Sunday, May 10, 2015


The last few weeks have been quite a whirlwind. First, we decided about four weeks ago to sell our current home and build a new, smaller home. This set off a frenzy of repair and cleaning work. Work that thankfully, after three weeks of having workers in and out of my house, is complete. But work that has now come to a bit of a halt as I recover from an infection that landed me in the hospital with sepsis. I never in a million years would have expected to end up hospitalized due to an ear infection. After running a high fever for nearly three days I went to my primary care, who took my vitals and immediately sent me to the hospital. Actually, she wouldn't let me drive so I had a dear friend, who I owe a huge debt of gratitude, come pick me up. My temperature was 104.8, my heart rate was 111 and my blood pressure was dangerously low. For 48 hours I was hooked up to IV antibiotics, which did their job, allowing me to come home. Unfortunately, I reacted to one of those antibiotics and ended up in the ER for IV steroids the day after coming home. Now, just over a week later, I'm still weak and tired and dealing with pressure in my ear. I have new sympathy for anyone who suffers from a chronic illness. To add to all of this, my husband was rear ended on Wednesday. Gratefully neither he nor the other driver were injured, and his car remained drivable, and the other driver was insured with a reputable company so, God willing, this will be a small blip. I am very much hoping to get back on track this week and finish the work that needs to be done to get our house listed and have it on the market by next Wednesday. But, if I've learned anything from all of this, it is that I'm not in control.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

An A to Z of Life's Simple Pleasures::G

Green leaves of spring.
"Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf."
Albert Schweitzer

Quote from Brainy Quote.

Monday, April 6, 2015

An A to Z of Life's Simple Pleasures::E

A little collection of elephants. The large gray one my husband gave to me before we were married. The blue glass was a gift to my grandmother who gifted it to me. The china was a Mother's Day gift to my grandmother from my grandfather, again gifted to me. The jeweled one was found in the crazy, labyrinthine Bazaar in Istanbul last summer.


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