Oh Cindy...Today is my Mama's birthday too!!!What a beautiful connection we have.Mama has congestive heart failure, and she was in the hospital for 9 days recently. The doctors weren't sure she would pull through, but thankfully, she did and she's at home now.When I clicked on your blog and saw that it is your Mama's birthday too, tears filled my eyes. I know how much you miss your dear Mama. I send you hugs from one daughter to another. Knowing that you will see your Mama and be with her again one day is comforting to me. What a beautiful cake...and a beautiful wish from you to your sweet Mama. I love the celebratory candle...one year in heaven. God bless her...and may God continue to bless and watch over you and your family, my friend.I hug you, Cindy.P.S. I cannot get the comments to work on my blog. Nothing I do will "fix" the fact that comments can't be made, but know that I continue to visit my dear blogging friends. Sending you hugs and love.Jackie
Jacke, I didn't know our Mama's were both born on September 9th either. That really is a beautiful connection we have. Mama was born in 1932. What about your Mama? I'm so sorry to hear she has been ill but so so happy to hear that she is home and recovering. I pray she continues to gain strength and good health. We had a good day here. I bought some flowers, a card and the cake for our little celebration. It was nice. Dad, I think has seen brighter and better days. He seems very old to me sometimes. I know he misses Mama very much. I hear him talk to her often. His health hasn't been good either. His diabetes is still not controlled and he has the shingles. Further more he has Mixed Connective Tissue Disease and some (if you can have some) congestive heart failure. He continues to take the Coumadin to thin his blood and to dissolve the blood clot in his leg. His breathing is good one day and the next he's having to use his oxygen. I worry about him. What would I do if something happened to him? I'm not sure I could take it. As for me, I continue to have my own aches and pains and after last night even more so. I fell going down a ramp and landed on my back. I pulled my back the other day and after the fall it is now hurting worse. I hurt my right arm and my left arm and shoulder as well as my left ankle. My right back and side hurt rather bad and I had some difficulty taking deep breaths but I can breath better today. I'm hurting in my stomach a little but other than that I'm okay. I am extremely sore and movement of any kind is not my friend. I'm sure in a few days I will feel better or at least I hope I will. I hope you are doing well and haven't had any misfortunes. I miss being able to leave comments on your blog. I do visit. Maybe Blogger will fix the problem for you soon.Please take care of yourself and your parents. Prayers coming your Mama's way. Praying she continues to improve. Thank you for everything Jackie. You are a special lady but more than that you are a special friend and I appreciate your friendship more than I can say.Hugs and love back to you,Cindy
Happy Birthday to her.Costas
Thank you Costas. I believe she had a wonderful heavenly birthday. She got to spend it with her Mama, her Dad and her two brothers.
Cindy...I'm so sorry to hear about your fall and your hurts. I hope that if the pain doesn't subside in a reasonable time that you will go and get checked out. In the meantime, rest is your friend. Let those muscles and sore spots heal. Yes, our Mama's were born at almost the same time! Mama was born September 9, 1931. Isn't that great!! I continue to pray for your Dad's health, Cindy. His diabetes is manageable; continue to encourage him to stay on his diet so that his sugar can be controlled. I'm glad that he is taking something to help with his blood clots. I am so very sorry to hear that he has shingles. That is a very very painful condition. Bless his heart. That is something that will take time for him to get over, and in the meantime, I know that he is in pain with that. I don't know what Mixed Connective Tissue Disease is. I'm going to have to do some research on that. Give him hugs for me. I know beyond any shadow of a doubt that your Dad misses your Mama. I know that you miss her too. Special prayers for your sweet Dad and for you as you both continue to heal.Hugs and love,Jackie
Thank you Jackie. Unfortunately the pain seems to be getting worse and I've started coughing and a slight sore throat has developed. I don't think either as anything to do with the fall. It's just something else to worry about. I'm sure I'll be fine and so will Dad. I have to stay optimistic. That's amazing that our Mama's were born on the same day a year apart. Mama was born in Lauren's County Dublin Georgia. Her maiden name was Hobbs. Mixed Connective Tissue Disease is very similar to Lupus. I believe it has to do with muscle and joint pain and is also similar to Rheumatoid Arthritis (which Mama had). I'm not really sure though. I think we are falling apart here. Lol. Thank you for the prayers. We both appreciate them so much. Love and hugs back,CindyP.S. Charlie and Annie say hi and send wet slobbery kisses and furry hugs.
