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Life is good - in general - Holiday Wishes

Things sure have been crazy since our move to Florida. Lots of events have happened that I wish could be changed, but, alas, cannot. Such as the death of my dear nephew at too early an age and the news that my dad is close to ending his battle with Alzheimer's. While I morn the loss of the nephew and my dad's loss of memory, I can celebrate the life they have lived and am thankful for the way they have touched my life.

For the most part, in general, life is good. We are enjoying the warm weather, watching the hummingbirds discover the feeder and watching the other birds and squirrel jockey for position on the seed feeder. Listening to the wind play the chimes on the lani and thanking the man upstairs for all of our blessings. Just being able to make the move here has made all the troubles getting here worth it. My dear friend Squirrel, has conquered breast cancer, the loss of a spouse and finding a new and wonderful man. He treats her like a queen and thinks the world of her. To see her smile and laugh once more and enjoy life to its fullest makes me smile and fills my heart with joy.

My DH had to see a blood specialist yesterday due to a particular type of white cell showing up in his blood the last few tests he has had. He was also referred to an allergist as this cell could either be allergy related OR related to a cancer in his bone marrow. Since his dad and one sister have already died from leukemia, we are extremely concerned. On a bright note, the blood specialist doesn't see too much to be concerned about and are now waiting on the blood work results he ordered. My DH asked if it turns out that he has to have a bone marrow test and it comes back positive, was that an automatic death sentence. My heart went into my throat when he asked that as I had no idea it was coming. The doctor just smiled and told him "no," as a lot of things have changed, for the better, since his dad and sister. That made me breathe a little easier and the fact that he doesn't seem too concerned about the level of the count. For the time being, we are thankful for his candor and the fact that he wishes to talk with the allergist about the results of both sets of blood work.

I had a diskagram performed 2 weeks ago and go to see the doc about what was found. Apparently, it wasn't too good as they have scheduled me for spinal surgery in February. My neck already has a fusion in it and I know there are ruptured/herniated disks both above and below the fusion. It will be interesting to see what they have planned. According to his office I will only be in the hospital 1-2 days. So we shall see.

Like I said, life is good, in general. We have moved to a wonderful area of Florida - SE Palm Bay - have fantastic neighbors - next door neighbors had us over for Thanksgiving, and neighbor's niece across the street calls us Grandma and Grandpa. Have met a lot of very nice people, found a marvelous church AND my creative juices are chomping at the bit to be unbridled and set free. Now all I need to is get the sewing room completed.

Our first Christmas in our new home, albeit not a white one <giggle>, is going to be a great one. We are blessed to be able to enjoy the "good" life and create new adventures. Most of all the love we feel for each other grows by leaps and bounds and we enjoy sharing, as much as possible, the bounty that the good life provides with friends and neighbors.

To each and everyone of my family, friends and neighbors, I wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and may the coming New Year find you enjoying all the very best that life has to offer.

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Comment by AidaCJ/NH on December 11, 2013 at 8:47am

A very positive outlook surely goes a long, long way.  I'd surely keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.  I can no longer picture a Christmas without the white stuff, I have been in this country for 45 years and I've been so used to having snow, although I still complain about the weather being so cold. 

Glad you're enjoying your new home, I wish you and yours blessed and happy holidays too.

Comment by Pam/NY on December 10, 2013 at 1:05pm

Glad you have nice neighbors...always makes a difference when starting a new life somewhere different. Have a wonderful holiday!

Comment by Terry F on December 10, 2013 at 12:50pm

Terri, it's a blessing that you can see past the bad news and value what you have.  Not everyone can do that.  I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas, and good health in the new year!

Comment by Jodi Cramer on December 10, 2013 at 9:53am

Terri....Thanks for the update. Advancing age seems to carry with it extra medical problems. You have figured out that a positive attitude gets you through it with grace. Congratulations for that! I am glad you are enjoying your new home, balmy weather & friendly neighbors. Can't get much better than that!

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