heart.

So much love He brought to the world, for such a tiny child,
With such a big job to do, as the world he reconciled.
Bringing each of us love, hope and peace of the heart,
With the promise, good times and bad, He will never depart.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, SUE FALKNER WOOD, 2017

43 thoughts on “The Christmas Challenge

  1. Sue dear, As always, your posts are upbeat and inspirational. This lovely poem is probably the proverbial icing on the cake and, as a reward, I am willing to wager that you will have plenty of energy to do what needs to be done. May God bless you with improved health and a very happy Christmas. Love you, dear lady. Phyl

    • Phyl, thanks so much. I’m pleased you enjoyed this. It’s not quite up to par on the form but the heart of it is well meant. I will be posting one more Christmas blog before the holiday but love this season so much. Hope yours is to be merry and bright. Love, Sue

  2. Yes as Phyllis says upbeat and inspirational
    A joy to read
    However I mite just tell someone I know who is tooo Christmassy toooo early to jingle away!!
    See it made me lighthearted
    Not easy at moment as the pain has got worse and am waiting for A dr to ring me back.not gonna let it get as far as last time
    Right that’s it for now back later
    Chris

    • Chris, oh dear. Please do stay on this pain this time. ANy bleeding? Do let us know when you can. Prayers and love, Sue

      • Went to dr got diver again and given augmentum again
        Sore where he pressed
        There goes the trip away tomorrow
        Not to worry. Maybe it hadn’t really cleared and with the enema and the sigmoid thingy ….
        No bleeding
        Had a bit of toast and going to bed with a hottie
        Back tomorrow
        Chris

    • Janet, Merry Texas Christmas to you as well my dear. I just talked to a smoke house down there yesterday ordering our son’s family’s Xmas gift. THey loved this particular place so much we’ve made their meats a gift to them for several years. Hope you have a blessed holiday and Dec. has more to come. Love ya, Sue

  3. This is so beautiful Sue. I’ve had an emotional day but received love and support from my church family that I desperately needed. I still feel emotionally battered but not anxious or feeling the need to try to do more than I can today. The talk we had the other day helped me so much to put things in perspective. Remi had her head against my leg all during mass and that connection plus a dear friend next to me in the pew (skipped singing in the choir today, needed the nurturing of the congregation) helped me settle my spirit.

    • Bobsled Laura, you do sound a bit more perky. I know you are alone entirely too much. Remi is a doll but we all need human companionship in one form or another from one who sincerely cares about us. Now that your spirit is more peaceful, try to hang on to that for the whole season, okay? Priorities and reading our own needs and strength…that’s the tricky part of this life for so many of us.Love, Sue

    • Audrey, you are such a sweet and interesting friend. I always feel like I know you after these years on FB together. Glad you liked the poem and indeed, we all could use a lighter, brighter Christmas. Fondly wishing you a blessed season. I’ll be back at least once more with a blog before the Day. Sue

  4. Sue, this is just what I needed. Although I feel like I am not doing enough, I think perhaps I may be stretch it a bit. Probably the extra stress, and now we are to have a cold snap. Been trying to rest, but then I think of all the things I should be taking care of or doing. Vicous cycle. Feeling a bit emotional and down today. Well, not all day. Late morning I took Sadie for a walk on the Trail since it will be a few days until we can get back there. It was nicer weather than I thought it might be, which was a nice surprise. Along the way we encountered a couple and their greyhound. A handsome, very calm and sweet gentleman. As I petted him, he leaned into me hard. His owners laughed and said he loves women. Oh, darn. 🙂 We chatted a bit as I loved on the grey while he peacefully leaned against me, enjoying every moment in his own quiet way. Made me miss our grey babies. Sadie was funny. When we first saw them, she hung back like she wasn’t too sure. I stopped and had her sit to wait while they passed by, but then when we started chatting, she quietly approached the grey, who completely ignored her, and was surprisingly calm and patient. She is normally jealous of any attention another animal gets, but she was really pretty good with this one, and the lady petted her, which she accepted without balking. Been thinking about the encounter all day. What a joy. I really should practice right now, but am tired. I’d rather lounge and watch Hallmark Christmas movies. Haha! Yes, we do shop at the shop. You would love it, especially right now with all the vintage style Christmas decor. I’m afraid I picked up more than I had planned, but love each piece. I should post a pic of the handmade nativity. Each “character” was cut out of metal, then attached to an old piece of barn wood. Very rustic, apropos to the Christ child’s humble beginning. I loved the effect when I put a few tea lights behind it, but that just wasn’t practical, so I put some string lights behind it instead. Perhaps I will post a picture on facebook. On a different subject, I am glad you have fired that cardiologist. There must be someone else who would be more willing to take in your whole picture, challenging though it is. Your GD birthday sounds magical. I can’t believe how much your grands have grown!