Hi Jackie, just wanted to say I'm feeling better. I'm still hurting but the cough and sore throat has gone. Hopefully it will stay gone. How is your Mama doing today? Please tell her I hope she's feeling much better soon. Take care and have a wonderful weekend. Hugs,Cindy
Hi Cindy, I love what you did for your MaMa's birthday. Remembering er in that special way. I'm sure she is watching down on you with a smile. It will be almost three years since my mom has passed. It seems like yesterday and I still miss her so, so much. There's no changing that. Anyway, the flowers and the cake were lovely!Love Di ♥
Thank you Diana. It was her first birthday since passing and I wanted to do something for her. I miss her more than I can say but I know you know that feeling. November 26th 2012 will be a year and I find it so hard to believe she is gone. It still doesn't seem real. Thanks again.Take care and have a wonderful weekend.Love,Cindy
Cindy...things haven't been well with Mama....I haven't been back here to post you because Mama has been (and still is) in the hospital. She has pneumonia. We came in to the hospital 2 days after our Mama's birthday. I haven't left her...and I won't. I told her that I won't go home until she does. She is on strong antibiotics via IV and has a catheter and is on oxygen. It is very hard to see her this sick and weak. I do hope that this post finds you better, Cindy. You know that I send Annie and Charlie great big hugs!!!They are precious!!Continue to take care of you...and your Dad. P.S. I am typing this from my cell phone late at night as I am beside Mama's hospital bed. Know that I wish you and your family only the best.Hugs,J.(Sunday night..September 16)
Sending great big get well wishes and prayers for your Mama! I'm sure she'll be feeling better soon. Take care of yourself and know I'll be thinking about you both. Dad, Charlie, Annie and I are doing ok. Charlie and Annie send hugs and kisses. Hugs from me too,Cindy
September 19Mama is still in the hospital. I wanted to check back in with you and see if you are feeling better, and I wanted to check on your Dad, too. "Dear Lord...Please continue to watch over and be with Cindy's Dad. You are so gracious and merciful, and I thank you for your tender care of him. Thank you, Dear Lord. Amen." Cindy...know that you and your family are in my thoughts. You know that every year on Sept. 9, I will think of my Mama and your Mama with a warm smile. P.S. I wanted to tell you what a beautiful photograph you took of your Mom's cake. The candlelight is perfectly captured...an excellent photo, Cindy. It speaks volumes...Hugs,Jackie
Thank you Jackie! Your thoughts and prayers mean so much. I am so grateful to have a good friend like you. Please know that I am praying for your Mama. I believe the Lord will see her through this illness and she will be going home with you soon. I hope you are taking care of yourself.I hesitate to tell you but you are so kind to ask and so I will. I hesitate only because you have more important things to think and worry about than me and Dad. Somehow I re-injured my back and since yesterday I have been in severe pain. I'm having muscle spasms and at times it hurts so bad I could cry. In fact I have cried. Acetaminophen, heat, hot showers and pain rubs are not helping. I think I might need to go to the doctor. If not better by Friday I will go. That old ramp is coming down and a new one built in its place on Saturday morning. My Dad's church is donating their time and money to build it. We are so grateful. Not only will Dad be able to get in and out of the house but Charlie and Annie will have safe access to the house and yard. Not sure if I told you but Annie fell down the ramp a few days ago. She is fine but it scared me. I thought she had gotten seriously hurt but she seems okay. Please take care and don't worry about me and Dad. We will be okay. Concentrate on your Mama and yourself. Keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers.Hugs back,Cindy
(Late Wednesday night)Hi Cindy....It is so good to come here and find a message from you. I'm teary-eyed tonight...worried about Mama...praying to my Lord asking for a touch from Him...and I find a message that you have written me. The timing is Perfect. (I shouldn't be surprised at the timing of the Lord...but I am always happy when I feel His touch.)Thank you for writing. I am so very sorry to hear about your injury. I will tell you what has helped my back more than anything: my chiropractor. I know that some people don't like them. But Cindy, mine saved me from unbearable pain. I don't know if you have one that you see, but if you don't, ask around to find a good one...people know the GOOD chiropractors, trust me! :))What a blessing that the ramp is getting a face lift!! That makes me happy. Continue to keep me posted on how you and your Dad are doing. Give Annie an extra scratch behind her ears for me. Bless her heart.She will be ecstatic about that new ramp!!!Thank you for your prayers for Mama.They mean a great deal to me and to her.Hugs,J.
