Doing Good

Well life is progressing for us.  Granny M and Big Brother have moved into their own home now.  Dear Hubby has had to have some more heart surgery.  And I am completely recovered from my gastric sleeve and my gall bladder surgeries.  Now to just rock and roll.

I am back to my dog/house/child sitting jobs too.  Currently I am in south Texas caring for my bff's daughter while my bff is working out of town.  I really enjoy this as it gives us some bonding time.  It is beautiful in Texas right now.  Lovely 70 degree weather, nice winds and the area is all turning green.  You can get out and walk in your shorts and t-shirt at almost any given time too.  The only thing I miss is a walking buddy.  It seems I am gone most of the time.  And when I am home The Other Mother has been out of commission.

Oh Granny M has opened up a Coffee Club at her house.  You can pop in any day but Sunday from 6:30 til 11:00 and join in for coffee or a bite to eat.  She has a big ol' coffee cup (Aunt Rene you know the big one you sent to me.) where you can drop in donations to off set the cost to her.  Her dining room is big enough to seat 10 at any given time so it is pretty comfortable.  And with these pretty days you will find many of us sitting on the patio outside too.  If your in our area join us!  If your not then hurry on down, it is a nice quiet place to live.

Nothing amazing.  Life, good and steady.  I am down 77 pounds so far.  Happy about that.  Working at what I can, cleaning all I can as I am OCD.  Relearning my Dear Hubby since we have our home to ourselves.  It is good, different and quiet....oh oh oh so quiet.


Did you know that rapid weight loss will mess up your gall bladder?  Yeah, I did not know that either.  Nor did I know that mine had been messed for some time.  But with me being on a liquid diet for over a month it kept flaring up when I would try to add in food.  Well after two months of a liquid diet it had all it would take.  Yes, I had to have it removed.  

This time it took me two weeks to get up and running instead of a week like I did with my VSG surgery.  But as soon as I was home and almost going Dear Hubby was in surgery for his heart.  His lead had been undone from his pacemaker and we never knew.  So after four days in the hospital for him too we are home and on the upswing finally.  It has been over a week now and there is old blood leaking from his wound now.  He was bruised horrid with a swollen knot over the pacemaker.  We are cleaning it and keeping his dressing changed.  Yes, all this is under doctors instructions.

If you get all of this you understand we have been all messed up.  I hope to be back up and running this week.  All of this has also resulted in my great weight loss too.  I am finally under 200 lbs for the first time since I was 19.  I have lost 72 lbs so far and am down from a size 26 to a size 18.  There are still 51 more lbs to go to make my goal.  All in good time, all in good time.

Half Way There!!!!!

Yes if you notice my ticker just above, I have lost 64 pounds and have 59 pounds to go.  I can not believe it.  Half way to my goal.  This is the best I have ever done.  Of course the surgery has helped but promise you I have been working on this.  I lost 30 pounds before surgery.  And I have been exercising all along, still doing so.  Even with surgery I watch every bite I eat.  No extra fat or sugar either.  Promise.  Also watching every lil carb too.  Have not had any potatoes, rice, bread or the such even.  I am being as strict as I can so that I can have the very best results possible.  But to tell the truth I am proud of the progress I have made thus far.

The Best Way to Relax

It is massive cold all over.  And here in Texas, we are feeling the misery just as well.  Abet not as deep freeze as many areas.  So how do you keep warm and cozy?  Myself it is a warm bath soaking with a great book and indulgent bath products.  