    Chris, do stay on top of your latest. Praying that bleeding stops and you get some effective answers.

    Bobsled, oh dear. I was thinking of you on our walk today and wondering how Remi is doing. I am so glad you got some much needed support today when you needed it.

    Wishing all who read here well. Happy holiday season, one and all.

    • Lyn, Forgive me for not answering last night. Eyes were fading and I knew I needed more time for answering your lovely long post. What a lot of memories the greyhound must have brought back for you. Sounds like a very special day out in the woods. The only thing missing was a softly falling snow. Sadie a bit jealous of her mom, huh? I know George is terribly protective and if Jim or I are holding him he is worse so we have to put him down when people are here.

      I know you have several performances this month and wish you health, stamina and your usual beautiful performances. I know you love it but have to sit on that stool and watch those vocal cords.

      Yes indeed I would love that shop. I stopped at the gift shop at the hospital today when I was upstairs at the doctor’s office and it is ablaze with Christmas and some local art work in all forms. I’ve never seen so many ornaments in my life. That is the last thing we need. Wish we had the room you did or I would put up trees everywhere. Once again we are not putting up our 9 foot one but several little one. No climbing and reaching for me right now. Several of the neighbors have installed lights on our one dry day, yesterday. Now we are going to get three of them so will get the outside lights up. The creche you described sounds unusual. I love different but go more with the old-fashioned look in all things. I still have geraniums blooming but not for long. It was 37 degrees here last night with fog…thick fog. I bought a miniature blueberry bush that is in a pot and told Jim we’d better put it up on the porch for it to make it through the frost this winter. I’m rooting some scented geraniums…too cheap to buy more in the spring. Rose scented and such a tiny pink flower, so sweet. I love them. Well, I should get up from a rest after a trip to see doc this AM and get a bit of decorating done. Little bits get the job done. Love ya, Sue

  5. Sue – I just love this. I’m so thankful for the reminder of what is most important: the Christ child, the truest meaning of Christmas. I am loving my new job at the elementary school but it’s quite different to have over 600 students to care for. Of course the level of care is much lighter in intensity but the sheer numbers I see per day can be intense.
    I’m struggling with the idea of traveling to Oklahoma for Christmas. My youngest brother Mark and his wife Laura moved to Colorado this summer and won’t be there. They always hosted and were the buffer to the rest of my siblings’ drama and dysfunction. Without Mom there, and now without them, I just don’t think I’m up to the trip. I love my sisters but their respective families exhaust me. My two middle brothers might or might not show up but never bother letting anyone know til last minute.
    I just want to stay home and be with my friends and church family here, spend my two week break playing with my friends and their kids. Hope you are as well as possible. Hi to Lyn, Bobsled, Jennie, Chris, Janet, and the rest of the gang. Love to all, a very tired “Princess 👑 Crabby🦀 Pants👖”

    • Annie, I’m so very pleased your new job is one you love…hopefully more stress free although it sounds like a lot of kids. I’m sure your kind nursing heart has a few favorite kids. As far as Christmas, always follow your heart. You don’t need stress during this more blessed season. Sometimes families can be a pain in the tushie. You don’t need any more pain in your life. No obligations to trouble…especially now that your folks are both gone. Have a wonderful season and hope to hear from you before then. Miss hearing about your new cat. Love ya, Sue