Jackie, I just said a prayer for your Mama. He listens and will see your Mama through this. Keep praying and have faith. Keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and please let me know how she and you are doing. Love and hugs,Cindy
Thank you so much, Cindy...
Hi Jacke, hoping you'll stop by and leave an update on your Mom. I hope she is doing much much better and has gotten to go home or will very soon.Hugs, Cindy
Hi Cindy...Mama was in the hospital for pneumonia from Sept. 11 - 21. She is home now. I do appreciate your love and concern for Mama and for me. Every day with Mama is a gift from God. I cherish each one.I look forward to seeing your next work of art that you share with us...via your camera.You are good with it, Cindy. Continued smiles and hugs to you and your Dad...and of course to sweet Charlie and Annie.Love,J.
I am so happy for her and you!!! Praying she'll continue to heal and feel better soon. Please give your Mama my best and tell her I'm so glad she's doing better and is home. Take care.Hugs, CindyCharlie and Annie send hugs too!
Cindy...my comment section is fixed!! Yes!! I have worked and worked and grumbled and fussed with it any chance that I got to go online, and to no avail. The comment section just would not show up. And voila!! It appeared! I'm happy, because now I can hear from you on my blog too!! Sending you hugs and smiles and thanking you for the dear friendship you have shown me. Continued prayers for you and your Dad. That's always in my prayer list...prayers for your family. Hugs,J.
Great!! Gonna visit now. Hope your Mama is doing much better.
It's late evening (Wednesday 11:25 P.M.) and I wanted to stop by and say hello to you, Cindy. I've been thinking about you, your Dad, and your sweet pups (is is OK to call them that, even though they are not in the spring of their lives? :)) I think of them affectionately as your pups.) I hope all is well with all of you. Sending you hugs this autumn evening. (Isn't the temperature lovely this time of year!)
Hi Jackie, sweet pups is perfect. Mama and I never liked the word dog. People use it in not so nice ways so we always referred to them as pups. The weather as been wonderful! I've been on my blog a few times over the last week and meant to drop by yours and leave a comment. I've been wondering about your Mama. I hope she is much much better! Dad seems to be doing okay right now. He goes to the dermatologist on the 29th. He's had skin cancer before and the doctor says he has some in his ear and a few other spots. I have his paperwork to fill out. Not looking forward to that. I think they should have a standardized form that is used by all doctors and then it can be faxed over. I know I'm being lazy but I will get it filled out. Found some photos of Mama on my desktop computer that I didn't remember taking. I was glad I found them but they made me sad. Next month on the 26th will be a year. I can't believe it's been that long. Then the day after is my birthday. Two birthdays without my Mama. My sister Patricia just had her birthday on the 15th. It was hard for her but I told her she would get through it. I miss her more every day and everyone keeps saying it will get better but It doesn't. I almost failed my class last quarter because I refused to do the optional assignments. I just didn't feel like doing them. I had too much on my mind and I didn't care. My professor encouraged me and I did five at the last minute. I got an "A" for the class. Hopefully this quarter will be better. I didn't mean to talk so much. I still keep things to myself. Hope you are doing well. I'm so glad you're back to blogging. I hope to be soon. I spend a lot of time posting on Instagram. I really enjoy it and it occupies my mind. Well, I will let you go. Thanks for coming by. You hadn't posted anything for a few days that I was beginning to worry. Give your Mama my best. Take care and I look forward to your next post. Charlie and Annie send hugs. They are so sweet. I don't know what I'd do without them.Hugs,Cindy
