Sister update

Update on my Sister

I wanted to say Thank You to all who sent prayers and good thoughts on my sisters by-pass surgery.
I'm happy to say "she is doing wonderful" and will be going home tomorrow after only 3 days in the hospital. She will need to take it easy for a few weeks but they told her to not go to bed.. amazing!
I've been getting reports from her children and should be talking to her myself on FaceTime in about an hour...
She may be sore but they all say her spirit is high and she is making her usual jokes about everything....

 It's a good day in the neighborhood!
 Thank you again and have a wonderful weekend!


For My Sister

We all have so many people that come and go in our lives.  Some are here forever.
My sister Dolly has been with me since birth.  We were so close through our early and teen years.  You know the one who you told your secrets to. The one who took your boyfriends and then gave you hers... Then when we both were in our late teens we were seperated by countries.  8000 miles did no harm to our love and respect for each other. We continued to see each other once or twice a year. Shared the birth of our children. Cried over the phone when we were sad.  She has remained the one person I could always count on.
Dolly has been my Best Friend through out my life.

Today Dolly went in the hospital to prep for double by-pass surgery on Friday.  My heart is in  limbo until the surgery is over, and my mind will be blurry until  her kids call me to say, "It's over and she is doing great".... How I wish I could be there with her but my health will not allow me to travel such a distance.

Of all the photos I have of me and my sister this one represents how nutty we are when we get together.  We both had very small children, staying in a hotel (some where?).  I remember she was all excited because Johnny Cash was staying in the room next to ours.  Dolly wanted to take something from the breakfast tray outside his door.. how we laughed in that quiet hall way!   We have many fun stories and I so want them to continue when she gets here this Christmas for our annual visit and romp!   I spoke to her on Face Time today, several times.   She paned around her hospital room for me to see all the electrical equipment her kids set up for her  to watch tv shows.... lap top etc.   Introduced her nurse to me.  Her nurse looked startled when she was told I was in America.   This is Dolly's  first hospital stay and she was so not understanding the 'open back in the gowns?'  haha... (she gave birth to  4 kids at home)  I told her to put on another gown with the opening in front.. "duhhh" she said!   
That's my sister!

A sister’s love is special
in oh so many ways
Now miles stretch between us
and minutes turn to days.
We’ve shared so much as children
the tears, the joys, the pain
A lifetime spent together
those memories remain.
In times gone by we’ve pondered
the paths our lives have taken
Knowing that in spite of this
our sister love unshaken.
A sister’s love is special
in ways that are unspoken
Still that binding force exists
our sister love unbroken. 

I want to send out,  into the Heavens and ask the Lord to take very special care of my Sister Dolly.
I love you more than words can say. 


Sheer moment of Terror


Last night I had a moment of sheer Terror!

While we  were in the middle of our usual daily, rainy season thunder storm,
I was sitting on my bed, working on my laptop, minding my own business when I looked up and saw a bolt of lightening hit the tree about 5' from my upstairs balcony sliding doors.  It was so fast and so loud... then the fireworks started... the lightening hit the tree with the force of a bomb!
Sparks started coming out of the ground  into the sky, as tall as my two story house.... 

The tree only lost some bark but I'm not complaining.

 I Ran into the bathroom!

At first I was stunned not knowing what to do because the lights went out and the breaker switches all were blown... but then the electricity came on, one room at a time?
The cable was out along with the internet and my house phone...  So I called the local cable company.  "We will be out in the morning" was all they could tell me.

Well morning turned into noon.  As the cable guy went from room to room he saw that all the boxes connected to our tv's were blown as well... dead... their insides FRIED!   So he went to work trying to restore our service, especially the modem that is needed for my heart monitor. 
While he worked he told me of a home that was also hit in our town last night.  The house had a direct hit and every single piece of electrical was blown.. her 5 tv's, xbox, three pc's and all wiring both inside and outside the house.... even the box from the cable company that is installed on the side of her house melted down the wall.  A full days work, he told me, to fix her mess.. this woman had not one serge protector plugged into anything.. bet she gets some now!

We had our electric company install surge protectors quite a while ago. We learned our lesson a few years ago when we lost two pc's one night due to lightening.  
Florida has some serious lightening storms.

  Until the cable/electrical workers can get to our house in a few days they have us connected to a neighbors house with a really long extension cord.

I went out to assess the damage this morning.. nothing burned just one tree missing it's bark.  As long as it did not fall onto my house!  It was really interesting to actually see a bolt of lightening hit and how the sparks come out of the ground.  The noise was more of a clap, or crackle.  It's hard to describe just how loud this clap was!
You all know how street excitement go's when something happens like this.. when I told the neighbors that the lightening hit my tree no one would believe me, so I walked them to the back of my yard and their eyes were wide with wonder.  Wow, that sure was loud, was all most could mumble.

They just said on the weather report, "Thunder Storms this afternoon"

Oh Boy!