Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A Fresh, New Start

Hi everyone -- I hope you're enjoying sunshine in your part of the world today!  I can't tell you how glad I am to finally have sunshine again; it lifts my spirits considerably.  From what I can gather, a lot of people were sick during the holidays; it seems like so many people had bronchitis.  I hope everyone has recovered completely.

My dad came home from the hospital on Monday evening, and we're all relieved and thankful.  Your prayers are much appreciated.  We finally got an answer about what really happened that evening he was taken to the emergency room.  He had received a blood transfusion the day before, and apparently, he had something like an allergic reaction to the blood and his body was trying to reject it.  It was a very frightening time for all of us.

I've never talked about this on my blog, but my father has a serious blood disorder which he was diagnosed with about 15 years ago.  He sees an oncologist and takes very strong medicine to try and keep his platelets regulated.  This often causes his hemoglobin to fall too low, requiring a blood transfusion.  He's never had this sort of reaction before, and we certainly hope he won't again.  He has also been on kidney dialysis for the past two years; he does this at home every night, and my mom is responsible for taking care of all that.  She has a huge responsibility, and she handles it all so gracefully.  My sister and I do our best to help, but she doesn't ask for help very often, so we try to find little ways to make her life easier.

So now you know most of the story; there are other smaller health issues, but these are the two biggies.  Writing this blog has been so therapeutic for me -- it helps take my mind off my worries, and I've met some wonderful friends along the way.

I'm always pleased to begin a new year; do you feel the same?  It's a fresh, clean slate, and I'm sure we all hope we'll be able to write some good things on our slates as the year goes forward.  Some things I'll be posting about soon -- Mr. Duncan turned two years old, on Sunday, January 3rd.  That's so hard for me to believe; time goes by so much faster than I realized.

I shared with you at the end of 2015 our guest bedroom all dressed for winter.  

 I have so enjoyed working on this room, and my next step will be to get new curtains with some of my Christmas money.

Hal and I also toured this magical place on January 1st, and I'll be posting about that soon.


Mr. Forest Manor gave me a new Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas, and I do love it.  When these first came out, I swore I'd never have one.  Never say "Never" folks.  My husband's co-worker found one in the pocket of an airplane seat a few years ago, and gave it to my husband.  Hal gave it to me, as he already had a Nook.  It was one of the older models of Kindle, but hey, it was free.  I didn't use it for a long time, but once I tried it, I was sold on the convenience.  I'm starting to find that it hurts my hands to hold a paperback book for any length of time now, and these Kindles are so easy to lay on a table, the arm of a sofa, or your lap.  Plus, I re-read some of my paperbacks, and after awhile, the bindings start to wear out.  In addition, the new Kindle Paperwhite has a built-in light, so you can read in bed at night without a lamp or overhead light.  These will never replace real books for me, but they are easier on the eyes and hands.


The Hubs and I are also hoping to learn French this year.  I took four years of French in school and really enjoyed it, but if you don't use it, you lose it.  We'll see how it goes.  ;)

I haven't made New Year's resolutions, but I have set some goals.  How about you?  Is there something you'd really like to accomplish this year, or maybe just do differently?  I'd love to hear from you.  Thanks so much for your visit, and have a great week!



  1. okay...waiting to see what is going is skitzy tonight

    I'll be back!

  2. Glad they figured out what was going on with your father. That is quite amazing all your mom is doing. What a trooper. Hope future transfusions go well with no reactions. Hope all your french comes back easily.

  3. Prayers for your Father, I always look forward to the new year for a fresh , new start! Wishing you many blessings in this New Year!.

  4. Happy to hear things are looking up, Denise. Best wishes for the new year.

  5. Duncan looks quite handsome and he shares a birthday with my grandson. I am sorry to hear about your dad, but he is in such loving hands. I have lost my parents, so treasure every moment, difficult as some of them are. You will love your Kindle. While I don't have one, I do have an iPad, which I love. Still snow on the ground here and cold. No viruses here at this house yet. Fingers crossed.

  6. Glad your dad is doing better. I can see why you would be so concerned. Your guest room looks so cozy with the red tartan. Enjoy reading!

  7. Such a handsome boy! Happy New Year Denise:@)

  8. Thankful your dad is on the mend. And aren't we enjoying the sun and cold crisp air? I'm glad you're enjoying your reading device! They are handy.

  9. so happy to hear your dad is recovering..
    no resolutions for me either but I do plan to listen closer to my inner voice and follow it more.

    wow, duncan is 2 already,, where does the time go.. my Buffy girl will be 13 on april 11th.
    I hope the new year brings much Joy and good Health to you and all your family.

  10. Thank you for sharing your heart about your dad, Denise. Prayers wil continue for him and your mom.
    Duncan is two already?? Yes, time flies!
    Your guest room looks so pretty and I'm anxious to read where you and Hal spent New Year's Day.
    Happy 2016, my friend!

  11. I'm doing catch up on the posts. Seems like I never had enough time during the holidays.
    So glad that your father is doing better. I have a blood disorder also, but not as bad as your fathers. I'm on blood thinners and have to take folic acid (just like pregnant women do) only mine is much stronger and I have to take Vit B 6 and 12. Hopefully I'm keeping in check.
    I know that you happy to have him home.
    Happy Birthday to Duncan - he is such a cutie.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  12. Denise, so happy your dad is doing well. That must have been a scary situation. Poor Dad he certainly didn't need that complication as none of you did. I have the older Kindle, and I have come to love it although I still can't help myself from buying a 'real' book now and then. Sounds like a cliche, but I do choose a book by it's cover so don't love kindle for that reason, as I can't see what the covers look like, they are so small. My daughter has told me there is a way to see what the cover looks like, but me and technology don't do well together!! How fun about the French lessons. I took Spanish in high school and just couldn't get into it. French seems so romantic, though!..Happy Week to you and Happy Birthday to that sweet Mr. Duncan..Judy



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