  6. Sue
    As I get to read the blog when I post it, sometimes I am late in posting on here, like today. It is a wonderful reminder of all the work we do out of love for others and the love of the Spirit of the Season. But the true miracle is the One whom we celebrate. It is His love that sustains us through our pain and misery and make our lives livable.
    Chris, please take care of you. Recover dear friend.
    Bobsled, Sue is right, Seek human company when you can and don’t stay alone so much, Prayers for you to feel better.
    Lyn, hope you are perking up today, you will have more to do with all the concerts this month I know. Take care.
    Yesterday was my honeys birthday and we took it easy all day. My daughter dropped in very early on her way back to the Carolina’s, They had made it up for her hubby’s family Christmas gathering. Next week I will be at her house for ours. Anyway, took the guy out for dinner last night. He ate way too much and we giggled and laughed like two teenagers. It is fun when you don’t remember your age !
    Well, need to get going. Swim day. Cold here this morning, and continued all week according to forecast. Maybe it will start to feel like Christmas now !
    Love to all.
    Tonie

    • Tonie, Hope your swim day was fun. Did you guys take Judy? Looks like you’re in for cold weather. Cold here with 34 degrees last night and into the mid forties today. We put Christmas lights on the fence today in that cold. I’m in bed with heating pad going full blast.
      I know you’re getting ready to go down and see your kids and their kids so you are probably still working on presents and baking like mad. Been busy here with docs and Christmas. Eyes very troublesome so only online for brief spells. All good otherwise…just same old pain. Glad birthday celebration was fun. Love, Sue

  7. Hi all
    How did you,get on yesterday sue,any luck with the meds
    I’m a bit better with the antibiotic. But my nose seems to be playing up now ,all blocked like before .but can’t use those steroid sprays again
    Going to try to go to inr appt with dh see how I am later with the runs.dont seem as bad as last time .prob as I went earlier to Drs with it
    Glad you had a good time out tonie it sounded a good time
    Hi Annie
    A new job glad you like it and settling in there. I think you should listen to,your inner voice over what to do for Xmas ..it’s usually telling us what we should do . One at home sounds good with having a new job as well this year ,but big decision to make and who to please
    Lyn your post sounds like a real magical tale..you take it easy when you can with all you do
    Bobsled
    It’s a difficult time of year.now feeling isolated seems moreso.do get out to where you feel your best
    Ok my eyes are playing up can’t see properly with drops in
    Chris

  8. Chris, what is going on with you nose? It sounds so uncomfortable. Is this almost continuous inflammation changes the shape of the septum, in the middle of your nose. I am wondering about cartilage changes for you. Oh your poor gut.I know…more creamed food, huh?
    Thanks, yes, my doctor’s appt. went well yesterday. I am back on coumadin and no cardiac drugs. I sent all my medical records to my old heart guy in Portland and he thinks it can wait until after the end of the year if that’s okay with me and I am not more symptomatic. I do sometimes have flutter and shortness of breath but not continuously and he will work me in if needed. I told my primary/internist what I thought of that cardiologist and he laughed. He said, well, it is your life and you know your body. I was so relieved he understood. My eyes are fading fast and I’m tired but wanted to check in with you. Love, Sue

    • Well that’s good you got it sorted so far…as long as you take Coumadin you are covered .if the af only affects you sometimes that’s ok..and it’s good news he says you can wait till after Xmas
      My nose has been starting again this last 10 days..ill see what’s happens
      It has been 50pc better since off spray always there tho just building up again
      The bottom of my nose is twisted
      My tum is still sore there but I feel that is from the augmentum
      See on news bad fires in California
      Have some windy weather coming in tonite apparentlytonie
      Have a good time next week with you DD
      Chris