What a wonderful Mom you have. (Note that I didn't say "had" because she is still yours....always has been, always will be.) To miss her is natural, my friend. I pray that the test results your Dad has turn out to be benign. And...I know what you mean about that paperwork. I seethe every single time I fill out paper work at the doctors' offices...redundant things that don't need to be done. I often wonder what they would do if I refused...but then, I never do...sigh. I don't post on my blog often....my photos are fewer and far between, so I usually wait until I have something that strikes me before I put one up any more. But, I do go to my blog every day. I will be away from my home computer for a while....but I'll check your site via my cell phone (if I can get here on it; sometimes, I cant...so, if you don't hear from me for a while, don't give up on me....I just am unable to get to this site via cellphone.)What a great professor you had this past quarter, Cindy. God takes care of us in magnificent and wonderful ways. I thank Him for that...for taking care of my friends like you and being there for you during difficult times. He sent this particular professor to you...no accident. Congratulations on your grade!! Continued successes to you.Your Mother is proud. I can say that, because I am a Mother, and I know exactly how I would feel about my daughter. Hugs and love,J.
Jackie, thank you for everything. I always feel better after hearing from you. I will let you know what happens with Dad. Thank you for the prayers. I know what you mean about blogging. I haven't taken any photos lately that I feel like sharing or that anyone would want to see. I'll keep my eye out for your next post. I always enjoy your photos and your words. My professor was very understanding and gave me many options for doing the extra work. I chose to do the original assignments as everyone else did. I thought it was only fair. The other options she gave me were easier. I could have gone that way but I felt I needed to do what was originally given. I'm glad I got the papers done. It made me feel good. I didn't expect to get an "A" for the class. It was a surprise. I guess I was doing better than I thought and the papers helped too.Yes, I believe she is proud of me. Take care Jackie and enjoy the cooler weather. I know I pan on spending some time outside with the pups and the camera. Maybe I'll shoot something worth posting. Hugs,Cindy
Nov. 3 (late Saturday night)Hi Cindy...I haven't heard from you in a while, and you know I worry when I haven't.I hope that you are doing well. My camera died (shutter failed....sigh) so, I'm taking it to Jacksonville to get it fixed. There is a repair shop on Beach Blvd. there, and I'm going to take it to them.I feel lost without it!!I wanted to say hello and check in on you, your Dad and your furry pups. Love,Jackie
Hi Jackie, I'm so sorry to hear about your camera. I hope the repair shop can fix it for you. I can imagine what it's like without your camera. I was without mine for a whole year. Dad and Charlie accidentally broke mine and it was a year before I could replace it. Dad is doing okay. I tripped over my sisters dog Zoey on Friday. I landed on my left side. I hurt for a while in my hip, chest and stomach areas but thats kind of subsided. My left arm hurts bad and of course my back. I'm still sore and stiff from the first fall and this has made things worse. I'm doing okay other than that.I hope everything is good with you and your parents. How is your Mama doing? Has she fully revovered from the pneumonia? I hope so. Say hello for me. Charlie and Annie are well. Actually Annie is getting over a strained right front leg. I think she did it chasing squirrels. She's doing better but still limping a little.Take care of yourself. Wishing you a wonderful week!Hugs,Cindy
Oh no!! I'm sorry you took a nasty fall! It seems to happen in slow motion, too....(been there, done that...sigh.) Please, be careful and don't hesitate to go to the doctor if you don't heal quickly.Mama has recovered from pneumonia. She weighs 86 pounds, but we are thankful for each pound...truly!Hope you have a wonderful week, too, my friend. Take care of you.Hugs back to you!J.P.S. I miss your photos. You are a WONDERFUL photographer!!
I love reading your comments. Thanks for visiting. ~Cindy :)