I had two of the best to team up with.  Mary Kay and Jerome Charyn are worlds apart for most.  For me they made a killer team.  I left the tub soft, relaxed and leaving the deep conflict of Abraham Lincoln.  First let me tell you that the Mary Kay are favorite products and belong to me.  Jerome's book "I Am Abraham" is on my keeper shelf (as all of Jerome's books are, yet it was sent to me for a review thanks to Tribute Books

Now on with the show as they say.  What do I tell you that you would not guess?  Well once again Jerome gives a voice to one who can not share on his own.  Reaching in and extracting the deep depression that plagued Lincoln then balancing this with the deep need to share with the love of Abe's life, Mary, this story is as deep as the crevices on his face.  You see the ghost that taunt the President as well as his wife.  Having lost children, tormented by the war that felt unending and turned into pawns by the political system, these two would cling to each other than break apart to roam the halls of the White House.  I loved feeling this confusion while seeing that what is good and true coming through by this leader.  Jerome Charyn winds us through Lincoln's accomplishments with a personal voice, a voice with a timbre of reality.

I Am Abraham Book Summary:
Narrated in Lincoln’s own voice, the tragicomic I Am Abraham promises to be the masterwork of Jerome Charyn’s remarkable career.

Since publishing his first novel in 1964, Jerome Charyn has established himself as one of the most inventive and prolific literary chroniclers of the American landscape. Here in I Am Abraham, Charyn returns with an unforgettable portrait of Lincoln and the Civil War. Narrated boldly in the first person, I Am Abraham effortlessly mixes humor with Shakespearean-like tragedy, in the process creating an achingly human portrait of our sixteenth President.

Tracing the historic arc of Lincoln's life from his picaresque days as a gangly young lawyer in Sangamon County, Illinois, through his improbable marriage to Kentucky belle Mary Todd, to his 1865 visit to war-shattered Richmond only days before his assassination, I Am Abraham hews closely to the familiar Lincoln saga. Charyn seamlessly braids historical figures such as Mrs. Keckley—the former slave, who became the First Lady's dressmaker and confidante—and the swaggering and almost treasonous General McClellan with a parade of fictional extras: wise-cracking knaves, conniving hangers-on, speculators, scheming Senators, and even patriotic whores.

We encounter the renegade Rebel soldiers who flanked the District in tattered uniforms and cardboard shoes, living in a no-man's-land between North and South; as well as the Northern deserters, young men all, with sunken, hollowed faces, sitting in the punishing sun, waiting for their rendezvous with the firing squad; and the black recruits, whom Lincoln’s own generals wanted to discard, but who play a pivotal role in winning the Civil War. At the center of this grand pageant is always Lincoln himself, clad in a green shawl, pacing the White House halls in the darkest hours of America’s bloodiest war.

Using biblically cadenced prose, cornpone nineteenth-century humor, and Lincoln’s own letters and speeches, Charyn concocts a profoundly moral but troubled commander in chief, whose relationship with his Ophelia-like wife and sons—Robert, Willie, and Tad—is explored with penetrating psychological insight and the utmost compassion. Seized by melancholy and imbued with an unfaltering sense of human worth, Charyn’s President Lincoln comes to vibrant, three-dimensional life in a haunting portrait we have rarely seen in historical fiction.
Jerome Charyn's Bio: 
Jerome Charyn is an award-winning American author. With nearly 50 published works, Charyn has earned a long-standing reputation as an inventive and prolific chronicler of real and imagined American life. Michael Chabon calls him "one of the most important writers in American literature." New York Newsday hailed Charyn as "a contemporary American Balzac,"and the Los Angeles Times described him as "absolutely unique among American writers." Since the 1964 release of Charyn's first novel, Once Upon a Droshky, he has published 30 novels, three memoirs, eight graphic novels, two books about film, short stories, plays and works of non-fiction. Two of his memoirs were named New York Times Book of the Year. Charyn has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He received the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has been named Commander of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture. Charyn was Distinguished Professor of Film Studies at the American University of Paris until he left teaching in 2009. In addition to his writing and teaching, Charyn is a tournament table tennis player, once ranked in the top 10 percent of players in France. Noted novelist Don DeLillo called Charyn's book on table tennis, Sizzling Chops & Devilish Spins, "The Sun Also Rises of ping-pong." Charyn lives in Paris and New York City.

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