      • Chris, Actually, I was the one who said I could wait until next year to see the cardio guy. They said they could get me in one of the urgent spots if I could feel I was having more trouble. I am trying to rest when I feel exhausted, etc. Told my internist what an “arse” I thought that cardiologist here in town is and he laughed like crazy. I do have to go up to the cardio clinic to get my finger stick for the INR but he laughingly told me I wouldn’t have to see that guy ever again. I so appreciated his attitude. He said, it’s your life after all. Hurray for the understanding doctors.
        Sweet friend, I don’t want to nag you but I have never heard if you are using Lysine for your symptoms of the nose and mouth. I could not manage without it. It is not going to harm you in any way. I found a new brand I like on AMazon from vegetarian sources.They also make a wonderful lip and nose cream OTC. Sounds like your tum never really healed. What a pain for you and I am so sorry. My situation in the gut is SO much better off the NSAID’s. We had to increase the methotrexate so, so far, no worse. Going into Portland to see the knee specialist Dec. 14. Anxious to see what he can do for me. He performed surgery on both of Jim’s knees and did a great job. Hoping for something less than surgery for me.
        We have been decorating for days. Jim, for the first time, strung up lights all over our fence and porch. I have always done it in the past and it went undone for three years…he did a great job and I love it. It’s all in clear white light and we have one little Japanese maple by the front porch we’re going to do in colored lights. I’ve been doing the inside, getting out many of my favorite things like small trees, several small Santas, etc. Love this season so much.
        Having a PET scan tomorrow and have seen such whacko instructions. No food today or tomorrow EXCEPT meat, eggs and non=starchy vegetable. NO sugar, no pasta, no bread and no starchy vegetables. I dread it so much having to wait around while the IV works and lying on a hard table. So looking forward to it being over.
        Yes, the fires in Cali are totally tragic and out of control. Just found 30 gorgeous horses burned to death as they try to empty out ranches, homes, etc. Three counties are now involved. The major problem is the high winds that won’t quit so they can’t fly over to dump on the fires. They had an excess of rain last spring, all the seeds and weeds that had laid dormant for years sprung into life, they had 100 degree plus ALL summer and it all dried out and is now burning. I talked to a dear old friend on Thanksgiving and it was still 90 degrees down there then. Beyond tragic and breaking my heart…so many old memories, good friends and family down there. I spoke with an elderly cousin yesterday and she said the older folks and the sick were told to wear masks outside IF they went outside at all.
        So much news…kept you too long. Do take care of you as best you can, Hugs, Sue

  9. Hey all:
    Yes Sue, Judy goes with me when I go swim. SHe enjoys the water and sees all sorts of people she knows and hasn’t seen. THis time it was a woman she used to work with and now is a beautician who cuts Marys hubbys hair. She didn’t get to enjoy the class cause this woman wouldn’t stop talking to her , haha ! And yes, baking all day on Monday, making candies. Yesterday broke up the Peppermint Bark and Crackers Candy. All easy and good. This evening I have to bake the Freindship cakes and wrap the remaining presents, pack the car (taking Judys easier on gas) get ready to leave early am.
    It is cold here now. No wind just that still cold with more coming in and a chance of snow this weekend. I will be glad to go see Nikki and Sean, but dread it also ya know ?
    Eating some of my pineapple rhubarb jam I made. Really good stuff ! Can’t let B have it all !!!
    Chris, so hoping your nose gets better. I have had a sore in mine for ages, finally getting better. And my face has decided it is 16 again ! I have a zit right in the middle of my eyebrows. We used to call them a “third eye” !! ANd I keep picking at it, so it is infected thanks to my immune system. Now it is really noticeable !!
    Going to Galax today to work, then on to the shopping spree from store to store, then home to work some more !!! Poor B ate a half bag of Munchos chips last night ( he usually has peanuts, but we were out) and is upset this morning with bathroom visits. He has no idea what will mess with his system. I made veggie soup last night and we had a veggie salad with it. Good supper.
    I have been reading up on hoarding. Seems it is genetic in traits. I found out yesterday, Mrs Blair has one room that is fully packed with her stuff too. So I guess either she had no room for it with all his, or she has a bit of it in her as well. I think she does, so many useless things she has to keep, “just in case”. I told her we could clean it up, but she said she could do it. Meaning, it won’t happen. It is so awful when you have the “fix people gene”. I want so bad to make it better, and I can’t. I really want to take a stick of her firewood and hit that lazy so and so son of hers up side the head. He sits in his chair all day eating and watching tv. She brings in all the firewood and keeps the fire going, does the dishes he dirties, washes his clothes and he…….just sits. Yesterday she was going to the laundry to wash some cushion covers and pillows off the couch we uncovered. I found .50 in the chair he vacated, told her to keep it for the wash. She laughed and said “I will”
    Well, everyone have a good day
    Love
    Tonie

  10. Tonie, Glad to hear Judy is still enjoying going to the pool with you. So good for her at this time in her life. No, you can’t fix the Blair’s. If he is a jerk, she allowed this behavior all these years. I wish you could find someplace else to work. These folks are not good for you. Time to give up on those two and leave them in their own stew.
    I am sorry B is not feeling well. I know he will miss you but since you won’t be gone long should be okay. I just hope his bowel can be okay.
    Prepping for PET scan tomorrow. Real pain. Can’t eat anything but meat and eggs and some green vegies. No starch, bread, potatoes, sugar, etc. until after test tomorrow. They told me to count on being there three hours. Can’t stand to think of all that sitting so will try to lie down. Two pages of instructions.
    I know you will have a good time with the kids and they will enjoy all of your hard work baking, homemade gifts, etc. to say nothing of the thrill of see their KeeKee. Also know you will love getting home to B and pets. Have fun, drive safely and love those kids while you have the chance. Hope snow waits for you to get home. Love, Sue P.S. All that candy sounds absolutely delicious.

  11. Hi ALL, please stop in to see the comments I wrote to Chris. All the latest new on us is there.Eyes bad so must write when I can…so dry everything doubles on the screen. Love, Sue

  12. Sue
    Well I know ..the lysine….as usual with me I read up the side effects and it said upset stomach and diarrhoea ..so,with all this going on for a while I put it on hold about a month go…..but I’m downing the yogurt in big amounts
    Hope the pet scan went smoothly and all aches and pains no more than usual When do you get the results ? Yes it was an odd diet for it
    Not long till you see the cardio now
    It gives heavy snow here Sunday …DD goes to Iceland on Saturday ! Lol she might have just stayed here!
    Hope the eyes are ok . It seems just the same when I put drops in seeing double ..blimmin annoying
    Back later
    Oh yea tonie could do with a third eye that works properly!
    Oh so Mrs blair is a hoarder…… Maybe he’s grown up with her wanting to do everything and that the way it is…must be irritating to be there as its happening ..why does he live at home tho ,he must be over that certain age….
    Chris

  13. Shock this AM. Woke up to SNOW. Now this is Houston, snow, a whole inch of the stuff? Now I know this doesn’t mean much to you northerners, but it was 90 just 3 days ago. This old body has difficulty adjusting to such extreme changes. Anyway love and gentle hugs to everybody. Janet

    • Janet, just saw the news this AM and thought of my son in Dallas and saw it was So. TX and thought of you. You’re right it is a shocker. Hope you don’t have to be out in it. Heard from Ruby on FB and Atlanta, same issues there and am now worried about Tonie who was traveling early this AM down S. from Virginia to see her son and daughter for an early Christmas. Also wonder how Her fiance, Bernard who isn’t used to snow will be. Please stay warm and safe. Love, Sue

  14. Odd weather for you Janet there..keep warm
    We have heavy snow starting early hrs tomorrow.amd forecast for all day
    It’s going to Be in the low minuses in temp
    Had good news my mammogram was clear and the biopsy from bowel was clear too. He wants to see me in January to discuss with me and do it all again in three years..oh joy I was ok till they started ! But it will be good to discuss the pain I still get..started the runs again but I think it’s the meds
    DH had to cut back on beta blockers app the bladder trouble is possibly the side effect..so his bp will go up now….
    He sees dr on Thursday..spoke to him yesterday.
    Drive careful tonie in this weather and get back safe
    Chris

    • Chris, first of all, I have never had side effects from lysine and looked it up just now and they said those side effects were possible in high doses. I have taken 1000 mg every four hours when my nose or mouth was breaking out and never had a problem. I usually take 500 mg twice a day as a preventive measure, especially if I’ve been out in the sun. Frankly, I couldn’t do without it and even use the lip cream with lysine in it. That’s all I’ll say about it.
      I am sorry to hear DH is having more trouble, that poor guy. Glad he’s got an appt. to see doctor.
      So? Snow for you. I do hope it isn’t too much. I hate getting out and around in that cold stuff. I like it from the window but that’s all. Parts of our south are still getting snow today and now the eastern part where they are more used to it. Wow, what a trip for your daughter. I understand it is quite wonderful there; people, food and sights.
      PET scan was long and a bit arduous but the prep and diet was the worst part. They do that for 24 hours before so you are basically devoid of blood sugar which would interfere with the results. I don’t think I”ll eat another boiled egg for a long time since that and tuna I what I lived on for two days. You two take care and I am so pleased your biopsies were all negative. Love, Sue

      • Right then I will get some and start them when I go to the shops I didn’t notice about the high strength I just expect side effects for me!
        Don’t stop saying sue……
        Ok
        How long do you have to wait for the resultslove Chris

  15. Chris, I just meant I didn’t want to keep bugging you about it. Try to get a tube of the cream for the lips and nose, also. It starts working right away. I had a breakout on my cheek right next to my mouth last month that was horrendous. Cleared it in about five days and it was hideous and uncomfortable. Sorry about that beta blocker for DH…can he manage with just the coumadin and his pacer?
    Looks like tomorrow is our last sunny, yet cold day. I got outdoor garland with pine cones draped across the front. Jim put out all the lights so beautifully this year. Going to art show our grandson is in this year tonight. He’s 14 and very talented. Of course we think so. Love, Sue

  16. Hello, everyone, I’m finally caught up, again. I dislike when I am away for a while and have so much catching up to do.
    Chris, good news!
    Sue, so glad that PET scan is over. Praying for a good result. How wonderful your DH has helped with so much decoration for the holidays and that you were able to get some inside as well. Wonderful. I know it makes me happy to see signs of the season in my living space.
    Tonie, I hope you had an uneventful trip to the kids and enjoy a wonderful visit. That storm was something else down south! It finally hit here today and we got more than they were expecting. It is beautiful looking out. Thankfully, the roadways were pretty much uneffected during the day. This evening… not so sure. I know SB went to his girlfriend’s house after dinner and it was starting to get a bit slushy. I haven’t heard from DD. She was working and had to travel home later.
    So, I spent the day enjoying the snow, baking, some online Christmas shopping, and doing things around the house. DH and I did get out a bit this afternoon with the pup. Not as long as she would have liked walking, but a walk none the less. Come evening, it was time to rest. Movie night with the DH. Time now to head upstairs and ready for bed. Rest well, all. Happy Weekend!

    • Lyn, Hope you, DH and the kids are getting around in the slush and snow, knowing you are all so experienced with it. I do love this time of year and the holy season so much. The lights all over our fence, on our corner we live on, the porch and one tree do light the way so beautifully and can be seen from in front but also from all the houses further up the hill here in this hilly city. This is the first time in three years I have dug out some of our decor for the season. We have so many beautiful Xmas items. Actually, too many for such a small house so it’s putting something away in storage to put out some tree, Santa, nativity set, etc. We bought a smaller tree. Our nine foot Balsam Hill is too much for me to decorate. Shopping is finished, now the wrapping begins in between doctor visits, lab, etc.
      The prep for the PET scan was not pleasant, no no laxatives just lots of fluids and only protein to eat for two days, no starches, no pasta, no starchy vegies, no sugar at all. Pretty much left boiled eggs, some cheese, tuna, no milk and an occasional hot dog. I’m not eating much if any meat right now. I also pray for good results but after all this time will be what will be. Late, so will close for now. Enjoy your performances, preparations and season. Watch that weather….Love, Sue

  17. Lyn I do like the way you always describe your days….and you do seem to pack a few things in always
    Sue
    The beta blocker is for his bp more than to effect his AF . That just goes on regardless but he feels ok becos he is paced in the bit that helps.
    He was just trying to bring the bp down ,even with the amount he was taking his bp was going up to 17 0/105 .mostly it averages 145 /95 with his present dose, at one time it went to 205/110..he couldn’t take beta blockers without his pacemaker in as he was on them before and he used to collapse out cold ,unconscious . It happened in the surgery once and the crash team were called ..many a time I used to call the ambulance and they never believed me as he used to come around by the time they came.that was untill it happened infront of the dr at the surgery
    So it’ll go up more now in a few days with the reduction .there isn’t anything he can take without these weird side effects he gets with all of them…I think it’s all becos of the mixture of meds for all his things he’s has
    I love pine Cones and have a few large ones that I keep and a few I’ve sprayed gold.
    Your house must look so pretty
    I’m sure you will enjoy the art show….it’s great to be able to see something they excel at .you must be proud I would be too is he the only arty one or is it a family talent?
    Ok gonna try and go back to sleep .peeped thru curtains no snow yet .its just gone 4 am ..Its due about 6 am . Still get excited at first snow….like a kid . Till I have to go,out in it..it’s frightening with DH balance ,shifting stuff under foot no good for that .
    Chris

    • Chris dear, eyes bad all day and each time I started to write to you I couldn’t. Too much time outside in and out of this cold wind is I know the reason for it. Our house inside is getting there and yes, beautiful in a Victorian, country sort of way. Jim strung so many lights outside, (see my note to Lyn.) Yes, the art show was for high school kids who were artsy. I picked his out of a whole wall full…truly. He is good.
      Sad news in our country with half of Calif. on fire. All of the areas I grew up in, went to college in and all so beautiful. Tonight lovely Santa Barbara is under attack where I went to college and so much beautiful history there.
      Please say a prayer for my kind brother in law who is dying. All of his kids, five of them are trying to get there with all the fires raging around there. He is out of hospital to die under hospice care at his daughter’s house. He and my sister, who passed in 2014 were high school sweethearts and I know he has miss her terribly. THey had five wonderful kids, all adults now. He now has pneumonia after he was found at home on his floor where he had been for two days. The neighbor finally noticed the mail not picked up nor the newspapers and called an ambulance. Nothing broken but severe bladder infection and in and out of consciousness. I remember a very tall dark and handsome basketball player who went into the Air Force and loved my lovely sister for many, many years.
      I am so sorry both you and DH are having such frustrations with your meds and health. Prayers and hopes for answers. Must get to sleep now. Kids after school tomorrow, to lab and more Christmas wrapping to do. Bit more decorating to do. Much love Sue

      • So very sad, yes of course prayers for your brother in law and all his family. The poor man on the floor so long ..I hope the family get to him now with those fires raging and he has some comfort in these hours
        Seeing your GS artwork sounds a bright moment in your day
        DH went to dr and he is sure it is his prostate and the two meds he takes for them are not now doing their job. So he is referring him to hosp. And if he has any retention to get to hosp
        So it looks like an op,for him
        He is back on higher bp dose as bp went up
        Ok gonna try and get back to sleep just turned on heating,it’s 5.30 am here and 21f and gives it below freezing all day .snow mostly gone now tho.up early for DH inr test
        I think the salts on the road don’t do us any good ether sue
        Tongue
        Hoe all ok for you
        Chris

  18. Morning all
    Yesterday was a busy day so I did read some on here, but didn’t get to post a comment or two.
    We had a tough drive down on Friday, with the snow down until we got to Raleigh, then rain. And NC has to WORST drivers I have ever seen in any state. If you are driving 4 miles OVER the speed limit, they are doing 10. All the way down people cut me off, merged in front of me and stopped….we laughed about it , but makes for a bad drive. But had a good visit with DD and family. My son couldn’t make it, so missed him. We will have to meet at a later date. No long drives right now. Judy enjoyed it, and we stopped to visit with my older brother on the way home. Nice day. Of course, it was good to get home to my FM. He had a nice surprise for me in my bedroom ( now get your minds out of the gutter ). He had brought me these beautiful two horse posters, and he had them framed and he put them on the wall in the bedroom. He was so pleased with himself that he surprised me. He can be sneaky.
    Sue, I am so glad you have gotten the scan over. Did you get the results yet ? Did I miss that in the reading ? I will have to go back over it.
    Chris, poor thing, so much going on with you. It seems like we all never catch a break with health issues. Me, I am on the laxative/softener phase after my trip. I have the opposite problem of you so miserable in a different way.
    Well, must be moving. I will post more later after I reread the comments. Like Lyn, I don’t like when I get behind on here.
    Love to all
    Tonie

  19. Janet, thank you, My brother- in- law passed on to be with the Lord this morning, early. All but one of his five adult kids got there in time to see him. One is flying in today. He is now with my sweet sister, back where he belongs. He has loved her since high school. Love, Sue

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